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Heitor Alves Wins ASP 6-Star Lusiaves Figueira Pro

Heitor Alves : photo Aquashot / ASPEurope.com

Lusiaves Figueira Pro

ASP 6-Star Men's Event
Stop No. 9 of 12 | 2010 ASP European Men's Series
Figueira da Foz - Portugal
September 14-19, 2010 

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Heitor Alves Wins ASP 6-Star Lusiaves Figueira Pro to Win Second Consecutive Title  |  Portugues below

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 September, 2010 : - - Figueira da Foz, Portugal - Heitor Alves (BRA) 27, was unstoppable en route to claim the Lusiaves Figueira Pro taking out Yadin Nicol (AUS) 24, in the 35-minute final which he dominated from start to finish. Claiming his second consecutive win in less than a fortnight Alves who was ranked 22 leading into this event solidifies his position as the highest ranked non World Tour athlete on the ASP World Rankings.

Event officials decided to set up a mobile site south of the main event at Praia do Cabedelo to take advantage of the remaining swell on offer. Once it was clear that conditions would be worse tomorrow the green light was given to run through to the final. Early morning heats were held in clean glassy conditions followed by the strong afternoon sea breeze which made conditions tough for the finals.

“Thank you God for giving me this result here today and my last result,” began an emotional Alves after his dominating performance. Starting off strongly and building on his total Alves had his opponent in a combination situation by the midway stage of the final. “I am so happy about this contest and the people who have come down to the beach to support this contest I say ‘Thank you very much.’”

 


Yadin Nicol : photo Aquashot / ASPEurope.com

 

“Yadin Nicol is so hard and he is ripping right now,” continued Alves. “He can do big airs and turns he is so good but in the final there were not too many waves with the strong winds but in the end it was a great final with good scores. Congratulations to Yadin for this result.”

Demonstrating his small wave expertise, Alves has been able to get the results on a very tough ASP European leg of events which have experienced various days of tricky conditions. Well positioned on the rankings Alves remains calm and relaxed in his usual fashion.

“I am still looking for another result because it is hard on the WQS tour and I don’t think about the points or the ranking. I try just to relax and get the best results I can and good vibrations.”

Yadin Nicol (AUS) was unable to halt the rampaging Brazilian and missed having more consistent conditions for the final. Surfing brilliantly throughout the event and making some very stacked heats to progress Nicol can feel positive with the overall result and take on the final part of the season with renewed confidence.

“He (Alves) surfs so well in small waves and I had a feeling it might happen and I was hoping that it wouldn’t but I am really happy with the way I surfed the whole event so I can take that on to the next one. It is a bit disappointing to end it in waves like that but Heitor is just so good in that stuff so full credit to him.”

 


Tanner Gadauskas : photo Aquashot / ASPEurope.com

 

Coming from Round One to the runner-up position Nicol has proved his ability to go all the way and make some consistent solid results on the ASP Men’s Star-Series.

“I wasn’t going to do this event initially but in the previous events I figured some stuff out that was starting to work for me and I had a good feeling about this one. I put my entry in late and I’ve made the final from the first round so it is my best result for sure so I’m happy but bummed at the same time. You can’t take anything away from Heitor because he is such a good bloke”

Tanner Gadauskas (USA) 22, was without doubt the form surfer throughout the entire event until he came unstuck against Yadin Nicol in the second semi-final. With the three highest combined heat totals of the contest including today’s 17.84 out of 20 in Round Five early this morning. Coming so close to reaching his goal Gudauskas was obviously disappointed that the conditions had changed so much and he was not allowed to display the standard of surfing he had been dealing out during his previous heats.

“It has been a fun event and just that last heat was a tough one. I just wanted to surf and I didn’t get too many opportunities to do more than one hit out there so I am a little twisted about that. Good on Yadin, he found two good waves on that one so to lose I don’t feel that bad.”

Gudauskas has been a great ambassador for the sport here at the Lusiaves Figueira Pro and is sure to remain in the minds of all who witnessed his surfing this week. “I love surfing at beach breaks like this and I wish there had of been just one more heat so it is a bitter sweet feeling right now.”

 


Jonathan Gonzalez : photo Aquashot / ASPEurope.com

 

Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 30, achieved his best ever career result in a 6-Star event finishing equal third along with Gudauskas. Facing Heitor Alves, one of the toughest competitors on tour in semi nº1, Gonzalez had a solid ning and looked in a position to pressure the Brazilian. At the midway mark, small tactical errors allowed Alves a chance to get back into the game and eventually Gonzalez was unable to hold back the charging Brazilian.

“I am very pleased with a third place finish and against Heitor in these types of waves it is very hard to beat him. I tried to start off with a good score but in the end I didn’t use my priority very well and I should have waited a little more for the sets.”

“I think I should have waited longer because in the middle of the heat I lost priority and then Heitor began to sit on me a little,” explained Gonzalez. “I am not used to such tough man-on-man heats so you notice the experience that the guys have.”

Gonzalez surfed during the week to the standard that we all know he is capable of and was a favourite amongst surfers for finally getting into some kind of rhythm and advance to the final day of competition. Well liked on tour and always an explosive surfer in the water, Gonzalez now looks ahead to the remaining ASP European sanctioned events which head to the Canary Islands late next month.

“This result will help me in a number of ways. Firstly in the rankings with the 9th and 17th I have and now a third place. Also it has given me more confidence for the upcoming events in Ericeira and the Canary Islands. Now I am more motivated heading into these contests.” With this result Gonzalez jumps up a spot on the ASP European ranking into 4th position with only three events of 12 remaining in the series.

 


Tim Boal : photo Aquashot / ASPEurope.com

 

“The contest has been very good with some very good organisation and I definitely leave with excellent memories from here. The waves have been unreal and let’s hope next year is the same.”

The Lusiaves Figueira Pro has finished on a high note and with its option of mobility and the quality of waves in the area the event has a promising future for 2011.

Lusiaves Figueira Pro Final Result
Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.10 Def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 9.50

Lusiaves Figueira Pro Semi-Final Results
Heat 1: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.07 Def. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 13.50
Heat 2: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 10.83 Def. Tanner Gadauskas (USA) 8.66

Lusiaves Figueira Pro Quarterfinal Results
Heat 1: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.30 Def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 10.33
Heat 2: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 13.07 Def. Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 10.70
Heat 3: Tanner Gadauskas (USA) 12.60 Def. Tim Boal (FRA) 12.43
Heat 4: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 10.40 Def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 8.03

Lusiaves Figueira Pro Round Five Results
Heat 1: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.93 Def. Austin Ware (USA) 12.30
Heat 2: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.67 Def. Richard Christie (NZL) 10.96
Heat 3: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 11.07 Def. Rudy Palmboom (ZAF) 9.83
Heat 4: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 9.83 Def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 6.70
Heat 5: Tanner Gadauskas (USA) 17.84 Def. Royden Bryson (ZAF) 9.00
Heat 6: Tim Boal (FRA) 14.90 Def. Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 11.40
Heat 7: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.57 Def. Jano Belo (BRA) 10.90
Heat 8: Leonardo Neves (BRA) 13.66 Def. Glen Hall (IRL) 9.60

World Rankings at 18 September 2010

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Lusiaves Figueira Pro 2010

Heitor Alves vence mundial de surf na Figueira da Foz

O surfista brasileiro Heitor Alves derrotou Yadin Nicol na final, com um score de 15,10 pontos em 20 possíveis, contra os 9,50 do australiano. As condições do mar nesta final estavam difíceis, mas o brasileiro adaptou-se muito bem e venceu o seu segundo WQS de seis estrelas consecutivo, amealhando mais 3000 pontos para o ranking mundial, bem como 20.000 dólares para a sua conta bancária.

“Não sei nem o que dizer,” comentou o atleta de 27 anos, à saída da água. “Estou muito feliz e quero agradecer a toda a gente que aqui esteve, ao sol, ao frio, ao calor, mas a torcer por nós e a aplaudir. Fomos muito bem recebidos, a organização está de parabéns porque foi exemplar, e eu… bom, duas vitórias consecutivas sabe muito bem! Fez-me lembrar o Mick Campbell, que há uns dois ou três anos conseguiu o mesmo aqui na Europa… foi nele que me inspirei. Agora parto para a perna brasileira mais tranquilo, mas muito motivado também,” afirmou o simpático atleta, que com este resultado praticamente garante a sua re-entrada no World Tour, em 2011.

Na realidade, Yadin Nicol foi o primeiro a abrir a bateria final, com uma onda de 4,67 pontos, mas logo de seguida o surfista brasileiro mostrou que veio à Figueira para levar o troféu e selou o heat com um 7,77 e um 7,33. Yadin Nicol nunca conseguiu entrar no ritmo do heat, mas não deixou de sair da Figueira da Foz com o melhor resultado da sua carreira.

“Super stoked, mate!” comentou. “O Heitor é muito difícil de bater nestas condições, vai buscar velocidade onde eu nem imagino, mas uma final é o meu melhor resultado de sempre, por isso estou muito contente, claro. Saio daqui muito motivado e preparado para o resto do ano,” concluiu.

Heitor Alves começou por vencer o neo-zelandês Richard Christie, um dos atletas em grande forma nesta prova, depois o seu conterrâneo Wigolly Dantas, o espanhol Jonathan Gonzalez e assim chegou à sua segunda final em duas semanas. Neste caso, o vencedor do Lusiaves Figueira Pro 2010, começou a prova na primeira bateria da primeira fase e só a terminou na última bateria do evento!

Destaque ainda para Jonathan Gonzalez e Tanner Gudauskas, que alcançaram as meias-finais da prova, terminando em 3º lugar ex-aequo, mostrando muito surf. Tanner Gudauskas fez o melhor score de todo o campeonato, 17,84 em 20 pontos possíveis, logo na primeira fase do dia. Jonathan foi mesmo o melhor europeu em prova, alcançando também aqui na Figueira o melhor resultado da sua carreira.

O atleta das Canárias bateu o seu grande amigo galego Gony Zubizarreta nos quartos de final, numa bateria muito interessante, deixando Zubizarreta num óptimo quinto lugar lugar, ex-aequo com o francês Tim Boal e com os brasileiros Wiggolly Dantas e Leonardo Neves, outros três atletas em grande momento de forma, com bons resultados recentes.

No round cinco ficaram alguns dos surfistas que até aqui vinham a realizar algumas das melhores médias de todo o campeonato. Richard Christie, Austin Ware, Royden Bryson e Glenn Hall foram alguns dos que, apesar das boas prestações, ficaram pelo caminho, em nono lugar.

Durante a animada e divertida entrega de prémios, que teve como assistência as centenas de pessoas que hoje assistiram ao Lusiaves Figueira Pro, Eurico Gonçalves, em representação da EG Events, recebeu um prémio-surpresa da Câmara Municipal e da Figueira Grande Turismo, pela organização deste evento.

De seguida, João Ataíde, presidente da Câmara Municipal da Figueira da Foz, deu os parabéns a todos os que puseram de pé esta prova e os que nela participaram, convidando-os a regressarem em 2011. “É com muito prazer que vos recebemos aqui e desejamos que voltem no próximo ano. Depois de oito anos sem os melhores surfistas do mundo aqui na Figueira, não vamos deixar que isso aconteça novamente,” concluiu.

O presidente do conselho de administração do Grupo Lusiaves, Avelino Gaspar, foi também esclarecedor quanto à sua aposta. “Somos um grupo sediado na Figueira, com grandes responsabilidades sociais aqui, por isso não podíamos deixar de ajudar um evento desta importância, que promove o nosso concelho. A aposta está ganha, que venham as próximas,” comentou.

Durante todo o dia (e também amanhã), a Nokia Surf Academy continuou a proporcionar aulas gratuitas a quem se mostrasse interessado, inscrevendo-se nelas e aproveitando as pequenas mas deliciosas ondas que quebravam na Praia do Cabedelo.

Embora a prova principal do Lusiaves Figueira Pro 2010 tenha terminado hoje, este evento só termina mesmo amanhã, com a realização da Buondi Expression Session, a partir das 13h30m, que oferecerá cerca de mil euros de prize-money, além de muitos outros prémios, aos surfistas que consigam executar as melhores manobras.

Hoje ainda, a partir das 23h, realiza-se a segunda de duas festas oficiais do Lusiaves Figueira Pro 2010, no bar Musicais, junto ao Casino da Figueira, que contará com a presença do actor e surfista Pedro Lima, padrinho deste evento e que está connosco ao longo deste fim-de-semana.

O Lusiaves Figueira Pro 2010 e a Figueira da Foz Cidade do Surf são organizações da EG Events e da Associação de Surf da Figueira da Foz (ASFF) e contam com o patrocínio do Grupo Lusiaves, do Turismo Centro de Portugal, da Câmara Municipal da Figueira da Foz, da Figueira Grande Turismo e do Porto da Figueira da Foz, bem como com os apoios da Buondi, TMN, Sagres, Nissan, SPO, Janga, Carver, inTocha, Verallia, Somaro, Classic Park, Quinta dos Cozinheiros, Pato Real, Rosa Amélia, Casa Mota, Doce Pecado, Pastelaria Dionísio, 3D Lab, Bolt, Barracas, RTP, Mega Hits, Surftotal, Oceanlook, Beachcam, Go-S.TV, Onfire, Surf Portugal e Diário de Coimbra. Estes são ainda dois projectos co-financiados pelo QREN, Mais Centro e pela União Europeia.

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      Surfersvillage, ASP Europe media partner

 

Previous reports:
# 1 :
WQS action returns to Portugal for Lusiaves Figueira Pro 
# 2 : Lusiaves Figueira Pro goes mobile/gets top conditions
# 3 : Excellent day of action at Lusiaves Figueira Pro Day 2 
# 4 : Swell shows at Lusiaves Figueira Pro Round 3 completed
# 5 : Final 16 Decided at ASP 6-Star Lusiaves Figueira Pro

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