Ventura surfer Cory Arrambide defeated Ian Gentil in better-than-expected conditions Sunday to win the inaugural World Surf League Pismo Beach Open.
Arrambide caught just four waves in the final heat of the QS 1,000 event as the tide backed off in the afternoon. But he made the most of each one, posting two big scores — 8.0 and 8.7 out of a possible 10 — to come away with a $2,500 first-place prize plus 1,000 tour points. It was the first win of Arrambide's career in the Qualifying Series.
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In the semifinals earlier Sunday, Arrambide knocked off Orcutt native Kilian Garland in a duel that came down to the final wave. Garland’s 6.93 on his seventh-and-final wave of the heat fell short by just .13 points. Garland earned $1,000 for his semifinal appearance.
The WSL QS tour will continue next week at the Taiwan Open in Jinzun Harbor Taiwan from Nov. 22-26.