Matt Banting: ready to ask for chili con carne

Matt Banting and Coco Ho have claimed the Los Cabos Open of Surf 2014, in four-to-six foot waves at Zippers, in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Matt Banting started strong in the final at Zippers, opening his victory strike with a 7.00 in an all-Australian final. The Port Macquarie native built momentum throughout the heat and while fellow finalist Dion Atkinson (AUS), 28, fought hard for the win, he was unable to find the scores needed to surpass Banting.

"We had great conditions and it's a great system with the new priority, it's a lot more surfing. Like Dion said, if you told me I was going to make the final hopping on the plane, I wouldn't have expected it," says Banting.

Banting's win at the Los Cabos Open of Surf marks his second ASP 6-Star win this season, placing him in excellent position to qualify for the 2015 WCT. While the regular-footer was elated with the Mexican victory, he remains focused on the long year ahead.

"It's a long year to go, but to get two 6-Star wins feels amazing,” Banting said. "I just hope I can stay consistent and get a few strong results in the upcoming Primes."

Coco Ho, top seed at the Los Cabos Open of Surf, was a standout throughout the entirety of the Los Cabos Open of Surf and maintained her form throughout the final day of competition. The Hawaiian topped Australian Dimity Stoyle and Kauai's Brianna Cope, to claim the win at Zippers.

"I was definitely on the harder side of the draw, but it was great to surf against Silvana and Dimity after her cracker of a heat. The waves are so fun. It's like a toned down Lowers (Trestles) and it's non-stop waves," says Ho.

Ho, current No. 10 on the Women's WCT, has had a series of highs and lows throughout her 2014 campaign and hopes to carry the momentum from her Los Cabos Open of Surf win through the back half of the season.

"I've had and equal amount of ups-and-downs this year and it's hard. You've got to keep your head up and my Dad told me at the start of the year that it's a marathon, not a sprint. This is definitely a nice feeling."

Los Cabos Open of Surf 2014 Men's Final
1. Matt Banting (AUS) 15.30
2. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.20

Los Cabos Open of Surf 2014 Women's Final
1. Coco Ho (HAW) 17.10
2. Brianna Cope (HAW) 11.60