Tim Boal Clinches ASP 5-Star Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro Title at Confital, Las Palmas .
By Daniel Alcock
Tim Boal, 27 from France won the Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro over rookie goofy-footer Jesse Mendes, 17 from Brazil in a closely fought out 35-minute final at the right-hand point break, El Confital. We witnessed an intense final day with Boal dominating his three heat performances to claim the 2010 title.
Waves in the 3-4ft (1.0m) range wrapped along the reef during the high tide mark offering fun conditions for the final day of competition. The famous barrels that El Confital is famous for did not produce themselves during the finals however it was worth waiting for the improved swell as the strong field ripped to pieces the long right-hand waves.
Claiming his first ASP Star-Series victory of the season, Tim Boal was never challenged showing all his experience in the tricky conditions. A former 2009 ASP ‘Dream Tour' member, Boal got off to an early start and built on his scores to eventually finish with a combined heat total of 14.23 out of 20.
“Actually I was really nervous so I don't know if it was showing or not but I was surfing kind of weird, and tense. The waves I got probably could have got a lot better scores and Jesse was surfing really well and only needed a 6.50. I was lucky that it went kind of flat and I had priority so it is just the way it goes sometimes.”
Although the barrels were not on offer today, the conditions were still some of the best we have seen during the European season maintaining El Confital and the Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro as a favourite amongst the athletes.
“We didn't see the real Confital but two days ago it was pretty much the same as today. Tomorrow is going to be too big for here. On the European leg this year we have had some really good days and some really small days so it is great to finish like this in some decent waves for sure.”
Defending Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro champion Jonathan Gonzalez, 30 from Tenerife headed the local charge and claimed equal third after losing narrowly in a tight fought semi-final battle.
Tim's opponent in the final was young Brazilian, Jesse Mendes. Mendes showed incredible flair right through the heat but just fell short of the mark.
“It is hard but you have to learn and you learn more when you lose so that is what I am doing.” Wise words from the 17 year old and we will see him and the rest of the competitors wen they return to our shores next year.
Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro Final Result
Tim Boal (FRA) 13.90 Def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 12.66
Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro Semi-final Results
Heat 1: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.70 Def. Jonathan Gonzalez ( CNY ) 14.67
Heat 2: Tim Boal (FRA) 14.23 Def. Nick Riley (AUS) 12.66
Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro Quarter-Final Results
Heat 1: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 16.57 Def. Glen Hall (IRL) 14.17
Heat 2: Jonathan Gonzalez ( CNY ) 15.20 Def. Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 10.23
Heat 3: Tim Boal (FRA) 11.60 Def. Heath Joske (AUS) 10.07
Heat 4: Nick Riley (AUS) 11.50 Def. Charlie Brown (BRA) 8.97