Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil (Thursday, September 23, 2010) – After winning in Bahia last week, Hawaiian Coco Ho, 19, does it again, claiming the Maresia Girls International over Pauline Ado (FRA), 19, in small but clean surf at Praia Mole.
In Bahia Coco Ho’s victim in the finals was ASP South America Women’s Pro Champion, Anali Gomez (PER), 24. In Santa Catarina she defeated Pauline Ado who whit this result has jumped into the list of six female surfers to qualify for the next year’s ASP Women’s World Tour.
Also Jacqueline Silva has made it into the list of surfers to qualify by the WQS rankings. The final qualifying list will be defined in Hawaii, from 12 to 23 November at the last stop of the ASP Women’s Star at Haleiwa Beach.
“I’m very happy, Brazil was already special for me, and now it’s still even more”, said legendary Hawaiian surfer Michel Ho’s daughter. “I congratulate Pauline (Ado) for her competitiveness in these waves which were very small and inconsistent; I think I was lucky to find the best ones to win. It’s so good being here in Brazil; I got lots of friends here, besides that, I was able to show that I can surf well in different kinds of waves”.
On the decisive Thursday at the Maresia Girls International the swell dropped noticeably at Praia Mole. The 2-3 feet sets were taking a long time to come through, and this has made even more important the wave selection. Taking advantage of this factor the young Hawaiian exceeded, giving no chance to anyone who crossed his way in the competition’s last day; she defeated Anali Gomez on the quarter finals and Jacqueline Siva on the semifinals.
On the title’s decision, once again Coco Ho surfed the best waves the entire heat. The French Pauline Ado even got a good wave in the dying minutes of the final, but wasn’t enough to turn the heat, which finished with the Hawaiian winning by 9.50 to 8.60.
“I’m a little bit disappointed to not get the win, but it’s still a good result for me, I stepped up significantly in the ranking and in addition my performance here in Brazil strengthened my confidence”, said Pauline Ado, who jumped from 13th to 5th position on the ASP Women’s Star. “This is my second WQS final and now it’s time to go to Hawaii where everything will be decided. I’m confident that I can qualify to the World Tour, and I hope to celebrate it there”.
The Brazilians Silvana Lima and Jacqueline Silva took equal third place in Florianopolis. “The waves disappeared for me. I stayed some 25 minutes without getting a single wave, but its nature, and we have to accept that, so congratulations to Pauline Ado”, said Silvana Lima. “To me getting the third place was very good; it’s always nice to be in the podium”.
After Silvana was Jacqueline Silva to be abandoned by the waves of Praia Mole. Coco Ho started very strong and placed the highlight of competition’s final day, winning by 12.66 pts over Jacqueline’s 5.63 pts.
“It was very difficult to find a good wave, actually I didn’t find any in the heat, but I can’t complain”, said Jacqueline Silva. “I moved up few positions in the ranking, and I’m more close to the Women’s World Tour, now it’s time to go to Hawaii, all I wanted was to get there in the list of six surfers who qualify, so I’m happy with this result”.
The Maresia Girls International is an ASP South America sanctioned event, official sponsor is the Brazilian surf brand MARESIA and organized by Prefeitura Municipal de Florianopolis, Salva Surf Brasil, Federacao Catarinense de Surf e Associacao de Surf da Praia Mole. Co sponsor are: Praia Mole Eco Village, Jamaica Surf Shop, Tent Beach, Aloha Surf Shop, Overboard, Planeta Surf, Ecologica, Surf Trip, Sumatra, Bahamas Surf Shop, Bali, New Look Surfwear, Fissura Surf Wear, and Mabuya. Partners: Surf Magazines Fluir, Surfar and Solto, Portal Waves, Jornal Drop and broadcast by TV Woohoo.
Check the event live webcast at www.aspsouthamerica.com.br
photos Janos Schmidt