Big wave

German-born Algarve resident Marlon Lipke easily surpassed Australia’s Drew Courtney in the first round of the World Professional Surfing tour’s Billabong Pro off Haiti.

Fellow first season debutant Tiago Pires was less fortunate in catching the big wave when being eliminated at the same stage by another Australian, Josh Kerr.

Volley power

Portugal’s national volleyball team captain João José, became champion of Germany with top division Friedrichshafen at the weekend.

The 30-year-old from Portimão has led his team to an uninterrupted run of success during his five-year stint abroad during which time he has also captured a four Cup winners medals and one European Champions League title.

Close miss

Lagoa’s second division promotion hopes suffered a fatal blow at the final hurdle.

Despite a courageous 1-0 away win on the last day of the season proper, the Algarve side was denied a place in the divisional champion play-offs when only rivals Carregado simultaneously secured a decisive victory at Odivelas.