2009 Sintra Portugal Pro

A cool change greeted competitors for day 4 at Praia Grande’ and the day started as nippy and overcast but things soon heated up when the IBA Top 16 hit the water.

R7 is always a highlight when you get the top seeds taking on the inform qualifiers in the “money round” & you could almost feel the tension in the air as the first heat started and the front runners in the 2009 IBA World Title race started their campaign.

Heat 1 and Brazilian Eder Luciano and Australia’s Michael Novy dominate the line-up with superior positioning and solid moves to leave Oliver Herrera (Canary Isle) and GuilhermeTamega (Brazil) in their wake. Tamega looked he waited for a wave that never came and the current ratings leader was gone in the blink of an eye. If that can happen to GT, then everyone was on notice from the get go.

Heat 2 was a see-sawing affair that saw AmauryLaverhne (Re-Union) take control at the halfway mark and never looked like failing. That left the other three guys to battle for second and in the end Mitch Rawlins (Aust) held off Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) and Magno Oliveira (Brazil).

Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) continued his great form with a win in the 3rd. Brazilian Paulo Barcellos scored the wave he needed in the dying seconds to finish second ahead of GilhermoCobo (Spain) and Andre Botha (Sth Africa).

The 4th heat was a tough one as the ocean started to change and the good waves were harder to find. Pierre Luis Costes (France) made the most of the conditions and moved through with Portugals Manuel Centeno. Exit BenatElosua (Spain) and Airam Cabrera (Canary Isle)

Former World champion Damian King (Australia) and Goncarlo Silva (Portugal) were beaten by Hugo Pinheiro (Portugal) and current World Champion Uri Valadao (Brazil) in the 5th. By this time the cross-shore winds were leaving some surface scarring and creating some ribs in the wave face and the bigger scores were tough to nail.

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2009 Sintra Portugal Pro

Day three at the Sintra Portugal Pro was almost a carbon copy of yesterday with blue skies, clean waves and non stop action.

In 1/4 final 1 of the Women, Rita Pires (Port) dominated the line-up with Jessica Becker (Brazil) to move into the man-on-man heats in the next round.

The next one was just as entertaining as Isabella Sousa (Brazil) continued here run through with a win over Neymara Carvalho (Brazil). Isabella is surfing incredible and looks to be one of the standout's so far in this WTT Grand Slam.

1/4 final 3 and current ratings leader Eunate Aguirre (Spain) showed why she is the leader of the pack with a polished display of competitive surfing advancing with Marta fernandez (Port)  and the last 1/4 saw Luz Marie Grand Perez (PRC) progress with Catarina Sousa (Port).

Standout's on the Mens R6 were the Australian team of Mitch Rawlin', Michael Novy, Brad Hughes and Damian King, as well as Andre Botha (Sth Africa) Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) Pablo Prieto (Germany) and Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) 

Portugal's Goncalo Silva was the only remaining local left from the qualifying rounds and will meet the Top 16 in R7.

Spanish riders have also faired well once again with Guilhermo Cobo, Benta Eloshua, Aritz Larinag & Alex Uranga all making it through.

Canary Island locals also enjoyed the clean sizey peaks as Diego Cabrera, Oliver Herrera & Airem Cabrera secured a birth in R7.

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2009 DK World Tour

The Sintra Portugal Pro hit top gear today as the 4th & 5th round of the Men’s division along with the opening round of the Drop-knee World Tour (DKWT).

The surf was once again pumping as Praia Grande’ served up some meaty 4 footers providing the perfect canvas for competitors to draw some sweet lines on.

In round 4 the best performer was Alex Uranga (Spain) who once again dazzled the crowd with a strong combination of moves. Alex has turned a lot of heads here on E5’09 as he blitzes his way through this 5 event European leg.

Round 5 saw some of the sports biggest names hit the water. Former World Champion Andrea Botha (Sth Africa) was blowing away his opponents with nice positioning in the line-up to dominate the best waves. His experience shone through and stamped himself as a real contender.

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