Peterson Crisanto: attacking the Mediterranean waves of Israel | Photo: Masurel

Peterson Crisanto and Garazi Sanchez-Ortun have taken out the 2017 SEAT Pro Netanya, in the Mediterranean waters of Israel.

The finals got underway in two-to-three-foot surf at Kontiki Beach. Crisanto, a Brazilian surfer who has been out of the Qualifying Series (QS) marathon for a couple of years, managed to impose his surf with two above-average scores.

“It's an amazing feeling, especially considering all the hard work that's gone into it. I'm starting the year with the right foot forward and hope I can keep going. For my first time in Israel, I've had an amazing time, and it will be an unforgivable trip," expressed Peterson Crisanto.

But there's a surfer from the Basque Country who is also dreaming of reaching new heights. Sanchez-Ortun took her time and found two back-to-back winning waves before the buzzer sounded. The victim was Marissa Shaw, a Californian underdog who has reasons to believe she can have a fantastic season.

"I didn't really know what to expect coming here, and I found a beautiful place with very welcoming people and fun waves. I'm not setting numbers to my goals, I'm in it for fun and to try to do my best, when it works out like here then it's very satisfying," concluded Garazi.

2017 SEAT Pro Netanya | Finals

Men
1. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 16.50
2. Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 12.70

Women
1. Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK) 12.37
2. Marissa Shaw (USA) 10.33