Santiago Muniz from Argentina has won his first victory on the ASP world circuit in Peru against Brazilian surfer, David do Carmo. 20-year-old Muniz, younger brother to top WCT surfer Alejo Muniz, dominated his heats to take home the $8,000 in prize money and 750 points.
The ASP 3-Star Rip Curl Pro Piedras Negras ended on Saturday, June 8th, with 3-4 ft waves in the City of Ilo, Moquegua on the coast of Peru. The contest was disputed between 67 surfers from twelve different countries.
“I am thrilled that this is my first win on the ASP Tour,” said Santiago Muniz. “This first title is even more special because it happened in this amazing place, with hospitable people and also with consistent and perfect waves breaking during all week here in Piedras Negras, which really helped everyone to raise the level of competition. Now I feel even more motivated to go to Arica and I am looking for another good result there.”
The runner-up at the Rip Curl Pro Piedras Negras, Brazilian David do Carmo received $4,000 and 563 points. The surfer had already made it to the finals during the first event organized by ASP South America this year, placing third at the 3-Star Rip Curl Pro Argentina.
“Really, in the end the conditions were already somewhat irregular because of the wind that came and maneuvers spoke louder than the pipes,” lamented the runner-up David do Carmo. “When I saw that Santiago (Muniz) was distanced doing strong maneuvers, I decided to wait for a potential wave with tube because it was the only chance to turn the heat. Santiago did a great job and deserved the brilliant victory and we are all happy with this great championship,” he said.
Champion: Santiago Muniz (ARG) with 14.90 points (8.00 + 6.90 notes) – $8,000 and 750 points
Runner-up: David do Carmo (BRA) to 13.00 (7.17 +5.83 notes) – $4,000 and 563 points
SEMIFINALS: 3rd place – $2,300 and 422 points:
1st: David do Carmo (BRA) 12.60 x 16:27 Thiago Guimaraes (BRA)
2nd: Santiago Muniz (ARG) x 9.80 14:00 Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
QUARTER FINALS: 5th place – $1,500 and 316 points:
1st: Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) x 12:34 9:00 Carlo Mario Zapata (PER)
2nd: David do Carmo (BRA) 16.67 x 15:33 Marco Giorgi (URU)
3rd: Santiago Muniz (ARG) 13.66 x 6:00 Yago Dora (BRA)
4th: Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 11.67 x 14:44 Usuna Leandro (ARG)