Jean Da Silva (BRA) was able to come back from behind in the final to take the win of the Coastal Edge ECSC Vans Pro over fellow Brazilian, Filipe Toledo (BRA). Keanu Asing (HAW) held his composure after losing out in the Prime event and was able to take the Pro Junior win.
Da Silva had a late charge in the final and put up a couple solid scores with sharp backhand surfing, and was able to take the win by a mere .26 points despite Toledo leading the majority of the heat.
“Filipe is the big thing now; he surfs so well and he’s getting so many results, and that Final was hard,” Da Silva said. “I was never in a rhythm out there. I was kind of lost and was just watching him get all of his waves. I was waiting patiently and couldn’t find the right waves but at the end I was just ripping as hard as I could in the last few minutes and I got the scores.”
“I tried to just do big turns the whole event,” Da Silva said. “I was watching Tanner Gudauskas get high scores on his backhand. I got here a few weeks ago and it was my first time in Virginia Beach; I felt really good. I learned how to surf in these conditions and felt comfortable out there.”
The seasoned Brazilian competitor worked his way through the opening rounds quietly posting the scores he needed, showing himself has as a standout. Da Silva gained momentum in the final day and began working his way towards the final with a win over Dege O’Connell in the Quarters and another win over Nathan Yeomans in the Semis. Jean has moved from 41st in the ASP World Ranking up to 22nd and now is place to qualify for the 2013 ASP World Tour if he keeps up the momentum.
Filipe Toledo also moved up to 17th in the ASP World following his second place finish. He was in fine form for much of the event and continued his domination in the final day, posting the event’s highest heat total in the Semis, and maintained his form for the most part of the Final, but Da Silva was able to slightly better him for the win.
“It feels great to have another Final and to surf against Jean (Da Silva),” Toledo said. “He’s a really good surfer and was doing big turns on his backhand. In the Final, I was trying to do big turns to and it was a close one in the end.”
Toledo took his second place finish in Virginia Beach following a win in Lacanau, France. The fired up Brazilian hopes to keep his momentum into the next event in Zarautz, Spain, where he hopes to further solidify his place on the 2013 ASP World Tour.
“It’s definitely good to get some more big points to try and qualify for the WCT,” Toledo said. “I’m feeling good and ready for Zarautz, and hopefully I can win there.”
When the main event was not running, there was still none stop action with the Vans Pro junior offering up plenty for spectators in the small surf, with Keanu Asing taking out a hard fought win over Evan Thompson, Michael February and Taylor Clark. Even Thompson posted the finals highest single wave of a 9.6 but Keanu stayed close to Evan and didn’t let him get a backup score. and was able to win by less than a point.
“After that Semifinal, I was just happy to be in the Final,” Asing said. “I finished 3rd last year and Nat Young got a 9 and beat me, so when Evan (Thompson) got the 9.60, I was thinking there was no way I was going to let him get his backup score. It’s tough to sit on your friends and your fellow team rider, but we all come here to do one thing and that’s to win, so I was going to make it hard for him.”
Asing, who finished No. 1 on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, looked at the Coastal Edge ECSC Vans Pro Junior as the perfect training grounds for the upcoming ASP World Junior Championships in Bali.
“Coming from US Open and then the Junior here, it’s a great warm up for us to know what’s coming to us when we go to Bali to battle it out for the world title,” Asing said. “It’s really good to mix it up with everyone and see what everyone is doing, and see talents from around the world. It was a tough international field and it’s good to compete with them.”
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COASTAL EDGE ECSC PRES. BY VANS FINAL:
1 – Jean Da Silva (BRA) 14.76
2 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.50
COASTAL EDGE ECSC PRES. BY VANS SEMIFINALS:
SF 1: Jean Da Silva (BRA) 15.57 def. Nathan Yeomans (USA) 8.20
SF 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.76 def. Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 8.20
COASTAL EDGE ECSC PRES. BY VANS QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.74 def. Michael Dunphy (USA) 13.60
QF 2: Jean Da Silva (BRA) 13.67 vs. Dege O’Connell (HAW) 6.67
QF 3: Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 13.37 def. Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 12.56
QF 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.40 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.27
COASTAL EDGE ECSC VANS PRO JUNIOR FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.73
2 – Evan Thompson (USA) 13.87
3 – Michael February (USA) 11.87
4 – Taylor Clark (USA) 9.50
COASTAL EDGE ECSC VANS PRO JUNIOR SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Evan Thompson (USA) 15.50, Michael February (ZAF) 11.80, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 9.23, Andrew Doheny (USA) 6.34
SF 2: Taylor Clark (USA) 12.00, Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.50, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 10.36, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 7.50