Top Scores for Brazilian
Brazil's reigning World Junior Champion Pablo Paulino set the standard during Thursday at the Rip Curl Boardmasters in Newquay, with the highest heat score of the contest.
South American Pablo Paulino powered past Australian duo Matt Wilkinson and Luke Cheadle and Frenchman Eric Rebiere in three foot plus waves at Fistral Beach.
Paulino racked up 18 points from his two-wave tally surpassing his closest rival Wilkinson by more than three points.
"I'm so stoked to get through that one with such big scores", said Paulino.
"The waves were fun and I just went for big turns and ended up winning. I hope I can keep things going this way for Round 4 and further."
Russell Winter left the competition early
Paulino, who will face fellow Brazilian surfer Diego Rosa and Australian Nic Muscroft will be a favourite if the conditions remain the same.
Ireland's lone surfer in the contest failed to secure a place in the last 24, finishing fourth behind Brazilian Jadson Andre who ousted St Ive's surfer Jayce Robinson in the previous round.
Californian progressive surfer Brett Simpson, currently rated number ten on the international stage, was another stand-out getting the second highest heat result of the day to get through one more round.
"It was fun and the waves definitely remained good enough to get that round done", said Simpson. "It is probably one of the best events this year with yesterday being excellent and today being good so I am pretty happy."
Simpson, who posted a solid 15.30 point heat score to defeat Jean Da Silva and Abdel El Harim, secured some strong turns and radical newschool moves including a frontside air to convince the ASP judges.
"When you are surfing at the end of a day you want to get the judges' attention", said Simpson. "I wanted to put a bit of variety in my surfing and these waves allowed some tricks so it is one of my goals to be able to get these moves done during my heats."
Cornwall's Mark Harris is also out
The European contingent saw only three of its remaining ten representatives get through Round 3 - Germany's Marlon Lipke, Spain's Gony Zubizarreta and Patrick Beven, from France all winning their respective heats with solid performances.
Beven came up with some good surfing and tactics to best powerhouse New Zealander Jay Quinn, Rhys Bombaci and Portugal's Ruben Gonzalez.
"Few waves came in during that heat but I know the place well and I have some tactics for these kind of conditions", said Beven said. "I usually rely a lot on my backside surfing so I chased lefthanders and it paid off."
Beven will be looking forward to advancing far in the event as he remains a potential ASP Top 45 qualifier, having been a WQS leading competitor for several years now.
Twenty-four-year-old Australian Leigh Sedley, currently in the WQS Top 25, is in reach of a Dream Tour qualification this year and will be looking forward to securing points in Newquay.
"I try not to go into any event with any pressure but it is always somewhere there and you got to deal with it", he said after winning his Round 3 battle. "I have had a good year so far and I hope I can keep it going and make that final."
last updated: 08/08/2008 at 07:58