The final day at Praia Grande ended with Alan Muñoz (Chile), Isabela Sousa (Brazil), Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) & Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii) taking the titles with some good waves, lots of people cheering and the beautiful portuguese sun making everything shine a little brighter.
For Alan Muñoz, it was a Hollywood ending. He almost didn’t make his first heat in Sintra, having arrived by taxi from the airport, just in the nick of time for his first. Then he started to win all his heats in a perfect series that finished today, September 18th, Chile’s National Day. To make things even better, this was his maiden victory on tour after 4 years competing with the best bodyboarders on the planet.
“I’m very happy! I almost didn’t get here on time because I didn’t have much money and had to pick up the very last available plane ticket to Portugal. But, thankfully, all turned out incredible.”
And “incredible” would be the best way to describe his semi-finals heat with Tristan Roberts (Sth Africa. Alan beat him backflip for backflip 17.90 – 17.15 in the total scores.
“Tristan is a demon in the water and he threw all his arsenal at me. So I knew I had to do the same in order to win. So I did and this time it did the trick”
Then he beat another South african, Iain Campbell in a chalenging final due to the rising tide and dropping swell.
In the women’s division, Isabela Sousa beat portuguese champion Joana Schenker (12.75-10.40) and added the Sintra title to the world title she conquered only two days ago.
“It was great to make the final with Joana Schenker. She is one of the most dangerous competiors in these conditions and she could have easily have won. But I did it and I keep a very special tradition of winning Sintra in my world title years.
Meanwhile, in the Dropknee division Dave Hubbard did it. The hawaiian won Sintra beating Cesar Bauer (Peru) in the semis and Martin Mouradian (Guadalupe) in the final and with it, earning his eight world title.[df-gallery url=”https://apbtour.com/gallery/2016-sintra-portugal-pro-day-6/”]
Dubb only fulfilled a kind of collective prophecy, confirming what everyone knows: he is, by far, the best DK rider in the world tour right now. In the final, “Dubb” even scored a perfect 10 and added a 8.75. Mouradian tried to answer back with two good scores (7.00 e 7.50) but it wasnt enough against the overwhelming superiority of the now eight times world champion..
“I love Sintra. I’m always welcomed with open arms here, have a lot of support and the competition was very talented, pushing me to do my best”, he said in the final moments of the event.
In the Pro junior, 17 year old Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii) won the final against world Champion Sócrates Santana, Bruno Martin and Diego Gomes.
“It was my best result ever in Sintra. I never got along with this wave but I guess I’m finally figuring it out. It was an important win because it allows me to go into Nazare as the rankings leader. If I win there I’ll be world champion and that would be just the perfect outcome.”