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.

"I stuck to my plan that's all, these past two years I've been thinking too much about what the other guys were doing. Now I've matured a lot, and given the waves I knew I could do it, so I just surfed, that's what I love to do," says Jesse Mendes.

"I'm so psyched, this win is huge for me and I want to keep this momentum now going into the next events. We're like brothers with the other Brazilians, we travel around the world together and it's amazing to have their support right now."

Jesse Mendes takes an early lead in the Portuguese Waves Series - Cascais Trophy, a series of three events comprised of Azores, the Cascais Billabong Pro and Moche Rip Curl Pro Peniche.

SATA Airlines Azores Pro 2014 | Final

Jesse Mendes (BRA), 15.83 def. Joan Duru (FRA), 12.44