Romain Cloitre victorious at the Relentless Boardmasters

August 15, 2011 | Surfing
Romain Cloitre: wearing a 1990s wetsuit

Romain Cloitre won the Relentless Boardmasters after defeating Mitch Coleborn in a lead swapping final 14.77 to 9.36, to claim his maiden ASP Star tour victory in windblown 3-4ft peaks in front of a huge crowd lining the Fistral beach shoreline.

Cloitre searched the longer rights with rapid fire forehand snaps to build his scores and gain a slight advantage through the first half of the encounter to eventually seal his victory with a combination of two powerful backhand smashes securing an 8.17 out of 10 and an unassailable lead.

“I am really happy right now. This is my best victory in my career and I haven’t had any good results in the last few months so I didn’t have a lot of confidence but now I have some and I am really happy. The start of the Europe leg I was traveling with Tom Whitaker a lot and Oakley and he helped me to get my confidence back. He was always saying that I was going to do well in Europe and it has helped me, so thanks Tommy for that.”

Cloitre, former ASP European Pro Junior champion, who had quietly moved through the draw was the form surfer on the final day and met the challenge thrown down by Coleborn in the final with carefully planned heat tactics and priority control against the powerhouse Australian.

“I saw that Mitch had a good left and competing against him is tough because he can get a 9-point ride with one turn so it is never over when you are against him. It was a hard final and I am stoked to have come through with the win.”

Coleborn, making his best podium finish of the season, almost pulled off a massive air-reverse with incredible rotation in the opening minute of the final. Had he made it the story may have been completely different from the start. That one missed opportunity eventually proving costly during the entire heat.

“I just cruised into that first wave,” explained Coleborn. “I didn’t expect such a big section off the bat. First wave of the heat I would have liked to have found my feet before I got that section. I fell off and it almost played on my mind a bit out there. I didn’t really consolidate on that opportunity so I was a little bit rattled. I then just tried to wait it out and the waves just never came to me.”

Coleborn, who was sitting outside the top ranked 100 in the world, will now rocket up the ASP World rankings to place himself in a better position for qualification into the crucial ASP 6-Star and Prime events coming up over the following weeks in Europe.

“I’m stoked overall because it is the best result I have ever had. It is the start of the European leg as well and it has given me a bunch of confidence going into the next couple of 6-stars and I am just stoked to climb up the rankings a little bit.”

Relentless Boardmasters 2011 | Final

Romain Cloitre (REU) 14.77 Def. Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 9.36