ITAUNA BEACH, Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil (Saturday, May 28, 2011) - Messy conditions and stormy weather were present throughout the day at the Oakley Saquarema Prime presented by Coca-Cola in day 5 of the event. Onshore winds and a consistent 6 foot swell (2 meters) put the world’s best surfers to the test at Itauna beach, Rio de Janeiro.
The Round of 24 was completed in a marathon-like day of competition that began at 6:30am. In the fifth heat of the day, Junior Faria (BRA) had the day’s highest single-wave score with a 9.23 out of a possible 10 to take out Julian Wilson (AUS) who had held been the in-form surfer of the event.
“This heat was great,” said Junior Faria. “I was lucky to find a good wave early but it’s been tricky, so I guess you’ve got to be lucky and not make any mistakes.”
Local surfer, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) had the highest heat total of the day scoring 14.83 points over Nathan Yeoman (USA) 11.43 points in their match-up in heat 4 of the Round of 24.
“Only a few people know about the righthander that breaks out there,” said Raoni Monteiro. “My dad told me to pay attention because every once in a while that right would come in and I positioned myself and was lucky enough to catch that one. I surfed it to the end and was able to win the heat.”
2010 event winner, Willian Cardoso (BRA) is another step closer to repeating his victory at Itauna beach after winning his heat over Kai Barger (HAW). Cardoso left the water with 4 minutes remaining in the heat after surfing a wave that got him an 8.83 out of a possible 10.
“As soon as I saw that wave doubling-up, I knew that I could get a good score,” said Willian Cardoso. “The conditions are really tough. It’s big and there’s a strong current. I took a couple on the head, but Saquarema’s a great spot for throwing big moves. Luckily, I have a few more hours to rest tomorrow which is crucial since it’s big.”
The other surfer to qualify directly to the Quarter-Finals was Australian, Yadin Nicol, scoring a 7.60 out of a possible 10 on his last wave against Cory Lopez (USA).
“That was fantastic,” exclaimed Yadin Nicol. “I got stuck inside for the longest time and I just kept thinking about getting outside to surf those waves. It’s tough to paddle into the waves, but I gave it all I had on that last wave and I’m happy I got the score.”
The last heat of the day saw Brazilian surfer, Jesse Mendes heading straight to the Quarter-Finals as well against ASP Tour athletes Damien Hobgood (USA) and Adam Melling (AUS).
“It’s really tough,” said Adam Melling. “It kept getting bigger throughout the day and I didn’t even know what size board to use.”
Damien Hobgood agreed with Melling, but enjoys the conditions at Itauna.
“It’s not easy to find waves out there, but I like to surf when it’s like this,” said Damien Hobgood. “It’s almost like Margaret River, where I won a Prime earlier this year. I hope it’s like this tomorrow.”
The Coca-Cola presents Oakley Saquarema Prime 2011 is sponsored by Coca-Cola and Oakley with support from the State of Rio de Janeiro through the Secretary of Sport and Leisure, the City of Saquarema, CCR and the Surfing Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
ROUND OF 12 – 1st = Quarter Finals / 2nd = 9th place (US$ 5,000 and 2,400 pts):
Heat 1: Cory Lopez (USA) x Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 2: Lincoln Taylor (AUS) x Junior Faria (BRA)
Heat 3: Adam Melling (AUS) x Adam Robertson (AUS)
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) x Kai Otton (AUS)
ROUND OF 12 – NO LOSERS – 1st = Quarter Finals / 2nd and 3rd = Round of 12 again:
Heat 1: 12.70=Yadin Nicol (AUS), 12.16=Cory Lopez (USA), 11.24=Lincoln Taylor (AUS)
Heat 2: 11.17=Raoni Monteiro (BRA), 11.00=Junior Faria (BRA), 9.10=Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 3: 13.33=Willian Cardoso (BRA), 8.67=Adam Robertson (AUS), 5.10=Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 4: 11.70=Jessé Mendes (BRA), 11.00=Damien Hobgood (USA), 1.83=Adam Melling (AUS)
ROUND OF 24 – 2nd = 13th place – US$ 3,000 and 1,200 pts:
Heat 1: Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 10.50 x 8.23 Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 2: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 10.33 x 7.43 Simão Romão (BRA)
Heat 3: Cory Lopez (USA) 11.66 x 7.00 Jadson André (BRA)
Heat 4: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.83 x 11.43 Nathan Yeomans (USA)
Heat 5: Junior Faria (BRA) 14.00 x 9.27 Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.74 x 10.90 Pedro Henrique (BRA)
Heat 7: Adam Robertson (AUS) 13.33 x 12.20 Masatoshi Ohno (JPN)
Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.03 x 12.50 Shaun Cansdell (AUS)
Heat 9: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 13.83 x 9.83 Kai Barger (HAW)
Heat 10: Jessé Mendes (BRA) 9.83 x 9.20 Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Adam Melling (AUS) 10.26 x 6.37 Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 12: Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.57 x 7.37 Royden Bryson (ZAF)
ROUND OF 48 – 3rd – 25th place (US$ 2,000 and 800 pts) / 4th – 37th place ($ 1,500 and 650 pts):
Heat 8: 1-Shaun Cansdell (AUS), 2-Adam Robertson (AUS), 3-Tom Whitaker (AUS), 4-Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 9: 1-Kai Barger (HAW), 2-Jessé Mendes (BRA), 3-Glenn Hall (IRL), 4-Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
Heat 10: 1-Tanner Gudauskas (USA), 2-Willian Cardoso (BRA), 3-Chris Davidson (AUS), 4-Kiron Jabour (HAW)
Heat 11: 1-Adam Melling (AUS), 2-Royden Bryson (ZAF), 3-Nathaniel Curran (USA), 4-Mason Ho (HAW)
Heat 12: 1-Damien Hobgood (USA), 2-Josh Kerr (AUS), 3-Charlie Brown (BRA), 4-Dion Atkinson (AUS)