While all the action is on hold let’s dive into what the WSL 10th stop has offered so far- outstanding performances, drama
The crowd vibe at the beach is worldwide known and those who show up for sure understand why. Along with France and Brazil, the public in Portugal built his reputation among the World Tour athletes due to his
WSL commentators often speak about Portuguese crowd but, besides the local language, English, Spanish, French, Italian and German are everywhere.
Every athlete is cheered like a rockstar, as they should. Of course, the Portuguese surfers Miguel Blanco and Vasco Ribeiro took a bit more love and support out and surfers Jordy Smith, Kalohe Andino and Kanoa Igarashi also raised the noise levels. Superstars like Italo Ferreira and Filipe Toledo made the crowd crazy but
The positive point of the surfing conditions was that everyone could see how to ride average waves – the ones that most of the “human” surfers surf most time of the year, and how to pull out some miracles. The amount of speed pro surfers can generate in such a short space, the buckets of water they throw in every single carve and the crazy pop they got for each air were absolutely amazing and totally worth to watch it live!
Small surfing usually benefits those who have the air game in their repertoire. The same is to say the lighter surfers and/or the Brazilians. The scores proved it. In terms of air maneuvers, two main names clearly got advantage from all the others: Italo Ferreira and Gabriel Medina. They were definitely the ones who pulled the bigger airs, got more speed and especially showed more flow! Toledo clearly was not at his best form yet. Andino and Igarashi didn’t show the same flow and Jordi not as loose on these types of conditions.
The different performances between those who had the air moves and those who not was crucial and responsible for letting some surfers look like having no idea what else to do and kind of lost during their heat.
But the biggest drama was for sure what happened to the best surfer so far- the interference call. Who had priority? Should Gabriel had a look at the
Round 16 has just finished and this Sunday’s sunset is on the way. Time to hit the road back north and digesting all that these surfing days offered. Two hours writing on the way back will help that cause.
Once finished, a quick look at the forecast shows that Espinho will be pumping and the sun will be out.
See you around!
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