SURFERS PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS ON DAY 3 OF THE OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR BRAZIL

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Florianopolis, Brazil, June 3, 2010 – Competitors pulled out all the stops on Day 3 of the 2010 Oakley Pro Junior Brazil in Praia da Joaquina, Florianopolis, Brazil fighting for crucial points in declining surf. Weekend forecasts are calling for a strong south wind that could hamper the contest. However, contest directors will continue to monitor conditions in order to ensure the contest runs in optimal surf through the end of the contest window on Sunday, June 6.

Marco Fernandez (BA) started the day off on a high note catching two tube rides and earning himself a winning heat score of 9.74 out of a possible 20 points against opponent Ricardo dos Santos (SC).

Marco Fernandez

“I was a little nervous in the [heat], the board was a bit strange in that sea, but I managed to find some barrels there to move to the next stage,” comments Fernandez. Earlier this year, Fernandez  was one of the Brazilians who competed in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) South American World Pro Junior. “I’m glad I’m [building off]  the past and everything to try [to take] the Brazilian title in this event. The champion will be defined here and [qualify to join ] the elite [on the] Brazilian Tour (Brazil Surf Pro). [It is like] two victories [in one]! I will do my best to achieve these goals in Joaca,” adds Fernandez.

Fernandez was referencing the fact that in additional to being crowned the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil Champion, this week’s winner also earns an invitation to compete on the main division of the Brazilian professional surf circuit, Brazil Surf Pro.

Caio Ibelli (SP) also recovered the position and commanded the action this Thursday at Joaquina. He started with two strong scores of 5.17 and 7.33-the highest single wave score of the day- and won his heat with strong, well defined maneuvers in the most critical parts of the wave.

Ibelli tried to continue to increase his total heat score by ripping a huge aerial maneuver in the final moments of the heat, but lacked the staying power to hold the landing together. Ultimately, he closed his heat with a heat total of 12.50 out of a possible 20 points, which was sufficient to secure a victory over opponent Persio Nobrega (SC) who was eliminated from the contest..

“Once I started the [heat] I tried to ensure two good [scores] and then decided to [go for it], because if I came back from an air I knew I had a high note, but unfortunately I could not [stick it for a solid scote], but I had a lot of fun, the [heat] was pretty cool, “said Ibelli after his heat.

The contest will resume tomorrow morning, Friday, June 4 at 7 AM.

Round of 3: (the top two in each heat advance)

1 Medi Veminardi (Fra) 8.64 x Matheus Toledo (SP) 4.70
2 Marco Fernandez (BA) 9.74 x Ricardo dos Santos (SC) 8.24
3 Caue Wood (SC) 8.67 x Filipe Braz (RJ) 6.53
4 Santiago Muniz (SC) x Vicente Romero (SC)
5 Krystian Kymerson (ES) x Bruno Morais (SC)
6 Yuri Gonçalves (SC) x Bruno Lopes (SC)
7 Daniel Gonçalves (RJ) x Bryan Franco (SP)
8 Jessé Mendes (SP) x Diego Michereff (SC)
9 Miguel Pupo (SP) x Gustavo Araújo (SP)
10 Rafael Teixeira (ES) x Marthen Pagliarini (SC)
11 Jonathan Busetti (SC) x Italo Ferreina (RN)
12 Tamae Bettero (SP) x Ian Gouveia (PE)
13 Peterson Crisanto (PR) x Luan Wood (SC)
14 Caio Ibelli (SP) x Luel Felipe (PE)
15 Yan Guimarães (RJ) x Júlio Terres (SC)
16 Thiago Guimarães (SP) x Pedro Husadel (SC)

Round 2 Repercharge Heats:

1 Diego Michereff (SC) 9.76 x Gustavo Sanches (RN) 5.30
2 Gustavo Araújo (SP) 6.04 x Matheus Navarro (SC) 3.77
3 Jonathan Busetti (SC) 8.84 x Odarci Nonato (SP) 7.23
4 Krystian Kymerson (ES) 13.07 x Luan Carvalho (SP) 8.43
5 Yuri Gonçalves (SC) 9.83 x Thomas Demétrio (CE) 6.74
6 Tamae Bettero (SP) 5.76 x Kalani Silva (SP) 4.53
7 Thiago Guimarães (SP) 8.17 x Cainã Barletta (SC) 7.70
8 Marco Fernandez (BA) 10.44 x Geovani Ferreira (SP) 9.87
9 Caio Ibelli (SP) 12.50 x Persio Nobrega (SC) 4.70
10 Raphael Teixeira (ES) 9.36 x Thayson de Souza (SC) 2.67
11 Daniel Gonçalves (RJ) 7.77 x Ícaro Lopes (CE) 7.67
12 Bryan Franco (SP) 9.17 x Lucas Silveira (RJ) 7.50
13 Marthen Pagliarini (SC) 9.33 x João Paulo Abreu (SC) 8.10
14 Italo Ferreira (RN) 9.74 x Nathan Brandi (SP) 7.20
15 Bruno Lopes (SC) 7.63 x Ian Daberkow (SC) 4.97
16 Bruno Morais (SC) 12.43 x Marco Aurélio (SP) 9.40

For all the action LIVE from Joaquina Beach tune into the live webcast at oakleyprojunior.com/live.  Additional information, photos, video highlights and heats on-demand are also available on oakleyprojunior.com.

Via exclusive Oakley sponsorship, the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil has the support of the City of Florianopolis, the Municipal Sports, Power Balance, Graphics Formag’s, Joaquina Beach Hotel and Restaurant Maurílio II. As well as approval from: Brazilian Confederation of Surf (CBS) and Brazilian Association of Surfing Professional (ABRASP), which organizes the event in conjunction with the Santa Catarina Surf Federation (Fecasurf) and the Association of Surfing Joaquina (ASJ). The Oakley Pro Junior supports the preservation of Lagoa da Conceição – Save the Pond and will be covered by Fluir Magazine and waves.terra.com.br.

The Oakley Pro Junior wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of sponsors.  A special thank you goes out to title sponsor Oakley and all other event partners.

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