The Junior Pro Espinho launched today in clean waves in the two foot range at praia de baia. Competition started early and went on hold around the high tide mark before resuming this afternoon to complete a long first day with men and women’s rounds 1 in the books.
The event’s lowest seeds made the best of the small conditions on offer and displayed good surfing to earn their spot in the second round of competition.
Tomas Zarra (ESP), 15, belted the day’s strongest combined heat total, an impressive 14.67 given the conditions, including the only excellent score of 8.50 on the opening day of competition. The young Spaniard started on one of the best waves of the day and performed spectacular surfing that impressed everyone on the beach all the way up in the judges tower.
“It’s been really fun I caught two really good waves and had a lot of fun,” Zarra stated. “I did two good turns at the start on the set and a nice finish for that 8.50. It was a really good wave and I was lucky enough to be in the right position. I’m here with my coach Aritza Saratxaga and his advice was simply to choose the right wave and do my thing which is mainly big turns.”
Frenchman Titouan Canevet (FRA), 16, came a close second for the day’s best wave with a solid 7.50 earlier this morning. The Brittany resident continues the string of excellent results of surfers hailing from the wave-rich French northwest region.
“Waves were a bit small but I found a nice option a little outside the main peak and it worked out for me,” Canevet said. “My best result is a four-man quarter in Biscarrosse so the goal coming here is to try and better it hopefully. Ian Fontaine who’s here coaching us compared the wave to one we have at home so it helped me visualize the opportunities better which was very helpful.”
After a whole day’s worth of waiting, women surfers finally hit the water around 7 p.m and completed their own first round of competition in fun conditions.
Vahine Fierro (PYF), 17, reached the finals of four events out of the five she entered so far this season, and judging by her performance in Round One she’s keen to secure another big result in Europe. Fresh off her final school exams back home in Tahiti, the powerful goofy foot destroyed the little lefts of praia de Baia and claimed the women’s highest single-score of 8.00 points.
“I found two pretty fun waves and won my heat so I’m happy with that start!” Fierro said. “After my first decent score I decided to move further down the beach to a different peak which looked like it had a really good left, that’s where I got the 8. I usually like to surf on my backhand better, so I was hoping to surf the North bank but that’s fun too.”
Francisca Veselko (PRT), 14, was one of only two Portuguese female surfers to advance through Round 1 tonight, and represents a strong chance of a home country title come finals day. The young surfer from Cascais already claimed an impressive third place in her second event ever, and looks to even further improve on that result rather sooner than later.
“It’s my first time surfing here, I usually stay further down the coast around Lisbon and Ericeira,” Veselko admitted. “Waves were a little tough but I made the most of it. I train in all conditions so I was prepared.”
Contest officials have called the men at 6:30 a.m Friday for a potential early start while the women are welcome at 8:30 a.m.
The Junior Pro Espinho is scheduled from June 22-25, 2017 Espinho, Portugal.
UPCOMING JUNIOR PRO ESPINHO WOMEN’S RD2 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Ainhoa Leiceaga (FRA), Mikele Beato (EUK), Lucia Machado (CNY)
Heat 2: Mafalda Lopes (PRT), Illona Goasguen (FRA), Belen Botin (ESP), Mariana Brandao (PRT)
Heat 3: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK), Eveline Hooft (NDL), Lili Termeau (FRA), Laura De Los Reyes (CNY)
Heat 4: Juliette Lacome (FRA), Sara Urresti (EUK), Elisa Cazenave (FRA), Nerea Donaire (ESP)
Heat 5: Maelys Jouault (FRA), Violeta Sanchez (ESP), Julia Dufrechou (GLP), Francisca Veselko (PRT)
Heat 6: Neis Lartigue (FRA), Melania Diaz (CNY), June Del Campo (EUK), Mae Demanez (GLP)
Heat 7: Uhaina Joly (FRA), Isabel Gundin (ESP), Ozvan Masseron (FRA), Vahine Fierro (PYF)
Heat 8: Ellie Turner (GBR), Karla Fodor (FRA), Nahia Milhau (FRA), Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA)
UPCOMING JUNIOR PRO ESPINHO MEN’S RD2 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Olivier Cassaigne (FRA), Cristian Portelli (SWE), Paolo Giorgi (CNY), Joseph Morris (GBR)
Heat 2: Aurelien Buffet (FRA), Nestor Garcia (ESP), Renan Grainville (FRA), Seth Morris (GBR)
Heat 3: Noa Dupouy (FRA), Manuel Teixeira (PRT), Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR), Tom Goasguen (FRA)
Heat 4: Joao Vidal (PRT), Noe Ledee (FRA), Edoardo Papa (ITA), Rodrigo Garcia (ESP)
Heat 5: Kike Suarez (ESP), Sean Gunning (ESP), Youri Conradi (FRA), Titouan Veschambre (FRA)
Heat 6: Sam Piter (FRA), Saul Da Silva (ESP), Mattia Migliorini (ITA), Enrique Fernandez (ESP)
Heat 7: Thomas Ledee (FRA), Tomer Linivker (ISR), Titouan Canevet (FRA), Rodrigo Lebre (PRT)
Heat 8: Joaquim Chaves (PRT), Noah Biersack (GBR), Ander Idarraga (ESP), Juan Gorostidi (ESP)
Heat 9: Salvador Couto (PRT), Dorian Gomez (FRA), Stanley Norman (GBR), Nicolas Paulet (FRA)
Heat 10: Gonçalo Vieira (PRT), Jonathan Cohen (ISR), Diego Garcia (ESP), Ricardo De La Hera Suarez (ESP)
Heat 11: Dean Vandewalle (BEL), Borja Malvar (ESP), Gabriel Ortiz (ESP), Taylor McCarthy (FRA)
Heat 12: Issam Auptel (FRA), Gabriel Ribeiro (PRT), Tomas Zarra (ESP), Joao Caldeira (PRT), Jose Champalimaud (PRT)
Heat 13: Sebastião Ramirez (PRT), Arnau Martinez (ESP), Martim Paulino (PRT), Maximilian Hudson (GBR)
Heat 14: Iker Amatriain (ESP), Marco Teichner (DEU), Willoughby Masterman (GBR), Louis Tabere Allamelou (FRA)
Heat 15: Bryan Picon (FRA), Egor Volkov (RUS), Jose Maria Bruschy (PRT), Selyann Zouhir (MAR)
Heat 16: Tomas Ribeiro (PRT), Adur Amatriain (EUK), Neil Aboufiras (MAR), Lucas Desmoucelles (FRA)
JUNIOR PRO ESPINHO WOMEN’S RD1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Lucia Machado (CNY) 9.17, Mariana Brandao (PRT) 8.33, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 8.17
Heat 2: Laura De Los Reyes (CNY) 7.14, Nerea Donaire (ESP) 6.07, Matilde Antunes (PRT) 5.07
Heat 3: Francisca Veselko (PRT) 7.84, Mae Demanez (GLP) 3.44, Beatriz Macedo (PRT) 3.43
Heat 4: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 13.00, Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA) 6.40, Manon Alda (FRA) 5.94
JUNIOR PRO ESPINHO MEN’S RD1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Paolo Giorgi (CNY) 9.07, Seth Morris (GBR) 8.64, Kepa Housset Ezponda (FRA) 7.00, Luan Nogues (FRA) 3.30
Heat 2: Renan Grainville (FRA) 6.57, Joseph Morris (GBR) 3.97, Jakub Kuzia (POL) 3.54
Heat 3: Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 9.70, Rodrigo Garcia (ESP) 6.50, Txomin Lizarraga (EUK) 3.37
Heat 4: Edoardo Papa (ITA) 5.80, Tom Goasguen (FRA) 5.20, Norman Peuron (FRA) 4.67
Heat 5: Youri Conradi (FRA) 9.30, Enrique Fernandez (ESP) 5.73, Joao Caldeira (PRT) 5.37
Heat 6: Matteo Migliorini (ITA) 10.17, Titouan Veschambre (FRA) 9.34, Hugo Merand (FRA) 4.74
Heat 7: Titouan Canevet (FRA) 13.90, Juan Gorostidi (ESP) 12.67, Jose Ribeiro (PRT) 6.73
Heat 8: Ander Idarraga (ESP) 10.60, Rodrigo Lebre (PRT) 9.17, Giulio Caruso (ITA) 6.93, Maksymilian Michalewski (POL) 4.84
Heat 9: Stanley Norman (GBR) 9.00, Ricardo De La Hera Suarez (ESP) 6.53, Carlito Casadebaigt (FRA) 5.20, Mathis Azam (FRA) 5.13
Heat 10: Diego Garcia (ESP) 10.47, Nicolas Paulet (FRA) 8.63, Michael Conlan (PRT) 6.94
Heat 11: Gabriel Ortiz (ESP) 8.30, Jose Champalimaud (PRT) 8.30, Lucas Buatois Figueroa (ESP) 6.47
Heat 12: Tomas Zarra (ESP) 14.67, Taylor McCarthy (FRA) 7.27, Diego Alejandro Pulido (ESP) 5.57
Heat 13: Martim Paulino (PRT) 7.97, Louis Tabere Allamelou (FRA) 7.20, Amar Cayam (ISR) 6.67
Heat 14: Willoughby Masterman (GBR) 9.70, Maximilian Hudson (GBR) 7.70, Matteo Calatri (ITA) 3.70
Heat 15: Jose Maria Bruschy (PRT) 8.97, Lucas Desmoucelles (FRA) 8.57, Paco Peruzzo (ITA) 4.66
Heat 16: Neil Aboufiras (MAR) 13.43, Selyann Zouhir (MAR) 11.73, Nolan Poirier (FRA) 7.77, Andres Mondo Prados (ARG) 5.53