- 04 September 2013 | Surfing
The world's best surfers have opened the Sata Airlines Azores Pro 2013, at Santa Barbara Beach, in Sao Miguel.
Filipe Toledo built momentum throughout the 30-minute exchange to culminate with the first perfect 10 of the event. With an excellent backup score of an 8.33, Toledo takes top honors on this opening day of competition.
"It was super exciting! I was waiting for the big sets to express my surfing and what I love to do", explains Toledo.
"I was paddling back out when I heard everyone whistle for that set, I started on the left, did a couple good turns and finished with a big air. I'm thankful for that 10 point wave, now I'm feeling comfortable and excited for the next round!"
Evan Geiselman netted one of the top scores of the first round, an excellent 9.00 point ride for his smooth but radical rail surfing on the small shoulders on offer.
Perfectly in tune with the conditions, Geiselman advanced ahead of current Top 34 resident Alejo Muniz.
"I'm from Florida, I grew up surfing this kind of waves everyday so I'm really familiar with the conditions and I'm really happy to be in Azores", says Geiselman.
"I wish we could get some swell this place is absolutely amazing, the last few years I've been here it's been fun, so yeah I'm happy to be back and if it's just like now I hope I can keep being in rythmn. I have a good board, it's a Matt Biolos Mayhem, pretty old but it's working really good."
Brett Simpson managed to get himself out of a tricky situation in the first heat of the day, finding an excellent wave in the dying moments to score an 8.63 and move onto the second round.
"I started with a 5 and a 4.6 and I felt like that's ok, I just wanted to have a quik start," Simpson said.
"Then I heard Nate got a 6 and Perth got like an 8, so my theory didn't pan out that great! With 6mn to go I kind of counted myself out, but I was able to sneak down a little bit and I got the next left which was an 8.6. I knew they were out there, I just needed to find the right wave."
Sata Airlines Azores Pro 2013 Round of 96 Results:
Perth Standlick (AUS) 17.10, Brett Simpson (USA) 14.23, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.64, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 9.63
Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.10, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 12.00, Luke Davis (USA) 10.33, Mason Ho (HAW) 9.37
Santiago Muniz (ARG) 13.63, Cooper Chapman (USA) 13.43, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 11.80, Dillon Perillo (USA) 10.70
Evan Geiselman (USA) 16.33, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.10, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 9.90, Manuel Selman (CHL) 9.73
Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.00, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 10.86, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 10.20, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 7.86
Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.60, Davey Cathels (AUS) 13.57, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 9.96, Romain Cloitre (FRA) 7.67
Cory Arrambide (USA) 14.74, Steven Pierson (PYF) 13.16, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 9.60, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 8.64
Adam Melling (AUS) 14.50, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 12.40, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 12.00, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 8.17
Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.70, Messias Felix (BRA) 14.43, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 14.13, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 9.47
Marco Fernandez (BRA) 17.04, Brian Toth (PRI) 12.90, Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.07, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 9.70
Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 16.20, Torrey Meister (HAW) 14.06, Matt Banting (AUS) 12.83, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 10.07
Billy Stairmand (NZL) 12.10, C.J Hobgood (USA) 11.06, Thomas Woods (AUS) 10.64, Jacome Correia (PRT) 6.40
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.33, Joan Duru (FRA) 14.90, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 10.77, Medi Veminardi (REU) 9.60
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 16.90, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 13.40, Chris Friend (AUS) 12.60, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.57
Keanu Asing (HAW) 16.93, Vicente Romero (ESP) 14.93, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.87, Sidney Guimaraes (BRA) 11.64
Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 15.60, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 14.03, Tim Reyes (USA) 13.46, Jack Freestone (AUS) 10.77