ATLANTIDA, Xangri-La, Rio Grande do Sul / Brazil (Sunday, May, 8, 2011) – The Brazilian Odirlei Coutinho, 31, claimed his first win at the ASP World 5-Star 2011 SuperSurf Internacional at Xangri-La, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. In an exciting final that saw the experienced goofy footer turning the heat in the last minute over finalists Ruda Carvalho, 23, from Brazil, who was leading the whole heat, Leandro Usuna, 23, from Argentina, and former ASP Dream Tour surfer Peterson Rosa, 36, in good 3-4 foot waves at Praia de Atlantida.
“The contest was awesome, really extreme, I almost had my wrist broken Yesterday (Saturday) when I fell from the jet ski, but today everything went right for me, I turned the final heat in the last minute to win my first ASP event”, said Odirlei Coutinho. “I offer this win to my mother, my father, all my family and all the people from Rio Grande do Sul who supported me during all the week. I also would like to thank all the jet ski crew which worked fine during the whole contest, especially in the more critical situations”.
Odirlei also commented on the lack of waves in the final, with sets taking too long to come through. “I decided to sit out the back waiting, and that decision really paid off. Ruda (Carvalho) was leading the heat but I took the best positioning for the right hander that could give me the advantage in the end, and that’s what happened less than one minute to finish the heat. He (Ruda) even paddled for the wave, but I was better positioned for it. Thanks God”.
The final started at 1 p.m. with cloudy skies and long lulls. Odirlei Coutinho took the first wave, a closed out one. Ruda Carvalho was greeted with a good one and posted the first good score of the match, a 6.67 pts ride to establish the lead early in the heat. The sets started to come more regularly within the last 10 minutes to finish the heat.
Ruda Carvalho finds another left hander and puts a back up score of 4.33 pts under his belt to keep the lead. Odirlei reaction starts with him posting a 6.67 pts score on a good left where he threw a series of strong turns, while Peterson Rosa and Leandro Usuna were still sitting on the outside without finding any wave.
Peterson Rosa took his first ride only with less than five minutes remaining in the heat, and sadly for him a close out one. Also Leandro Usuna took off in a poor wave. But Odirlei Coutinho stayed firm waiting on the outside when within less than one minute to finish the heat he took off on a set wave, and with a vengeance he attacked the lip powerfully and finished the ride with a bullshit close out reentry to earn a 7.83 pts from the judges to confirm his first ASP win marking a solid 14.16 pts heat total over Ruda Carvalho’s 11.00 pts, Leandro Usuna’s 5.13 and 4.93 of Peterson Rosa.
“I was focused to win this contest, but a second place is also a great result”, said Ruda Carvalho, who earned $ 8,000. “I lost the title on that right. Odirlei (Coutinho) was on the inside position and the wave was perfect. It was my first World Tour final and a second place was also good for me”.
The contest started at 7 am in this decisive Sunday on smaller but cleaner waves compared to yesterday’s washing machine like conditions. The Argentinean Leandro Usuna took advantage of the conditions to post the only perfect 10 pts ride of the event for a fantastic tube riding, the first for an Argentinean surfer in an ASP event.
“I’m stoked. I spent about 10 minutes without getting any wave”, said Leandro Usuna, “I paddled towards the inside just not to finish the heat without any ride, when that magic wave came from nowhere. Maybe somebody sent it from Mar del Plata (Usuna’s home break)”.
In the coming days from May 31 to June 5 is set to happen another stop of the 2011 SuperSurf Internacional, ASP Prime event, with prize money of $ 250,000 and 6,500 points for the World Ranking and the ASP South American Circuit. The event is going to be held at Praia da Vila, Imbituba, Santa Catarina State.
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 e Protecao de Atlantida. Check the event at www.aspsouthamerica.com.br. The finals on Sunday will also be broadcast live on ESPN Brazil.
FINAL – SUPERSURF INTERNACIONAL XANGRI-LA:
Champion: Odirlei Coutinho (BRA) – 14,16 points – US$ 16.000 and 2.000 points
Runner-up: Ruda Carvalho (BRA) – 11,00 points – US$ 8.000 and 1.500 points
3.o place: Leandro Usuna (ARG) – 5,13 points – US$ 5.250 and 1.125 points
4.o place: Peterson Rosa (BRA) – 4,93 points – US$ 4.750 and 984 points
SEMIFINALS – 3.o=5.o place (US$ 2.900 and 844 pts) / 4.o=7.o place ($ 2.700 and 738 pts):
SF 1: 1-Peterson Rosa (BRA), 2-Leandro Usuna (ARG), 3-Alex Ribeiro (BRA), 4-Simao Romao (BRA)
SF 2: 1-Ruda Carvalho (BRA), 2-Odirlei Coutinho (BRA), 3-Diego Rosa (BRA), 4-Halley Batista (BRA)
QUARTER FINALS – 3.o=9.o place – US$ 2.500 and 633 points:
QF 1: 1-Alex Ribeiro (BRA), 2-Leandro Usuna (ARG), 3-Luel Felipe (BRA)
QF 2: 1-Simao Romao (BRA), 2-Peterson Rosa (BRA), 3-Patrick Tamberg (BRA)
QF 3: 1-Halley Batista (BRA), 2-Odirlei Coutinho (BRA), 3-Vincent Duvignac (FRA)
QF 4: 1-Diego Rosa (BRA), 2-Ruda Carvalho (BRA), 3-Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
ROUND OF 24: 3.o=13.o place (US$ 1.750 and 554 pts) / 4.o=19.o place ($ 1.650 and 445 pts):
Heat 1: 1-Alex Ribeiro (BRA), 2-Patrick Tamberg (BRA), 3-Tomas Hermes (BRA), 4-Fabio Carvalho (BRA)
Heat 2: 1-Luel Felipe (BRA), 2-Peterson Rosa (BRA), 3-Charlie Brown (BRA), 4-Tanio Barreto (BRA)
Heat 3: 1-Simao Romao (BRA), 2-Leandro Usuna (ARG), 3-Robson Santos (BRA), 4-Gabriel Galdino (BRA)
Heat 4: 1-Odirlei Coutinho (BRA), 2-Diego Rosa (BRA), 3-Franklin Serpa (BRA), 4-Dennis Tihara (BRA)
Heat 5: 1-Halley Batista (BRA), 2-Ruda Carvalho (BRA), 3-Marco Fernandez (BRA), 4-Bernardo Lopes (BRA)
Heat 6: 1-Peterson Crisanto (BRA), 2-Vincent Duvignac (FRA), 3-Chris Waring (USA), 4-Stefano Dornelles (BRA)