Rafael Pereira at the 2009 South American Beach Games

The perfect 4 to 6 foot waves of Montoya beach along with the best surfers of the region made an amazing first day for the historic Surfing event of the 1st South American Beach Games. The 36 surfers from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela surfed 20 high performance heats giving the best of their abilities looking forward to the medals.

The day started with great barreling rights and lefts, allowing the surfers to reach excellent scores. ISA Junior World Champion, Jadson André (BRA) set the standard, posting the highest combined score of the day, 16.17, and the highest single wave score, 9.00. His fellow countryman, Alejo Muniz, also an ISA World Junior Champion was another standout, showing great display of power surfing, scored a high 15.50 in his Main Event Round 2 match-up.

Muniz, who came yesterday from Hawaii, after being named the Rookie of the Triple Crown of Surfing said after the heat: “I’m happy about my performance today, I was able to show how I surf, specially on the second heat. It is great to be in the semifinals now. I was feeling a little tired, but my board is working, the waves are perfect and I was able to do my job.”

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2009 Billabong Pipeline Masters

With lumpy 10-to-15 foot (4 – 5 metre) surf breaking irregularly across the seven mile miracle this morning, event organizers have decided to call a lay day for the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Event No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters also marks the third and final jewel in the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (an ASP Specialty Series), and will look to get underway in improving conditions over the next several days.

“The swell is still too big for Pipeline today so we’ve called the event off,” Randy Rarick, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Contest Director, said. “We’re expecting conditions to slightly and clean up so it’s looking likely that we’ll tomorrow.”

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Costa Rica prepares a National Surfing Circuit

After the success of the World Surfing Games in Costa Rica this past August, José Ureña, President of the Federacion de Surf de Costa Rica proudly announced the kick off of the Circuito Nacional DayStar 2009-2010, presented by LimeCoral.

The date of this nationwide surf tournament will take place December 19 in Jaco Beach and is the first of seven weekends at different beaches around the country and includes a return to the Caribbean after many years away from that vibrant coast.

In addition to the schedule addomg the exciting beach of Cocles in Limón in its third event, competitors will travel to Esterillos in the second date of the season. The six first dates will be 4 Star contests, leaving the Gran Final DayStar in La Curva, Playa Hermosa, to conclude the Circuito Nacional with 5 Stars. By doing it this way, the Circuito will present a tremendous challenge for the potential new champion: Of the total of seven dates, the best four of those will be counted in total points by competitors towards rankings for the crown. This way, for this season, the possibilities of a good final showing will be thrilling for the athletes—and spectators—offering more possibilities of overcoming lower ranking points at the end in Playa Hermosa.

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