Jadson Andre Wins Cascais Billabong Pro, Adam Melling Claims Moche Series, Jeremy Flores Crowned European Champion

Jadson Andre Wins Cascais Billabong Pro

Jadson Andre Wins Cascais Billabong ProThe podium of the inaugural Cascais Billabong Pro ©ASP/Masurel

PRAIA DE CARCAVELOS, Cascais – Portugal (Saturday, October 26, 2013) – Jadson Andre (BRA) 23, has won the ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro in clean three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at the iconic praia de Carcavelos, in an one-way final over Conner Coffin (USA) 20.

Last event of the Moche Series, this event also crowned Adam Melling (AUS) 28, as the Cascais Trophy winner and rewarded him an extra US$50,000 prizemoney. And finally on the very last day of the European leg of events, it was Jeremy Flores (FRA) 25 that was crowned the 2013 ASP European Champion.

Jadson Andre (BRA) 23, came exploding right out of the gates in the final, building on all his scores ultimately belting a perfect 10 point ride, the second of the event, for an incredibly long barrel on his frontside to seal the deal.

“This is amazing, Portugal is a very special place for me,” Andre stated. “I was ISA world champion here, when I qualified in 2009 I was 100% sure after the Azores and right now I was needing a big result and a win over here is going to be really important again. I’ve been training a lot, working out and trying a lot of boards, so to win that contest is a special moment.”

A former WCT surfer for three seasons, Andre with this result builds a strong season tally towards requalification for next year’s elite Top32. The talented Brazilian will need to finish strong in the Hawaiian leg to guarantee a coveted ticket for 2014.

“I feel relieved way more that I can explain,” Andre continued. “There’s still two events left in Hawaii, I know I’m really close but I don’t want to speak too fast. I want to go to Hawaii and try to surf my best. I made my goal for the year, that was to go there without needing too big a result.”

Conner Coffin (USA) 20, had an almost perfect run into the Cascais Billabong Pro, fighting his way to the final and eliminating many top level athletes along the way. Coffin has displayed his progressive surfing repertoire and barrel technique all-week, netting some impressive heat totals.

“It feels insane, once I got to the quarter-finals I was so stoked,” Coffin said. “When I got that score in the semi and made the final I was tripping, it felt like I won the contest ! I’m stoked for Jadson, I really wanted to win but I kind of had a shocker in the final. It’s still a huge confidence booster for me, biggest result of my career I’m stoked.”

One of the top juniors on the ASP International scene, Coffin fell short of finding the necessary opportunities in his first ever final of a major ASP event and finished runner-up. With this result under the belt, Coffin catapults to the 36th position on the World Rankings before the final two Prime events of the season.

“Honestly I have so over-achieved my goals this year, I don’t give too much importance to the world rankings,” Coffin continued. “But obviously I’m going to keep going in each heat and try to do my best, and improve my surfing. If I can get another big result and make the WCT that’d just be insane.”

Carlos Munoz (CRI) 20, was in a devastating form throughout the whole event, consistently posting some of the highest scores for some incredible aerial manoevers. Munoz eliminated Mitch Crews (AUS) 23, on his way to the semi-finals with a near-perfect kerrupt flip rewarded by a 9.57 out of 10.

“I saw the wind switch and I’ve been training a lot doing big airs,” Munoz explained. “The only way to beat those guys is giving your best, I just don’t want to go home feeling I haven’t tried everything. I’m just super happy I landed my airs, I can’t believe it !”

The talented Costa-Rican couldn’t unfortunately counter a last-minute attack by Coffin in the semis and placed equal third at the ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro, scalping his career-best result to date, and climbing up to the 45th spot on the World Rankings.

“It hurts to lose when you’re that close, but it’s all good !” Munoz continued. “I love surfing and I have fun competing, that’s the most important thing ! I’m super stoked, this is my best result ever. I’ve compared my surfing with all the best surfers, and I’m there it’s great. There’s plenty of surfers in Costa-Rica, watching the webcast and waking up early to support me so I’m stoked. I love to be able to speak about them and hopefully open the gate for more surfers from home.”

Jeremy Flores (FRA) 25, current World No.18, built momentum heat after heat today culminating when he found a long and clean barrel to score a 9.10 and eliminate other form-surfer of the event Adam Melling (AUS) 28.

“I felt lucky cause I got the best waves,” Flores stated. “That fun left came to me and I just did my turns, and tried to push as hard as I could. Adam for me was the strongest surfer in this event so I knew I had to stay close cause he could get an 8 or a 9 easy. ”

Flores, however was unable to find enough scoring opportunities in his semi-final encounter against Andre. Flores placed equal third and in the process clinched the 2013 ASP European Title when his closest competition Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) ended his run in the quarters.

“I didn’t come here expecting to fight for that title, all the European surfers have been surfing amazing all year,” Flores continued. “I think there should be more on tour, they’ve been surfing next level ! I want to dedicate this trophy to my grandfather who passed away just recently.”

Adam Melling (AUS) 28, former runner-up at the ASP Prime event in Azores earlier this summer, claimed the overall Moche Series, a local triple-crown like leg of events, to net a bonus prizemoney of US$50,000 and the prestige of being the most successful surfer of the Portuguese leg.

“I’m feeling amazing, I’ve got a wedding next year and my girlfriend will be pretty happy with that !” Melling said. “Over in Portugal I’ve done pretty good in the past and it’s good to get a couple of finals in the bag and win the trophy for sure ! The waves have been fun and we’ve always had some pretty powerful surf.”

Melling even got a taste of Portuguese perfection in his first heat today, starting on a fast and hollow righthander to net the first perfect 10 point ride of the event.

“I was a little bit anxious this morning and I was really keen to get out there,” Melling said. “That thing came to me I knew it was a bomb as soon as I looked at it, you could see it was going to tube pretty good, I was happy to get that 10 straight up !”

The ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro is scheduled from October 21-27, 2013 in Cascais, Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to aspeurope.com/cascais.

The Cascais Billabong Pro is supported by the Cascais City Council, Billabong, Turismo de Portugal, Moche, EDP, Buondi, Allianz, Jogos, Mini, Brisa, Hertz, Comboios de Portugal, TakeOFF, RTP, Surf Portugal, Cidade FM, FuelTV, Go-S.TV, Jornal i, Surf Onfire, Magicseaweed, Surf Europe and BeachCam among others.

CASCAIS BILLABONG PRO FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.50
2 – Conner Coffin (USA) 7.10

CASCAIS BILLABONG PRO SEMI-FINAL RESULTS:
SF1: Conner Coffin (USA) 13.34 def. Carlos Munoz (CRI) 13.20
SF2: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.14 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.44

CASCAIS BILLABONG PRO QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS:
QF1: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 16.57 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 8.23
QF2: Conner Coffin (USA) 14.43 def. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 13.66
QF3: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.67 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 8.44
QF4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.43 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.50

CASCAIS BILLABONG PRO ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 15.17 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 6.00
Heat 2: Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.76 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.20
Heat 3: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 10.67 def. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 9.10
Heat 4: Conner Coffin (USA) 16.40 def. C.J Hobgood (USA) 14.94
Heat 5: Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.57 def. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 9.70
Heat 6: Granger Larsen (HAW) 14.17 def. Kiron Jabour (HAW) 9.83
Heat 7: Adam Melling (AUS) 16.67 def. Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 9.26
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.30 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.24

Source: www.aspeurope.com

Kai Otton Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal pres. by Moche, ASP World Title Race Heads to Hawaii

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 17, 2013)Kai Otton (AUS), 33, has just won the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche in a hard-fought final over rookie Nat Young (USA), 22, in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at the primary venue of Supertubos.

Stop No.9 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche completed five rounds of action packed competition today, sending the 2013 ASP World Title Race to Hawaii before crowning Otton as event winner.

Otton’s victory would come at the hands of a wave-starved 30-minute final. The Australian would kick off the battle with the heat’s high score on his opening ride, building momentum in the tactical affair to eventually defeat Young in his first career ASP WCT event win.

“It’s the weirdest feeling ever, I just can’t comprehend it,” an ecstatic Otton said. “I really want to dedicate it to my Granddad, he passed away the year I qualified and never saw me on tour so this is for him. It seems like this event was a little bit of a grind, every heat the tide changed so dramatically you never really knew what was going to happen!”

Otton, who now sits at No. 7 on the ASP WCT Rankings following the victory, has been one of the most consistent surfers in 2013 and his road to victory in Portugal saw the Australian best a flock of the world’s best surfers. The goofy-footer was unstoppable on the final day of competition, defeating Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence (HAW), 20, two-time ASP World Champion and current rankings leader Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, and reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, en route to the final.

“One of the things that has changed for me this year is my girlfriend being pregnant, I’m pretty excited about that,” Otton continued. “It’s unbelievable, it’s the next chapter I’m really looking forward to. It’s amazing to have all of the support, all my home town of Tathra, my Mom and Dad who supported me all of my career. To get here is kind of a pinnacle for me.”

Nat Young, who secured the ASP Rookie of the Year title on his way to the final, had a stellar run throughout the event, earning his second final berth of the 2013 season. The Californian would stay busy in his 35 minute clash, but was unable to maintain his rhythm to surpass Otton and would finish runner-up.

“The whole final was really frustrating, I couldn’t really get one good wave,” Young said. “I’ve been searching up-and-down the beach for waves and I was exhausted in the end. It’s been a good day for sure, after getting that close a second place is heart-breaking for sure but it’s still a great result, and Rookie of the Year is amazing too.”

Young’s road to the final was also impressive, with the rookie topping Australian fly-boy Josh Kerr (AUS), 29, in the Semifinals and Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, in the Quarterfinals. The result propels Young into the Top 10 before the final event at Pipeline.

Josh Kerr was dominant on the final day of competition, posting two incredible rides while attaining the event’s high heat-total of 18.40 out of 20 in a Round 5 win over Taj Burrow (AUS), 35. Kerr managed to navigate through a tricky Quarterfinal heat, but would eventually fall to Young in the Semifinals.

“To look back on it, it’s a great result but a pretty frustrating kind of contest for me though,” Kerr stated. “I never really got a good rhythm going in any heat and kind of stumbled my way to the semis, it’s a little bit frustrating not being able to unleash out there and do what I wanted to do. Even in that one high-scoring heat, I got a 9 right at the start and it took me til the end to get my next good score.”

Joel Parkinson, reigning ASP World Champion, put in some solid heats to make his way to the Semifinals, defeating form surfers Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, and Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 25. Parkinson however was unable to put a stop to Otton’s efforts, and with an equal third place in Portugal, is officially out of the 2013 ASP World Title Race.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, further solidified his lead on the World Title Race, collecting a 5th place at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal pres. by Moche. Fanning looked poised to secure a third crown at Supertubos, but was unable to clinch an early third ASP World Title when he was defeated by Kai Otton in the Quarterfinals.

“It’s a bit frustrating, obviously I just wanted to surf and unfortunately it didn’t really happen,” Fanning said. “I’m stoked that I made some points here, it puts me in a better position going into Pipe and I’m excited to go to Hawaii. I’ll do the whole triple crown so this could be fun! I’ve had a lot of slow heats this year, snuck through a few, but you know every now and then one’s going to go your way. It probably made it a little bit more significant with what was on the line at that time.”

Entering the final stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater (USA), 41, remain in contention for the ASP World Title. Following Fanning’s fifth place at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Slater must win the Pipe Masters to surpass Fanning for the ASP World Title. If Slater is to win the event, Fanning must place 3rd or better to claim the title for himself.

All results, photos, videos and heats on-demand available via www.live.ripcurl.com

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kai Otton (AUS) 12.23
2 – Nat Young (USA) 11.03

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL SEMI-FINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.83 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.23
SF 2: Nat Young (USA) 14.07 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.66

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.07 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.90
QF 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 10.00 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.43
QF 3: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.54
QF 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.67 def. C.J Hobgood (USA) 8.56

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.17 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.10
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.60 def. John John Florence (HAW) 12.16
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.33 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.90
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.40 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.53

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.50, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.50, Kai Otton (AUS) 9.90
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.00, John John Florence (HAW) 11.70, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 4.74
Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 14.67, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.60, Josh Kerr (AUS) 6.46
Heat 4: C.J Hobgood (USA) 15.33, Taj Burrow (AUS) 9.30, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.17

Source: www.aspworldtour.com

Round 2 of Rip Curl Pro Portugal is ON, Round 3 on Stand-By

C.J Hobgood

C.J Hobgood
C.J Hobgood (USA) will take on Yadin Nicol (AUS) in the first heat of the day.

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Wednesday, October 16, 2013) – Contest organizers have called Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche ON starting at 8am this morning at the primary venue of Supertubos in Peniche. With improved conditions on offer, the third round of competition is on stand-by for later today.
Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal experienced major drama in the race for the ASP World Title during the first four Round 2 heats and the world’s best surfers will resume competition in improved conditions.

“This morning a new swell has brought 3-5Ft surf at Supertubos with light side-onshore winds,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge stated. “We’ll start the second round at 8am and have put the third round on stand-by. We’ll monitor the conditions and try to take advantage of the swell on offer.”

Up first when competition recommences will be C.J Hobgood (USA) against Yadin Nicol (AUS).

The Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com

REMAINING RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 5: C.J Hobgood (USA) vs Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 9: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 10: Brett Simpson (USA) vs Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 11: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 12: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs Kolohe Andino (USA)

Source: www.aspworldtour.com

Holding Pattern Continues at Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche

Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 27, uses the lay day to warm up for his Round 2 match against Fredrick Patacchia (HAW),
31, at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal pres. by Moche.

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Sunday, October 13, 2013) – Medium surf and unfavorable wind conditions have forced event organizers at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche to call a lay day for competition.

Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal completed Round 1 in clean conditions on the opening day of the competition window and will recommence when conditions improve.

“We had hopes this morning that the conditions would improve significantly throughout the day,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “But unfortunately the side-onshore wind has picked up and destroyed the lineup. We will be back early tomorrow with hopefully better waves on offer.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 7:45am to re-assess conditions for a potential 8am start.

When competition recommences, up first will be current ASP WCT No. 1 Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, against Fancisco Alves (PRT), 20 in the first heat of Round 2.

The Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com

UPCOMING RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Francisco Alves (PRT)

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)

Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Dillon Perillo (USA)

Heat 4: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 5: C.J Hobgood (USA) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)

Heat 9: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 10: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)

Heat 11: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 12: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)

Source: www.aspworldtour.com