Deivid Silva (BRA) will surf in the opening heat this morning.  Credit: © WSL /  Poullenot

Stop No.2 of the Challenger Series, the MEO Vissla Pro Ericeira has been called ON in wind-affected three-to-five foot surf at Ribeira d’Ilhas.

“The storm last night definitely conjured up a bit more swell and it’s supposed to build through the day so it was a no-brainer to kick-off this morning,” Travis Logie, Senior Manager, Tours & Competition said. “When you have this many heats there’s always going to be some trying conditions, but as long as there are opportunities for all four surfers that’s the main thing, and there’s plenty out there today.”

Pressure is at a maximum as competition gets underway in the second of four stops on the Challenger Series, the battleground for qualification into the Championship Tour.

A mix of current CT athletes, perennial QS threats and young guns have entered the MEO Vissla Pro Ericeira and are eager to get their Portuguese campaign underway.

World No.14 Deivid Silva (BRA) takes on Marco Giorgi (URY), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) and Vicente Romero (ESP) in Heat 1 of the men’s Round of 96. 

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of athletes, staff, and the local community are of the utmost importance and there are a robust set of procedures in place to keep everyone safe. Athletes, staff, media and the public will be required to show proof of the “Health Pass” before accessing any of the event facilities or the beach.

The WSL encourages fans to follow the event online and watch all the action LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.

Watch LIVE Action!

All the MEO Vissla Pro Ericeira action will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and the WSL’s Facebook Page. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners. 

The 2021 MEO Vissla Pro Ericeira is scheduled from October 2-10, 2021, at praia de Ribeira d’Ilhas, Ericeira – Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com

The MEO Vissla Pro Ericeira is supported by MEO, Vissla, Tourism of Portugal, Mafra City Council, Ericeira World Surfing Reserve, EDP, Estrella Galicia, You & The Sea Hotel and Apartments and Hertz.

About the WSL 
Established in 1976, the World Surf League (WSL) is the home of the world’s best surfing. 

A global sports, media and entertainment company, the WSL oversees international tours and competitions, a studios division creating over 500+ hours of live and on-demand content, and via affiliate WaveCo, the home of the world’s largest high performance, human-made wave. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA.

The WSL annually crowns the men’s and women’s surfing World Champions. The global Tours and Competition division oversees and operates more than 180 global contests each year across the Championship Tour, the development tiers, including the Challenger, Qualifying and Junior Series, as well as longboard and big wave properties.  

Launched in 2019, WSL Studios is an independent producer of unscripted television projects, including documentaries and series, which provide unprecedented access to athletes, events, and locations around the world. WSL events and content are distributed on linear television in over 743M+ homes worldwide and across digital and social media platforms around the world, including WorldSurfLeague.com

WaveCo includes the Surf Ranch Lemoore facility and the utilizing and licensing of the Kelly Slater Wave System.

The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke.  

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.