Changeable weather and swell conditions at Itauna Beach forced athletes to face challenging conditions at the Saquarema Prime, with rain, strong onshore winds and 4-6 foot surf deciding the quarter finalists.
Yet two Europeans, Guadeloupe’s Charly Martin and Spain’s Gony Zubizarreta, were able to capitalise on these conditions to secure themselves a place in the quarters. Unfortunately Portugal’s Nic von Rupp ended going out to NZ’s Ricardo Christie. Charly Martin’s quarter final berth has catapulted him up to second place on the QS ranking.
However, with three Brazilians still in the race, Adriano de Souza, Jadson André and Wiggolly Dantas still remain favourites to win the contest with Adriano presently sitting atop the WQS standings.
QUARTER FINALS QUIKSILVER SAQUAREMA PRIME:
QF 1: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) x Keanu Asing (HAW)
QF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) x Jadson Andre (BRA)
QF 3: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) x Ricardo Christie (NZL)
QF 4: Billy Stairmand (NZL) x Charles Martin (GLP)
ROUND OF 16:
Heat 1: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 12.86 def. Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 11.87
Heat 2: Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.13 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.54
Heat 3: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.33 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.20
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.60 def. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 8.93
Heat 5: Ricardo Christie (NZL) 16.00 def. Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 8.10
Heat 6: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.77 def. Chris Ward (USA) 6.50
Heat 7: Billy Stairmand (NZL) 12.43 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.74
Heat 8: Charles Martin (GLP) 12.60 def. Perth Standlick (AUS) 6.36