Frederico Morais: he is one step closer to the Championship Tour | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

It is one of the most important titles of the decade for Portuguese surfing. Frederico Morais conquered the 2016 Martinique Surf Pro, at Basse-Pointe.

The talented young rider from Cascais defeated the Spanish surfer Gony Zubizarreta in final held in solid three-to-five-foot rollers. Morais, who had already eliminated fellow countrymen Vasco Ribeiro in the quarterfinal, was able to find his rhythm and bigger waves.

"That's my first QS win, and I've been waiting for this for a long time. It's the best feeling ever! My secret today was just to be relaxed and enjoying myself on some of the best waves I've ever had in a QS," revealed Frederico Morais.

"This place is amazing, you can do airs, turns, and big carves, you can't ask for much more at a contest. That's definitely motivating me to keep working hard and, hopefully, I can keep my momentum going."

By taking out 3,000 points, the Portuguese surfer jumped 147 positions in the 2016 Men's Qualifying Series rankings. Morais currently sits in the 13th place, with hopes of reaching the Championship Tour in 2017.

2016 Martinique Surf Pro | Final

1. Frederico Morais (PRT), 16.66
2. Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), 14.30

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