SuperSurf ASP World Masters 2011: Quarterfinalists Decided

With time winding down in the waiting period, the sportís most legendary surfers battled through a marathon day at the 2011 SuperSurf ASP World Masters Championships.

Victor Ribas.  Photo: ASP/Cestari After an exciting day of surfing, the quarterfinalists of the 2011 SuperSurf ASP World Masters Championships have been decided.

Shaun Tomson continued his rampage in the Grand Masters division, earning the day’s highest heat total of 15.90 with stylish backhand surfing to move one step closer to a potential ASP World Grand Masters title.

“Yes, I’m thrilled to be into the Quarterfinals,” said Shaun Tomson. “I was nervous about that last heat because today there’s a ridge running through the wave that makes it difficult on your backhand, but I did what I needed to do, and I’m ecstatic to be in the quarters!”

Possibly overshadowing Shaun Tomson is Brazilian Victor Ribas, who has led the charge in the Masters division by qualifying for the Quarterfinals with five consecutive heat victories, making him the favorite entering the elimination rounds.

“When I started this contest I was very worried,” said Victor Ribas. “Then I just kept doing well. I am so happy to be winning and to go to the quarterfinals. The waves have been hard, and we all hope for good waves tomorrow.”

Besides Victor Ribas, Guilherme Herdy was another Brazilian to ignite the small, tricky conditions on offer at Arpoador to take three heat victories to earn his spot in the Quarterfinals.

“It feels so good and I’m so happy to be here doing this contest with all the Masters,” Herdy said.”It’s a very special time for me. To have this result is amazing. I hope to keep doing well, and have some more wins.”

Shea Lopez of the USA edged his way in to the SuperSurf ASP World Masters Quarterfinals when he defeated his heroes Luke Egan, Mark Occhilupo, and Tom Curren via a countback.

Michael Ho was another Grand Masters competitor to prevail over the small conditions on his backhand at the 2011 SuperSurf ASP World Masters Championships in Arpoador.

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