Headworx rider excels in perfect conditions to consolidate position at top of BPSA Tour.
Headworx rider Reubin Pearce took his second consecutive win in an already outstanding season to clinch the high profile Sri Lanka Airlines BPSA Champion of Champions event last week at Arugam Bay on Sri Lanka’s east coast.
Reubin — who recently put a history of runner up finishing positions behind him to win the BPSA Jersey Open at St Ouen’s Bay — is now a hot favourite for the tour title in a season which has seen him shoot to form with some breathtaking surfing.
The invitation-only event attracted more than 50 professional surfers from the UK, Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa — but it was the talented Headworx rider who emerged from a furious day’s competition with the title, blowing the competition away with his trademark gouging turns and spray-throwing snaps.
The perfect right-hander at Arugam Bay was the venue for the Championship, which went ahead in spite of the devastation caused by the Boxing Day tsunami. Conditions didn’t disappoint, with 6ft plus offshore conditions proving ideal for Reubin’s powerful backhand.
A popular figure on the BPSA tour and committed professional, Reubin was delighted with the win “Its been a fantastic two weeks out here, and I’m just stoked to come away with the title. I’ve been determined to surf contests with my own style this season, and it seems to be paying off.
Headworx team manager Ben Byfield was equally delighted “All of us at Headworx are stoked for Reubin. He truly is a rider who thinks for himself, and it’s a huge inspiration to everyone involved with the brand to see Reubin take it to the competition in his own unique way.
The 2005 event was part of an on-going program to include Sri Lanka in the British Professional Surfing circuit, providing a great venue for surfing and boosting Sri Lanka’s tourist industry as the country encourages visitors to return. “It’s a great event to be involved in, especially because it raises the profile of the whole country at this time commented Pearce.
2004 BPSA Junior Champion and fellow Headworx rider Matt Capel didn’t fair as well, exiting the competition in the 3rd round, but was nonetheless delighted to have taken part in the event, having secured his invitation on merit. Eyes now turn to the Pro Junior and WQS events in Portugal next week, where both Headworx riders will be looking to challenge the best European surfers with their individual styles.