PLAYA REVOLCADERO, Acapulco/Mexico (Wednesday, July 3, 2013) – The Surf Open Acapulco presented by Vans returned to action for the second consecutive day to complete Round 2 of competition, and while there was a slight drop in swell, several surfers displayed some incredible performances in the rippable two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Playa Revolcadero.
Italo Ferreira (BRA), 18, who won his Round 1 heat yesterday, maintained his form in Round 2 of the Surf Open Acapulco, dismantling the wedgy lefts on his forehand with committed turns and big airs.
“That was a good heat for me and the waves were much better than my heat yesterday,” Ferreira said. “Hopefully I can keep winning and do the same in my next heat.”
Ferreira, an ASP World Junior Tour standout, hopes to build momentum on today’s performance and is eyeing a result in Acapulco to break in to the higher ranked events.
“Winning my first two heats definitely helps with confidence,” Ferreira said. “I’m focused and my boards are feeling really good and these are good conditions for me. I’m looking forward to surfing again.”
Balaram Stack (Point Lookout, NY), 22, looked at home in the punchy breakbreak conditions and took flight on the lefthand ramps of Playa Revolcadero. The goofy-footer would go on to punt a big air-reverse, earning an 8.33 for the single maneuver and would find a sold backup to solidify his Round 2 heat victory.
“These are definitely my ideal conditions, fun peaky beachbreak like home,” Stack said. “Hopefully it stays like this because I’m having fun. Unfortunately I blew one of the best sections I’ve had in a long time on one left, but hopefully I won’t do that in the next heat. Overall, I’m here with my friends, the waves are good and I’m having a good time.”
While several of the day’s highlights came at the hand of frontside aerials, Francisco Bellorin (VEN), 23, dominated his Round 2 affair with unmatched backhand power. The Venezuelan unloaded a seamless combination of turns on a steep left, taking a 9.43 for the ride, the day’s highest single-wave score.
“I’m really happy to be here at a 4-Star in Mexico and the people are amazing.” Bellorin said. “I was a little nervous at the beginning of that heat because all of the surfers are really good. I was relieved to get that good left that let me do some turns and I’m really happy to move in to the next Round and represent Venezuela and Latin America.”
The Surf Open Acapulco presented by Vans holds a waiting period from July 2-7, 2013. Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am local time for a possible 7:30 start to Round 3.
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SURF OPEN ACAPULCO ROUND OF 96 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.67, Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 11.30, Christian Corzo (MEX) 5.60, Adrian Rodriguez (MEX) 4.57
Heat 2: Scott Weinhardt (USA) 11.60, Joaquin Del Castillo (PER) 9.47, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 8.44, Marcelo Rodriguez (ARG) 8.00
Heat 3: Deivid Silva (BRA) 10.93, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 8.80, Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 8.20, Sebastian Correa (PER) 6.23
Heat 4: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 12.33, Phillip Goold (USA) 9.00, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 8.37, Jhonny Corzo (MEX) 4.47
Heat 5: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 11.40, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 6.60, Brandon Manguso (USA) 4.26, Trevor Thornton (USA) 3.83
Heat 6: Vicente Romero (ESP) 13.66, Justin Mujica (PRT) 10.53, Angelo Lozano (MEX) 7.53, Jacob Szekely (USA) 4.43
Heat 7: Tyler Newton (HAW) 11.83, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 11.27, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 9.30, Dane Anderson (USA) 6.30
Heat 8: Adam Goldstone (USA) 10.17, Lucas Santamaria (ARG) 8.50, Myles Laine-Toner (USA) 6.47, Luke Shepardson (HAW) 5.43
Heat 9: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 13.00, Chris Foster (HAW) 9.93, Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER) 6.37, Nicolas Vargas (CHL) 4.94
Heat 10: Jeremy Carter (USA) 12.43, Caetano Vargas (BRA) 12.24, Jeremy Johnston (USA) 10.54, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 9.40
Heat 11: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.27, Cody Thompson (USA) 11.33, Dane Bird (AUS) 8.36, Alex Kamkoff (USA) 4.63
Heat 12: Balaram Stack (USA) 13.00, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 11.37, Chris Tucker (USA) 8.26, Victor Done (USA) 7.17
Heat 13: Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 16.10, Wesley Santos (BRA) 15.60, Parker Coffin (USA) 10.66, Nils Schweizer (USA) 10.20
Heat 14: Dillon Perillo (USA) 12.60, Shaun Burns (USA) 8.83, Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 6.03, Rey Fernandez (MEX) 5.84
Heat 15: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 12.83, Yujiro Tsuji (JPN) 9.80, Jake Davis (USA) 7.94, Alan Saulo (BRA) 7.87
Heat 16: Chris Waring (USA) 12.50, Jerome Forrest (AUS) 10.17, Yago Dora (BRA) 7.47, Johnny Norris (USA) 6.06