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MUDANÇA DE GUARDA EM RIBEIRA d’ILHAS. A etapa de Ribeira d’Ilhas traz consigo

um longo historial de eventos que marcaram o surf português. Desde 1992, quando o mítico Tiago Oliveira venceu, até 1996 e 1997, quando Tiago Pires explodiu a nível nacional, Ribeira foi sempre um “palco” perfeito para todos esses e muitos outros momentos de grande relevância. Para o Meo Ericeira Pro de 2012, esta praia proporcionou excelentes ondas entre um e dois metros durante três dias consecutivos. Esta etapa culminou no auge do evento, a final, onde os dois melhores novos talentos da actualidade, Frederico Morais e Vasco Ribeiro, se defrontaram de igual para igual. E o resto fica para a história...


CHANGE OF GUARD IN RIBEIRA d’ILHAS. The first stop of the Meo Pro Surf League

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follows a long line of events that marked portuguese surfing. Since 1992, when the iconic Tiago Oliveira won, until 1996 and 1997 when Tiago Pires “blew up” on the portuguese league, Ribeira has always been the perfect "stage" for all those moments, and many others, of great relevance in Portugal. For the three days of the Meo Ericeira Pro 2012 this point break provided very good surf, never falling under one meter or above two. This event saved its best moment for the final, where the two most talented surfers of the new generation, Vasco Ribeiro and Frederico Morais, faced as equals. And the rest is history...


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YEAH, STRAIGHT FROM AUSTRALIA TO RIBEIRA D’ILHAS!


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Tiago Pires aproveitou a pausa do World Tour para competir na primeira etapa da Liga Meo Pro Surf (e para surfar Ribeira d’Ilhas apenas com mais dois surfistas na água). Tiago Pires had a break between World Tour events and was happy to confirm his presence at the first stop of the league (and to surf his home break with only two other guys out in the process).


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EDUARDO FERNANDES

NUNO SILVA


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O veterano Jó Bento não competia na Liga há cinco anos mas isso não o impediu de chegar aos quartos de final com alguma facilidade.

Portuguese league Veteran Jó Bento had not competed in five years but that didn't stop him from easily making the quarter finals!


IT’S ON? YEAH, IT’S ON!

AÉCIO FLÁVIO & JOÃO MEALHA. PHOTO BY ONFIRESURFMAG.COM

DUDE, YOU’RE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION!


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Leo Belime 茅 mais um poderoso surfista a sair do Algarve e, numa etapa com ondas s贸lidas como esta, mostrou todo o seu power surf! Leo Belime is another powerfull surfer from the Algarve and, in solid conditions like this one, he was allowed to display all of his potential!


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NO ROOM FOR MY MAGIC QUIVER?! WHYYYYY??????


Filipe Jervis foi mais um dos surfistas que, acabadinho de chegar da Austrรกlia, foi directo do

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Filipe Jervis was another surfer who, literally, arrived from the airport (returning from Australia) str


o aeroporto para Ribeira vestir a lycra do Meo Ericeira Pro (e dizimar as direitas de Ribeira d’Ilhas).

raight to Ribeira d’Ilhas to compete on the portuguese league (and rip the righthanders to shreds).


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Para João Guedes, chegar ao round 3 é um resultado escasso, mas o nortenho não deixou de mostrar momentos brilhantes, e que, em 2009, lhe valeram o título de campeão nacional. Not making it out of the third round is consideraded a very poor result to a surfer of the caliber of João Guedes. But he left us with some great moments, similar to what he showed in 2009, when he was crowned portuguese champion.


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RUBEN GONZALEZ.


WHERE DID I GO WRONG?

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I’M READY!!! LET’s GO!!!!

DAVID RAIMUNDO.


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David Luís competiu com uma prancha do bi-campeão do mundo Mick Fanning, e autografada. Isto só pode significar uma coisa: este regresso à competição é assunto sério!

You can tell David Luís is taking his comeback to competition seriously when he takes out a surfboard signed by the two times world champion, Mick Fanning!


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Sandro Maximiliano adora competir (principalmente em direitas como Ribeira d’Ilhas), e é, neste momento, um dos mais antigos competidores do mais importante circuito português. Sandro Maximiliano is another portuguese league veteran who loves to compete in Ribeira d’Ilhas. At the moment he is one of the longest running competitors of Liga Meo Pro Surf.


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EDGAR NOZES GETTING IN THE ZONE! PHOTO BY HUGO VALENTE


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Continuamos a dizer, o surf de Justin Mujica é de nível mundial, e ele prova-o cada vez que o consegue mostrar nos seus heats, tal como aconteceu até aos 1/4 de final. We'll stick to what we’ve said before, Justin Mujica’s surfing is still at his highest level and he proved us right in his heats (before the man-on-man quarter finals).


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JÓ BENTO, SOUL SURFER.

PEDRO SOUSA, ONLINE SPEAKER.

NUNO JONET, BEACH SPEAKER.


GOOD JOB PEDRO! NOW, FOR ROUND 2...

PEDRO ALCOBIA, MIGUEL MOUZINHO & ANDRÉ MOUZINHO, ALGARVE POWER!


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Francisco Alves foi um dos quatro juniores que ocupou as meias-finais do Meo Ericeira Pro. A sua técnica em bottoms como este mostram bem o porquê deste resultado! Francisco Alves was one of four juniors who made it to the semi-finals at theMeo Ericeira Pro. His bottom turn technique shows how, and why, he got so far!


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JOÃO GUERRA SLASHING. PHOTO BY HUGO VALENTE

ROUND 2 IT’S DONE! WHO AM I GONNA GET IN ROUND 3?...


WHO’s IN OUR ROUND 3 HEAT?

VASCO RIBEIRO & TIAGO PIRES. PHOTO BY ONFIRESURFMAG.COM

THAT GUY WITH THE TWO THUMBS UP!


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Vasco Ribeiro mostrou, em todos os seus heats, todas as lições que aprendeu na sua longa (e brilhante) temporada australiana neste início de ano. Vasco Ribeiro’s surfing in Ribeira d’Ilhas was no more than a display of what he learned in his recent (and briliant) competitive streak to Australia.


Nada como uma junção de peso para relembrar ao regressado David Luís que, em competição, não se pode não arriscar tudo. Reentry de risco com direito a grab estiloso. There’s nothing better than a nice and heavy section to help reminding the “comeback kid”, David Luís, what it is to put it all on the line (with a little help of a stylish rail grab) in a heat.


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Foi unânime que o júnior Zé Ferreira foi o melhor surfista dos dois primeiros

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It’s clear that Zé Ferr


s dias de competição do Meo Ericeira Pro, e foi com manobras como esta que mereceu esse “título”.

reira was the stand out surfer of the first two days of competition, and he did it with moves like this.


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FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS!


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Acabadinho de fazer a primeira capa da sua vida, na edição 55 da ONFIRE, Francisco Alves fez, em Ribeira, o seu melhor resultado de sempre na Liga Meo Pro Surf, um 3º lugar. Fresh from the first cover shot of his life (ONFIRE Surf, issue 55), Francisco Alves had his best ever result on the portuguese tour.


Frederico Morais não teve tempo de ir a casa tomar um banho de água doce após a sua viagem de um dia de regresso da Austrália, pois teve de competir de imediato no Meo Ericeira Pro, mas tomou um excelente banho de água salgada em Ribeira d’Ilhas.

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Since he had to compete right away, Frederico Morais didn’t even had time to go home and have a shower after the long journey back from "Down Under". But he made his own salt water shower in his heats in Ribeira d’Ilhas


MAN-ON-MAN WITH TIAGO PIRES IN THE NEXT ONE? YEP!

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YEP!


I THOUGHT THIS WAS A SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP!

YEP!

NO, CHEESE!

HAM?


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Tiago Pires ficou a necessitar de uma segunda onda boa para poder continuar a maravilhar todos com o seu surf rápido e power que encaixa na perfeição nas secções de Ribeira d’Ilhas.

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EVERYONE HATES LOSING, NO EXCEPTION!


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Tiago Pires needed a back up score to keep his great run going. His surfing is fast and powerfull and fits perfectly in any section Ribeira d’Ilhas has to offer.


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RELAX, FOCUS, CATCH THE BEST ONES AND... SURF!

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EVERYONE LOVES A WINNER, NO EXCEPTION!


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Zé Ferreira sabia que se apanhasse a onda certa iria destruí-la do início ao fim, e foi isso que fez quando esta apareceu! O resultado foi a eliminação de Tiago Pires e um lugar nas meias-finais. Zé Ferreira knew that if he caught the right wave he would probably rip it to pieces and get the score he needed. The wave came and he accomplished his mission, taking outTiago Pires in route to a semi-finals finish.


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Na final eram poucas as ondas com potencial e, por isso mesmo, Vasco Ribeiro sabia que tinha de abusar, mesmo nas ondas que apenas tinham uma boa secção!

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In the final, there were very few waves with good potential. On this one Vasco Ribeiro knew he had to blast the only good section he had on offer.


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Frederico Morais já atingiu aquele nível em que não precisa de provar nada na liga nacional mas isso não quer dizer que ele não o queira fazer sempre que pode competir! Prova disso é que surfou, nesta primeira etapa, para vencer, e, venceu-a! Frederico Morais has reached such a high level of surfing that he has nothing more to prove on the portuguese league. That didn´t make him try any less harder. He surfed to win, and that he did!


CONGRATS MY FRIEND!

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(but I’ll GET YOU next time)

THANK’s VASCO!

(and don’t you even think you’ll get me next time)


FREDERICO MORAIS SHOWS HIS WINNING SMILE!


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CONGRATULATIONS MY SON!


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M I W Y


MOM I’VE WON IT! YEAH!!!!!



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