Written by:Emily Bates
Billabong presents the 2012 ASP Europe 6-Star EDP Surf Pro Estoril at Praia de Carcavelos in Cascais Portugal, worth valuable ranking points for international female surfers. The event kicks off on September 21st as the third contest on the European 6-Star series, and the athletes are anxious to find out who will qualify for the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour. To top it off, the event offers a $40,000 prize purse and a new waiting period at the end of September to ensure an exciting three day event!“The Estoril event this year is looking like it’s going to be one of the all-time best events, with the organizers deciding to move from June back to September in the hope of getting better swell for the event,” Rob Gunning, ASP Europe‘s Tour Manager stated. “The setup in Carcavelos is looking to be really good and the girls will be treated excellently; hopefully the waves will come to play their part.”The girls are sure to perform at their best as the early autumn season brings regular groundswells along the shores of mainland Europe. Sixty competitors inlcuding six WCT competitors will be competing in the event at this classic Portuguese stop on the European schedule.“Carcavelos is an excellent beachbreak,” Gunning said. “When it’s on, it is a world class wave for sure. The girls surfed there a few years ago in pumping surf with lots of barrels. It’s definitely a quality wave for the girls in the race for qualification, and will test them to the max. It’s a hollow peak, and if the winds are right and the swell has good direction, we’re all set for a spectacular show!”The athletes representing the host country of Portugal will be Joana Rocha, Francisca Santos, Carina Duarte, Maria Abecasis, Keshia Eyre and Camilla Kemp.“At the moment, we have two Europeans in the Top 6 qualifiers for next year’s World Championship Tour and this leg of events, which Estoril is second of three, will be crucial for these girls to solidify their position. Alizé Arnaud is fresh off a great result, a second place in Pantin along with Pauline who finished in the quarters, so hopefully they can get one step closer to the 2013 WCT.”The ASP 6-Star EDP Surf Pro Estoril presented by Billabong will run from September 21-23 at Praia de Carcavelow in Cascais, Portugal. For LIVE webcast, log on to estoril.aspeurope.com.Keep checking back on thesurfchannel.com for regular updates on the event.