Huge day puts Sintra back on track.
Apart from a 20 minute interruption from fog the Sintra pro powered along for 11 hours of non-stop competition to put the event in a position to wrap up on Sunday.
The morning started with the three remaining heats from around five.
Competitors were greeted with a fresh 1 m swell and clean off shore wins that lasted to the majority of the day.
Next in the water was the top seeds from the DK division and they did not disappoint.
The clear standout of the round was defending world champion Sammy Morritino from Hawaii who despite having a horror trip to Portugal, missing flights and losing boards looked insanely sharp on the workable walls of Praia Grande.
In the women’s division the title race is well and truly alive with some new faces and all veterans putting on a show of the big crash in Sintra.
Ratings leader Ayaka Susuki looked comfortable as she trucked her way through round four and quarter finals to book a birth in the semis.
She will have her work cut out coming up against and inform Isabella Sousa.
In the other semi-final it’s an all Portuguese affair with Joana Schenker taking on Theresa Almeida.
In the men’s division we are down to the final 16.
In the mix as some fresh faces and Vetrans.
Standouts included ratings World champion Iain Campbell & Japanese pocket-rocket Hayato Enokido.
With 27 heats remaining organisers have again opted for an early 7.30 check-in and 7:45 AM start.
The Sintra Pro is the longest running Pro Bodyboard contest in the world and is offering the most prize-money of all the events in 2018.
Tune into the webcast early to catch all the action on Facebook live and apbtour.com/live
First in the water tomorrow will be the Pro men’s round 6 heats.