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Alejo Muniz claims ASP World Prime Hang Loose Pro

Alejo Muniz © Daniel Smorigo / ASP South America

Hang Loose Pro Contest

ASP World Prime #1
ASP South America Star Series
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
15 - 20 February 2011

Live Coverage  |  Results/Photos/Videos etc  |  Day 6

Hang Loose Pro Contest to name winner tomorrow  |  Portuguese

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 February, 2011 : - -  Acimba do Padre, Brazil -- Brazilian Alejo Muniz, 20, has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Prime Event 2011 Hang Loose Pro Contest in a three-to-five foot surf at the Cacimba do Padre, Fernando de Noronha, island tropical located at 345 kilometers from the Brazil’s northeastern coast.

Alejo Muniz takes US$ 40,000 prize money and 6.500 pts for the ASP World Ranking. The runner up Dion Atkinson (Australia), 24, scored 7.14 pts in the final, well under Alejo Muniz who won the event with an impressive combined two wave heat tally of 13.00 pts.

To get into the final the Australian first defeated the South Africa’s Shaun Joubert in a very close heat where he scored a total of 10.44 pts over 10.06 pts of the South African. Then he faced Brazilian Heitor Alves, and once again Dion Atkinson won by a slight margin making a total heat score of 10.73 x 9.17 pts.

“I’m very happy for the result. Alejo (Muniz) got all the best waves in the final, also he fired the whole contest showing a very mature surfing, so he deserved this win”, said Dion Atkinson. “I really would like to win, but anyway it was good to make the final in this beautiful place. Few events are held in such hollow waves. It’s one of my favorite events in the world and I’ll still come back here in the coming years to try to win this fantastic event”.


Alejo Muniz © ASP / Smorigo


For Muniz this first Title in the Word Tour is also pretty much like a birthday’s gift as he is turning 21 next Tuesday.

“Winning is the best feeling of all”, said Alejo Muniz, as soon as he got to the podium over his mates shoulders. “This is Brazil’s biggest event. Last year I got so close (I was defeated in the semifinal), but now everything worked my way this time, and it’s awesome to start the year like this. Winning here in Fernando de Noronha is fantastic”.

Next Monday Alejo will be flying to Australia where he makes his debut on the ASP “Dream Tour”. He is now one of the five Brazilians in the elite group of the 34 best surfers in the world. “I’m a little nervous for this next event. I tried not to bring this nervousness to Noronha, and I really have to say thanks for everyone who supports me, all the friends here and special Thanks for my family which is 100 percent committed with my career as a Pro Surfer”.

The Hang Loose Pro Contest has completed its 25th anniversary and Alfio Lagnado, owner of the company and the father of the idea of running the first  ASP event in Brazil, also sponsored by a Brazilian Clothing company gave the trophy to the Champion, Alejo Muniz.  Alfio talked about the first Hang Loose Pro Contest in 1986 at Praia da Joaquina in Florianopolis.


Dion Atkinson © ASP / Smorigo


“We were young dreamers by then and had the opportunity to bring tan ASP event to Brazil, so we didn’t think twice and took the chance to make it”, said Alfio Lagnado. “And it turned out to be so nice that we continued running it for the last 25 years.

Most athletes competing here were not even born. Surfing in Brazil has grown a lot compared to those days, with so many wins with the Brazilian surfers competing as equals with the best surfers of the world”.

He also talked on the new Hang Loose Pro Contest champion, Alejo Muniz. “I’m very excited to give this trophy for this young surfer here, who was one of my team surfers until 2 months ago. It’s a Kid we know and took care of since he was a kid, really a very good boy.

I hope he have all the success in his professional career, congratulations”, concluded Alfio Lagnado. Then Alejo dedicated his win to his former Boss at the podium.


Travis Logie © ASP / Smorigo


Champion: Alejo Muniz (BRA) scored 13.00 points – US$ 40,000 and 6.500 points
Runner-Up: Dion Atkinson (AUS) scored 7.14 points – US$ 20,000 and 5.200 points

SEMIFINALS – 3rd place – US$ 11,000 and 4.225 points:
SF 1: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.77 x 12.26 Travis Logie (ZAF)
SF 2: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.73 x 9.17 Heitor Alves (BRA)

QUARTER FINALS – 5th place – US$ 7,000 and 3.120 points:
QF 1: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.10 x 5.83 Masatoshi Ohno (JPN)
QF 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.67 x 10.20 Jihad Kohdr (BRA)
QF 3: Heitor Alves (BRA) 13.17 x 10.50 Hizunome Bettero (BRA)
QF 4: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.44 x 10.06 Shaun Joubert (ZAF)

Check the Full Results

1 Slater,Kelly  USA
2 Smith,Jordy ZAF
3 Burrow,Taj  AUS
4 Fanning,Mick  AUS
5 Durbidge,Bede  AUS
6 Reynolds,Dane  USA
7 Buchan,Adrian  AUS
7 Wright,Owen  AUS
9 Flores,Jeremy  FRA
10 De Souza,Adriano BRA
11 Bourez,Michel PYF
12 Davidson,Chris  AUS
13 Andre,Jadson BRA
14 Hobgood,Damien  USA
15 Perrow,Kieren  AUS
16 Hobgood,C.J. USA
17 Parkinson,Joel  AUS
18 Simpson,Brett  USA
19 Knox,Taylor  USA
20 Alves,Heitor  BRA
21 Wilkinson,Matt  AUS
22 Martinez,Bobby  USA
23 Patacchia,Fredrick HAW
24 Gudauskas,Patrick  USA
25 Pires,Tiago  PRT
26 Melling,Adam  AUS
27 Ross,Daniel  AUS
28 Muniz,Alejo  BRA
29 Logie,Travis ZAF
30 Kerr,Josh  AUS
31 Payne,Dusty  HAW
32 Wilson,Julian  AUS
33 Kling,Gabe  USA
34 Lopez,Cory  USA
35 Whitaker,Tom AUS
36 Monteiro,Raoni  BRA
37 Aranburu,Aritz  EUK
38 Larsen,Granger  HAW
39 Powers,Roy  HAW
40 Atkinson,Dion  AUS
41 Otton,Kai  AUS
42 Gudauskas,Tanner  USA
43 Dunn,Ben  AUS
44 Stedman,Luke  AUS
45 Muscroft,Nic  AUS
46 Dantas,Wiggolly  BRA
47 Medina,Gabriel  BRA
48 Munro,Luke  AUS
49 Curran,Nathaniel  USA
50 Pupo,Miguel  BRA
51 Nicol,Yadin AUS
52 Cardoso,Willian  BRA
53 Young,Nat  USA
54 Boal,Tim FRA
55 Hall,Glenn  IRL
56 Bacalso,Kekoa  HAW
57 Kennedy,Stu AUS
58 Yeomans,Nathan USA
59 Florence,John John HAW
60 Padaratz,Neco BRA
61 Cansdell,Shaun  AUS
62 Centeio,Joel  HAW
63 Gonzalez,Jonathan CNY
64 Christie,Richard  NZL
65 Thornton,Blake  AUS
66 Stairmand,Billy  NZL
67 Morrison,Dean  AUS
68 Ohno,Masatoshi  JPN
69 Lacomare,Marc FRA
70 Thompson,Jay  AUS
71 Bettero,Hizunome  BRA
72 Zubizarreta,Gony ESP
73 Bryson,Royden  ZAF
74 Ho,Mason  HAW
75 Duru,Joan FRA
76 Neves,Leonardo BRA
77 Benson,Tonino  HAW
78 Zietz,Sebastien HAW
79 Ware,Austin USA
80 Barger,Kai HAW
81 Joubert,Shaun  ZAF
82 Robertson,Adam AUS
83 Miranda,Bernardo BRA
84 Paulino,Pablo 

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