After three days of intense competition, Peruvian Miluska Tello and Brazilian Deivid Silva took top honors at the Rip Curl Pro Junior Series San Bartolo, a World Surf League (WSL) Junior Tour (JT) event. Both winners received 1,000 points for their victory, putting them in command of the South American JT men's rankings and women's rankings.
Tello used her great knowledge of the break at San Bartolo and unleashed an aggressive backhand attack to defeat Luara Thompson (BRA) in the Quarterfinals. In the Semis, Tello accumulated an excellent 18.20 heat total to advance over compatriot Melanie Giunta. She then defeated Lorena Fica (CHL) in the Final.
In the men's division, it looked like local favorite Juninho Urcia (PER) would ride his building momentum to victory. But, in the end, Silva excelled in the conditions and took the Final with a score of 14.00 to 12.34.
JT surfers have three more contests to determine who will represent the continent in the WSL Pro Junior Championship. The next stage begins March 30, 2015 with the Rip Curl Pro Junior Series Mar de Plata in Argentina.