Quiksilver Pro Saquarema: Literal Brazilian Storm

Heavy rains and subpar conditions at Praia de Itauna have forced event organizers to call a lay day at the 2015 WSL Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade. The forecast however shows favourable conditions for the remainder of the event window and will provide an exciting competitive atmosphere for the second World Surf League QS 10,000 in 2015.

After consulting with the WSL Qualifying Series Deputy Commissioner, Travis Logie (ZAF) and the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema Contest Director, Sergio Lindemann (BRA), the Head Judge for the event, Luli Pereira (BRA), provided the following statement:

"A lot of rain, a declining swell and strong winds forecast for this afternoon gave us no opportunity to run the contest today, so we’re going on hold until 7:30 am tomorrow (Wednesday) for a new call. The forecast looks good for the rest of the week. We’re predicting a good-sized swell, especially for the weekend, so we’ve got everything setup for a good contest with plenty of waves for the athletes to compete in quality conditions."

Despite the heavy downpour and adverse conditions, several athletes were on hand at the event site to test out equipment and get acclimated to competition during the morning freesurf.

Currently sitting in 17th place on the QS rankings, Ian Gouveia (BRA) commented on this morning’s conditions.

"I arrived at 5:40 am. It was still dark, but there were two people in the water already. But you could tell from the horizon that a huge storm was coming. Soon it started pouring, but you could still find some good waves. If the forecast didn’t look so solid, we could have run today. But since conditions are looking so good, it made sense to call it off until tomorrow."

After beginning the year in the Top-10 group of surfers ranked on the Qualifying Series that will be eligible for the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, Gouveia is looking for a solid result after an early exit at last week’s QS 10,000 Oakley Lowers Pro held at Lower Trestles, in San Clemente.

"Now’s the time of the year when the events offering larger ranking points begin. These are the ones you want to do well in and are the most important to make it onto the CT," said Gouveia. "The first QS 10,000 was at Trestles, but I didn’t do too well and ended up falling in the rankings. But I have another chance here and whoever gets a good result at this event will definitely move up in the rankings."

With the exception of Kolohe Andino (USA), who currently sits in 4th place on the WSL QS rankings, all of the remaining athletes on the Top-10 are present at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema and are hungry for the substantial amount of ranking points available at Praia de Itauna.

Heat 1 of the Round of 96 will see Adrian Buchan (AUS), Torrey Meister (HAW), Alex Ribeiro (BRA) and Tomas Fernandes (PRT) initiate competition and will provide an example of the diverse field of international athletes competing at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.

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