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Los Cabos Open of Surf kicks off in clean surf

Billy Stairmand © ASP/Shadley



Los Cabos Open of Surf

ASP 6-Star Men's and Women's event
Zippers, Los Cabos, Mexico
16 - 22 June 2014

International Field Tears through Round 1 in Los Cabos

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 June, 2014 - Zippers Los Cabos, Mexico - The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf kicked off in clean two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Zippers. The international field of up-and-comers was electric on the opening day of competition as they attempted to claw their way up the Qualification Series (QS) rankings in hopes of a place alongside the world’s best on the elite World Championship Tour (WCT).

The Los Cabos Open of Surf is the largest surfing event in Mexican history. In its second year, the competition hosts both Men’s and Women’s 6-Star action. Evan Geiselman (USA), 20, current No. 30 on the ASP Qualification Series (QS), was dominant on the opening day of competition, blasting the rights at Zippers with explosive backhand combinations. The Floridian was rewarded with the day’s highest scores, netting an excellent 8.10 and 9.00 en route to the win.

“I was fortunate to get that 8 in the beginning and it relieved a lot of tension,” Geiselman said. “I was in rhythm and that 9 was just a good wave. I always put pressure on myself, but I want to just relax and surf well in this event, that’s when I do my best.”

Brent Dorrington (AUS), 27, led the Australian charge, connecting seamless combinations on his forehand for an excellent 8.77 out of 10 single-wave score on his way to securing a Round 1 win.  “It’s hard to stay focused here in Cabo because there’s so much going on,” Dorrington said. “I’ve been surfing all day long and it’s good to get out there and have a heat.”

Kai Barger (Maui, HI), 24, former ASP World Junior Champion, got the best of a high-scoring heat, solidifying a spot in Round 2 amidst a last-minute exchange with a strong 15.20 total. Barger’s win came over up-and-comer Shun Murakami (JPN), 16, who would advance in second, fellow Hawaiian Torrey Meister (Hawaii, HI), 26, and Saxon Lumsden (AUS), 24.

“I was worried about the new priority system and that kept me occupied,” Barger said. “I like the change. There’s no hassling and it took a little getting used to. I come to every event to win, but I need points to get back in to the Prime events and I’d love to do well here in Cabo.”

Billy Stairmand (NZL), 24, current No. 4 on the QS, started strong at Zippers, connecting the set waves with a polished forehand attack to solidify a Round 1 heat win. “The new four-man priority is so good,” Stairmand said. “There’s less hassling and it’s usually the best man who makes it through. You have to be patient and everyone gets their waves, so it’s really good.”

Following a strong start to his 2014 campaign, the New Zealander is looking to maintain consistency at the Los Cabos Open of Surf to set up for a strike at qualification for the 2015 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT).

“This event and South Africa (the QS Prime event, Mr. Price Pro Ballito) are really important to my year,” Stairmaind said. “A lot of people have a good start to the year and then crumble, so I’m trying to stay focused, get a result and have fun the whole time.”



Los Cabos Open of Surf Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Matt Lewis-Hewitt (NZL) 13.17, Davey Cathels (AUS) 10.67, Deivid Silva (BRA) 9.47, Ticus Mimenez (MEX) 8.83

Heat 2: Bino Lopes (BRA) 10.80, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 9.86, Matheus Navarro (BRA) 9.66, Billy Kemper (HAW) 9.07

Heat 3: Italo Ferreria (BRA) 15.10, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 10.63, Gavin Gillette (HAW) 10.23, Nicholas Squires (AUS) 8.07

Heat 4: Billy Stairmand (NZL) 13.17, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 12.60, Wesley Santos (BRA) 9.54, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 8.33

Heat 5: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 12.10, Guillermo Satt (CHL) 11.30, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 11.03, Vehiatua Prunier (PYF) 10.83

Heat 6: Takuma Nakamura (JPN) 12.60, Jack Freestone (AUS) Oney Anwar (IDN) 10.74, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 6.64

Heat 7: Thomas Woods (AUS) 13.17, Jeremy Johnston (USA) 10.57, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 9.74, Phillip Goold (USA) 8.27

Heat 8: Cody Thompson (USA) 9.90, Yago Dora (BRA) 8.66, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 8.23, Balaram Stack (USA) 5.06

Heat 9: Kai Barger (HAW) 15.20, Shaun Murakami (JPN) 14.17, Torrey Meister (HAW) 13.00, Saxon Lumsden (AUS) 9.26

Heat 10: Dylan Goodale (HAW) 14.27, Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 13.20, Taylor Clark (USA) 10.34, Vicente Romero (ESP) 9.50

Heat 11: Ian Goiveia (BRA) 11.83, Arashi Kato (JPN) 10.53, Evan Valiere (HAW) 8.87, Chase Wilson (USA) 3.30

Heat 12: Chris Ward (USA) 10.96, Michael February (ZAF) 10.46, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 9.46, Jhonny Corzo (MEX) 5.97

Heat 13: Alex Smith (ZAF) 12.83, Marco Giorgi (URY) 12.60, Cristobal De Col (PER) 11.27, Angelo Lozano (MEX) 9.93

Heat 14: Brent Dorrington (AUS) 13.94, Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 11.94, Kylen Yamakawa (HAW) 10.83, Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 8.27

Heat 15: Santiago Muniz (ARG) 13.34, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.33, Mitchell James (AUS) 8.73, Ty Watson (AUS) 7.27

Heat 16: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 15.94, Jean Da Silva (BRA) 13.50, Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 9.56, Yan Daberkow (BRA) 9.50

Heat 17: Evan Geiselman (USA) 17.17, Kalani David (HAW) 11.30, Manuel Selman (CHL) 9.33, Nils Schweizer (USA) 8.44

Heat 18 : Masotoshi Ohno (JPN) 12.14, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 10.17, Koa Smith (HAW) 8.80, Jerome Forrest (AUS) 8.33

Heat 19: Cory Arrambide (USA) 14.67, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 13.57, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 11.70, Victor Done (USA) 10.73

Heat 20: Conner O’Leary (AUS) 13.66, Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 12.50, Luel Felipe (BRA) 11.26, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 11.17

Heat 21: Messias Felix (BRA) 12.67, Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 11.00, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 9.53, Lucas Santamaria (ARG) 7.70

Heat 22: Matt Pagan (USA) 13.60, Michael Dunphy (USA) 12.24, Yujiro Tsuji (JPN) 10.73, Sidney Guimaraes (BRA) 9.13

Heat 23: Medi Veminardi (REU) 14.00, Steven Pierson (PYF) 11.90, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 10.90, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 9.87

Heat 24: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.54, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.40, David Van Zyl (ZAF) 10.66, Martin Olea (MEX) 8.16

Bobby Shadley

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