Official results of the Figueira Pro Round One

Figueira Pro (Sept 17-24)

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)
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2002 World Championship Tour (WCT)

Morrison Dominates Opening Day

Figueira da Foz, Portugal (Tuesday, September 17) Dean Morrison (Aus) todaydominated the Figueira Pro with two exceptional rides. The US$310,000 event,comprising both a male and female division, marks the start of theall-important European leg of the World Championship Tour (WCT) andcommenced with men’s round one.

Figueira’s Cabadelo beach offered clean 3-4ft (1-1.3m) hollow waves earlyon, though strong winds caused havoc with the lineup this afternoon. Due tosome competitor’s surfboard bags failing to arrive in Portugal, heats ranslightly out of sync as organizers tried to accommodate whoever they could.No live scores or audio were available on www.aspworldtour.com either, sincea suitcase full of necessary cables is also currently lost in transit.

Morrison, currently rated #20 on his maiden WCT season, defeated fellowAustralian and last week’s WCT winner Luke Egan, as well as replacementJustin Mujica (Venz) with the highest combined total of 19.2, out of apossible 20-points. The 21-year-old locked in some deep tubes for two 9.6rides, showing the style he’s perfected at home on the Gold Coast’s epicpoint breaks. He also benefited from their heat being pushed an hour forwardwhen conditions were best, due to the postponement of two prior heats.

“I had fun out there,” said an always-humble Morrison. “It was kind of weirdas I came down and was told my heat was on straight away, since others werepostponed. I didn’t have time to prepare for it, but I guess I was just in areally good rhythm out there.

“I don’t think there were any nerves, but he got me last time in Fiji,” hecontinued. “I wanted to have a good heat with Luke, so I was stoked to getthe best waves out there and he didn’t really find any. I was pretty lucky.”

Egan, who posted his third WCT win last week in California, was unable tomatch Morrison during their 30-minute heat. He’ll now contest the dreaded’losers’ second round, hoping to support his recent success with anothergood result.

“I was extremely lucky not to miss my heat,” said Egan. “I wasn’t reallythat prepared and ‘Deano’ got two 9.6’s, so what do you do? He surfed reallywell.

“Today’s a bit of an up and down day with there being no computer scores andheats changing due to guys not getting their boards,” he added. “Everythingelse feels pretty good, so I just have to make sure I get my act togetherfor tomorrow.”

Reigning world champion CJ Hobgood (USA) posted the days’ only perfect10-point ride against Jake Paterson (Aus) and local wildcard entrant TiagoPires. Being one of the surfers not to receive equipment following hisflight from the US, he benefited from having twin brother Damien on tour andutilized the similar surfboard dimensions as a backup. The Floridian snuckinto a great tube and then executed a series of carving turns.

“I didn’t want to go out there without my boards, but I’m stoked I did asthe waves were firing,” said Hobgood. “You don’t get 10’s too often, so I’msuper amped. We all got a couple of waves, so it was fun and I’m happy.

“We ride the same boards pretty much, so it could have been a lot worse,” headded, of the equipment situation. “I’m going to head back to the airporttoday and see what’s going on with my boards.”

Pires, who won the recent 5 star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event inJapan and is currently on the verge of securing a position within the elitetour for 2003, admitted feeling jetlagged prior to his opening heat.

“It’s a really good opportunity,” said Pires, of his wildcard position.”That heat was OK, but I’ve only had four hours of sleep and am stilljetlagged. I’m really stoked I won the 5 star, as it’s good for me as I’mlying 17th on the ratings and have a greachance to qualify this year.We’ll see how it goes.”

Current #4 Danny Wills dominated his clash against fellow Australian ShanePowell and Brazilian Marcelo Nunes. The 26-year-old posted the second bestsingle wave score for a near-perfect 9.75, following a deep tube ride,together with another 8.4 ride for an overall total of 18.15-points.

“Toward the end that one wave popped up and had a really good barrel withtwo sections and I stayed in there the whole time,” explained Wills. “Thatgot the wheels going and then I scored that 8.25 as well. I felt a bit weirdthis morning since I didn’t have any sleep last night and hadn’t surfedsince Trestles. But I starting feeling good again and hope I can continuethe form I had last event.”

Last weeks’ WCT runner-up Mick Campbell kept his momentum going againstfellow Australian and current ratings #3 Michael Lowe, as well asreplacement surfer Eric Rebiere (Fra). The goofy footer found tubes andbelted the lip with a tenacious backhand attack.

“It feels good to get away from the 33rd place round,” began Campbell. “Youtend to get a little voodoo going if you do well in one contest and then goin the next one lagging. I feel like I’ve got my head together right now, soit’s good.”

Brazilians Neco Padaratz, Renan Rocha and Peterson Rosa all posted winstoday, advancing straight into round three. Padaratz outscored current #6Shea Lopez (USA) in their two man heat, following opponent Shane Dorian’s(Haw) failure to show up. Rocha defeated Darren O’Rafferty (Aus) and DamienHobgood (USA), while Rosa surfed two great rides against Australians BeauEmerton and Phil MacDonald.

“It’s nice to be here and there were some good waves,” said Rosa, who posteda 9.0 and 8.25. “I had a good heat and am stoked to make the third round. Ihad a week’s break after California and flew home to Brazil, where I wassurfing waves similar to this. I think it helped training there.”

New Zealand’s sole representative on the WCT Maz Quinn collected his firstwin since Tahiti in May, defeating Flavio Padaratz (Brz) and Taj Burrow(Aus). The Kiwi picked off an 8.5 to gain much needed confidence and a thirdround berth.

“I’m pretty stoked as I’ve had a crook run in the last few contests,” saidQuinn. “Good to get two waves out there. It was a bit tricky, but there weresome wedges coming through. Feels pretty good to get through, and get theflow back. I need a result (laughs).”

Current ratings leader Andy Irons (Haw) survived a close battle with TaylorKnox (USA) and local replacement surfer Joao Antunes (Port) this afternoon.The Hawaiian’s heat was originally scheduled to take place during the primemidday conditions, but due to Knox’s late arrival following his equipmentdelay, their match was postponed until the day’s second last, when wind madematters extremely difficult. Still, the 24-year-old managed to secure aneeded 6.75 last ride to advance straight into round three.

“It was really sloppy and all over the place, with water in your eyes thewhole time cause of the wind,” explained Irons. “I was lucky needing a scoreat the end and got it, but it was a hard heat.

“Watching Dean Morrison go out when my heat should have been and get two9.6’s was pretty gut-wrenching,” he added, of the match being re-scheduled.”I knew I could have gotten some good barrels that heat, but stuff happenson tour and you just have to deal with it. The boys didn’t have theirboards, so you have to try and make it as fair as possible.”

Official results of the Figueira Pro Round One
Men (1st place advances to round 3; 2nd & 3rd place into round two)H1: Kalani Robb (Haw) 14.5; Paulo Moura (Brz) 11.2; Nathan Webster (Aus)10.4
H2: Lee Winkler (Aus) 14.25; Joel Parkinson (Aus) 11.75; Victor Ribas (Brz)9.3
H3: Neco Padaratz (Brz) 14.5; Shea Lopez (USA) 12.5; Shane Dorian (Haw)0.0 – no showH4: Cory Lopez (USA) 12.0; Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz) 11.45; Pat O’Connell(USA) 0.0 – no show
H5: Danny Wills (Aus) 18.15; Shane Powell (Aus) 16.25; Marcelo Nunes (Brz)15.5
H6: Michael Campbell (Aus) 16.05; Michael Lowe (Aus) 14.7; Eric Rebiere(Fra) 6.5
H7: CJ Hobgood (USA) 18.15; Jake Paterson (Aus) 16.15; Tiago Pires (Port)12.0
H8: Andy Irons (Haw) 13.5; Taylor Knox (USA) 12.75; Joao Antunes (Port) 7.75
H9: Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 13.5; Nathan Hedge (Aus) 13.0; Jose Gregorio (Port)9.55
H10: Dean Morrison (Aus) 19.2; Luke Egan (Aus) 13.6; Justin Mujica (Venz)12.9
H11: Mick Fanning (Aus) 15.0; Fabio Gouveia (Brz) 13.9; Luke Hitchings (Aus)12.75
H12: Renan Rocha (Brz) 14.9; Darren O’Rafferty (Aus) 14.35; Damien Hobgood(USA) 10.7
H13: Maz Quinn (NZ) 15.8; Flavio Padaratz (Brz) 15.0; Taj Burrow (Aus) 12.85
H14: Peterson Rosa (Brz) 17.25; Beau Emerton (Aus) 16.25; Phil MacDonald(Aus) 15.0
H15: Greg Emslie (SAfr) 15.0; Kieren Perrow (Aus) 13.5; Paul Canning (SAfr)11.65
H16: Richie Lovett (Aus) 13.95; Russell Winter (UK) 13.65; Guilherme Herdy(Brz) 10.5

.45; Pat O’Connell(USA) 0.0 – no show
H5: Danny Wills (Aus) 18.15; Shane Powell (Aus) 16.25; Marcelo Nunes (Brz)15.5
H6: Michael Campbell (Aus) 16.05; Michael Lowe (Aus) 14.7; Eric Rebiere(Fra) 6.5
H7: CJ Hobgood (USA) 18.15; Jake Paterson (Aus) 16.15; Tiago Pires (Port)12.0
H8: Andy Irons (Haw) 13.5; Taylor Knox (USA) 12.75; Joao Antunes (Port) 7.75
H9: Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 13.5; Nathan Hedge (Aus) 13.0; Jose Gregorio (Port)9.55
H10: Dean Morrison (Aus) 19.2; Luke Egan (Aus) 13.6; Justin Mujica (Venz)12.9
H11: Mick Fanning (Aus) 15.0; Fabio Gouveia (Brz) 13.9; Luke Hitchings (Aus)12.75
H12: Renan Rocha (Brz) 14.9; Darren O’Rafferty (Aus) 14.35; Damien Hobgood(USA) 10.7
H13: Maz Quinn (NZ) 15.8; Flavio Padaratz (Brz) 15.0; Taj Burrow (Aus) 12.85
H14: Peterson Rosa (Brz) 17.25; Beau Emerton (Aus) 16.25; Phil MacDonald(Aus) 15.0
H15: Greg Emslie (SAfr) 15.0; Kieren Perrow (Aus) 13.5; Paul Canning (SAfr)11.65
H16: Richie Lovett (Aus) 13.95; Russell Winter (UK) 13.65; Guilherme Herdy(Brz) 10.5