Andy Criere: a tasty win at Praia da Fisica | Photo: WSL

Andy Criere and Garazi Sanchez-Ortun won the inaugural Santa Cruz Pro 2016, in three-to-four-foot surf at Praia da Fisica, in Portugal.

The French surfer defeated the Portuguese star Jose Ferreira in the Men's final. Criere opened his account with a 6.67 wave and later backed it up with a convincing 8.33. Ferreira never found his rhythm, and only collected 5.66 points from the judges.

"I'm beyond stoked! After last year's final, I really wanted to win an event and today was my day I guess. Everything went my way, day's like this don't come too often, so I'm enjoying this," explained Andy Criere.

"I'll continue to work hard and have as much fun as I can because that's when I perform. I've loved every minute of this week here in Portugal."

In the Women's final, Sanchez-Ortun found the best waves in a shifty lineup, and conquered her first Qualifying Series event after beating another local standout, Carol Henrique.

"I approached that heat like any other and not feeling like it was a final, Carol and I weren't close from each other so we didn't battle directly and thankfully I got the better two waves," added Garazi Sanchez-Ortun.

"Zarautz was a good event for me, but I wanted to crack that final, so I'm happy to do it today and take the win. The European title is definitely not something I've thought of; we're only just starting this season's leg so we'll see what happens in the coming weeks."

Santa Cruz Pro 2016 | Finals

Men
1. Andy Criere (FRA), 15.00
2. Jose Ferreira (PRT), 5.66

Women
1. Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK), 10.20
2. Carol Henrique (PRT), 9.10

The push through, or punch through technique allows surfers to get past a small broken wave and reach the lineup without having to duck dive or turtle roll.

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