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Tue, 10 September 2019

Matthew McGillivray has bagged his best result on the WSL Qualifying Series after a solid 5th place at the ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro in Spain on the weekend.


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SPAIN GAIN: The public turned out in their numbers to watch the event. Photo WSL / Masurel


The event at Playa de Pantin, which is the 9th on the 2019 WSL European QS tour, juggled with a tricky forecast, with stiff winds blowing into the lefts. McGillivray was understandably rather happy with his result: "It's my best result so far. The first two QS10,000 events this year weren't great for me so these points are a huge help."

He banked 5,200 points which sees him move up to 23rd on the QS rankings: "I was happy with my performance. A lot of the time it was predominantly lefts with a strong wind into them, conditions that are difficult for me, so I was happy to make those heats."

McGillivray was ousted in the Quarterfinals by the young Australian Morgan Cibilic (AUS), who also posted his own best-ever result with an equal 3rd place finish at this level of competition and jumped 56 spots on the QS to integrate the Top 20 for the first time.

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WALLING WELL: Another dik set rumbles through the lineup at Pantin. Photo WSL / Masurel


Next, McGillivray will head to the Azores Airlines Pro QS 6,000, which will kick off on 17 September. He will be back in Portugal from 24 September for the EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira QS 10,000, an event where he secured a 17th place and 2,200 points in 2018.

Miguel Pupo (BRA) took out the title in the Final in Pantin against Jake Marshall (USA): “I have no words to describe what I’m feeling right now. I’ve had a few hard years and this feels incredible to be back on the podium and especially winning.”

The 27 year-old surfer from Sao Paulo who spent eight uninterrupted seasons on the Championship Tour, claimed a massive result in his bid to re-qualify for the Elite Top 34 next year.

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