Everything is ready for the start of the Allianz Figueira Pro, the inaugural stage of the MEO Surf League, the main surfing event in Portugal and the one that defines the titles of national champions of the sport, with the call scheduled for 7:30 am this Friday. The race sequence determines that the action will start with the men’s trials, followed by the men’s round 1.
Race Sequence – 1st day of Competition (subject to change)
– Trial Phase – Men (4 heats)
– Round 1 – Men (16 heats)
– Round 1 – Women (8 heats)
The stars of national surfing are, therefore, about to get into action on the waves of the historic Praia do Cabedelo, which are also getting ready to host an innovative male and female Go Chill Expression Session held from 9:30 pm, thus taking advantage of the existing lighting on the beach. , allowing a surf session at night and unprecedented in the MEO Surf League.
Bernardo Caupers, Marketing Manager, Mais Marcas do Grupo Nabeiro
“Go Chill, more than just product innovation aims to provide experiences to the target. All the dynamics that the brand has been creating since its launch, from the creation of a team of ambassadors who breathe the brand’s values, to the creation of a Podcast that addresses the brand’s territories and even the launch of the first online championship of surfing in Portugal, is proof of our purpose, of this brand involvement with our target audience. Expression Sessions are also an excellent example of this. When we were challenged to have Expression Sessions at night, we quickly realized the innovative and differentiating character that the brand was proposing, so we believe that it is the right approach and that the sea will come to life after the sun goes down! If sleep appears, the problem is also solved. Go Chill helps!”
Figueira da Foz will thus once again be the stage for innovation in this sub-trophy, after having hosted the first female Expression Session of the MEO Surf League in 2019. Some of the main names in national surfing will be in the water, both in the men’s Go Chill Expression Session and in the women’s Go Chill Expression Session. One of the usual names in these always impressive disputes for the best manoeuvres is Diogo Martins, who last year won the Go Chill Expression Session on this same stage.
Diogo Martins, winner of the Allianz Figueira Pro 2021 Go Chill Expression Session
“I have high expectations for this experience. I’ve never had the experience of surfing at night, not even with lighting. However, I’ve seen images of Praia do Cabedelo with the lighting at night. I believe that this good experience is very different from what we are used to in these Go Chill Expression Sessions”.
In terms of sea forecasts, some swell is expected to start this Friday, with a new and promising swell arriving on Sunday. Expectations are therefore high for a stage in which Francisco Morgado will debut as competition director of the MEO Surf League.
Francisco Morgado, Event Director of the MEO Surf League
“The prospects for this new role are great. Since 2010, the year I joined the National Association of Surfers, I’ve followed all the stages closely, so this is a role I’ve always followed closely. I feel prepared and I hope that everything goes for the best in this stage. We will have a wave that leaves us with good prospects, especially for Sunday, with the possibility of having the best conditions exactly for the finals”.
Allianz Figueira Pro schedule (subject to change):
Day 1 – Friday, April 1
07:30 – First-day call for Trials – male (confirmed)
08:30 – Round 1 – men’s
10h00 – Pedagogical sessions “Amar o Mar” – Jerónimo Martins
21:30 – Go Chill Expression Session for men and women
Day 2 – Saturday, April 2
07:30 – Call of the second day of competition (to be confirmed)
17h00 – DJ Zé Ferreira – Corona Extra & Somersby
Day 3 – Sunday, April 3
07:30 – Call the third day of competition (to be confirmed)
16:30 – Allianz Figueira Pro Finals
17:30 – Allianz Figueira Pro Awards Ceremony
In terms of side trophies, the Joaquim Chaves Saúde group will award the best wave of the stage, while the Bom Petisco Girls Score will distinguish the best female score. Added to this is the fight for the Go Chill Expression Session, both for men and women. Finally, there is also the award given by the Municipality of Figueira da Foz to the best local surfers of this Allianz Figueira Pro.
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Prize-winning stage: Rip Curl Search GPS 2 Watch
Deadline for setting up teams: until 7:30 am on Friday
On television, the Allianz Figueira Pro can be watched live on Sport TV, as well as on other official media: MEO facebook, MEO app – available at position 810 of the MEO channel grid, and at www.ansurfistas.com and social networks at @ansurfistas.
The MEO Surf 2022 League is an organization of the National Association of Surfers and Fire!, sponsored by MEO, Allianz Seguros, Joaquim Chaves Saúde, Bom Petisco, Go Chill, Somersby, Corona Extra and Rip Curl, sustainability partners Jerónimo Martins, the local support of the Municipality of Figueira da Foz, and the technical support of the Surfing Association of Figueira da Foz and the Portuguese Surfing Federation.