Piccolo Clemente: Peruvian national hero

Piccolo Clemente has won the Huanchaco Longboard Pro Peru, held at Playa El Elio, in front of the home crowd. Clemente defeated Brazilian longboarder Danilo Rodrigo and took a 6-star ASP Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event worth 3,500 points.

The Peruvian charger is now a national hero. "I’m very happy," Clemente said. “I trained hard and the reward has come now with this audience that packed the beach to cheer for me today".

Although he was competing with pain, Danilo Rodrigo, better known as Mulinha, managed to make good efforts on Saturday’s smaller but consistent waves which provided perfect walls for Longboarding. The Brazilian won the first heat on Saturday over Geraldo Lemos, dispatched the contest highlight keeper, Marcelo Freitas, and finished strong in his Final against Piccolo Clemente.

The Peruvian took an early lead in the Final, but the Brazilian surfed the best wave of the heat, scoring an 8.17. However, Piccolo Clemente scored an 8.00 and a 7.97 against a 7.07 second best wave of Danilo Rodrigo. The Brazilian needed a 7.81 to turn the heat when he gave up with still six minutes remaining to finish the final, failing to withstand the severe tooth pain.

Piccolo Clemente, who had the passionate support of the huge crowd that attended the Playa El Elio to cheer for the Peruvian, got the best of a rematch against the defending event champion and current ASP South American Longboard champion who defeated him in the final of 2010 in Huanchaco.

Clemente earned his berth into the final via a mistake by Rodrigo Sphaier, who committed an interference against the Peruvian to dash the Brazilian’s chances of a second consecutive victory in Peru.

The next event of the 2011 ASP South America Longboard season is the 6-Star Pena Bahia International Longboard Classic in Itacimirim, Camaçari, on July 15-17. The following week will see the ASP LQS 3-Star Pena Pernambuco International Longboard Classic in Ipojuca from July 22-24.

Huanchaco Longboard Pro Final Results:
1 - Piccolo Clemente (PER) 15.97
2 - Danilo Rodrigo (BRA) 15.24