Aritz Aranburu is a soft-spoken, well behaved gentleman out of the water. Get him into pumping barrels and it's a different story.

Alex Ribeiro (BRA), 25, came from behind in the Final to defeat Jeremy Flores (FRA) by a score of 14.93 to 14.17 at the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade. With his victory today (Sunday), Ribeiro received U$ 40,000 in prize money and 10,000 World Surf League Qualifying Series points. After starting off the competition in 57th place on the QS ranking, Ribeiro catapulted up to 2nd place as a result of his performance. In addition to the event win, Ribeiro also received the last wildcard position available for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour event, the Oi Rio Pro at Barra da Tijuca, which begins on Monday. 

 

Flores jumped to an early lead in the Final after scoring an 8.60 on his best wave and a 5.57 on his back up. However, Ribeiro’s composure paid off and with 10 seconds remaining in the heat, he paddled into his last opportunity and blasted a combination of huge hacks to leap into first place and straight to victory.

 

 

 

 

Initial Quarterfinalists decided at QS 10,000 event at Praia de Itauna, Brazil.

 

On Saturday, competition continued in pumping surf with waves in the 4-6 foot range (1.5–2 meters) at Praia de Itauna for Day 5 of the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade. An overnight build in swell, sunny skies and offshore winds provided a great start to the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event. 

On Thursday, competition was carried out until Heat 6 of the Round of 48 at the 2015 WSL Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade. Clean conditions with waves in the 3-4 foot range (1-1.5 meters) progressively deteriorated as onshore winds picked up. However, plenty of high scoring opportunities were on hand as the international field of surfers battled for the 10,000 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) ranking points available at Praia de Itauna, in Rio de Janeiro. 

 

 

After busting his back in February, Leonardo Fioravanti is working his ass off to get back to more of this..

Full day of upsets and high scores at QS 10,000 in Brazil.

 

The first day of competition at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade is in the books after an exciting day of action at Praia de Itauna, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Waves in the 3-5 foot range (1-1.5 meters) provided lengthy rides and punchy sections, which resulted in big scores and major maneuvers from the field of international athletes at the 2nd World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 level event of 2015.