Vasco Ribeiro: the next Portuguese hope

Vasco Ribeiro and Tessa Thyssen have conquered the inaugural Espinho Surf Destination, in clean 2-3Ft waves at Praia da Baia, in Espinho, Portugal.

The first stop on the European Pro Junior Series saw Vasco Ribeiro being carried up the beach and acclaimed by the crowds, after a tricky final against Natxo Gonzalez, Ethan Egiguren, and Gaspard Larsonneur.

In a wave starved final, Ribeiro only caught the required two waves but made the most of every section he was offered and managed to take the win. An undisputed standout, Ribeiro confirmed he could handle everything the ocean threw at him today.

"I knew it was going to be slow so I tried to start big in the first few minutes. I wanted to stick to the rights cause I thought more would come through but in the last five minutes with only one wave I had to paddle across towards the other guys and luckily I found my second ride there," says the Portuguese surfer.

"It’s a long year and I think all events are equally important towards the title race, so I'll just stick to my gameplan and give everything I have every step of the way, I think it's going to be a great year."

In the women's final, Tessa Thyssen took control of the proceedings right from the start and never let go to win her first ever ASP Pro Junior event. Surfing impressively on both her front and backhand, Thyssen paddled on every moving wave to collect one of the highest heat total of the entire event.

"I am incredibly happy to win my first Pro Junior! It's a great start to my campaign, I'm going to continue to train and keep my rhythm going over the next few months. It was hard this final, but I kept super busy to find waves and it worked out well." adds Thyssen.

Thyssen who had a rather discrete road to the final, seemed to have finally let go of her usual cautious self and gave everything she had in the very last heat she disputed.

Espinho Surf Destination Men's Final
1. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 9.47
2. Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 8.64
3. Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 8.27
4. Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 7.93

Espinho Surf Destination Women's Final
1. Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 13.00
2. Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 9.93
3. Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 7.87
4. Kim Veteau (GLP) 7.17