Leonardo Fioravanti: small waves, huge performance

Leonardo Fioravanti and Leticia Canales Bilbao have won the Gran Canaria Santa Pro Junior 2013, at Playa de la Cicer, in the Canary Islands.


Leonardo Fioravanti, 15, whose previous best result was a runner-up finish in Sopelana, managed to keep his composure until the very end of the event in Gran Canaria and was crowned the Canarian champion.

"Waves were tough, this is my first big win in a pro junior I feel super happy!" Fioravanti stated.

"I've trained a lot for this and we've been waking up super early all-week but it was all worth it. I was concentrating on the qualification for the World Juniors, but for sure now the big goal is the European title!".

The Italian surfer defeated Mateia Hiquily, who was unable to find scoring opportunities in a wave-starved final, but jumped from 26th to the third spot in the European rankings.

Leticia Canales Bilbao led the 30-minute final from start to finish and logically confirmed her status of event favorite.

"I feel incredible, I was out there looking at my watch thinking time couldn't have gone any slower !" Canales Bilbao admitted.

"This was my opportunity and I'm glad I seized it. I've had a victory here already in the past in a Spanish event so I guess Canary's suit me well!"

Gran Canaria Santa Pro Junior 2013 Men's Final:
1. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 12.03
2. Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 10.27
 
Gran Canaria Santa Pro Junior 2013 Women's Finals:
1. Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 11.50
2. Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 8.07
3. Kim Veteau (GLP) 8.00
4. Carina Duarte (PRT) 6.23