ITAMAMBUCA BEACH, Ubatuba, Sao Paulo / Brazil (Saturday, October 15, 2011) – In an North-American Final in Brazil, Kolohe Andino, 17, came out victorious over Tanner Gudauskas, 23, at the ASP World 6-Star SuperSurf Internacional presented by Peugeot at Itamambuca Beach in Ubatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Andino received U$ 20,000 and 3,500 points in the ASP World Ranking. They left the Brazilians Wiggolly Dantas and Halley Batista at third place in the semifinals.
“I’m so stoked,” said Kolohe Andino. “I thought that I could reach the Quarter-Finals here, but I never imagined that I would win the event! Unfortunately, conditions today (Saturday) made things really difficult and I think I was lucky to have caught some good waves. In the Final, I started off well and then I just used my strategy to hold on for the win since there weren’t too many good waves.”
Despite the deteriorating conditions with heavy rain and waves in the 2-3 foot (0.5-1.0 meter) at Itamambuca Beach, on his first wave of the Final, Andino started off with a rotating no-grab aerial followed by four consecutive off-the-tops on a left-hander which scored a 7.5 (out of 10); the high-score of the heat.
Gudauskas quickly followed with an air-reverse of his own which only rendered 5 points. But Andino caught a right-hander that scored a 6.83 on a series of committed rail-to-rail carves and snaps for a heat-wave total of 14.33 (out of 20) against 11.33 of the Gudauskas.
“It’s a pleasure for me to surf this Final against Tanner (Gudauskas) since he’s from United States just like me,” continued Andino. “It’s my first time here at Itamambuca and I’ve been staying all week at Guigui’s (Wiggolly Dantas) house. For us, it was really improbable to have a Final between two Americans with all of the great Brazilian surfers on today’s waves.”
Tanner Gudauskas was also pleased with his Runner-Up finish, which resulted in U$10,000 in prize money and 2,640 points in the ASP World Ranking. “It’s a shame that the waves got smaller today and then high tide made things even harder. But I’m still stoked to have made the Final here. I tried my hardest but all of the waves closed out too quickly for me. So, congratulations to Kolohe (Andino) for catching the best waves.”
After two of the best performances of the event, Halley Batista (BRA) was defeated by Andino in the Semi-Finals.
“It’s too bad that the conditions weren’t that good,” said Halley Batista. “But 3rd place is still great for me. I was able to rise in the ranking and now I’m going after another good result in Rio de Janeiro (next week). I need to achieve my goal of making it into the Top 96 so I can surf in the PRIME events next year.”
The SuperSurf Internacional is presented by Peugeot and is produced by Abril Media and with the support of the State of Sao Paulo through the Secretary of Tourism, Nicoboco surfwear, Jovem Pan Radio and Alma do Mar art gallery. The SuperSurf Internacional is an ASP World 6-Star event and is part of the ASP South America circuit which is broadcast live at www.supersurf.com.br with the final day being broadcast by ESPN Brasil.
The year-ending “Brazilian Leg” of the ASP South America events continues next week to Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro where U$145,000 in prize money and 3,500 points will be on offer at the ASP World 6-Star Quiksilver Brazil Open of Surfing scheduled to begin on Tuesday and end on Sunday.
FINAL ASP 6-STAR SUPERSURF INTERNACIONAL:
Champion: Kolohe Andino (USA) – 14.33
Runner-Up: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) – 11.13
SF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.84 def. 10.87 Halley Batista (BRA)
SF 2: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.83 def. 9.84 Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
QF 1: Halley Batista (BRA) 15.00 def. 12.26 Mitch Crews (AUS)
QF 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.27 def. 13.23 Thiago Camarao (BRA)
QF 3: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.67 def. 6.50 Tomas Hermes (BRA)
QF 4: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.40 def. 9.83 Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
ROUND OF 12 Results:
Heat 1: 16.13=Halley Batista (BRA), 15.50=Kolohe Andino (USA), 12.33=Junior Faria (BRA)
Heat 2: 15.27=Thiago Camarao (BRA), 10.83=Mitch Crews (AUS), 8.33=Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 3: 11.20=Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), 10.44=Alex Ribeiro (BRA), 8.80=Franklin Serpa (BRA)
Heat 4: 13.07=Tanner Gudauskas (USA), 12.77=Tomas Hermes (BRA), 8.33=Jano Belo (BRA)