Nova Schin Festival On Hold At Imbituba

IMBITUBA, Brazil (Thursday, November 2, 2006) — Despite monitoring conditions at Imbituba Beach until 11:30am, event officials have decided to call off competition for the Nova Schin Festival today, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006.

Half of Round Two was completed on Tuesday, but with a number of the surfers yet to surf the second round sitting perilously low on the Foster’s ASP World Tour ratings, event officials are seeking conditions superior to those on offer before continuing competition.

Surfers rated 27th and higher after their best eight* of 11 results are tabulated earn berths on 2007’s elite tour. The remaining spots go to the top 15 rated surfers on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and three wildcards as deemed by the surfer’s themselves.

Because the Nova Schin Festival is the second to last event onthe 2006 Foster’s ASP World Tour and several of the surfers sitting low on the ratings have no WQS results to fall back on, strong results in Brazil in Hawaii are imperative if they want to surf amongst the elite next year.

Another call on competition status will be made at 7:00 tomorrow morning.

Nova Schin Festival Round Two Results: (1st advances to Round Three, 2nd finishes equal 33rd)
Heat 1: Andy Irons (HAW) 13.80 def. Neco Padaratz (BRA) 12.57
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.50 def. Pedro Norberto (BRA) 8.33
Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.87 def. Jean da Silva (BRA) 13.00
Heat 4: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 13.83 def. Renato Galvao (BRA) 13.67
Heat 5: Dean Morrison (AUS) 12.57 def. Bernardo Pigmeu (BRA) 10.66
Heat 6: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 9.33
Heat 7: Odirlei Coutinho (BRA) 13.33 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 9.66

Nova Schin Festival Round Two match-ups remaining: (1st advances to Round Three; 2nd finishes equal 33rd)
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Yuri Sodre (BRA)
Heat 9: CJ Hobgood (USA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 10: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) vs. Toby Martin (AUS)
Heat 11: Trent Munro (AUS) vs. David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 12: Fred Patacchia (HAW) vs. Pedro Henrique (BRA)
Heat 13: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Jarrad Howse (AUS)
Heat 14: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Mikael Picon (FRA)
Heat 15: Jake Paterson (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 16: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Paulo Moura (BRA)

*Correction to yesterday’s release: According to the ASP rule book, if a Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour event is cancelled during the course of the year, like the 2006 Quiksilver Pro Japan was, the ASP’s Technical Committee meets to decide whether to ammend the number of throwaway results per the rule book (which states that nine event results are counted if there are 11 events on tour that year) or to keep the original number of throwaways as per the beginning of the year. This year, as decided by the Tech Committee in conjunction with the surfers, the original number of three throwaways was chosen, so eight out of 11 results will count toward a surfer’s final rating. The top 15 WQS surfers, not 16 as reported yesterday, earn spots on the elite Foster’s Men’s World Tour.