Alejo Muniz: injured in the Azores waves

Tricky wave conditions marked the third day of the 2013 Sata Airlines Azores Pro, in Santa Barbara Beach, Portugal.


A wind-affected line-up and 3-4Ft waves were on offer at the beautiful black-sanded beach of Santa Barbara, in São Miguel.

Filipe Toledo was the first surfer to break the 8.00 barrier with an above-the-lip manoeuver this morning. Taking things to the next level on his fronthand, Toledo netted one of the highest heat totals of the day.

"I went out there relaxed cause it's a no-loser round, but thinking of first place to get straight into the round 16," Toledo stated.

"I watched the heats before and airs didn't score very well, so I tried to go higher and bring variation in the rotations and grabs. My 8+ was an inverted frontside reverse and in the first section of the wave, I think that's why I got a good score for it."

Ryan Callinan managed to hold back on his usual high-flying ardour, to perform more traditional surfing and advance into the round of 16 ahead of C.J Hobgood and Brian Toth.

"I've never got into a prime, so it's cool to be here and I'm doing pretty well I'm stoked ! It's really cool to surf cause all the heats are so hard, there are CT guys in almost every heat and I feel like I've learned already a lot from the last couple", says Callinan.

Nathan Hedge, former elite WCT surfer now back in the qualification race, has been discretely advancing through the rounds at the ASP Prime SATA Airlines Azores Pro, but nonetheless winning all-three to advance directly into the round of 16.

Alejo Muniz dominated the opening heat of the no-loser round of 24, in an all-brazilian affair against powersurfer Willian Cardoso and Hizunome Bettero.

Unfortunately, later in the heat, Muniz missed the landing on a full rotation aerial and suffered an ankle injury and won't be able to surf when the event continues.

"It looks like it's a compression between bones on his ankle and Alejo's gone to the hospital for an MRI so we'll hopefully know more soon," Phillipe Malvaux, team manager at Hurley Europe.

Upcoming 2013 Sata Airlines Azores Pro Round of 16 Matchups:

Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs TBD
Cooper Chapman (USA) vs TBD
Ryan Callinan (AUS) vs TBD
Adam Melling (AUS) vs TBD
Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs TBD
Tomas Hermes (BRA) vs TBD
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs TBD
Nathan Hedge (AUS) vs TBD

Upcoming 2013 Sata Airlines Azores Pro Round of 24 Matchups:

Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs Brett Simpson (USA)
Kolohe Andino (USA) vs Hizunome Bettero (BRA)
C.J Hobgood (USA) vs Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Marco Fernandez (BRA) vs Brian Toth (PRI)
Keanu Asing (HAW) vs Joan Duru (FRA)
Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs Maxime Huscenot (FRA)
Conner Coffin (USA) vs Jay Thompson (AUS)
Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs Mitch Crews (AUS)