The Santa Catarina Pro Surf competition starts 27th June and ends 5th July. This is an important event as the ASP Tour continues towards its final competitions.
And preparations are well under way for what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable competition. How could it not be… it’s in Brazil after all, a country which knows how to throw not only a competition but a mean party too!
Joaquina and Imbituba are Brazil’s best beachbreaks. They are generally smaller and shorter waves, but they can get powerful and hollow when it pumps. Nice and punchy – a great playground for the surfers to show off their stuff.
The Santa Catarina Pro falls towards the end of the ASP tour and has become renowned as the arena for new champions to be made. The past 6 years has seen the following great surfers crowned:
- 2008: Bede Durbidge (AUS)
- 2007: Mick Fanning (AUS)
- 2006: Mick Fanning (AUS)
- 2005: Damien Hobgood (USA)
- 2004: Taj Burrow (AUS)
- 2003: Kelly Slater (USA)
Joel Parkinson (Australia), Taj Burrow (Aus), Mick Fanning (Aus), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Adriano de Souza (Bra) and Jordy Smith are the top 6 surfers on the ASP tour at the moment with Joel #1 and Jordy #6 – though there is still time for more place juggling.
Joel is the current favourite at the moment for the ASP World Title and he’s determined to keep up his form to claim his first crown this year. His dominating performances on the Gold Coast and at Bells were more than enough proof to stamp Parko’s intentions on the 2009 season. Joel has been training and traveling with Wes Berg, an Australian ironman champion and this has helped him to stay focused and ready for the competition without overdoing the warm-ups or partying too much at night. When interviewed in Tahiti he said, “he’s made me aware of what it means and what it takes to be an elite athlete. It’s easy to just get caught up in Tahitian time and just slide away and lose focus. With Wes there though, he kept me on my toes.”
Here’s a great video from ganothesexyy showing just how good Parko is:
However, good luck to you all – the competition is still open…