FLORIANOPOLIS, Santa Catarina/Brazil (Wednesday, May 19, 2010) – After a lay day called yesterday due the weather conditions and poor quality of waves, was started the first day of Maresia Surf International with 4-6 foot heavy wave sets smashing the line up of Praia Mole. The eighty surfers in the water had a very hard job to overcome the strong currents and get good scoring waves in their waves.
The first star knocked out of the run for the title was the local hero Neco Padaratz who left the event sooner than everyone expected totaling 3.00 in his heat. Neco was defeated by another two Brazilians Felipe Teixeira in the fisrt place and Krystian Kymmerson on second. Felipe is also from Santa Catarina and always watch Neco doing his training sessions at Praia Mole.
“He really is an idol for all of us and for me it was an honor to compete against him, especially here at Praia Mole, which is such a backyard for him. I’m also from here, grew up watching him surfing the waves, so for me it was a great pleasure to paddle out with him in my heat,” said Felipe.
A total of 46 surfers from other fourteen countries are also in Florianopolis this week to compete at the Maresia Surf International 2010. The Australian Parrish Byrne came second in the first heat of the day, which was won by Brazilian Vicente Romero.
The Argentine Leandro Usuna was stopped in the second and on the third heat the Brazilian Tamae Bettero defeated three foreign surfers with one single shot. The young Hawaiian Kiron Jabour won the fight for second place but the South African Shaun Joubert and the North American Jared Thorne, had to go back home earlier.
Another great local show happen on heat 5 when the “Flying Man” Messias Felix did not fly actually but smashed one wave set from the back down to the beach with beautiful sequence of top turns to get the highest score of the day so far an 8,00 points ride.
The first foreign win of the day was made by North American Ryah Arthur, who overcame three Brazilians in the eighth heat of the day.
“I had never been in Brazil, then to me it’s all new. I was in Saquarema last week and I loved that place. It is a very beautiful and strong waves, only the waves were very shaking. To get the job well done, we must be in the right place at the right time. The waves ion is very important here,” says Ryah Arthur.