Lander Davila and Teresa Bonvalot take out WSL Pro Junior event in fun Porto surf
The Junior Pro Espinho event was completed in fun two-to-three foot waves in front of the large and excited crowd with the four remaining heats completed in the afternoon on the final day of competition.
Thomas Debierre, a previous event winner on this tour went blow for blow with Lander Davila in a really exciting final before the eventual winner took the lead with a 7.17 with Thomas Debierre never able to regain the lead.
The win took Davilla from 35th on the tour to 3rd, showing how open this year’s Pro Junior tour has been.
Speaking of the win, Davilla said:
"I'm stoked to get this win, it wasn't an easy heat because there were a lot of waves but not a lot offering a good wall so I felt pretty limited. With the wind and low tide it's really hard to find the good ones. I finally managed to get two pretty good waves and post the scores I needed. I was not expecting to get such a good result and a victory is the best that could have happened to me here!"
In the women’s event it was also a close affair. The final saw a slow start for all the competitors with wave selection extremely important in the later stages of the afternoon.
Previous event winner Ariane Ochoa was the first surfer to break the deadlock and took quite a lead midway through the final before Portugal’s Teresa Bonvalot scored a massive 8.33 followed by a strong back up score which made her the winner on her home turf.
She had this to say of her win:
"It feels good to win again, it's been a long time coming. After Caparica I did a few contests but no result so I'm really happy. It's really tricky out there you are like "where is the spot", I really want to enjoy this year and take my surfing to the next level. I've been training hard and travelled to score good waves and improve."
See some more of the action unfold below.
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Photo by: Watermark Surf House - Espinho