IMBITUBA, Brazil (Tuesday, October 31, 2006) – Round Two of the Nova Schin Festival has kicked off in playful three foot (one metre) surf in Imbituba, Brazil this morning.

Kicking things off is an epic heat featuring three-time world champion Andy Irons (HAW) versus wildcard Neco Padaratz (BRA).

Padaratz, who is a seasoned Foster's ASP World Tour competitor in his own right, beat Irons in the 2002 Quiksilver Pro France final. Irons knows beating the uber-competitive Padaratz won't be an easy task.

"Neco is definitely a tough draw anywhere," Irons said. "He surfs really well here since it's his home waters, so it's going to be a hard heat for sure. Whatever happens, happens. There's always a flight home tomorrow, and if not, there's another one the next day."

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Round Two match-ups: (1st advances to Round Three; 2nd finishes equal 33rd)
Heat 1: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Pedro Norberto (BRA)
Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Jean da Silva (BRA)
Heat 4: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Renato Galvao (BRA)
Heat 5: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Bernardo Pigmeu (BRA)
Heat 6: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) vs. Leonardo Neves (BRA)
Heat 7: Bruce Irons (HAW) vs. Odirlei Coutinho (BRA)
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Yuri Sodre (BRA)
Heat 9: CJ Hobgood (USA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 10: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) versus Toby Martin (AUS)
Heat 11: Trent Munro (AUS) versus David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 12: Fred Patacchia (HAW) versus Pedro Henrique (BRA)
Heat 13: Adriano de Souza (BRA) versus Jarrad Howse (AUS)
Heat 14: Luke Stedman (AUS) versus Mikael Picon (FRA)
Heat 15: Jake Paterson (AUS) versus Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 16: Chris Ward (USA) versus Paulo Moura (BRA)

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