Jacqueline Lima

Jacqueline Silva (Florianopolis, BRA), 29, clinched the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) Women’s 6-Star Billabong Girls Cascais Festival in solid five to six foot (1.5 to 2 meter) waves at Guincho Beach in Portugal today. Silva, who defeated fellow Asp Women’s World Tour campaigner Rebecca Woods (AUS) in an epic 40-minute final, was the most consistent surfer in the event and takes her first win this year.

Silva, whose last victory was in the ASP WQS 5-Star event in Newquay almost day for day a year ago, posted several excellent scores throughout the two-day competition including a 9.50 point ride (out of a possible 10) and an impressive 17.00 point heat tally (out of a possible 20), respectively best wave and second best heat result of the event.

"It’s so good to get this win at last, it could not be better", Silva said. "I had not win an event since Newquay in 2007 and I gave everything I had to get this one despite the massive conditions. It was really hard out there and testing with strong currents. I want to thank all my family, sponsor and my brother who shapes my boards."

Silva, who had a great crowd support today as last Portuguese-speaking competitor in the event, was cheered by hundreds of people and brought to the winner’s podium by her fans.

"The support here is amazing and I had some great time with all the girls", Silva said. "People are so nice and supported me during these two hard days. So stoked to take a win in Portugal, it is special for me."

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Dustin Cuizon 

Dustin Cuizon (HAW) has defeated Pedro Henrique (BRA) to claim the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Yumeya Billabong Pro Tahara in one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) waves at Akabane Long Beach today.

Cuizon had a banner day, first eliminating current ratings leader on the ASP WQS Nathaniel Curran (USA) in

Dustin Cuizon (HAW) and current ASP WQS No.1 Nathaniel Curran (USA) in their Quarterfinal bout with an impressive 15.00 out of a possible 20 heat total.

"I feel so honored to win to Nathaniel," Cuizon said. "He is one of the best surfers in California and lots of people say he is closest to win this event. I was only lucky."

"The waves are pretty small today," Cuizon continued. "So I moved alot and looked for the wave to score big and I found it! This is my 3rd time in Japan and the people are so nice and the food is so good. I love Japan. I try my best to keep the momentum and hope to win the event."

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Vicente Romero

Vicente Romero from Spain has been crowned European King of The Groms Champion.  He had the highest scoring wave of the final.  Surfing strongly on a solid 4ft (1.5m) left, he tore three great off the lip manoeuvres and landed a mini air, which added to his 13.17 heat score.   His fellow finalists put on a great show to produce a fitting climax to what has been a truly spectacular event.

 “I am proud to win today,” he said after his victory.  “I am happy for me and Spain.  We win in the cycling and in the football.  It was a wonderful final.  I’m really looking forward to surfing against the top 16 in the world.  I will go in with no stress, no worries so let’s see.  I’m excited to surf alongside Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning.” He finished his winner’s speech with a “Merci a todos!”  

The final day of competition at this year’s KOTG event has again raised the level of junior surfing in Europe.  The sun was scorching, the waves solid, and the crowds lined Le Prévent Beach at Capbreton to watch the action.  President of Quiksilver Europe, Pierre Agnes, at the prize presentation thanked everybody for coming to his home-town to make the event special.   

The best 32 European surfers aged 16 and under fought it out today but only the top two have earned prestigious wild cards into the World KOTG final.  The Europeans will be up against the best young surfers from around the globe who will be here to compete during the Quiksilver Pro France in September.  Joining Vicente as a World KOTG finalist will be Dimitri Ouvré from Guadeloupe, who came second today.

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