Peruvian surfer Álvaro Malpartida won the ASP 3-Star Arica challenge in El Gringo, Chile on Saturday. The 30-year-old surfer took the title home and a prize of $8,000 at the Maui and Sons Arica World Star Tour presented by Monster Energy and Sony. In the final heat, he beat the 2012 champion, Australian Anthony Walsh.
His victory was guaranteed after scoring a 6.67 from his last wave ridden in the tubes of El Gringo. Malpartida also jumped from his 319th position to 125th on the ASP World Ranking, with 750 points from Arica.
“This wave (El Gringo) is my favorite wave in the world,” said champion Alvaro Malpartida. “The truth is, I do not have words to describe what I’m feeling right now, but it’s one of the best days of my life. It’s amazing to win a championship with pipes like these and also beat Anthony (Walsh), who is a master in big waves, after he had beat Gabriel (Villaran), who is also a monster in those left waves. We also had Marco Giorgi, who is very good and others that surfed great waves this week. I was also really touched by the kindness of the people here supporting me and yelling, ‘Let’s go Alvaro.’ Thank you all,” said Malpartida of his championship.
The runner-up Walsh won $4,000 and scored 563 points jumping from the 208th to 122nd position on the world ranking.
“I’m happy to have been in another final here and the second place is a good result too,” said Anthony Walsh. “I am also happy for Álvaro (Malpartida), who had been injured and deserved to win the title. On a wave like that, you already know that you can always go out with a cut, bruised or injured, because it is a very dangerous wave,” he added.
FINAL ASP 3-Star MAUI AND SONS ARICA STAR WORLD TOUR:
Champion: Alvaro Malpartida (PER) with 13.00 points (6.67 +6.33 notes) – $8,000 and 750 points
Runner-up: Anthony Walsh (AUS) with 11.50 points (7.50 +4.00) – $4,000 and 563 points
SEMIFINALS – 3rd place – $2,300 and 422 points:
1st: Anthony Walsh (AUS) 11.87 x 11:50 Gabriel Villaran (PER)
2nd: Alvaro Malpartida (PER) 15.96 x 14:36 Marco Giorgi (URU)
QUARTER FINALS – 5th place – $1,500 and 316 points:
1st: Anthony Walsh (AUS) 12:34 12:00 x Yan Daberkow (BRA)
2nd: Gabriel Villaran (PER) x 16:43 7:37 Martin Jeri (PER)
3rd: Marco Giorgi (URU) 15.40 x 10:50 Manuel Selman (CHL)
4th: Alvaro Malpartida (PER) 9:44 18:07 x Igor Moraes (BRA)