Quarteira athlete to attack ISA World Cup and dreams of Olympic qualification
Algarve surfer Yolanda Hopkins won yesterday, in Figueira da Foz, the victory in the Allianz Figueira Pro women's event, the second of five stages of the MEO Surf 2021 League, the main surf circuit in Portugal.
In a long final day marked by demanding and potential waves that arrived at Praia do Cabedelo, Vasco Ribeiro, winner in the men's division, and Yolanda took advantage of the “surf power” that characterizes them to get several notes in the house of excellence, which led them dominating and unquestionable triumphs.
In the women's race, the second round only went to the water in the early afternoon, with less heavy conditions, but still very demanding.
In this type of conditions, the national "tops" soon started to use the experience to make high scores on the way to the final stages.
In the semi-finals, it was Yolanda Hopkins who showed that she feels at ease in challenging conditions, achieving a wave of 9.50 points, which was the best of all the female competition.
The Algarve surfer started to build a good moment to take to the final, where the yellow lyric Carolina Mendes, Kika Veselko and Mafalda Lopes would also be, all of them in great prominence in these semi-finals.
In the grand final, the athlete from Quarteira continued to produce a high level surf, where a wave with a score of 9.00 stood out.
The 2019 national champion dominated the final from start to finish, thus guaranteeing a victorious return to the MEO Surf League, after failing the Ericeira stage. It was the sixth triumph of Yolanda Hopkins and the second in Figueira da Foz, repeating the success of 2019.
“It was an incredible championship. Cabedelo beach did not disappoint, there were incredible waves. It was a good option not to have the women's race yesterday. Despite being well prepared for these types of conditions, it could be a complicated sea for the youngest. And today it turned out to be very good conditions. I didn't even want to leave the water to be able to continue surfing these waves. This was a good victory to prepare for the ISA World Cup and attack the dream of Olympic qualification ”, stressed the Algarve athlete.