PLAYA REVOLCADERO, Acapulco/Mexico (Tuesday, July 2, 2013) â€“ The second annual Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star Surf Open Acapulco presented by Vans kicked off competition in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Playa Revolcadero, completing Round 1 with some impressive performances from an international field.
Chris Waring (Seal Beach, CA), 26, punctuated an exciting opening day of competition, detonating the day's highest single-wave score of a near perfect 9.40 out of 10 for three searing forehand power-turns on a steep righthand wall in the final Round 1 heat of the day.
â€œIt's super fun out there,â€ Waring said. â€œIt's like an Huntington Beach lip. I tried to get going early because it's hard to wait for a good wave to come in and you want to get going. I got lucky and locked in to that sick right and it opened up for me. That thing was fun.â€
Waring, a regular in the Huntington Beach lineup, looked at home in Playa Revolcadero's similar conditions today and attributed his success to a relaxed approach to this year's event.
â€œI'm just having a lot of fun,â€ Waring said. â€œI'm just glad to be here. I'm here with my Dad and enjoying the trip and not really focusing too much on the heats. I'm going out there and enjoying myself.â€
Caetano Vargas (BRA), 25, was deadly on the wedgy righthanders of Playa Revolcadero, igniting the day's high heat-total with seamless forehand turns. Vargas unloaded a near-perfect 9.33 for three powerful gouges on his forehand, culminating with a clean air reverse. The Brazilian would quickly back up the high score with a massive forehand air, solidifying his dominant Round 1 performance with a 18.20 out of 20 heat total.
â€œToday, I was a little nervous but after I got my first two waves I was a little more relaxed,â€ Vargas said. â€œI continued to get better scores as the heat went on and was able to build momentum. It was a good heat and I was happy to have some good waves here in Acapulco.â€
Tanner Hendrickson (Maui, HI), 21, defending Surf Open Acapulco champion, began competition in Round 1 due to a late entry, but looked lively in the peaky beachbreak conditions. Hendrickson wasted little time in his opening affair, belting powerful combinations on both his forehand and backhand, securing a commanding Round 1 win.
â€œI'm stoked that I'm starting from Round 1 because it gives me a chance to build some momentum and the waves are fun,â€ Hendrickson said. â€œI felt good out there. I was lucky enough to start off with a decent score and build house from there.â€
Hendrickson's victory at the Surf Open Acapulco in 2012 marked the pinnacle result of his young career, and the Hawaiian hopes he can build on his Round 1 success to back up last year's effort.
â€œComing back here is amazing,â€ Hendrickson said. â€œI love this place. I'm so happy that I won here last year and hopefully I can do it again.â€
The Surf Open Acapulco presented by Vans holds a waiting period from July 2 through 7, 2013. Event organizers will reconvene at 7am local time for a possible 7:30am start to Round 2.
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