TAHARA, Japan (Friday, August 1, 2008) – Day 4 of 2008 ASP WQS 6-Star Yumeya Billabong Pro Tahara was held today once again at Akabane Long Beach with beautiful waves breaking at the event main venue.
The early morning action was held in glassy, light wind conditions and the correct ion for the right waves became the key to winning today.
Nathaniel Curran (USA), current No. 1 on the ASP WQS ratings, continued his dominating form today, scoring high scores from the beginning of the heat. Curran scored a 7.00 and a 9.00 to move into the Round of 24.
Nathaniel Curran keeping his momentum going. Photo courtesy ASP Japan
Dustin Cuizon (HAW) move up in 1st. 2nd place and 3rd place spot was fought by 2 local Japanese surfers the veteran Kazuya Sato and rookie Keito Matsuoka and this time it was the rookie Matsuoka who did not give up till the last second and moved to the round of 24.
Teppei Tajima (JPN) and Glenn Hall (IRE) secured a hard fought advancement over Masatoshi Ohno (JPN) and Rudy Palmboom (ZAF).
"My tactics worked out perfect!" said Tajima. "I knew Glenn would position himself at the left so I decided to position myself toward the right. This was my strategy. I knew the lefthand side left waves would not work towards my favor since I would be on my backside. In the first half of heat I took off on few waves to make a base score and I planed to go big at the last half. And this happened and I got a excellent score at the end so I am so happy. There is so much more left in the event and I will take it heat by heat from now on."
South Americans Hizunome Bettero (BRA) and Jadson Andre (BRA) both won their respective heats with impressive scores.
Round of 48 last heat12 was a close heat. Marlon Lipke (DEU) won with 11.90 and last years event championGabe Kling (USA) followed with 11.44. Former world champion Sunny Garcia(HAW) fought till the last second and took off on the last second but could not make it. His score was 10.17 and loses from this Year's event.
Tomorrow first call is 7:30 and action will start with the last 4 heats of the round of 24 at 8:00.
So much more actions coming up! Don't miss it!
The first call tomorrow morning is 7:30 a.m. and event organizers will look to start the event with Round of 16 at 8 a.m.
The Yumeya Billabong Pro Tahara is a six-day event with the Finals scheduled for Sunday, August 3, 2008.