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.

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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.

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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)

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