Ricardo Christie: taking the most out of Basse-Pointe, the iconic right-hand point break | Photo: WSL

Ricardo Christie conquered the 2017 Martinique Surf Pro, at Basse-Pointe, in Martinique.

Inspired by the Caribbean gods of the sea and pristine three-to-four foot waves, the Kiwi surfer defeated Bino Lopes in a tight matchup between two Qualifying Series (QS) veterans.

Christie proved he's ready to return to the Dream Tour by putting out a competent performance at the righthand pointbreak. And he needed six rides to clinch the tasty trophy.

"When the waves are like that you can forget everything and just go out there and surf. I feel like I've improved a lot," explained Ricardo Christie, who failed to requalify at the end of his rookie season on the Championship Tour.

"I've just been working really hard, and I learned a lot when I was on tour. It doesn't feel like it's over; it's just the beginning of the year, so I just have to keep doing my thing."

With this victory in Martinique, Ricardo Christie jumped 91 places to number 10 on the QS rankings.

Martinique Surf Pro 2017 | Final

1. Ricardo Christie (NZL) 16.66
2. Bino Lopes (BRA) 15.57