Santa Cruz Pro
World Surf League QS3000
Praia de fisica, Santa Cruz, Portugal
25 - 30 April, 2017
Best Four Advance into Semifinals at Pro Santa Cruz
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 April, 2017 - Praia de Fisica, Santa Cruz Portugal - The Pro Santa Cruz pres. by Oakley resumed in pumping surf this morning and completed three more rounds of competition to whittle the field down to just four. Athletes put on an incredible display of high-performance surfing and fought hard for their shot at the event title come finals day.
Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), 20, stepped up his game today and belted two massive heat wins to claim the first spot into the semifinals. The young Japanese surfer put on a forehand carves clinic on the peaky rights of Santa Cruz and will look to post a big result when the event resumes for finals day.
“Today was super fun, I got some excellent waves and I’m stoked to be in the semis,” Ohhara said. “I didn’t get a result last year so I’m happy with my start of 2017. Martinique and Barbados weren’t great events for me, but I’m really focused on trying to qualify this year and hopefully I can get some good points here. Seeing Kanoa, Leo and Ethan all on tour really makes me want to make the CT now.”
Marco Giorgi (URY), 29, came out on top of a very close matchup against Championship Tour surfer Kanoa Igarashi (USA), 19, for his own ticket into the semis. Giorgi surfed an extremely smart heat and managed to catch one of his two highest scores under Igarashi’s priority. Despite a valiant last-second effort from the Californian, Giorgi stayed in the hot seat and took the win.
“I had a terrible time in Australia, trying to compete under the pressure of self-financing my campaign since I lost my sponsor last year, and I was also trying to manage a little injury,” Giorgi said. “I’m feeling better now and I’m in a better mental place, trying to have as much fun as I can competing. Kanoa beat me the last time we surfed against each other and I knew it was going to be really tough so I’m happy to get him this time.”
Frederico Morais (PRT), 25, surfed a one-way heat against up-and-coming Brazilian talent Yago Dora and kept his Santa Cruz title hopes alive moving on to finals day. While the Brazilian had a complete shocker up until the final minute when he finally landed a massive air, Morais’ slowly built house in a wave-starved bout and remained out-of-reach from Dora.
“The tide was coming in real fast and it was very slow out there,” Morais explained. “I knew going up against Yago was a dangerous heat and luckily I had some decent scores already when he got that big one at the end. Hopefully I won’t be needing the QS to re-qualify at the end of the year, but at the same time, all the points I can get are valuable now.”
Thiago Camarao (BRA), 28, claimed the very last ticket for finals day and eliminated one of the top scorers of the entire event in France’s Marc Lacomare. Camarao put all his efforts into trying to stay as far away as possible from Lacomare in the lineup, resorting to doing the run-around multiple times, until he posted two solid eights and went to apply pressure on the Frenchman.
“I feel a little bit tired, I’ve been surfing since the first round and now into the semis,” Camarao said. “But at the same time I’m super confident, I’ve just won the last two events I entered so I’m really focused, well trained and I want to win once more!”
Surfers and event officials will be back at praia da vigia Saturday at 10 a.m for a potential finals day.
UPCOMING PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY SEMIFINALS MATCHUPS:
SF 1: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) vs. Marco Giorgi (URY)
SF 2: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Thiago Camarao (BRA)
PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 17.90 def. Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 12.87
QF 2: Marco Giorgi (URY) 14.23 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 13.96
QF 3: Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.73 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 9.26
QF 4: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 16.80 vs. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.47
PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 16.40, Marco Giorgi (URY) 13.93, John Mel (USA) 11.40, Manuel Selman (CHL) 8.67
Heat 2: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.20, Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 14.20, Vicente Romero (ESP) 14.04, Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.57
Heat 3: Yago Dora (BRA) 18.36, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 16.07, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 12.97, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 10.17
Heat 4: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 18.13, Frederico Morais (PRT) 17.56, Robson Santos (BRA) 14.00, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 10.80
PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Marco Giorgi (URY) 12.17, Vicente Romero (ESP) 11.67, Samuel Igo De Souza (BRA) 11.34, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 9.73
Heat 2: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 12.93, Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 12.60, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 11.73, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 9.67
Heat 3: Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.74, Manuel Selman (CHL) 13.90, Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 11.04, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 4.77
Heat 4: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 15.13, John Mel (USA) 12.74, Seth Moniz (HAW) 12.70, Jordy Collins (USA) 12.30
Heat 5: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 14.40, Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.50, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 12.36, Parker Coffin (USA) 9.47
Heat 6: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 15.67, Robson Santos (BRA) 14.63, Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 12.67, Vitor Mendes (BRA) 11.07
Heat 7: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 17.86, Yago Dora (BRA) 13.83, Jake Marshall (USA) 13.34, Reo Inaba (JPN) 11.93
Heat 8: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 13.10, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 12.23, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 12.07, Miguel Tudela (PER) 11.54