Ariane Ochoa have won the inaugural QS1,000Pro A Coruña today in shifting three-to-five foot surf at the secondary venue of play de Caion.
The women's final was first to hit the water, with all surfers opting to sit out the back on the low tide bank instead of in the shore break like the previous heats had seen. The slow matchup witnessed Ariane Ochoa(EUK), 18, capitalize early with a two-turn combo on an outside set to take an early lead. The moving lineup served fast-breaking, short rides only allowing one or two maneuvers and kept all athletes scores in the average range. All following efforts from her opponents proved insufficient and the Basque junior claimed her first-ever Qualifying Series win.
Ochoa savors a well- deserved first win on the main stage. - WSL / Damien Poullenot
"I'm so incredibly happy today, I felt a little bit frustrated with my second place in the Juniors yesterday, I have worked hard for it and I hoped to take it out," she reflected.
"But today I came with a positive frame of mind thinking this was another opportunity so I'm stoked to win. I've always looked up to Pauline since I was really young and to surf against her today and win is very special. She's an amazing surfer and a fantastic person, I hope I get to travel and surf with her again in the future."
Placing second to Ochoa today was former Championship Tour competitor Pauline Ado (FRA), 25, who couldn't execute her game plan as expected in the tricky conditions and was left chasing a medium score for the pole position. Today's second place for Ado comforts her lead in the European title race as surfers will move onto the next event in Portugal in two weeks.
Ado surfed great but her wave selection was a little off on finals day. - WSL / Damien Poullenot
"I'm really disappointed because I thought it would be a great battle out there and with much better scores, I think maybe expecting too much beforehand got me overlooking opportunities," she analyzed. "I'm happy for Ariane, she's done really well and definitely deserved her win today."
photos Janos Schmidt