- 05 September 2013 | Surfing
Great waves continued to pump at Santa Barbara Beach, Sao Miguel Island, as the Sata Airlines Azores Pro 2013 sees the last 24 surfers paddling for the finals.
Brett Simpson wasted no time to open his wave account, netting an excellent 8.00 point ride, right on his first wave. He then kept chasing the beautiful lefts on offer away from his competitors to eventually net a near perfect 9.13 and seal the deal.
"That's all rythmn right there, I picked to surf a little better wave away from the crowd and there was a couple lefts," Simpson said. "It's probably one of the better heats all together I've had in a while. It felt nice and luckily we got some fun, clean little waves".
"This wave tends to trick you, you see it outside and then it moves back and forth, so I was just trying to stick to the lefts, I like to use my backhand when it's small."
Alejo Muniz opened fire first in the second round this afternoon, netting an excellent 9.17 out of 10 for his flawless surfing on the beautiful peaks on offer at Praia de Santa Barbara.
"I had a really tough heat yesterday on the high tide," stated Muniz. "You always want to surf well, wether you make it or not, so my strategy today was to just surf better and put together two big scores".
"My brother and I are starting to travel together now that he's on the Star tour and he's doing good I'm impressed. He's been coaching me since january and it's been great!", he adds.
Sata Airlines Azores Pro 2013 Round of 48 Matchups:
Miguel Pupo (BRA), Granger Larsen (HAW), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Damien Hobgood (USA)
Ezekiel Lau (BRA), Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), Frederico Morais (PRT), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Conner Coffin (USA), Charles Martin (GLP), Jay Thompson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Lincoln Taylor (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS), David Do Carmo (BRA), Nathan Hedge (AUS)
Sata Airlines Azores Pro 2013 Round of 48 Results:
Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.47, Cooper Chapman (USA) 15.16, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 13.77, Perth Standlick (AUS) 8.43
Brett Simpson (USA) 17.13, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 13.43, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 12.40, Evan Geiselman (USA) 9.40
Kolohe Andino (USA) 17.27, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.87, Steven Pierson (PYF) 15.37, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 14.60
Ryan Callinan (AUS) 16.03, Adam Melling (AUS) 15.10, Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.06, Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.20
C.J Hobgood (USA) 16.43, Marco Fernandez (BRA) 15.50, Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.96, Torrey Meister (HAW) 13.50
Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 14.73, Brian Toth (PRI) 13.84, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 13.83, Messias Felix (BRA) 13.40
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.70, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 14.17, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.10, Vicente Romero (ESP) 11.87
Joan Duru (FRA) 14.87, Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.57, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 12.03, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.97