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Amazing surfing on Day 3 of Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro


Day 3 action : photo ASP South America

Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro
Presented by Rip Curl

ASP 6 Star WQS Mens event
Itauna, Saquarema Brazil
14 - 19 July 2009 

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Victor Ribas é atração no Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro

Amazing Surfing third day of ASP WQS 6-Star Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro by Rip Curl   |  Portugues

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 July, 2009 : - - Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro -- Itauna Beach cranked open the surf tap with clean four-to-six foot (one-to-two meter) waves on offer for the third straight day of competition at Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro pres. by Rip Curl that saw the Event favourites and top ASP WQS campaigners No. 1 Brazilian Jadson Andre and No. 3 Australian Adam Melling advancing with good perfomances.

One of the highlights of the day was Brazilian Pedro Henrique, who got a beatiful barrel in the first heat of the day. Henrique took down top ASP WQS campaigner No. 8 Patrick Gudauskas posting an almost perfect 9.83 score (out of 10.00), with three judges giving him the perfect score (10 points) on his first wave of the heat.

“Ahh great heat without no doubt, WQS Tour is always difficult, all heats are strong, if you not get good waves you lose” spoke Henrique. “I just wanna thanks God for that wave (9.83 points), I saw Trekinho (Marcelo) took an 8.30 on a wave that I almost went, so I knew I had to start well with a high score, and then that perfect wave came to me and It was just a magical wave That thing bowled up on the inside and I managed to stick with it and come out. I was super stoked because the view was insane – whether I came out or not I was happy”.

Who came close to the new record of Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro pres. by Rip Curl was the American Brett Simpson, who earned a 9.17 of judges with three strong maneuvers, executed with pressure and speed. “The waves are really fun, fortunately the waves came on my way. In my 9.17 score (out a possible of 10) I was on the spot and the other guy was too deep so I paddle into the wave, did two big turns and a huge floater in the end, that was a great wave” said Simpson.

Simpson also talked about his views about Saquarema. “This is my first time here, for sure is the best waves that I always surfed here in Brazil, Fernando de Noronha Island is better but a different type of wave, and here is a great place for a contest and if the waves continues like this will be perfect for us”.

Brazilian Neco Padaratz who finished in second place in the ASP WQS 6-Star event last week in Florianopolis ended in second place in the last heat of the day, moving straight to Round of 24 of Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro pres. by Rip Curl. “Incredibly heat. This is my third time here in Saquarema and today I woke up really hungry to surf and when I saw the waves it was fantastic, with pressure, barrels, hot water, off-shore winds and perfect size for competition” said Padaratz.

Australian Adam Melling number 3 in the ASP WQS Ranking confirmed his favoritism and went in first in his heat, leaving the youngest winner of a WQS Event, Brazilian Gabriel Medina (15) in second, with both eliminating the winner of the only WQS event held at Saquarema in 1997, Brazilian Victor Ribas (4th) and Australian Jarrad Howse (3rd).

“Good start for me, I got some good waves out there, today is better, bigger so I want to have a good result here, got more points and get ready to the next events, here is a nice place to surf and compete, good waves and good wheather” commented Melling.

Despite finishing in second, Brazilian Gabriel Medina was happy with his performance at Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro pres. by Rip Curl and he also commented that there is no pressure to repeat his victory of last week at Mole Beach in Florianopolis. "This is very different from there, more difficult to surf. That contest was very good to me and fortunately I found the waves that I needed to classify me. I will try to improve my surfing in my next heat and continue surfing without any pressure" added Medina.

The only surfer from Hawaii in the competition, Dusty Payne was one of the surfers who surfed two heats and advanced to the Round of 24 of this great day of surfing at Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro pres. by Rip Curl. “I’m happy to make my heat, the waves are good today, good walls, but still high tide right now and I think will be better in the afternoon” said Payne, who now moved to the list of top 15 in the WQS Ranking. “Oh, I didn’t know that, good surprise for me, but we have a long way to go and I still need to get good results during this year”.

The next call is tomorrow morning at 7:30am for a 8am start (Brazilian Time).

The Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro presented by Rip Curl is a realization of Adding Sports with sponsor by Coca-Cola, Rip Curl and Rio de Janeiro State Government and Secretaryship from the Turism, Culture and Sports of Rio de Janeiro and Saquarema Local Government and Secretaryship from Turism, Culture and Sports of Saquarema; with the support of Ministry of Tourism of Federal Government and Unimed Araruama. The event is a 6 star event sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) – ASP South America, realization by Rio de Janeiro Surf Federation (FESERJ) and Saquarema Beach Local Association and Live Coverage by ESPN Brasil TV and live web coverage.  

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# 1 : Rip Curl presents Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro set to fire

# 2 : 6-Star Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro by Rip Curl kicks off
# 3 : Coming soon
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