Japan is celebrating an historic win. Ohhara defeated Tanner Hendrickson to become the first ever Japanese surfer to claim the US Open of Surfing. The victory was sealed with an excellent 9.17 when there were only three minutes remaining.
"I don't know how to say it; I'm just so stoked. It feels like something very special today. Now I think I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year. I've learnt everything here, and I got a good result here," expressed Hiroto Ohhara.
The Brazilian surfer proved he is a solid performer in American waters. Toledo opened his show with a huge air rotation for a near-perfect 9.67. Aritz Aranburu had to settle with a second place.
"I've been training a lot, but just surfing, not anything else out of the water. It feels good to be back home here with my family and my friends. I just got some new boards, my boards are flying so I feel really confident and really excited about this competition, and I hope to make it to the final again," said Toledo.
Landlocked surfers have reasons to smile. The world of surfing is changing. Surf Snowdonia, a 300-meter long wave lagoon is officially open for business.
Europe's first public artificial surf pool offers powerful and consistent surfing waves of varying heights up to two metres. You will even be able to surf at night, with friends and other riders from all regions of the Old Continent.
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