ASP Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido: Lozano Scores A Perfect 10

The quarterfinalists have been decided at the 2010 ASP 4-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido in Mexico. Angelo Lozano of Mexico will never forget the day's events after scoring his first perfect 10.

Puerto Escondido 2010.  Photo: ASPAngelo Lozano, former ASP 2-Star event winner at Puerto Escondido, is once again in the lead at the infamous Mexican Pipeline.

Only sixteen surfers remain at the ASP 4-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido. Among them is Angelo Lozano, who barely escaped from his Round of 32 heat today, but locked in the day’s only perfect 10-point ride on a massive lefthand barrel with less than two minutes remaining in his heat.

“I was getting worried,” Lozano said. “I was looking for the good ones, for the barrels. If there were no open barrels, I was just going to go for a closeout."

Following Martinez's and Villaran's lead, Angelo Lozano found the perfect wave that would advance him to the Top 16.

"I saw Magnum (Martinez) and Gabriel (Villaran) catching good barrels, so I went and sat with them. I almost got caught by this huge set and then that left came. I barely caught it and barely made the drop and got spit out. I was stoked.”

Lozano was elated to score his first career Perfect 10 in front of his home crowd.

“I’ve never gotten a 10 before. It was just amazing. To go from losing the heat and then coming back and winning the heat, I’m just so stoked.”

Ricky Whitlock struggled to find a rhythm in his Round of 64 heat yesterday, but wasted no time in his Round of 32 heat today and effortlessly threaded through several Puerto Escondido bombs to take out his heat win while advancing through to the Quarterfinals.

The versatile goofy-footer is no stranger to the infamous beachbreak home to Puerto Escondido and feels comfortable in the barreling conditions after years of traveling to the small Mexican town.

“I’ve been coming down here my whole life,” Whitlock said. “I was down here last month for a couple of big swells, so I’m really comfortable with the waves down here, whereas with a lot of other competitors, you can see the fear in their eyes before they paddle out.”

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