NEWQUAY – England (Thursday, August 5, 2010) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Relentless Boardmasters entered the business end of competition with the completion of Round two and the first two heats of Round three in tricky, windblown 3-4ft (1m) waves at Fistral beach. Top seeded surfers and young guns shared the honours today in an explosive display of surfing at the Relentless Boardmasters 2010.
Surfers competing in the Relentless Boardmasters are out to claim valuable One World Ratings points in their bid to secure a spot on the ASP Dream Tour 2011. European competitors have the added challenge of building on their European Men’s Series ratings at stop nº 4 of 12 which will eventually crown this year’s European Men’s Champion.
Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) blew everyone away with an amazing display of innovative surfing in the tricky 3-4ft conditions with a mixture of aerial moves combined with powerful turns and flow through the bumpy sections in conditions that for many proved to be very testing in his Round two clash. Getting off to a strong start and building on his scores De Vries finished off with a scintillating 9.17 out of a possible 10 to score the single highest wave and combined two wave heat total 17.17 of the event so far.
“The guys were really cool out there and we were all taking turns because it is a bit of a wave catching contest and I was lucky to get those two and the last one was a really good wave which stood up nicely and let me have some fun. It is super onshore and peaky at the moment so there is a soft little lip and there are some waves out there and when you get one it is really nice.”
After waiting all day yesterday to get his chance to hit the water and eventually having his heat placed on hold until this morning De Vries has returned with all guns blazing and looks a hot favourite for the later rounds.
“I had an early night last night because I was really tired after waiting all day in the rain yesterday so when I got into bed the feeling was amazing and I woke up this morning feeling fresh.”
Billy Stairmand (NZL) showed his potential on his backhand with some sharp clean turns on the longer lefts which he managed to paddle into during his early morning match-up. Surfing long lefts at Raglan New Zealand has honed his skills to razor sharp efficiency allowing him to advance with relative ease into the following round in his first year at the Relentless Boardmasters.
“There are some good little waves coming through and I managed to get a couple at the end there and with these new boards I’ve got which were made for here and I feel way more comfortable on my backhand going left. It is a really interesting place and it’s really busy but I’m having a great time here so far. I was expecting it to be way smaller so to get some actual waves is good.”
Andre Teixeira (Bahia/BRA) 32, was first to secure his pass into the final 16 coming out on top over an in-form Russel Winter (GBR) and Joao Guedes (PRT) who placed third. Somewhat of a dark horse Teixeira has travelled from Australia where he currently lives to compete in the Relentless Boardmasters for the second consecutive time. Enjoying his time here in Newquay and trying to make the most of the next few years before his “retirement” from professional surfing the ever smiling Teixeira is going to make the most of his opportunities and savour this most special moment for him.
“It’s an amazing feeling and I have never been in this situation before and all the Brazilians who are here are cheering for me so it feels great. I was here last year and I really liked the vibe of this place and the conditions are similar to where I am from in Brazil so I am comfortable surfing in waves like that.”
Top seed Travis Logie (ZAF) and Russel Winter (GBR) both advanced into the fourth round relatively comfortably and will come head to head in heat nº 2 which is sure to be one of the many highly expected confrontations when competition at the Relentless Boardmasters resumes.
First call tomorrow will be at 10:00 am (local time) for a possible 10:30 kick off. When competition resumes up first will be fellow Australians Leigh McMahon and Russell Molony up against Billy Stairmand (NZL) in heat nº3 of Round three.
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REMAINING ROUND THREE MATCH-UPS RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS
Heat 3: Leigh McMahon (AUS), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Russell Molony (AUS)
Heat 4: Sam Lamiroy (GBR), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF)
Heat 5: Messias Felix (BRA), Jay Quinn (NZL), Reubyn Ash (GBR)
Heat 6: Kyle Lane (ZAF), Killian Garland (USA), Hugo Savalli (REU)
Heat 7: Anthony Walsh (AUS), Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Nathan Webster (AUS)
Heat 8: Heath Joske (AUS), Matt Bemrose (AUS), Nick Riley (AUS)
UPCOMING ROUND FOUR MATCH-UPS RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS
Heat 1: Andre Teixeira (BRA) Vs Brendon Gibbens (ZAF)
Heat 2: Russel Winter (GBR) Vs Travis Logie (ZAF)
RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS ROUND THREE RESULTS
Heat 1: Andre Teixeira (BRA) 11.14, Russel Winter (GBR) 9.66, Joao Guedes (PRT) 8.83
Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 11.83, Brendon Gibbens (ZAF) 8.90, Christophe Allary (REU) 8.83
RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS ROUND TWO RESULTS
Heat 5: Billy Stairmand (NZL) 14.60, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.70, Renato Galvao (BRA) 10.30, Txaber Trojaola (EUK) 7.60
Heat 6: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 17.17, Russell Malony (AUS) 10.16, Gordan Fontaine (FRA) 9.07, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 6.66
Heat 7: Messias Felix (BRA) 12.50, Kyle Lane (ZAF) 9.70, Andre Oziol (HAW) 6.26, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 5.50
Heat 8: Jay Quinn (NZL) 14.26, Killian Garland (USA) 10.70, Alan Stokes (GBR) 9.03, Oli Adams (GBR) 8.73
Heat 9: Hugo Savalli (REU) 14.00, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 12.00, Chad Du Toit (ZAF) 10.96, Joackim Petersen Guichard (NOR) 7.23
Heat 10: Anthony Walsh (AUS) 12.33, Heath Joske (AUS) 11.04, Romain Laulhe (FRA) 9.23, Josh Piper (GBR) 6.40
Heat 11: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 11.50, Matt Bemrose (AUS) 10.17, Antonio Bortoletto (ZAF) 10.00, Jorge Spanner (BRA) 6.60
Heat 12: Nick Riley (AUS) 11.93, Nathan Webster (AUS) 11.53, Ruda Carvalho (BRA) 10.90, Romain Cloitre (FRA) 10.16
Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) [Photocredit:Aquashot/aspeurope.com]