Mark Cameron and Rod Baldwin Lead the Charge for TravelSIM Team Australia at Nicaragua ISA World Masters
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
WHILE the best master's surfers from around the globe battled it out at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in Nicaragua today, Mark Cameron (Woolgoolga, NSW) and Rod Baldwin (Copocabana, NSW) led the charge for TravelSIM Team Australia on day three of competition.
The ocean continued to produce high-quality waves with offshore winds throughout the day. Although the swell size decreased slightly, Surfline, the Official Forecaster for the event, is anticipating a substantial swell to hit Nicaragua in the coming days, providing overhead waves for the finals.
Just one surfer was eliminated yesterday on Day 2, but 17 more would be joining him today as spectators for the duration of the event at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana.
In the Men's Grand Masters Qualifying Round 2, Woolgoolga's Mark Cameron produced a polished display of fine surfing, beating Randall Chaves (CRI), 9.17; Eduardo Rojos (VEN), 7.77 and Julián Galeana (MEX), 2.56.
Fellow Australian Rob Baldwin was just as impressive in the Men's Grand Kahunas Qualifying Round 2, notching a 14.30 total to defeat Oalto Castro (BRA), 10.43; Robert Reid (DOM), 7.93 and Aurelio Prieto (ECU), 5.30
The Men's Kahunas Qualifying Round 2 was also staged on the third day of competiton.
Scamander's Scott Weinreich was relegated to the repercharge round, while Emerald Beach surfer John Schmidenberg progressed into the next round with a runner up placing.
Though the majority of the competitors in the event still compete on a regular basis, the ISA World Masters is a chance to compete on a bigger stage with vastly stronger competition. It's also an opportunity to rekindle old rivalries and old friendships.
Action resumes tomorrow, July 18, with several Repechage rounds. In total, 58 more competitors will be eliminated.
The event webcast will be live beginning at 7:40am local time (6:40am PST; 9:40am EST; 2:40pm in Paris; and 11:40pm in Sydney) with The Morning Show at www.isawmsc.com/live.
TravelSIM Team Australia results:
Men's Grand Masters Qualifying Round 2 Results
Heat 1: Mark Cameron (AUS), 13.34; Randall Chaves (CRI), 9.17; Eduardo Rojos (VEN), 7.77; Julián Galeana (MEX), 2.56
Heat 3: Dean Randazzo (USA), 14.67; David Hammond (AUS), 8.40; Yasunori Isobe (JPN), 7.34; Giovanni Visconti (CHI), 0.40
Men's Kahunas Qualifying Round 2 Results
Heat 1: Cardoso Junior (BRA), 13.71; Yoshihiro Nakamura (JPN), 8.20; Javier Gorbea (PUR), 6.07; Scott Weinreich (AUS), 5.74
Heat 3: Cesar Aspillaga (PER), 12.00; John Schmidenberg (AUS), 11.17; Horacio Ipucha (ARG), 7.50; Werner Vega (PUR), 1.60
Men's Grand Kahunas Qualifying Round 2 Results
Heat 2: Rod Baldwin (AUS), 14.30; Oalto Castro (BRA), 10.43; Robert Reid (DOM), 7.93; Aurelio Prieto (ECU), 5.30
Day 4 Heat Schedule
8:00am - Men's Masters Repechage 2 (Heats 1-6)
9:30am - Men's Grand Masters Repechage 2 (Heats 1-6)
11:00am - Men's Kahunas Repechage 2 (Heats 1-4)
12:00pm - Men's Grand Kahunas Repechage 2 (Heats 1-3)
12:45pm - Men's Masters Repechage 3 (Heats 1-3)
1:30pm - Men's Grand Masters Repechage 3 (Heats 1-3)
2:15pm - Men's Kahunas Repechage 3 (Heats 1-2)
2:45pm - Men's Grand Kahunas Repechage 3 Heats 1-2)
TravelSIM team is managed by Lee Schulze (Scamander, TAS).
Travelsim Team Australia
Men's Masters (Over 35)
Dean Hall (Miami, QLD)
Robbie Page (Kempsey, NSW)
Men's Grand Masters (Over 40)
David Hammond (Avalon Beach, NSW)
Mark Cameron (Woolgoolga, NSW)
Men's Kahunas (Over 45)
Scott Weinreich (Scamander, TAS)
John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW)
Men's Grand Kahunas (Over 50)
Rod Baldwin (Copacabana, NSW)
Women's Masters (Over 35)
Sandra English (Budgewoi, NSW)
Lee Schulze (Scamander, TAS)
Surfing Australia would like to recognise the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), Travelsim and Suncorp for their continuing support of the Team Australia Program.
Find out more about TravelSIMat www.travelsim.net.au