“It feels so good to start off the year with a win after feeling a lot of nerves at the end of last year so this is amazing,” Tuach said. “It was great to surf my way through some rounds and I had a lot of confidence going into that final already having a few heats under my belt. I felt like I was in a good rhythm with a good game plan and it all fell into place, just like old times.””I’ll stay in California for awhile and get some training in while working on some boards with Michael Barron before heading over to Australia for those QS6,000’s,” Tuach continued. “I’ll be working on my technique more than anything — no heat strategy, nothing like that, just get my form really dialed in. I’m feeling fresh again for those events which feels great and can’t wait to get the year really off and running.
A runner-up at the Vans US Open and Quarterfinal at the Ballito Pro 10,000 events were no where near as sweet as Ethan Ewing’s first QS3,000 event win at the Essential Costa Rica Open Pro – WSL / Johan Pacheco Ewing had to overcome a heavyweight bout in the Semifinals against Costa Rican Noe Mar McGonagle and began that heat with another near-perfect 9.00 on his backhand after taking down Frederico Morais in the Quarterfinals. McGonagle fought back with his backhand and forehand attacks on separate occasions, but couldn’t earn the 7.01 needed to top Ewing for a shot at the Final.