After suffering a near-death wipeout at Pipeline last December, Floridian Evan Geiselman (USA) has comeback to win the 2016 Ichinomiya Chiba Open in clean, one-to-two foot waves at Shida Point. Geiselman came up against Italian Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) In final. The small conditions didn't stop the pair from putting on an entertaining show for the huge Sunday crowds that came out to watch the biggest surfing event Japan has seen in over eight years.
The final started slowly with both surfers hesitant to strike first. With no waves ridden for ten minutes, it was forced to restart and once it did both surfers got to work. Geiselman struck first blood posting his first scoring wave, a 7.00 (out of a possible 10) on a right. Fioravanti hit back with a huge air-reverse, for which he scored an excellent 8.50. Needing a score to come back, Geiselman took off on a right and smashed four massive backhand snaps to score a 9.17 and take the biggest win of his career.
"The last two minutes out there I had so many emotions going through my head," Geiselman said. "After what happened at Pipe I'm so lucky to be surfing at all, so to win the biggest event of my career here in Japan is amazing. Earning 6,000 points is really big for me so I hope I can build some momentum."
Evan rode The Grizzly in 5'10 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 with 25.5cl throughout the duration of the event. We've been working with Evan closely on his equipment and we are stoked on his result. This is a great lead-up to the US Open later this year.