- 26 July 2011 | Surfing
The most experienced surfers in the world have kicked off the SuperSurf ASP World Masters Championships officially at the lefthand pointbreak of Arpoador, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The highly-anticipated return of the event for the first time in seven years brings the iconic names and legends of history of surfing. Tom Curren, 46, former three-time ASP World Champion, will be ready to hunt down the title.
"I clearly remember being in South Africa in 1981 and seeing these guys surf those two contests," Curren said. "I was so impressed. I feel fortunate to have been a part of that next generation. I came in at a good time."
Gary ‘Kong’ Elkerton, 46, a three-time ASP World Masters Champion, will be in the hunt for his fourth ASP World Masters Crown and is currently enjoying the opportunity to reunite with his compatriots who all contributed to changing the face of contemporary surfing.
"Looking out into the room, I see Ian (Cairns), PT (Pete Townend), Simon (Anderson), Fitzy (Terry Fitzgerald)... the guys that created the Tour," Elkerton said. "Then we came along, and all we had to do was step into it. They started it and we took it to another level and changed the lines."
Daniel Friedmann helped pave the way for the next generation of Brazilian surfers and was quick to express the importance of remembering surfing’s past champions to preserve the history of the sport.
"This is so important to the history of Brazil and the history of surfing," Friedmann said. "When we were doing the Tour, we were looked down on, but now to be recognized as legends in the sport is putting value on it. By putting value on the history, you put value on the future."
Barton Lynch, Derek Ho, Mark Occhilupo, Shaun Tomson, Wayne Bartholomew, Peter Townend, Cheyne Horan and Terry Richardson will also be in it for the victory.
SUPERSURF ASP WORLD MASTERS ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Barton Lynch (AUS), Rob Bain (AUS), Flavio Padaratz (BRA), Richard Lovett (AUS)
Heat 2: Gary Elkerton (AUS), Brad Gerlach (USA), Richie Collins (USA), Guilherme Herdy (BRA)
Heat 3: Derek Ho (HAW), Victor Ribas (BRA), Kaipo Jaquias (HAW), Jojo Olivenca (BRA)
Heat 4: Tom Curren (USA), Jake Paterson (AUS), Shea Lopez (USA), Renan Rocha (BRA)
Heat 5: Mark Occhilupo (AUS), Fabio Gouveia (BRA), Marty Thomas (USA), TBA
Heat 6: Luke Egan (AUS), Peterson Rosa (BRA), Nathan Webster (AUS), TBA