Dillon Perillo Wins the Los Cabos Open of Surf!

Malibu Local Takes Out International Field at Inaugural ASP 6-Star Event

2013 Los Cabos Open of Surf
Dillon Perillo takes his first ever ASP event win at the 2013 Los Cabos Open of Surf. Photo by Klein.

It’s been several years since a high rated ASP event has been held in the warm, clear waters of San Jose Del Cabo. Luckily for surf fans and competitors, the Los Cabos Tourism put up the funds for the inaugural ASP 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf!

Due to the 6-Star status offering a ton of ratings points, some of the best up-and-coming surfers in the world were on hand to sample the fun 2-4ft point surf at Zippers, and compete for the $155,000 purse!

After three days of fun waves for the early rounds of the event, competitors awoke on Saturday to see a new pulse of south swell reeling down the point. Standouts included Hawaii’s Ezekiel Lau and Brazil’s Heitor Alves. Both surfers failed to advance to the final rounds, but consistently posted high scores throughout the event and were clear favorites from Day 1.

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Hawaii’s Ezekiel Lau was an event favorite, but went down in Round 5 due to poor wave choice.
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Brazil’s Heitor Alves’ powerful snaps and technical airs had him placed as the top seed of the contest, but he also went down in Round 5.

As the semi-final rounds got under way, four surfers were left in the draw as fun shoulder high surf continued to peel down the coast. Malibu’s Dillon Perillo versus San Clemente’s Tanner Gudauskas, and Spain’s Vicente Romero versus South Africa’s Beyrick De Vries.

Tanner and Dillon were up first in Semi#1 and each surfer found it difficult to catch high scoring rides in the heat. Wave choice was everything as certain sets allowed for more critical maneuvers in the steeper part of the wave. When the horn blew for the end of the heat it was Dillon who advanced to the final. He posted two good waves that saw him connect the dots with crisp snaps and smooth transitions between moves. For Tanner, it was his best result in 2013 and it gave the goofy-footer some much needed confidence before the next event in Ballito, South Africa.

“It’s slowing down out there and Dillon made the right choices on wave selection,” Tanner said. “It’s always tough to come this close to the Final, but congrats to Dillon, he surfed well. Overall 3rd is a good result for me and I’ll take this on to Ballito.”

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Tanner Gudauskas put on a backside surfing clinic as he consistently posted high scores with hard turns and quick snaps. He ended up in third after losing to a firing Dillon Perillo in the Semis.

Vicente Romero and Beyrick De Vries were up next in Semi#2. For Vicente, it was the farthest he had ever been in ASP competition. For Beyrick, who is on the comeback trail after an injury that took him out for three months, it was validation after watching the first part of the contest season from the couch. Vicente had the best air game of the event, but could not get the scores to overtake Beyrick’s powerful turns and tail blows.

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Spain’s Vicente Romero was the feel good story of the event. Sponsorless, Vicente received $500 from his grandmother to go to the event with the instructions to “Just do good.” With his third place finish, Vicente gained enough prize money to surf the rest of the Central America leg of the ASP North America tour.

The final started thirty minutes later and Dillon wasted little time. He posted an 8.67 and an 8.47 for a crazy mix of smooth committed carves and tail-free turns, instantly putting De Vries in a combination situation. Perillo turned it up even more as the heat went on, and posted the highest single-wave score of the event – a 9.57 for an explosive three-turn combination, giving the young regular-foot his first major ASP Men’s victory.

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Dillon Perilo progressed with each heat win until he peaked in the final with the highest wave score of the contest (9.57). It’s Dillon’s first ever win at an ASP event.

“I don’t even know what to say, Mexico is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve been coming down here surfing with my Dad since I was a little kid,” said Dillon. “This was a sick contest. I was so nervous the whole time in the Final. I was just telling myself to breathe and try and relax.”

“After the ASP Junior Tour I went on a free surf tour for a few years and this was the first year that I told myself I was going to really try in contests,” said Dillon. “At the beginning of the year I didn’t do so well. I went to Pipeline and lost, Newcastle I made two heats, made a heat in Puerto Rico and lost first heat in Japan, and then to win here, it’s crazy. I’m doing Acapulco and El Salvador and hopefully I can do well.”

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South Africa’s Beyrick De Vries was an underdog in almost every heat, and went from Dark Horse to runner-up for his best ever ASP result. The ASP WQS series now heads to his home country, so you can expect to see him in the mix at Ballito in July.

De Vries was still stoked on his runner-up finish. “I came in to this contest and I was happy to make it from the Round of 96 to 48 because I’m just trying to make it to the midyear cutoff so I can be in the Primes for the next half,” Beyrick said. “I’ve just come off of a knee injury and this is my first event where I’ve been able to put an air in to my repertoire. I’ve been surfing safe at a lot of contests and doing them just to keep a seed. To be able to surf out there and get second, I’m just overwhelmed, I’m so happy.”

Watch the Video Highlights below!
Day 4 Highlights

The Finals (Entire Heat)

LosCabos_Day_MAIN111The next ASP North America Star events will be the 4-Star Surf Open Acapulco on July 2nd, and then the 6-Star Reef El Salvador Pro on July 9th.

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