Friday, November 5, 2004 (Joaquina, Florianopolis, Brazil) The Nova Schin Festival 2004 was postponed this morning due to small surf. A Foster’s Expression Session took place however; followed by an equally anticipated bikini contest. Round two of the Foster’s men’s ASP World Championship Tournament (WCT) will meet again tomorrow morning.
The sun continued to shine at Florianopolis, but smaller 2ft (0.6m) conditions prompted organizers and the surfer representatives to hold off before running more heats.
With ratings leader Andy Irons (HAW) and his sole remaining contender Joel Parkinson (AUS) up against Brazilian wildcards in the first two heats — where the world title could be decided if ‘Parko’ were to lose — suitable conditions are of utmost importance.
The Foster’s Expression Session brought together a score of the world’s best surfers and local wildcard entrants, with aerials the sought after commodity. Despite small waves, virtually each ride was highlighted by some air-rotation maneuver.
Cory Lopez (FL, USA) was again one of the main contenders, and ultimately collected US$2,000 for his frontside air-to-reverse, while local hero Neco Padaratz picked up an additional US$1,000 for one big air. Meanwhile, Taj Burrow, Troy Brooks and Bruce Irons attempted some aerial jumps from the rocks on the north end of Joaquina with their surfboards, but failed to make any.
“It was super cool to have a Foster’s Expression Session here in Brazil, with all the people cheering us on from the water’s edge, said Lopez. “I’ve won a few of these now, so I’m stoked.
Nova Schin Festival WCT Brasil 2004 Round Two (1st>Rnd3; 2nd=33rd receives US$3,400)
H1: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Ricardo Ortiz (BRA)
H2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Renato Galvao (BRA)
H3: Nathan Hedge (AUS) vs. Odirlei Coutinho (BRA)
H4: Jake Paterson (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (AUS)
H5: Phil MacDonald (AUS) vs. Leonardo Neves (BRA)
H6: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Fabio Gouveia (BRA)
H7: Lee Winkler (AUS) vs. Renan Rocha (BRA)
H8: Cory Lopez (USA) vs. Eric Rebiere (FRA)
H9: Pat O’Connell (USA) vs. Beau Emerton (AUS)
H10: Kalani Robb (HAW) vs. Luke Hitchings (AUS)
H11: Victor Ribas (BRA) vs. Armando Daltro (BRA)
H12: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Greg Emslie (ZAF)
H13: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Shane Beschen (USA)
H14: Guilherme Herdy (BRA) vs. Marcelo Nunes (BRA)
H15: Neco Padaratz (BRA) vs. Nathan Webster (AUS)
H16: Troy Brooks (AUS) vs. Michael Campbell (AUS)
The Nova Schin Festival WCT 2004 is proudly co-sponsored by the Santa Catarina Government, Tropical Brasil, Terra, Fluir magazine and Fecasurf.