PUERTO ESCONDIDO, Oaxaca/Mexico - Brazilians Denis Tihara (BRA), 25, and Junior Faria (BRA), 23, led competitors through massive 10-to-12 foot (3-4 metre) surf at the iconic Mexican Pipeline by posting perfect 10 point rides at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido.
After running eight heats of the Round of 64 throughout the morning, today’s action saw Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido organizers put the event on hold until this evening to capitalize on the return of ideal winds while running four more heats to close out the day.
Denis Tihara posted the first perfect 10 point ride of the event by wisely navigating through a massive barrel while competing in his first event at his first event at the Puerto Escondido.
“When I first got in the water I took those massive sets on the head,” Tihara said. “Luckily, when I finally got out the back I was in perfect position. The first two waves of the set came in and then I got that perfect one. I’m so happy to have gotten a perfect score in my first event at Puerto.”
Junior Faria snatched the second perfect score of the day after locking into a perfect lefthand set. The Brazilian natural-footer unleashed a clean backhand carve before pulling into a gigantic barrel that offered a flawless exit.
“I was just pretty lucky to find a left,” Faria said. “At the beginning I didn’t think it was going to open up, I thought it was just a big closeout, but I guess I got lucky that it opened up all the way, I’m stoked.”
The flawless ride helped Faria claim the highest heat total of the event, a solid 17.60 out of 20.
Faria, who is recently claimed his first major ASP win, an ASP 5-Star event this past June, has a newfound confidence since the maiden victory and his top form was evident in today’s performance.
“Taking the win in Brazil definitely helped me build confidence throughout this year,” Faria said. “It’s easy to get used to losing in events, once you start winning heats, it really helps your mindset.”
Tyler Newton (Kauai, HI), 20, took a ridiculous flogging while paddling out for the opening heat of the day and after a two-wave hold-down and a broken board, both on separate paddle-out attempts, the fearless young Hawaiian locked into two beautiful waves to advance through to the Round of 32.
“It’s definitely a different element out there than most contests,” Newton said. “This morning, when we paddled out, I had a two have hold-down and I through I was going to drown. On our second paddle out, I broke my board and had to come in again. I got another board and when I got out there it started to really clean up and there were some pretty insane waves out there. Once you’re out there, it’s pretty amazing.”
Newton, who is a standout on the ASP North America Pro Junior series, is hoping to capitalize on his familiarity of heavy surf to post a solid result at this year’s Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido while establishing himself on the new ASP World Ranking.
“This is a great way for me to get points on the One World Rating,” Newton said. “Being from Hawaii, the waves are similar and that’s why I came here.”
Event organizers at the Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido will reconvene at 7am for a possible 7:30 start. For all of the LIVE action log on to www.quiksilver.com/puerto
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Heat 1: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.90, Tyler Newton (HAW) 13.75, Cristobal De Col (PER) 10.35, Charles Martin (GLP) 8.50
Heat 2: Gabriel Billaran (PER) 9.65, Julio Nurse (VEN) 2.25, Andrew Bennett (USA) 0, Caue Wood (BRA) 0
Heat 3: Peter Mel (USA) 12.10, Angelo Lozano (MEX) 11.50, Liam McNamara (HAW) 8.90, Edrick Dalwin (USA) 0
Heat 4: Denis Tihara (BRA) 14.90, Magnum Martinez (VEN), 12.50, Jeronimo Vargas (BRA) 4.00
Heat 5: Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 11.80, Nils Schweizer (USA) 11.40, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 8.25, Michele Veronesi (MEX) 0
Heat 6: Mark Healy (HAW) 15.40, Guilhermo Satt (CHL) 10.10, Lucas Santamaria (USA) 6.50, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 0
Heat 7: Sean Hayes (USA) 13.30, Casey Brown (HAW) 10.15, Jensen Callaway (USA) 6.75, Gilbert Brown (CRI) 5.80
Heat 8: Oscar Moncada (MEX) 14.15, Diego Cadena (MEX) 13.25, Chad Compton (USA) 8.60, Matt Johnson (USA) 6.90
Heat 9: Brian Toth (PRI) 13.55, Federico Pilurzu (CRI) 3.65, Landon McNamara (HAW) 0, Makai McNamara (HAW) 0
Heat 10: Junior Faria (BRA) 17.60, Carlos “Coco” Nogales (MEX) 12.05, Brett Barley (USA) 7.25, Andan Hernandez (MEX) 3.25
Heat 11: Leandro Usuna (ARG) 11.75, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 9.65, Carlos Goncalvez (ECU) 9.40, Thiago Guimares (BRA) 9.25