Written by Willy Correa
19-year-old Krystian Kymerson (BRA) defeated Bahian Franklin Serpa (BRA) in the final WQS Men’s Star competition in Brazil this past week at the Surf Eco Festival on Jaguaribe Beach, the last event in the South American country recognized by the Association of Surfing Professionals valid for access to the world circuit division. The competition took place in Bahia’s capital city beach break of Salvador, distributing a total of $15,000 in prizes and wrapped up on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012. Kymerson, native to Espirito Santo, Brazil, earned a check worth $4,000 while Franklin Serpa left with $2,000 and the Vice-Championship title.
Franklin Serpa led almost every decision during the final heat, when it suddenly took a turn with a surge wave and 8.5 point score for Kymerson, leaving Serpa needing a higher score ending up with just a 6.94, a battle finishing close with 13.93 and 13.57 heat totals.
The Surf Eco Festival also included the ASP South America Pro Juniors and women’s divisions. As the final stage of the Circuit South American Pro Junior circuit that settled Tuesday, the fourth consecutive year for the event in the city of Salvador, it was Brazilian Italo Ferreira who advanced in Jaguaribe Beach with a third place finsh. Ferreira finished the season strong by winning the title of ASP South American Pro Junior Champion.
Krystian Kymerson, who on Wednesday celebrated winning the title of the ASP 1-Star Surf Eco Festival, was ranked sixth in the Pro Junior rankings, finishing with second position in the ranking despite the fight and good results.
Another talent going huge throughout the competitions was Brazilian Wood Cauê, who placed third in the rankings and wants to stay in the Top-4 for the ASP World Junior Championship. However, a second place in the ranking was not enough.
The competition was packed with incredibly radical airs with many new and strong maneuvers. Matheus Navarro (BRA) from Santa Catarina, and ‘Paraibano’ Samuel Igo (BRA) are strong competitors leading the pro ranking. In addition, Italo Ferreira streak through 3-4 ft waves in the gorgeous weather of Bahia came to an end.
Results of WQS 1-Star, Surf Eco Festival
1 Krystian Kymerson (Espirito Santo, Brazil)
2 Franklin Serpa (Bahia, Brazil)
3 Italo Ferreira (Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
3 Aurélio Santana (Bahia, Brazil)
5 Michael Rodrigues (Ceará, Brazil)
5 Deivid Silva (São Paulo, Brazil)
5 Diego Michereff (Santa Catarina, Brazil)
5 Danilo Costa (Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
Also in the Friday ASP South American Pro Junior, the girls debuted in the race for one of two spots for the World Cup. One is already guaranteed for the Sao Paulo’s Juliana Meneguel (BRA) and Venezuelan Rosanny Alvarez. Another ripper close to take second place in the ranking is Jessica Bianca of Paraná who did not come to compete in Bahia.
The 250 points of the ASP World Star Bahia did not alter the first positions in the ranking of ASP South America. The title of South American Professional Champion for the 2012 Surf Series was awarded to Brazilian Jean da Silva. The second surfer from Santa Catarina to win the title, 27-year-old Jean da Silva had some impressive titles this year chasing down points, such as his recent win at the East Coast Surfing Championship in Virginia Beach, presented by Vans.
“I am so happy to be ASP South America’s champion, because I competed against practically all of today’s best surfers,” said Jean da Silva, currently in Portugal participating in the ASP 6-Star SATA Airlines Azores Pro. “I found out about the title when I was in Zarautz (Spain) and it means so much to me. I work hard and the results are showing through my surfing this year; the title of South American champion is a resume-builder .”
ASP South American Champions:
2012 – Jean da Silva (BRA-SC)
2011 – Gabriel Medina (BRA-SP)
2010 – Willian Cardoso (BRA-SC)
2009 – Pablo Paulino (BRA-CE)
2008 – Raoni Monteiro (BRA-RJ)
2007 – Simão Romão (BRA-RJ)
2006 – Marcondes Rocha (BRA-AL)
2012 Rankings for ASP South America Surf Series:
South American Champion: Jean da Silva (BRA-SC) – 7.600 pontos
Vice-Champion: Miguel Pupo (BRA-SP) – 6.900
3rd: Gabriel Medina (BRA-SP) – 6.640
4th: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA-SP) – 5.853
5th: Willian Cardoso (BRA-SC) – 4.800
6th: Ricardo dos Santos (BRA-SC) – 4.605
7th: Alex Ribeiro (BRA-SP) – 3.700
8th: Filipe Toledo (BRA-SP) – 3.100
9th: Yuri Sodré (BRA-RJ) – 3.050
10th: Raoni Monteiro (BRA-RJ) – 2.800
2012 ASP South America Calendar of Results:
Jan 20-21: Miguel Tudela (PER) wins ASP 1-Star Powerade Pro World Star Tour in San Bartolo (PER)
Fev 07-12: Miguel Pupo (BRA) wins ASP Prime Hang Loose Pro Contest in Fernando de Noronha (PE)
Mai 22-27: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) wins Quiksilver Saquarema Prime presented by Coca-Cola in Saquarema (RJ)
Jun 12-17: Anthony Walsh (AUS) wins ASP 3-Star Maui & Sons Arica World Star in Arica (CHL)
Ago 27-29: Kyrstian Kymerson (BRA) wins ASP 1-Star Surf Eco Festival presented by Radical Wave in Salvador (BA)
Brazilian corespondent for The Surf Channel and pro surfer, Willy Correa, at the Surf Eco Festival in Salvador, Bahia. Photo: Surf Channel/Lazaro Ramos
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