Two South American Titles for WSL Latina America were decided today at the 2019 Oi Pro Junior Series in Maresias, Brazil. Tainá Hinckel (BRA) won her second regional Pro Junior crown and Piccolo Clemente (PER) won an astonishing 4th regional Longboard title by advancing to the Semifinals on Saturday.
"I've been training so hard that it feels so exciting to win my second title. I'm so grateful for this accomplishment," said Hinckel. "Without a doubt, this is a result of a lot of hard work that I put in. My goal now is to win this contest and then follow that with the World Junior Championships. I always say that I just want to keep having fun with surfing. I love what I do and that makes things even more special."
Hinckel, as well as all WSL Regional Junior Champions, has guaranteed a spot at the World Junior Championships in Taiwan and is looking to fulfill her lofty aspirations. Hinckel won her first regional title in 2016 at the age of 13. Now at 16, the local from Guarda do Embaú has equaled Sol Aguirre (PER) in terms of WSL Latin America accolades.
"I've never been to Taiwan and that's something that has been bugging me, so going there and winning the World Junior Championships would be the biggest goal of the year," concluded Hinckel.
Later in the day, another title celebration ensued as the legendary Peruvian logger Piccolo Clemente (PER) earned his fourth WSL Regional Longboard Title after advancing to the Semifinals at the Oi Longboard Pro.
Clemente is one of the most stylish longboarders on the planet and holds two World Championship titles under his belt. His competitive savvy, matched with a fluid elegance, has kept him atop the rankings throughout his career and on Saturday added another trophy to his mantlepiece in Maresias.
"I'm so happy to be in Brazil to win another South American title," Clemente stated. "The waves have been very difficult, so I opted for larger maneuvers in more critical sections. It's been hard for everyone, so it makes it even sweeter to win the title here. There haven't been any longboard events in Brazil for a while, so I hope we can maintain a healthy schedule as well as increasing events in Peru to make it even better. I dedicate this title to my family, my wife, my sponsors and for all of Peru," concluded Clemente.
The Women's Longboard division at the Oi Longboard Pro will be decided tomorrow. The current WSL Longboard Tour leader, Chloe Calmon (BRA) is heavily-favored to win her first regional title in Brazil.
The Men's division of the Oi Pro Junior Series continued on Saturday in Maresias and determined the Semifinalists. Heat 1 will see Eduardo Motta (BRA) face up against Lucas Vicente (BRA) and in Heat 2, Raul Rios (PER) will confront Wallace Vasco (BRA).