Silvana Lima (BRA) gets her second taste of CT victory after winning the 2017 Swatch Pro at Trestles. And it is truly sweeter this second time around. It’s been seven years since her first CT win in 2010, and a series of challenging years in between, including an injury that took her away from pro surfing in 2012. But the Brazilian remained tough. She has set the pace by dominating the QS rankings to keep her elite tour qualification.
After taking down top-tier CT surfers in the Swatch Pro including 6-time World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore, Silvana has emerged as the winner in the final battle against Keely Andrew (AUS), another underdog who took down Courtney Conlogue in the semi finals for a chance to win the 10,000 points at stake.
The opening exchange saw both surfers aggressively dropping on every possible wave and they both earned only small scores until Lima threw in a beautiful combination of turns, throwing buckets all throughout, and got an 8.93 to take the lead. In the next exchange, Silvana earned another 7.17, putting Keely Anderson in a combination situation.
Silvana Lima’s 8.93 Ride:
With 13 minutes left in the heat, Keely caught a good wave earning a 4.93 and then followed through with another 6.0 wave minutes later. But Silvana dropped another bomb in that exchange with beautiful carves and exquisite floaters finished off with a solid snap, further advancing her lead with an 8.67 wave score.
There were about 10 minutes left and Andrew tried to answer back but couldn’t get the massive scores she needed to get out of the combo situation. That sealed Silvana Lima’s 2017 Swatch Pro victory.
Silvana is back where she belongs, winning events and dominating. She went two places up the CT rankings, she took home the sweet Trestles victory, and all the hard work has finally paid off. Lima was later followed by fellow Brazilian, and Sharp Eye team mate, Filipe Toledo, who won the Hurley Pro 2017.
Lima’s Sharp Eye Surfboard was also noticeable all throughout the competition. The new equipment complimented her skills and helped her on her way to victory. But in the end, it was her grit and desire to get back on top that helped propel her to where she is now. Will she be able to keep the momentum going into the Cascais Women’s Pro?
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