O’Neill SP Prime
ASP Men's Prime Event
Maresias, Sao Paulo Brazil
3 - 8 November 2014
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Filipe Toledo Scores Near-Perfect Heat
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 November, 2014 - Praia de Maresias, Sao Sebastiao, Sao Paulo - On Thursday at the O’Neill SP Prime in Maresias, Filipe Toledo (BRA) once again showed that he is a highlight machine. With favorable conditions and waves in the 4-6 foot range (1.5-2 meters), Toledo showed off his aerial tactics and received the event’s first 10-point ride on a huge backside 360. After finding his rhythm, Toledo scored two additional waves in the 9-point range, discarding one, to earn the highest heat total of the event with a 19.63 (out of a possible 20 points).
"I’m so stoked," claimed Toledo. "It’s been a while that I haven’t had a heat like this, where I’m dropping high scores in my total."
When questioned about his perfect score, Toledo added, "I dropped in a little late and I thought I wasn’t going to make the section. I tried to speed up and then all of a sudden, a perfect ramp appeared in front of me. It was perfect timing. If I had been just a little bit farther behind, I wouldn’t have made it. I actually thought that I wasn’t going to make it because I went really high and I landed right in the flats. I was a little nervous because I’m just recovering from a foot injury and I didn’t want to reinjure it. But everything worked out and I’m stoked I got the 10."
In addition to the 10-point air, Toledo also received a 9.93 for a massive kerrupt flip. Three out of the five judges also gave it a ten, but it wasn’t deemed as perfect. His performance left both Heitor Alves (BRA) and Jack Freestone (AUS) deep in combination needing 19.00 points to recover.
Following Toledo’s performance, Italo Ferreira (BRA) once again faced current World Championship Tour (WCT) leader Gabriel Medina (BRA) in his own backyard. In the Round of 96, Ferreira took down Medina, yet both advanced into the Round of 48. In today´s heat, Ferreira once again displayed a remarkable knack for finding the right waves and landing big maneuvers to earn 15.63 points on his two best scores. After falling behind, Medina was called for an interference on Ian Gouveia (BRA) and will face elimination in the Round of 24 against Julian Wilson (AUS).
"That was a great heat and it feels great to make it into the next round," said Ferreira, who now sits at 5th on the QS rankings. "Gabriel made that mistake, but stuff like that happens. I found some good waves and I felt like I surfed well. Now I’m ready to focus on Round 5. I haven’t been thinking about the WCT because I don’t want to lose focus of the contest here. I think I can lose concentration if I just start thinking about points. Right now I need to think about heats and take them one by one."
The ASP Qualification Series (QS) rankings were shaken up once again after several of the top ranked surfers were eliminated from competition at the O’Neill SP Prime. Jadson Andre (BRA), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Willian Cardoso (BRA), Ricardo Christie (NZL), Brett Simpson (USA), Tim Reyes (USA) and Jeremy Flores (FRA) have all exited from competition at the O’Neill SP Prime. The door is wide open for vertical improvement from the athletes looking to qualify for the WCT. Only the top-10 ranked QS surfers at the end of the year will make it onto the elite squad in 2015.
In his heat win against Julian Wilson (AUS) and Brent Dorrington (AUS), Joan Duru (FRA) earned 2,400 points and was able to leap from 19th all the way up to 11th on the QS rankings.
"It feels great to be getting this many points," said Duru, who obtained two waves in the excellent range of 8.97 and 8.83 on strong backside hacks at Maresias. "The waves were great today, but once the tide started coming in, it got more difficult. So I had to stay patient against such great surfers like Julian (Wilson) and Brent (Dorrington). I felt like I had to go really big, so I’m happy that things worked out."
Carlos Munoz (CRI) and Noe Mar McGonale (CRI) are the pair of "Pura Vida" athletes from Costa Rica that have taken the O’Neill SP Prime in Maresias by storm. Munoz has consistently proven that he can take his high-energy out of the water and transfer it into high scores in competition. His fellow countryman, McGonagle, impressed the world with his powerful surfing and elegant rail game at the ASP World Junior Championship in Portugal. He continued to display his sophistication on Thursday.
"This is the first Prime I’ve ever participated in," said McGonagle. "I’ve never gotten so many ranking points, so I’m very happy with my performance here. I’m from Pavones, which is a lefthand pointbreak in Costa Rica. So it’s very different from the waves here, but I’ve been trying to adapt. I think Maresias is incredible, the waves are great, the people are friendly and I’m having a nice time."
A new call is set for 7:30 am (local time) to commence Round of 24 of the O’Neill SP Prime. First up will be Dion Atkinson (AUS) when he faces Connor O’Leary (AUS) to begin the day at Praia de Maresias.
Round of 24
1.a: 1-Matt Banting (AUS)=17.50, 2-Connor O´Leary (AUS)=13.34, 3-Marc Lacomare (FRA)=12.46
2.a: 1-Garrett Parkes (AUS)=16.66, 2-Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)=9.60, 3-Dion Atkinson (AUS)=9.53
3.a: 1-Italo Ferreira (BRA)=15.63, 2-Ian Gouveia (BRA)=12.66, 3-Gabriel Medina (BRA)=8.50
4.a: 1-Joan Duru (FRA)=17.80, 2-Julian Wilson (AUS)=14.23, 3-Brent Dorrington (AUS)=9.33
5.a: 1-Matt Wilkinson (AUS)=17.70, 2-Nathan Hedge (AUS)=17.20, 3-Alejo Muniz (BRA)=10.93
6.a: 1-Carlos Munoz (CRI)=14.74, 2-Caio Ibelli (BRA)=13.30, 3-Keanu Asing (HAV)=11.14
7.a: 1-Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI)=14.16, 2-David do Carmo (BRA)=12.70, 3-Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)=7.53
8.a: 1-Filipe Toledo (BRA)=19.00, Heitor Alves (BRA)=10.34, Jack Freestone (AUS)=8.50
Round of 48
7.a: 1-Alejo Muniz (BRA), 2-Keanu Asing (HAV), 3-Miguel Pupo (BRA), 4-Jeremy Flores (FRA)
8.a: 1-Caio Ibelli (BRA), 2-Nathan Hedge (AUS), 3-Ricardo Christie (NZL), 4-Tim Reyes (EUA)
9.a: 1-Carlos Munoz (CRI), 2-Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 3-Sebastian Zietz (HAV), 4-Steven Pierson (TAH)
10: 1-David do Carmo (BRA), 2-Heitor Alves (BRA), 3-Marlon Lipke (PRT), 4-Tomas Hermes (BRA)
11: 1-Noel Mar McGonagle (CRI), 2-Jack Freestone (AUS), 3-Granger Larsen (HAV), 4-Charles Martin (GLP)
12: 1-Filipe Toledo (BRA), 2-Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), 3-Jessé Mendes (BRA), 4-Santiago Muniz (ARG)