Bonomelli, King win two important surf contests

Written by Tamarindo News

By Tamarindo News Staff

 For the second time in his career, Angelo Bonomelli, the Puerto Viejo native, won a date on the Circuito Nacional kolbi presented by Adrenaline Rush. Last month, in front of about 2,000 people in Playa Cieneguita near Limon, the Italian-Tico won the first-ever date at this beach called the PAPIOLAS Surfing Challenge.

To win a second championship date is always good, but to do it by scoring a perfect 10, gave the sports fans who were on the beach, an opportunity to explode with applause during a final heat that was a tremendous show, thanks to the epic conditions that were offered to the surfers.

On waves about 5 feet high with an immaculate, glassy shape and texture, Bonomelli earned a combined score of 18.17 (10.00 and 8.17) pushing out Anthony Fillingim and the Jefferson brothers with the 10 earned from a massive air.

Anthony, who still leads the overall Open rankings, was the biggest supporter of Angelo after the close of the final. He himself scored 16.80 (8.00 + 8.80) to earn 2nd, while Anderson came in 3rd with 13.10 (6.83 + 6.27) and Jefferson 4th with 11.23 (6.60 + 4.63).

“I was really surprised by the waves Cieneguita gave us today, which were unbelievable,” Bonomelli said. “I had never gotten a 10 in a final and that makes me very happy because the final was really tough.”

After the action, the Vans-sponsored surfer moved up in the rankings to number 6 from 1,515 points to 3,015 with the addition of 1,500 for the win this weekend.

With a defeat in the last Circuito date in Jaco at the hands of Zulay Martinez (Tamarindo), Jaco’s Lizbeth Vindas returned to her familiar place on the podium with a win at the PAPIOLAS Surfing Challenge.  Vindas was 1st place in a heat that included Emily Gussoni (Jaco), Coral Wiggins (Avellanas) and Lady Meek (Jaco).

The 35-year-old 12-time Costa Rica national women’s champion maintained the lead from the beginning of the final heat until the end, with Coral the closest to her in points.

The next date of the Circuito Nacional kolbi presented by Adrenaline Rush moves to Playa Bejuco on April 16 and 17.

Results of the PAPIOLAS Surfing Challenge:


  1. Angelo Bonomelli (Puerto Viejo)
  2. Anthony Fillingim (Santa Teresa)
  3. Anderson Tascón (Herradura)
  4. Jefferson Tascón (Herradura)


  1. Lisbeth Vindas (Jaco)
  2. Coral Wiggins (Avellanas)
  3. Emily Gussoni (Jaco)
  4. Lady Meek (Dominical)


  1. José Joaquín López (Jaco)
  2. Dennis Picado (Jaco)
  3. Oscar Urbina (Puerto Viejo)
  4. Lorenzo Cordoba (Puerto Viejo)

Junior Women’s

  1. Emily Gussoni (Jaco)
  2. Candelaria Resano (Nicaragua)
  3. Paulina Summers (Puerto Viejo)
  4. Zulay Martínez (Tamarindo)


  1. Oscar Urbina (Puerto Viejo)
  2. Dean Vandewalle (Tamarindo)
  3. Axel Castro (Cieneguita)
  4. Cedrik McCrakin (Puerto Viejo)


  1. Coral Wiggins (Avellanas)
  2. Paulina Summers (Puerto Viejo)
  3. Valentina Resano (Nicaragua)
  4. Zulay Martínez (Tamarindo)


  1. Dean Vandewalle (Tamarindo)
  2. Samuel Reidy (Dominical)
  3. Kenneth Peralta (Jaco)
  4. Isauro Elizondo (Panamá)


  1. Axel Castro (Cieneguita)
  2. Kalani Abrahao (Tamarindo)
  3. Ethan Hollander (Dominical)
  4. Ziggy Myrie (Jaco)
  5. Zac Barger

Minigrommet Girls

  1. Auxiela Ryan (Puerto Viejo)
  2. Danielle Guzmán (Jaco)
  3. Keislin Pereira (Cieneguita)
  4. Valentina Resano (Nicaragua)

Meanwhile, Tamarindo’s own Tomas King has placed on 3 podiums in as many dates of the Circuito Guanacaste de Surf presented by Otis Eyewear and Freestyle Watches. Last month, he won 1st place in Santa Teresa after the COPA Kina and won 270,000 colones. This win made him the favorite, so far, to earn this prestigious title.

The surfer for Vissla beat Bonomelli, Fillingim and Tiago Carrique (Playa Negra), the latter only 14 years old and surfing in an Open final.

Thomas dominated the final from start to finish, as well as the entire contest, earning high scores for his surfing maneuvers all throughout the weekend.  His final points totaled 17.87.“I’m super happy to finally win here Guanacaste, and in a heat with my friends who are surfing really well. Santa Teresa gave us very good waves as usual; it’s an amazing place,” Tomas said.

The Copa Kina had 150 inscribed surfers who came to Santa Teresa from all across Costa Rica.  The next date of the Circuito Guanacaste de Surf moved to Avellanas on April 2 and 3 for the COPA Lola’s, the second to last date before closing with the Grand Finals in Playa Negra the following month.

Results from Copa Kina:

1. Tomas King
2. Angelo Bonomelli
3. Anthony Fillingim
4. Tiago Carrique


1. Candalaria Resano
2. Serena Nava
3. Valentina Resano
4. Zulay Martínez

1. Ian Bean
2. Christian Boos
3. Manu Carrique
4. Jeff Allen

1. Malakai Martinez
2. Dean Vandewalle
3. Tiago Carrique
4. Sean Foerster

1. Malakai Martínez
2. Dean Vandewalle
3. Francisco Coronado
4. Tiago Carrique

1. Valentina Resano
2. Zulay Martinez
3. Coral Wiggins
4. Ruby Brownell

1. Sam Piter
2. Darshan Antequera Badilla
3. Axel Castro
4. Tiago Leão

1. Adolfo Gómez
2. Noldan Zúñiga
3. Marcelo Moran
4. Alex Gómez

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