Tomas Tudela Wins the Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour
In an all-Peruvian Final, Tomas Tudela (PER) defeated Alvaro Malpartida (PER) by a score of 15.27 to 12.46 at the 2017 WSL Men’s QS 3,000 Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour presented by Corona & Canon. The tiny warrior Tudela snuck into barrel after barrel in the 3-4 foot (1-1.5 meters) waves at the fin-scratching reefbreak known as El Gringo in Arica, Chile.
Malpartida took an early lead in the Final and put his opponent on the ropes after earning a 6.33 and a 4.50 on medium-sized barrels. Changing momentum, Tudela was able to earn a 9.07 by threading his way over the foamball and out of a long lefthander. Malpartida increased his lead with another 6.13, but the nail in the coffin came with five minutes remaining when Tudela got slotted in another long left for a 6.20 and a 15.27 total for the win.
After an emotional celebration in the lineup with Alvaro, Tomas was carried up the beach by his older brother Miguel Tudela (PER), who recently won the QS 1,000 in San Bartolo, Peru. It goes without saying that the Tudela family is in high spirits with their recent domination of the Qualifying Series events in the WSL South America Region.
“This contest was incredible and I’d like to thank everyone that made it possible to become a QS 3,000,” said Tudela. “It was an amazing opportunity for the Latin American surfers and winning here in Arica means so much to me. People from all over the world came to compete here because of the quality of the wave. Many countries in South America like Peru, Columbia, Ecuador and Argentina have the potential to host events like these.”