Willian Cardoso 

Willian Cardoso (BRA), 23, won the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star Movistar Pantin Classic today in Galicia, North West of Spain, after defeating fellow finalist Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA), 35, in clean off-shore two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves in a 100% Brazilian final. After another week of intense action and close exchanges, Cardoso was crowned twenty-second champion of the Movistar Pantin Classic for the second consecutive time wrapping-up his 2009 European summer lef atop the 120-man field of surfers from around the world, his second win this summer after the ASP WQS 6-Star Azores Islands Pro.

Cardoso, who dominated proceedings again through the final day of competition ousting other favorite Glenn Hall (IRL) in the Semifinals before defeating former ASP Top 45 surfer Dorneles in the final bout of the 2009 edition, stepped-up to deliver an impressive performance. Renowned for his powerful style and big-wave ss, Cardoso adapted to the fast-breaking smaller waves on offer to clinch a second win in three events moving up to No. 13 on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings.

“It’s unbelievable, that win is the best I could have imagined coming here,” Cardoso said. “It’s been a testing last couple of weeks for me, my father passed away and I stayed here because he would have wanted me to do so. This win is for him and I thank the massive support I’ve had from all my friends here and in Brazil. It’s just amazing to be the champion again here.”

Cardoso, who was sitting out of the Top 30 three weeks ago, showed he was to be counted with for next year’s ASP World Tour qualification race, leaving Pantin with 11151 points, a significant step for his ultimate goal. Powerful, fast and smart tactician, the 23-year-old wrapped-up an impressive European leg where his mental strength and determination left his opponent away from the title.

“The waves went from small to consistent, windy to clean, and I was always feeling well this week,” Cardoso said. “I have a special feeling with Pantin and with a second win in a row it’s gone even more solid. I am stoked to claim this one and can’t wait to be home with my family.”

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Tammy Lee Smith 

Surfing South Africa will position three Shark Shield devices attached to buoys at the backline of Nahoon Reef in East London throughout the 2009 Mr Price SA Open of Surfing which takes place this Saturday & Sunday.

Over 50 of South Africa’s top professional surfers will be in action in the sixth edition of this Surfing South Africa PST event.

Local Lifeguards will replace the Shark Shield batteries every four hours which means that the electronic force field produced by these devices will be in place during every heat.

While beach breaks are not the most appropriate surf spots for the Shark Shields, protected reef breaks such as Nahoon and point breaks such as St Mikes on the KZN South Coast and Mossel Bay are ideal.

The Shark Shield devices are being used as an extra precaution and not because there is any threat of shark activity during the SA Open.

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Glenn Hall 

It was a short nonetheless intense day of action with the Quarterfinals of the ASP WQS 5-Star Movistar Pantin Classic taking place in good quality three to four foot (1 to 1.2 meter) waves. The number of title contenders went from eight to four today, the best men of the day securing their berth into the Semifinals of the 22nd edition which will run tomorrow afternoon before the champion is crowned in front expected massive crowds.

After setting pace with a clear advantage throughout Day 3 of competition Thursday, defending champion Willian Cardoso (BRA) was once again unstoppable posting the day’s best result to send solid surfer Dion Atkinson (New South Wales, AUS) packing. Finding a couple of clean right-handers to express his vertical forehand style, Cardoso metted a couple of high eight pointers to post the event’s best score, 17.10 points (out of a possible 20).

“I paddled out there with a game plan as yesterday, thinking the lefts would be more consistent and offer more wall,” Cardoso said. “Once out there, things changed fast and I was pretty stoked to get those two rides almost consecutively and get to relax early in the heat. It seems like things keep going well for me and to be in the Semifinals a second time in two years is really great.”

Cardoso, ranked No. 18 before his Movistar Pantin Classic run, is already guaranteed to better his overall ratings’ points total with his Semifinal run but will be a favorite towards a possible second consecutive title at Pantin when he paddles out in Semifinal No. 2 against consistent surfer Glenn Hall (IRL).

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