SAN JUAN, Lanzarote/Canary Islands (Tuesday, October 23, 2012) - Clean 4-5Ft peeeling lefthanders greeted competitors this morning at the main venue of San Juan for the opening day of the ASP 6-Star Islas Canarias Santa Pro. Competition started early to complete twenty heats of the first round throughout the day, with excellent performances witnessed from European and International surfers alike.
David Do Carmo (BRA) 28, current World No.123, was in lethal form this morning and put on an exhibition of radical turns and barrels on the running lefts of San Juan. With two excellent scores, Do Carmo claimed the highest heat total of the day, an impressive 17.04 out of 20.
"That was a really good heat," Do Carmo stated. "I'm lucky cause my first wave was a really good left and I wiped out on the first turn, but my board works good and I feel great. After that first one, I caught a little barrel and in the last seconds I got another better barrel like an 8 something. I could have had a better score cause I fell right after the barrel on the cutback, but it's fine, I'm here with my girlfriend and we're enjoying the island!"
Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 20, who just placed 17th at the recent Oakley World Junior Championships Bali, quickly found his rhythm in his first Canarian appearance, posting two solid waves including an 8.67 to place second in today's statistics.
"We have great conditions today," Huscenot said. "This resembles my home island of Reunion so I really appreciate coming here and surfing on my backside. It's pretty rare and it's my strong side. After an average result in Bali I hope to rebuild confidence in this event, and I'm aiming at the Quarterfinals here to better my 9th place result which is the best I've had so far this year."
Patrick Beven (FRA) 34, former two-times European Champion in 2003 and 2005 came back from competitive retirement to surf on a wave he favors in Lanzarote and impressed with powerful backside gauges to win his heat with a comfortable 15.87 heat total.
"I haven't competed in a while, maybe a year and that heat went pretty well," Beven started. "It's super cool to be here and see all my friends. I love coming here, it's a place I had many good results and good moments, so here I am, still motivated! I've noticed that when I compete in places I like I surf way better, so basically this year I've been choosing a couple events: here, the Quik Pro trials in France and the Maldives."
Beven, who now plays a pivotal role in younger surfers preparation along with his brother Yannick, demonstrated his game is still on point when it comes to bashing clean shoulders on his backhand. Following Jeremy Flores (FRA) on most WCT events this year and working closely with Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) and other up-and-coming European athletes, Beven was very enthusiastic about putting the competition jersey back on.
"I think mental and physical preparation are key at that level of surfing, and my brother has been helping them a lot, also with nutrition and all that. I've traveled a lot this year with Jeremy and it made me realize I still loved surfing and I found some good sensations again. I'm here to try and win again obviously, I'm not here just for fun!"
Sidney Guimaraes (BRA) 19, was another standout in today's Round 1 action. The young Brazilian from Sao Paulo in his first season on the ASP tour, came out on top of a three-man affair to move into the second round of competition.
"It was nice out there I found two really good waves," Guimaraes said. "The first one I got two fun turns in and a little barrel and the other I caught coming back out and yeah I'm stoked! I hope tomorrow I get more of those!"
The oldest of two brothers aspiring to a professional surfing career, Guimaraes acclimated well to the Lanzarote conditions on his first trip to the island.
"It's my first time here. This island is like paradise, there are so many good waves! I arrived here four days early before the event and I got some good surf on the other side of the island too, it's so much fun. This is my first year on tour, and my goal here is to go heat by heat and as far as I can, with the Top 100 in the back of my mind to make the Primes next year."
Carlos Munoz (CRI) 19, winner of the Lacanau Pro Junior earlier this summer and recent 9th placer at the World Juniors in Bali, enjoyed a man-on-man opposition against veteran European competitor Micky Picon (FRA) and came out on top with a solid performance.
"I was very relaxed and just went out there to do my best! The waves came to me and I'm super happy to be here. Coming all the way from Bali, it was good to have a heat with only one other guy out with no pressure, it allowed me to figure out the wave a little bit before the next one that'll be more difficult!"
Tomorrow morning, organizers and event officials will reconvene at 8:30am to decide wether conditions allow for competition to re-start with the remaining heats of the Round of 144 and the rest of the event.
The ASP 6-Star Islas Canarias Santa Pro is scheduled from October 23-28, 2012 in San Juan, Lanzarote / Canary Islands. For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to lanzarote.aspeurope.com.
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The Islas Canarias Santa Pro is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Gobierno de Canarias, Islas Canarias Water Sports Experience, Cabildo de Lanzarote, Servicio Insular de Deportes, Lanzarote Reserva de Biosfera, Ayuntamiento de Teguise, Ayuntamiento de Tinajo, Sands Beach Active, Stilo Vitae - Sands Beach Center, FCS Federacion, SURFERS Village, Naviera Armas, Windguru, Graficas Alayon, Grupo Creativo Ferver, Lanzawagen, Sport8.es, Embotelladora de Canarias, REINA, 7UP, Clipper, Lanjaron amongst others.
ISLAS CANARIAS SANTA PRO ROUND OF 144 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Guillermo Satt (CHL), Vicente Romero (ESP)
Heat 2: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 14.33, Andre Silva (BRA) 11.07, Josie Graves (PRI) 7.96, Alex Kamkoff (USA) 3.80
Heat 3: Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) 14.27, Bruno Rodrigues (BRA) 9.60, Joao Kopke (PRT) 7.37, Eric Geiselman (USA) 6.20
Heat 4: Evan Thompson (USA) 11.20, Miguel Villalba (ESP) 7.64, David Echague (ESP) 7.47
Heat 5: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 12.50, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 10.97
Heat 6: Santiago Muniz (ARG) 10.40, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 8.97, Damian Moro Ceballos (ESP) 3.94
Heat 7: Ty Watson (AUS) 10.33, Borja Agote (EUK) 9.90, Teppei Tajima (JPN) 8.77, Carlos Marques (ESP) 3.86
Heat 8: Eneko Acero (EUK), Carlo Zapata (PER)
Heat 9: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 16.34, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 15.23, Hunter Lysaught (USA) 7.67
Heat 10: David Do Carmo (BRA) 17.04, Yujiro Tsuji (JPN) 9.34, Abdel El Harim (MAR) 6.67, Luca Dioguardi (CNY) 5.53
Heat 11: Cristobal De Col (PER) 15.60, Bino Lopes (BRA) 12.56, Frederic Robin (REU) 10.70, Evandro Munoz (ESP) 8.70
Heat 12: Dillon Perillo (USA) 14.77, Paulo Moura (BRA) 9.20, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 4.10
Heat 13: Luke Davis (USA) 13.50, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 12.23, David Van Zyl (ZAF) 12.00
Heat 14: Patrick Beven (FRA) 15.87, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 10.83, Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 9.03, Matt Pagan (USA) 8.28
Heat 15: Alexandre Chacon (BRA) 13.83, Halley Batista (BRA) 9.20, Edouard Delpero (FRA) 8.82, Will Davey (GBR) 5.53
Heat 16: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.87, Chase Wilson (USA) 12.17, Adrien Valero (FRA) 8.43
Heat 17: Sidney Guimaraes (BRA) 14.67, Nic Von Rupp (DEU) 12.60, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 7.67
Heat 18: Luel Felipe (BRA) 13.50, Frederico Morais (PRT) 11.14, Lenny Perdomo (CNY) 10.10, Freddie Meadows (SWE) 4.07
Heat 19: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 15.60, Mickael Picon (FRA) 10.34
Heat 20: Jose Ferreira (PRT) 11.17, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 7.66
REMAINING ISLAS CANARIAS SANTA PRO ROUND OF 144 MATCHUPS:
Heat 21: Simao Romao (BRA), Steven Pierson (PYF), Rudy Marechal (FRA), Manuel Lezcano Cruz (CNY)
Heat 22: Davey Cathels (AUS), Miguel Tudela (PER), Romain Laulhe (FRA), Julian Del Pozo (CNY)
Heat 23: Gavin Gillette (HAW), Manuel Selman (CHL), Alexander El Naib (DEU), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK)
Heat 24: Chris Friend (AUS), Filipe Jervis (PRT), Norman Landa (EUK)