Dillon Perillo (USA) has defeated Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) to win the ASP 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf in clean 2-3 ft surf at Zippers. Perillo put on a dominating performance over De Vries in the Final by posting an 8.67 and 8.47 with a variety of strong forehand maneuvers, putting De Vries in a combination situation. Perillo later upped his score to a 9.57, the highest single-wave score of the event, with a powerful three-turn combination to lock in his first major victory on the ASP Men’s Tour.
“I was so nervous the whole time in the Final. I was just telling myself to breath and try and relax,” explained Perillo. “Mexico is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve been coming down here surfing with my Dad since I was a little kid. This was a sick contest.”
After being a standout on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, Perillo focused the past few years of his career following his Junior Series performance on free surfing, and returned to focus on competition in 2013.
“This was the first year that I told myself I was going to really try in contests,” said Perillo. “At the beginning of the year I didn’t do so well.” Perillo lost at Pipeline, made two heats in Newcastle, made a heat in Puerto Rico, and lost his first heat in Japan. After this win at Los Cabos, Perillo will go on to do the events in Acapulco and El Salvador and hopes to do well.
Runner-up Beyrick De Vries put on a performance by defeating some of the event’s top seeds and earning his way to the final where he fought hard to try and win over Perillo.
“I’ve just come off a knee injury and this is my first event where I’ve been able to put an air in to my repertoire,” Devries said. “I’ve been surfing safe at a lot of contest and doing them just to keep a seed. To be able to surf out there and get second, I’m just overwhelmed. I’m so happy.”
Other notable performances were by Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA) with his impressive backhand maneuvers throughout the contest that helped him defeat event favorite Heitor Alves (BRA) in the Quarterfinals. Gudauskas faced Perillo in the Semifinals to take an equal 3rd place finish. Vicente Romero (ESP) also finished equal 3rd securing the best result of his young career at age 19.
“I’m pretty happy, this is the biggest result of my life and I don’t have a sponsor,” said Romero of only his second event this year. “I didn’t go to Australia because I didn’t have the money.” Romero asked his grandmother to loan him 500 dollars so he could go to Mexico and compete. After his success, he will go to the events in Acapulco and El Salvador.