The women’s world title race continues while the successful qualifiers join the main event
The swell cleaned up overnight at Praia do Norte and it also reduced in size. The cross-shore current was slightly less unforgiving, and the winds brushed the corduroy lines of swell offshore. Praia do Norte, Nazare was looking as tasty as a Pastel de Nata on the side of your morning espresso…
The previous day saw the Men’s trials progress all the way to the semi-finals. With only 7 places available for the Nazare Pro Main Event there would be one unlucky rider who would miss out. That unlucky rider was Yoshua Toledo, who suffered an interference call, seeing his second scoring wave cut in half. He was a standout in the trials event back at the first stop of the tour in Arica earlier this year and always looks dangerous in a competition jersey.
Stand-outs from this critical round of the trials event were both Dave Hubbard and Socrates Santana, who both won their heats. Hubbard was able to connect some combination rides on the fast moving right and also managing to find some coverage in the fast-moving barrel section. Socrates Santana surfed like a man possessed, throwing himself off some heavy sections. Santana was able to land a large backflip to claim a high scoring ride, which he was able to back up with another average score.
The final list of qualifiers to the Men’s Main Event are:
The women’s event also kicked off today, with a total of 3 rounds of competition completed.
In the early round of competition, reigning world champion and local Portuguese favourite Joana Schenker was the clear stand-out, finding a clean barrel that she was able to punctuate with a well-executed rollo onto the sand. All contenders for the world title this year managed to progress through the first round in strong positions, seeing them skip the elimination round 2 and saving their energy for round 3. Local Praia do Norte rider Teresa Almeida was also able to progress through directly to round 3.
In Round 3 of the women’s competition, Japan’s Sari Ohara was able to rediscover better form, taking out her elimination heat and progressing along with Nazare local Teresa Almeida to the Quarter Finals of competition.
Ayaka Susuki was in devastating form against world title contender Isabela Sousa, seeing Ayaka awarded an 8.5 for a large rollo off a larger set, landing onto the dry sand. Sousa was able to do enough to keep her title dreams alive by earning a heat score total of 10 behind Susuki’s heat score total of 14.75.
In another stacked heat of competition, Alexandra Rinder was able to progress along with reigning world champion Joana Schenker, seeing all 4 title hopefuls still in the race.
Conditions deteriorated during the afternoon with the onset of the high tide, forcing officials to call an end to competition for the day. Swell is expected to pick up tomorrow during the day and with only the Trials finals to be completed and then the quarter finals of the women’s onwards, it is expected that the first round of Open Men’s competition will be started, where Iain Campbell, Jared Houston, Tanner McDaniel and Pierre Louis Costes will begin their final push for world championship glory.
Tune into tomorrow at 7:30am (Portugal time) to apbtour.com/live or facebook.com/live for live broadcast.