Rip Curl Pro Search - Chile

22 Jun 2007 0 Share

Rip Curl Pro: Australian Kieren Perrow (Byron Bay, NSW) scored an incredible last-minute victory in his round two heat against Bede Durbidge.

Rip Curl Pro: Australian Kieren Perrow (Byron Bay, NSW) scored an incredible last-minute victory in his round two heat against Bede Durbidge.

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Rip Curl Pro Search Chile
Stop No 4. of 10 on the 2007 Foster's ASP World Tour Ex-Isla Alacran, Arica, Chile June 20-July 1, 2007

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IRONS NARROWLY ESCAPES ELIMINATION AT RIP CURL PRO SEARCH CHILE

ARICA, Chile (Thursday, June 20, 2007) - Only seven heats of the Rip Curl Pro Chile, stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2007 Foster's ASP World Tour, were run today, but near perfect rides were ridden in four of them.

Former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW) earned a much-needed 9.70 out of 10.00 with just three minutes left in his heat against local Chilean wildcard Manuel Selman.

"I was ready to go home at the end of that heat; I was about to pack my bags and go and have a two-week break," Irons said. "It's just the way my year has been going. It was a really slow and sketchy heat and the local kid knew where to surf and got a couple of 6.0s. I had a 3.0 and thought that was it.
I needed and 8.50, and that point, there weren't too many 8.50's coming through. I knew I was in trouble."

The defending Rip Curl Pro Search champion was critically close to adding another 33rd (last) place result to his ratings scoreline when he twisted fate with a deep tuberide in the dying minutes of the heat.

"I was paddling into the wave and it sucked up like Pipe - it had a nice line to it," Irons said. "I made sure I was a little behind the peak and I knew I had to get really deep - I needed an 8.50. Right toward the end it got kind of washy and wild but when I came out it was instant relief; I knew I got the score, but I wasn't sure if he was on the wave behind me."

Selman was on the wave following, but failed to emerge from the tube.

The remaining four heats of Round 1 and the first three heats of Round 2 were run in solid eight to 10 foot (two to three plus metre) waves before inconsistent conditions and unfavorable winds forced officials to call off competition for the day.

Like Irons, Leonardo Neves (BRA), Kai Otton (AUS) and Kieren Perrow (AUS) also posted waves in the high 9.0s today. Otton paired his 9.93 with an 8.17 to earn the highest heat total of the event thus far, an 18.10. His 9.93 wave score ties Neves' for the event highest as well.

"I love these kind of waves," Otton said. "I'm from the South Coast in Australia- the far south coast of New South Wales - and there are reefs and ledges everywhere there. I've grown up surfing these types of waves but this one is unbelievable. It's definitely dangerous. It's a nine out of 10 for danger for sure."

Brazilian Leonardo Neves looked dangerous when he came out of a deep barrel to beat Cory Lopez (USA) and Shaun Cansdell (AUS) in their Round 1 clash.

"I dropped down, turned and didn't event look," Neves said. "The surfboard did all of the work and then when I came out of the barrel I thought maybe it would be a good score like a 7.0 or an 8.00. A minute or two later I heard the score and thought, 'wow, a 9.93, it was really good!' I am really happy."

Former Foster's ASP World Tour surfer and event wildcard Perrow took out world No. 5 Bede Durbidge (AUS) after earning a 9.73 late in their Round 2 duel.

"The wave was doubling up so I really wanted to get underneath it at the start," Perrow said. "It's kind of hard to get in some of those waves out there so I tried to be a little deep. I took off and saw that section so I had to high-line it in the beginning, but then it really opened up. My board was getting bounced around a fair bit inside, but I saw the exit and it just sort of spat me through it. I was so stoked. It's the first time I've claimed a wave in a while."

Chilean wildcard Christian Merello was not quite as lucky. Morello pulled into a huge closeout wave and had to come in and regain his composure before heading back out into his heat with tour front-runner Taj Burrow. Burrow easily eliminate

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