The Pro Santa Cruz 2018 pres. by Oakley will return for a third consecutive edition next week to the beautiful shores of Santa Cruz, Portugal. A Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 event, the Santa Cruz meet has produced challenging conditions for some of the world’s best surfers in the past.
This year again, the event has attracted a flurry of international talent, with ten past or current Championship Tour (CT) competitors enrolled. Portuguese superstar and current World No. 14 Frederico Morais will lead the field in the fun beach breaks of the beautiful praia da fisica.
The list of talented surfers joining the fun include Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Joan Duru (FRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Ryan Callinan (AUS), long-time Championship Tour Portuguese ambassador Tiago Pires (PRT) and more.
With 3,000 qualifying points on offer for the winner, a victory in Santa Cruz could make a huge difference in the year-end tallies to decide the qualifiers for the Elite tour. That explains why most of the Qualifying Series’ top surfers will compete alongside some of the elite’s Top 34.
The pristine rugged coastline of Santa Cruz mixes clean white-sand beaches and abrupt cliffs overlooking the ocean, painting an incredible background for a week of high-performance professional surfing.
This event will also close the early Qualifying Series season on European soil, where five events took surfers from Israel, to the Canary Islands, Martinique, Portugal and Basque Country since January. QS athletes will go on to compete in Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, the U.S.A and Chile among other destinations before returning to Europe this summer for the traditional leg of events starting in England in early August.
The event will be webcast LIVE at worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL app.