ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro
ASP Men's QS Prime
7 - 11 October, 2014
Big Waves, Bigger Upsets on Day 1 of Cascais Billabong Pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 October, 2014 - Praia des Carcavelos, Cascais - Portugal - The ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro launched today in chunky 4-to-6-foot surf at the backup venue of Guincho. The opening day delivered intense action and huge upsets at the hands of the best up-and-coming surfers on the QS tour. The misty morning conditions quickly let way to a beautiful day of competition in pumping surf.
Stop No. 5 of 8 on the ASP Prime Series, the event will decide the 2014 European Champion as well as play a crucial role in the hunt for a coveted spot on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour in 2015.
Hawaiian powerhouse Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 32, came firing out of the gates, scoring a near-perfect 9.80 out of 10 for three consecutive big turns in the critical sections of a massive set wave. His fronthand vertical attack was second to none and rewarded by the judges panel accordingly.
“I thought I’d might be making a bad decision going for that wave, but it could also be really good so I took a chance,” Patacchia reflected. “It felt like I was way too far out, but I knew the tide was dropping and I saw a couple of bombs coming in. It’s really difficult out there and you really have to pick your spot. The first turn felt good, second one came out alright and I knew I needed to finish it, and man, when I did, I was really stoked.”
World No.18 Filipe Toledo (BRA) 19, got the Portuguese crowds fired up with a glimpse of his aerial repertoire when he launched into a massive double-rotation, only just coming short of landing it for the history books. Toledo was one of the very few Top34 members to advance comfortably into the second round.
“The wind helped me on that wave to get more time in the air. The wind is amazing and the waves are big so you can push yourself to go higher.” Filipe Toledo commented. “It’s good to be back in Portugal, I enjoy the prime and I’m getting ready for the next WCT event in Peniche. I’m really confident and my boards are working really good. I hope to get a good result here and another one in Peniche, because I missed out on Azores so I need to do well in these last two contests here in Portugal for a chance at the Cascais Trophy and the $50,000 cash prize.”
European tour veteran Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 34, was responsible for the biggest upsets of all in Heat 12, taking out three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS). The talented Canarian capitalized on wave-selection and four-man-heat tactics to edge out Fanning and advance alongside Conner Coffin (USA).
“My confidence going into the next heat tomorrow will be the same as today, just focus on one, two good waves,” explained Gonzalez. “The conditions are really hard right now, so you have to be a little bit lucky to get a good potential wave, and that was my focus in front of this heat and that worked out well. At the end of the heat I was super stoked, but there is still so much work to be done to get a good result here so I’m just focusing on the next round.”
The QS alliance made of Costa Rica’s Carlos Munoz (CRI) 21, and Joan Duru (FRA) 25, eliminated another top seed in Taj Burrow (AUS) in Heat 13 to start their Cascais campaign and reduce the WCT field drastically.
“I haven’t had a good result all year, but I’m looking for it and I’m feeling very confident,” Munoz said. “I’ve been working on my surfing and tried different boards so I’m super happy to make my heat. I had Taj in my heat which made me really go for it and I got two good waves. It’s the end of the year, only four more events so doing good here really helps me to get more confidence.”
Italian phenom Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 16, secured his ticket for Round 2 of the Cascais Billabong Pro, eliminating world No.16 Adrian Buchan (AUS) in the process. Fioravanti also got his revenge on Tanner Gudauskas (USA) who defeated him in the final in Lacanau earlier this summer.
“There’s definitely a chance for me to get on the WCT, the train might only come by once, so I just have to try and get on it. I’m just going to give it my all. I might not feel 100% ready to take on the big boys, but that’s all an experience. I’m just having fun, adding no pressure, just surfing heats and trying to make smart decisions and that has been paying off so I’m stoked.”
The 2013 ASP European Junior Champion, now in second place on the European QS rankings, is looking for another strong result in Cascais to upgrade his title this season.
Defending event champion Jadson Andre (BRA) 24, fresh off a runner-up finish at the Quiksilver Pro France, survived a tricky Round 1 bout, placing second to Brazilian compatriot Wigolly Dantas (BRA), and keeping his hopes of back-to-back titles alive.
“It definitely was a really challenging heat for me,” Andre admitted. “I just only arrived from France around midnight last night and haven’t had much sleep these last couple of days. I was really just hoping to make my heat somehow and now I can go and rest, and hopefully come back tomorrow at my 100%.”
Sitting in an awkward 20th position on the WCT rankings post France, Andre has been however performing in the Prime events and solidifying his spot in the Top10 to stay amongst the Top34 next season.
“Since the beginning of the year I’ve been training so hard and my surfing felt good,” Andre continued. “But unfortunately I’ve had to surf against the Top5 guys every single time in the third round and I couldn’t go past. Last week I made it in France and got second so my confidence levels are definitely up there right now.”
Surfers and event officials will reconvene Wednesday at 7:30am (local WEST) at the backup venue of Guincho for a potential early start to the remaining heats of the opening round.
The Cascais Billabong Pro is supported by the Câmara Municipal de Cascais (Cascais City Council), Billabong, Allianz, Turismo de Portugal (Portuguese Waves Series), EDP, Moche, Jogos Santa, Casa, CTT (Portuguese Post Office), Brisa, Hertz, Buondi and Hotel Viva Marinha among others.
REMAINING CASCAIS BILLABONG PRO ROUND 1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 19: Dion Atkinson (AUS), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Tom Whitaker (AUS), Vincent Duvignac
Heat 20: Nat Young (USA), Granger Larsen (HAW), Michael Dunphy (USA), Brent Dorrington
Heat 21: Julian Wilson (AUS), Charly Martin (GLP), Nathan Hedge (AUS), Bino Lopes (BRA)
Heat 22: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Thomas Woods
Heat 23: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Gony Zubizarreta
Heat 24: Michel Bourez (PYF), Ricardo Christie (NZL), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Mateia Hiquily
CASCAIS BILLABONG PRO ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.53, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 12.84, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.50, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.17
Heat 2: Marco Fernandez (BRA) 16.50, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 13.67, Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.44, Matt Banting (AUS) 12.80
Heat 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.97, Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.47, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.27, David Do Carmo (BRA) 10.00
Heat 4: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.70, Glenn Hall (IRL) 10.96, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 9.36, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 6.03
Heat 5: Connor O'Leary (AUS) 11.57, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 8.50, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 7.00, Frederico Morais (PRT) 6.90
Heat 6: Wigolly Dantas (BRA) 15.83, Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.34, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 8.10, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 7.70
Heat 7: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 13.47, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.33, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.10, Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 10.23
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.60, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 12.67, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 12.50, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 11.44
Heat 9: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.44, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.60, Vicente Romero (ESP) 10.00, Dillon Perillo (USA) 5.44
Heat 10: C.J Hobgood (USA) 11.53, Tim Reyes (USA) 10.80, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 9.03, Mason Ho (HAW) 5.13
Heat 11: Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.03, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.57, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 11.00, Travis Logie (ZAF) 7.97
Heat 12: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 12.20, Conner Coffin (USA) 11.70, Mick Fanning (AUS) 8.23, Jack Robinson (AUS) 1.96
Heat 13: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 15.10, Joan Duru (FRA) 14.40, Taj Burrow (AUS) 7.23, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 5.63
Heat 14: Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 14.40, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.04, Torrey Meister (HAW) 12.04, Perth Standlick (AUS) 9.93
Heat 15: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 13.03, Stu Kennedy (AUS) 11.70, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 8.06, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 5.86
Heat 16: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.63, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 11.63, Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.06, Steven Pierson (PYF) 5.96
Heat 17: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.74, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.20, Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.93, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 7.94
Heat 18: Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.97, Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.27, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 9.90, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 7.47