Azores Islands Pro: bad luck, next year it will surely pump

The Billabong Azores Islands Pro presented by Nissan an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned event was forced to cancel due to a lack of contestable waves. Event officials and surfers were greeted at dawn by a flat ocean as the expected overnight swell increase failed to eventuate. Contest director Rodrigo Heredia made another call mid-morning however this proved fruitless leaving the remaining 96 surfers of round two unable to compete further in the 145,000$US event.

Despite all attempts made by Rodrigo Heredia to complete the event or at least advance through some more rounds the absolute flat conditions made it impossible to start round two. Heredia who has been coming to the Azores all his life has never seen such conditions for such a long period of time. Remaining positive and helping both event officials and surfers as much as possible during the entire event Heredia received no criticism for any of his decisions.

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Guillaume Mangiarotti: a future airline pilot

Guillaume Mangiarotti (Hossegor, FRA), 20, has won the ASP Europe Specialty Rip Curl Air Show pres. by Renault in Hossegor last night, the local star grabbing USD 4000 for his flying performance after defeating runner-up Naum Ildefonse (Biarritz, FRA) in the final.

Mangiarotti, a longtime ASP Pro Junior competitor and progressive surfer, took the best out of the two-foot shore-break waves breaking at Hossegor’s Central beach in front of thousands of people cheering the unique jet-ski tow-out show at night, topping big names Tim Boal (Anglet, FRA), Frederic Robin (Capbreton, REU), Indonesian star Dede Suryana (Bali, IDN), Abdel El Harim (Rabat, MAR), Pablo Gutierrez (Santander, ESP) big wave charger Benjamin Sanchis (Hossegor, FRA).

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Laura Enever: never, ever gives up

Laura Enever (AUS) 18, today claimed her maiden ASP Women’s Star-Series victory with a come-from-behind win over Courtney Conlogue (USA) 18, at the Billabong Azores Islands Women’s Pro presented by Nissan an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned event.

Waves in the 1-2ft (0.5m) range were on offer with the occasional bigger set coming through. After waiting for the tide to lower event officials gave the green light to start with clear skies and light off-shore winds making small but ideal conditions for the 35-minute final.

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