Semifinalists decided at the Azores Pro 2014

September 5, 2014 | Surfing
Yadin Nicol: CT surfer with Prime status | Photo: ASP/Damien Poullenot

Jesse Mendes, Ricardo Christie, Joan Duru and Yadin Nicol are in the semifinals of the SATA Azores Pro 2014.

The final four heats of the Round of 16 were completed before moving into the quarterfinals to decide the last four men standing.

Mendes, with a solid 8.00 point ride under the belt and less than five minutes on the clock, applied pressure on Leonardo Fioravanti, utilizing his priority advantage to keep him off the good sets, ultimately giving him the win and a spot in semifinal.

"I came here already thinking of the win, it's not easy but I'm doing my best and taking it one heat at a time. There's definitely nerves cause it's a big events with more points and more money in the game, but every heat in a Prime is hard so I'll stick to my gameplan," said Mendes.

Ricardo Christie stroke first on a nice righthander with a check turn before throwing a frontside air tweaked with a grab to net a 7.00 point ride and take the lead.

Tomas Hermes answered on a succession of lefthanders, briefly stealing the heat lead. Only needing a small score though, the Kiwi quickly reacted to seal the deal and move onto the semis.

"I wasn't really planning to do an air, but there was a lip so I just took a chance. I'm just going to cruise now and try to stay relaxed before tomorrow. I'm not thinking about the points too much, just trying to enjoy myself," reveals Christie.

Duru attacked the lips with power and flow, to bank an 8.07 of his own. The French, chasing a high-7, paddled 100 metres to another peak to sneak a wave under Italo Ferreira's priority. Capitalizing on two huge fully-comitted turns on the buzzer, Duru netted a near-perfect 9.50 and took the win.

In the last quarterfinal, Yadin Nicol waited patiently to find a nice righthander and perform his powerful and stylish brand of surfing for a 6.67. Quickly backing it up on his backhand with another good score, Nicol took command of the heat leaving Michael Dunphy in need of a high 6 as well.

In a last effort, the Australian started on a big lefthander, nailed two vertical hits for an 8.00 point ride and his spot in the semifinals.

SATA Azores Pro 2014 | Semifinal Matchups

Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Joan Duru (FRA) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)

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