Hizunome Bettero: he won his first event after more than 10 years on the QS | Photo: Baptista/WSL

Hizunome Bettero has taken out the inaugural Jack's Surfboards Pro, in Huntington Beach, California.

The Brazilian pro surfer defeated Arashi Kato in three-to-four-foot waves. Bettero, who has been a Qualifying Series warrior for over a decade, used his experience to claim his first-ever event.

The athlete from Ubatuba unleashed his efficient frontside carves and aerial tricks to win the contest, and climb 105 spots up the rankings to 26th place.

"I'm just so stoked to get my first win after ten years of being on the QS. It's the best feeling ever. Sometimes you think it will never come, but if you keep fighting for it and believe in yourself, God will give you a blessed day," expressed Hizunome Bettero.

"I'm fully charging this year and trying to compete in all the QS10,000s that I can to give myself a shot at qualifying. I believe in myself. I know I can do better, but sometimes you deal with the ups and downs, and right now I'm feeling so blessed."

Jack's Surfboards Pro | Final

1. Hizunome Bettero (BRA), 13.60
2. Arashi Kato (JPN), 11.63