Portuguese surfer Teresa Bonvalot wins Pro Netanya and secures European title

Portugal’s Teresa Bonvalot won the World Surf League (WSL) qualifying circuit Pro Netanya today in Kontiki Beach, Israel, and secured the European title.

The Portuguese Olympian, who also secured a place in the 2022 Challenger Seriesbeat Briton Ellie Turner in the semi-finals (15.50 points against 8.03), to beat Basque Nadia Erostarbe (15.40 against 12.90) in the final.

In the decisive duel, Erostarbe started even stronger, but the 22-year-old surfer from Cascais, three-time Portuguese champion (2014, 2015 and 2020), responded with a wave of 9.63 points, the best of all. event, including the men’s event. .

With the triumph, Bonvalot, who had already won the QS3000 of the Azores, in November 2021, automatically secured the European title, even if there is still one stage left at the end of the circuit, since he has already exceeded 6 000 dots.

Francisca Veselko, defending national champion, finished the competition in third place, which puts her in the vice direction of the European “ranking”, with 3,600 points, tied with her compatriot Mafalda Lopes and the Basque Erostarbe.

At the next stage, in Caparica, only 1,000 points are at stake for the winner, so Bonvalot, who already had two European titles in juniors, can no longer be exceeded.

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