GRINDTVNEWSWIRE via ASP–PRAIA DA VILA, Imbituba, Santa Catarina / Brazil (Wednesday, June 1, 2011) – Day 2 at the ASP PRIME SuperSurf Internacional Prime presented by Peugeot offered good waves in the 3-5 foot range (1-1.5 meters) and conditions that changed throughout the day at Praia da Vila. The south wind picked up and the high tide came in during the afternoon making for lower scoring heats.
One of the best heats of the day took place in the morning and had four Brazilians facing off against each other. Neco Padaratz led early, scoring an 8.70 out of a possible 10. But ASP Prime Trestles winner Miguel Pupo came from behind scoring an 8.00 and an 8.57 for a total of 16.57 points, the third highest heat wave total of the event so far.
“The conditions are difficult, but I was able to position myself well and catch some good waves,” said Miguel Pupo, currently number 31 on the ASP World Ranking. “I’m in a tough situation and I want to improve my ranking with a good finish here.”
ASP Prime Saquarema Runner-Up, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) continued his quest for reaching the Top 32 by qualifying into the Round of 24 along with Jesse Mendes (BRA). Eliminated from competition were Nic Muscroft (AUS) and 2010 Brazilian ASP World Tour event winner, Jadson Andre, who had the highest single wave score in the heat, a 9.00 out of a possible 10.
“Even though I only surfed two waves, everything worked out and I was able to qualify,” said Raoni Monteiro. “It’s another step closer to making the cut after the mid-season rotation. Now the man-on-man heats begin which I think are better and the event organizers will probably wait for the swell to increase for us to compete in better conditions.”
The best performance in the afternoon was made by Granger Larsen (HAW), who arrived in Brazil at number 32 of the World Tour Ranking. Larsen scored a heat wave total of 15.27, defeating Gabe Kling (USA), Paulo Moura (BRA) and Lincoln Taylor (AUS).
“Luckily, I was able to find some good waves and win the heat,” said Granger Larsen. “Yesterday (Tuesday) I won at the last minute, but today things went my way and I just did what I needed to do. I lost in my first heat in Saquarema and I dropped out of the Top 32, but I want to regain my position here in Brazil.”
The upset of the day occurred when Matt Wilkinson (AUS) was eliminated by surfer from New Zealand, Jay Quinn and Brazilian Tanio Barreto. Sixteen surfers still remain in the Round of 48 and another sixteen surfers are set for the Round of 24.
Thursday morning will have a 6:45am call local time for a possible beginning at 7am. First in the water will be Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Dylan Graves (PRI) and Brazilians Luel Felipe and Gabriel Medina.