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Teresa Bonvalot Wins Women's Caparica Junior Pro

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Teresa Bonvalot goes 3 for 3 in the Juniors division of the Caparica Primavera Surf Fest.

Teresa Bonvalot won her third consecutive title at the Caparica Junior Pro Wednesday in Portugal. Conditions degraded from the opening two days of competition but remained contestable enough to advance through two rounds of the men's Junior event and the final three heats of the women's.

The current Portuguese surfing ambassador continued her absolute dominance in Caparica and managed to overcome super difficult conditions to claim yet another victory on home turf.

Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) .Caparica 2017 Teresa Bonvalot proved once again she reigns undisputed in Caparica. WSL / Laurent Masurel

"I hope to continue to win this event as many times as I'm able to compete here," she stated. "We have to adapt to any sorts of conditions that are thrown at us and I tried really hard to do the best surfing I could in these waves, so I'm very happy."

For the first time since the event's inception, the Caparica Primavera Surf Fest now includes a Qualifying Series 1,000 event for both the men and women, giving Bonvalot another opportunity to shine at home in Portugal.

Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) .Caparica 2017 Teresa gets the honorable chair up the beach once again. WSL / Laurent Masurel

"Every event I compete in, I'm there to win," she continued. "So for sure I'll try to take out the QS too. I have achieved my goal to win the European Junior title last year so I'm going to focus on the QS more this season and this would be a great start."

She has already won basically everything there is on the Junior scene, and only the ultimate prize, the World Junior crown, has eluded the young surfer from Cascais so far. As she prepares to gradually concentrate her efforts on qualifying for the Women's Championship Tour, she will continue to chase the coveted WSL Junior Title for one more season.

Teresa Bonvalot A wildcard at multiple elite, Championship Tour contests, Teresa is already used to the public eye. WSL / Kelly Cestari

"I made the Quarters in Kiama, which was not as good as the previous year," she added. "Waves were really tricky as well and the competition was hard, but I'm not done and I'll try again next time."

Coming up in second position today was Ellie Turner, an unknown surfer from Cornwall's Bude. Turner had a great campaign in Caparica but couldn't quite rival Bonvalot in the big Final.

Ellie Turner (GBR) .Caparica 2017 Ellie Turner could be a threat in the European Title race as soon as this season. WSL / Laurent Masurel

"I'm really happy, I've got three more years on the Junior series so hopefully I'll have plenty more opportunities to win a Final," Turner said. "I tried to get the waves that had a bit of wall, it was pretty tricky but occasionally there was a fun one."

Despite her young age and lack of experience, Turner showed great potential and will lead the British charge in the coming years for a European title.

Ellie Turner (GBR) .Espinho 2016 Last year, at just 14, Ellie already had skills in Espinho. WSL / Laurent Masurel

"Waves can be really good at home, but they're also usually pretty small and the water is very cold," she continued. "I travel quite a lot, like in Indo in the winter, and between France and Spain every summer, and it's great! I'd love to make the Top 2 on the rankings at the end of the year, but it's only early days so we'll see how I go."

The men's Junior event completed two rounds as well to decide the sixteen quarterfinalists on the eve of a potential finals day.

Dylan Groen (DEU) .Caparica 2017 The morning sessions offered slightly better walls to enjoy. WSL / Laurent Masurel

Surfers in the Men's Junior, Men's QS and Women's QS divisions will have a call at 7 a.m Thursday, while the longboarders are invited to come join the show at 12 p.m.

All results, photos and videos of the events can be viewed here:
Men's QS Event
Women's QS Event
Men's JQS Event
Women's JQS Event
Men's LQS Event
Women's LQS Event

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