The Viana Pro got underway in some clean ½ - 1 mtr surf today and despite the smaller conditions the action was red hot.
This event carries 1000 IBA championship points for the winner and more importantly a perfect start to the 5 event European leg know as E5’09.
In heat 1 of the day Rita Pires (Portugal) could not find the right waves and was eliminated.
“Its not a problem” said the humble Pires. “The others found the better waves. It was still fun” she laughed. “ This is the first time for me to compete against the men on the IBA World Tour” said Pires.
The best performer of R1 was Andre De Silva (Portugal) who looked rock solid with big rolls and snappy spins to combo the field.
Damian King (Australia) and Benat Elosua (Spain) were the top scorers of the second round posting high 7’s on the top two rides.
“Its actually pretty fun out there” said Kingy.
“There are some nice little ramps and punchy sections to hit. With a bit more swell this place would crank”
Most of the Top 16 sat and watched the action today to get a feel for what’s in store tomorrow.
“ We are all coming off a tough leg in Peru & Chile” said Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii)
“Its so nice to be here in Europe with the sun shinning, good food and fun waves”
Competition gets underway on tomorrow at 10am.
Former World Champion Damian King along with Jeff & Dave Hubbard, Mike Stewart, Guilherme Tamega and Current World Champion Uri Valadao are all here for the event.
See all the info and live webcast here at ibaworldtour.com
SOURCE: IBA World Tour