|Veselko Posts Big First Heat Win, Callaghan Confirms Excellent Form
Portuguese junior Francisca Veselko put together the most convincing performance of the morning, carefully selecting the right waves to apply her powerful forehand carves on the Ribeira walls. Her experience out in this tricky lineup was apparent as Veselko only surfed two waves in the heat but made sure to capitalize each time. She definitely did as she built a solid 14.33 combined total, the highest of the entire round.
“I started the heat a bit late because the other girls got the three waves of the first set,” Veselko explained. “But I knew my turn would come and when it did I just gave it everything. It is a really hard wave to surf, but I’ve been training here trying to get better. It’s a bit mushy and you always have to stay close to the energy.”
The surfer from Carcavelos has had a breakthrough season on the European QS with big results and her first win on the WSL tours earlier this summer in Lacanau, France. While she hasn’t yet made a run for it on the CS, Ericeira could be the perfect event for Veselko to put her name on the map in the big leagues.
Top seeds Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Alyssa Spencer (USA) and Sawyer Lindblad (USA) all advanced but it was Macy Callaghan (AUS) who impressed the most as she unleashed her signature rail-to-rail, seamless surfing on a quality right for an excellent 8.33, the highest single wave score of the women’s event so far.
“It was very slow out there and I knew it was on the higher tide so I was very cautious of that,” Callaghan stated. “Whenever you start with a really high score you get very nervous cause you can easily get too picky but thankfully I got another one.”
Event officials will be back at Ribeira d’Ilhas for the next call at 7:30 a.m WET Wednesday, October 5, 2022.