Kalani Lattanzi (Team Kpaloa) wins the Zicatela Contest

An epic contest took place at Playa Zicatela on the 24th and 25th of August. The conditions on the day were nothing short of perfect. As per the forecast, waves were 2-3 meters in height, clean, shaping into the perfect barrel, as they descended on the Zicatela beach.

It was a closely fought contest between all competitors, however experienced water man Kalani Lattanzi showed his class and took the trophy home. Mark Drewelow (Instagram) has only been competing since 2016 and managed to shake up the competition coming in at second. Local favorite Godo, with over 22 years of surf experience under his belt came in at third.

Bronze Medalist, Godo in action.
© Miguel Diaz West Side

“Unbelievable waves today. Competition surf simply does not get any better. If it was any bigger , it could be deemed as life threatening, but right now is simply perfect. I had a solid bag of trick for the competition and did just about all of them, including a good size clean in and out tube ride.”

Mark Drewelow, who originally only hoped to make it to the finals, was ecstatic after the tournament.

It proved that Mark’s thorough preparation was key to a podium finish.

Mark performing a mid wave spin.
©Miguel Diaz West Side

Final rankings are as followed:

Hand Board Only Category

1st Barchi Cuadros

2nd Kalani Lattanzi

3rd Nicolai Rotter

4th Roberto Sahuri

Body Surf Open Category

1st Kalani Lattanzi

2nd Mark Drewelow

3rd Godfredo Vasquez (Godo)

4th Jordy Cortez

5th Barchi Cuardos

6th Gustavo Bolties

7th Mario Aragon

8th Nicholas Rotter

9th Patrick Byron

10th David Ortiz

11th Angel Martinez

12th Luca Cardoso

We look forward to to hearing more big news out of Mexico where it is obvious that this sport continues to grow!