Top seeds fall in Round 1 of the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014

October 8, 2014 | Surfing
Cascais Billabong Pro 2014: surfing in a windsurfing gem | Photo: ASP/Masurel

Several top seeds have fallen in Round 1 of the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014, held in four-to-six foot surf at Guincho.

The Prime surf contest plays a critical role in the hunt for the 2015 World Surf League and will decide the 2014 European surfing champion. Many Dream Tour surfers tasted the power of the Portuguese windsurfing wave gem and were eliminated in the first round.

Taj Burrow was one of them. Carlos Munoz and Joan Duru got the Australian and Tomas Fernandes out of competition.

"I haven't had a good result all year, but I'm looking for it and I'm feeling very confident. I've been working on my surfing and tried different boards, so I'm super happy to make my heat," says Munoz.

Jonathan Gonzalez eliminated three-time ASP world champion Mick Fanning. The talented Canarian capitalized on wave-selection and four-man-heat tactics to edge out Fanning and advance alongside Conner Coffin.

"The conditions are really hard right now, so you have to be a little bit lucky to get a good potential wave, and that was my focus in front of this heat and that worked out well," explains the Canarian surfer.

Leonardo Fioravanti, 16, was able to make it through to Round 2, after defeating Adrian Buchan and Tanner Gudauskas. The Italian is trying to jump into the World Surf League. The Roman fighter is one step closer.

"There's definitely a chance for me to get on the WCT, the train might only come by once, so I just have to try and get on it. I'm just going to give it my all. I might not feel 100% ready to take on the big boys, but that's all an experience," concludes Fioravanti.

Cascais Billabong Pro 2014 | Round 1

Heat 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.53, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 12.84, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.50, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.17
Heat 2: Marco Fernandez (BRA) 16.50, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 13.67, Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.44, Matt Banting (AUS) 12.80
Heat 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.97, Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.47, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.27, David Do Carmo (BRA) 10.00
Heat 4: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.70, Glenn Hall (IRL) 10.96, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 9.36, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 6.03
Heat 5: Connor O'Leary (AUS) 11.57, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 8.50, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 7.00, Frederico Morais (PRT) 6.90
Heat 6: Wigolly Dantas (BRA) 15.83, Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.34, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 8.10, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 7.70
Heat 7: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 13.47, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.33, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.10, Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 10.23
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.60, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 12.67, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 12.50, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 11.44
Heat 9: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.44, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.60, Vicente Romero (ESP) 10.00, Dillon Perillo (USA) 5.44
Heat 10: C.J Hobgood (USA) 11.53, Tim Reyes (USA) 10.80, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 9.03, Mason Ho (HAW) 5.13
Heat 11: Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.03, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.57, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 11.00, Travis Logie (ZAF) 7.97
Heat 12: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 12.20, Conner Coffin (USA) 11.70, Mick Fanning (AUS) 8.23, Jack Robinson (AUS) 1.96
Heat 13: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 15.10, Joan Duru (FRA) 14.40, Taj Burrow (AUS) 7.23, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 5.63
Heat 14: Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 14.40, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.04, Torrey Meister (HAW) 12.04, Perth Standlick (AUS) 9.93
Heat 15: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 13.03, Stu Kennedy (AUS) 11.70, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 8.06, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 5.86
Heat 16: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.63, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 11.63, Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.06, Steven Pierson (PYF) 5.96
Heat 17: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.74, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.20, Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.93, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 7.94
Heat 18: Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.97, Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.27, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 9.90, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 7.47

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