Challenging winds open the Cascais Billabong Pro

October 23, 2013 | Surfing
Conner Coffin: loving Portugal

Onshore winds have greeted surfers of the Cascais Billabong Pro, with testing 4-5Ft surf pumping at the main venue of Carcavelos.

The Portuguese Prime event is the final stop before the Hawaiian leg and offers crucial ranking points for both WCT surfers seeking to stay in the Top32, and hopeful qualifiers for next year's elite tour.

Conner Coffin collected a near-perfect 9.23 to advance ahead of Brazilian fly-boy Gabriel Medina.

"I freesurfed this morning and I knew it was pretty fun. It looks like the perfect storm from the beach but you get out there and there's some really fun chunks!", says Coffin.

Yadin Nicol will need big results to cap off a difficult season if he wants to remain amongst the world's best in 2014. He's up and surfing.

"I'm stoked on getting through that, I thought I had a couple fives. It's hard to know what's going on out there, it feels like you're back in your grom days when they don't call out the scores", says Nicol.

Last event of the Portuguese Waves Series, the Cascais Billabong Pro will also crown its overall series winner and offer an extra $50k prizemoney for the best two-of-three results, which Matt Wilkinson could have a shot at with another strong result here at Carcavelos.

"A little bonus $50,000 would be lovely. Off course I'd love to take it home, I love it here in Portugal and I'd be pretty pleased if the Portuguese gave me a bonus for sure", says Wilkinson.

Charles Martin launched his Cascais campaign towards a maiden European title with a solid heat win over WCT surfer Filipe Toledo.

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