South African, Dale Staples placed equal ninth in the Quiksilver Saquarema Prime surfing comp presented by Coca-Cola which was won by Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) at Itauna Beach in Saquarema, Brazil this past weekend.
In waves that ranged from near perfect two metres to unruly three metres plus during the 96-man Prime rated US $250 000 (approx. 2.3 million) event, Staples advanced to the last 16 before being ousted by Aritz Aranburu (EUK). The 22 year-old earned $4 300 and 2 400 points that saw him vault 28 places up the 2013 ASP World Rankings to No. 40.
Recently crowned ISA World Champion Shaun Joubert (formerly Mossel Bay but now also residing in California) advanced to the Round of 48, defeating eventual winner Mitch Coleborn in the process, but finished equal 25th overall. Joubert pocketed $1900 and 700 points, moving up 21 places to No. 85 in the latest rankings.
Durbanite Travis Logie, now living in Hollywood, California, and Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) were first round casualties at Saquarema.
Coleborn, 26, clinched his career first ASP victory by defeating Marc Lacomare (FRA), 22, by a score of 17.60 to 15.67 in the final on Sunday, earning $40,000 in prize money and 6,500 points that catapulted him up to No. 14 on the ASP World Ranking.
“I knew it was going to be a difficult heat, but I just tried to stick to my strategy and find the best waves,” said Coleborn. “It was crazy because Marc (Lacomare) got a 10 (point ride) right at the end and I couldn’t believe it! I got really nervous, but he still needed to get another good score and no other waves came through. I’m just so happy that everything worked out. It was an amazing week here, the waves were great and I’m stoked with the win.”
Day 4 Highlights:
The next stop on the ASP Prime Series is the Mr Price Pro Ballito in Ballito from July 1-7.
The next stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will be the Volcom Fiji Pro from June 2-14.
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FINAL QUIKSILVER SAQUAREMA PRIME:
1 – Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 17.60
2 – Marc Lacomare (FRA) 15.67
QUIKSILVER SAQUAREMA PRIME SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 16.60 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.33
Heat 2: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.80 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.46
QUIKSILVER SAQUAREMA PRIME QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
Heat 1: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.77 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.77
Heat 2: Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 16.77 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 12.57
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.87 def. Simao Romao (BRA) 13.90
Heat 4: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 16.23 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.54
ROUND OF 16 – 9th place – US$ 4,300 and 2.400 points:
Heat 1: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 17.46 def Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.20
Heat 2: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.44 def Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 10.54
Heat 3: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 16.37 def Brett Simpson (USA) 13.77
Heat 4: Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 17.13 def Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 7.17
Heat 5: Simao Romao (BRA) 8.47 def Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.43
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.47 def Kiron Jabour (HAW) 12.57
Heat 7: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.47 def Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.17
Heat 8: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 15.17 def Dale Staples (ZAF) 9.50