The waves of Itacoatiara roared to life for day three of competition at the 2015 APB Itacoatiara Pro Brazil presented by Toyota SGA. A highly anticipated swell filled in overnight and greeted competitors with solid 2-2.5 metre (6-8 ft) waves. Although not the cleanest of surf, this new swell provided size, power, and some extremely heavy conditions to challenge all of the riders hitting the water today for Men’s rounds two and three.
Above: South African Iain Campbell goes big with an air reverse during a freesurfing session on Day Three. Photo: Tony D’Andrea/APB Media
Round two began the day, and saw many competitors battling the strong currents and dodging closeout sets rolling through at nearly three meters (almost 10 ft). As a result, most of the heats turned out to be relatively low-scoring affairs. Many of the riders that were successful in advancing out of their heats were the ones fortunate enough to catch even moderate scoring waves. Even more fortunate were Leandro Chagas (Brazil),Antonio Cardoso (Portugal), João Gabriel (Brazil), Yoshua Toledo (Chile), Luke Kitchin (South Africa), Gaston Rodrigues (Uruguay), Bruno Leitão (Brazil), and Socrates Santana (Brazil) who were able to put together the necessary scores to walk away with heat wins.
Above: Six-time World Champion and event wildcard, Guilherme Tamega, drives through a barrel on his way to a perfect 10 point ride in his Round 2 heat. Photo: Tony D’Andrea/APB Media
In round three, competitors began to dial into the conditions and register some bigger scores as a result. Chilean Matias Dias looked very impressive, tallying a combined heat total of 15.25 points, the highest heat score of the day so far, in heat one. In the very next heat, Wild Card entry and 6-time World ChampionGuilherme Tâmega, would top that with a total of 17.00 which included the first perfect 10 of the event for a barrel to air reverse. Heat three saw French young gun Maxime Castillo win his heat on the strength of his own air reverse that earned a 9 from the judges. Then, in heat four, Chilean supergrom Yoshua Toledo nailed down a perfect 10 of his own, which was all he would really need to win his heat and advance onward.
Above: Former world champion Pierre-Louis Costes with a huge invert during his freesurfing session on Day 2 of the Itacoatiara Pro. Photo: Tony D’Andrea/APB Media
In the second half of round three, Portugal’s young gun, Miguel Adão, pulled off a big air forward on his way to claiming the heat five win with a combined total score of 14.65 on his score card. The following heat saw Sasha Damjanic (Chile) claim the heat win in a difficult, low-scoring battle. It was Wild Card Kalani Lattanzi dominated his local break for the heat seven win. Fellow Brazilian, Francirley Ferreira, finished off the day by putting together two impressive rides (a 6.0 and 8.75) to claim victory in heat eight. Following the conclusion of round three, the event was placed on hold, and is now on call for 6:00am local Brazil time for a potential 6:30am start tomorrow and will resume with round four of Men’s competition.