Sebastian met James Carew in the men’s first heat of the day – the semi-final. The Duotone team mates went toe-to-toe, wave-for-wave in an all out back side power surfing assault. As predicted the wave count was high with a minute to go: 12 for James, 13 for Ribeiro; James ahead by a whisker. Sebastian’s surge through the double elimination finally came to a finish. He won seven heats yesterday after a disaster in the single elimination and somehow worked his way up to the podium.
Carew wins 15.06 to 14.8 and would face single elimination winner Airton Cozzolino in another final – this time for the overall event win. Sebastian finished the event in third position. Congrats! Someone get that man a beer!