Billabong Rio Pro
ASP World Championship Tour Event No. 3 of 10
ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Event No. 5 of 7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 9 – 20, 2012
aspworldtour.com
wctbrasil.com/rio12/

ARPOADOR, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Wednesday, May 9, 2012) – The 2012 Billabong Rio Pro, Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, kicked off competition at the secondary venue of Arpoador this morning and the event’s top seeds dominated the clean two-to-four foot (1.5 metre) lefthanders on offer for Round 1.

Defending Billabong Rio Pro Champion, Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, navigated his way through the Arpoador lineup to take out a close Round 1 victory over Kai Otton (AUS), 32, and fellow countryman Willian Cardoso (BRA), 26.

Former world number two, Jordy Smith (ZAF) of South Africa was another strong performer, advancing to Round 3 with a comfortable heat win over 2001 World Champion CJ Hobgood (USA) and fellow American, Pat Gadauskas (USA).

Of the 12 Men's heats surfed, seven Australians advanced with wins today. They included Josh Kerr (AUS), Owen Wright (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS), Taj Burrow (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Joel Parkinson (AUS).

Following the late withdrawal of reigning 11-time ASP World Champion and current frontrunner Kelly Slater (USA), from the Billabong Rio Pro, Parkinson is one of many in a position to take the lead in the race for 2012 crown.

Rounding out today’s Round 1 winners were Miguel Pupo (BRA), 20, Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Alejo Muniz (BRA).

When men’s competition resumes, up first will be Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, against main event wildcard, Peterson Crisanto (BRA), in Heat 1 of the elimination Round 2.
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While the men’s opening round was dominated by top seeds, the Women’s Billabong Rio Pro opening round saw a variety of results from the ASP Top 17.

Event wildcard Alessa Quizon (HAW), 18, was responsible for the upset of the day, relegating four-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP frontrunner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), to Round 2 while California rookie Lakey Peterson (USA), 17, earned the day’s highest individual wave score.

Quizon, who entered the Billabong Rio Pro via a trials victory, continued her form at Arpoador in the women’s main event, carving through two lefthanders to advance directly to Round 3 of competition, narrowly edging out Gilmore in the process.

Gilmore remained characteristically gracious despite the narrow defeat, signing autographs for her scores of fans on the beach. The current frontrunner will face replacement surfer Melanie Bartels (HAW), 30, in Round 2 of competition.

Lakey Peterson took top honors in Round 1 of women’s competition, earning the day’s highest score of 9.77 out of 10 for several backhand blasts to take out an all-American affair over Courtney Conlogue (USA), 19, and Sage Erickson (USA), 20.

“It’s tricky out there and the waves have been slowing down this afternoon,” Peterson said. “It was a really exciting heat and Courtney (Conlogue) and Sage (Erickson) are amazing surfers and it went back and forth so many times. I had a slow start so I was really aggressive towards the back half of the heat. You really had to be selective and when the set came you had to be on it. It’s always fun to be in heats like that. On my 9, it was just a really good wave and I scratched for position on it.”

Carissa Moore (HAW), 19, Rebecca Woods (AUS), 27, Tyler Wright (AUS), 18, and Malia Manuel (HAW), 18, rounded out the field with opening round wins of their own.

When women’s competition resumes, up first will be Paige Hareb (NZL), 21, and Pauline Ado (FRA), 21, in Round 1 of the elimination Round 2.

The event would like to apologize to all its fans for the technical difficulties that prevented a solid webcast from streaming for most of the morning. ASP technicians are working with event staff to enhance the production and ensure streaming is improved for the remainder of the event.

Highlights from today’s Billabong Rio Pro will be available at billabongpro.com

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am at Arpoador to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.

For additional ASP information log on to aspworldtour.com

The Billabong Rio Pro is proudly supported by Monster Energy Drink and Xperia Sony Mobile Smartphone.


BILLABONG RIO PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.86, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.23, Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.56
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.57, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.24, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.53
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.60, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.20, Taylor Knox (USA) 6.03
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.80, Kai Otton (AUS) 14.53, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 11.40
Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.16, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.20, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 9.53
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.00, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.23, Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.14, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.74, Brett Simpson (USA) 11.56
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.00, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.24, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 11.30
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.34, Travis Logie (ZAF), 13.87, Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.53
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.90, Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.17, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.57
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.84, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.17, Heitor Alves (BRA) 9.37
Heat 12: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.93, Adam Melling (AUS) 12.57, John John Florence (HAW) 9.16

UPCOMING BILLABONG RIO PRO ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 4: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 5: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 6: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 9: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

BILLABONG RIO PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.50, Sage Erickson (USA) 14.54, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.03
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.77, Justine Dupont (FRA) 8.33, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.27
Heat 3: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.10, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.93, Sarah Mason (NZL) 9.27
Heat 4: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 14.17, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.07, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 6.67
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.63, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 5.80, Coco Ho (HAW) 0.27
Heat 6: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.66, Laura Enever (AUS) 11.10, Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.77

BILLABONG RIO PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Paige Hareb (NZL) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Justine Dupont (FRA)
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Sarah Mason (NZL)

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