Jesse Mendes: a primal victory in the Azores | Photo: ASP

Jesse Mendes has conquered the SATA Airlines Azores Pro 2014, at Praia de Santa Barbara, in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

The Brazilian surfer defeated Joan Duru in the final heat of the Prime event held in two-to-three foot waves. The 35-minute heat saw Mendes and Duru fighting for precious points for the Qualifying Series rankings.

In the first exchange, Jesse Mendes secured a 7.50-point ride against Duru's 6.17 wave. Later, the Brazilian added a 7.03, and the French surfer answered with a frontside air. But Mendes would seal the deal with a clean wave in which he nailed two big turns for an excellent 8.33.


Yadin Nicol: CT surfer with Prime status | Photo: ASP/Damien Poullenot

Jesse Mendes, Ricardo Christie, Joan Duru and Yadin Nicol are in the semifinals of the SATA Azores Pro 2014.

The final four heats of the Round of 16 were completed before moving into the quarterfinals to decide the last four men standing.

Mendes, with a solid 8.00 point ride under the belt and less than five minutes on the clock, applied pressure on Leonardo Fioravanti, utilizing his priority advantage to keep him off the good sets, ultimately giving him the win and a spot in semifinal.


Covelong Point: hundreds of opportunities for getting barreled | Photo: Red Bull

The second annual Covelong Point Surf Festival will navigate the Indian shores near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, between September 12th-14th.

The number of surfers in India, the most populous democracy in the world, is growing fast. The country's first surfing village, the district of Covelong (Chennai) is attracting more and more surf tourists.

That is why the Surfing Federation of India is expanding the Covelong Point Surf Festival with a national level surf competition, surf workshops, a music festival, yoga and meditation classes, various beach side activities and celebrity guest appearances.