Jason Torres: a prodigy

In the penultimate date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar 2009-2010, Jason Torres of Jaco conquered the gold in the Torneo Britt Iced 4-star contest this past weekend and added 1,500 points to his ranking tally. Surfing in the waves of Guiones the national runner-up killed it in the finals from the beginning and with this is now solidly in the fight for the National Title coming up in the Gran Finals in June.

The waves were at 2 meters, and breaking perfect from around 10 a.m., with the tide backed down, and the wind was good, and it was at this moment that the finals on Sunday blazed before 800 people who came out for the Torneo Britt Iced’s second day. Torres’ heat also featured Carlos Muñoz of Esterillos, Gilbert Brown of Puerto Viejo—who made it to the podium for the second time this year—and Antony Seguro of Esterillos.

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Cristian Merello: heavy charger

Xcel's Chilean charger Cristian Merello has won the Quiksilver Ceremonial Big Wave Invitational in 30' Punta de Lobos, Chile.

The goofy-foot Merello, 27, took advantage of the heavy lefts with patience and commitment, finding the biggest and best waves as sets built from the early morning and peaked in the 6-man finals.

Dedicating his win to his mother, who is battling cancer, and to the local Pichilemu community, Merello's determination and local knowledge won the day.

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Aritz Aranburu: uau, great score

On the decisive heat of the event, Aritz Aranburu took two regular waves to claim the title of Maresia Surf International 2010 in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The Brazilian Rodrigo Dornelles was second place, finalized the 12.67 x 6.67 points in the good waves at Mole Beach in Sunday.

"I'm so happy. It was a very good event for me, we had some pretty hard days and today everything went right to me," said Aritz Aranburu, who jumped from 60th to the 35th place on the newASP World Rankings. "Unfortunately, we could not get good waves in the final, I did not surf my best, but that was good enough to win. Rodrigo (Dornelles) is a great surfer and was a pleasure to make the final against him. It's great to win here in Brazil."

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