Copacabana’s own Matt ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson won the Saquarema Prime in a final against fellow countryman and defending event champion Kai Otton. The competition, held at the lefthand point of Itauna Beach, enjoyed great waves throughout the event, including a picturesque finals day with sunny skies and head high sets.
Despite finishing second, Kai Otton has managed to stamp his name onto the event trophy for the second consecutive year, an impressive feat considering the young talent fighting for Prime points these days.
Wilko’s path to the final meant he had to get through the event’s standout performer Gabriel Medina. Up until the semis Gabe had enjoyed a magic run of last second comebacks over Ciao Ibelli, Brian Toth and Jonathan Gonzalez. His luck would run out against Wilko, who easily dominated their semifinal matchup.
The win comes at a great time for Wilko, as his three results thus far this year on the World Tour– two 13ths and a 25th–had him sitting just outside of the top 22 spots and qualification for next year.
Final Heat Scores:
1) 18.43 Matt Wilkinson
2) 8.63 Kai Otton