2009 Viana Pro in Portugal

Eder Luciano has won the 2009 Viana Pro in Portugal beating Guilherme Tâmega in the final heat.

The Brazilian won the first title in the IBA World Tour and receives a US$4.000 prize-money.

Mike Stewart lost the leading of the world ranking, after losing in the semi-final to Eder Luciano.

Guilherme Tâmega has now 4540 points. Stewart is very close with 4533 points.

IBA World Tour ranking after the 2009 Viana Pro:

1 – Guilherme Tâmega (BRA) – 4540 points
2 – Mike Stewart (HAV) – 4533 points
3 – Jeff Hubbard (HAV) – 3860 points
4 – Pierre Louis Costes (FRA) – 3690 points
5 – Dave Winchester (AUS) – 3410 points
6 – Dave Hubbard (HAV) – 3320 points
7 – Ryan Hardy (AUS) – 3300 points
8 – Uri Valadão (BRA) – 3277 points
9 – Magno Oliveira (BRA) – 3191 points
10 – Rene Xavier (BRA) – 3083 points

The heat is on and the 2009 IBA World Tour now heads to Sopelana, in Spain, between 18th and 23rd August.

Mike Stewart keeps the dream moving 

The third day of the Viana Pro had a late start as a localized sea mist made identifying the riders virtually impossible.

The event was up to the man-on-man stage so organizers decided to offer the competitors a 25-minute time frame to select the best waves.
Its mid Summer here in Europe and the beaches are packed by lunchtime so an army of hardcore spectators lined the beaches for the day creating a great atmosphere.

The first heat was a classic. Portugals favourite son Manuel Centeno got an early lead on Rui Pereira and looked on-song for the quarters until Rui pulled an 8.0 out of the bag and claimed victory. Exit Centeno.

The next heat was equally as entertaining as Mike Stewart got off to a great start on Portugals Andre De Silva. De Silva almost got back on track but Mike used his tactical skills to secure a win. Andre was one of the form riders going into the round and turned a lot of heads with his snappy style and will be sure to be a star of the future.

Heat 3 was saw Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) eliminated by an in-form Pierre Louis Costes (France) with Pierre selecting the superior waves to rack up the bigger points.

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Mike Stewart in the 2009 Viana Pro

The second day of the Viana Pro got underway today in glassy 2 footers with the IBA Top 16 taking on the inform qualifiers.

In heat 1 Mike Stewart (Hawaii) snuck through with Rui Pereira (Portugal) dominating the sets waves.

“Wow, that was tough” said Stewart. “When Joao Pinheiro got that last set I thought I was gone for sure. I am feeling pretty lucky” .

In the second heat the European Top 16 seeds were Hugo Pinheiro and Manuel Centeno (Portugal) and they both paddled for the same peak with Pinheiro picking up interference. Andre De Silva continued his giant killing run with a win and moved through with Centeno to tomorrow’s man on man heats.

Heat 3 was a torrid battle with the two former world champions Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) & Damian King (Australia) prevailing over a determined Gastao Entrudo (Portugal) and Joao Neiva (Portugal).

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