A day of anthology at Basse-Pointe on Saturday for the last day of Martinique Surf Pro! The best surfers in the world competed on the « pointoise » wave and the Barbadian Chelsea Tuach and the Italian Leonardo Fioravanti won this MSP 2018!
It was the day that should not be missed …
Big scores, impressive maneuvers and tons of emotions. The series followed one another at a breathtaking pace and the athletes offered their best surf. The very big show acclaimed by a particularly enthusiastic crowd!
The men’s quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals and women’s semi-finals and finals were the best of the discipline. Indeed, the four athletes in the final were or are members of the Championship Tour, the world’s top surfing group that includes the 34 best men and 17 best women. And that was heavy!
Awesome Bevo, amazing Chelsea
After taking out her compatriot Isabella Nichols in the semi-finals, the Australian Claire “Bevo” Bevilacqua, formidable competitor, failed against Chelsea Tuach in the final. “I had a wonderful week, I love the Caribbean and its good ‘vibes’. And I’m in a hurry to come back!” Said Bevo.
The Barbadian Chelsea Tuach did not give up. Neither in semi-finals against Philippa Anderson (Australia), ahead of only 0.04 point! Neither in the final against Bevo. “I’m on a cloud. I want to surf for the Caribbean and for all Caribbean people. I knew I could win, I just wanted to create the right opportunities and choose the right waves. This win makes me confident for the Barbados Surf Pro that starts in a few days. I loved everything here in Martinique, I felt very supported.”
In men, the last stages were played without the three Brazilians, all of whom fell in quarter finals.
The Tahitian Mihimana Braye, the only French in semi-finals, does not reach the final: “I am a little bit disappointed because I know that I could have won but there is the luck factor that intervened. But that’s the essence of the competition. I’m happy to be on the podium and I keep going, I’m going to Barbados tomorrow.”
The final, therefore, opposed two surfing stars: the American Nat Young and the Italian Leonardo Fioravanti. Very active, the Californian ends up yielding in front of the Italian tornado who even earned an almost perfect 9 (out of ten). “I’m very happy because it’s been a while since I had a win. I had an incredible week, we had great waves, The Martinicans are great, I love Martinique, I thank everyone. See you next year!”