Rip Curl Pro Stamina
ASP 3-Star WQS Men's Event
Playa Grande, Mar del Plata Argentina
16 - 20 April 2014
Brazilians Dominate Saturday’s Action in Argentina
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 April, 2014 - After two consecutive lay days, competition resumed at the ASP 3-Star Rip Curl Pro Stamina held at Playa Grande, in Mar del Plata, Argentina. After another long day of excitement, a total of twelve Brazilian surfers qualified for tomorrow’s Quarterfinals and will be fighting for top honors in the opening event of the 2014 ASP South America Series.
Former WCT campaigner, Jihad Khodr (BRA), won the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Stamina and looked sharp by winning both of his heats today and is focused on a repeat championship.
“I was able to catch a good righthander and it kept me feeling confident throughout the heat,” said Jihad Khodr. “Conditions are really difficult, so you need to get lucky to find a good one. Everyone loves catching good waves, but it’s important to have the ability to compete in any kind of conditions.”
Italo Ferreira (BRA), displayed the foremost performance of the day at the Rip Curl Pro Stamina. By exhibiting an array of aerial surfing, Ferreira obtained a 9.90 (out of 10) for the event’s highest single wave score and complimented that with the highest heat total of an 18.70 (out of 20 points).
“I really had an amazing day, I feel blessed,” said Italo Ferreira. “I tried to throw huge maneuvers and I was able to land a few to get those great scores. I’m glad the judges liked what I did. The beach here at Playa Grande is real similar to the wave I surf at back in Brazil, so I think that helped out a lot. My dream is to make it onto the WCT, so I have to work hard to achieve it.”
The only non-Brazilians to make it into the Quarterfinals are Dylan Lighfoot (ZAF) and Marco Giorgi (URY). Young Japanese surfer Reo Inaba is scheduled to compete in the final heat of the Round of 32 and commented on the Rip Curl Pro Stamina.
“I tried to stay farther away from my competitors and the waves ended up coming in my direction,” said Reo Inaba. “I remained calm and I felt good because there are beaches in Japan that resemble Playa Grande. This is my first time to Argentina and I’m really enjoying the country, the people and the beautiful beaches.”
The final day of competition of the ASP 3-Star Rip Curl Pro Stamina will be held on Sunday. The event winner will receive 750 ASP Qualifying Series ranking points and 2000 ASP South America Series ranking points.