Cox Bay came out in force on Sunday, September 26, delivering stellar waves for the 2021 Rip Curl Pro Surf Canada Nationals Finals.
18-year-old Canadian surfing queen Mathea Olin went through the competition, winning national titles in the women’s longboard, girls U18 and professional women’s division.
“I couldn’t be happier. It was a bit of a roller coaster for me after El Salvador, so I was really happy to come away with the win. The conditions couldn’t have been better, ”said Olin after his final round of the competition.
“Thanks to Rip Curl and Red Bull and Dom (Domic) for hosting this event,” she said, noting that she would put the cash prize of $ 2,000 for winning the Pro in her savings.
Rising star Reed Platenius, 17, beat surfing legends Tofino Peter Devries and Sepp Bruhwiler in the Pro Men final.
“It was my goal before participating in this competition. I feel like I got off to a good start, then I got lucky in some good waves which gave me good sections. It was hard there. Looks like beach fun, but then you go out and kinda get lost chasing different peaks. I just focused on my breathing and got some good ones, ”said Platenius, who also won the U18 Boys division with an excellent score of 9.0 on a single wave for performing a 360 rear aerial maneuver. .
“I could give the wind a lot of credit. The wind is really good for the air and I knew it a bit. I am so happy to win. It has been my dream to grow up watching this competition take place every year. I’ve always looked up to Pete on the podium and I was like ‘someday I want to be that guy’, ”he said.
Ucluelet surfer David Schiaffino defended his national men’s longboard title for a second year in a fierce final.
“I’m just going to continue. Next year, next. Keep going until I can’t anymore. As usual, I’m still in the water, ”said Schiaffino.
Junior team members Sanoa Olin won the National Women’s Under-16 title and California-Canadian Wheeler ‘Hotwheels’ Hasburgh won the Boys’ Under-16 title.
“It was super fun. Everyone was kicking and I’m just happy to have a few waves and love that in Tofino, ”said Hasburgh.
In the men’s open division, 13-year-old Shea Bruhwiler of Tofino beat a field of 40 athletes to claim first place. His father, retired professional surfer and Canadian Coast Guard member Raph Bruhwiler, also won the Open division at the age of 13.
“I surfed a lot, but I didn’t think I would win the Men’s Open,” said Bruhwiler, who also placed second in the Under-16s and fourth in the Under-18s.
At age 12, Tofino’s Ocea Green made her way to the top of the Women’s Open division, showing the throngs of spectators lining the shores of Cox Bay that Canada’s talented young surfers are on their way to life. ignite.
“I’m just happy. I just wanted to surf. I lost in my (U16 Girls final) before so I just wanted to surf more, ”said a euphoric Green after being whisked off the surf and onto the podium by her friends.
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