Player, Costes, Uranga, Tamega, Valadao, Lavernhe, Rigby and McCarthy blaze through the first round of Brazil’s big beachbreak/wedge event – the Itacoatiara Pro.
*Updated: Round one video added.*
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Round One Of The Itacoatiara Pro Is Complete
Itacoatiara, Brazil (Sunday, 10th June 2012)
GSS Round 1 of the 2012 IBA Itacoatiara Pro sponsored by Pride, Useque.com and NET ran to completion in heavy, barreling 6-10 foot (2-3.5 meter) waves at Itacoatiara beach today. The 32 man field of competitors tackled the monstrous surf, some unable to find their feet, posting mere scores as low as 3.16 out of a possible 20, whereas top 24 power-house, Mark McCarthy (ZAF) managed to post a an impressive heat score of 15.63, the highest of the day. The South African managed to find clean tapering right handers, weaving through barrels and finishing off his rides with powerful rolls.
“Not the best conditions out there today, but stoked to finally get a win with the new format.” McCarthy elated. “I hope we can see some more riding tomorrow and less survival mode.”
Other stand-out’s included heat winners, Current World Champion, Pierre-Louis Costes (FRA), Ben Player (AUS), Amaury Lavernhe (REU), Alex Uranga (ESK), Tom Rigby (AUS) and Brazilian world champions Guilherme Tamega and Uri Valadao. Local wildcard, Jose Otavio (BRA) navigated his way through an incredibly deep and long barrel today, earning himself and 8.88 out of a possible 10, the highest single wave score of the day. With this score, Otavio managed to place second behind his fellow country man, Uri Valadao, rocketing him directly into Round 3.
With no riders eliminated in today’s Round 1, third and fourth place will have another chance to redeem themselves in Round 2 tomorrow, from where first and second will advance into Round 3.
The full results and draw is available at: http://results.ibaworldtour.com/draw.html
A massive crowd of spectators gathered at the Itacoatiara beach break today to witness the worlds best bodyboarders tackle some of the biggest barrels and ramps of the 2012 GSS tour. Even the worlds best bodyboarders struggled to be in the right place at the right time and some even found themselves beaten by the sheer power and size of the surf today. Australia’s Ryan Hardy found himself too shallow when possibly the biggest wave of the day rolled into the bay, breaking only meters in front of him. Having posted enough points to secure his second place, Hardy received a severe thrashing as the set wave washed him almost to the beach.
Hardy commented after his heat, “I could just see it breaking slowly in front of me. I knew I was going to get worked so I just duck dived sideways and tried to go with it, hoping to stop my leash from snapping.”
Tomorrow’s forecast is predicting a slight drop in swell with favorable winds and sunshine. Locals are calling tomorrow the pick of all days, expecting clean and offshore 6-8 foot waves all day, a perfect recipe for a full day of action packed bodyboarding.
All the action will be live on http://ibaworldtour.com/live/.
Below is the forecast for Itacoatiara courtesy of magicseaweed.com <http://magicseaweed.com/Itacoatiara-Surf-Report
The Itacoatiara crowd.
Mike Stewart & Mark McCarthy.