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ARPOADOR BEACH, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Tuesday, October 05, 2010) – The
Rio Surf Pro International presented by Oakley began at 7:50 am on the
Marvelous City but, due to a strong southwest wind, the contest was
called to a stand by around 11am after the 10th heat, being restarted
at 13pm finishing 16 of 24 heats scheduled for the first day.
Placed at the spot that is renowned as the birthplace of Brazilian
Surf, The ASP 6 Star event began with 122 surfers from 12 countries,
having the top seeds to start competing only on the Round of 96,
starting on Wednesday at 7 am.
Ulisses Meira won the opening heat of the Rio Surf Pro International
presented by Oakley but Adrien Toyon, from Reunion Island, had set the
highlight of the day. The waves were small with sets taking a long time
to come at Arpoador. On the fourth heat of the day he defeated three
Brazilians, posting a 7.17 score and a total heat score of 13.50 points
out of 20 possible. Erbeliel Andrade came in second.
“I’ve been to Brazil before but it’s my first time here in Rio de
Janeiro. I really liked the city and hope to get good waves here”, said
Adrien Toyon. “I’m happy because I managed to find some waves in the
heat, despite being smaller than the previous days”.
Only Halley Batista overcame one of Adrien Toyon´s highlights,
scoring a 7.5 pts with a strong backside close out reentry on the
biggest wave surfed in the morning. Cesar Aguiar won the fight for
second place against Sydney Guimaraes.
In addition to Adrien Toyon, five foreign surfers qualified to meet
the top seeded surfers in the Round of 96. Trinidad Tobago’s Chris
Dennis was turned down at the first day but Jason Torres (CRI) defeated
three Brazilians.
Hawaiian Gavin Gillette also started winning and Mexico’s Angelo
Lozano did not need to compete on the 10th battery because two athletes
did not attend, qualifying Lozano straight to the next round along with
Pedro Husadel. Jatyr Berasaluce (ESP) and Carlos Munoz (CRI) advanced
in second place in their heats.
So far, nobody has managed to overcome the “local hero” Simao Romao
at home. The local from Arpoador beach has won two editions of the Rio
Surf Pro International presented by Oakley and is very confident of a
third title.
“I don’t think I have to prove anything to anyone anymore. I’ve won
two championships, it’s my home break and off course I will try to win
again”, said Romao. “I’ll try to give my best to keep the Trophy at
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