Marlon Lipke: winning again in Pantin

Marlon Lipke has taken out the 2012 Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro, at Playa de Pantin, in Galicia, Spain.

The German surfer living in Portugal defeated Joan Duru, Bino Lopes and Ty Watson in a low scoring final hit by 4-5ft surf.

Lipke started on a big lefthander out the back and brought it all the way into the shorebreak with a succession of radical turns to earn an 8.33 out of 10 and take the heat lead.

"I'm just so happy at this stage of my career to have another win, two this year after the 3-Star in Vendee." Lipke stated.

"You know sometimes things happen in life which kind of put your mind right and put things in perspective and sometimes you fight harder for things, that's what I did here so I'm super happy to come out with the win !"

"Four heats and long paddles always, I was getting cramps in my arms at the end, but I fought through it ! I think I know how to win a contest, I kept calm in the end and wanted the first place real bad ! My goal is to try and do the same in Lanzarote at the end of the season !"

After an excellent fith place in the San Miguel Pro Zarautz, Lipke moves into pole position on the ASP Europe Rankings and sits with a strong lead over closest competitor Charles Martin.

The 2004 European Junior Champion will have to secure a good result in Lanzarote next month to claim his maiden Regional Open Title.

Meanwhile, Sage Erickson has won her second consecutive Women's ASP 6-Star event, claiming the Women's title, at Playa de Pantin, againsy Alizee Arnaud.

"This victory feels amazing, coming from California with a win and having so much support there and then coming here and you know the Spanish are so welcoming and their cheers have motivated me throughout the event".

"I've just been thanking God every heat, it's been challenging conditions and he's kind of helped me with my wave selection, so I'm just so grateful and excited to be back at number one!"

Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro Men's Final Results:
1. Marlon Lipke (DEU) 13.66
2. Joan Duru (FRA) 9.04
3. Bino Lopes (BRA) 8.57
4. Ty Watson (AUS) 6.76

Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro Women's Final Results:
1. Sage Erickson (USA) 16.10
2. Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 9.83