Superbock Pro Gets Underway at Cordoama in South Portugal
AMADO, Portugal (Thursday, July 10, 2008) - The Superbock Pro,
an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying
Series (WQS) 1-Star event, got underway today in tricky two foot
(0.5 meter) waves. Four heats only were done before the tide
forced organisers to put the contest on hold until tomorrow
Friday, July 11, at 7.30 AM (GMT+1).
Four heats remain before Round 1 finishes and the best seeded
surfers including defending champion Eric Rebiere (FRA) should
get their start tomorrow. Rebiere, who has won an event since
his Superbock Pro victory a year ago, will be chasing a repeat
in South Portugal and is confident.
"Winning this event was a huge relief for me last year and I am
looking forward to paddling out tomorrow", Rebiere said. "A lot
of young guys who competed in the ASP Grade-1 Pro Junior will be
in the event and it is good to surf against upcoming surfers,
Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), one of the youngest competitors of the
event, was today's top performer when he posted a solid 14.83
point heat tally (out of a possible 20) to win Heat 2 ahead of
other promissing Portuguese talent Frederico Morais (PRT).
"The waves were very hard to surf but I took advantage of my
light weight", Ribeiro said. "A lot of good surfers entered this
event and it is a very good experience for me to compete against
top European surfers."
Abilio Pinto, Superbock Pro contest director, is confident about
the forecast for the three remaining days of the waiting period
and is looking forward to finishing in good quality waves.
"Cordoama is a consistent beachbreak and will get any swell
direction so we are very confident", Pinto said. "It is a small
event but every year we have some excellent surfers coming like
current ASP WQS Top 50 member Marlon Lipke (DEU) and the show
should be great again."
The Superbock Pro, fourth stop of 13 on the ASP WQS European
Tour, will be crucial for the regional ratings and give current
ratings' leader Romain Laulhe (FRA) some new contenders.
With four days of waiting period, running until Sunday, July 13,
the Superbock Pro will have LIVE SCORING available and all fresh
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ROUND 1 RESULTS
Heat 1: Felix Delanne (FRA), Alexandre Ferreira (PRT),
Jean-Charles Debray (GLP) No Show
Heat 2: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 14.83 pts, Frederico Morais (PRT)
10.84 pts, Miguel Mouzinho (PRT) 9.89 pts, Ian Fontaine (FRA)
Heat 3: Guillermo Alonso (ESP) 10.66 pts, Thomas Portet (FRA)
10.17 pts, Andre LoureníÐ (PRT) 3.10 pts
Heat 4: Fransisco Alves (PRT) 11.50 pts, Pedro Pinto (PRT) 8.00
pts, Mathias Maalem (FRA) 6.16 pts, Caroline Sarran (FRA) 4.97