PARACURU, Ceara/Brazil (Friday, January 29, 2010) – Maresia Surf International Paracuru’s top seed 1 North American Damien Hobgood did not passed his first heat in the ASP WQS 6-star 2010. He ped in on Halley Batista and lost his second place in the heat for local Michel Adriano. After 3 days on stand by, the waves finally came in. They are still small but with nice shape at Ronco do Mar. Competition is going on in two different beaches simultaneously. The second site is Boca do Poço.
“It’s always bad to lose in the first heat but I didn’t see the boy in that wave and it was done for me”, regretted Damien Hobgood. “But it’s Okay, that’s the way it is and I’m happy anyway. That’s my first time here and the place is beautiful. Unfortunately the waves are weak but the point break shows a good potential”, adds Hobgood.
Brazilian Halley Batista leaded almost all the heat but exited with Damien’s mistake was Michael Adriano who raised the crowd during his only good wave in the heat. “That’s it, there is no place for mistakes. I just caught one good wave, did only two moves and it vanished, so I’m glad to be on the game”, said Michael.
Halley celebrated his victory over Maresia Surf International’s biggest star. “I surfed two average waves and took some risk on going in that wave where Hobgood did the interference. But he disturbed the wave potential, so judges punished him”, explained Halley. The penalty took half points of one of the two best waves summed.
The biggest team coming from another country is the North American team. It also suffered some loses on the first round. Some of them lost by W.O like Sterling Spencer in the first heat of the day. Shaun Burrell was defeated by Brazilians Halley Batista and Bruno Galini in the second heat. Galini scored the best wave so far: 8.33. Thiago the Souza got the same note at Boca do Poço.
“It’s tough out there, but I found a little right with a nice wall and did my job”, said Galini. “It’s good to start well but it’s only the first step”, adds Galini.
In the 3rd heat at Ronco do Mar, North American Chris Waring arrived late. Even though he overtook Leandro Usuña from Argentina and Brazilian Carlos Teixeira, he goes for next round with Brazilian Dunga Neto.
“I called the cab and it was late to pick me up. Fortunately I got some good waves and managed to go on, otherwise I would have been very upset about it”, said Waring.
LOCAL SHOW – After that Dunga Neto lost by inches on second round. But the show goes on and other local, Michel Roque, made the score – 9.33 – record of the Maresia Surf International even though he was eliminated because he didn’t find another wave. Then Heitor Alves passed his heat with a wave of 8.33 on the sum as Thiago de Souza and Bruno Galini.
While the contest went in a non stop way in main arena Ronco do Mar, Boca do Poço had another stand by due to the low tide. The event kicked off again in the second site at 11:30am. The goal of the organizers was to close the first two rounds on Friday, making a total of 48 heats in the first day. Simultaneous disputes continue on Saturday as well.
SILVANA LIMA – The most expected heat by the crowd of Paracuru was runners-up Silvana Lima’s heat. It shut down Friday in Boca do Poço. She was the local girl who received a special invitation to compete in the Maresia Surf International in the first round in her city. And she did well, losing her lead only in the last wave surfed by Brazilian Ruda Carvalho.
American Brett Simpson confirmed his favorite position and was the only one of three tops of the ASP World Tour 2010 to move on to the third round of Maresia Surf International Paracuru. The head-seeded 1, Damien Hobgood, was eliminated due to an interference committed on the Brazilian Halley Batista, and Neco Padaratz also was stopped in his debut on the Ronco do Mar.