Nic Muscroft

The ASP WQS 6-Star Prime Islas Canarias Santa Pro got back in motion at its main venue of San Juan, the expected consistent surf coming to reality for the second day of competition.

With the famous lefthand pointbreak of San Juan delivering five-to-six foot (1.5 to 2 meter) waves throughout the day, Lanzarote witnessed some world class surfing with Round 1 and four heats of Round 2 wrapping-up in clean conditions, top seeds controlling the game in style.

Nic Muscoft (Victoria, AUS), 27, Islas Canarias Santa Pro defending champion, lost no time to set pace and make his intentions clear displaying exceptional surfing to secure his Round 2 ticket. Muscroft, who put on a series of devastating backhand top turns combined to a smart wave selection, lit-up the competition area with the day’s highest score of 18.60 points (out of a possible 20).

“That was really fun out there and I am stoked to be back,” Muscroft said. “I started off with a couple of messy ones and I was going a bit safe because it was bumpy but then it cleaned-up and my last wave was a really good “wedgy” one. It walled-up right from the corner with a good wall and ran slowly with a couple of good sections so it was a pretty easy wave to surf.”

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O’Neill Cold Water Classic California

The top seeds competing at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic California took to the water in clean four-foot (1 metre) conditions at the famed California Pointbreak of Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz today and the premier surfers crushed the event’s highest scores while the local favorites fell early.

All surfers competing in the ASP 6-Star PRIME event are looking to capitalize on the crucial ratings points on offer at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic to solidify their spot on the 2010 ASP Dream Tour before heading to Hawaii.

Reyes, who suffered a horrific knee injury which nearly ended his career at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in 2007, donned a singlet at Steamer Lane for the first time since the accident and absolutely dominated his heat, clinching the event’s highest heat total, a 17.83 out of 20, to lead the event’s top seeds into the Round of 48.

“This was my first heat back at Steamer Lane since the injury, so it’s nice to have a good heat back,” Reyes said. “I’ve been surfing here ever since the injury, I just hadn’t had time to compete here because I was going to Hawaii earlier. I got a couple of nice waves in that heat, they were glassy and easy to surf. Most of the time, the lane is a really challenging wave, but today was easy.”

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Leonardo Neves

After a couple of days off due to small surf and unfavorable winds, the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime Islas Canarias Santa Pro kicked-off in clean three-to-four foot (1 to 1.2 meter) waves at the back-up venue of La Santa today, off-shore wind direction and consistent sets giving the first ten heats of Round 1 a playful line-up.

Back-up venue of this year’s Islas Canarias Santa Pro, the long righthand pointbreak of La Santa witnessed the assault of some of the world’s best surfers including current members of the ASP Top 45 battling with potential qualifiers for valuable ratings’ points and dollars.

Leonardo Neves (BRA), 30, a former ASP Top 45 member, showed he was ready to get on with his Canarian campaign displaying solid surfing with a mix of power-turns and fins-out frontside top turns to net the day’s highest heat score of 15.83 points (out of a possible 20).

“I love Lanzarote and I am enjoying my time here so I guess it showed in my surfing for that first heat,” Neves said. “The waves were fun but you had to be patient and I waited for two good waves to secure some points. I am stoked to surf such fun waves and it’s a relief to get passed Round 1.”

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