PLAYA DE SOMO, Cantabria/SPAIN (Friday, May 6, 2011) – The inaugural ASP 1-Star Somo Pro Junior Cantabria Infinita presented by Escuela Cantabra de Surf, event No.2 of 7 on the ASP Europe Men’s Pro Junior Series, got off to a flying start on Day 1 of the official waiting period, running through to complete two Rounds of competition in clean 3-4ft lefts and rights at the main event site in La playa de Somo.
Jules Thomet (Anglet, FRA) 19, who had his opponents in combination situation in the first half of the 20-minute heat, destroyed two consecutive high-tide peeling lefts with a series of backhand smashes and on-the-rail turns to amass the highest two-wave combined total of the event, 16.90 out of 20.
“The waves are good and they arrived for my heat as well. There were plenty of waves to choose from and I got two good lefts so I am happy with my performance. I was very relaxed after those first waves and had no stress at all.”
Thomet enjoyed the best moment of the incoming tide with sets continually pushing through the main peak and the young natural-footer hopes to be able to adjust to the ever changing conditions as the tide moves.
“I would like to continue like this for the rest of the event but I think the waves may be smaller and so I will have to adapt and change especially if my heats are during the lower tide next time.”
Tom Cloarec (FRA) 17, surfed brilliantly using his full repertoire of turns snatching an excellent left to lay down a critical first turn followed by a close-out air-reverse on the shore break to claim an 8.83 out of 10, the highest single wave score of the event.
“I saw a really good wave coming and I did a good first turn and then the lip sat up and came to me and I did the final manoeuvre and made it. I enjoyed the heat and it is always really good fun surfing lefts and rights like these.”
Medi Veminardi (Saint-Leu, REU) 19, a first-time visitor to Somo, adjusted quickly to conditions on his first trip to mainland Europe this season for the Somo Pro Junior Cantabria Infinita with a commanding performance which highlighted him as one of the favourites for the title.
“I have been struggling to find a good board and I have just arrived three days ago and I’ve been surfing in board shorts for the last four months so I have a few things to deal with. I figured everything out yesterday so I am happy because I have a good board and now I am a bit more comfortable with the wetsuits.”
Veminardi, one of Europe’s most experienced Juniors, showed excellent wave selection choosing the longer peeling rights with his powerful backhand hacks to compile a two-wave heat total of 14.16.
“The waves are changing really fast now. What I was looking at on the beach was not the same as when I was in the water so it is changing a lot. I think you have to be a local here to know how to surf the wave. (laughs)”
“I didn’t know there were such good waves here,” continued Veminardi. “Yesterday was really good at high tide so I think it is going to be a great comp if we have waves over the weekend. I expected to surf an average beach break and I arrived with a perfect left and right so it is going to be really good.”
Jose Ferreira (PRT) 19, who competed from Round One due to a late entry, destroyed the clean early morning peak on both the lefts and right to take top honours nailing a 7.83 and in the process securing one of highest combined two-wave totals of 14.83 out of 20.
“I did a late entry so I was in the first round and it went well because I got two sevens and then the waves in my second heat were not as good but I managed to get through so I am happy. The tide was changing and I think it was the slowest heat of this round so it was hard.”
Ferreira, like many other competitors, was pleasantly surprised with the quality of waves on offer during the higher tide mark offering long walls perfect for high performance surfing.
“My surfing is going well for me at the moment and this is a very good place and when the tide is high there is a very good right and left so it is the perfect place to do a contest.”
Ramzi Boukiam (MAR) 17, currently ranked nº3 on the Asp European Junior Men’s series, cruised through his Round Two encounter picking off the best lefts and rights coming through on the main peak with flowing rail turns and snaps to claim a heat total of 13.67 out of 20.
“I’m stoked because it was kind of difficult out there. I think it was right at the moment when it was breaking outside and inside so it was tough but some good rights at the beginning so I’m stoked to get through. I didn’t get any big scores but I am happy to get through and hopefully can show everyone my best surf in the next heat.”
Boukiam, who is still recovering from injury, showed no signs of being handicapped by his heavily strapped left hand using his experience and positioning to control the heat from start to finish.
“I broke my small finger training but I think it is more in your head so I try to forget it and I will be able to surf at my best level.”
Joao Pinheiro (Ericeira, PRT) 19, impressed making a strong comeback to the European Pro Junior series relying on smooth rail-to-rail carves and rapid snaps to claim two solid scores and a combined heat total of 13.24.
“I am so happy. This is my first European Pro Junior this year so I want to do my best and surf without pressure. The waves are fun and I am happy.”
“I only did one Pro Junior in 2009 and last year,” explained Pinheiro. “I didn’t have a sponsor so I did the National circuit in Portugal. This year I have a sponsor but I didn’t go to Reunion Island however I will go to all the next ones.”
The Somo Pro Junior Cantabria Infinita presented by Escuela Cantabra de Surf is the second stop on the Asp Europe Men’s Pro Junior Series 2011 which will determine qualifiers for the elite Asp World Junior Championships which start in Bali October 3 2011.
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Upcoming Somo Pro Junior Cantabria Infinita pres. by ECS Round Three Matchups
Heat 1: Medi Veminardi (REU), Joao Pinheiro (PRT), Jose Ferreira (PRT), Marcelino Botin (ESP)
Heat 2: Miguel Blanco (PRT), Diodo Appleton (PRT), Ander Mendiguren (EUK), Ramzi Boukiam (MAR)
Heat 3: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Pablo Pola (FRA), Marcos Carmona (ESP)
Heat 4: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Ethan Egiguren (EUK), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Charly Termeau (FRA)
Heat 5: Jules Thomet (FRA), Borja Agote (EUK), Hugo Debosc (REU), William Aliotti (FRA)
Heat 6: Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA), Hugo Palmarini (REU), Alex Iriondo (EUK), Tom Cloarec (FRA)
Heat 7: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Txaber Gaminde (EUK), Stuart Campbell (GBR), Alex Gironi (EUK)
Heat 8: Kosme Fernandes (EUK), Luis Eyre (GBR), Demitri Ouvre (BRB), Francisco Alves (PRT)
Somo Pro Junior Cantabria Infinita pres. by ECS Round Two Results
Heat 1: Medi Veminardi (REU)14.16, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 11.06, Tom Bellevergue (FRA) 9.43, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 9.10
Heat 2: Joao Pinheiro (PRT) 13.24, Diodo Appleton (PRT) 11.90, Juan Fernandez (ESP) 8.16, Luca Dioguardi (CYN) 7.06
Heat 3: Ander Mendiguren (EUK) 11.17, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 9.74, Toby Donachie (GBR) 8.76, Joao Kopke (PRT) 4.83
Heat 4: Ramzi Boukiam (MAR) 13.67, Marcelino Botin (ESP) 9.57, Andy Crière (FRA) 6.43, Bruno Reinhardt (FRA) 5.17
Heat 5: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 12.67, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 11.67, Pedro Berasaluce (EUK) 9.44, Louis Fears (FRA) 8.33
Heat 6: Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 12.10, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 8.30, Manix Bikuna (EUK) 7.96, Samuel Bedia (ESP) 2.47
Heat 7: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.17, Pablo Pola (FRA) 10.67, Roberto Letemendia (EUK) 7.74, Eriz Eizmendi (EUK) 4.40
Heat 8: Charly Termeau (FRA) 9.74, Marcos Carmona (ESP) 9.63, Pierre Rollet (FRA) 8.96, Aldric God (FRA) 8.70
Heat 9: Jules Thomet (FRA) 16.90, Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 8.33, Cassaigne Guillaume (FRA) 8.30, Roberto D’Amico (ITA) 6.67
Heat 10: Borja Agote (EUK) 13.44, Hugo Palmarini (REU) 10.83, Pedro Correia (PRT) 10.00, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 5.94
Heat 11: Alex Iriondo (EUK) 12.07, Hugo Debosc (REU) 9.50, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 8.56, Josu Alcantara (EUK) 6.90
Heat 12: Tom Cloarec (FRA) 15.66, William Aliotti (FRA) 15.50, Antoine Ramonborde (FRA) 7.93, Miguel Villalba (ESP) 7.64
Heat 13: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 14.17, Kosme Fernandes (EUK) 9.10, Juan Diaz Teran (ESP) 6.10, Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 4.73
Heat 14: Txaber Gaminde (EUK) 11.97, Luis Eyre (GBR) 10.43, Tim Latte (SWE) 9.23, Charles Quiveront (FRA) 6.27
Heat 15: Demitri Ouvre (BRB) 14.34, Stuart Campbell (GBR) 8.64, Remi Petersen (NLD) 6.66, Tom Good (GBR) 5.67
Heat 16: Francisco Alves (PRT) 13.27, Alex Gironi (EUK) 10.33, Emilien Lojou (FRA) 9.43, Harry Timson (GBR) 2.37
Somo Pro Junior Cantabria Infinita pres. by ECS Round One Results
Heat 1: Tom Bellevergue (FRA) 11.00, Cassaigne Guillaume (FRA) 9.17, Markel Ezenarro (EUK)
Heat 2: Jose Ferreira (PRT) 14.83, Josu Alcantara (EUK) 8.00, Luke Dillon (GBR) 4.84
Heat 3: Louis Fears (FRA) 11.30, Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 8.73, Jose Roman Grau (CNY) 6.00
Heat 4: Eriz Eizmendi (EUK), Tom Good (GBR)