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Surfing - 14. October 2008.

Diana Cristina reigns at the Oakley presents Rio Surf Pro International


 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL  Brazilian flag is up for Diana Cristina’s victory at the first WQS, Oakley presents Rio Surf Pro International, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On a sunny morning of good two-to-three foot waves she lifted the title after beating New Zealander Paige Hareb in the great final. She puts the U$3.500 in her pocket plus 1.500 points going from 25th to 16th in the rating that guarantees six places in the ASP Womens World Championship Tour 2008. Tomorrow we will see the first man WQS 6 stars champion of Arpoador beach.

surfing Diana Cristina reigns at the Oakley presents Rio Surf Pro International

Diana Christina : photo Daniel Smorigo/ASP South America

 

“I’m stoked for that second winning in WQS Tour and happy to enter history with that first Arpoador title”, cheered the little 15 years old Diana Cristina who won the first WQS ever in Brazil back in 2006 at Costao do Santinho, Florianopolis. “That’s all I wanted, that the title remained in Brazilian´s hand whether in mine or in Krisna de Souza’s,, whatever, but I’m happy to have reached my goal”.

 

The first champion of the Oakley presents Rio Surf Pro International started the last girl’s event day defeating her friend Krisna de Souza in the semifinal and tells how the heat was against the beautiful New Zealander. “It was a good match; she almost changed the situation twice, but thank God I kept the title and I would like to thank all my family and everybody who came to support me here”, said the 18 years old who is 5th WQS rated as runner-up Paige Hareb.

 

The New Zealander made it through to the semifinal against Hawaiian Coco Ho. In the next step Paige rode the best wave of the heat – 7,10 – but didn’t find another one with enough potential to win the final. Diana scored 6,67 and 5,67 to secure the title with a tight score of 12,34 X 12,23, even though she is almost confirmed to appear into the ASP Women’s Tour 2009.

 

“I know I’m almost there, people are talking about the first New Zealander in the Dream Tour and I’m proud of it. I was so close to get the title today, I almost did it twice in the heat, but Cristina deserved to win”, recognized Paige Hareb. She will live Brazil with a good feeling after two semifinals in a row: “I like Brazil pretty much. I think it brings me luck and the happiness of people here is amazing. I wish next year I can do as well as I did now”.

 

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