Luis Díaz never tires of winning. The young surfer from Gran Canaria was proclaimed absolute champion of Spain yesterday, the last day of the 2020 National Surfing Championship. All in a fantastic wave day in Valdoviño (La Coruña). The champions of Spain in the absolute category were decided with an excellent quality surf from all the competitors.
The absolutes, both male and female, put on a show to take their hats off. A wave of ten by Garazi Sánchez and five above 9, excellent, by surfers Luis Díaz, Nadia Erostarbe, Andy Criere and Vincent Rosemary.
In the grand final of the men’s open category, Luis Diaz from Gran Canaria was intractable against his opponents. With two waves of 9.50 and 9.33, the island surfer prevailed in a final in which Vicente Romero put the sauce and emotion in the last minutes, but that would not be enough to snatch the first place from Diaz.
The box in the men’s category would be completed after Luis Díaz, Vicente Romero, Andy Criere and the very young Adur Amatriaín, one of the great sensations of the entire competition.
In the master category there was a final where consecrated surfers gave a show in which the incombustible Pablo Solar would take the cat into the water. Cantabrian by birth, but Gran Canaria by adoption, Solar once again demonstrated why he is one of the most recognized and respected surfers on the national circuit with one more day at the office for him. The podium would be completed by the local Luis Rodríguez, Dani García and Miguel Perdiz.
Nadia Erostarbe would be the new champion of Spain in women’s surfing. A final with a Basque flavor in which one of the best of the championship, Garazi Sánchez, would rise to the drawer as runner-up in Spain ahead of Melania Suárez and Janire González Extabarri from Tenerife.
The 2020 Spanish Surfing Championship showed its best face and left an implacable organization and security against COVID-19 respecting security protocols at all times.
The island army also had reasons for satisfaction in the sub 18 category. The Gran Canaria Moisés Domínguez with a score of 16.05 points would prevail, with a very solid surf, Adur Amatriain, Néstor García and Bitor Garitaonandia. Lagunera Melania Suárez won this category.
In the women’s sub 16, the Gran Canaria Lucía Machado finished in second place, only behind Janire González Etxabarri, who once again was proclaimed champion of Spain in Galician lands.
To all these promises we must add the title of a legend in the water: Iballa Ruano. The one from Pozo Izquierdo revalidated her title of champion of Spain in Stand Up Paddle Surf in the wave mode, by beating the Basque rider Alazne Aurrecoechea in a close final, and Alexia Kiefer, also from Gran Canaria, who finished third in her debut in a competition of the Spanish Federation. With this triumph, Iballa has added nine consecutive national championships, prolonging a hegemony that began in 2012.
The awards ceremony was the closing of the competition that celebrated the 20 years of the Spanish Surfing Federation.