German Marlon Lipke has snatched the ASP European Title on completion of the Islas Canarias Santa Pro in Lanzarote. He adds to to his Junior title won back in 2004 and proudly represents Germany at the top of the European game.
He opened his account in Vendee in April to conquer the first meet of the season in less than ideal conditions. He spent a year with WCT Elite in 2009 but hadn’t had any major wins since then until this season. But his competitive nature kept him driving.
He claimed “I’m not ready to give up competing yet, I still enjoy travelling so much with my friends and surfing events. Us European we’ve been pushing each others for the last few years a lot, and I think in this event it showed with Joan who was also a standout all week and I think with a little luck we’ll see one more European on the World Championship Tour. I’ll give it another go too for sure, I have to build it from scratch cause I’ve felt down the rankings, but I’ve been training a lot and it feels good.”
But it got tougher after Vendee, competing in three international events full of class and world recognised talent in Brazil and South Africa. But on arrival in the UK for the British leg of the European Tour he couldn’t convert this to a result, finishing in a lowly 49th in Newquay.
But he turned this all around in Lacanau, France, in thriving conditions he managed to place 9th with a severely damaged elbow which prevented him from paddling at times.
From the pounding deep swells of Lacanau to the small and tricky Zarautz, which he adapted to equally well, finishing in a solid equal 5th position.
Which means that he probably should’ve dominated the Azores leg of the tour, with perfect conditions in his adopted home surf and a good run of form behind him, Marlon was surely favourite. But Marlon could only manage the 3rd round, denting his morale and title hopes.
But Lipke roared back into his groove with victory in the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro, Lipke previously triumphed here in 2007 and was once again shredding in solid conditions resulting in an impressive victory ahead of Joan Duru (FRA), Bino Lopes (BRA) and Ty Watson (AUS).
Delighted with his victory he said “I was really happy after winning the 3-Star in Pantin, it was my second win there and it was only the first place that would actually help me in the ratings and put me in front so I felt that the cards were in my hands then and I was in a good position to win the title this year. As I looked closely at the points I knew it would not take much for the others to overtake me and well, going to the last event I was a bit nervous and was maybe thinking too much about the title than the actual event.”
But yet again Marlon let slip again in the all important Lanzarote meeting, crashing out in the 3rd round yet again. Giving the chasing pack a chance to pip him to the post and knock him off the top spot, fortunately for Marlon all of his competitors failed early on also leaving him the 2012 European Tour Champ.
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