Stop No. 6 of 7 in the European Qualifying Series, the QS10,000 SATA Azores Pro, launched in wind-affected, three-to-five foot surf at Santa Barbara on São Miguel (an island that is part of the Azores archipelago off the the coast of Portugal). Tough conditions cleaned up toward the end of the day and allowed 22 heats of the opening round of competition.
While the event is on the Qualifying Series schedule, many of the men's elite-level Championship Tour are competing in it, partly in preparation for the upcoming CT contest in Peniche. The women's Portuguese CT contest, the Cascais Women's Pro, runs through September 28.