October 28, 2003 (Joaquina, Florianopolis, Brasil) The {{{Nova}}} Schin Festival WCT Brasil went mobile today, relocating {{{90}}}-minutes further south to Silveira in the search for optimum waves. Round one of the US$250,000 ASP World Championship Tournament (WCT) commenced around 1pm (local time), with competition running as far as heat #11 this afternoon. Strong onshore south winds and mushy 3-4 ft (1.3m) waves continued this morning at the main site of Joaquina, but clean 4-5 ft (1.5m) peaks at Silveira prompted the long journey and reward of better conditions.West Australian Jake Paterson locked in the highest scores of the day against reigning world champ Andy Irons (Kauai, Haw) and Brazilian wildcard Fabricio Machado. The current #18 emerged from a deep tube and then powered through a carving cutback for a near-perfect 9.5. Together with another 7.5, he amassed the event benchmark so far with 17-points. Irons and Machado will next contest a crucial man-on-man ‘losers’ heat, with the Kauaian desperate not to obtain his second consecutive 33rd place finish.

“The waves were really similar to a place back at home which Taj (Burrow) and I surf all the time,” began Paterson. “It’s like our favorite wave, so I just took it easy and waited for the really good ones. I’ve had Andy so many times this year already, and though I’m not comfortable being against him, there’s no nerves at all. I just know I’ve got to do well to beat him. “It was a nice barrel,” he added, of his top scoring ride. “I was pretty stoked to come out and then it went all the way to the beach. It’s a good start, and I think it’s unreal we came down the coast today. The other contest site was onshore, but it’s clean and barreling out here, so everyone is stoked.”Six-time world champion and current ratings leader Kelly Slater (FL, USA) wasted no time racking up big scores against Nathan Hedge (Narrabeen, Aus) and wildcard Diego Rosa (Brz). The Floridian, who is competing in Brazil for the first time since securing his sixth world title in 1998, made sure to capitalize on Irons’ situation by progressing directly into round three with fluid turns and add further pressure on his Kauaian counterpart. He collected two eight plus scores for the second best tally of the day. “The heat felt all right,” began Slater, after hordes of fans greeted him on the shoreline. “I used a board which was a bit looser and changed my fins, so I tweaked my equipment from what I’d been using in Europe the past month. Feels good to get that heat out of the way. “We’ll see what happens, but I don’t expect Andy to have too much trouble with the wildcards in this contest,” he continued, in reference to Irons’ coming match. “I think he’s going to be pretty fired up and get himself back in groove. “The mobility factor of this event gives us a lot of options,” he added. “There are a lot of different breaks to use depending on the wind and swell direction. It’s a lot better for us, and the event too, as we get to bring the contest to different beaches that have never seen a pro event. It’s crazy with all the people here. People in Brazil just have a lot more energy and spirit. Everyone on the beach just goes for it and screams, having a good time.” Guilherme Herdy (Brz) posted his nation’s first heat win in the Nova Schin Festival WCT Brasil, surfing confidently against Californian Taylor Knox and fellow countryman and event wildcard Rodrigo Dornelles. The goofy footer put his strong backhand attack to good use, collecting an 8.4 toward the end. “Feels so good and I’m really happy,” began Herdy. “We travel all over the world and have mobile events, so we knew this was the way to do it here in Brazil. It’s the best idea and lets us come here and show everyone how beautiful the beaches are in the south state. In any winds we can have offshore surf, so it’s perfect.”Current ratings #3 Taj Burrow (West Australia) continued the trend of top seeds advancing directly into round three, defeating fellow countryman Richie Lovett (Many, NSW) and Brazilian wildcard and two-time national champion Leonardo Neves. The West Australian secured one clean ride for a 7.47 score, and despite admitting he felt a bit nervous during the match, convinced the judges otherwise with some committed maneuvers. “The waves were pretty fun, but I was just struggling cause the other guys were getting good ones too,” reasoned Burrow. “I didn’t have a free-surf before my heat and probably should have. I’m just glad it’s over and done with.” Australians Toby Martin (Dee Why) and Luke Egan (Gold Coast) won the event’s opening heats, both opting to surf separate peaks from their opponents. Egan, in particular, found some great waves and dominated fellow countrymen Mick Campbell (Port Macquarie) and Tom Whitaker (Bronte) with a 9-point ride near the start. “It’s so good that Flavio (Padaratz) has gotten this event and made it mobile,” explained Egan, of his fellow competitor and the tournament license holder. “The crowd turns up after driving for hours and are still out of control. That’s perfect as it means we can focus on getting the best waves, so congratulations to all the guys organizing the contest as they’ve done a really good job.” Padaratz’s younger brother Neco won the day’s final heat over fellow countrymen and Brazilian surfing icon Fabio Gouveia, as well as Danny Wills (Byron Bay, Aus). Neco’s charged up approach and never-say-die attitude served him well, and earned him at least the next day off from competition. Another decision will be made tomorrow morning at 7am in Joaquina, though organizers are gearing up for a possible return to Silveira. Due to the remote location, no live scores or updates are available during competition hours there. Nova Schin Festival WCT Brasil Round One (1st>Rnd3; 2nd&3rd>Rnd2)
{{{H1}}}: Toby Martin (Aus) 13.73; Dean Morrison (Aus) 13.6; Peterson Rosa (Brz) 13.1
{{{H2}}}: Luke Egan (Aus) 16.33; Michael Campbell (Aus) 12.33; Tom Whittaker (Aus) 6.0
{{{H3}}}: Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 15.4; Taylor Knox (USA) 12.27; Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz) 11.2
H4: Trent Munro (Aus) 16.0; Michael Lowe (Aus) 10.1; Marcelo Nunes (Brz) 5.24
H5: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 14.87; Victor Ribas (Brz) 12.34; Renan Rocha (Brz) 10.36
H6: Mick Fanning (Aus) 12.66; Kalani Robb (Haw) 9.84; Odirlei Coutinho (Brz) 6.94
H7: Joel Parkinson (Aus) 13.83; Tanio Barreto (Brz) 8.96; Paulo Moura (Brz) 7.1
H8: Jake Paterson (Aus) 17.0; Andy Irons (Haw) 14.0; Fabricio Machado (Brz) 12.27
H9: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.93; Nathan Hedge (Aus) 9.44; Diego Rosa (Brz) 9.26
H10: Taj Burrow (Aus) 13.24; Richard Lovett (Aus) 12.87; Leonardo Neves (Brz) 11.56
H11: Neco Padaratz (Brz) 14.1; Fabio Gouveia (Brz) 10.83; Daniel Wills (Aus) 9.97
Remaining Nova Schin Festival WCT Brasil Round One Heats (1st>Rnd3; 2nd&3rd>Rnd2)
H12: Cory Lopez (Brz); Flavio Padaratz (Brz); Danilo Costa (Brz)
H13: Shea Lopez (Brz); Shane Powell (Aus); Luke Stedman (Aus)
H14: Damien Hobgood (USA); Armando Daltro (Brz); Luke Hitchings (Aus)
H15: Mark Occhilupo (Aus); Chris Davidson (Aus); Darren O’Rafferty (Aus)
H16: Phil MacDonald (Aus); Lee Winkler (Aus); Beau Emerton (Aus)