Benjamin Fabres tastes home win at 2018 Matanzas Wave Classic

October 3, 2018 | Windsurfing
Benjamin Fabres: he had a brilliant wave sailing performance in Matanzas | Photo: Jimenez/IWT

Benjamin Fabres and Maria Andrés have taken out the 2018 Matanzas Wave Classic, held in Chile.

The famous Chilean wave delivered the goods, and the world's best wave sailors put their skills to the test in highly contestable ocean and weather conditions.

Actually, you could almost hear the 10-foot swell coming from the horizon, and the roaring sound of the overhead waves breaking near the shore.

The pro men's final had Fabres, Antoine Martin, Federico Morisio, and Joaquin Desriviers battling it out for the event's trophy. Benjamin kicked off the showdown with a spectacular big set wave.

Fabres displayed his incredible rail-to-rail competence and added an effective goiter in the critical part of the wave, which earned him an 8.5 score from the judges.

While his opponents struggled to find the best rollers and to pull off decisive maneuvers, the Chilean windsurfer took another opportunity to seal the deal.

By combining top turns, aerials, elegant bottom turns, cutbacks and a perfectly executed taka, Benjamin Fabres got the score he needed to win the event - a 7.5.

On the women's side, Andrés, Sabine Zola, Bjorte Purschel, and Antonella Davanzo fought hard to get to the top of the podium in Matanzas.

Zola started very well, but Maria was hot on her heels. Eventually, the Spanish found and rode a better second wave that would secure her a tasty win.

2018 Matanzas Wave Classic | Finals

1. Benjamin Fabres
2. Antoine Martin
3. Federico Morisio
4. Joaquin Desriviers

1. Maria Andrés
2. Sabine Zola
3. Bjorte Purschel
4. Antonella Davanzo

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