PARACURU, Ceara/Brazil (Saturday, January 30) – Young Brazilian Alejo Muniz established new records for the Maresia Surf International in the good waves of Ronco do Mar this Saturday in Paracuru. He managed to score 9.67 and made a total score of 17.77, in his first heat of the day.
He is one of the eleven Brazilians competing this Sunday in the first ASP WQS 6-star of the year. Among them are Heitor Alves and Thiago de Souza and the crew from other countries brings two North Americans, one Australian, one South African, one Hawaiian and a Porto Rican.
Then, in the only three men round, Alejo and Thiago de Sousa overtook the French Romain Cloitre. Alejo just came from a 3rd place in the ASP World Junior Championship in Australia and wants to make a good start in his search for a place among the Top guys in the ASP World Tour.
“That wave is great. You can read the line up when the good ones are coming and I’m happy to surf well in a wave like this”, said Alejo Muniz. “I worked hard to be prepared for that contest and it is being paid of. I want to have a good start especially now that the new One Ranking format is on. I think that the first 6 months will be very important so it would be nice to do well here”, explained Alejo who was the Brazilian and South American Pro Jr champion – under 20 – last year.
Alejo was the highlight of the day but Hizunomê Bettero and Leonardo Neves made it through the round of 16 first and the crowd went crazy with the victory of the local Heitor Alves in the second heat of the 24 round, the last of Saturday in the Ronco do Mar.
“It’s hard to make that job. You have to surf a long wave and run back to the rocks to go out again. I spent all day long in the beach and I’m really tired but it was worth because I want to go further”, promised Heitor Alves who brought the crowd to Ronco do Mar. “I’m feeling at home indeed with all that support. It gives me a special strength to reach my goal: the victory”.
In that same heat Porto Rican Brian Toth won the fight for the second place against Brazilian André Fagundes. “It’s always tough to face only Brazilians when they are at home but I managed to find the waves I needed to go on so I’m very happy”, said Brian.
In the next match Jano Belo was defeated by South African Royden Bryson and Brazilian Alan Jones. “I came to Brazil many times but it’s my first time in Ceará and I like it a lot. In the lay days I surfed in Taíba beach which is a nice point break but Paracuru is a special wave. The swell didn’t improve but you can see that Ronco do Mar is a perfect right-hander”, said Bryson who will compete against another Brazilian in the 16 round. He will face Pedro Henrique in the 3rd heat of next round.
In the 4th heat of round 4 Alan Jones will compete against Australian Yadin Nicol who showed his ss in the best presentation of that round and shut down the Saturday in Ronco do Mar.
“For me what matters is to go on, first or second, whatever. But I found some really cool waves and did very good moves, so I’m very happy. The waves are great fun here. I was worried that it had no waves, but the swell peaked up and worked perfectly. It is a point break with nice rights, open faces, with some power”, said Yadin Nicol.
Saturday was the Maresia Surf International Paracuru’s longest competition day. It started at 7:00am, stopped during the low tide and kicked off again at 12:30m till the sunset. The last heat of the 4th round remains for tomorrow with North American Brett Simpson, Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz and Brazilian Willian Cardoso. The 6-star ASP WQS 2010 in Paracuru will give 3000 points in the ASP One Ranking and U$ 20.000 to the champion, taken from the total prize of U$ 145.000 in offer.
The Maresia Surf International Paracuru 2010 is realized by Maresia with Classic Promoções, Federação Cearense de Surf (FCS) and TOP 16 Promoções. Co-sponsored by Governo do Estado do Ceará – Secretaria do Esporte, and the Prefeitura de Paracuru – Secretaria Municipal de Turismo, Cultura e Meio Ambiente. Media – Fortal 91,3 FM radio, Fluir Mag, Beach Show, Wave Wind and sites Waves, Cearasurf e EmfocoSurf. Watch live at www.aspsouthamerica.com.br.