- 22 September 2012 | Surfing
Justine Dupont has conquered the EDP Surf Pro Estoril 2012, at Praia de Carcavelos, in Portugal.
The French surfer beat the Hawaiian Nage Melamed, in windy 2-3ft surf, and proves she's back to her top level of performance to give another run to the qualification race.
"I'm just soo happy," Dupont said. "It's the first time I win a Star event and I think it's the first time a European wins a 6-Star so I'm just over the moon right now!"
"I'm so happy to have such a great team in France all the girls were rooting for me so I'm super happy to make that final and I want to thank everyone who helped me and gave me great advices that's what I needed!".
With the 3500 points pocketed in the EDP Surf Pro Estoril 2012 presented by Billabong, Dupont now finds herself eyeing the Top 10 to punctuate a difficult season.
"There's one more event, and I'm not a quitter, last year I qualified super late so I still believe and we'll see what happens in Azores."
In the final against Melamed, Dupont started strong and quickly caught a nice right-hander that let her perform two powerful turns to score a 7.17 and take the heat lead.
In a difficult bumpy line-up and close to the shorebreak, she managed to find a couple of opportunities and made the most out of them with a lot of determination.
Nage Melamed finished runner-up after an incredible run through the EDP Surf Pro Estoril 2012 presented by Billabong. The 'Giant Killer' put an end to the hopes of an A-List of surfers including Sage Erickson, Jacqueline Silva, Bianca Buitendag and Sofia Mulanovich before finally coming up short in the final against France's Dupont.
"I'm ecstatic right now!" Melamed stated. "I mean it would have been great to take the whole thing out but it's my best result of the year, first time making a final in a 6-Star so I'm just really happy right now and it's a great contest!"
EDP Surf Pro Estoril 2012 Final Results:
1. Justine Dupont (FRA) 12.67
2. Nage Melamed (HAW) 10.57