Tomas Hermes: the underdog conquered Azores

Tomas Hermes has defeated Adam Melling to claim the Sata Airlines Azores Pro 2013, in the sunny Santa Barbara Beach, Sao Miguel, Portugal.

When a Dream Tour powerhouse finds a World Qualifying Series (WQS) underdog in a Prime event final, the crowd in the beach is ready for a spectacular display of contemporary surfing.

Two surfers from two different surfing cultures, with two distinct physical characteristics and rather incomparable experiences. The pressure, though, was all over Melling's shoulders.

Tomas Hermes, who entered the Azorean event as an alternate, was sitting on the 121st place in the 2013 ASP Men's World Ranking. Could the dark horse win his maiden Prime surf contest?

The Sata Airlines Azores Pro 2013 final got opened with a busy Hermes. The Brazilian surfed six waves in the first 10 minutes, while Adam Melling decided to play the patience game.

In the last 15 minutes of the tense final heat, wave exchanges increased, but Hermes kept building his overall score. The Aussie just couldn't pick the best walls.

With five minutes to go, Melling got an average wave score, but Tomas Hermes managed line-up priority to clinch the biggest victory of his career.

"I feel incredible, this is the best day of my life for sure, my first win on the ASP World Tour. Brazilians must have something special going on here in Azores, I'm stoked to be the third to win here!", says Tomas Hermes.

"I was feeling super confident here I trained everyday after the contest and felt comfortable and the work has paid off. I'm focusing on surfing good and not on rankings, I'm taking things one heat at a time and I'll continue to do so in the next event in Carcavelos".

The Sata Airlines Azores Pro 2013 is the first event of the Moche Series Cascais Trophy, the Portuguese triple crown of surfing, consisting of two Prime events and one World Championship Tour contest.

Sata Airlines Azores Pro 2013 Final:

Tomas Hermes (BRAS), 12.17 def. Adam Melling (AUS), 9.10

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