Shane Campbell triumphs in the Boardmasters 2016

August 15, 2016 | Surfing
Shane Campbell: he traveled from Australia to England to win the Boardmasters 2016 | Photo: Boardmasters

Australian surfers Shane Campbell and Claire Bevilacqua claimed the Boardmasters 2016, in Fistral Beach, England.

The British surfing capital delivered fun and sunny three-to-four-foot waves for the finals, but the winners of the European event came from down under.

The Men's final saw Shane Campbell and Angelo Bonomelli catching a lot of waves in the first minutes. But with ten minutes to go, the Italian made an interference mistake, and not even a Perfect 10-point ride saved his day.

"There's no better feeling. This is my first QS win, and I'm really stoked. I haven't even made the quarters on the QS before so to get into the man-on-man rounds and win is amazing," said Campbell.

"It's unfortunate what happened in the final, you never want to win or lose on interference and, when it happened, I thought it could go either way."

On the women's side, Claire Bevilacqua showed why she was the best female surfer of the whole event. In the decisive heat against Ariane Ochoa, the Australian used her experience to defeat the young rider from the Basque Country.

"I'm just really in disbelief; this whole week is gone so fast. I'm super happy; this is a dream, and I love England. I'm going to compete in the European leg - this is a bit of a working vacation to see how I went and how it felt to come back on tour with a new approach and no pressure," explained Bevilacqua.

“I've felt really good leading up to this event. I've been training, and I'm just feeling really strong and confident in my surfing, so I figured why not give it a go and try to make some points and money! I'm doing this for fun; I love surfing with the younger girls they push me and make me try really hard."

In the longboard division, Edouard Delpero and Alice Lemoigne reconquered their Boardmasters titles, but only the surfer from Reunion Island was crowned European champion.

"This has been an incredible day! I could have never imagined it to turn out that way. To clinch a third European title is absolutely unbelievable, it shows that all the work, the training, the efforts are not in vain," concluded Lemoigne, who has already won three European longboarding titles.

Boardmasters 2016 | Finals

Open Men
1. Shane Campbell (AUS) 13.50
2. Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 10.00

Open Women
1. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.83
2. Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 10.40

Longboard Men
1. Edouard Delpero (FRA) 16.57
2. Emilien Fleury (FRA) 15.57

Longboard Women
1. Alice Lemoigne (REU) 16.50
2. Rachael Tilly (USA) 13.10 uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.