Major Upsets to Launch EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira in Fun Surf @wsl

Courtesy of World Surf League (WSL) Europe

-Seth Moniz & Peterson Crisanto eliminated on opening day
– Colapinto, Christie, McGillivray post best performances

Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) posted the day’s highest single score. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

PLAYA DE RIBEIRA D’ILHAS, Ericeira / Portugal (Monday, September 24, 2018) – The QS10,000 EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira launched today in quality four foot surf at the iconic righthand point break of Ribeira d’Ilhas. Competition was briefly halted early this morning due to a thick fog cover but got back underway around lunchtime to complete 15 heats of competition.

Championship Tour surfers entered in Round Two alongside the current top Qualifying Series contenders and lifted the level right away to crack the excellent range of scores.

After a shaky start, Griffin Colapinto (USA) found his groove to post back-to-back 8 point rides and took an easy win into Round Three. The rookie on tour dismantled two long rights with numerous big turns, trying to bring a little variety to each maneuver. The Californian is of course no stranger to righthand points and looked deadly in his first heat at Ribeira d’Ilhas.

“It was pretty tricky out there with the tide peaking in our heat,” Colapinto said. “Having two circuits going on at the same time so you don’t feel as much pressure is exactly what I dreamed of. Paddling out for my heats I know I have the two opportunities to prequalify so that’s good. I’m super stoked and fired up for this European leg, I haven’t done it before so I’m ready!”

Ricardo Christie (NZL) had a similar approach on his forehand to build his 14.70 heat total. Christie won in Martinique last year and is definitely not a complete stranger to righthand point breaks so he could potentially go far, especially if conditions improve and pump more swell.

“It’s nice to have some waves and I’m stoked to get through so I get to have another one out there,” Christie said. “I’ve been at home lately surfing heaps and spending time with the family it’s been fun! I haven’t spent a winter home in years cause I was living on the Gold Coast for a while and traveling, so it’s nice to stay there and surf all my locals.”

The first major upsets came sooner than expected with QS No. 2 Peterson Crisanto (BRA) and World No. 31 Ian Gouveia (BRA) knocked out in their first heat.

In lieu of the two top seeds, QS hopefuls like Deivid Silva (BRA), Adin Masencamp (ZAF) or Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) swooped in and took the advancing spots.

It was mostly a day for the regular footers as Sebastian Zietz (HAW)’s performance in Heat 5 attested, but a few goofy footers managed to make their mark as well. Silva was one of them, Yago Dora (BRA) made sure to get a win into the following round as well, Rafael Teixeira (BRA) and Joan Duru (FRA) all advanced.

“I arrived here late last night super jetlagged and barely got any sleep so I wasn’t super confident going into that heat but I knew it would take good waves to make it through,” Zietz said.

Mihimana Braye (PYF) on the other hand had plenty of water time ahead of the event and it showed when the Tahitian goofy selected the right waves repeatedly. Not only was his wave-selection on point, but his backhand approach with lethal power on every move turned in two solid 7s and a first place ahead of Duru.

“Portugal is so great,” Braye said. “I came here for the World Juniors and got my best result ever. I came down here a week ago to practice on the wave and have plenty of good feedback from the local I’m staying with.”

The day ended with another major upset and the elimination of the current QS leader Seth Moniz (HAW).


Surfers will be back at 7:30 a.m Tuesday to continue Round Two.

The EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira will be broadcast LIVE on the WSL’s Facebook page. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

The EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira is scheduled from September 24-30, 2018 in playa de Ribeira d’Ilhas, Ericeira / PORTUGAL. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to

The EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira is supported by EDP, Billabong, Tourism of Portugal, Mafra City Council, MEO, Jogos Santa Casa, Jeep, You & The Sea Hotel and Apartments, Turkish Airlines, Brisa, Auto Estradas do Atlântico and Hertz among others.

Heat 8: Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Cooper Chapman (AUS), Marcos Correa (BRA)
Heat 9: Connor O’Leary (AUS), Dion Atkinson (AUS), Marco Fernandez (BRA), Luel Felipe (BRA)
Heat 10: Michael February (ZAF), Ethan Ewing (AUS), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Michael Dunphy (USA)
Heat 11: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA), Mikey Wright (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Kei Kobayashi (USA)
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), Cam Richards (USA), Finn McGill (HAW)
Heat 13: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Joshua Moniz (HAW), Soli Bailey (AUS), Miguel Blanco (PRT)
Heat 14: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Evan Geiselman (USA), Ian Crane (USA), David Van Zyl (ZAF)
Heat 15: Jesse Mendes (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI), Tomas Fernandes (PRT)
Heat 16: Tomas Hermes (BRA), Weslley Dantas (BRA), Imaikalani Devault (HAW), Alonso Correa (PER)
Heat 17:  Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Jordan Lawler (AUS)
Heat 18:  Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Thiago Camarao (BRA), Jeronimo Vargas (BRA), Jake Marshall (USA)
Heat 19:  Keanu Asing (HAW), Reef Heazlewood (AUS), Tanner Gudauskas (USA), Josh Burke (BRB)
Heat 20:  Adriano De Souza (BRA), Barron Mamiya (HAW), Jacob Willcox (AUS), Gony Zubizarreta (ESP)
Heat 21: Frederico Morais (PRT), Charly Martin (FRA), Davey Cathels (AUS), Lucas Silveira (BRA)
Heat 22: Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Nat Young (USA), Jackson Baker (AUS), Gatien Delahaye (FRA)
Heat 23: Jadson Andre (BRA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Tomas Tudela (PER)
Heat 24: Willian Cardoso (BRA), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Flavio Nakagima (BRA), Kalani Ball (AUS)

Heat 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 16.17, Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 12.70, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 11.10, Reo Inaba (JPN) 7.43
Heat 2: Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.57, Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 11.10, Benji Brand (HAW) 10.03, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 8.27
Heat 3: Ricardo Christie (NZL) 14.70, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 11.93, Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 11.84, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 11.70
Heat 4: Yago Dora (BRA) 11.33, Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 11.03, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 10.90, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 10.26
Heat 5: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.87, Marco Giorgi (URY) 12.34, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.77, Lucca Mesinas (PER) 11.66
Heat 6: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 15.10, Joan Duru (FRA) 13.10, Eithan Osborne (USA) 11.63, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 9.56
Heat 7: Bino Lopes (BRA) 12.83, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 11.27, Seth Moniz (HAW) 9.40, Jack Robinson (AUS) 8.20

Heat 1: Reo Inaba (JPN) 11.87, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 9.86, Justin Becret (FRA) 9.50, Kevin Schulz (USA) 8.90
Heat 2: Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 10.34, Marco Giorgi (URY) 10.20, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 8.83, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 6.33
Heat 3: Marcos Correa (BRA) 10.54, Luel Felipe (BRA) 9.90, Harley Ross (AUS) 9.10, Yuri Goncalves (BRA) 6.70
Heat 4: Michael Dunphy (USA) 14.37, Finn McGill (HAW) 14.00, Jared Hickel (AUS) 8.77, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 6.33
Heat 5: Miguel Blanco (PRT), Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Samuel Pupo (BRA), Santiago Muniz (ARG),
Heat 6: Alonso Correa (PER) 13.33, Jordan Lawler (AUS) 11.23, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 11.14, Andy Criere (ESP) 11.00
Heat 7: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 10.87, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 10.83, Dean Bowen (AUS) 10.50, Joh Azuchi (JPN) 7.77
Heat 8: Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 10.73, Kalani Ball (AUS) 10.50, Kauli Vaast (FRA) 10.10, Shane Campbell (AUS) 10.03


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