GRAN CANARIA, Canary Islands (Sunday, May 15, 2011) – Vasco Ribeiro (Praia da Poca, PRT) 17, has defeated William Aliotti (Saint Martin, FRA) 17, in a low scoring tactical final of 13.17 to 10.20 to win the ASP 3-Star Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior in clean 3ft peaks at the main event site of La Cicer.
Ribeiro surfed brilliantly during the final day of competition, first ousting Medi Veminardi (Saint-Leu, REU) 19, in the semis and then going on to control the 40-minute final to claim the Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior 2011. Ribeiro opened his account with a solid scoring ride and gained a narrow lead which he built on with a series of rapid fire backhand snaps on a long left to claim a 6.77 out of 10 and the title.
“This is maybe one of the best moments of my life especially one of the best contests I have won so I am really happy right now. William (Aliotti) is such a great surfer and to win here has made me so happy. I saw William was nervous at the start and was catching a lot of waves so I tried to wait for a set and that is what I did. The last 5 minutes I looked at my watch maybe 100 times but that’s it and it is finished and I am stoked.”
With this victory Ribeiro jumps to nº1 position on the ASP European Men’s Pro Junior rankings holding a slight lead over Aliotti. A short break before the summer Pro Juniors starting in July, Ribeiro is pleased to be leading the rankings heading into the next and final stage of the series.
“At this stage it is a good position to be in but there are still some big events coming so I am going to focus on them and see what happens but for sure it is good to be leading when we go to the next Pro Junior in San Sebastian.”
Aliotti mixed flowing rail carves and progressive aerial punts during the entire contest to make it into the final and demonstrate the potential he has as one of Europe’s best up-and-comers. In the Final, Aliotti was unable to find any high scoring waves or land any of his now trademark air-reverses.
“I am pleased with making the final here and I tried my best but I couldn’t land any of my manoeuvres and I was needing a 6 for a long time to take the lead. Vasco then extended his lead and I was looking for an 8 and in the end the waves didn’t come through and that was it. Maybe next time.”
Contesting his second consecutive Pro Junior final, Aliotti has consolidated his position as one of the inform European juniors and one who will be in the hunt for the overall European Junior title come series end.
“To be in second on the Pro Junior rankings is a good place to be and I think that for the next events I will continue to keep training and try my best to go one better in the next one.
Frederico Morais (Cascais, PRT) 19, who placed equal third, surfed a great semi-final heat against Aliotti putting lots of pressure on his opponent with his strong backhand attack. Securing several solid scores Morais was off to a flying start and challenged the result to the end.
“I thought I was going to get more scores on my waves but sometimes the scores are not equal for each other so it is a bit hard. I am still happy for this result and next time I am going to try and do better.”
Morais has leaped up the Pro Junior rankings to sit in 7th position after having only competed in two events and is focusing on the remainder of the series in his bid to reach his overall goals for 2011.
“I have improved on the rankings but there are still some more comps with some stars and some points so I am going to try and get good results in the remaining contests and hopefully go for the European champion and qualify for the World Juniors.”
Also finishing in equal 3rd was Medi Veminardi who had a tough encounter against eventual event winner Vasco Ribeiro in a wave starved second half of their semi-final. Veminardi tried desperately on both the left and right peak to peg back his opponent eventually falling short of his target and losing his chance to make the Final. Veminardi now lies in 5th position on the European Junior rankings.
“I didn’t get too many waves with a wall so I couldn’t do much. Vasco got a good inside one and after that with the high tide there were not a lot more waves. I had to catch two good waves in the first 10 minutes and I didn’t do it and Vasco did do it so that was how he made the heat. That was the good thing to do, to get the waves early in the heat.”
Surfers competing at the Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior, event nº3 of 7 on the ASP European Pro Junior Series, claimed the valuable ranking points on offer at this 3-Star rated event and now race for the overall European Pro Junior title and the chance to compete in the ASP World Junior Series starting in Bali, Indonesia on October 3, 2011.
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Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior Final Result
1 -Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 13.44
2 -William Aliotti (FRA) 10.20
Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior Semi-final Results
Heat 1: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 13.93 Def. Medi Veminardi (REU) 11.60
Heat 2: William Aliotti (FRA) 13.90 Def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 11.23
ASP European Men’s Pro Junior Top 10 Rankings
1. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 1145 points
2. William Aliotti (FRA) 1126 points
3. Dimitri Ouvre (BRB) 1021 points
4. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 861 points
5. Medi Veminardi (REU) 847 points
6. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 750 points
7. Frederico Morais (PRT) 738 points
8. Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 632 points
9. Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 599 points
10. Tom Cloarec (FRA) 566 points