Dillon Perillo Wins 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf
ZIPPERS, Los Cabos/Mexico (Saturday, June 22, 2013) – Dillon Perillo (USA), 23, has won the ASP 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf over Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), 20, compliments of a dominant performance in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Zippers.
Perillo wasted little time in the Final, posting an 8.67 and 8.47 for an eclectic mix of committed forehand maneuvers, immediately placing De Vries in a combination situation. Perillo turned up the intensity as the heat progressed, unloading the highest single-wave score of the event of 9.57 for an explosive three-turn combination, solidifying his first major ASP Men's victory.
"I don't even know what to say," Perillo said. "Mexico is one of my favorite places in the world. I've been coming down here surfing with my Dad since I was a little kid. This was a sick contest. I was so nervous the whole time in the Final. I was just telling myself to breathe and try and relax."
Perillo, a former standout on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, has focused the last few years of his career on free surfing, but has returned his focus to competition in 2013.
"After the Junior Tour I went on a free surf tour for a few years and this was the first year that I told myself I was going to really try in contests," Perillo said. "At the beginning of the year I didn't do so well. I went to Pipeline and lost, Newcastle I made two heats, made a heat in Puerto Rico and lost first heat in Japan, and then to win here, it's crazy. I'm doing Acapulco and El Salvador and hopefully I can do well."