Saturday 1 December
Watch the final day of action here at the Ubatuba Pro, stop 4 of the Stand Up World Tour atwww.standupworldtour.com/stream.php. We are now underway with Round 4, as we will progress all the way to the finals today here at the beautiful Itamambuca Beach, as well as running a women’s division and a Na Kama Kai Exhibition heat for the U16. Stay tuned for the action as it unfolds at this penultimate stop for the 2012 Stand Up World Tour.
Day 1 sees some beautiful conditions for the Trials at Stop 4 of the 2012 Stand Up World Tour, the Ubatuba Pro at Itamambuca Beach. As expected, the level of sheer talent amongst the Brazilian athletes has shot through the roof, with the most fiercely contested trials to date taking place for athletes to earn their place in the main event.
Stand outs included Adriano Trinca Ferra who posted the highest score of the contest so far, with an 8.75, linking together flowing turns and radical snaps to win the Trials and earn his place in the Main Event.
Also making a noteworthy showing here at Itamambuca Beach was the young talent of the future, Felipe Gaspar, who made his presence felt with some incredibly high performance riding, well beyond his years.
Check out the highlights from Day one by clicking here
Kai Lenny (Naish) started his event campaign with a strong heat total of 14.40, while other stand out performances from the first round included the Vaz brothers, Caio and Ian (Art in Surf), Justin Holland (Starboard), Robin Johnston (Mistral) and of course the Brazilian stand outs, led by previous 2x event winner here in Brazil on the Stand Up World Tour, Leco Salazar.
After the picture perfect conditions of the first day of action, day 2 dawned a little more unpredictable and messy, with a moderate onshore wind creating more of a challenge for the world’s best. As they set out to do battle, 2 x World Champion Kai Lenny once again showed he means business here in Ubatuba, while Ian Vaz (Art in Surf) put together a phenomenal display of performance riding.
Mo Freitas put together the highest heat score of the day with some of the most impressive and critical surfing of the contest so far, posting an 8.5 and a 7.5 and displaying skill and performance well beyond his years. At just 15 years old, Mo has an incredible future ahead of him and we are excited to see where it will take him.
Meanwhile, friend and fellow youngster, Benoit Carpentier (Naish) put on a clinic in his heat, linking critical turns all the way to the beach in the challenging conditions on offer, clearly looking to consolidate on his incredible 5th place overall on the Stand Up World Tour.
After the triumphs and success of fellow Hawaiians Mo Freitas, Robin Johnston and of course Kai Lenny (Naish), the young talent from the North Shore of Oahu, Noa Ginella (Naish) fell at the hands of the family legacy here in Brazil – the Salazars (Leco and his father Alex).
Also unexpectedly going down at the hands of the on form surfer of the event out of Brazil, Trials winner Adriano Trinca Ferro, was the wild man from Maui, Zane Schweitzer. Despite a display of progressive riding, Zane was unable to find the waves he needed to advance.
The final upset in Round 3 was Art in Surf rider Caio Vaz, who faltered despite being one of the on form surfers throughout our time here in Brazil. He will now be chearing on his brother Ian (Art in Surf), hoping to keep the family in contention here at Itamambuca Beach.
The final heats of round 3 saw some impressive performances from the international athletes, as Robin Johnston (Mistral), Beau Nixon (Naish) and Current ratings leader Sean Poynter (Starboard) all securing their place in the 4th Round.
Once again, the local athletes also stood strong, with Eric Miyakawa putting on another strong perfromance to win his heat and advance through, as well as the current Brazilian National Champion, Renato Wanderley.
Remember to check out the highlights from Day 1 by clicking here. Highlights from Day 2 to follow.
So remember to join us today at www.standupworldtour.com for the culmination of this exciting 4th stop on the 2012 Stand Up World Tour.
Full highlights and look back will also follow as we look at Title Race scenarios and build up to the Location X Finals aboard the Moorings Boats in the Caribbean.
A big thank you to all our sponsors of the Ubatuba Pro Brazil, from Presenting Partner Art in Surf, to WG, Fluir Stand Up Paddle, Waves, Supclub Brazil and of course the region and Surf association of Ubatuba.
We would also like to say a big thank you to the locals of Itamambuca Beach for sharing their magical beach with the athletes on the Stand Up World Tour. We are excited to be here and are witnessing one of the most intense competitive showdowns yet on the Stand Up World Tour.
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