Hang Loose Pro Contest
ASP World Prime #1
ASP South America Star Series
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
15 - 20 February 2011
Hang Loose Pro Contest to name winner tomorrow| Portuguese
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 February, 2011 : - - Acimba do Padre, Brazil -- Brazilian Alejo Muniz, 20, has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Prime Event 2011 Hang Loose Pro Contest in a three-to-five foot surf at the Cacimba do Padre, Fernando de Noronha, island tropical located at 345 kilometers from the Brazils northeastern coast.
Alejo Muniz takes US$ 40,000 prize money and 6.500 pts for the ASP World Ranking. The runner up Dion Atkinson (Australia), 24, scored 7.14 pts in the final, well under Alejo Muniz who won the event with an impressive combined two wave heat tally of 13.00 pts.
To get into the final the Australian first defeated the South Africas Shaun Joubert in a very close heat where he scored a total of 10.44 pts over 10.06 pts of the South African. Then he faced Brazilian Heitor Alves, and once again Dion Atkinson won by a slight margin making a total heat score of 10.73 x 9.17 pts.
Im very happy for the result. Alejo (Muniz) got all the best waves in the final, also he fired the whole contest showing a very mature surfing, so he deserved this win, said Dion Atkinson. I really would like to win, but anyway it was good to make the final in this beautiful place. Few events are held in such hollow waves. Its one of my favorite events in the world and Ill still come back here in the coming years to try to win this fantastic event.
Alejo Muniz © ASP / Smorigo
For Muniz this first Title in the Word Tour is also pretty much like a birthdays gift as he is turning 21 next Tuesday.
Winning is the best feeling of all, said Alejo Muniz, as soon as he got to the podium over his mates shoulders. This is Brazils biggest event. Last year I got so close (I was defeated in the semifinal), but now everything worked my way this time, and its awesome to start the year like this. Winning here in Fernando de Noronha is fantastic.
Next Monday Alejo will be flying to Australia where he makes his debut on the ASP Dream Tour. He is now one of the five Brazilians in the elite group of the 34 best surfers in the world. Im a little nervous for this next event. I tried not to bring this nervousness to Noronha, and I really have to say thanks for everyone who supports me, all the friends here and special Thanks for my family which is 100 percent committed with my career as a Pro Surfer.
The Hang Loose Pro Contest has completed its 25th anniversary and Alfio Lagnado, owner of the company and the father of the idea of running the first ASP event in Brazil, also sponsored by a Brazilian Clothing company gave the trophy to the Champion, Alejo Muniz. Alfio talked about the first Hang Loose Pro Contest in 1986 at Praia da Joaquina in Florianopolis.
Dion Atkinson © ASP / Smorigo
We were young dreamers by then and had the opportunity to bring tan ASP event to Brazil, so we didnt think twice and took the chance to make it, said Alfio Lagnado. And it turned out to be so nice that we continued running it for the last 25 years.
Most athletes competing here were not even born. Surfing in Brazil has grown a lot compared to those days, with so many wins with the Brazilian surfers competing as equals with the best surfers of the world.
He also talked on the new Hang Loose Pro Contest champion, Alejo Muniz. Im very excited to give this trophy for this young surfer here, who was one of my team surfers until 2 months ago. Its a Kid we know and took care of since he was a kid, really a very good boy.
I hope he have all the success in his professional career, congratulations, concluded Alfio Lagnado. Then Alejo dedicated his win to his former Boss at the podium.
Travis Logie © ASP / Smorigo
FINAL HANG LOOSE PRO CONTEST 2011:
Champion: Alejo Muniz (BRA) scored 13.00 points US$ 40,000 and 6.500 points
Runner-Up: Dion Atkinson (AUS) scored 7.14 points US$ 20,000 and 5.200 points
SEMIFINALS 3rd place US$ 11,000 and 4.225 points:
SF 1: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.77 x 12.26 Travis Logie (ZAF)
SF 2: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.73 x 9.17 Heitor Alves (BRA)
QUARTER FINALS 5th place US$ 7,000 and 3.120 points:
QF 1: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.10 x 5.83 Masatoshi Ohno (JPN)
QF 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.67 x 10.20 Jihad Kohdr (BRA)
QF 3: Heitor Alves (BRA) 13.17 x 10.50 Hizunome Bettero (BRA)
QF 4: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.44 x 10.06 Shaun Joubert (ZAF)
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