Jadson Andre already looks to be the danger man here. The Brazilian notched a 9 point ride in day three’s opening heat. Photo: DARA/ASP Australasia
Wednesday, June 10 2007: Windy conditions in the Maldives for day three of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) six star PRIME rated SriLankan Airlines Pro and while the winds effected wave quality, the surfing remained superb as competitors utilized aerial maneuvers in the 3 feet (1m) surf.
Jadson Andre (Brazil) is having a great season on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), came into this event in 5th position on the season ratings and a strong result here is certain to enhance his goal of qualifying for the ASP elite World Tour for 2010.
He began his SriLankan Airlines Pro campaign in fine style taking an impressive round two heat win in the opening heat of the day by scoring the events highest scoring ride to date using his tremendous aerial skills to notch an outstanding 9 point score and his 16.60 heat tally was the highest for the day.
Andre at just 19 years of age is one of the youngest competitors on the WQS and narrowly missed qualification last season but believes he’s better prepared this year.
“Since last year when I just missed qualification I have prepared myself better and I believe I know what I must do to qualify for 2010.”
“My aerial surfing is a strength that I work on as aerials are probably the best way to really score big and I’m always looking for opportunities to fly” added Andre.
“Pasta Point is just the perfect wave for aerials and I think I will be flying in every heat I surf here, that’s definitely my plan!”
The large Brazilian contingent here mostly enjoyed a great day with former event champion Heitor Alves also very strong winning his heat with Kai Barger (Hawaii) also progressing while Miguel Pupo and Leonardo Neves both easily won their round two heats.
Strengthening winds through the middle part of the day forced the event to go hold as organizers waited for these unseasonal winds to abate.
When the action resumed late in the day 19 year old Australian young gun Owen Wright proceeded to put on his own aerial display to take an exciting win over Dane Gudauskas (USA) who advanced in 2nd place to join both his brothers Pat and Tanner into tomorrow’s round three.
Other heat winners to impress during the morning included Travis Logie (South Africa), Glenn Hall (Ireland), Bernado Mirandia (BRA), Jarred Howse (AUS), Autin Ware (USA) and Shaun Gossman (AUS) while surprise eliminations came from ASP World Tour pair Marlon Lipke (Germany) and Nic Muscroft (Australia).
Five round two heats will be completed first thing tomorrow morning before the event moves into round three with lighter winds expected tomorrow.
SriLankan Airlines Pro 2009 is made possible thanks to the following sponsors: SriLankan Airlines, John Keells Group, Chaaya Island – Dhonveli, Atoll Travel, Atoll Adventures, Ocean & Earth International, Dhiraagu, Maldives Tourism & Promotions Board, ASP Australasia.
ASP Australasia as the event managers will deliver a quality live Webcast along with Television News Feeds, complimentary Digital Images for newspapers and websites, Web highlight packages and a dedicated 30 minute international television program.
Follow this event live at srilankanairlinespro.com.
Round two to be run when the event resumes tomorrow:
Heat 20: D Ross (AUS), A Riou (PYF), C Waring (USA), S Zeitz (USA)
Heat 21: B Simpson (USA), H Collazo (EUK), S Garcia (HAW), A Gray (USA)
Heat 22: M Polo (BRA), L Sedley (AUS), P MacDonald (AUS), D Graves (PRI)
Heat 23: J Da Silva (BRA), J Gonzales (CNY), N Webster (AUS), E Valiere (HAW)
Heat 24: D Courtney (AUS), D Fahrenfort (ZAF), S Ward (USA), M Giorgi (URY)