Carlos Munoz: Costa Rica has a new surfing hero

Carlos Munoz and Lucia Martino have taken the 2012 Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior, at the main break of La Grande Plage in Lacanau.

Clean 3-4ft surf saw Carlos Munoz opening his wave count with an excellent 8.67 and backing it up quickly with a 7.17 to take the heat lead, which he never then let go.

The flying Costa Rican left without pressure, started building momentum and found the best wave of the day to launch a massive backside air reverse rewarded by the highest score of the entire event, a near perfect 9.6 out of 10.

"I’m really happy," stated an ecstatic Munoz coming in from the water. "It’s my first time competing here in France and all the waves came to me right from the start and I’m super stoked to be in the final with those guys they surfed really hard!"

Munoz comes into the main event in Lacanau ranked 137th on the ASP World Rankings and will look for the same excellent kind of result to better his situation and try to crack the Top 100 synonym of Prime events priority for next year.

Spanish Lucia Martino dominated the Women’s final today opposed to Europe’s Junior series runner-up Maud Le Car and Leticia Canales Bilbao in her second consecutive final.

The young Spanish from Gijon started her 30mn bout really strong and found a good score right from the first minutes.

"In the final, time just stopped and I felt like it lasted hours," Martino stated, not fully realizing she had just won the event. "I got two good waves in the first minutes and I felt pretty relaxed. My whole final consisted in trying not to stress out and be patient and wait for the best waves."

She did just that and more, managing to be on all of the best waves during the entire final, which she controlled with an impressive ease like a very experienced competitor.

While her opponents struggled to find their scores and collected several low scoring rides, the Asturian surfer just sat tight at the peak and started on all the bombs.

"I surfed alright my first heat of the event but then I wasn’t really good and in that final everything just fell into place again for me".

"I had an incredible season, and I think this result keeps me third European on the rankings. For me it’s incredible to win here, my best result so far was a third last year so I’m just so happy!"

Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior Men's Final:
1- Carlos Munoz (CRI) 18.67
2- Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.83
3- Vicente Romero (ESP) 14.00
4- Timothee Bisso (GLP) 11.23

Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior Women's Final:
1- Lucia Martino (ESP) 11.67
2- Maud Le Car (FRA) 8.57
3- Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 8.20
4- Cannelle Bulard (REU) – injured