BIG NAMES SHINE BRIGHTEST AT OPJ BRAZIL
Etapa Itajai, SC; Brazil – Friday, 22 May 2009- As the old adage goes, the cream always rises to the top, and today was no different as the top seeds steamrolled the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil.
In what was a replica of yesterdays near perfect conditions, the famed beach break continued to pump out wave after wave of the mechanical wall; and it was no surprise who took upon themselves to destroy it.
Jadson Andre again put on a show, heralding himself as a man of a mission and the outright favourite heading into the final day.
Accruing the two highest heat totals and wave scores of the event, Andre spent more time today out of the water than on top of it, unveiling another aerial assault on his competitors.
“I am very happy with the two heats I surfed today, Andre said with a smile.
“I just put my head down and focused on doing my best.”
With a string of big results to his name, Andre is hell bent on winning everything he can possibly get his hands on – starting with the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil.
“I saw that the Alejo (Muniz) had the highest score (17,60) and I just wanted to beat it,” Andre admitted.
“I really want to win this event and take all the records along with the final trophy,” he continued.
Despite his impressive performances this week Andre will not have all his own way tomorrow with Miguel Pupo, Jesse Mendes and Alejo Muniz all chasing him down.
Mendes was again impressive today, characteristically cool and calm under pressure, whilst Pupo came from behind to oust Santiago Muniz in his quarterfinal match-up.
Today was a big day for the Muniz family with Alejo, and brother, Santiago both lining up in the quarterfinals.
Falling to Pupo, Santiago ended all hopes of the two brothers competing on the final day.
Alejo, on the other hand was on-fire, racking up a handful of excellent scores on his well-oiled backhand – sending a warning shot to the remaining competitors.
With the chance to become ABRASP (Brazilian Champion) / ASP South America and a total prize purse of R$40,000 (US $22,000) at stake, as well as qualification into the Oakley Global Pro Junior Challenge in Bali, tomorrow’s final day is going to be one to remember.
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