IPOJUCA, Pernambuco/Brazil (Friday, August 20, 2010) – Good conditions were on offer today for the opening day of the Pena Pernambuco International Longboard Classic held at the tropical waters of Maracaipe Bay, Pernambuco’s south coast. The round one battle brought an impressive show of classic and progressive Longboarding.
Local hero, Reginaldo Nascimento, was one of the standouts of the day advancing into round 2 showing an impressive performance. With local knowledge playing a major role in his win, Nascimento scored the highest single score of the day and also the highest two wave total of 13.93 points looking ready to surprise in the later rounds.
“I had a broken board yesterday, but the spare one worked great. I’m stoked”, said Reginaldo Nascimento, after winning the third heat of the round one. “I have to say thanks to all the Maracaipe people for their support”.
Another Ipojuca local Halley Batista scored a 7.5 in his best ride to beat the current South American Longboard Champion, Andre Luiz Deca, who advanced in the second place.
“I’ve got that nice right-hander which gave me the chance to perform a hang ten followed by a floater to get a 7.5 from the judges, but the heat was hard fought”, said Halley Batista. “Rodrigo de souse is high level longboarder, and Andre Luiz Deca is simply one of the best, but I think the knowledge of the peak was good for me. The wave is very fast and I used it in my favor”.
First day’s attraction on the Pena Pernambuco International Longboard Classic, were two surfers from Venezuela. They have missed a connection in Panama last week, so they could not compete in Bahia, but they debuted in Maracaipe. Ronald Reyes moved to the next round in second in the heat won by Brazilian Junior Manteiga, meanwhile country mate Armando Colluci finished fourth in the following heat.
“I’m very happy to compete in Brazil once again, especially by winning such a difficult heat. The waves were closing out to fast, and I Think I was lucky in finding the right waves”, said Ronald Reyes who’s going to face Halley Batista, Matheus Cunha and Picuruta’s son, Leco Salazar in the next round.
Check the event live webcast at www.aspsouthamerica.com.br