ATLANTIDA, Xangri-La, Rio Grande do Sul / Brazil (Saturday, May, 7, 2011) – Once again a big swell hit the north coast of Rio Grande do Sul State, and the extreme surfing conditions turned the ASP World 5-Star 2011 SuperSurf Internacional at Xangri-La into a real challenge for the surfers. The waves this morning were already breaking behind the Atlantida Pier.
With sets in the 6-8 feet (2.0–2.5 meter) range, the first heat reached the water twice, at 8 am the first attempt to run the heat was unsuccessful due to the fact that the judges couldn’t spot the jersey’s colors. Owing to the heavy conditions today, organizers run only 11 heats of the round of 48 surfers out of twelve, leaving for tomorrow the 12th heat.
Also the water started to reach the contest structure, forcing the organizer to interrupt the contest for safety reasons. At 10 am the first heat of the round of 48 surfers finally started and the surfer from Fernando de Noronha Island, Patrick Tamberg, posted a 9.17 pts score for a big right hander express were he threw a series of impressive big carving turns in the critical session.
“It’s pretty hard out there, the size is Ok, but the currents are really heavy”, said Patrick Tamberg, after winning the heat over second place Charlie Brown, Vicente Romero in third and Felipe Teixeira in fourth. He also commented on the experience he went through early morning during the first attempt to run the first heat.
“It was quite complicated, really difficult, the judges could not tell the colors, and who was riding the waves, so I think they did the right thing. The waves now (after 10 am) are way more ride able, and besides that the jet ski is helping a lot, congratulations for the guys who are piloting it”, said Patrick Tamberg.
Peterson Rosa, the seasoned former ASP World Tour surfer showed an overwhelming return to form. The “Bronco” asserted his supremacy over ASP South America 2009 Pro Junior Champion, Alex Ribeiro (BRA), who came in second, Ricardo Ferreira (BRA) and Adilton Mariano (BRA), with the highest combined heat total score of 17.10 pts out of 20 pts, after posting two excellent scores, the first was an 8.60 pts followed by an 8.50 pts.
Another highlight of this challenging day was Robson Santos; he slammed a 9.33 pts attacking a huge set wave with a combination of big turns, which ended up being his only good score on the heat. Robson had to rely on a 1.80 pts back up score, even though he still defeated Franklin Serpa and Bruno Galini to advance to the next round by winning the heat along with second place finisher John Max.
“I only knew about my scores after leaving the water”, confessed Robson Santos. “I’m stoked by winning this heat in such heavy conditions, I had a hard time out there, believe me”.
Of the four international surfers who competed on this Saturday, only Manuel Selman (CHL) did not advance to the round of 24 of the SuperSurf Internacional at Xangri-La. The Argentinean Leandro Usuna and Frenchman Vincent Duvignac went second in their heats; meanwhile the American Chris Waring won the closing match of this true challenging Saturday.
Contest starts tomorrow at 7 am with the last heat of round of 48 surfers. Also the competition format was changed to four man heats to the final, and the winner should be know at mid day at Praia de Atlantida, Xangri-La.
The ASP 5-Star SuperSurf Internacional event is produced by Editora Abril with the sponsorship of Peugeot Automobile. The event also has the support of the brand Nicoboco, City of Xangri-La, Federacao Gaucha de Surf and the Associacao de Surf da Praia de Atlantida. Check the event live at www.aspsouthamerica.com.br The finals on Sunday will also be broadcast live on ESPN Brazil.
ROUND OF 24 – SUPERSURF INTERNACIONAL IN XANGRI-LA, BRAZIL:
Heat 1: Patrick Tamberg (BRA), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 2: Peterson Rosa (BRA), Tanio Barreto (BRA), Charlie Brown (BRA)
Heat 3: Robson Santos (BRA), Diego Rosa (BRA), Luel Felipe (BRA)
Heat 4: Franklin Serpa (BRA), Gabriel Galdino (BRA), Fabio Carvalho (BRA)
Heat 5: Odirlei Coutinho (BRA), Dennis Tihara (BRA), Stefano Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 6: Simao Romao (BRA), Halley Batista (BRA), Leandro Usuna (ARG)
Heat 7: Chris Waring (USA), Marco Fernandez (BRA) + 2.12
Heat 8: Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Bernardo Lopes (BRA) + 1.12