Jadson Andre wins the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014

October 11, 2014 | Surfing
Jadson Andre: power and commitment | Photo: ASP/Masurel

Jadson Andre has conquered the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014, in Guincho, Portugal.

Stuart Kennedy was living a dream. The Qualifying Series campaigner was able to eliminate Freddy Pattachia, Jeremy Flores, and fellow countryman Julian Wilson. Could he celebrate a maiden victory in Portuguese waters?

Jadson Andre entered the final after five consecutive heat wins in the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014. He was pretty much the in-form surfer of the event.

The low tide at Guincho delivered fast beautiful lines, but picking the right one proved to be hard. Athletes had to master the art of reading waves, in order to apply a couple of judge-friendly tricks in short three-foot hollow rides.

Stu watched Andre taking the first five waves of the final, but the Brazilian had already collected a total of 11.67 points. When Kennedy found a decent wall, there were 18 minutes to go.

In the second half of the final, Andre found a perfect right-hander and used his backhand attack to apply four precious turns in the wave face. By this time, Stuart Kennedy was already comboed. Jadson Andre confirmed a back-to-back victory in Cascais.

"Feels great! I was paying a lot of attention during the expression session before the final, and I saw the tide was getting lower, so I was sticking to my game plan of catching a lot of waves and keep building scores, and I'm so stoked that it worked out," expressed Andre.

There are three more Prime events to be surfed. The O'Neill SP Prime, the Reef Hawaiian Pro, and the Vans World Cup of Surfing will heat up the World Surf League qualifying race, in the last two months of the season.

Cascais Billabong Pro 2014 | Final

Jadson Andre (BRA), 15.76 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS), 8.26