Round 1 of the ASP 6-Star Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans was held in tricky 3ft shifting peaks at Fistral beach on a day which saw the strongest international field of athletes in many years at the Boardmasters put on an outstanding display of performance surfing in front of a highly appreciative public. Deteriorating conditions and sun glare forced a halt to proceeding late in the afternoon following heat nº20.
Mitch Crews (Currumbin Gold Coast, AUS) 21, nailed the highest single-wave score of the event, an 8.33 out of 10, with an electric series of backhand snaps on a bowling left-hander which opened up and allowed the promising Australian to show off his explosive surfing in the tricky conditions. Kiron Jabour (Haleiwa, HAW) 20, also lead the charge with Crews through to Round Two where they will take on the event’s top seeds.
“I couldn’t hear anything out there,” began Crews. “I thought I might have been in first because of the waves I had and what I had seen everyone else get. I knew I needed an excellent score to solidify my first place so I kept busy out there because you can’t pick them. You just have to go and hope it walls up and you get a score. I got that one and I went through the motions. The wave was an 8-point wave and I just did what it gave me so it was good fun.”
Jorge Spanner (Rio de Janeiro, BRA) 25, along with Crews and Jabour, enjoyed the benefit of the slightly better early morning conditions to tally the highest two-wave heat total of the day, 15.44 out of 20 in his 25-minute matchup.
“The conditions are a little bit difficult today but I tried to stay relaxed in the water. I went looking for a wave and move around a lot. It was then that I managed to find a good right which allowed me to do some good manoeuvres. After that I returned to the same peak and as soon as I arrived I got another great right with some good carves.”
Spanner, ranked 271 on the ASP World rankings, suffered a broken leg while competing in 2009 and is on the long come-back road to competitive surfing where he has to build on his ranking to gain access to the major ASP Star events.
“I had a very serious injury and could not compete for a whole year so I lost all my points so I have had to start from zero all over again. It is difficult but I am very motivated to come back and compete in the Prime events too. I am feeling good this year and I am preparing to return again next year with renewed energy.”
Halley Batista (Pernambucu, BRA) 25, who is competing for the first time in Newquay, struggled early on to overtake a rampaging Beyrick De Vries (Umhlanga Rocks, ZAF) 18, to advance through to the second round. Tearing apart a short explosive right with a mix of power turns and modern aerial punts, Batista then backed up in quick succession with an equally impressive backhand attack to leap frog the rookie Brazilian into first place.
“The most difficult thing for me in the heat was finding the waves,” explained Batista. “The heat started and I didn’t find anything but at last I caught two good waves. On the first one I got in a pretty strong turn and an aerial. Then a left came through and I got in two backside turns to make it through to the next round.”
De Vries, who last year was forced out of the Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans due to an ankle injury halfway through the event, showed signs of the scintillating form he displayed twelve months ago. Despite a last minute lapse of concentration which shunted him into second place, the highly progressive natural footer still managed to secure his pass into the next round.
“I made a couple of stupid mistakes in that heat I think but I just managed to come back and find a couple of double up nugs so it is good. The waves are similar to where I am from in the summer time. It is on-shore and really peaky so I feel comfortable with the place and hopefully next heat I can win it.” (laughs)
De Vries, ranked 169 on the ASP World rankings, is at home in the waters of Newquay which remind him of his home breaks in South Africa. The shifting peaks which caused havoc with many surfers unable to adapt, proved no problem to the ever smiling De Vries.
“I really enjoy coming to this event and I can’t find a bad thing with the place. The waves are onshore so it is really good for airs and the sun is out and there are girls on the beach, everyone is having fun so it is an just the ultimate week.”
A first call will be made at 07h30 tomorrow for heat nº21 of Round One with officials monitoring swell predictions for the remainder of the week which look promising for the later stage of the waiting period.
Surfers competing in the Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans are out to gain valuable ranking points in their bid to climb the ASP World rankings and enter the elite Top 32 before the mid-year points cut off. European athletes are also building on their ASP European Men’s ranking as the main summer leg of events commences.
The ASP 3-Star Tuaca Longboard Pro and the ASP 6-Star Tuaca Ladies Longboard Pro were postponed for today as the action focused on the short board competitors. Semi finalists have been decided and the crowning of the longboard champions will take place later in the week.
The Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans is scheduled from August 9-14, 2011. For more information, and all upcoming results, photos, video highlights, press releases log-on to www.aspeurope.com
Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans Round 1 Results
Heat 1: Chris Friend (AUS) 10.33, Mark Harris (GBR) 9.77, Nick Riley (AUS) 9.47, Romain Laulhe (FRA) 8.83
Heat 2: Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.03, Joao Guedes (PRT) 10.60, Brad Ettinger (USA) 6.47, Alex Chacon (AUS) 6.44
Heat 3: Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 13.67, Marco Polo (BRA) 9.20, Yannick de Jager (NDL) 8.74, Tom Buttler (GBR) 7.40
Heat 4: Jorge Spanner (BRA) 15.44, Derrick Disney (USA) 11.10, Gordan Fontaine (FRA) 8.47, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 6.60
Heat 5: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 14.77, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 9.80, Jonny Fryer (GBR) 8.16, Steve Ratzisberger (DEU) 3.37
Heat 6: Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.40, Luke Cheadle (AUS) 11.03, Alan Stokes (GBR) 10.37
Heat 7: Evan Geiselman (USA) 11.77, Micah Lester (GBR) 9.40, Thiago De Souza (BRA) 8.00, Sam Lamiroy (GBR) 5.90
Heat 8: Marlon Lipke (DEU) 9.46, Taylor Brothers (USA) 8.34, Jared Thorne (USA) 7.56, Christophe Allary (REU) 0.00
Heat 9: Eneko Acero (EUK) 11.33, Andre Teixeira (BRA) 9.07, Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 8.70, Lars Musschoot (BEL) 7.86
Heat 10: Adrien Valero (FRA) 11.30, Alessandro Piu (ITA) 7.50, Dale Staples (ZAF) 7.10, Britton Galland (USA) 5.50
Heat 11: Justin Mujica (PRT) 12.10, Ian Crane (USA) 11.67, Chris Salisbury (AUS) 9.23, Hunter Lysaught (USA) 6.97
Heat 12: Gabriel Villaran (PER) 12.00, Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 10.17, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 10.04, Luke Dillon (GBR) 7.50
Heat 13: Adrien Toyon (REU) 13.34, Filipe Jervis (PRT) 9.77, Joshua Braddock (GBR) 4.94, Alexander El Naib (DEU) 1.90
Heat 14: Halley Batista (BRA) 13.60, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.27, David Vlug (AUS) 9.63, Tim Wrench (AUS) 5.67
Heat 15: Nic von Rupp (DEU) 9.25, Nathan Webster (AUS) 7.13, Norman Landa (EUK) 6.03, Cheyne Willis (HAW) 3.27
Heat 16: Ruda Carvalho (BRA) 12.37, Russel Winter (GBR) 9.43, Beto Mariano (BRA) 9.27, Sam Wrench (AUS) 9.13
Heat 17: Ty Watson (AUS) 12.77, Perth Standlick (AUS) 10.26, Mickey Picon (FRA) 9.40, Dale Staples (ZAF) 4.27
Heat 18: Brent Savage (AUS) 10.57, Edouard Delpero (FRA) 10.20, Killian Garland (USA) 8.07, Brendon Gibbens (ZAF) 7.80
Heat 19: Klee Strachan (ZAF) 13.10, James Woods (AUS) 8.57, Patrick Beven (FRA) 3.00, Reubin Pearce (GBR) 1.97
Heat 20: Granger Larsen (HAW) 11.00, Taylor Thorne (USA) 8.97, Rowan Aish (NZL) 6.93, Freddie Meadows (SWE) 6.42
Remaining Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 21: Diego Rosa (BRA), Alan Donato (BRA), Dane Anderson (USA), Koa Smith (HAW)
Heat 22: Kevin Sullivan (HAW), Matt Pagan (USA), Nicholas Squires (AUS), Jaymes Triglone (AUS)
Heat 23: Renato Galvao (BRA), Luke Davis (USA), Dillon Perillo (USA), Garret Parkes (AUS)
Heat 24: Shaun Cansdell (AUS), Oli Adams (GBR), James Wood (AUS), George Picking (GBR)