WSL Men's & Women's QS1000 event
Praia do Paraiso, Costa da Caparica, Portugal
10 - 15 April, 2017
30 heats run for the Men’s at the main break of Praia do Paraiso
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 April, 2017 - The Caparica Primavera Surf Fest launched today in clean three-to-four foot surf and completed a big opening day of competition with no less than 30 heats disputed of the Men’s QS1,000 Caparica Pro at the main break of Praia do Paraiso.
Pedro Henrique (PRT), 34, launched his Caparica campaign with a strong performance to advance into Round Four. The former European Champion had a hard time defending his strong season start in the Australian leg and will look to build momentum at home in Portugal.
“It’s always nice to compete at home, and especially here where everyone gets to compete at the same time,” Henrique said. “I’m helping some of the juniors, coaching them a little bit and I’m having a great time surfing and working with them. I feel like I have a lot of experience and it’s great to share a little bit of what I know.”
Former event champion as a junior in 2015, Miguel Blanco (PRT), 21, returned to competing in Caparica and showed great form too, advancing through three rounds with excellent scores.
“I have so much confidence competing here,” Blanco commented. “I grew up super close and trained a lot in these waves. It definitely feels like home for me and winning here was sick, I hope it happens again. I actually arrived from Tahiti last night, this was my first surf back at home. I spent three and a half month on the road between Hawaii, Australia, Indo and Tahiti so I was stoked to come home a little bit.”
Long time WSL competitors and former Championship Tour surfers, Micky Picon (FRA), 37, and Tiago Pires (PRT), 37, made a noted return to competition as they took a break from coaching the younger generation of surfers coming through the ranks of the Quiksilver team. Both seemed happy to put on a competition singlet again and qualified through the early rounds.
“We have this development program at Quiksilver where we bring our best four athletes to events so my priority is to assess my team,” Picon explained. “I thought the week was going to be a long one so I jumped on the opportunity to surf my first event in five years. I did three heats today and I’ll sure need a little physio and stretching work tonight!”
“Tiago is such a great ambassador for the sport of surfing in Portugal, and I think he’s definitely going to try to win this event!” he continued. “He started working with Vasco (Ribeiro) on coaching and preparation for the QS and I think that’s a great project for both of them.”
Kiron Jabour (HAW), 26, concluded the day with a convincing win to advance into Round Four. The Hawaiian who moved over to Portugal and started a family looked stoked to surf an event at home.
“I love it over here, it’s a beautiful country, very mellow and with great waves,” Jabour said. “I’m stoked to surf an event close to my house and in such fun little waves. I surf and train more in the Cascais area and Ericeira but over here is always so fun this little beachbreak.”
Event officials and surfers will reconvene at 7 a.m Tuesday for another potential big day of surfing with the men and women’s junior events set to launch the action in the morning and the men and women’s QS events later in the day.
The Caparica Junior Pro is scheduled from April 10-15, 2017 at Praia do Paraiso, Costa da Caparica - Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.