SuperSurf ASP World Masters 2011: Round 1 Heats Up

The 2011 SuperSurf ASP World Masters Championships is off to a great start with some fiery eliminations in Round 1. Guilherme Herdy and Mark Occhilupo gave excellent performances to survive the round.

SuperSurf ASP World Masters Championships 2011.  Photo: ASP/CestariThe opening day of the 2011 SuperSurf ASP World Masters Championships saw some of the sport’s most iconic names contribute timeless performances to complete Round 1 at Rio de Janeiro’s lefthand pointbreak of Arpoador.

The SuperSurf ASP World Masters Championships will crown ASP World Champions in two divisions: the Masters (ages 36-49) and the Grand Masters (50 and over). Competition will follow a round robbin format as the surfers gain points through five non-elimination rounds and attempt to qualify for the man-on-man Quarterfinals.

Guilherme Herdy, who is a former ASP World Tour veteran, opened his campaign for the SuperSurf ASP World Masters Title in striking fashion. The Brazilian goofy-footer displayed electric forehand surfing to garner the day’s highest heat total of 14.10 out of 20 and crucial points to begin his campaign.

"The most important thing is the feeling everybody has in the water," said Herdy. "They respect each other. You try to do the best on the wave, but keep the good feeling at the same time. It’s nice."

Mark Occhilupo opened his SuperSurf ASP World Masters account with a Round 1 victory over Brazilians Fabio Silva, Fabio Gouveia and Hawaiian Marty Thomas. The powerful goofy-footer has finaled at the Brazilian lefthander of Arpoador once before and returned in dangerous form on the event’s opening day.

“It feels great being back in Brazil,” Occhilupo said. “Obviously, I won my World Title here in Rio, so it’s great to be back.”

Flavio Padaratz, brother of former ASP World Tour campaigner Neco Padaratz, was another Brazilian to take a Round 1 heat victory. Padaratz topped former ASP World Champion Barton Lynch and was elated to be back in the water with some friendly rivalry.

Tom Curren, former three-time ASP World Champion, admitted that the small conditions at Arpoador were tricky to navigate on his backhand, but is excited about a potential rise in swell later in the week.

“The waves are a bit small today, but it should pick up a little later in the week,” Curren said. “It’s really fun to be here, it’s a beautiful day. Bit of an advantage for the goofy footers, still fun to get the first heat out of the way.”

The waiting period for the SuperSurf ASP World Masters Championships runs from July 26 through 31, 2011.

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