Alex Ribeiro and Tatiana Weston-Webb win Mahalo Surf Eco Festival

On the final day of competition at the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) maintained his high-performance surfing to defeat Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) by a score of 11.25 to 8.90, respectively. With his win today, Ribeiro earned US$15,000 in prize money and 1,000 points, which places him at 37th on the ASP Qualification Series rankings.

Prior to the start of the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival, Ribeiro was leading the rankings for the ASP South America title. After his victory in Itacare, he has seized control for the continental championship. The final event of the ASP South America Series will occur at the O’Neill SP Prime at Maresias Beach from November 3-9. Jesse Mendes (BRA) and Michael Rodrigues (BRA) are the only other athletes that are in contention for the Title.

Alex Ribeiro, taking down the field.

Distinguin earned a 9.25 for a deep barrel ride in the Quarterfinals for the highest single-wave score of the Festival on Friday. He also displayed an impressive aerial attack throughout the event but was unable to repeat his performance during the Final against Alex Ribeiro.

In the Women’s division, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) defeated Alessa Quizon (HAW) by a score of 14.70 to 13.60 in an all-Hawaiian heat at Praia da Tiririca. Both surfers will be part of the 2015 World Championship Tour and have further solidified their classification with their results at the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol.

Alessa Quizon, airborne in Brazil

Jacqueline Silva (BRA) lost in the Semifinals to Weston-Webb but with her result today, she has practically guaranteed her title as the 2014 ASP South America champion. Despite having one event left on the calendar (Maui and Sons Pichilemu Pro from November 13-16 in Chile), neither Silva nor the remaining athletes in contention (Silvana Lima and Suelen Naraisa) will be participating in the event.


Brazilians Take Command at Mahalo Surf Eco Festival

Competition resumed at Praia da Tiririca for another action-packed day at the 2014 ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol. Wave selection proved to be crucial as athletes faced waves in the 2-to-3-foot range (1-meter), with the occasional larger set and moderate onshore winds.

Krystian Kymerson (BRA) provided a number of highlights, scoring a 16.55 heat total in his Round 3 victory. In 2012, Kymerson won the Surf Eco Festival held in Salvador, Bahia. With a bid into Round 5, he is focused on repeating that feat.


Krystian Kymerson is looking to repeat his 2012 victory.

“I’ve been working hard on coming back from a knee injury I suffered in South Africa,” Kymerson said. “I spent two months out of the water, so I’m very focused on getting a good result here. I’m so thankful that I’m able to surf as good as before my injury. My two heats today were my first since I hurt my knee, so it’s nice to hear that I was able to get the day’s highest scores. I know that no one has ever won this event twice, so my goal is to become the first.”

Young local surfer Yage Araujo (BRA) brought the crowd to its feet after pulling off several airs to earn an 8.25. Araujo was called for an interference in the heat that would cut his first eight-point ride in half but his early heroics carried him through into Round 5.

Yage Araujo’s Round 4 air earned him the advance into Round 5.

“I feel great and I think that I felt even more relaxed after I got called on that interference, so I just started throwing some airs and I think the judges liked it since they rewarded me for it,” stated Araujo. “It’s hard to believe that I won the heat even after being called on an interference. But I think the judges saw me going for it on every wave, so they ended up giving me the scores I needed. Now I’m concentrating on not committing the same mistakes in my next heats.”

In a stacked heat, Jay Thompson (AUS), Yago Dora (BRA), Michael Rodrigues (BRA) and Kiron Jabour (HAW) fought to the last second to see who would qualify for Round 5. Thompson to an early lead, leaving Dora, Rodrigues and Jabour in a battle for second place. Rodrigues, who had been on a tear in recent events, looked out of sync and was not able to complete his final maneuvers. Despite showing off lightning-quick surfing, Jabour could not find a scoring opportunity and left Dora with a chance in the dying seconds of the heat. Dora wafted consecutive tailslides in tight sections to guarantee his qualification into Round 5 alongside Thompson.

Cahill Bell-Warren is into Round 5.

Jesse Mendes (BRA), the only remaining top seed at the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival, also qualified into Round 5 in his heat alongside Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS). Bell-Warren topped the four-man heat, which pit him against three Brazilians.

“It’s always tough to face the Brazilians anywhere around the globe, but it’s even harder in their country,” stated Bell-Warren. “I was lucky enough to find some waves that were good enough to get me into the next round. This is my first time to Brazil and I’m loving everything here… All I need now is a good result to help boost my rankings.”

In addition to the crucial ASP Qualifying Series (QS) ranking points being distributed, the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival together with the O’Neill SP Prime in Maresias will decide a 2014 ASP South America champion. Alex Ribeiro (BRA) currently leads the South American rankings after his event victory in Mar del Plata, Argentina. His victory over Willian Cardoso (BRA) in Round 4 puts him a step closer to earning the continental title.


Alex Ribeiro currently leads the South American QS rankings.

“I’m leading the rankings, but I don’t even want to think about that. I just want to take things heat by heat and focus on the waves at this competition,” said Ribeiro. “The waves are a little bigger today, but the swell is coming from a different direction, so the peaks are spread out along the beach. You need to stay calm and choose carefully to find a wave that will stand up and let you execute some big turns. I’m glad that I’m still in the event, so let’s see how things go tomorrow because my goal is to win the contest.”

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Top Seeds Light Up Day 3 at Mahalo Surf Eco Festival

Action on Day 3 of the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol intensified as the top seeds entered the competition for the Round of 64. Performances in the water displayed clutch execution, big-time maneuvers and several come-from-behind victories.

Hot off of his ASP 6-Star victory at the Oceano Santa Catarina Pro in Florianopolis, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) continued to show an uncanny knack for finding the right waves and pulling off exciting finishes. He earned the highest single-wave score of the day with an 8.50.

Michael Rodrigues earned the highest single-wave score of the day.

“I’m surfing under no pressure to get good results,” Rodrigues said. “I came here just for fun and to stay in the rhythm of competitions because I’m going to enter in the Prime in Maresias. I’m happy that the conditions improved today. I’ve been coming to Praia da Tiririca for a few years now, so I feel like I know this wave pretty well. I really like Bahia, so just being in the water feels great.”

Having roots in Brazil, Kiron Jabour (HAW) looked right at home in Itacare and continued to show off his high-velocity surfing.

“I was stoked because conditions were great during my heat,” Jabour said. “The wind stopped and the water got really glassy, so everything went right for me. It’s my first time here in Itacare and I’m impressed with the town. It’s beautiful and everything is still preserved. The houses, the streets, the beaches and all the nature.”

Bino Lopes winning his Round 3 heat.

Bino Lopes (BRA) is the only local surfer who has ever won the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival. With his precision surfing, Lopes claimed the victory in his Round 3 heat over Erick Moraes (BRA) and Adrien Toyon (FRA). Yago Dora (BRA), who is part of the latest generation of Brazilian aerialists, qualified in second place.

“Thankfully I got that good wave (an 8.00) to start the heat off, then after that I just used my strategy to get the win,” said Lopes. “I feel totally at home here in Itacare. I’ve been competing here since I was a little kid and I’ve had some good results, so that gives me a lot of confidence. It felt great to begin with a victory and I’m going to give it my best to win this event again.”

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QS Men and Women Head to Itacare for Mahalo Surf Eco Festival 2014

The tropical setting at Praia da Tiririca, located in city of Itacare, Brazil, will host the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival pres. by Skol from October 27 to November 1, 2014.

Home to one of the longest-standing sites for professional surf competitions in Brazil, Itacare will gather some of the best surfers on the Qualification Series (QS) who are hungry for an opportunity to move up in the rankings.

In addition to men’s competition, the 2014 Mahalo Surf Eco Festival will witness competition from the ASP Women’s QS for the first time. Altogether, the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival will distribute over U$125,000 in prize money and crucial world ranking points.

The Mahalo Surf Eco Festival a traditional proving ground for future World Championship Tour stars. In 2008, the inaugural Surf Eco Festival was held at Praia do Forte, in northern Bahia, and saw Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Silvana Lima (BRA) claim the event titles. In 2009, the contest moved to Salvador, the capital of Bahia, and witnessed Alejo Muniz (BRA) defeat Gabriel Medina (BRA) for the ASP South America Pro Junior title. Following in their footsteps, Miguel Pupo (BRA) was crowned event champion in 2010, succeeded by Filipe Toledo (BRA) in 2011. All aforementioned surfers went on to join the elite ranks.

There has always been an innate relationship between surfing and music at this event. The Mahalo Surf Eco Festival has been in tune with that connection since 2008 and has entertained the energetic crowds in Bahia with live music as a compliment to the show in the water. This year, the bands O Rappa, Ponto de Equilibrio, Strike and Massa Sonora will perform.

Itacare, located south of Salvador, is a small, idyllic town surrounded by natural beauty. Gorgeous beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, preserved flora and fauna, unique geology and one of the best waves in Brazil are all part of the surroundings found in Itacare, Bahia. Because of this natural exuberance, the Festival has unfailingly supplied each event with a number of ecological activities, lectures, exhibitions and films. The 2014 event will be the first-ever surf contest in the world to be run on solar energy. Dendê Productions, together with the University of Sao Paulo, under the supervision of the leading authority in solar energy in Brazil, Dr. Aurélio, will be erecting a large solar platform on the event premises for the implementation of this pioneering achievement.

The 2014 men’s and women’s QS events in Itacare hold an event window of October 27 to November 2.

Champions in the history of Surf Eco Festival in Bahia, Brazil:

2013: ASP 4-Star Men´s – Halley Batista (BRA) in Itacare
2012: ASP 1-Star Men´s – Krystian Kymerson (BRA) in Jaguaribe Beach
2012: ASP South America Pro Junior – Deivid Silva (BRA) and Rosanny Alvarez (VNZ)
2011: ASP 2-Star Men´s – Bino Lopes (BRA) in Jaguaribe Beach
2011: ASP South America Pro Junior – Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Gabriela Leite (BRA)
2010: ASP 4-Star Women´s – Coco Ho (HAW) in Armação Beach
2010: ASP South America Pro Junior – Santiago Muniz (ARG) and Johanne Defay (FRA)
2009: ASP 3-Star Men´s – Marcio Farney (BRA) in Armação Beach
2009: ASP South America Pro Junior – Alejo Muniz (BRA) and Diana Cristina (BRA)
2008: ASP 5-Star Men´s – Adriano de Souza (BRA) in Forte Beach
2008: ASP 5-Star Women´s – Silvana Lima (BRA) defeated Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)


Halley Batista Wins ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival

Itacaré, Bahia / Brazil (Saturday, Oct, 19, 2013)
The final day of the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol was held under sunny skies and in front of a packed audience on the sand and surrounding point break at Praia da Tiririca in Itacaré. Halley Batista (BRA), 27, pulled off an impressive aerial performance to defeat Alan Jhones (BRA), 24, in an exciting final battle. For his victory, Batista took home U$15,000 and 1,000 ASP World Ranking points.

“I feel blessed to have won another Mahalo event,” stated Halley Batista. “The quality waves here at Tiririca have shown that they can’t be left off the circuit. The vibe here is great, the crowd is amazing and I feel so thankful to have won this event. Now I’m off to Venezuela for the next event of the Latin American Circuit.”

For his runner-up finish in Itacare, Alan Jhones earned U$7,500 and 750 ASP World Ranking points. With several dramatic victories throughout the week, Jhones was pleased with his result.

“Even though I didn’t win, I think I did really well here,” said Alan Jhones. “I had some come from behind victories and a few high scores, but the wave conditions deteriorated in the Final and I couldn’t pick the right wave. I knew that whoever threw a big move would win the heat, and Halley did great.”

Krystian Kymerson (BRA) had been the standout performer all week long by consistently landing big airs, but was eventually defeated by Batista in the Semifinals.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t find the right waves in the semis and I fell on all the airs that would have made a difference,” said Krystian Kymerson. “I’m still pleased with a 3rd place result and I’d like to thank everyone that filled the beach and cheered me on.”

Due to his fluid style, former South American champion Jean da Silva (BRA) was unstoppable leading up to the final day of competition before falling to Jhones. With their equal 3rd place results, both Kymerson and da Silva earned U$4,500 and 563 points.

“Conditions kept getting worse because of the onshore wind, the waves got a little choppy and I just couldn’t execute against Alan (Jhones),” stated Jean da Silva. “Next stop for me is the ASP Prime at Cascais in Portugal and I feel confident after doing so well against so many good competitors here.”

The Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol is produced by Dende Produções and sponsored by Mahalo, Petrobras, Bahiatursa and the City of Itacaré and is supported by Backdoor, the Tourism Institute of Itacaré, the Bahia Surf Federation and the Itacaré Surf Association. The event is approved by the ASP South America as a 4-Star event. More information:

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Quarterfinalists Decided at the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival

Itacaré, Bahia / Brazil (Friday, Oct, 18, 2013)
Competition continued for the fourth consecutive day at the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol at Praia da Tiririca in Itacaré, Brazil. Fair conditions with moderate winds and waves in the 2-3 foot range (1 meter) were maintained throughout the day. The initial 128 athletes that started the competition have dwindled down to the remaining 8 Quarterfinalists that will battle for essential ASP World Ranking points and a portion of the U$95,000 in prize money.

Krystian Kymerson (BRA) continued his outstanding week-long performance by boosting a full rotation aerial to earn the day’s highest single-wave score of an 8.33 (out of a possible 10 points) from the judges. Kymerson, who is defending his title at the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival, is focused on repeating his victory once again.

“It feels great to have found that good righthander and land that air at the beginning of the heat,” said Krystian Kymerson. “Now I’m relaxed and I’m going to give it my all tomorrow (Saturday) and will try to win the event again.”

Halley Batista (BRA) and Victor Bernardo (BRA) also advanced into the Quarterfinals by defeating Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and local favorite Bino Lopes (BRA) in Heat 3 of the Round of 16.

“That was such a tough heat,” said Halley Batista. “Everyone has been surfing so well all week, but I was able to throw that big layback snap that made the difference in my heat. Tomorrow the heats will be in a man-on-man format and I hope to reach my goal and make it to the final.”

Showing a fluid style and committed turns, Jean da Silva (BRA) has been obtaining 8-plus scores all week long and had guaranteed his spot in the last day of competition.

“I’ve just been trying to do my job out in the water, searching for the right waves and concentrating on my heats,” said Jean da Silva. “Although conditions are difficult, I was able to find that good left and get the scores to win my heat. I’m stoked to make it this far in the event and will try to use my experience in the two-man heats tomorrow. Everyone remaining has been surfing so good, so I think whoever finds the best waves is going to come out on top.”

Local surfer Alandreson Martins (BRA) had the crowd on their feet beach as he took down ex-WCT surfer Heitor Alves (BRA) in his first heat of the day and continued his torrid pace as he advanced into the final day of competition alongside Artur Silva (BRA) by defeating Ian Gouveia (BRA) and Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) in Heat 2 of the Round of 16.

“I’m so happy and so thankful for being in this position,” exclaimed Alandreson Martins. “The waves were tough to find today (Friday), but I was lucky enough to win my heat and make it to the man-on-man part of the event, which is a format that I enjoy. I’m hoping for the best, but of course I’d love to win this event here at home and at the beach where I learned how to surf.”

A call is set for 10 am (local time) on Saturday for the final day of competition. Jean da Silva will be faced up against Artur Silva in Heat 1 of the Quarterfinals.

The Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol is produced by Dendê Produções and sponsored by Mahalo, Petrobras, Bahiatursa and the City of Itacaré and is supported by Backdoor, the Tourism Institute of Itacaré, the Bahia Surf Federation and the Itacaré Surf Association. The event is approved by the ASP South America as a 4-Star event and is transmitted live on the internet:

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