Huscenot and Ribeiro Lights Up Day 2
The Santa Bárbara beach, once again, deliver perfect 3-to-5-foot waves, allowing the competitors to show high quality surf on the second day of the Prime he ASP Prime SATA Azores Pro presented by Sumol. Current Qualification Series (QS) No. 20 and recent Quarterfinalist at the Vans US Open of Surfing and Soöruz Lacanau Pro, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 22, kept the ball rolling and secured a spot in the fifth round of competition. Huscenot took top honors on Day 2, consistently scoring in the excellent range for both exceptional rail-surfing and a fine aerial repertoire.
Maxime Huscenot (FRA) Huscenot found the perfect canvas to express his surfing. “That left is super fun and I love to surf on my backside,” Huscenot said. “I knew the backwash today would come into play so I changed boards and I’m stoked 'cause this one is a gem as well. I’m pretty patient, I know two scores is all you need and I focused on selecting the best options out there.” Sitting on a solid two-wave total in his non-elimination heat, Huscenot loosened up to let his inner aerialist come out. He launched into a high-speed backside rotation landing perfectly to net a 9.67 and leave his two opponents in a combination situation.
Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 19, continued his successful campaign in Sao Miguel, managing to come out on top in a difficult matchup against current rankings leader Matt Banting (AUS), 20, and former event champion Tomas Hermes (BRA), 27. “I’m feeling really good and stoked to get a couple fun waves today again,” Ribeiro said. “To win heats here is even more appreciated because I have family and friends along and I hope the waves keep coming to me in the latter rounds.”
Joan Duru (FRA) 25, advanced into the fifth round of competition as well, a season first for the young Frenchman who has struggled to find his rhythm so far in 2014. “I haven’t had a result for some time, and my confidence levels weren’t too high to be honest,” Duru reflected. “That 9.00 this morning really got me back into it, and to win again this afternoon against guys like Willian (Cardoso) and my friend Ramzi (Boukhiam) is cool.” Duru destroyed the clean righthanders on offer, to post one of the highest single wave scores of the day, an impressive 9.33 out of 10. Regaining confidence in Azores, he will be one to watch when the event resumes.
Up first when the event starts again will be Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 28, vs. Frederico Morais (PRT) 22.
- Link: SATA Azores Pro 2014
- Photo credit: Rui Oliveira