Jason Torres: a prodigy

In the penultimate date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar 2009-2010, Jason Torres of Jaco conquered the gold in the Torneo Britt Iced 4-star contest this past weekend and added 1,500 points to his ranking tally. Surfing in the waves of Guiones the national runner-up killed it in the finals from the beginning and with this is now solidly in the fight for the National Title coming up in the Gran Finals in June.

The waves were at 2 meters, and breaking perfect from around 10 a.m., with the tide backed down, and the wind was good, and it was at this moment that the finals on Sunday blazed before 800 people who came out for the Torneo Britt Iced’s second day. Torres’ heat also featured Carlos Muñoz of Esterillos, Gilbert Brown of Puerto Viejo—who made it to the podium for the second time this year—and Antony Seguro of Esterillos.


As is the custom of Torres, he began strong, this time with a right where he took advantage of each section. The judges gave him a 7.17. Hardly 2 minutes later, he would return to the starting place of that right, and obtain something unique—a tube in 1.5 meters which he opted in with depth and length going left until that wave opened to him so he could put in two more maneuvers which showed his load of motivation. The judges gave the verdict of 8.57 for a total combination of 15.74, his highest score of the event, and one that Torres’ opponents had little chance of surpassing in the remaining 15 minutes.

“The truth is I did not have faith in that tube; I did not think that I was going to leave it clean. I saw the exit and thanks to the fact that I brought speed, I managed to make it outside. Soon the wave opened to me and I did not think twice to beat it more and to make good points,” said Torres after the finals.

The best attempts to reach Torres came when Brown put 6.33 on the scoreboard, and then finished the series with another wave of 6.27. Nevertheless, Jason forced his remaining competitors to surpass a total of 15.74, requiring at least a 9 point wave to beat him. That’s something Muñoz and Seguro never managed. Practically floating the remaining ¾ of the finals, Jason left the water before the heat even finished.

“When I participate, it’s because I set out to win and for that reason right now I am happy. Nevertheless, the Championship was never my first priority. But now, I am going to the Gran Finals in Playa Hermosa and try to be the National Champion. Luis (Vindas) is strong, but I will give everything to it,” Torres added.

With the inclusion of Jason Torres and Carlos Muñoz in this weekend’s finals, they are now both in a position to put pressure on Luis Vindas, the ranking leader who left Nosara with a bad result. The best combination of the date was the work of Jason in the end and the best wave of Muñoz was 9.33 after completing an Ollie Up and a Superman, maneuvers that would give him the second highest points of the season as a competitor. Matias Braun of Montezuma took 1st place in a previous date.

The Caribbean surfer Nataly Bernold won in Guiones and with this it returns the tension for the title that now will now be defined in Playa Hermosa. In 2 meter waves that Lisbeth Vindas usually dominates, it became the news of this event that Bernold added her second victory over Lisbeth at a Circuito Nacional de Surf date this year. It will now come down to Bernold winning Vindas in the Gran Finals in Playa Hermosa, if possible, to get the title.

“I trained a lot in this type of wave before this date because I knew it was going to be great and that was what gave me the security to win this date. That was my goal,” expressed Nataly.

Clever Anthony Fillingim of Malpais won the Junior series this weekend, beating an inspired Carlos Muñoz who came in 2nd place. Both Anthony and Carlos are both in the running for the National Junior Championship and it will all come down to who wins in the Gran Finals in Playa Hermosa.

The Gran Finals date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar 2009-2010 will take place at La Curva on June 25, 26, and 27.

The Circuito National de Surf DayStar 2009-2010 is sponsored by: DayStar Properties, LimeCoral Apparel Company, Red Bull, 911 Groovy Radio, Quiksilver, Britt Iced, Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, Mango Skate & Surf, Banzaii Surfboards, Carton Surfboard, Odessa Clothing, Ibarquero Design and Surfos Magazine.

Torneo Britt Iced
Guoines, Nosara
May 22, 23, 2010

OPEN
Jason Torres 15,74
Gilberth Brown 12,60
Anthony Segura 10,24
Carlos Muñoz 7,30

WOMEN’S
Nataly Bernold 10,24
Lisbeth Vindas 9,07
Jordan Hundley 4,10
Kristel Stanley 3,93

JUNIOR
Anthony Fillingim 12,37
Carlos Muñoz 10,33
Jordan Hernández 8,64
José Calderón 6,06

JUNIOR WOMEN’S
Elisa Bonomelli 5,23
Leilani McGonagle 4,94
Kristel Stanley 1,17

BOYS
Noemar McGonagle 11,06
Eliha Guy 8,67
Alberto Muñoz 8,67
Darío Menéndez 7,44

GROMMETS
Kevin Montiel 12,34
Noemar McGonagle 8,00
León Glatzer Williams 4,86
Juan Carlos Hernández 3,83

GROMMETS GIRLS
Paula Duarte 14,83
Leilani McGonagle 6,44
Selena Moberly 5,70
Tania González 4,93

MINI GROMMETS
Sean Forrester 9,07
Storm Van Timmeren 6,67
Leonardo Calvo 5,50
Eduardo Venegas 4,92

MINI GROMMETS GIRLS
Leilani McGonagle 9,00
Paula Duarte 6,50
Arisha Grioti 5,87
Emily Gussoni 5,33

LONGBOARD
Diego Naranjo 13,00
Cristian Santamaría 12,67
Anthony Flores 5,66
Adolfo Gómez 5,33

NOVATOS
Alejandro Vaca 8,33
Maykol Salazar 8,10
Esteban Venegas 7,10
Jonah Sam Young 3,80

MASTERS
Craig Schieber 13,04
Carlos Velarde 10,10
Adolfo Gómez 8,13
Tyler Marsh 4,67

GRAND MASTERS
Craig Schieber 10,27
Carlos Velarde 10,14
Steve Reyes 6,37


SOURCE: Federación de Surf de Costa Rica