ARPOADOR BEACH, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil (Friday, October 21, 2011) – Today brought a jam packed day of highly competitive heats at the ASP 6-Star Quiksilver Brazil Open of Surfing presented by Arnette with sunny skies and waves in the 3-5 foot (1-1.5) meter range at the left-hand point break at Arpoador Beach, Rio de Janeiro. Hizunome Bettero (BRA) had the highest heat-wave total of the day with a 17.53 (out of a possible 20) scoring an 8.83 and an 8.70 on his two best waves.
“I only arrived in Rio de Janeiro today,” said Hizunome Bettero. “I've had this really bad cold for the last couple of days that I got at the contest (ASP World 6-Star SuperSurf Internacional) last week in Ubatuba. I had an early freesurf at Arpoador this morning to loosen up and was able to surf well in my heat. I'm stoked because this is the first time I've competed here where the event starts off with good waves. For the last three years, conditions were always pretty weak. So, I'm glad to make it into the next round.”
The highest single-wave score of the day went to Thiago Camarao (BRA) who got a 9.10 (out of a possible 10) on a series of fully committed rail-to-rail carves on a long left-hander in Heat 13 of competition.
“Starting off well at an event is always good, so thank God that everything worked out this time,” said Thiago Camarao. “That was a great wave that came in. I just remained calm and did the turns that I've been practicing for a long time. There was no big secret.”
With his heat win, Camarao took another step towards the Top 32 and making it into the ASP Dream Tour 2012. He currently sits at No. 41 of the ASP World Ranking after SuperSurf Internacional event held in Ubatuba, Sao Paulo. Ahead of him at the Quiksilver Brazil Open of Surfing are Willian Cardoso (BRA) at No. 40, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) at No. 38 and Kolohe Andino (USA), who climbed to No. 34 after his win against Gudauskas in the Final in Sao Paulo.
“I couldn't find the right waves at the beginning of the heat,” said Andino. “But then I paddled closer to the point and found two waves that were good enough to win that heat. To win twice in Brazil would be amazing, even though I know it's hard to win two events consecutively. But I try to win each event I enter in, be it in Brazil or anywhere else.”
On his first trip to Brazil, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) was able to come from behind on his last wave which scored a 7.16 to win his heat and qualify alongside Chris Friend (AUS) in Heat 10 of the day.
“To win at the last moment is always more exciting,” said Zietz. “I was actually surprised with the score, but I'm happy to qualify. The conditions here are like Hawaii, the waves are great and I'm stoked that I was able to surf well.”
Competition continues tomorrow at 8am local time with Heat 21 of the Round of 96, between Mitch Crews (AUS), Luel Felipe (BRA), Medi Veminardi (REU) and Luan Carvalho (BRA).
The Quiksilver Brazil Open of Surfing presented by Arnette is brought to you by Adding Sports with the supervision of the Surfing Federation of Rio de Janeiro (FESERJ) and sponsored by Arnette, Oi, Quiksilver and the State of Rio de Janeiro through the Secretary of Sports and Leisure. The event is part of the ASP South America Circuit as ASP World 6-Star event is also supported by Oi Futuro, Oi FM, Urgh, DC, Roxy, the City of Rio de Janeiro, Favela Surf Club and Arpoador Surf Club. The event is broadcast live through www.brasilopenofsurfing.com.br