FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Pernambuco/Brazil (Thursday, February 4, 2010) – It was a cloudy day but waves improved to 4-6ft in Cacimba do Padre this Thursday for the ASP WQS 6-Star PRIME Hang Loose Pro. The low tide forced another competition break at noon even with Brazilian Pablo Paulino almost scoring a 10 point wave in the last heat of the morning. He scored 9.33 with a steep and a stylish deep barrel that gave him an unsurpassed two-wave heat total of 16.93 points.
“I was a little more inside and I managed to did that late , than I was very deep in the tube. I’m stoked with that because it was a tough heat with Damien (Hobgood), Gabe (Kling) and Bernardo (Lopes)”, celebrated Paulino who is out of sponsor at the moment. “That’s my fovarite place to compete, I know how to get barrels, so I’ll do my best to win”.
Top seeded 2 in the Hang Loose Pro Contest 2010, North American Damien Hobgood followed Paulino and is in the round 48. That heat was almost postponed but athletes agreeded on going out even in that not so good wave condition.
“It was cool”, said Damien. “I got some good waves and I was there to watch Paulino’s big barrel. I’m happy for we bouth and for the good and strong waves. It’s my first time here and I really like the place. I’m surfing everyday enjoying that amazing nature of the island”.
Another high light was Brazilian Raoni Monteiro. He got two nice right barrels in the meaddle of the beach and posted 16.57 (out of a possible 20). Raoni was a finalist in Fernando de Noronha in the last two years. Won in 2008 and was runner-up in 2009 against Bruno Santos.
“I Love Noronha! That place is amazing and if you are in the right spot you get barrels for sure. I have a special conection to the ocean here”, said Raoni. “The waves were closing out a little but I found two nice barrels. The sandbar is changed from last year but that hollow right is over there, that’s why I used to surf in the meaddle of the beach”.
New faces in the ASP World Tour, North American Brett Simpson and Brazilian Jadson André also debuted on thursday. They won the first two heats of the day. Matt Wilkinson also made his way through round 48.
“The place is wonderful. The more I come the more I like it. The waves are great, the weather is good, the landscape is amazing and it’s probably the best WQS location. I was eager to compete and fortunately I did well”, d Brett.
Jadson André was also excited with his performance: “This was my highest score ever here in Noronha (8.17) so I’m really happy. This is an event that everyone waits all year and even with not excellent conditions if you’re lucky you can find a high score. I love this place. I’ve been here since childhood and want to make a great event. I never passed a battery here before, so I’m very happy”.
In another heat, Brazilian Gabriel Medina was leading the heat when also Brazilians Bernardo Miranda and Hizunomê Bettero dimissed him with great tubes. In that same heat tuberider Danilo Costa placed himself in the end of the line.
“I was adrenalized, seeking for barrels specially in the famous Noronha’s left. When I saw that triangle I tried to slow down a little. I went for it trying to stay as deep as possible. At the end everything was alright and I finished in first”, explaned Bernardo.
The Hang Loose Pro Contest 2010 will walk away with U$20.000 and 6.500 points ASP One Ranking 2010.