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Timmy Reyes takes victory in Mr Price Pro

The USA’s Timmy Reyes claimed the biggest victory of his career at the Mr Price Pro Ballito north of Durban, South Africa on Sunday, defeating Australia’s Matt Wilkinson in six- to eight-foot surf in the final of the event.

Timmy Reyes. Photo: Mr Price Pro

Timmy Reyes. Photo: Mr Price Pro

A former World Championship Tour (WCT) campaigner turned big-wave free-surfer, Reyes opened his account with a 7.17 (out of a possible 10 points) for an early lead off his powerful performance on a reeling right-hander.

While Wilkinson answered back with an impressive 9.2 score, Reyes maintained his composure and, using a strategy he had dreamed about, he managed another big score of 8.27 to secure his victory over the Australian.

“This is definitely the biggest win I have ever had in my life,” an emotional Reyes said afterwards.

“I knew Matt would get a nine, and he did, but I had a dream a few days ago that I should just sit wide, be patient, and the wave would come to me. Almost every heat I had, the same thing happened and that’s what happened on my 8.25 in the final.”

Having returned to the water only two weeks ago after being out for 10 weeks with a shoulder injury, Reyes’s razor sharp performance saw him pocket $40 000 and 6 500 rankings points.

His victory also rocketed him from 131st on the Qualification Series (QS) rankings to a remarkable number five in the world, opening the door for a chance to re-qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) in 2015.

JBay WinterFest

“I’m just going to take it one contest at a time, and one heat at a time and see what happens,” Reyes said. “It’s been a special day for me. Ballito came alive and I’ve had amazing support from the locals and my friend Sid who gave me a home away from home this week.”

Wilkinson, currently ranked 33rd on the WCT, was a standout performer, netting some of the highest scoring waves of the competition including, a 9.90 in the semi- finals and a 9.2 in the final. However, he failed to find a second high scoring ride in the final and was forced to settle for a second place finish.

The eyes of the surfing world have now turned towards Jeffreys Bay, where the best surfers in the world have congregated to surf the JBay Open, a WCT event which forms part of the JBay WinterFest.

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