ROB MACHADO WINS EVENT OVER ARMANDO DALTRO
Lacanau, France (Sunday, Aug 20, 2000). Rob Machado (USA) today claimed his
first World Championship Tour (WCT) victory in three years, defeating
Brazilian Armando Daltro in the final of the TC Lacanau Pro. With conditions
extremely testing and only 1-2 foot, both gifted small-wave surfers put on a
great show considering.
Machado, 26, dominated the 35-minute final from the onset, even managing to
score an 8.50 in the diminutive surf. The former world number-two (1995) is
widely regarded higher than his Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)
rating has suggested over recent years, but today's win shot him back toward
the top into sixth position (from 15th).
"It wasn't easy, conditions were tough," said a slightly out-of-breath, but
elated Machado on the water's edge afterward. "I had to be really selective
for waves. I knew I wanted to go right and keep it on my backside, and
that's what I did and it worked out really good... stoked! It's been awhile,
it's nice to win. It feels really good, I'm happy.
Interesting to note, Machado's previous two WCT wins were also in France
(1997 & '95), at the same location of next week's Hossegor Rip Curl Pro.
"It's hard to win a WCT, there are a lot of really good surfers," he
reasoned. "You've got to have a lot of faith in your boards, in yourself,
and trust in what you've got and just go with that. I've been watching him
(Armando) all week and he's been surfing really well, he's beaten some
really tough opponents. I'm stoked for him to make it to the final. I like
For Daltro, 26, today's result marks his best to-date during seven years on
tour. Previously he had finished third in Japan last year, also being
defeated by Machado. On the World Qualifying Series (WQS), however, the
Brazilian has excelled and currently leads those ratings, while he is now
18th on the WCT.
"I knew Rob is very hard to beat in conditions like this, I think he's one
of the best surfers in these kinds of waves," Daltro said after the final.
"He did stronger maneuver and went well, so congratulations to him. I just
tried to pick up good waves and find right-handers. It's OK, second place is
very good for me. I'm very happy. For the first time my parents came to see
me in an event like this and it made me very lucky.
"This is the second year I've been in front on the WQS ratings," he
explained. "Last year I didn't have good luck because I broke my arm in
Brazil near the end, but this year I hope to arrive in Hawaii at the end of
the year in front and maybe finish number one on the WQS. I hope I can get
more good results in the next few WCT events too."
Finishing equal third today was Jake Paterson (Aus) and Shea Lopez (USA).
Paterson's run ended by Machado, while Lopez failed to match the scoring of
Daltro. For the Australian, the result has moved him into fourth on the
ratings and well-within striking distance of current rating's leader Sunny
"I made a crucial mistake paddling for a wave I thought was going to be
good, but it didn't break and I lost priority to Rob and then he got the
wave of the heat," explained Paterson after his semi-final. "That cost me
the heat. He's just really good in small waves too, so he can make good
scores out of nothing."
Lopez, now rated 14th, collected his best result for the year, though was
disappointed with the conditions they were forced to contest.
"I'm happy with third, it's my best result of the year," he said. "It's just
a bummer the waves dropped out on us. It really sucks we didn't finish the
event yesterday when the waves were 3-4 foot and now we're in 1-foot mush. I
was groveling out there and I hate groveling. Hopefully the next few events
in Europe have better surf than today."
Official Results of TC Lacanau Pro Final Day
1st Rob Machado (USA) 20.85 def. 2nd Armando Daltro (Brz) 17.00
SF 1: R Machado (USA) 20.20 def. J Paterson (Aus) 12.00
SF 2: A Daltro (Brz) 19.50 def. S Lopez (USA) 17.70
Current Top-10 Rated WCT Surfers
1. S Garcia (Haw) 4970-points
2. L Egan (Aus) 4230
3. M Campbell (Aus) 4020
4. J Paterson (Aus), C Lopez (USA) 3870
6. R Machado (USA) 3650
7. F Padaratz (Brz) 3630
8. N Webster (Aus) 3610
9. S Dorian (Haw) 3510
10. P Rosa (Brz) 3470