Gony Zubizarreta: applying full force at Zarautz | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

Gony Zubizarreta and Carol Henrique have taken out the 2017 Pro Zarautz, in the Basque Country, Spain.

The surfer from Galicia defeated Jorgann Couzinet in a tactical final witnessed by hundreds of fans. The French started strong with two high-scoring waves, but Zubizarreta turned the heat and claimed his second consecutive win in Qualifying Series (QS) event.

"I was just enjoying having a great time with Aritz, Hodei and all the boys. Jorgann started with two good scores, and I really thought I'd get comboed, but I stayed patient and finally got my waves," explained Gony Zubizarreta.

"I'm over the moon. It's always a pleasure to come to Zarautz, some of my best friends are from here, and I've been coming here since forever; this is like a second home."

On the women's final, Carol Henrique started strong with an excellent 8.43. Her opponent, Maud Le Car, didn't find the scoring opportunities she needed to win the event, and the Portuguese celebrated her maiden QS title.

"I'm super happy to finally win an event. Today was just amazing. My semifinal against Justine was super hard, and I knew I needed to work hard. Maud is a really good surfer too, and I'm super happy to have won against both of them," added Henrique.

"Without a major sponsor it's quite difficult to follow the whole tour, and thankfully I have my family's support. Now with this money, I'm going to afford to go to a few more events, so it's really exciting."

2017 Pro Zarautz | Finals

Men

1. Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 16.50
2. Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 14.50

Women

1. Carol Henrique (PRT) 16.13
2. Maud Le Car (FRA) 13.17