June 12, 2008: – – Yet another amazing day of surf in the Maldives as rounds three and four were completed leaving 16 in form surfers left to fight out what has been a superb high quality event. Six Hawaiian’s, five Australian’s, three Brazilian’s, one Portuguese and one USA surfer remain in a stacked quality field going into the final 16 surfer round.
Veteran ASP World Tour surfers Sunny Garcia (HAW) and Michael Campbell (AUS) will carry all their experience and skills into the round of 16 and with the event going man on man two surfer heats from here on in, these two surfers will obviously be very hard to beat.
Garcia again impressed everyone with his typical powerhouse moves and two excellent high 8 point rides securing him a big win to advance to round 4. Garcia seems to be building in confidence heat by heat and his next round match up with fellow Hawaiian Makua Rothman is set to be a display of immense energy. Number one seed Michael Campbell faces another Hawaiian power surfer in Kekoa Bacalso.
The young Hawaiian is confident but realistic about his chances commenting after his round four heat win by saying “Everyone left in this event is capable of winning, the surfing is amazing, the Hawaiian’s are in form, the Brazilian’s are going nuts with aerials and the Aussies are just throwing down super impressive performances – I’ll do my best and if I get the right waves I’m sure I can score big.”
The quiet achiever at this event has been Nate Yoemans (USA). The goofy footer has displayed an almost flawless fluid style combined with massive and precise committed surfing. Yoeman’s has been scoring outstanding 9 point plus rides throughout the event and today posted the days highest scoring ride with an almost perfect 9.93 ride.
Nathan Hedge (AUS) and Pablo Paulino (Bra) showed just how dangerous the goofy foot contingent left in this event will be with both surfers combining perfectly timed bottom to top turn combinations to easily progress through to the final 16 and Tiago Pires (Portugal) as the sole remaining European showed his typical stylish display to also advance.
The final heat of the day was another high scoring shoot out in a thumping, blow by blow duel between Leonardo Neves (BRA) and Adam Robertson (AUS) with Neves reigning supreme and both surfers deservedly advancing to the final 16 with Hizunome Bettero (BRA) placing 3rd and eliminated.
Neves has been a standout throughout the event and commented on his positioning going into the final 16 by saying “This has been an incredible event and the waves just amazing. I can’t believe how good it’s been and everyone is just loving the Maldives. I’ve never actually won a really big event and it’s my dream and to win this one, in such incredible waves would be very special. We’ll all try our best tomorrow!”
Surf is expected to remain amazing and tomorrow’s man on man action is not to be missed. Log into aspworldtour.com, hit the event mini site and watch it live. The event is headed for a monumental showdown.
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