Brazil WCT Kicks Off, World Title Rests In The Balance

This is an ASP press release:

Tuesday 1 November, 2005
Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil

NOVA SCHIN FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY BILLABONG
(31 October — 9 November)

EVENT #10 ON THE FOSTER’S ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) MEN’S WORLD TOUR

Live on www.aspworldtour.com and www.billabong.com

NOVA SCHIN FESTIVAL TO GO MOBILE FOR ROUND ONE TODAY

With small windblown conditions greeting organisers of the Nova Schin Festival presented by Billabong at Joaquina, Florianopolis, Brazil, a decision has been made to move the event two hours south to a break called Imbituba, the location where the event was completed last year.

Reports from Imbituba indicate waves of one metre plus (three feet plus) with a light off shore wind blowing. Round one of the 10th event on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour will get underway at 9.30am local time in the “fun left handers available.

“It makes sense that we move, said Contest Director Xandi Fontes. “The waves here at Joaquina will be better later in the week and if we can get round one over and done with today it will leave us a better window for the business end of the event.

Looking ahead, forecasts indicate that potentially excellent conditions will arrive around Thursday and Friday with a swell of up to two metres (six feet). It will also be coming from the perfect direction for the home base of Joaquina.

This augers well for another incredible event and will provide a spectacle for the throngs of spectators on hand who have come to witness the potential showdown between Kelly Slater (USA) and Andy Irons (HAW) for the 2005 Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour crown.

Another late withdrawal from Kalani Robb (HAW) has seen the draw change yet again. See www.aspworldtour.com or www.billabong.com for the new draw plus stay tuned for all the action on the live webcast.

Fast Facts about the Nova Schin Festival presented by Billabong

Status: The Nova Schin Festival, presented by Billabong is number 10 of 11 stops on the 2005 Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour. It is South America’s sole World Championship Tour event.

Location: The Nova Schin Festival, presented by Billabong will be staged in Florianopolis, Brazil. The event is mobile in the State of Santa Catarina and is predominantly held in fun beach-breaks with gorgeous locals, warm weather and passionate crowds.

The event’s headquarters are at Joaquina Beach, a beach break with a headland that, with the right swell, can hold lefts from two to three metres (six to 10 feet). There is also a “peak” in the middle of the beach. The other prime spot is Praia da Vila (Vila Beach), in Imbituba, south of Florianopolis. Vila Beach hosted the 2003 final and the last three days of the 2004 event. Conditions there can be compared to a reef break as the beach is very short with two small islands on either side. The beach holds a sand bar that never shifts. Rights and lefts are available but the right is the preferred wave.

Field: The Nova Schin Festival presented by Billabong will feature the world’s top male full-time touring professional surfers and along with event wildcards will comprise a total field of 48.

Duration: A total of four full days of competition is required to finalize the event but the tournament has an 11-day waiting period for the best possible conditions from 31 October through to 9 November.

Format: 16 x three man non-elimination round one heats (1st>rnd 3, 2nd & 3rd>rnd 2). Round two onwards feature man-on-man elimination heats

Prizemoney: Total prizemoney for the Nova Schin Festival, presented by Billabong is $US270,000. The winner receives $US30000 and 1200 World Championship points.

Defending Champion: Current world number six, Taj Burrow (AUS) has been forced to withdraw due to injury.

Previous Champions: 2004 Taj Burrow (AUS) 2003 Kelly Slater (USA).

World Champion Andy Irons: Hawaiian Andy Irons clinched his third consecutive world title at the Brazilian evvent last year. Following the shock elimination of title contender Joel Parkinson (AUS) in round three of the Nova Schin Festival 2004 at Imbituba, the Kauaian’s massive ratings lead became untouchable.

The crowd: The local crowd is regarded as the most vocal and passionate on the tour.

Wildcards: Wildcards will also include Tom Curren (USA), Fabio Gouveia (Brazilian Pro Champion) and Diego Rosa (Santa Catarina, Brazil State Pro Champion).

Contest Director: Recently retired Flavio Padaratz is the most successful surfer to emerge from Brazil. His list of triumphs since he joined the ASP tour in 1988 includes three Top 10 finishes on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour and two ASP World Qualifying Series titles (1992 and ’99).

Billabong Pro Events: Billabong is a strong supporter of the Fosters ASP Men’s World Tour. It hosts the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay (South Africa), Billabong Pro Mundaka (Euskadi — note: this event was cancelled in 2005), Billabong Pro Maui (Hawaii, Women’s WCT final event) and the Billabong World Junior Championships, Men and Women (Australia).

Live webcast: via www.aspworldtour.com

Supporting Sponsors: The Nova Schin Festival, presented by Billabong is supported by the Schincariol Group, the State Government of Santa Catarina and Tropical Brazil.

Nova Schin Festival, presented by Billabong draw and results are at www.aspworldtour.com