HUANCHACO, Peru (Saturday, January 30, 2010) – Without a doubt, the local surfer from Huanchaco and new candidate for Peruvian Idol of the waves, Piccolo Clemente, was the biggest highlight of the Day 2 of the Huanchaco Longboard Peru 2010, a ASP LQS 6-Star at El Elio in his hometown of Huanchaco, Peru. With an incredible display of backhand maneuvers, Piccolo defeated Carlos Bahia from Brazil and assured a Peruvian presence in the Round of 16.
Day 2 saw improved conditions and an increase in swell to a consistent 5 feet, allowing the waves to bend perfectly into the point at El Elio. These great conditions allowed the world’s best longboarders to unleash their best maneuvers and entertain the large crowd on hand at El Elio.
The seeded competitors showed why they are considered the best in the world as nearly all of them advanced over the trialists in Round 2. The highlight of the second round were the 2009 South American Professional Longboard Champion, Andre Luis Deca (BRA). Deca’s 8.5 single wave score and 15.50 heat total are currently the best of the event. Also advancing into round three from the same heat was Ronald Reyes (VENZ), defeating local athlete, Rony Ucañan (PER).
Other highlights of Day 2 of the Huanchaco Longboard Pro was the Brazilian contingent of number 1 seed, Eduardo Bagé (BRA), Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA), and Danilo “little Mule” Rodrigo (BRA), as well as the Peruvian, Piccolo Clemente (PER). Piccolo’s performance in round two would foreshadow his heat against WLT competitor, Carlos Bahia (BRA). Frenchman Alexis Deniel (FRA) confirmed his spot in round 4 by defeating Brazilian, Rafael Cavalcanti (BRA).
The highest emotions were saved for the following heats. In Heat 2 of Round 3, Danilo “little Mule” Rodrigo (BRA) used and abused the modern and radical maneuvers and did not give chances to the Peruvian Surfer of Christ, Roberto “Muelas” Meza (PER) and moved into Round 4. There, Alexis Deniel will face the “Tank of the Guarujá”, so named because of his size and power.
Round 3 showcased a family affair as Alex “Leco” Salazar, son of the Brazilian surfing legend Picuruta Salazar both advanced out of their heats. Picaruta will face Alexsandro Abolição, while Leco will be challenged by the rampaging Peruvian, Piccolo Clemente. After earning an early 8.00 in Heat 4 of Round 3, Piccolo buried the hopes of Carlos Bahia upon obtaining a score of 7.25 in his second wave and putting the Brazilian in combination.
Piccolo was surrounded by an excited local crowd upon arriving on the beach: “I don not believe that I have the opportunity to earn of a spot on the WLT. Peru is going to have a representative between the best of the world and I am going to do of everything to arrive there. I dedicate this victory to the Peruvian people and of Huanchaco, and I know that still I earned nothing. I am counting on the support of everybody tomorrow becauseI have a very difficult heat against Alex Leco Salazar, that I earned in the previous round.”
The match-ups continue tomorrow at 8:00 AM with the completion of Round 3 and round 4, setting up the Quarterfinals of the Huanchaco Longboard Pro Peru 2010. (ASPWORLDTOUR:13707)