Matt Wilkinson: he loves Saquarema

Matt Wilkinson scored an outstanding 18.43 to defeat Kai Otton in the final heat of the Saquarema Prime, surfed in the the 3-5 foot range (1-1.5 meters) at the lefthand point break of Itauna, in Saquarema, Brazil.


Wilkinson takes home 6,500 points towards his ASP World Ranking, which catapults him from 43rd place up to 17th.

"I’m so stoked and now I’ve got a hard on for Brazil," joked the ever-playful Wilkinson. “No, I’m just kidding around, but I really am almost crying from all of the emotion. I’m really happy with what I was able to accomplish in the Semis and the Final. I had a lot of fun, my board felt really good under my feet and now Saquarema is my favorite place in the world!”

Wilkinson began his campaign on Sunday by eliminating the "Brazilian highlight film", Gabriel Medina, in the Quarter-Finals. He followed by defeating Keanu Asing, in the Semi-Finals, where 3 out of the 5 judges gave Wilkinson a 10-point ride for the highest single wave score of the entire event. And finished off by placing last year’s event winner, Otton, in combination in the Finals.

"I’ve never gotten a good result here in Brazil," continued Wilkinson. "So, I’m happy that there were such great waves during the event and we we’re pretty much able to pull off every kind of maneuver out here. My last Finals appearance was two years ago, when I won the event in Santa Cruz (California)".

"It’s been a while that I haven’t made it up to the podium and it’s such a good feeling. Now, with the forty grand in my pocket, I can leave happy and go party with my friends back home."

Kai Otton showed inspired surfing throughout the event defeating stand-outs such as Sebastien Zietz, in the Quarter-Finals and Kolohe Andino in the Semi-Finals, but was no match for Wilkinson’s bashing, and was not able to replicate his feat from the year before.

"Everything went wrong for me at the end there," declared Otton. "I was unlucky in my wave choice and when I decided to paddle into one, I couldn’t complete the first turn. And to make things worse, Matty (Wilkinson) was doing great all heat long".

"But congratulations to him, he deserved the victory. I’m still happy with my result because I surfed such good waves while I was here. Second place is still pretty good and I’ll have to wait until next year to win again."

Quiksilver Saquarema Prime Final:

1. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 18.43
2. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.63