Ramzi Boukhiam: from Morocco, with love

Ramzi Boukhiam has taken out the San Miguel Pro Zarautz 2012, in the Basque Country, Spain.

The surfer from Morocco defeated Perth Standlick in difficult 1-2Ft waves at the main beach of Zarautz. Boukhiam came out on top of a difficult final against an in form Austrlaian.

Consistent throughout the entire event, the Moroccan claims his first major win of a young career and makes a statement only a couple weeks after being crowned ASP European Junior Champion.

"I'm super happy," started Boukhiam. "With my European Junior title I was already over the moon, and I entered this event simply cause it's close to home. Being one of my first big Star event, to win here today is unreal.

"I've been consistent this whole event but I haven't had massive scores like others have so I'm so stoked ! I want to thank my entourage Yannick and Patrick Beven, Micky Picon, my mom, brother and all my mates including Dimitri with whom I train all the time and I have a special thought for my dad today too".

Only just finishing his Junior season with a bang, Boukhiam came to the Basque Country without pressure, to test his skills against older and more experienced travelling pro surfers aspiring to qualification for the World Championship Tour.

After watching him during the last five days of competition, it's safe to say the talented goofy-footer has found his rythmn and will be a force to reckon with when he decides to give a go at a full season on the international Star Tour.

Perth Standlick couldn't keep his momentum during the final and was unable to find the little shoulders he destroyed to make his way to the final.

"I feel great!" Standlick stated. "Obviously I would have loved to win that final but it's still a pretty good feeling coming second. I think the waves were steadily decreasing and getting worse and worse. It's anyone's game out there, if you find the wave you're going to get the score and unfortunately he found them and I didn't".

San Miguel Pro Zarautz 2012 Final:
1. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.90
2. Perth Standlick (AUS) 11.83