REYNOLDS OUT, BRAZILIANS ROUT - LOWERS PRO - DAY 2
Jadson Andre was one of many standout performers from Brazil on Day 2. Image: Nike / Hilleman
REYNOLDS OUT, BRAZILIANS ROUT
Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro 2011 - Day 2
SAN CLEMENTE, California / USA (Tuesday, May 4 , 2011) – After picking up the ‘Most Valuable Performance’ award on Day 1 of the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro, Dane Reynolds managed a heat total of only 2.70 on Day 2 and crashes out of the event. The Brazilian contingent were the stars of the show, each combining sharp rail work with aerial moves to dominate on Day 2.
Watch Reynolds' slob air-reverse in yesterday's TOP 5 moves video
Day 2 of The Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro picked up where it left off, with eight heats still remaining in the opening Round of 96.
In Heat 18, the second of the day, Julian Wilson (AUS) advanced through using a big blow-tail reverse as his key move to set up an 8.67 ride. He would finish second to Miguel Pupo (BRA) in the heat. Miguel, like the vast majority of the Brazilian contingent today, dominated via a sleek combination of polished aerials and seamless carves. They appear to be the nation to beat at the 6.0 Lowers Pro.
In Heat 20 Jadson Andre (BRA) combined sweeping carves with air-reverse finishes to seal his passage into the following round. Andre come in runner-up to Kai Otton (AUS) who put on a particularly determined performance to take out top place, picking off the long-running lefts and performing a variety of moves, including a little slob air to finish off one wave.
When Andre returned in the afternoon to surf in Round 2 he really stepped things up, locking in the highest single wave score of the Lowers Pro, a near flawless 9.87 out of 10 with his proven combination of powerful carves with an air-reverse finish. He finished the Heat with a total score of 18.47 out of 20 - the highest heat total of the event.
One of Jadson Andre's indy air-reverses
“I knew it was going to be a tough heat because Caio (Ibelli) is one of the best juniors in the world and Miguel (Pupo) has been surfing so well lately and Austin (Ware) has been on the tour for a long time and I knew I had to go big,” Andre said. “I just did three big carves and a big air.”
Andre, current No. 12 on the elite ASP World Title race, has been focusing on improving his surfing in all conditions and feels that the training is paying off.
“I’ve been trying to mix it up and I feel good because I see that it’s working,” Andre said. “I’m trying to do other maneuvers, not just one big air. I have been traveling and want to show that I’ve improved. I’m just stoked that I made my heat, that’s my goal.”
Earlier, in Heat 22 of the opening round, Brazil’s Thiago Camarao exploded with several big air-reverse moves to finish first with 15.67 out of a possible 20. In the same heat, Australian Adam Melling looked electric at times, his razor sharp technique was on full display to finish second, also moving through to the next round with Camarao.
“I just got a new board yesterday because the waves are so different than where I live,” Camarao said. “It feels so good, but I need to practice more on it on my backhand. I’m sure I’ll get to practice more on my backhand in the next heat, but I’m really happy to have won that heat and to make it through to the next round”
Camarao and Melling look the goods at this stage
Gabriel Medina (BRA) continued his impressive form using his loose and stylish aerial game to easily finish atop of Dan Ross (AUS) and John Florence (HAW) who got stung with an interference call whilst battling with Ross for a set. C.J Hobgood (USA) looked in good form performing a variety of moves including two key aerials, finishing second to Mendina and also advancing through.
“I’m so stoked to get through and it was kind of hard to surf because the water is so cold,” Medina said. “I got two good waves and I’m so stoked to be here at Lowers. I’ve been here twice and I just love it, it’s a really cool wave.”
Medina going to work with style
Pat Gudauskus (USA) looked particularly radical in the opening heat of Round 2, using sharp vertical hits combined with fin-releasing turns to move through after finishing level scored with Joel Centeio (HAW). The pair combined to take down ‘The Spartan’ - Tahitian World Tour powerhouse, Michel Bourez and English flyboy, Aritz Aranburu.
A couple of heats later, Gudauskus’ brother Tanner slowly built momentum throughout his heat, notching an excellent score of 8.00 for a ferocious layback before unleasing a near-perfect 9.63 out of 10 by blasting a flurry of powerful backside turns on a long righthand wall.
“I really was just out to pasture when that wave came in and everyone slid right because I think they were looking to go left and I just got this chip from out the back,” Gudauskas said. “I felt like I got lucky with the waves I got. I didn’t have rhythm in the beginning and I got a wave, it was just like my last heat.”
Gudauskas’ 17.70 heat total, one of the highest of competition, saw the goofy-footer earn top honors in an intense, high-scoring heat over fellow San Clemente native Kolohe Andino (USA), 17, who advanced in second, ASP World No. 11 Adriano de Souza (BRA), and Pablo Paulino (BRA).
Tanner Gudauskus' big day out
The first upset of the day came when defending 6.0 Lowers Pro champion Gabe Kling (USA) bowed out in the opening round, with Australian Lincoln Taylor taking top spot in that heat. The second came in Round 2 when progressive Californian Dane Reynolds (USA) could only manage 2.70 out of a possible 20, that heat was won by yet another standout Brazilian performer, Alejo Muniz.
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Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 48 Results:
Heat 1: Joel Centeio (HAW) 14.67, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 14.67, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.80, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 10.56
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.60, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.50, Daniel Ross (USA) 9.20, John Florence (HAW) 4.19
Heat 3: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 17.70, Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.53, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.10, Pablo Paulino (BRA) 13.50
Heat 4: Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.33, Bobby Martinez (USA) 13.77, Kai Barger (HAW) 12.33, Granger Larsen (HAW) 10.03
Heat 5: Heitor Alves (BRA) 13.84, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 10.17, Masatoshi Ohno (JPN)9.53, Pedro Henrique (BRA) 9.03
Heat 6: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.87, Mason Ho (HAW) 12.60, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 11.83, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 10.10
Heat 7: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.77, Junior Faria (BRA) 11.43, Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 11.17, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 9.20
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.67, Cory Lopez (USA) 14.07, Nic Muscroft (AUS) 9.47, Dane Reynolds (USA) 2.70
Heat 9: Jadson Andre (BRA) 18.47, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.80, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.10, Austin Ware (USA) 11.90
Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 96 Results:
Heat 17: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 10.67, Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.96, Gelnn Hall (IRL) 8.90, Messias Felix (BRA) 7.50
Heat 18: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.67, Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.27, Brent Dorrington (AUS) 13.10, Neco Padaratz (BRA) 7.83
Heat 19: Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 9.19, Austin Ware (USA) 9.10, Gabe Kling (USA) 5.60, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 2.63
Heat 20: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.57, Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.70, Roy Powers (HAW) 8.27,Charles Martin (GLP) 6.20
Heat 21: Tonino Benson (HAW) 15.67, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 13.67, Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.87, Yuri Sodre (BRA) 8.57
Heat 22: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 15.67, Adam Melling (AUS) 13.73, Stu Kennedy (AUS)12.13, Ben Dunn (AUS) 10.35
Heat 23: Tim Reyes (USA) 13.33, Heath Joske (AUS) 9.63, Leandro Bastros (BRA) 7.83, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 4.33
Heat 24: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.10, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.00, Jack Freestone (AUS) 12.50, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 10.67
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