- 31 August 2012 | Surfing
Jean Da Silva has taken the 2012 Coastal Edge ECSC, in in clean two-to-four foot waves, at 1st Street Jetty, Virginia Beach.
Da Silva defeated fellow Brazilian Filipe Toledo with powerful backhand combinations and polished turns above the lip. Toledo's high-flying forehand aerial attack was not enough, this time.
"Filipe is the big thing now, he surfs so well and he’s getting so many results and that Final was hard," Da Silva said.
"I was never in a rhythm out there. I was kind of lost and was just watching him get all of his waves. I was waiting patiently and couldn’t find the right waves but at the end I was just ripping as hard as I could in the last few minutes and I got the scores".
The hard working goofy-footer quietly navigated through the early days of competition, unloading his furious backhand attack throughout the final rounds.
"I tried to just do big turns the whole event," Da Silva said. "I was watching Tanner Gudauskas get high scores on his backhand. I got here a few weeks ago and it was my first time in Virginia Beach and I felt really good. I learned how to surf in these conditions and felt comfortable out there."
Toledo was deadly throughout the Final day, launching the event’s highest heat-total in his Semifinals win of 17.76 and maintained his form against Da Silva, but fell just short of the victory to finish runner-up.
The Coastal Edge ECSC Vans Pro Junior saw Keanu Asing take out a hard fought victory over Evan Thompson, Michael February and Taylor Clark.
2012 Coastal Edge ECSC Final:
1. Jean Da Silva (BRA) 14.76
2. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.50
2012 Coastal Edge ECSC Vans Pro Junior Final:
1. Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.73
2. Evan Thompson (USA) 13.87
3. Michael February (USA) 11.87
4. Taylor Clark (USA) 9.50