Oakley's Adriano De Souza Ousts Defending Champion Pattachia At ASP Prime 6.0 Lowers Pro
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME 6.0 Lowers Pro kicked off Round 1 and the first three heats of Round 2 today in increasing three-to-five foot surf at the iconic cobblestone pointbreak of Lower Trestles. Opening main-event action saw Oakley’s current ASP Dream Tour No. 8 Adriano de Souza of Brazil eliminate fellow ASP World Title competitor and defending 6.0 Lowers Pro Champion Fred Patacchia in the Round of 96.
The increase in ASP PRIME ratings points due to the newly-initiated ASP One World Ratings has drawn an impressive field to Lower Trestles, including 36 ASP Dream Tour campaigners as well as the world’s finest up-and-comers looking to find their way amongst the elite.
De Souza’s impressive performance today was a prime example of the new judging criteria set in place for the 2010 season. The former ASP World Junior Champion detonated a variety of critical maneuvers including massive air-reverses, tail-free turns and power gouges to match the day’s highest single-wave score of a 9.40 en route to the day’s highest heat total of 17.90 and his Round 2 victory.
“I’m happy with that heat and the waves are cranking,” De Souza said. “I’m really motivated for this year. I have all of the boys at home, Jadson (Andre), Miguel (Pupo) and Jihad (Khodr), so I’m just motivated because Jadson won the last contest (the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina). I’m excited because I was with him in Brazil and now he’s here with me.”
De Souza’s Round 2 victory was no easy task. The Brazilian standout topped defending event champion and current ASP Dream Tour No. 13 Fred Patacchia and 2009 ASP Dream Tour talents Nathaniel Curran (Oxnard, CA), 25, and Nic Muscroft (AUS), 27, who advanced in second, to move on to Round 3.
“It was a hard heat for sure,” De Souza said. “It’s like a four-man World Title event heat out there because all of those guys have been on tour. “
De Souza is especially inspired by close friend Jadson Andre’s (BRA), 20, win at the last ASP World Title event, the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina, and is hungry to post an impressive result at his new home-break of Lower Trestles now that he is calling Orange County, California his home.
“I’m happy to be here and this time is so important to me,” De Souza said. “After three events on the Dream Tour, it’s good to be here, this is my home now and it’s good to come back and sleep in my bed and have my friends at my home.”
Tomorrow morning will continue with the main round of 6.0 Lowers Pro competition with three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (Hanalei, HI), 31, California talent Dane Reynolds (Ventura, CA), 24, local standout Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 24, and Australian rookie Owen Wright (AUS), 20, still to surf their opening heats.
The ASP PRIME 6.0 Lowers Pro and ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior hold a waiting period from May 4 through 8, 2010. Watch the high-quality webcast with live video coverage and scoring at nike6lowerspro.com. For more about the Oakley Pro Junior, visit www.oakleyprojunior.com
The 6.0 Lowers Pro and Oakley Pro Junior wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of sponsors. A special thank you goes out to presenting sponsors Nike 6.0 and Oakley, co-sponsors Red Bull and Corralejo Tequila, and media sponsors Surfer (surfermag.com), Surfing (surfingthemag.com) and FUEL TV.
6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 96 Results:
Heat 1:Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.90, Nic Muscroft (AUS) 15.90, Fred Patacchia (HAW) 13.50, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 8.27
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.17, Ben Dunn (AUS) 11.13, Granger Larsen (HAW) 10.90, Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.17
Heat 3: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.26, T.J. Barron (HAW) 13.67, Jihad Khodr (BRA) 11.73, Roy Powers (HAW) 10.83
6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 128 Results:
Heat 1: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.67, Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.16, Andre Silva (BRA) 9.00, Pablo Paulino (BRA) 6.60
Heat 2: Granger Larsen (HAW) 15.00, T.J. Barron (HAW) 11.67, Masotashi Ohno (JPN) 11.64, Eneko Acero (EUK) 10.30
Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 10.63, Hugo Savalli (REU) 9.90, Marco Giorgi (URY) 9.83, Brad Ettinger (USA) 8.37
Heat 4: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 13.84, Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF) 12.77, Rhys Bombaci (AUS) 12.40, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 10.84
Heat 5: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 11.27, Mason Ho (HAW) 10.57, James Taipan Wood (AUS) 8.37, Jesse Merle-Jones (HAW) 7.83
Heat 6: Kai Barger (HAW) 15.44, Adam Robertson (AUS) 14.03, Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 13.67, Heath Joske (AUS) 7.17
Heat 7: Brian Toth (PRI) 12.37, Dylan Graves (PRI) 11.80, Kieran Horn (USA) 10.57, Brent Dorrington (AUS) 7.26
Heat 8: Eric Geiselman (USA) 15.16, Chris Waring (USA) 13.84, Royden Bryson (ZAF) 12.27, Luke Campbell (AUS) 10.90
Heat 9: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.67, Tonino Benson (HAW) 12.30, Warwick Wright (ZAF) 11.80, Jayke Sharp (AUS) 9.93
Heat 10: John John Florence (HAW) 13.23, Shaun Ward (USA) 13.17, Paulo Moura (BRA) 10.10, Romain Cloitre (FRA) 9.43
Heat 11:Joel Centeio (HAW) 17.10, Maxime Huscenot (REU) 13.86, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 13.53, Blake Wilson (AUS) 10.27
Heat 12: Cory Lopez (USA) 15.87, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 11.87, Yujiro Tsuji (JPN) 11.74, Corey Ziems (AUS) 10.84
Heat 13: Marcio Farney (BRA) 14.83, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 13.33, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.93, Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 12.40