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April 26, 2013 – On Day 2 of the Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl today, the last of the international invitees were eliminated, setting up an all Asian Quarterfinal round and possible finish in what is expected to be the best wave conditions of the event tomorrow.
With a five foot SSW swell at 16 seconds on tap for tomorrow, as predicted by official forecaster Magicseaweed.com, Rip Curl Contest Director James Hendy is optimistic that yesterday’s epic opening day will be eclipsed by tomorrow’s surfing conditions and another memorable barrel fest will ensue, with Asia’s best surfers getting the best waves of their lives here at Lance’s Right in the Mentawai Islands of West Sumatra, Indonesia.
Round 3 started off with pumping waves in the early going, but by Heat 3 the long waits and lack of barreling waves put a hold on the competition, which resumed again at 3 pm as the wind had turned the tide began to rise, making for better conditions in which to complete Round 3.
Pepen Hendrik’s deep barrel in Heat 4 against Made Adi Putra got him the highest single wave score of the day, a 9.0 (out of a possible 10 points), and his next highest scoring barrel ride of 7.25 also netted the highest heat score of the day of 16.25 points (out of a possible 20 points).
It was in the very next heat that Bali’s Marlon Gerber eliminated the last of the international invitees, Sebastian Smart from the UK, from the competition. Long waits and inconsistent waves made for a challenging heat and relatively low scores for both competitors, and Smart on his backhand found it tough going, after the heat saying, “I had a bit of tough heat out there, as the conditions were changing a lot so I didn't know what I would get when I was sitting out there. Plus being up against Marlon, I knew it wouldn't be easy. I just went out and hoped I could get a couple fun ones.”
When asked to comment about his overall experience and about the talents of the Asian surfers, he replied, “Even though I didn't make it past Round 3, this has been so much fun and a great experience for me, so I couldn't be much happier to be here right now. Before coming I knew some of the top guys like Marlon and Pepen and Garut, but seeing how many really good guys there are here did surprise me. Guys that I've never even heard of like Robot (Wayan Susiana) surf so good, its impressive. This has been a fantastic trip and I'm super happy to be here, and I'm glad we have a few days left to enjoy more of this place.”
The vibe in the Losman Ombak this evening is light-hearted, and though it’s down to the final 8 surfers tomorrow everyone is smiling and looking forward to what the morning will bring. “I’m really hoping to get some of the best waves in my life tomorrow,” said Marlon Gerber. “I feel like I haven’t really had the waves I’ve wanted to get yet, even though I’ve gotten some good ones. I’ve made my heats so far and I’m glad about that, but I just want to get some super good barrels tomorrow. Win or lose its getting good waves that really matter!”
Quarterfinal matchups are as follows:
Quarterfinal 1: Putra Hermawan vs Gazali Hamzah
Quarterfinal 2: Made Widiarta vs Pepen Hendrik
Quarterfinal 3: Marlon Gerber vs Oney Anwar
Quarterfinal 4: Wayan Susiana vs Tipi Jabrik