The Allianz Ribeira Grande Pro competition table has already been revealed, the 4th stage of the MEO Surf League, the 1st division of national surfing, which defines the maximum titles of men’s and women’s surfing, which starts next Friday and runs until Sunday in Monte Verde beach, on the island of São Miguel, in the Azores.
The fight for the Go Chill yellow lycra in the men’s category is close and very exciting with the five-time national champion, Vasco Ribeiro, in the leader status, closely followed by the current national champion, Guilherme Ribeiro. Halley Batista (3rd), Afonso Antunes (4th), Tomás Fernandes (5th) and Joaquim Chaves (5th) complete the national Top 5, something that promises to be talked about at the Allianz Ribeira Grande Pro as well as in the discussion of this year’s national title.
Highlights of the men’s squad – Round 1:
Heat 5: Martim Nunes vs Gabriel Ribeiro vs João Mendonça
Heat 11: Francisco Ordonhas v Guilherme Fonseca v Jéjé Vidal
Heat 14: Eduardo Fernandes vs Tiago Stock vs Martim Fortes
On the female side, the scene is also very close with the 2021 national champion Francisca Veselko, leading and thus competing with the yellow lycra Go Chill, but on equal terms with Gabriela Dinis. In 3rd place, but very close to the first two, comes the national champion of 2016 and 2017, Carolina Mendes. Teresa Pereira (4th) and the 2018 national champion, Camilla Kemp (5th), complete the women’s top 5.
Highlights of the female squad – Round 1:
Heat 2: Carolina Mendes vs Teresa Bonvalot vs Mafalda Lopes
Heat 3: Gabriela Dinis vs Camila Cardoso vs Matilde Pinto
Heat 4: Francisca Veselko vs Sofia Matos vs Carlota Chaveiro
The return of the MEO Surf League to the Azores is cause for celebration for the local community, which thus has the opportunity to see the best national surfers in action, contributing to the development and visibility of Azorean surfing and local surfers.