Jack Freestone (AUS), 23, has won the SATA Azores Pro over fellow Australian Dion Atkinson (AUS), 29, in an exciting final disputed in clean, four-to-five foot surf at Praia de Santa Barbara.
In the final, Atkinson got active first and belted an excellent 8.67 on a beautiful left with a couple of radical turns. Freestone wasted no time in answering but limited by his choice of wave, could only belt a 7.17 and spent most of the first half of the heat chasing another high score. With 15 minutes on the clock, Freestone found a gem of his own and performed two critical turns for an excellent 8.33 and the heat lead.
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