PRAIA GRANDE, SINTRA (Thursday, September 12TH, 2019): COSTES AND ROBERTS ELIMINATED. MORRETINO READY TO CAPITALIZE. SOUSA SETS THE STANDARD. FERREIRA TAKES TEN FOR LONG TUBE.

 

Pristine conditions greeted competitors and officials this morning at Praia Grande, Sintra. Clean, corduroy lines of swell undulating to the horizon and crisp offshore winds delivered some clean 3 – 4 foot faces for riders during the morning rounds.

 

The day started with Round 3 (non-elimination) of the Pro Women, seeing the world title contenders take to the water and hope for automatic entry to Round 5. Most of these opening heats were closely contested, with the major players like Ayaka Suzuki (JAPAN), Alexandra Rinder (CANARY ISLANDS), Joana Schenker (PORTUGAL) and Sari Ohara (JAPAN) progressing regardless. It was Isabela Sousa (BRAZIL) who took things to a higher level.

 

SOUSA SETS THE STANDARD

 

Isabela Sousa took no time at all to make her intentions known for this important stop on the women’s world title race this year, kicking her campaign off with an 8-point ride for huge rollo on a set wave. She was able to back this score up later in the heat with a 6.5 for another strong rollo, seeing her progress with a combined heat score total of 14.5, which was the highest of the round by a long way. Her dominance certainly signifies that he race for the title is still well and truly alive, and she will be one rider to watch throughout this event.

 

COSTES AND ROBERTS ELIMINATED FROM EVENT

 

The world title race for two contenders took an unexpected turn today as both Pierre Louis Costes (FRANCE)) and Tristan Roberts (SOUTH AFRICA) were eliminated from the Sintra Pro in differing circumstances. For PLC, it was due to some exceptional riding from up and coming Frenchman and standout performer of the event so far Milo Delage (FRANCE) as well as Canary Islander Kevin Orihuela, who kicked off the heat with a strong 7-point ride. The remaining exchange saw PLC seek to get back into the heat, with characteristic flips that were enough to keep him in striking distance, but it was an excellent ride from Milo Delage that defined the heat.

 

Delage earned 8.5 for a perfectly executed combination of moves on one of the more barreling lefthand rides at Praia Grande, scooping early into a tube, then flipping out cleanly and finishing with a large rollo. The young Frenchman was truly clinical and stylish – his efforts at Sintra are not going unnoticed.

 

With PLC already holding a strong QEST result from the Pipeline event this year, this loss may not make too much of a difference for him in the title race. But it would certainly have helped to have made the podium here in Sintra.

 

In the case of Tristan Roberts (SOUTH AFRICA), the young South African was unable to find the right waves in the rapidly deteriorating conditions at Praia Grande around noon. The wind and tide were working together to see the clean, barreling conditions reduced to sloppy and full rides with limited potential. The heat was not a high-scoring one, with eventual winners Kevin Torres (CHILE) and Anas Haddar (MOROCCO) only securing average scores in the single digits. In the end there was only little over a point difference between first and third.

 

MORRETINO READY TO CAPITALIZE

 

As Pierre Louis Costes was eliminated from competition, Sammy Morretino (HAWAII) was waiting for his heat to start. The Hawaiian world title contender heard the news and it seemed to push him to an even higher level during his exchange with Moroccan Ilias Ousmouth and Chile’s Cristobal Fernandez. Morretino was ruthless in his heat, establishing himself early with a 5.75 but then exploding to the lead with a long barrel followed by a clean projected rollo on a right hander for an 8.75. Morretino was clearly fired up after this win and is looking a likely podium finish here in Sintra.

 

FERREIRA TAKES TEN FOR LONG TUBE

 

While all the focus has been understandably on the world title contenders in all divisions, the real highlight of the day today was the 10-point ride for young Portuguese rider Miguel Ferreira. Ferreira was in a tough heat against Dino Carmo (PORTUGAL) and Uri Valadao (BRAZIL) and anyone’s guess would have been that Carmo and Valadao would advance mostly due to their more established world tour experience. Ferreira had other ideas though as he stroked into a bowling lefthander which some tubed for an incredibly longtime, appearing from the tube cleanly after it puffed spray from the tube twice.

 

Needless to say, the crowd went wild on the beach and online, and the judges delivered the score.

 

Tomorrow, competition will resume in a larger swell and most likely kicking off with the Men’s Round 6.

 

The Sintra Pro is one of the longest running Association of Professional Bodyboarding (APB) World Tour events, with organizers celebrating 24 years of the event this year.

 

Next call will be 7.45am am for an 8:00 start tomorrow (Friday 13th).

 

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