Surf Open Acapulco
ASP 4-Star Men's WQS
Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco, Mexico
8 - 12 July 2014
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Big Scores Drop on Day 3 of the Surf Open Acapulco
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 July, 2014 - Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco, Mexico - Mother nature provided once again on Day 3 of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4 Star Surf Open Acapulco. Glassy three-to-four foot peaks scattered the beach at Playa Revolcadero and competitors were taking full advantage of the favorable conditions.
The day’s competition finished off the latter half of Round 4, and moved on to finish Round 5 as well. Some of the highest scores of the event were being dropped as competitors raised the bar in hopes to advance to the next round.
The standout surfer of the day was Pedro Henrique (BRA) with his performance in Heat 13 of Round 5. Henrique stomped a massive frontside full-rotation air after tearing the lip off of a big lefthander, earning himself a near-perfect 9.33. The goofy-footer backed it up with a 7.47 bringing his two-wave total to 16.80 points; which is the event’s highest so far. The former world tour surfer has had to advance all the way from the fist round of 176, but he seems to have only gained momentum throughout the event.
“That felt so good I’m so happy.” Henrique exclaimed after his heat, “I kept looking at that wave trying to decide if I should go or not, but I put my faith in the wave and it worked out. Since I lost all of my points, I knew I was going to have to go through all the rounds starting in Round 1 and so I’ve just tried to stay focused and I’m so stoked to make the next round.”
Another impressive showing came from Wesley Santos (BRA), who kicked off his Acapulco campaign with a bang in Heat 12 of Round 4 . The Brazilian picked off an 8.5, which took the top spot for the highest single wave score of that round. Santos was on a roll and went on to win his Round 5 heat in good form.
“This event is so special to me.” Said Santos, “My board is so good and I love this wave. I’ve been training everyday in California for Acapulco and I’m so focused for this event. I really need points for the QS so I’m just going to go for it.”
One of the most competitive heats of the day came in Heat 7 of Round 5 where Nathaniel Curran ended up on top after a non-stop exchange of waves between competitors. Curran was displaying textbook top-to-bottom surfing on his forehand and walked away with a solid 15.90 two-wave total.
“I knew everyone was going to be super dangerous that heat.” Curran said, ”Dylan (Goodale) did that huge air and everyone was ripping super hard. I tried to just pick and choose the right ones and luckily it’s a pretty big lineup so you don’t really have to battle. The waves were super fun though and I’m stoked to have moved on.”
Surf Open Acapulco Round 4 Heats 9-16 Results:
Heat 9: Marco Giorgi (URY) 12.00, Johnny Noris (USA) 10.30, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 8.70, Chris Foster (HAW) 7.57
Heat 10: Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 12.40, Hiroto Aral (JPN) 9.43, Ryan Bignold (AUS) 9.30, Jake Davis 5.44
Heat 11: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 11.57, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 11.57, Reo Inaba (JPN) 8.87, Nils Schweizer (USA) 7.63
Heat 12: Wesley Santos (BRA) 15.50, Koa Smith (HAW) 11.77, Lucca Mesinas (PER) 10.37, Colin Moran (USA) 9.50
Heat 13: Pedro Henrique (BRA) 14.04, Alejandro Moredo (PRI) 13.00, Yago Dora (BRA) 11.70, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 9.04
Heat 14: Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) 14.84, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.00, Noah Schweizer (USA) 9.86, Quetzal Estrada (MEX) 7.76
Heat 15: Cam Richards (USA) 12.34, Ian Crane (USA) 12.26, Miguel Tudela (PER) 8.96, Calina Barletta (BRA) 2.73
Heat 16: Alexandre Chacon (BRA) 11.70, Yan Daberkow (BRA) 11.20, Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 10.96, Rafael Pereira (VEN) 9.76
Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Noe Mar (CRI) 15.70, Lucas Santamaria (ARG) 10.90, Chris Friend (AUS) 10.40, Cory Arrambide (USA) 9.33
Heat 2: Kalani David (HAW) 13.60, Keoni Yan (PYF) 11.20, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.59, Alex Smith (HAW) 4.40
Heat 3: Vasco Rineiro (PRT) 12.26, Matheus Navarro (BRA) 12.07, Luel Felipe (BRA) 10.76, Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 7.50
Heat 4: Alan Donato (BRA) 11.84, Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 11.00, Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 10.43, Ty Watson (AUS) 10.03
Heat 5: Nathan Yoemans (USA) 13.37, Mitchell James (AUS) 9.86, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 9.80, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 9.60
Heat 6: Manuel Selman (CHL) 14.37, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 13.17, Jerome Forrest (AUS) 11.57, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 7.90
Heat 7: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 15.90, Shun Murakami (JPN) 14.43, Killian Garland (USA) 13.97, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 11.53
Heat 8: Caetano Vargas (BRA) 13.84, Guillermo Satt (CHL) 13.24, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 11.14, Rey Hernandez (MEX) 8.50
Heat 9: Brent Dorrington (AUS) 13.80, Marco Giorgi (URY) 13.50, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 11.33, Christian Corzo (MEX) 8.33
Heat 10: Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 15.50, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 12.73, Johnny Noris (USA) 8.53, Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 8.16
Heat 11: Bino Lopes (BRA) 14.10, Sidney Guimaraes (BRA) 12.47, Koa Smith (HAW) 10.73, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 9.90
Heat 12: Wesley Santos (BRA) 13.96, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 13.53, Halley Batista (BRA) 12.00, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 8.17
Heat 13: Pedro Henrique (BRA) 16.80, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.70, Medi Veminardi (REU) 10.76, Jeremy Johnston (USA) 9.66
Heat 14: Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) 16.10, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 13.40, Matt-Lewis Hewitt (NZL) 11.90, Alejandro Moreda (PRI) 10.27
Heat 15: Cam Richards (USA) 14.83, Luke Davis (USA) 10.90, Yan Daberkow (BRA) 9.70, Oney Anwar (IND) 8.67
Heat 16: Ian Gouvela (BRA) 10.84, Ian Crane (USA) 10.40, Cody Thompson (USA) 8.50, Alexandre Chacon (BRA) 10.40