It was a short morning of surf at the SuperSurf World Prime presented by Peugeot, in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Conditions deteriorated and a high tide forced the event off for the day. Gabriel Medina won the first heat. He and Dylan Graves will advance. The Brazilians continued to look strong, including Leonardo Neves, Miguel Pupo and Neco Padaratz. Americans competitors Patrick Gudauskas and Cory Lopez were sent home. Kiwis Jay Quinn and Richard Christie both pushed through, but now have to face each other.
"The waves are smaller but the conditions are still really good," said Christie, "You've just got to be patient and choose the right waves. But I think I was a little lucky since I started well and was able to relax for the remainder of the heat. I'm really happy with the win because it was against stiff competition with Cory (Lopez) who's really experienced and Neco (Padaratz) who knows these waves well."
A new swell is predicted for the weekend when the event picks up with the round of 24. There are two days of surfing left, as the event moves to man-on-man heats and three days remaining in the event period.
SupeSurf World Prime Results
Remaining Round of 48 (cont'd)
Heat 9: 1-Gabriel Medina (BRA), 2-Dylan Graves (PRI), 3-Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Luel Felipe (BRA)
Heat 10: 1-Leonardo Neves (BRA), 2-Tomas Hermes (BRA), 3-Gustavo Fernandes (BRA), 4-Shaun Cansdell
Heat 11: 1-Miguel Pupo (BRA), 2-Jay Quinn (NZL), 3-Jeronimo Vargas (BRA), 4-Billy Stairmand (NZL)
Heat 12: 1-Richard Christie (NZL), 2-Neco Padaratz (BRA), 3-Cory Lopez (EUA), 4-Tânio Barreto (BRA)
Round of 24
Heat 1: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Yuri Sodre (BRA)
Heat 2: Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Mason Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Bernardo Miranda (BRA)
Heat 4: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Hizunome Bettero (BRA)
Heat 5: Gabe Kling (USA) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 6: Granger Larsen (HAW) vs. Ricardo Santos (BRA)
Heat 7: Royden Bryson (ZAF) vs. Austin Ware (USA)
Heat 8: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 10: Leonardo Neves (BRA) vs. Dylan Graves (PRI)
Heat 11: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 12: Richard Christie (NZL) vs. Jay Quinn (NZL)