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Taj Burrow on Track to Take Top Honors at Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro

Posted by: on November 2nd, 2008

 

 

Taj Burrow takes to the skies in Round 3 at Praia da Vila in Imbituba.

Taj Burrow takes to the skies in Round 3 at Praia da Vila in Imbituba.

 

 

IMBITUBA, Brazil (Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008) – Taj Burrow (AUS) has made it abundantly clear that he made the trek to Brazil to win the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro.

The current World No. 2 amassed the highest heat total of the event to take out former tour surfer Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 18.10 to 13.17 today. If Burrow goes on to win the event, it will mark his fourth ASP World Tour victory in Brazil.

“I’m feeling good and confident, just warming up, feeling my board, the waves and the water, so I’m happy to be here in Brazil,” Burrow said. “I really want to win this contest.”

Brazil’s punchy beach breaks suit Burrow’s style perfectly, allowing him to use his aerial antics to delight the fans on the beach and the judges alike. Today was no exception.

“I’m surfing pretty comfortably,” Burrow said. “It’s good when the jet-skis pick you up and you can surf a lot of waves. It’s really fun out there because you can try trick maneuvers and do aerials.”

World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) also made his heat today. Though Durbidge would love nothing more to finish the year second behind nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and ahead of Burrow, he’s trying to take it all in stride at the moment.

“I just try to not think too much about it,” Durbidge said. “I’m just trying to have fun and enjoy Brazil, so let’s see what happens.”

Replacement surfer Marco Polo (BRA) free fell to a last minute victory over World No. 12 Kai Otton in the first heat of the day. Otton led the majority of the Round 3 bout, but suffered his third Round 3 loss in as many events when Polo earned an 8.67 with a minute and a half to go.

“It was like a Final,” Polo said. “In the end I was out there waiting for a wave, hoping for a big one and then right at the end of the heat I dropped in on a set wave, did two maneuvers and finished with a huge floater. It was a very great wave and I very happy to move on.”

Leonardo Neves (BRA) equaled his best result of his rookie season by beating Jordy Smith (ZAF) today. Currently sitting No. 39 in the ratings – a big result in Brazil is crucial for Neves to requalify as a Top 27 surfer on the ASP World Tour.

“When I saw Marco Polo turn his heat with the last wave I got a really nice energy from him and I felt confident before my heat,” Neves said. “The crowd was rooting for him and then for me, so I thought, ‘today is the Brazilian day.’ I had luck in my heat and caught two good waves, so I’m stoked. I need a very good result here to go to Hawaii more relaxed and keep my spot on the tour.”

The other two Brazilian surfers still in contention for the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Crown are rookie Heitor Alves and former ASP World Tour surfer and event wildcard Bernardo Miranda.

Fred Patacchia is the only Hawaiian still competing in the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro. He beat Hizunome Bettero (BRA) to lock down a Round 4 duel with lone Californian Timmy Reyes. Florida’s Hobgood brothers and North Carolina’s Ben Bourgeois round out the Americans still competing.

France’s two-man contingent are also still in contention after advancing from Round 3. Jeremy Flores (FRA) earned a 9.80 – the highest single wave score of the event – to beat replacement surfer Marcio Farney (BRA) 17.97 to 12.00. Miky Picon (FRA) beat Mick Campbell (AUS) 15.84 to 12.86.

Guaranteed equal 9th or better results are season-bests for Burgeois and Daniel Ross (AUS). Ross convincingly eliminated Chris Ward (USA) courtesy of a 9.33 in his scoreline today.

“There are some good lefts out there and I picked up a good one, surfed it well and got a good score,” Ross said. “To get good waves you have to massacre them. I’m looking to make more heats and I hope to have another good one against Tom Whitaker, we are good mates.”

Ross and Whitaker will meet in Heat 3 of Round 4 which may well be held tomorrow. Australian Dayyan Neve is also still surfing the event and is matched up with Miranda in Heat 6.

Another call on competition status will be made tomorrow morning at 7:30am. For more information visitwww.aspworldtour.com.

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Marco Polo (BRA) 14.17 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.00
Heat 2: Leonardo Neves (BRA) 12.33 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.40
Heat 3: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 13.10 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 10.60
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.97 def. Marcio Farney (BRA) 12.00
Heat 5: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 14.00 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.20
Heat 6: Daniel Ross (AUS) 16.83 def. Chris Ward (USA) 13.33
Heat 7: Mikael Picon (FRA) 15.84 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.86
Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.10 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.17
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.83 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.10
Heat 10: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.00 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.90
Heat 11: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 14.34 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 13.84
Heat 12: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 12.33 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 7.83
Heat 13: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.34 def. Jano Belo (BRA) 7.10
Heat 14: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.83 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 4.43
Heat 15: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.50 def. Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 9.60
Heat 16: Tim Reyes (USA) 13.67 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 5.20

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Round 4 Heat Draw:
Heat 1: Marco Polo (BRA) vs. Leonardo Neves (BRA)
Heat 2: Ben Bourgeois (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 3: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 4: Mikael Picon (FRA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 6: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 7:C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 8: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Off for the Day

Posted by: on October 30th, 2008

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro

Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour

Imbituba, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Oct. 28-Nov. 5, 2008

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Off for the Day – Next Call Tomorrow

 

IMBITUBA, Brazil (Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008) – Round 2 of the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro will not run at Praia da Vila in Imbituba today. Despite contestable conditions on offer this morning, contest officials feared that consistency could decline throughout the day and the event was ultimately called off for the day.

 

C.J. Hobgood, 2001 ASP World Champion and winner of the last ASP World Tour event held in Spain, will go up against Carybean Heleodoro (BRA) in the first heat of the day when competition does commence. Adrian Buchan (AUS), who his first ASP World Tour event in France last month, will take on former tour surfer Raoni Montiero in Heat 2.

 

Each and every one of the upcoming Round 2 heats will feature a Brazilian surfer and all 16 heats will be webcast live via www.aspworldtour.com. Another call on competition status will be made tomorrow at 7:30am.

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Round 2 Heat Draw:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Carybean Heleodoro (BRA)

Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 3: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)

Heat 4: .Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Jano Belo (BRA)

Heat 5: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Peterson Rosa (BRA)

Heat 6: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Gustavo Fernandes (BRA)

Heat 7: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Tanio Barreto (BRA)

Heat 8: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Fabio Gouveia (BRA)

Heat 9: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Pedro Henrique (BRA)

Heat 10: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. William Cardoso (BRA)

Heat 11: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Simao Romao (BRA)

Heat 12: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)

Heat 13: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Ricky Basnett (ZAF)

Heat 14: Jay Thompson (AUS) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)

Heat 15: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)

Heat 16: Royden Bryson (ZAF) vs. Ben Bourgeois (USA)

Smith Makes Painful Priority Mistake at Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro

Posted by: on October 29th, 2008

Raoni Montiero went big in Round 1 but still lost out to World No. 3 Bede Durbidge.

Raoni Montiero went big in Round 1 but still lost out to World No. 3 Bede Durbidge.

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro

Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour

Imbituba, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Oct. 28-Nov. 5, 2008

IMBITUBA, Brazil (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008) –With a scoreline boasting the day’s highest heat total and single wave score (a 17.17 and 9.50 respectively) ASP World Tour rookie Jordy Smith (ZAF) looked like he would be collecting top honors on Day 1 of the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro. Two interference calls later, Smith had a 0.00 to show for his standout performance in Imbituba’s five foot waves today.

Taking the heat instead was fellow rookie and Spanish Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu. Aranburu also blitzed, putting up an 8.50 early and finishing the heat with 16.00 points to finish ahead of wildcard Simao Romao (BRA) and Smith.

“It was a difficult heat, I started well with an 8.50 score but Jordy also got really good waves,” Aranburu says. “Then in the last three minutes a small wave came toward me, and I knew that I need to get a big score, so I started paddling for the wave. I was in the best position but Jordy started paddling too, so the judges give him interference.”

According to ASP Head Judge Perry Hatchett: “At the initial point of take-off, the wave was a superior left , with white (Aranburu)  in position to take it. Red (Smith) was on the wrong side of the peak trying to go right on the close-out with no scoring potential so the interference was called on red (Smith).”

Frustrated, Smith then took off on a wave Romao had priority on, suffered another interference and lost both his scores.Smith, who currently sits 22nd on the ratings, has yet to advance past Round 4 this year. He will meet Pedro Henrique in Round 2.

ASP World Tour No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) won a tight Heat over former ASP World Tour and replacement surfer Raioni Monteiro (BRA) and Damien Hobgood (USA) to advance straight to Round 3 today. Durbidge scored a 9.00 and 6.33 for a 15.33 heat total.

“It was a fun wave, I made a couple of turns and a good air in the end,” Durbidge said of his 9.00 ride. “The waves are so fun. I’m enjoying myself and I really want to win but I need to get through more heats, so I’ll be surfing one heat at a time and trying my best.”

World No. 2 and the 2005 winner of the event Taj Burrow (AUS) also advanced today. With newly crowned nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) not competing, Burrow is the No. 1 seed in the event.

“From what I have seen so far, all the local surfers are surfing really good and being the top seed I have to surf against the locals,” Burrow said. “It’s not easy, but I’m really looking to make heats and to try to win the event.”

Five of the 20 Brazilian surfers competing in the Hang Loose Pro won their heats today. Replacement surfer Hizunome Bettero (BRA), who is currently in a position to qualify for the Dream Tour next year if he can maintain his No. 13 rating on the ASP World Qualifying Series through Hawaii, was the highest scoring of the Brazilian contingent.

“I was pretty stoked to be invited to compete in this event as a wildcard,” Bettero said. “I’m surfing with no pressure, enjoying myself and I will try to show my best surfing. Competing here is a dream because I usually see these guys on TV and in magazines. I hope to be on the ASP World Tour next year but I need to get a good result in Hawaii this year.”

Also surfing well today was Brazil’s Leonardo Neves. He beat Tom Whitaker (AUS) and Henrique to earn a Round 3 berth today.

“Getting it right in the first heat is very important and now I have time to watch the comp and train more,” Neves said. “The swell arrived today and I’m pretty stoked with this result.”

Neves is currently rated 39th on the ASP World Tour and will need huge results in the last two events of the year to requalify for the 2009 ASP World Tour.

 “I’m happy to be back here in Vila Beach,” Neves said. “I remember last year that I needed a good result, like this year, and I got it, so that is giving me a lot of motivation. This comp is very important for all Brazilians on the ASP World Tour.”

Also avoiding 33rd place results they could not afford were Dan Ross (AUS) – World No. 42, Mick Campbell (AUS) – World No. 28 and Miky Picon (FRA) – World No. 26. Only the Top 27 surfers on the ASP World Tour requalify for the following year’s tour.

Chris Ward (USA) missed his Round 1 heat today due to Visa complications. He will surf in Round 2. A call on Round 2 will be made tomorrow morning at 7:30am.

For more information visit www.aspworldtour.com.

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Round 1 Heat Results:

Heat 1: Taylor Knox (USA) 14.83, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 14.43, Fabio Gouveia (BRA) 7.50

Heat 2: Marco Polo (BRA) 13.27, Royden Bryson (ZAF) 11.34, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.60

Heat 3: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 16.50, Tanio Barreto (BRA) 12.84, Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 9.83

Heat 4: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.67, Jay Thompson (AUS) 12.33, Gustavo Fernandes (BRA) 7.67

Heat 5: Marcio Farney (BRA) 12.00, Luke Stedman (AUS) 11.73, Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.43

Heat 6: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.03, Peterson Rosa (BRA) 14.84, Tiago Pires (PRT) 5.60

Heat 7: Mikael Picon (FRA) 13.67, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.66, Jano Belo (BRA) 10.70

Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.33, Carybean Heleodoro (BRA) 12.67, Roy Powers (HAW) 7.63

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.33, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.57, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.90

Heat 10: Mick Campbell (AUS) 13.90, CJ Hobgood (USA) 13.03, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.33

Heat 11: Leonardo Neves (BRA) 13.17, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 9.33, Pedro Henrique (BRA) 8.93

Heat 12: Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 14.83, Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.00, Chris Ward (USA) N/S

Heat 13: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 10.73, Dayyan Neve (AUS) 10.33, Jihad Khodr (BRA) 7.27

Heat 14: Daniel Ross (AUS) 13.07, Tim Reyes (USA) 12.16, William Cardoso (BRA) 10.16

Heat 15: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 16.00, Simao Romao (BRA) 12.16, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 0.00

Heat 16: Ben Dunn (AUS) 15.37, Bruno Santos (BRA) 11.47, Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 10.54

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Round 2 Heat Draw:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Carybean Heleodoro (BRA)

Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 3: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)

Heat 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Jano Belo (BRA)

Heat 5: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Peterson Rosa (BRA)

Heat 6: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Gustavo Fernandes (BRA)

Heat 7: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Tanio Barreto (BRA)

Heat 8: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Fabio Gouveia (BRA)

Heat 9: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Pedro Henrique (BRA)

Heat 10: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. William Cardoso (BRA)

Heat 11: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Simao Romao (BRA)

Heat 12: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)

Heat 13: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Ricky Basnett (ZAF)

Heat 14: Jay Thompson (AUS) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)

Heat T 15: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)

Heat 16: Royden Bryson (ZAF) vs. Ben Bourgeois (USA)

 

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