Magnum Martinez leads round 4 of Vans El Ponto Loco

The Vans El Ponto Loco continued today with the completion of Round 4. The ASP North America Pro Junior Series Grade-2 event completed the first two rounds of competition today in the decreasing two-to-three foot (1metre) swell.

Magnum Martinez.  Copyright: Brent HillemannOnly the event’s top performers remain in the inaugural event held at Carlsbad’s Ponto beach, with 16 surfers remaining in the men’s ASP WQS division and 32 in the junior’s. Men’s and junior’s champions will be crowned tomorrow afternoon. Today’s action offered explosive surfing in both divisions, with Magnum Martinez (Caracas, VEN/Carlsbad, CA), 34, dominating Round 4 of the ASP WQS and Dillon Perillo (Malibu, CA), 18, posting the highest score of the event in Round 1 of the ASP North America Pro Junior contest.

Martinez issued big scores in Round 4 of men’s competition today, moving confidently into the Quarterfinals. The explosive regular-footer earned a 9.00 out of a possible 10 point score with clean top-to-bottom surfing on a left at Ponto today.

The standout performance by Martinez marks his third consecutive heat victory of the event. Although the Vans El Ponto Loco event has been fortunate enough to see good, contestable conditions throughout the event’s entirety, there has been a variety of conditions on offer each day with the changing of the tide and wind, none of which have effected Martinez’s performance.

The seasoned ASP WQS campaigner splits his time between Venezuela and the United States, competing on the North American and South American legs of the ASP WQS. Martinez is using this event as a warm up for his next event in South America.

Kieran Horn (Santa Cruz, CA), 33, put on a show in his Round 4 heat as well, besting current ASP World Tour surfer Ben Bourgeois (Wrightsville Beach, NC/Carlsbad, CA) and top seed Jason Collins (Santa Cruz, CA), 34, who advanced in second, to earn his spot in the Quarterfinals tomorrow.

Perillo, who has been a standout in both the men’s ASP WQS and the ASP Pro Junior Series events here at Ponto, earned the event’s top honors with the highest single wave score of a 9.75 out of 10 in the opening round of the Billabong Pro Junior this afternoon. The young regular-footer followed up with an 8.50, for an impressive heat total of 18.25 out of a possible 20 point score, the highest of the event. Perillo has been one to watch in both the men’s and junior’s events, eliminating former ASP World Tour veteran Shane Beschen (San Clemente, CA), 36, on his way to his men’s Quarterfinals berth. He has built up confidence by surfing in the early rounds of both events and feels it helps his cause against the competition. Perillo was eliminated from junior competition in Round 2 by North Shore charger John John Florence (North Shore, HI), 14, but will continue his ASP WQS campaign tomorrow in a stacked Quarterfinals heat against fellow ASP North America Pro Junior series standout Brent Reilly (Carlsbad, CA), 18, Collins and Kevin Kapsky (Oahu, HAW), 21.

Reilly, who will surf against Perillo tomorrow in the Quarterfinals, has also been a standout in the men’s ASP WQS 2-Star event. The Carlsbad native has used his local knowledge to advance through to the latter rounds of the ASP WQS and will compete in the Billabong Pro Junior tomorrow as well.

Competition will continue tomorrow with Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Junior at 8am local time. Champions in both the Vans El Ponto Loco and Billabong Pro Junior will be crowned tomorrow afternoon.


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Billabong Pro Junior: big scores posted on day 2

The Vans El Ponto Loco continued today, completing Round 2 and Round 3 of competition in two-to-four foot surf. Only 32 of the eventís top performers remain in the ASP World Qualifying Series 2-Star event, the sixth of nine ASP WQS contests held in North America.

Heath Walker.  Copyright: Brent Hillemann

Heath Walker leads opening rounds of Vans El Ponto Loco

The Inaugural Vans El Ponto Loco kicked off today in clean two-to-four foot (1 metre conditions). The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 2-Star event saw the completion of Round 1 and the first eight heats of Round 2.

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