Joan Duru: climbing up the wall | Photo: ASP/Damien Poullenot

The Round 3 of the SATA Airlines Azores Pro 2014 has been concluded in perfect three-to-five foot surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

Maxime Huscenot was one of the standouts of day two of competition. The French surfer showed exceptional rail-surfing and a fine aerial repertoire, including a 9.67-point wave in his Round 3 clash.

"That left is super fun and I love to surf on my backside. I knew the backwash today would come into play, so I changed boards. I know two scores is all you need, and I focused on selecting the best options out there," explained Huscenot.

Vasco Ribeiro managed to keep the Portuguese flag up in the sky by successfully overcoming a difficult matchup against current rankings leader Matt Banting, and former event champion Tomas Hermes.

"I'm feeling really good and stoked to get a couple fun waves today again. To win heats here is even more appreciable because I have family and friends along, and I hope the waves keep coming to me in the latter rounds," underlined Ribeiro.

Joan Duru advanced into the fifth round of competition as well, a season-first for the young Frenchman, who has struggled to find his rhythm so far in 2014.

"I haven't had a result for some time, and my confidence levels weren't too high to be honest. That 9 this morning really got me back into it, and to win again this afternoon against guys like Willian and my friend Ramzi is cool," concludes Duru.

Leonardo Fioravanti, Jack Freestone, Yadin Nicol, Ricardo Christie and Brett Simpson are through to Round 5 of the SATA Airlines Azores Pro 2014.