We're super stoked to report that over the weekend 17-year-old Arnette team rider Zeke Lau (HAW) claimed his first major ASP victory and a check for $12,000! Zeke edged out Mitch Crews (AUS) in firing 4-to-6 foot waves at La Libertad's righthand point break of Punta Roca to win the ASP 4-Star Copa Quiksilver El Salvador.
It was a hard-fought final, with Zeke and Mitch trading off even exchanges in the beginning of the heat. But midway through, Zeke locked into a perfect righthander and unleashed a whirlwind of powerful forehand turns which earned him a 9.23 -- the highest single-wave score of the day. Soon after that, he had another amazing ride which earned him an 8.07 and effectively locked up the win.
“It just felt so good when I got here, the waves are good and I just stayed relaxed,” Zeke said. “It’s a bounce back, I’ve had some ups and downs and I just wanted to get back on it and just relax and surf. I just had so much fun. Mitch surfed so well and I wanted to surf against him in the Final.”
Great job, Zeke! Click here to find out more. All photos by Tony Roberts.
Copa Quiksilver El Salvador Final Results:
1 – Zeke Lau (HAW) 17.30
2 – Mitch Crews (AUS) 15.73
SF 1: Zeke Lau (HAW) 12.46 def. Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF) 10.57
SF 2: Mitch Crews (AUS) 16.50 def. Shane Beschen (USA) 10.03
QF 1: Zeke Lau (HAW) 14.33 def. Guillermo Satt (CHL) 8.83
QF 2: Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF) 10.44 def. Jeremy Johnston (USA) 9.00
QF 3: Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.50 def. Caetano Vargas (BRA) 8.16
QF 4: Shane Beschen (USA) 14.27 def. Jason Shibata (HAW) 7.60
Zeke's definitely got the Eye Of The Tiger!