SAQUAREMA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Friday, May 14, 2010) – The Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro 2010, Itaúna Beach, Brazil, had the first heat called to jump back in the water at 7:30am when the conditions was quietly better, but earlier than everyone was expecting the southeast winds start smashing the waves changing completely the situation once again, asking to the surfers a lot of determination to overcome the strong currents and get the best positioning on the line up.
In the heat 2 of the day the former elite surfer Nathan Hedge (AUS) had a hard battle against Gabe Kling (USA) and the Brazilians Ruda Carvalho and Pablo Paulino, to win his heat. “It was very difficult, not about the swell but this south wind makes very shifty, right now I could get I ride from the back all the way through. I came to Saquarema for the WT many years ago, but that´s the best I ever seen in Saquarema.” says Nathan.
Neco Padaratz, title defender of the Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro, won his heat advancing to the round of 24. “Happy, stoked, the condition outback is very difficult, need to have a GPS to figure out what to do. The ocean is huge what we can see here from the beach is only an imaginary line, so we can just ask God to help us and send the good waves. Let’s keep going strong there, looking to the little church for God blessing and Saquarema remains even more in my heart,” said Neco.
Another great confront on this round happen on heat 6 between the Brazilians Willian Cardoso, Hizunome Bettero, Raoni Monteiro and the Aussie Shaun Cansdell. The lead swap between Willian and Raoni ´s hand during all the heat time, but at the end Willian got 5,27 to put together with his previous 9,33 to make the best scoring heat of the day.
“I was lucky. With the conditions like this, it´s very difficult to get a right position outback there and also to decide which wave will be good. I saw Shaun Cansdell starts with 7 points, and I already knew that the heat would be difficult, following Raoni got an 8.33 and I only had two poor waves. Then I thought it´s my time and the wave came, I could fit correctly, make sure to read the wave and the score came. I’m stoked because it was a very high level heat with great surfers.”
Close to the end of the day, in the heat 10, Gabriel Villaran (PER) gave to the audience on the beach another great show of surfing overcoming three really strong Brazilian surfers. “It’s the first time that I can surf well in Brazil, I think that happen because the waves here were similar as in Peru, so I could easier show my surfing. My heat was very strong, with three very good Brazilians, Leonardo (Neves), Wiggolly (Dantas) and Alejo (Muniz), by the way I was glad with the opportunity to surf against them and is even better winning, I am very happy to continue in the competition.”
Stay tuned, Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro has the next call confirmed for 7:30am tomorrow at Itaúna Beach running all round of 24 and immediately after goes through into the round of 16.The champion of Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro 2010 will be crowning only on Sunday.
COCA-COLA SAQUAREMA PRO – Round of 24 on Saturday:
Heat 1: Jadson André (BRA), Nathan Hedge (AUS), Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 2: Nathaniel Curran (USA), Pablo Paulino (BRA), Jayke Sharp (AUS)
Heat 3: Neco Padaratz (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), André Silva (BRA)
Heat 4: Heitor Alves (BRA), Willian Cardoso (BRA), Gustavo Fernandes (BRA)
Heat 5: Marco Polo (BRA), Messias Felix (BRA), Jerônimo Vargas (BRA)
Heat 6: Sebastien Zietz (HAW), Victor Ribas (BRA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 7: Jihad Khodr (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Gabriel Villaran (PER)
Heat 8: Travis Logie (ZAF), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)