Whether you've been rooting for or dreading the impending Brazilian takeover of the ASP, you'd have to admit that today rivaled the final rounds of the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro for Brazzo dominance at the SuperSurf International Prime in Imbituba. The surf continued to filter in again today for the completion of round one and start of round two. And while the young Brazilians continued to build their fan bases, one veteran stole the spotlight for at least a wave.
In a heat with threeof his countrymen, Neco Padaratz diced a left all the way down the beach to drop an 8.70 on Miguel Pupo, Marco Polo, and Thiago Camarao. Pupo still won the heat, later saying, "Conditions were difficult, but I was in the right spot. The guys let me sit on the peak and everything turned out well."
After winning at Trestles, Pupo occupies the No. 31 slot on the ASP's World Rankings as the season cut-off approaches.
"I'm in a dangerous position," he admitted, "There are three Brazilians right there at the doorway, and I am one. I won a heat at Saquarema and lost the other. I hope to continue to climb the rankings here."
Padaratz will face another former World Tour regular, Cory Lopez, in the round of 48, and both surfers are trying to requalify. Taino Barreto, the Brazilian upstart who won the trials event, advanced today, as did all three Kiwis -- Richard Christie, Billy Stairmand (taking first and second in heat 23) and Jay Quinn.
The round of 48 heats that ran saw Brazilians Raoni Montiero, Bernardo Pigmeu, and Wiggoly Dantas win and advance. Despite posting a nine, the highest score of the day, Jadson Andre could not find a back up wave. Tour surfers Damien Hobgood and Gabe Kling both took second in their heats to stay alive.
Conditions deteriorated with the south winds in the afternoon. The event will pick up with heat nine of the round of 48, although the swell looks to back down until the weekend.
2010 Supersurf World Prime, Brazil Results
Continuation of Round of 96
Heat 17: 1-Patrick Gudauskas (EUA), 2-Leonardo Neves (BRA), 3-Jack Freestone (AUS), 4-Stu Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 18: 1-Gabriel Medina (BRA), 2-Tomas Hermes (BRA), 3-Junior Faria (BRA), 4-Jano Belo (BRA)
Heat 19: 1-Gustavo Fernandes (BRA), 2-Dylan Graves (PRI), 3-Dion Atkinson (AUS), 4-Masatoshi Ohno (JAP)
Heat 20: 1-Shaun Cansdell (AUS), 2-Luel Felipe (BRA), 3-Pedro Henrique (BRA), 4-Fabio Carvalho (BRA)
Heat 21: 1-Miguel Pupo (BRA), 2-Neco Padaratz (BRA), 3-Marco Polo (BRA), 4-Thiago Camarão (BRA)
Heat 22: 1-Jeronimo Vargas (BRA), 2-Cory Lopez (EUA), 3-Kai Barger (HAV), 4-Romain Cloitre (FRA)
Heat 23: 1-Richard Christie (NZL), 2-Billy Stairmand (NZL), 3-Davey Cathels (AUS), 4-Chris Ward (EUA)
Heat 24: 1-Tanio Barreto (BRA), 2-Jay Quinn (NZL), 3-Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 4-Blake Thornton (AUS)
Round of 48
Heat 1: 1-Raoni Monteiro (BRA), 2-Jessé Mendes (BRA), 3-Jadson André (BRA), 4-Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 2: 1-Mason Ho (HAV), 2-Yuri Sodré (BRA), 3-Adam Robertson (AUS), 4-Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 3: 1-Bernardo Pigmeu (BRA), 2-Ben Dunn (AUS), 3-Julian Wilson (AUS), 4-Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 4: 1-Hizunomê Bettero (BRA), 2-Tom Whitaker (AUS), 3-João Abreu (BRA), 4-Travis Logie (AFR)
Heat 5: 1-Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), 2-Ricardo Santos (BRA), 3-Flavio Nakagima (BRA), 4-Nathan Yeomans (EUA)
Heat 6: 1-Granger Larsen (HAV), 2-Gabe Kling (EUA), 3-Paulo Moura (BRA), 4-Lincoln Taylor (AUS)
Heat 7: 1-Royden Bryson (AFR), 2-Damien Hobgood (EUA), 3-Nat Young (EUA), 4-Leandro Bastos (BRA)
Heat 8: 1-Yadin Nicol (AUS), 2-Austin Ware (EUA), 3-Maxime Huscenot (FRA), 4-Kiron Jabour (HAV)
Remaining Round of 48 Match-ups:
Heat 9: Patrick Gudauskas (EUA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Dylan Graves (PRI), Luel Felipe (BRA)
Heat 10: Leonardo Neves (BRA), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Gustavo Fernandes (BRA), Shaun Cansdell
Heat 11: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jeronimo Vargas (BRA), Jay Quinn (NZL), Billy Stairmand (NZL)
Heat 12: Cory Lopez (EUA), Neco Padaratz (BRA), Richard Christie (NZL), Tânio Barreto (BRA)