What: Rip Curl Boardmasters Where: Fistral Beach Newquay England When: 4 - 9 August 2008
Paulino leads international contingent through to Round 4 of Rip Curl Boardmasters. Watch the action LIVE here!
Day three of the Rip Curl Boardmasters saw twelve heats take place in good one-metre waves yesterday at Fistral Beach.
From the 48 competitors who paddled out for Round 3, only 24 remain in contention for the prestigious ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star crown and the winner's valuable 2000 ratings' points. Pablo Paulino (BRA), reigning ASP World Junior Champion, closed Round 3 with the highest heat score of the event so far to defeat Rip Curl team rider Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Eric Rebiere (FRA) and Luke Cheadle (AUS).
"So stoked to get through that one with such big scores", Paulino said. "The waves were fun and I just went for big turns and ended up winning. I hope I can keep things going this way for Round 4 and further."
It will be a truly global Round 4, with representatives from Europe, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and America battling it out to take the top podium spot.
"It was fun and the waves definitely remained good enough to get that round done", said USA qualifier Brett Simpson. "It is probably one of the best events this year with yesterday being excellent and today being good so I am pretty happy. When you are surfing at the end of a day you want to get the judges' attention. I wanted to put a bit of variety in my surfing and these waves allowed some tricks so it is one of my goals to be able to get these moves done during my heats."
The European contingent saw just three of its ten representatives get through to Round 3, with Marlon Lipke (DEU), Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) and Patrick Beven (FRA) all winning their respective wins with solid performances.
"Few waves came in during that heat but I know the place well and I have some tactics for this kind of conditions", Beven said. "I usually rely a lot on my backside surfing so chase lefthanders and it paid off this morning. I have been training a lot with Jeremy (Flores), Miky (Picon) and Tiago (Pires) to prepare for that leg and I feel fit and ready to get results. It is always good as well to compete in Europe and have a little break from all trips around the world. We are far from the end of the year and big events coming up so I will take it heat by heat."
With ten Australians making it through to Round 4 today, the Aussies will have more chances than any other nation to have a champion at the Rip Curl Boardmasters this year. In the last four years, the coveted crown has been won by one American, two South Africans and a Brazilian. The last Aussie to win was Bede Durbidge (AUS), curent ASP World Tour No. 3, back in 2003.
Round 4 competitors will meet at 1pm today to assess conditions and make a call.
Upcoming Round 4 Match-Ups Heat 1: Dion Atkinson (AUS), Marlon Lipke (DEU), Jarrad Sullivan (AUS) Heat 2: Gavin Roberts (ZAF), David Weare (ZAF), Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) Heat 3: Patrick Beven (FRA), Leigh Sedley (AUS), Marco Polo (BRA) Heat 4: Jay Quinn (NZL), Chris Davidson (AUS), Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) Heat 5: Pedro Henrique (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Nathan Hedge (AUS) Heat 6: Yadin Nicol (AUS), Bobby Hansen (NZL), Brett Simpson (USA) Heat 7: Brent Dorrington (AUS), Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS) Heat 8: Diego Rosa (BRA), Nic Muscroft (AUS), Pablo Paulino (BRA)