Rigby leads GQS ratings into BOX

Australian Tom Rigby (Qld) has moved one step closer to making the elite Top 24 in 2012 by taking the maximum 2000 points up for grabs at the IBA Pipe Pro in Hawaii.

The Global Qualifying Series (GQS) is structured in a way that there are three different equations that come into play to get a final end of year ranking

  1. The best result in a GSS Trials
  2. The best result in a GQS stand alone event
  3. The National Tour ranking

Rigby has claimed the maximum points available for a GSS Trials with his second at Pipe and can now focus on the second and third part of the equation

“ I honestly thought if I make the money round I would be happy”said Tom.

“ But I just kept getting through heats and ended up in the final. So I had to keep reevaluating at the end of every heat”

Rigby will now look towards the 6 Star Primary events for his next big result as well as a strong showing on the Rebel Sport Pro Tour for his National ranking.

The first of the 6 Star Primary GQS events will be the Peruvian Inka Challenge and Tom has his sights set on that event.

“ I am looking at all my options but I’d say that I will go to South America again and if all goes well maybe do Europe too” he added.

The other 6 Star GQS events will be at Ferrol during the Sintra leg and also the SA Pro at Knights Beach South Australia in September.

“ I really want to make the Top 8 of the GQS this year and get a contract with IBA for 2012 on the Top 24 GGS series” said Rigby.

The GQS ratings have been designed in such a way that riders like Tom can get one good result and then not have to leave their country to qualify for the GSS if they has success on the National Tour and GQS 6 Star event.

The next chance for another rider to gain the maximum 2000 points will be the BOX Trials at Gas Bay, WA in April.

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Day 1 Peruvian Inka Challenge

The first day of the 2011 PIC challenge took place today in some fun wave s at Chilca.

Only 1 round of both the Pro Men and the DK were surfed and the results are below

Pro Men R1

Heat 1NameInfoP
33Kalani LattanziBrazil1
48Lucas IsnardBrazil3
49Juan Manoel MaldonadoPeru2
Heat 2NameInfoP
40Daniel BacigalupoPeru2
41Adam MorleySth Africa1
56Eugenio NicollinePERU3
Heat 3NameInfoP
36Emiliano TabareArgentina1
45Manuel RodriguezPeru3
52Adriano SilveiraBrazil2
Heat 4NameInfoP
37Leonardo CostaBrazil2
44Carlos SierraPeru3
53Igor SanchezCanary1
Heat 5NameInfoP
35Nicolas ChiaraArgentina2
46Renan FacciniBrazil1
51Joao GabrielBrazil3
Heat 6NameInfoP
38Renato ArelanoChile1
43Renzo FassioliPeru3
54Alejandro HernandezVenezuela2
Heat 7NameInfoP
34Roberto BrunoBrazil1
47Miguel FelicianoPuerto Rico2
50Luis FungPeru3
Heat 8NameInfoP
39Gabriel BrantesChile1
42Marcelo FreitasBrazil2

Pro DK R1

Heat 1NameInfoP
9David VelazquezVenezuela3
16Javier CruzadoPuerto Rico4
17Daniel AlvesBrazil1
24Manoel RodriguezPeru2
Heat 2NameInfoP
12Jorge HurtadoPeru3
13Emiliano TabareArgentina2
20Miguel FelicianoPuerto Rico4
21Renato ArellanoChile1
Heat 3NameInfoP
11Kiko GaldosPeru3
14Jeff HubbardHawaii1
19Luis FungPeru2
22Victor CheroPeru4
Heat 4NameInfoP
10Javier AraujoPeru2
15Ricardo SoteloPeru1
18Daniel PazPeru3
23Dario TaniVenez4

The main site to refer to is peruvianchallenge.com,although the PIC Facebook page may be updated a little quicker, so become a fan of them there too.
– TVPeru ran a broadcast from the event’s official opening and you can also see photos from the night here.
– When the event’s live, the live broadcast is found here and the heat draw will be here.

Note: 10pm Australian East Coast Time (or 8pm in WA) is 7am in Peru on the same day.
At the moment the swell forecast looks pretty good for Saturday & Sunday, the final two days of the comp. Then it looks like that stretch of coastline gets solid…

The conditions are shaping up insane for the weekend with a big swell expected to hit just in time for the finals.

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