NEWQUAY – England (Tuesday, August 3, 2010) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Relentless Boardmasters a Men’s Star Series $120,000 5-Star event kicked-off today with current ASP Dream Tour member Travis Logie (Durban North/ZAF) 31, leading the charge of international surfers on day one of competition at the main contest site of Fistral beach, Newquay with a commanding performance in the first clash of the tournament setting the pace for the remainder of the day.
Consistent 3-4ft (1m) waves were on offer throughout the morning and early afternoon as the tide pushed in to allow event officials to run the first half of round one and with 5 days remaining in the waiting period and a swell increase expected a call was made for 8:30am tomorrow morning for heat nº 13 to start proceedings.
Travis Logie was the pace maker from the start today opening the event with a 14.43 out of a possible 20 to set the scale of what we could expect from the surfers in round one at the Relentless Boardmasters 2010. Fresh from a series of events including the World Tour Championship (WCT) in Jefferies Bay where he finished in 17 th position, his best for this season, that have given him a confidence boost at the half-way point leading into the European leg of competitions.
"I have been at home lately for all the events there and I have had a good little run and I have got some results in the WQS events and I started to get through some heats in the WCT events after a really bad start so the middle third of my year is going really well so far. I want to keep going here with that sort of feeling and after this event I head off to the Azores for the 6-star Prime event and then to Tahiti for the CT over there so this is a great event for me to get started on this next leg of contests."
Logie went on to explain how his heat unfolded and opening his account with a 7.33 out of a possible 10 and then backing it up with a strong backhand series of cracks to claim a 7.10 late in the 25-minute clash.
"Right at the beginning of the heat I got a 7 on a good long left and then I got that really nice little right and got some turns in so a nice way for sure to start the event."
Marc Lacomare (FRA) 18, current ASP European Junior Champion took time to gain experience in his first heat ever at the Relentless Boardmasters. Catching many low scoring rides throughout the heat Lacomare finally latched onto a bomb to score an 8.50 the highest single heat score of the contest.
Having arrived late yesterday afternoon and trying as hard as he could to adjust to the English surf and weather conditions Lacomare found that he needed almost the entire 25 minutes of his first heat to feel that both board and body are slowly getting into sync.
"It's my first time here so I wanted to try my board and get to know the wave a little bit better so I decided to catch a lot of waves and focus on my board and try to catch the good waves but it is really hard to see from the water which one is good and which one is going to line up."
"I surfed late at night yesterday and the water was cold and I had the wrong wax and was falling on all the waves," explained Lacomare. "Now I feel good and my board is good so I am stoked to get through."
As current European Junior title holder Lacomare is granted a wildcard spot into all of the major Men's Star Series events scheduled this year in Europe thus forcing him to change his focus to the larger events putting aside for the moment the current ASP Pro Junior series.
"I am here this year because I have the wildcard from last year so I am going to focus on the WQS this year. Right now there is a junior event in Canary Islands but I want to practice here and get some points and a good result and then go to all the big WQ contests this summer."
Russel Winter (GBR) topped the pile with a typical powerful display aggressive surfing to claim the highest two wave heat total of 15.33 out of a possible 20. Despite having left the tour full-time Winter is motivated to do well on home soil in front of his home crowd. Fitter than ever and taking it all very seriously with his unquenched competitive spirit Winter is one surfer the top seeds may have to be wary of coming into the following rounds.
"I had a bit of a slow start to the heat because I wanted to get some good ones early but obviously I sort of built on it towards the end of the heat. I was anxious to try and impress everyone I guess so I should really try and calm down a bit. (laughs)."
"I am not travelling so much now," continued Winter. "I have spent time training here a lot for this contest and as I don't get the opportunity to do many events nowadays I would really like to try and win this one. I've been training and I am as fit as can be and I have some good boards so hopefully if I get the waves but really everybody is ripping so one heat at a time."
Part of a massive weekend of music and sport the Relentless Boardmasters showcases the world's best surfers as they vie for valuable ratings points on the One World Rankings in their attempt to pace highly and qualify for the ASP Dream Tour of 2011. For the European contingent the Relentless Boardmasters marks stop nº4 of 12 on the ASP Men's European Series.
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REMAINING ROUND ONE MATCH-UPS RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS
Heat 13: Messias Felix (BRA), Oli Adams (GBR), Britton Galland (USA)
Heat 14: Killian Garland (USA), Kyle Lane (ZAF), Jonny Fryer (GBR), Richard Dodd (GBR)
Heat 15: Alan Stokes (GBR), Madison Williams (AUS), Andre Oziol (BRB), Dean Gough (GBR)
Heat 16: Jay Quinn (NZL), Manfred Adrio (ZAF), Robertson Goncalves (PRT), Matt Rodwell (GBR)
Heat 17: Heath Joske (AUS), Michael February (ZAF), Reubyn Ash (GBR), Jaime Mather
Heat 18: Chad Du Toit (ZAF), Nico Rupp (DEU), Anderson Santos (BRA), Josh Piper (GBR)
Heat 19: Hugo Savalli (REU), Romain Laulhe (FRA), Eric Castaldo (USA), Alex Piper (GBR)
Heat 20: Anthony Walsh (AUS), Joaquim Guichard (DNK), Jayce Robinson (GBR), Thomas Good
Heat 21: Ruda Carvalho (BRA), Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Carlos Marques (ESP), Matt Capel
Heat 22: Jorge Spanner (BRA), Nathan Webster (AUS), Jared Thorne (USA), Cain Kilcullen (IRL)
Heat 23: Antonio Bortoletto (ZAF), Nick Riley (AUS), Tom Buttler (GBR). Christopher Schnitzer (ZAF)
Heat 24: Romain Cloitre (FRA), Luca Guichard (DNK), Cheyne Willis (HAW)
UPCOMING ROUND TWO MATCH-UPS RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS
Heat 1: Travis Logie (ZAF), Abdel El Harim (MAR), Joao Guedes (PRT), Mark Harris (GBR)
Heat 2: Rudy Palmboom (ZAF), Christophe Allary (REU), Russel Winter (GBR), Odirlei Coutinho (BRA)
Heat 3: Freddie Meadows (SWE), Frederic Robin (REU), Andre Teixeira (BRA), Brendon Gibbens (ZAF)
Heat 4: Adrien Toyon (REU), Klee Strachan (ZAF), Leigh McMahon (AUS), Sam Lamiroy (GBR)
Heat 5: Marc Lacomare (FRA), Txaber Trojaola (EUK), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Renato Galvao (BRA)
Heat 6: Gordan Fontaine (FRA), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Russell Malony (AUS)
RESULTS ROUND ONE RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS
Heat 1: Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.43, Reubin Pearce (ZAF) 9.53, Ricardo Lange (DEU) 9.47
Heat 2: Abdel El Harim (MAR) 11.83, Christophe Allary (REU) 10.80, Sam Scoble (GBR) 7.37, David Young (GBR) 4.60
Heat 3: Russel Winter (GBR) 15.33, Joao Guedes (PRT) 10.53, Richard Sills (GBR) 7.53, Stephen Michelsen (ZAF) 2.65
Heat 4: Odirlei Coutinho (BRA) 13.67, Mark Harris (GBR) 7.30, Omer Bar (ISR) 6.60, James Snyman (GBR) 4.87
Heat 5: Freddie Meadows (SWE) 8.90, Adrien Toyon (REU) 8.54, Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 7.77
Heat 6: Frederic Robin (REU) 11.87, Klee Strachan (ZAF) 9.57, Josh Ash (GBR) 7.86, Jack Clinton (GBR) 6.07
Heat 7: Leigh McMahon (AUS) 10.90, Andre Teixeira (BRA) 9.27, Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 7.94, Ryan Thomas (GBR) 3.40
Heat 8: Sam Lamiroy (GBR) 9.34, Brendon Gibbens (ZAF) 9.24, Rudy Marechal (FRA) 7.17
Heat 9: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 15.00, Gordan Fontaine (FRA) 10.00, Gareth Llewellyn (GBR) 6.33
Heat 10: Txaber Trojaola (EUK) 12.50, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.17, Alessandro Piu (ITA) 7.86, Joshua Cleaver (GBR) 2.27
Heat 11: Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 11.77, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 11.13, Lee Bartlett 7.46, Warren Tuck (ZAF) 5.33
Heat 12: Russell Malony (AUS) 11.87, Renato Galvao (BRA) 10.34, Taylor Thorne (USA) 5.83