|Yago Dora (BRA) manufactured an incredible comeback in the dying seconds of his heat.
Credit: © WSL / PoullenotAnother all-Aussie matchup awaited in Heat 3 with Stuart Kennedy (AUS) taking on Connor O’Leary (AUS) and while the two are traveling mates on land, in the lineup the fight was real. O’Leary unfortunately couldn’t quite find the same rhythm he’s had all event and Kennedy on the other hand just kept scoring the long rights, perfect for his point break style of riding.“That was a pretty important heat for me especially going into Hawaii,” Kennedy said. “It’s unfortunate to have to beat Connor but he’s got me the last four or five times, and I feel like he’s going to get back on tour pretty easily so I’m not feeling too bad. It’s nice to finally get some waves on the QS, we haven’t been blessed with very good conditions all year and it’s kind of hindered my performances.”
Kennedy was earlier responsible for the major upset of the day when he eliminated Portuguese star Frederico Morais (PRT) in their Round 5 matchup.
The last Quarterfinal featured 20 year-old South African up-and-comer Adin Masencamp (ZAF) against World No. 22 and the last Championship Tour surfer Yago Dora (BRA). Masencamp put on the performance of his career and had Dora against the ropes for 29 minutes but the Brasilian somehow manufactured a comeback in the last 30 seconds of the heat to take the win over Masencamp and advance into the second Semifinal.
“I thought I was going to get a 9 on the wave before it felt really good but I got close and I knew I just needed another wave,” Dora said. “I saw a few lefts coming through and I knew if I didn’t go Adin would have gone on the next. I fell and ended up finding that good insider right behind with a few turns. I knew this was my last opportunity but I never thought I’d get a chance.”
The event was called off after the Quarterfinals and surfers will be able to rest a little bit before the event finals on Sunday, starting with a call at 10 a.m. Fans will be in for a treat as well as Portuguese veteran Tiago Pires (PRT) takes on Billabong retired pro Taj Burrow (AUS) in a Heritage Heat between the Semis and Final.
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The EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira is scheduled from September 23-29, 2019 in playa de Ribeira d’Ilhas, Ericeira / PORTUGAL. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
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