Bethany Zelasko and Peter Devries crowned Champions at 2019 Rip Curl Nationals
Devries’ last-minute score highlights thrilling day of Finals at Pacific Rim National Park 
Photo credit: Miguel Rodriguez/Surf Canada
 
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BC – The third and final day of Rip Curl Nationals came to a close at Wickaninnish Beach on Sunday afternoon, with the Women’s and Men’s Open closing out a packed day of finals. 
 
Champions were crowned in Open Women and Men, U-18, and Longboard divisions. Wheeler Hasburgh edged out local talent Reed Platenius with a final score of 11.9 to capture gold, while Sanoa Dempfle-Olin held off sister Mathea to capture gold in the Girls U-18 final. In the Longboard division, David Schiaffino and Lucy Ruffy were crowned champions.
 
The Men’s Open came down to the dying seconds of the four-man, 30-minute final, as local legend Peter Devries went to the air on his last wave, scoring an 8 to leapfrog Cody Thomas and Shane Campbell for gold. It’s the third-straight national title for Devries. 
 
On the women’s side, 2018 champion Bethany Zelasko beat out two-time WSL Big Wave champion Paige Alms with a 12.47 score to capture her second-straight gold. 
 
“A huge congratulations to all our competitors for coming out over the past three days,” said Surf Canada executive director Dom Domic. “It’s been a blast to see all this Canadian talent come together and compete. We’re already counting down the days until next year! A huge thank-you to all our volunteers and staff who work tirelessly to make this event happen.”
 
Open Men Final
  1. Peter Devries (14.5)
  2. Shane Campbell (13.13)
  3. Cody Thomas (12.26)
  4. Sean Foerster (12.1)
 
Open Women Final
  1. Bethany Zelasko (12.47)
  2. Paige Alms (11.07)
  3. Sanoa Dempfle-Olin (10.93)
  4. Mathea Dempfle-Olin (10.03)
 
Boys U-18
  1. Wheeler Hasburgh (11.9)
  2. Reed Platenius (10.54)
  3. Jeffrey Spencer (9.97)
  4. Boston Leier (8.17)
 
Girls U-18
  1. Sanoa Dempfle-Olin (10.74)
  2. Mathea Dempfle-Olin (8.8)
  3. Jasmine Porter (7.6)
  4. Aqua Bruhwiler (5.9)
 
Men’s Longboard
  1. David Schiaffino (12.6)
  2. TJ Atwood (10.96)
  3. Asia Dryden
  4. Adam Tory
 
Women’s Longboard 
  1. Lucy Ruffy (9.17)
  2. Lydia Ricard (7.54)
  3. Amy Sousa (5.37)
  4. Emily Ballard
 
The 2019 Rip Curl Nationals presented by Red Bull are proudly hosted by Parks Canada, Tla-o-qui-aht, Yuulu?it?ath First Nations, and supported by our Community Partners, Tourism Ucluelet, Tourism Tofino, Government of Canada, the Province of B.C., our Event Partners Mill Bay Marine Group, Corona, Flor de Caña, Island Savings, Surfrider Foundation, Lifesaving Society, Cascadia, HydroFlask, Aftanas, Clif Bar, Telus, FCS, Gorilla, SexWax, Headhunter, X-treme Organics, Stact, Ucluelet Rent-It Centre, Blue Room Café, and our Media Partners, CBC Sports, Coast Mountain Culture and SBC Surf.
 
Surf Canada is the official National Sporting Federation (NGF) and sport partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) who in turn is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) governing federation. As such, Surf Canada is solely responsible for selecting Surf, Adaptive, Stand-Up Paddle, and Prone Paddle athletes to compete at international events including the yearly ISA World Championships, PASA PanAm Surf Championships and every four years the PanAmerican Games and the Summer Olympics Games.