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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:37

PERFECT START, AZORES PRO 2014

Great waves and high quality surf!

The ASP Prime-rated SATA Airlines Azores Pro pres. by Sumol launched today in hollow waves of 4-to-6 feet at the pristine Praia de Santa Barbara on Sao Miguel Island. Surfers put on an incredible show mixing deep barrel rides and high-performance maneuvers to complete the opening round of competition and reduce the field to 48.

 

Caio Ibelli (BRA), 20, got the best of the hollow conditions in the morning, clocking the most time in the barrel to post an impressive 9.53 and back it up with another solid score for the win. “I’ve been here five days already and yesterday the waves got big and I broke all my boards,” Ibelli admitted. “I was kind of bummed, but I went out there and looked for the barrels 'cause I don’t feel comfortable doing turns on this board. There’s nothing better to get barreled like that early in the morning.” Sitting in 34th position in the QS rankings, the former ASP World Junior Champion is in need of a big result to improve his position and close the gap with the leaders. “I got a ninth in Ballito and then lost first round in the US Open,” Ibelli said. “So basically I came here to try and get a good rhythm back and back-up my result. I have no pressure I just want to surf and have fun. I’m going to stick around today and try some boards to get used to them.”

 

Later in the day, Italo Ferreira (BRA), 19, collected the highest single-wave score for one maneuver, a massive alley-oop landed into the flats for a near-perfect 9.67. "That’s my favorite air," Ferreira commented. "The conditions were perfect for it this afternoon with that little sideshore wind. It is a little dangerous sure but I’ve been practicing a lot this kind of maneuvers and feel confident I can land them safely.”

 

Event wildcard and the leading junior from Portugal Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), 19, dominated Heat 10, advancing with a three-point difference ahead of current QS leader Matt Banting (AUS), 20. “I think I got a little bit too excited with the waves so I’m stoked that I got a couple,” Ribeiro said. “I’ve been watching the previous heats closely and I knew I could get the scores with turns, but, yes, when the occasional barrel came across I went for it.” Despite living just a couple of hours away on mainland Portugal, Ribeiro admitted his lacking experience in Azores, making his performance even more impressive. Event wildcard and the leading junior from Portugal Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), 19, dominated Heat 10, advancing with a three-point difference ahead of current QS leader Matt Banting (AUS), 20. “I think I got a little bit too excited with the waves so I’m stoked that I got a couple,” Ribeiro said. “I’ve been watching the previous heats closely and I knew I could get the scores with turns, but, yes, when the occasional barrel came across I went for it.” Despite living just a couple of hours away on mainland Portugal, Ribeiro admitted his lacking experience in Azores, making his performance even more impressive.

 

As the first event of the Portuguese Waves Series - Cascais Trophy, the SATA Airlines Azores Pro will play a vital role in crowning the series champion and awarding the additional $50,000 bonus. The following two events will be the ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro, and Moche Rip Curl Pro Peniche WCT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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