- 29 November 2013 | Surfing
Piccolo Clemente has been crowned the 2013 ASP World Longboard champion, after claiming the Citic Pacific Riyue Bay ASP World Longboard Championships, at Wanning, in China.
Clemente trailed Rodrigo Sphaier throughout the final, but in the dying minutes while holding priority, he was presented with an excellent set wave which he went on to score the final's top scoring ride of a 7.5 out of 10 to steal the win, on a scoreline of 13.60 to 12.25.
"It felt for me like I was meant to win today. All my three heats today, Quarters, Semi and Final, I trailed and it was my last wave that got me through", said an emotional Clemente.
"In the final, I sat there nervous in the last minutes but confident a wave would come to me and again it happened. It felt like God was on my side today."
"I am very proud to win the ASP World Longboard Championship and to represent Peru as an ASP World Longboard Champion."
Rodrigo Sphaier had been the stand-out surfer throughout this event consistently posting outstanding rides throughout all rounds but the stocky Brazilian was not at his best during the final.
"I am very happy for Piccolo but I'm very disappointed to lose the final. All event I felt really good on the great waves here in China but in the final it did not happen for me", added Sphaier.
Antoine Delpero and Harley Ingleby finished third. Nelson III Ahina, Duane Desoto, Timothee Creignou, and Kai Sallas finished equal fifth.
Citic Pacific Riyue Bay ASP World Longboard Championships 2013:
1. Piccolo Clemente (PERU)
2. Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA)