It was an emotional day at the Sintra Portugal Pro, with Isabela Sousa winning her 4th world title. After the elimination of Japan’s Sari Ohara in the quarter finals, Isabela Sousa beat portuguese rider Teresa Almeida and was carried up the beach as the new world champion.
“Honestly, I’m really surprised”, confessed Isabela Sousa, that was aiming for the world title in Nazare.
“When everybody came to cheer for me at the beach and congratulate me I was still telling them they were mistaken, and that I wasn’t the champion yet.”
Isabela has a excelent relationship with Portugal and Sintra specifically, having won it three times, always in title years.
“Me and my brother have this superstition that if I win here I will be world champion. It has worked three times already. This time I’m already the champion so I guess I have to win here, right?”
But not if Joana Schenker has anything to say about that. The portuguese rider beat Alexandra Rinder in the other semifinal and stands in Isabela’s way to a perfect Sintra event.
“Isabela is the best rider in the world, no doubt about that”, says Joana Schenker, who is already very happy with the way things turned out for her this year, especially after a gruesome day yesterday, when she had to compete afflicted with a severe case of food poisoning.
“I only had sugared water in my system, so it was very hard to compete. Fortunately things went my way and now I’m in the final so I couldn’t be happier.”
Favorites don’t disappoint in the Projunior
Projunior World championSócrates Santana and “wonder kind” Tanner McDaniel sailed through the semis as well as Diego Sousa, do Brasil, e Bruno Martín, de Espanha and will now battle it out in the final, sunday.
Havaiano Dave Hubbard eyes DK seventh world title
With a day off for the Pro Mens division, there was more focus on the Dropknee division which is the only DK tour event this year & will crown world champion in Sintra.
And six times world champion Dave Hubbard looks poised to win for the seventh time. Dubb scored a 17,00 total in his round 4 heat and absolutely dominated the field. The competition will have to step up seriously if they want to stop him from taking another trophy home.