Jonathan Gonzalez: nice bottom

Jonathan Gonzalez conquered the Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro, at El Confital, in 3-4ft righthanders available in Las Palmas. The 31-year-old surfer defeated Adrien Toyon in a fantastic display of power surfing and deep barrel riding.

A large crowd of Canarian locals formed on the dry reef to encourage their local hero as he went ballistic in every single heat he surfed today.

"It’s been a long time since I last won an event, it was two years ago here as well so it’s great to win once again at home. For a 2-Star event the level has been amazing from the beginning and we saw some experienced surfers loose in the first Round. I’m really stoked that the wave was that good until the end, it got glassier again and the sun even came out this afternoon so the conditions have been just perfect."

Once again in his Semi-Final bout against French Polynesian Steven Pierson, Gonzalez found a perfect ride to be rewarded a 10 points out of 10 possible. On the very next wave he came close to writing history at ‘El Confital’ surfing another incredible wave that came in as a 9.70, netting the highest Heat total of the event, a near perfect 19.70 out of 20.

"The key here is definitely wave selection it’s no secret. If you get on a good roll during the heat you’re 90% into the next round. The wave is a little tricky though so when you get the good ones, a little experience like I have on this wave helps ! I know with the tide going away it’s not easy to surf the wave but I was lucky enough to find two excellent ones and I gave it my best shot, I’m stoked it paid off"

Gonzalez, the most experienced surfer emerging from the Canarian Archipelago, was acclaimed by hundreds of people coming in from his last heat, and felt a strong support from the locals during the entire event.

"We missed a few european surfers, I know it’s the end of the season and everyone is tired but all together it was good. Still it’s great for the surfers here, the local people and for the organizer Frederico Garcia who has worked a lot for the Canary Islands, and in this time of financial crisis it’s becoming very hard to make an event like that."

Adrien Toyon (REU) 22, currently ranked 10th on the ASP Europe Star Series, couldn’t stop but feeling disappointed after his final loss. Sitting on a 7.17 early in the Heat he just couldn’t find the wave he needed to overtake the Canarian.

"I’m really disappointed of losing that final, I felt good and it’s a spot I love so I would have liked to be at my best in the final. I fell a few times, I was pretty tired having surfed three times today it was a long day of competition and we had some pretty intense paddle battle out there."

The next and last stop of the ASP Europe Star Series will be the Billabong Azores Pro from September 27, October 2nd, 2011.

Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro by Gran Canaria Final Result:

1- Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 15.73
2- Adrien Toyon (REU) 11.84