PLAYA REVOLCADERO, Acapulco/Mexico (Wednesday, July 3, 2013) â€“ The Surf Open Acapulco presented by Vans returned to action for the second consecutive day to complete Round 2 of competition, and while there was a slight drop in swell, several surfers displayed some incredible performances in the rippable two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Playa Revolcadero.
Italo Ferreira(BRA), 18, who won his Round 1 heat yesterday, maintained his form in Round 2 of the Surf Open Acapulco, dismantling the wedgy lefts on his forehand with committed turns and big airs.
â€œThat was a good heat for me and the waves were much better than my heat yesterday,â€ Ferreira said. â€œHopefully I can keep winning and do the same in my next heat.â€
Ferreira, an ASP World Junior Tour standout, hopes to build momentum on today's performance and is eyeing a result in Acapulco to break in to the higher ranked events.
â€œWinning my first two heats definitely helps with confidence,â€ Ferreira said. â€œI'm focused and my boards are feeling really good and these are good conditions for me. I'm looking forward to surfing again.â€
Balaram Stack(Point Lookout, NY), 22, looked at home in the punchy breakbreak conditions and took flight on the lefthand ramps of Playa Revolcadero. The goofy-footer would go on to punt a big air-reverse, earning an 8.33 for the single maneuver and would find a sold backup to solidify his Round 2 heat victory.
â€œThese are definitely my ideal conditions, fun peaky beachbreak like home,â€ Stack said. â€œHopefully it stays like this because I'm having fun. Unfortunately I blew one of the best sections I've had in a long time on one left, but hopefully I won't do that in the next heat. Overall, I'm here with my friends, the waves are good and I'm having a good time.â€
While several of the day's highlights came at the hand of frontside aerials, Francisco Bellorin (VEN), 23, dominated his Round 2 affair with unmatched backhand power. The Venezuelan unloaded a seamless combination of turns on a steep left, taking a 9.43 for the ride, the day's highest single-wave score.
â€œI'm really happy to be here at a 4-Star in Mexico and the people are amazing.â€ Bellorin said. â€œI was a little nervous at the beginning of that heat because all of the surfers are really good. I was relieved to get that good left that let me do some turns and I'm really happy to move in to the next Round and represent Venezuela and Latin America.â€
The Surf Open Acapulco presented by Vans holds a waiting period from July 2-7, 2013. Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am local time for a possible 7:30 start to Round 3.
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