Alejo Muniz: home win

Alejo Muniz has conquered the Hang Loose Pro Contest, in three-to-five foot surf, at the Cacimba do Padre, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. The Brazilian surfer scored 13 points to defeat Dion Atkinson who only got 7.14 points. Muniz was very happy.

"Winning is the best feeling of all", said Alejo Muniz, as soon as he got to the podium over his mates shoulders. "This is Brazil’s biggest event. Last year, I got so close, but now everything worked my way this time, and it’s awesome to start the year like this. Winning here in Fernando de Noronha is fantastic."

Alejo will be flying to Australia where he makes his debut on the ASP Dream Tour. He is now one of five Brazilians in the elite group of the 34 best surfers in the world.

"I'm a little nervous for this next event. I tried not to bring this nervousness to Noronha, and I really have to say thanks to everyone who supports me, all my friends here and special thanks to my family which is 100 percent committed to my career as a Pro Surfer."

Atkinson was also very happy to reach the final. "I'm very happy with the result. Alejo got all the best waves in the final. He fired the whole contest showing very mature surfing, so he deserved this win", said Dion.

The year 2011 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Hang Loose Pro Contest. Alfio Lagnado, owner of the company, kicked off the first ASP event in Brazil in 1986, at Praia da Joaquina in Florianopolis.

"It turned out to be so nice that we continued running it for the last 25 years. Most athletes competing here were not even born. Surfing in Brazil has grown a lot compared to those days, with so many wins with the Brazilian surfers competing as equals with the best surfers in the world", said Lagnado.