GCB’s Richards advances to Round of 32 in Rip Curl Pro

Fresh off of a trip to China representing team USA, Garden City Beach’s Cam Richards advanced to the Round of 32 today at the Rip Curl Pro in Jobos Beach, Aguadila, Puerto Rico today.

With a field of 144 surfers competing in the 4-star Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event, Richards has worked his way consistently through the event that began February 9th.

After finishing 2nd in his opening heat, Richards has since put up two first place finishes coming into the round of 64. That round of 64 began this morning with a 7:30am call time that put Richards in water around 7:45 in conditions that increased in size and sloppiness as the day wore on.

Steven Pierce, owner of SurfsideSurfs.com describes the conditions today, “Those were difficult conditions for him to surf in and to advance this far is a display of his talent and maturity.”

Richards opened his heat with a backside snap and a Gorkin flip maneuver that isn’t often seen in competition. Struggling to ride out of the flip, his opening ride score brought a 2.33. That would be enough to combine with his second ride score of 6.33 that took advantage of a down the line backside wave that Richards carved with precision. His two wave combined score of 8.66 was just shy of Nils Schweizer’s 8.67.

Richards moves into the round of 32 with a 7:30am call time tomorrow. “I think it’s crucial in any contest situation to move into the pros side of it. That’s just more money in the bank, money wise and experience wise,” said Pierce.

Swellinfo.com predicts waves in the well overhead range for tomorrow’s event.

Follow the action live online at http://live.ripcurl.com/puerto-rico-live-webcast.html

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