IMBITUBA, Brazil (Friday, Nov. 3, 2006) – The remainder of Round Two of the Nova Schin Festival will not run today, but a Foster's Expression Session will take to the water at 1pm to entertain capacity crowds that have gathered at Imbituba Beach to watch the world's best surfers in action.
"We know that there is a swell coming on Sunday and we are expecting bigger waves so we will not run the main event today," contest director Flavio Padaratz said. "We are choosing to run the Foster's Expression Session so that we can take advantage of a sunny day and the holiday crowds to show the people on the beach the progressive maneuvers surfers are doing now."
Half of Round Two was completed on Tuesday, but with the world title wrapped up and several surfer's careers on the line if they don't advance from the first elimination round, event officials are seeking conditions superior to those on offer before continuing competition.
Surfers rated 27th and higher after their best eight of 11 results are tabulated earn berths on 2007's elite tour. The remaining spots go to the top 15 rated surfers on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and three ASP appointed wildcards.
Because the Nova Schin Festival is the second to last event on the 2006 Foster's ASP World Tour and several of the surfers sitting low on the ratings have no WQS results to fall back on, strong results in Brazil in Hawaii are imperative if they want to surf amongst the elite next year.
Another call on competition status will be made at 7:00 tomorrow morning.
Nova Schin Festival Round Two Results: (1st advances to Round Three, 2nd finishes equal 33rd)
Heat 1: Andy Irons (HAW) 13.80 def. Neco Padaratz (BRA) 12.57
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.50 def. Pedro Norberto (BRA) 8.33
Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.87 def. Jean da Silva (BRA) 13.00
Heat 4: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 13.83 def. Renato Galvao (BRA) 13.67
Heat 5: Dean Morrison (AUS) 12.57 def. Bernardo Pigmeu (BRA) 10.66
Heat 6: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 9.33
Heat 7: Odirlei Coutinho (BRA) 13.33 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 9.66
Nova Schin Festival Round Two match-ups remaining: (1st advances to Round Three; 2nd finishes equal 33rd)
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Yuri Sodre (BRA)
Heat 9: CJ Hobgood (USA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 10: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) vs. Toby Martin (AUS)
Heat 11: Trent Munro (AUS) vs. David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 12: Fred Patacchia (HAW) vs. Pedro Henrique (BRA)
Heat 13: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Jarrad Howse (AUS)
Heat 14: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Mikael Picon (FRA)
Heat 15: Jake Paterson (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 16: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Paulo Moura (BRA)