Joao Chianca wins the final in Peniche

Joao Chianca wins the final in Peniche

It was under a bright sun, moreover in front of a crowded beach and the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, amazed by the spectacle, that the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, 3rd round of the pro circuit, bowed out, this Tuesday. On a Supertubos spot that gave birth to go-go hits, Joao Chianca caused a sensation. For his first final in the elite, he, who discovered the CT last season, triumphed over Jack Robinson.

The final saw the two best surfers at the start of the season go head-to-head. And during this final act, the level was damn high, and the Brazilian was in a state of grace. At the heart of the series, he chained the tubes with stunning dexterity. Chianca scored an 8.50 then a 9.07. The rock Robinson was stunned… He ended up raising his head with an extraordinary tube rated 8.97. But he missed a second big score to make the match.

With this result, Chianca overtook Toledo and took 2nd place (22,170 points), just behind Robinson (23,885 pts). Eliminated in the repechage round, Frenchman Maxime Huscenot is 32nd (1,860 pts) while legend Kelly Slater, beaten in the 16th round, is 24th after three rounds. The other Frenchmen, Joan Duru and Tiago Carrique, were stopped in 8th and 16th respectively.

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