Marlon Lipke: half Deutsch, half Portuguese

Marlon Lipke conquered the 2012 Protest Vendee Pro, in a close fought low scoring final against Vincent Duvignac, Joan Duru and Romain Cloitre. The decisive heat was surfed in shifting 4-5ft waves, in which wind conditions severely affected peaks.

"The left here is so much fun, I remember surfing it like 10 years ago when I was staying at Gregory Pastusiak’s house and this whole event I’ve been surfing it despite everyone sticking to the right", Marlon said. Watch the final highlights.

"I guess it was kind of a risk for me but luckily it paid off! The wind picked up again during the final and destroyed the waves, with very few offering a shoulder to work with, but I felt like when you put a lot of energy in and keep catching waves then eventually it pays off".

Lipke, who qualified and surfed on the World Championship Tour in 2009, rises back and takes an early lead on the ASP European rankings. The 28 year-old German based in Portugal has been remodelling his approach to surfing events and starts 2012 with a strong goal of building up on his result in Vendee.

"I’m not ready to give up competing yet, I still enjoy travelling so much with my friends and surfing events. Us European we’ve been pushing each others for the last few years a lot, and I think in this event it showed with Joan who was also a standout all week and I think with a little luck we’ll see one more european on the World Championship Tour".

"I’ll give it another go too for sure, I have to build it from scratch cause I’ve felt down the rankings, but I’ve been training a lot and it feels good".

After a couple years of average results in competition, Marlon Lipke recently started taking up new training methods and feels his condition has improved. Taking nothing for granted the German competitor had the courage to go back to essentials and his win in Vendee attests of a new found form.

"I’ve actually been taking up trampoline training for example, and I think it opens your eyes on what’s possible. You have to always try something different to move forward with your surfing, if you just do the same over and over you get stuck I think that’s what happened to me in a way".

2012 Protest Vendee Pro Results:

1: Marlon Lipke (DEU) 10.20
2: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 9.97
3: Joan Duru (FRA) 9.34
4: Romain Cloitre (FRA) 8.20