Opening day with a lot of surf action: Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido 2009
On August 12th the opening day of the Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido 2009 took place in Mexico. The surf action continues on the 13th of August.
The opening day on August 12th of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido 2009 saw local surfers dominate the early rounds of competition in front of their home crowd, reveling in the early-morning three-to-four foot (1 metre) barreling surf to advance through to the latter rounds.
Surfers competing on the ASP WQS are out to gain the valuable ratings points on offer towards qualification for the 2009 ASP World Tour, with only 15 surfers advancing from the grueling series on to the prestigious ASP Dream Tour each following year. Once qualified, surfers earn the right to battle the world’s finest 45 competitive surfers in an attempt to claim the title of ASP World Champion.
Diego Cadena from Mexico utilized his local knowledge of Playa Zicatela to eliminate current 27 year old ASP World Tour surfer Timmy Reyes from California from competition by combining clean barrel-rides with strong finishing maneuvers to claim his Round one heat win.
“The conditions in that heat were hard because the current was moving all over the place and you have to move all of the time,” Cadena said. "Finally it cleaned up a little bit and I got that good right. Timmy Reyes got that good left and I was worried about my friend (Christian Corzo) and finally he got that nine and moved to second place, but it wasn’t that easy."
Although Puerto Escondido did not deliver perfect conditions for competitors today, Cadena still managed to capitalize on two solid scores in order to take out the heat win.
“The conditions are always changing, but here in Puerto, we get perfect barrels,” Cadena said. “I think this heat was about luck. I got lucky and got that eight-point-score and Corzo got that nine and I think Timmy just didn’t get any good waves, but that’s competition.”
Cadena is hoping that competing against the high level of talent on hand at the event will help him heighten his competitive skills.
Also assisting in Reyes’ early elimination was fellow Puerto Escondido local Christian Corzo from Mexico who was awarded a nine-point-ride, the day’s highest single wave score, for a lengthy forehand barrel ride while advancing in second behind Cadena.
19 year old Ashton Madeley from California matched the day’s highest single wave score of a nine out of possible ten in the last minute of his heat to advance through to Round three with a long forehand barrel to finish behind Chilean ripper Manuel Selman, 19 years old and eliminating young Hawaiian Tyler Newton, also 19 years old.
“I was feeling really bummed in the middle of that heat, I only had a one-point heat total,” Madeley said. “Then, all of a sudden, that wave came and it was just perfect. All I had to do was just stand there, it was sick.”
The Santa Cruz local is currently enjoying his first trip to the ‘Mexican Pipeline’ and his been spending the last six weeks acclimating to the conditions which are drastically different from his home town.
“This is my first time to Puerto Escondido and I’ve been here since July 7th,” Madeley said. “It’s coming up on six weeks, so I’ve had a little time to get used to it. This place is amazing, you can’t really beat it.”
After running the first two heats of Round two, event officials opted to call the remainder of the day’s competition off due to unfavorable winds, but action will pick back up with Heat three of Round two at 7am local time on the 13th of August.
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