LAGUNA, Santa Catarina/Brazil (Tuesday, June 22, 2010) – The 17th stop of the 2010 ASP Star Tour has commenced today, despite very cold weather on the first day of the ASP 5-Star South to South Santa Marta Pro in Cabo de Santa Marta, south coast of Santa Catarina. A total of 120 surfers are competing for the 120,000 dollars prize money and 2,000 points in the ASP World Ranking.
The hot young Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos had the highest score of the day, getting a 9.50 ride in his first wave of his heat. He got another 7.27 to lock the largest score of the event with 16.77 points out of possible 20.
“The conditions are very difficult out there and I only tried to put myself in the right place,” said Ricardo. “I got to make two very strong top turns in my first wave, just thinking in the way the judges like to see.”
Very happy it was also the Argentinean surfer Leandro Usuna. “That’s the first time I come here and didn’t know the place very well. It is very different, very beautiful and waves are so good and also the weather is very similar like in Argentina,” he said. “The waves are difficult, but the lefthanders are working so much, but it was hard to find the right positioning in the inside section, sometimes seems that you are inside of a huge washing machine.”
Another highlight of the first day of the South to South Santa Marta Pro was the most famous Brazilian surfer Flavio Teco Padaratz, two times WQS world champion – 1992 and 1999. He already quit the ASP Tour years ago, but started with a good win over Brazilians, Patrick Tamberg and Robson Borba.
“This place is magic. Once you step here and everything sits down different, a lot of Nature, very far away from any city, the people here is very welcome spirit, a very calm place and I totally agree with the idea to bring the event here.” says Teco Padaratz.
Check the event live web at www.aspsouthamerica.com.br