On Stop No. 9 on the 2019 WSL European Qualifying Series, we saw an impressive performance by some of the world’s best surfers at the ABANCA Galacia Classic Surf Pro. The finalists, Brazilian Miguel Pupo and our American teamrider Jake Marshall, both were riding Sharpeye Surfboards.
20 year-old Encinitas surfer Marshall claimed the biggest result of his young career, rocketing into the Qualifying Top 10 in 8th position. In his fourth full-year attempt on the Qualifying Series, this is the highest ranking our young surfer has ever reached and it has boosted his confidence heading into two other major events in Europe in the coming weeks.
"This is amazing and it came at a great time so I couldn't be happier," he said. "I love Europe and Pantin is going to have a good place in my heart for a long time. I love surfing in a wetsuit and cold water it's just like home. My goal is obviously to qualify so now I'm going to focus on the next one and try to bag another big result."
By reaching the Final today, Marshall overtook Barron Mamiya in the rankings, and as the highest American athlete on the QS post-Pantin, he will be awarded a wildcard slot into the upcoming Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown, held at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California from September 19-21.
"I'm not really sure yet if I'm going to go, I might just focus on my main goal to qualify and head to the Azores where my brother and my dad are meeting me soon," he added. "But I recognize this as a huge opportunity obviously and I'm going to have a long think about it and talk to a few people before I make a decision."
Marshall’s solid surfing was a clear statement of his intentions for the rest of season, and we are stoked to see our teamrider climb the rankings.
Additionally, Miguel Pupo was also riding Sharpeye Surfboards in the final round. On the get-go, the Brazilian claimed two solid scores on a mix of powerful turns and aerial maneuvers and never let go of the lead. His final score combined to a 16.87 (out of a possible 20) and did a fantastic job on his #77 model.
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