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Bethany Zelasko & Peter Devries crowned Canadian Champions at 2019 Rip Curl Nationals

Bethany Zelasko & Peter Devries crowned Canadian Champions at 2019 Rip Curl Nationals

Bethany Zelasko and Peter Devries crowned Canadian Champions at 2019 Rip Curl Nationals. Devries’ buzzer beater highlights thrilling day of Finals at Wickaninnish Beach

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve – The third and final day of Rip Curl Nationals came to a close at Wickaninnish Beach on Sunday afternoon, with the Women’s and Men’s Open closing out a packed day of finals.

Champions were crowned in Open Women and Men, U-18, and Longboard divisions. Wheeler Hasburgh edged out local talent Reed Platenius with a final score of 11.9 to capture gold, while Sanoa Dempfle-Olin held off sister Mathea to capture gold in the Girls U-18 final. In the Longboard division, David Schiaffino and Lucy Ruffy were crowned champions.

The Men’s Open came down to the dying seconds of the four-man, 30-minute final, as local legend Peter Devries went for a massive and critical front side full rotation air on his last wave, scoring an 8.00 to go from 4th to 1st, leapfrogging, Sean Foerster, Cody Young and Shane Campbell for gold. It’s his 9th National Title for Devries.

On the women’s side, 2018 champion Bethany Zelasko beat out two-time WSL Big Wave champion Paige Alms with a 12.47 score to capture her second-straight gold.

“A huge congratulations to all our competitors for coming out over the past three days,” said Surf Canada executive director Dom Domic. “It’s been absolutely epic to see all this Canadian talent come together and compete. We’re already counting down the days until next year! A huge thank-you to all our volunteers and staff who work tirelessly to make this event happen.”

Open Men Final
Peter Devries (14.50)
Shane Campbell (13.13)
Cody Young (12.26)
Sean Foerster (12.10)

Open Women Final
Bethany Zelasko (12.47)
Paige Alms (11.07)
Sanoa Dempfle-Olin (10.93)
Mathea Dempfle-Olin (10.03)

Boys U-18
Wheeler Hasburgh (11.90)
Reed Platenius (10.54)
Jeffrey Spencer (9.97)
Boston Leier (8.17)

Girls U-18
Sanoa Dempfle-Olin (10.74)
Mathea Dempfle-Olin (8.80)
Jasmine Porter (7.60)
Aqua Bruhwiler (5.90)

Men’s Longboard
David Schiaffino (12.60)
TJ Atwood (10.96)
Asia Dryden (8.27)
Adam Tory (7.10)

Women’s Longboard
Lucy Ruffy (9.17)
Lydia Ricard (7.54)
Amy Sousa (5.37)
Emily Ballard (4.60)

The 2019 Rip Curl Nationals presented by Red Bull are proudly hosted by Parks Canada, Tla-o-qui-aht, Yuulu?it?ath First Nations, and supported by our Community Partners, Tourism Ucluelet, Tourism Tofino

With Participation from the Government of Canada and Supported by the Province of B.C.

Event Partners Mill Bay Marine Group, Corona, Flor de Caña, Island Savings, Surfrider Foundation, Lifesaving Society, Cascadia, HydroFlask, Aftanas, Clif Bar, Telus, FCS, Gorilla, SexWax, Headhunter, X-treme Organics, Stact, Howler’s Family Restaurant & Amusements, Wya Point Café, Ucluelet Rent-It Centre, Blue Room Café

Event Hospitality proudly provided by Black Rock Resort, Canadian Princess Lodge & Marina, Pacific Sands Beach Resort, Tofino Resort and Marina, and The Grey Pebble Guest House Ucluelet.

Media Partners, CBC Sports, Coast Mountain Culture and SBC Surf.

Surf Canada is the official National Sporting Federation (NGF) and sport partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) who in turn is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) governing federation. As such, Surf Canada is solely responsible for selecting Surf, Adaptive, Stand-Up Paddle, and Prone Paddle athletes to compete at international events including the yearly ISA World Championships, PASA PanAm Surf Championships and every four years the PanAmerican Games and the Summer Olympics Games.