Tomas Tudela: getting pitted at El Gringo | Photo: Moreno/WSL

Tomas Tudela has taken out the 2017 Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour, at El Gringo, in Chile.

Arica's most famous surf spot delivered flawless left-hand barrels. In an all-Peruvian final, Tudela defeated Alvaro Malpartida with a competent display of tube riding in five-foot surf.

"This contest was incredible, and I'd like to thank everyone that made it possible to become a QS3,000. It was an amazing opportunity for the Latin American surfers and winning here in Arica means so much to me.

"People from all over the world came to compete here because of the quality of the wave. Many countries in South America like Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, and Argentina have the potential to host events like these."

The Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour was one of the most prestigious contests ever held in Latin America and sanctioned by the World Surf League. Hopefully, and with a wave like El Gringo, the spot will continue climbing the Qualifying Series (QS) ladder.

2017 Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour | Final

1. Tomas Tudela (PER) 15.27
2. Alvaro Malpartida (PER) 12.46

A beautiful chaos, the ultimate surfing wave, a freak of nature, the advanced surfer's testing ground, a specialty wave, the premier tube riding arena, and, ultimately, the Mecca of surfing.

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