Uri Valado: not a yellow smile

Uri Valadão and Eunate Aguirre have conquered the Sintra Portugal Pro 2011, in challenging 2-3 foot shifty waves at Praia Grande. The best bodyboarders in the world saw a Brazilian Men's final match between Valadão and Eder Luciano.

“I am so happy to win here for the third time. I love this event and the people here are amazing. It felt so good to be in a final with a fellow Brazilian, especially Eder”, said Uri. “Without all the Brazilian support here, I could not have won this battle. Thank you all!” Valadão added.

For the majority of the final, Valadão had a strangle-hold on Luciano, who required a 9.25 to win. Valadao’s fast and controlled ARS, spin and roll combinations earned him an impressive 8.25 and a 7.5 ride. Watch the final video highlights, here.

With the valuable 2000 points accompanying his first win in 2011, Valadoa now moves up out of 16th into 10th spot on the GSS World Tour rankings.

On the ladies front, Eunate Aguirre dominated the final, defeating Miya Onoue with 14.15 points vs 11.75. Aguirre was on form throughout the event, taking down Rita Peres, Neymara Carvalho and Sari Oohara on her way to the final.

This is the first time Aguirre has won the Sintra Portugal Pro, in the 16 years that it has been running. This win has also put Aguirre into the No.1 spot on the WWT rankings. “I have never won here before, so I am super happy with my result here today and to share it here with all my friends,” Aguirre commented.

Dave Winchester took out the Drop Knee division for the second year in a row, topping Aden Kleve in the final. Although conditions were bumpy and slow, Winchester managed to post impressive scores of 8.25 and 7.25, throwing ‘Rooster Tails’ of spray to excite the judges.

“I really enjoyed this event, especially the healthy rivalry and support amongst the competitors. I look forward to coming back next year.” added Winchester.

The updated top 10 rankings on the Mens GSS are:

1. Jeff Hubbard (HAW) 7440 points
2. Guilherme Tamega (BRA) 6550 points
3. Mark McCarthy (ZAF) 6160 points
4. Ryan Hardy (AUS) 6154 points
5. Amaury Lavernhe (REU) 6040 points
6. Pierre-Louis Costes (FRA) 5680 points
7. Jared Houston (ZAF) 5620 points
8. Magno Oliveira (BRA) 5570 points
9. Dave Winchester (AUS) 5540 points
10. Uri Valadao (BRA) 5410 points