Some of the best surfers in the world, and certainly the best in Europe, are going to be back in Portugal between the 9th and the 15th of July, for the Super Bock Pro and the Buondi Pro Junior, two events counting towards their respective ASP tours.
From the 9th to the 11th, Amado beach, located at Aljezur, will receive the best under 20 surfers, boys and girls, for the first competiton on the european Pro Junior schedule, fighting for 6,500 dollars prize money and precious points for this years title.
In 2006, Lee-Ann Curren, daughter of legend Tom Curren, won the first girls Pro Junior of the year, beginning a string of good results that eventually took her to the European title and a 5th place at the world finals.
This year she’ll have her work cut out to keep hold of the title since her fellow French surfers Pauline Ado and Alizée Arnaud, Basque Garazi Sanchez and Portuguese rippers Francisca Santos, Margarida Guerra and Francisca Sousa are set to give a good fight for the title.
On the boys side, with 5,000 dollars prize-money and an incredibly high level of surfing, anything could happen. French surfer Jean-Sebastien Estienne is Buondi Pro Junior’s defending champion, but he will definitely face tough competition from surfers such as Joan Duru, Marc Lacomare, Nicolau Von Rupp, Reubyn Ash, Frederico Morais, César Rosa, Miguel Mouzinho and the Guichard twins, who spent three months training in Australia and are surfing at home waves.
After Amado beach, the event will go a few kilometers south, to Cordoama beach, at Vila do Bispo Council, where the Super Bock Pro, a one star WQS event, will take place between the 12th and the 15th of July.
Last year, french Joan Duru won the contest that had beautiful waves all week, though Portuguese surfers Justin Mujica and Ruben Gonzalez were the crowd favorites. Justin took second place and Ruben fourth, despite getting the best wave of the heat, an 8 out of 10, sitting for the last 10 minutes, waiting for a wave that never came. Once he’s aiming once again for the European Tour’s title, he will want his revenge for sure.
Among the entry list are impressive names such as: Arthur Bourbon, Jose Maria Cabrera, Hodei Collazo, João Antunes, David Luís, Thomas Bady, Aécio Flávio, Francisco Canelas and Marlon Lipke, a winner here in 2005 and in 2007 at the first contest of the season in Peniche.
As usual, the last night of the Super Bock Pro will have a big party, this year at Tonel beach, in Sagres. The Super Bock Dance in Sagres will heat up the night of the 14th, celebrating the spirit of surfing with some of the best DJs in Portugal.