NEWQUAY, England (Friday, August 6, 2010) – Event officials at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Relentless Boardmasters called a lay day due to small inconsistent conditions on offer at the main site of Fistral beach this morning. Waves in the 1-2ft (0.5m) range greeted organisers and surfers forcing a halt to the 120,000$US ASP 5-Star Men’s Star Series sanctioned event.
Surfers competing in the Relentless Boardmasters are out to claim valuable One World Ratings points in their bid to secure a spot on the ASP Dream Tour 2011. European competitors have the added challenge of building on their European Men’s Series ratings at the Relentless Boardmasters which is stop nº 4 of 12 and will eventually crown this year’s European Men’s Champion.
After accessing conditions from early this morning contest director Dave Reed decided along with ASP Europe regional head judge Iain Buchanan that the waves on offer were not ideal to continue with round three of competition and with an improvement in swell predicted for over the weekend that for the benefit of the surfers a lay day was called.
Dave Reed explains the reasoning behind today’s decision.
“If we had to push the surfers out there we could but it would not be very good for them to be out there right now when the conditions are going to improve over the weekend.”
“We are coming into the conclusion of the event now,” continued Reed. “So the schedule planned at this stage would be to run most of the surfing off when the swell is at its peak which is over Saturday and finish off over Sunday with semis and the final where the weather improves and the surf will get a lot cleaner as well when the wind drops off so today is a lay day for the contest with a new swell arriving tomorrow with better surf and weather conditions so it should be an exciting weekend.”
The Relentless Boardmasters is part of a massive week long festival of surf, skate, bmx and music at Newquay with thousands of visitors flocking to Newquay to enjoy the sights and sounds on offer as the Relentless Boardmasters 2010 draws closer to crowning this year’s champion over the weekend.
First call tomorrow will be at 10:00 am (local time) for a possible 10:30 kick off. When competition resumes up first will be fellow Australians Leigh McMahon and Russell Molony up against Billy Stairmand (NZL) in heat nº3 of Round three.
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REMAINING ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS
Heat 3: Leigh McMahon (AUS), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Russell Molony (AUS)
Heat 4: Sam Lamiroy (GBR), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF)
Heat 5: Messias Felix (BRA), Jay Quinn (NZL), Reubyn Ash (GBR)
Heat 6: Kyle Lane (ZAF), Killian Garland (USA), Hugo Savalli (REU)
Heat 7: Anthony Walsh (AUS), Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Nathan Webster (AUS)
Heat 8: Heath Joske (AUS), Matt Bemrose (AUS), Nick Riley (AUS)
RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS ROUND 3 RESULTS
Heat 1: Andre Teixeira (BRA) 11.14, Russel Winter (GBR) 9.66, Joao Guedes (PRT) 8.83
Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 11.83, Brendon Gibbens (ZAF) 8.90, Christophe Allary (REU) 8.83
RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS ROUND 2 RESULTS
Heat 5: Billy Stairmand (NZL) 14.60, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.70, Renato Galvao (BRA) 10.30, Txaber Trojaola (EUK) 7.60
Heat 6: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 17.17, Russell Malony (AUS) 10.16, Gordan Fontaine (FRA) 9.07, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 6.66
Heat 7: Messias Felix (BRA) 12.50, Kyle Lane (ZAF) 9.70, Andre Oziol (HAW) 6.26, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 5.50
Heat 8: Jay Quinn (NZL) 14.26, Killian Garland (USA) 10.70, Alan Stokes (GBR) 9.03, Oli Adams (GBR) 8.73
Heat 9: Hugo Savalli (REU) 14.00, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 12.00, Chad Du Toit (ZAF) 10.96, Joackim Petersen Guichard (NOR) 7.23
Heat 10: Anthony Walsh (AUS) 12.33, Heath Joske (AUS) 11.04, Romain Laulhe (FRA) 9.23, Josh Piper (GBR) 6.40
Heat 11: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 11.50, Matt Bemrose (AUS) 10.17, Antonio Bortoletto (ZAF) 10.00, Jorge Spanner (BRA) 6.60
Heat 12: Nick Riley (AUS) 11.93, Nathan Webster (AUS) 11.53, Ruda Carvalho (BRA) 10.90, Romain Cloitre (FRA) 10.16