5/27/12: Matt Wilko beats defending champ Kai Otton in a lopsided final. San Clemente's Kolohe Andino finished equal 3rd and Nate Yeomans finished equal 5th.
5/26/12: To watch live: CLICK HERE. Contrary to popular Brasilian contest stereo-types the waves were actually big in the early rounds. Mason Ho rode his 6'0 Driver step up in his first heat and belted a couple lefts to take the win. In his second heat he landed a stale fish air on a right for a 5.0 but ended up paddle battling Gabriel Medina out the back the rest of the heat and couldn't find a back up score. Speaking of belting some lefts, Chris Ward dropped a 9.57 score in round 2 for a huge backside blast and some back up turns. He also launched a few airs on the right for a heat total of 17.90. Still the third highest heat score and 4th highest single wave of the contest. He ended up going down in the round of 24. CJ Hobgood said, “the boy was ripping down there”. Austin Ware said, “sick Ward stories going down in Brasil”. We have no idea where Ward got his incredible competitive skills – he only did a few NSSA's and was never a Jr. Lifeguard??? After he lost in Brasil he flew staight to Florida and is headed to Catalyst in Melbourne Beach at some point this holiday weekend. Kolohe Andino, Nate Yeomans, Sebastian Zietz and possibly Alex Ribeiro advanced into the quarter-finals on boards made at the …Lost factory as well . Watch them tomorrow.
From STAB MAG: “The Quiksilver Saquarema Prime presented by Coca-Cola has been chugging away in a post-Billabong Pro haze. Plenty of men on the WT stuck around to compete in the event and try to scoop some all-too-precious ratings points. Men like Matt Wilkinson, Kai Otton, Kolohe Andino, Pat Gudauskas. But there’s also a group of men who’re trying to scoop enough points to put themselves closer to the cusp of WT qualification. Men like Chris Ward, pictured here.
The 33 year old, whose long-standing association with Lost and Mayhem produced the frequently-uttered phrase, Where’s Wardo? (so befitting of a man who walks to the beat of his own dream), has still got it. He lay-down a 9.57 in Saquarema recently to eliminate top seed Alejo Muniz and man-of-grit Gabriel Villaran. “I caught such a good left that I thought I wasn’t going to be able to paddle into,” said Wardo. “But I won the paddle battle and it was worth it because it opened up and was really good. I was stoked with the score the judges gave me and at the end I just stayed on the rights and tried to throw a couple of airs and just had fun until the horn sounded.” Pictured here is one of those airs. Lofty, to say the least. And although Wardo ain’t in the contest anymore, isn’t it good to occasionally see a man dig his heels in?”