China turns it on for Day 2 of Hainan Classic
Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival
ISA China Cup
Hainan Classic 4-Star Men's ASP event
International Surfing Association
Wanning, Hainan Island, China
25 - 30 January 2013
Day Two Of ASP 4-Star Hainan Classic Gets Underway In Good Surf | espanol
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 January, 2013 : - - Riyue Bay, Wanning Island China -- As expected, the swell filled in for Day 2 of the Hainan Classic, the second event in the ISA’s Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival. The surf conditions at the left point break at Riyue Bay were clean with light offshore winds and organized long-period swell all day long reminding everyone of Riyue Bay during last year’s event.
“The improved conditions are allowing the surfers to perform at the highest level of competition," remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre I’m looking forward to the final day and to the presentation of the Hainan Classic trophy to the Champion. May the best surfer win.”
The field that started with 96 surfers was today culled to just 12 as three and a half rounds of competition were run and won. Only nine heats remain until we will be crowning an event champion.
Mitch Crews (AUS) tore apart multiple Riyue Bay runners, and finished first in his Round of 32 match-up against Maxime Huscenot (FRA) Chris Waring (USA) and Lincoln Taylor (AUS) who finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. Crews unloaded a barrage of sharp backhand snaps, selected the best waves and also later advanced through his Round of 16 heat to make the Quarterfinals.
Maxime Huscenot © ASP/Robertson
"It was fun, but it was slow, so it's hard out there with four guys," Crews said. "You've got to be lucky and be on the best waves. Yesterday I wasn't and I struggled, but today I was, and it made so much of a difference. Yesterday there was more waves, but today the surf was cleaner, so they've both been good."
Made Widiarta (IND) came flying out of the gates in his Round of 32 heat today, posting an excellent score, thanks to some crisp turns and a big air-reverse. Widiarta credited his success at this event to the similarity to his home break, Kuta Beach, Bali. He advanced to the next round in 2nd position behind Hall and went on to win his Round of 16 heat and advance to the Quarterfinals.
"I was just lucky some sets came through to me and I'm stoked to be into the Quarterfinals," Widiarta said. "I like this wave, it's fun, almost like Kuta Beach. I grew up in the same town as Lee (Wilson) and Raditya (Rondi) and we travelled together for our first time to China. It's different here, like the food and the people, but it's fun."
Frederico Morais (PRT) from Portugal advanced into the Round of 16 in second position behind Australian Wade Carmichael (AUS). It was a close heat with the surfers both going for broke on the long left-handed waves, Carmichael took the win, but Morais was just behind him.
Brent Dorrington © ASP/Robertson
"It was a really hard heat," Morais said. "Wade Carmichael got all the good waves and I didn't choose the right waves, but I got second so I'm stoked. It has been fun here in China, the food is a bit weird, but it's good to try a different culture. I'd love to come back here next year for the contest too."
Carlo Zapata (PER), yesterday's top scorer, was impressive again today, eliminating 2000 ASP World Champion Sunny Garcia and Puerto Rican Brian Toth (PRI) in the heat of the day and advanced to the Round of 16 with Brent Dorrington (AUS) in second place.
"I feel very happy about this heat," Zapata said. "The waves are better than they were in the morning. That was a hard heat, I didn't even see the names that were surfing against me until I was about to go in the water. I was going out and tried to relax and not be nervous and it worked. Sometimes you get connected with a wave and I think this one is working for me."
Adrien Toyon © ASP/Robertson
Caio Ibelli (BRA) sent an ominous message to his fellow competitors today, in just two heats he posted the highest and second highest heat totals of the event this far. Ibelli was well and truly the day's top performer, flying down the line faster than the rest and executing multiple explosive turns.
"My board is working really good," Ibelli said. "It's really fast and I can make all the sections and that's helping me a lot. I've had really good start, posting nines and eights. I had a really good day and I hope I can keep it going tomorrow. I never thought I would go to China to surf, it's been fun, the waves were really good today."
Deivid Silva (BRA) is proving to be one of the form surfers of the 2013 Hainan Classic. Silva looked right at home here in China, posting a couple of excellent scores, eliminating Glenn Hall (IRL), reigning Hainan Classic event champion and advancing to the Quarterfinals.
HAINAN CLASSIC ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
HT 1: Made Widiarta (IND) 15.10, Mitch Crews (AUS) 14.53, Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.00, Vincent Duvignac
HT 2: Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.04, Raditya Rondi (IND) 12.90, Glenn Hall (IRL) 11.57, Maxime Huscenot
UPCOMING HAINAN CLASSIC ROUND OF 16 MATCH-UPS:
HT 3: Wade Carmichael (AUS) Gabe Kling (USA) Carlo Zapata (PER)
HT 4: Caio Ibelli (BRA) Frederico Morais (PRT) Brent Dorrington (AUS)
HAINAN CLASSIC ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:
HT 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 15.00, Raditya Rondi (IND) 14.93, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.07, Kaito Ohashi (JPN)
HT 2: Mitch Crews (AUS) 16.00, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 13.30, Chris Waring (USA) 9.86, Lincoln Taylor (AUS)
HT 3: Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.40, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 13.87, Hairil Anwar (IND) 11.60, Medi Veminardi (FRA)
HT 4: Glenn Hall (IRL) 16.60, Made Widiarta (IND) 16.04, Shun Murakami (JPN) 11.00, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN)
HT 5: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 14.67, Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.50, Joaquin Del Castillo (PER), Adrien Toyon
HT 6: Carlo Zapata (PER) 17.43, Brent Dorrington (AUS) 14.33, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 12.23, Brian Toth (PRI)
HT 7: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 17.67 Gabe Kling (USA) 15.37, Messias Felix (BRA) 14.07, Connor O'Leary (AUS)
HT 8: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 13.94, Matheus Navarro (BRA) 10.90, Arashi Kato (JPN) 10.33, Vasco Ribeiro
HAINAN CLASSIC ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:
HT 5: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 14.23, Made Widiarta (IND) 12.36, Jerome Forrest (AUS) 10.54, Benji Brand
HT 6: Hairil Anwar (IND) 11.50, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 10.20, Chris Friend (AUS) 9.53, Todd Rosewall (AUS)
HT 7: Shun Murakami (JPN) 12.17, Medi Veminardi (FRA) 10.16, Ty Watson (AUS) 8.97, Matt Passaquindici
HT 8: Glenn Hall (IRE) 14.17, Deivid Silva (BRA) 13.30, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 11.60, Lee Wilson (IND)
HT 9: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.04, Brian Toth (PRI) 11.66, Dane Atcheson (AUS) 8.27, Joao Guedes (PRT)
HT 10: Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.67, Carlo Zapata (PER) 11.74, Thomas Woods (AUS) 11.04, Kevin Schulz
HT 11: Sunny Garcia (HAW) 12.83, Joaquin Del Castillo (PER) 10.20, Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS), Dustin Cuizon
HT 12: Brent Dorrington (AUS) 15.33, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 12.00, Kaipo Jaquias (HAW) 11.47, Ethan Egiguren
HT 13: Messias Felix (BRA) 16.57, Matheus Navarro (BRA) 13.53, Soli Bailey (AUS) 11.83, Hiroto Arai (JPN)
HT 14: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 17.50, Arashi Kato (JPN) 13.96, Cam Richards (AUS) 11.60, Ryan Callinan (AUS)
HT 15: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 13.60, Connor O'Leary (AUS) 13.50, Davey Brand (ZAF) 9.34, Juninho Urcia (PER)
HT 16: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 16.77, Gabe Kling (USA) 15.20, Kaoliopuuwai Kahokul (HAW) 9.93, Noa Deane
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The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 72 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA's four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).
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