Sintra, September 26, 2015

A great story coming out of the fifth day at the Sintra Portugal Pro was Catarina Sousa (Portugal) who dominated her semi-final, defeating Japanese rider Mayomi Tone to progress into the semi’s.

Catarina seems determined to repeat her 2009 feat, when he defeated compatriot Rita Pires, in a historic final

“I am very happy to have won today, but I would have surfed a little better. I think it was essentially my competitive experience that got me through, “confessed Catarina Sousa, who is now a heat away from the Sintra Portugal Pro final.

But to reach the final, Catarina will have to overcome another Japanese rider in the form of Sari Ohhara.

Sari is one of the candidates for the women’s world title in a race led by the Canary Island local & current world champion, Alexandra Rinder.

“I’ve lost twice to Sari in Sintra and in Hawaii a few years ago, and I know that she is a competitor I really respect. But I hope its third time lucky”, laughed Catarina.

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Catherine is the only surviving Portuguese local left in the competition, after Marta Leitão lost another heat in the quarterfinals, against … Sari Ohhara.

As far as the Drop-knee goes, the highlight of the day was the heat between Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) and Ian Campbell (South Africa) an early end when DHubb came out on top with a total score of 17 (8 00 + 9.00) against a total of 14.15 Campbell.

The race for the men’s world title became even more interesting today with the unexpected elimination of South African Jared Houston.

Jerry fell to the Brazilian Helliton Loureiro (11:25 to 13:25) in the quarterfinal and now joins Amaury Lavernhe and Uri Valadão on the sideline of the Sintra Portugal Pro.

A similar fate hit Australian Lewy Finnegan, who had a slim chance to fight for the world title but was eliminated by Dave Hubbard.

Jared summed up his heat.

“I honestly deserved to lose. I surfed a perfectly stupid heat. Not a bad performance to reach the quarterfinals but I’ll head to Nazare with renewed will, “said Houston.

Tomorrow will be the last day of the Sintra Portugal Pro, and some incredible battles will go down at Praia Grande

Competition begins at 8.30am tomorrow with the semi finals of Pro junior hitting the water first.

Watch it live at www.apbworldtour.com/live

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