NEWQUAY - England (Wednesday, August 4, 2010) - The Relentless Boardmasters a Men's Star Series $120,000 5-Star event advanced through to complete remaining round one heats and the first four clashes of round two which was capped off with Newquay local Russel Winter (GBR) blasting his way into the third round of this Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned event with an outstanding performance to place himself in a commanding position for the remaining rounds of the Relentless Boardmasters 2010.
There were 3-4ft peaks during the entire day offering plenty of waves but making it very difficult for competitors to find a wave connecting through the many sections to allow for any series of manoeuvres. The stacked international field made the most of the tricky conditions battling against wind and rain in their bid to reach the advancing positions.
Russel Winter (GBR) nailed an 8.17 out of 10 in the first minutes of his 25-minute clash and a second wave of 6.17 to cruise through to round three and emerges as a threat to many of the top seeds in this year's edition of the Relentless Boardmasters 2010.
"I got those two waves right off the bat really and that first one that came to me was really a nice size set and I bottomed turned and snapped at the top and almost over did it as the fins slid out a bit but managed to hold onto it and do another snap so after that I felt a little more confident so I am on a roll and stoked."
Travis Logie (ZAF) also advanced to round three behind Joao Guedes (PRT) who claimed his best ever result at the Relentless Boardmasters after four previous visits to Newquay and it was all the sweeter making it in a heat so stacked with talent.
"I am really happy to pass into the next round and it was not an easy heat and to come out on top over a WCT surfer like Travis Logie who I really like the way he surfs and on my first wave I was lucky and on my third because the waves are not easy to surf right now. My two waves held up and went almost to the shore break and I did some turns and made it through."
Due to the strong winds Guedes was unable to hear situations so without exactly knowing where he was positioned in regards to his competitors was forced to search and surf everything available in his attempt to advance.
"I was a bit nervous out there because I couldn't hear anything during the entire heat and I had no idea what position I was so I got nervous in the end because I saw the guys ripping some waves and all I could do was keep on catching waves."
Early standout was Jay Quinn (NZL) who in his first appearance here this year at the Relentless Boardmasters capped off an excellent 25-minute display of powerful forehand surfing to claim a two wave total of 15.00 out of a possible 20 the highest of the day.
Coming back to Europe after a break at home after the European Spring leg in Scotland and France Quinn is hoping to make a result hear at the Relentless Boardmasters the first of six major ASP Men's Star Series events.
"I went out there trying to keep busy and the waves I took off on pushed all the way through to the inside so it was quite nice to get a couple of 7 point rides. I've been here a few times and I've had a quarter-finals finish here and I hope to do better than that this time round."
"The draw has opened up a lot because there are other events on at the moment so my chances have improved to get a result here," explained Quinn. "I want to try and take advantage of that. I have had a bit of time off over the last couple of months at home surfing some good waves so I'm feeling good and I will stay for all six events here so looking for a good start to it all with a result here to begin with."
Reubyn Ash (GBR) 22, is one of the best young surfers in Britain with a huge future ahead of him and having surfed at Fistral beach over many years knows that choice of equipment in these kind of conditions is crucial when wanting to get results at Fistral beach.
"It is kind of real hard conditions now and I managed that one air which got me the score I needed to get into the heat and come through so I am stoked because it is all over the place so you can really benefit from having a good board here that works in bad conditions because even though it looks about 4ft in the end you end up on a little 1 footer on the inside."
At times lacking confidence in his own ability which has put pressure on himself and affected results over his career Ash has a new approach to his competitive surfing which he explains.
"I've got a real nice little board at the moment so I just want to have fun really when I am surfing and I think to be honest at the contests at the moment I am not really worried about all the results I am just trying to enjoy what I enjoy doing. I've spent too many years worrying about whether to get through or not when I should go out there and surf and try to do what I do best."
Event officials have decided to make a check-in tomorrow on day 3 of the Relentless Boardmasters at 8:30am for a 9:00am start to heat 5 of round two. Conditions are expected to remain the same and with the higher tide another day of action is planned to unfold.
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Heat 5: Marc Lacomare (FRA), Txaber Trojaola (EUK), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Renato Galvao (BRA)
Heat 6: Gordan Fontaine (FRA), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Russell Malony (AUS)
Heat 7: Messias Felix (BRA), Kyle Lane (ZAF), Andre Oziol (HAW), Robertson Goncalves (PRT)
Heat 8: Oli Adams (GBR), Killian Garland (USA), Alan Stokes (GBR), Jay Quinn (NZL)
Heat 9: Reubyn Ash (GBR), Chad Du Toit (ZAF), Hugo Savalli (REU), Joackim Petersen Guichard (NOR)
Heat 10: Heath Joske (AUS), Josh Piper (GBR), Romain Laulhe (FRA), Anthony Walsh (AUS)
Heat 11: Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Jorge Spanner (BRA), Antonio Bortoletto (ZAF), Matt Bemrose (AUS)
Heat 12: Ruda Carvalho (BRA), Nathan Webster (AUS), Nick Riley (AUS), Romain Cloitre (FRA)
Heat 1: Joao Guedes (PRT) 9.90, Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.83, Abdel El Harim (MAR) 8.27, Mark Harris (GBR) 8.23
Heat 2: Russel Winter (GBR) 14.43, Christophe Allary (REU) 9.57, Odirlei Coutinho (BRA) 9.07, Reubin Pearce (ZAF) 7.50
Heat 3: Brendon Gibbens (ZAF) 10.00, Andre Teixeira (BRA) 8.97, Frederic Robin (REU) 8.37, Freddie Meadows (SWE) 7.20
Heat 4: Leigh McMahon (AUS) 9.87, Sam Lamiroy (GBR) 7.83, Adrien Toyon (REU) 7.37, Klee Strachan (ZAF) 7.00
Heat 13: Messias Felix (BRA) 13.83, Oli Adams (GBR) 8.67, Britton Galland (USA) 6.27
Heat 14: Kyle Lane (ZAF) 14.83, Killian Garland (USA) 11.87, Johnny Fryer (GBR) 8.37, Richard Dodd (GBR) 4.00
Heat 15: Alan Stokes (GBR) 11.83, Andre Oziol (BRB) 8.93, Madison Williams (AUS) 7.94, Dean Gough (GBR) 4.57
Heat 16: Jay Quinn (NZL) 15.00, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 7.24, Manfred Adrio (ZAF) 7.00, Matt Rodwell (GBR) 4.57
Heat 17: Reubyn Ash (GBR) 14.74, Heath Joske (AUS) 11.06, Michael February (ZAF) 9.83, Jaime Mathers (GBR) 4.46
Heat 18: Chad Du Toit (ZAF) 10.70, Josh Piper (GBR) 8.20, Anderson Santos (BRA) 5.37, Alexander El Naib (DEU) 1.23
Heat 19: Romain Laulhe (FRA) 11.16, Hugo Savalli (REU) 9.27, Eric Castaldo (USA) 3.74, Alex Piper (GBR) 3.13
Heat 20: Anthony Walsh (AUS) 11.34, Yoackim Petersen Guichard (NOR) 10.24, Jayce Robinson (GBR) 8.03, Thomas Good (GBR) 4.90
Heat 21: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 11.17, Ruda Carvalho (BRA) 10.84, Matt Capel (GBR) 6.20, Carlos Marques (ESP) 4.36
Heat 22: Jorge Spanner (BRA) 9.83, Nathan Webster (AUS) 8.13, Jared Thorne (USA) 6.04, Cain Kilcullen (IRL) 2.96
Heat 23: Nick Riley (AUS) 13.87, Antonio Bortoletto (ZAF) 10.00, Tom Buttler (GBR) 8.60, Christopher Schnitzer (ZAF) 7.20
Heat 24: Romain Cloitre (FRA) 13.33, Matt Bemrose (AUS) 8.83, Luca Petersen Guichard 8.47, Cheyne Willis (HAW) 3.97
Source: ASP Europe