PLAYA DE RAZO, A Coruna, Galicia – Spain (Thursday, August 2, 2012) - Clean conditions greeted competitors for the opening day of competition at Playa de Razo, which saw the completion of the first rounds of both the men’s and the women’s divisions. Waves in the 2-3Ft range allowed the Top European Juniors to display their progressive surfing repertoire and warm up before the second round tomorrow in which the top seeds will enter the draw.
Soli Bailey (AUS) 17, for his first participation in a European event, impressed this morning scoring the second highest heat total of the competition so far bringing a little outside competition for the usual European contenders.
“It’s pretty fun,” Bailey said. “It’s my first time competing in Spain, I’m just travelling with a bunch of the boys from the Billabong team, it’s really good ! I don’t know many people out here so I’m focusing on doing my own thing, and I’m here until September so I might try to do a couple bigger events in Europe..”
Vicente Romero (ESP) 19, current leader in the European Junior Title race, surfed his way through the always complicated first round against the youngest up-and-comers, and will join his pairs tomorrow when competition resumes at Playa de Razo.
“The wind is a little bit strong but it was fun out there !” Romero stated. “I had a couple of good scores, and I’m now surfing with a different equipment from the last event last week but everything works great for me so I’m feeling well ! I’ve been to Galicia many times before but it’s the first time I surf this particular beach in Razo and the waves are good !”
Eyeing the European Junior Title one event shy of the 2012 season completion, Romero who needs a win in Galicia and for his closest opponent Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) to place third or worse, keeps his feet right on the ground and just looks forward to competing tomorrow again, one heat at a time.
“I feel a little pressure now for the rest of the event with the Title on the line but overall I feel good. I know that all I need is two good waves in every single heat and I don’t want to think too far ahead for now..”
Maud Le Car (FRA) 20, was the sensation today in the Women’s field of talented surfers, scoring high despite the challenging conditions created by the full tide on the beautiful Praia de Razo. Le Car secured both the highest single wave score of the day, an 8.00 out of 10 and the highest heat total on her way to qualify for the quarter-finals.
“I’m happy I got through”, Le Car said. “I got a good wave but couldn’t really find another one out there. It was pretty tough now with that full tide but I think we’re lucky cause that was probably the best heat to have waves in the girls round so far.. I do feel a little pressure because with Cannelle we’re really close on the rankings and even qualification isn’t done yet, but I’m in good form I’ve trained a lot lately so I hope it’ll pay..”
Currently sitting second on the European rankings just a few points behind her main competition in the Regional Title race Cannelle Bulard (REU), Le Car has come to Galicia fully prepared and motivated to take it to the lineup and try to keep her hopes of a maiden European Crown alive.
“After Sopelana I went to stay with Lucia (Martino) in Gijon and stayed like two hours from here where I surfed. Then I came here and I’m really surprised I didn’t know the waves were that good !”
Loiola Canales Bilbao (EUK) 17, was another standout this afternoon, netting the second highest wave score of the opening round. The young Basque rider from Sopelana who was eliminated in the quarter-finals last week in front of her home crowd, will try and better this result when the women’s competition resumes.
“The conditions were really hard but it got a little bit better during my heat with a bit more vertical in the waves, I got the scores I needed and I’m happy !” Canales commented. “It’s my first time here and I’m really glad to be here. My goal is to make the final if possible, but you know this is competition and you can have good or bad days so we’ll see which this is for me !”
Organizers and event officials will reconvene tomorrow morning at 10am for a potential start of the Men’s Round of 64. Conditions are expected to improve overnight and the day’s program will be known after this call.
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UPCOMING WAHRLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S ROUND OF 64 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), Charly Quivront (FRA), Pedro Correia (PRT), Harry Timson (GBR)
Heat 2: Borja Agote (EUK), Imanol Yeregi (EUK), Mateia Hiquily (PYF), Josh Piper (GBR)
Heat 3: Francisco Alves (PRT), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Jorgann Couzinet (REU), Timothee Bisso (GLP)
Heat 4: José Ferreira (PRT), Joao Kopke (PRT), Soli Bailey (AUS), Juan Diaz-Teran (ESP)
Heat 5: Ugo Robin (FRA), Roberto Letemendia (EUK), Arthur Lasse (FRA), Joshua Braddock (GBR)
Heat 6: Ian Fontaine (FRA), Ethan Egiguren (EUK), Txaber Gaminde (EUK), Thomas Fernandez (PRT)
Heat 7: Diego Mignot (FRA), Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Vahiatua (PYF), Luke Dillon (GBR)
Heat 8: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Guillermo Gomez (ESP), Mihimana Braye (PYF), Alex Iriondo (EUK)
Heat 9: Frederico Morais (PRT), Diego Alvarez Lourido (EUK), Roberto D’Amico (ITA), Marcelino Botin (ESP)
Heat 10: Miguel Blanco (PRT), Pierre Rollet (FRA), Gatien Delahaye (GLP), Pedro Coelho (PRT)
Heat 11: Kieran Bulard (REU), Ander Mendiguren (EUK), Nomme Mignot (FRA), Lucas Jannier (REU)
Heat 12: Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA), Diogo Appleton (PRT), Juan Fernandez (ESP), Malik Berho (FRA)
Heat 13: Tom Cloarec (FRA), Manex Bikuna (EUK), Julen Egiguren (EUK), Guillaume Cassaigne (FRA)
Heat 14: Alex Gironi (EUK), Charly Termeau (FRA), Vicente Romero (ESP), Miguel Perez-Moneo (EUK)
Heat 15: Luis Eyre (GBR), Toby Donachie (GBR), Simon Sew-Heng (REU), Will Davey (GBR)
Heat 16: Dimitri Ouvre (GLP), Tom Good (GBR), Luis Ansin (ESP), Guilherme Fonseca (PRT)
UPCOMING WAHRLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S QUARTER-FINALS MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Maud Le Car (FRA), Garazi Sanchez Ortun (EUK), Camille Davila (FRA), Marion Bouzigues (FRA)
Heat 2: Erika Franco (ESP), Keshia Eyre Seelow (PRT), Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK), Ainara Aymat (EUK)
Heat 3: Cannelle Bulard (REU), Carina Duarte (PRT), Loiola Canales Bilbao (EUK), Lucia Martino (ESP)
Heat 4: Maria Abecasis (PRT), Yolanda Aneiros (ESP), Tanika Hoffman (ZAF), Ana Morau (FRA)
WAHRLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S ROUND OF 96 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Pedro Correia (PRT) 12.50, Josh Piper (GBR) 10.26, Woody Bujon (FRA) 6.57
Heat 2: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 12.50, Harry Timson (GBR) 9.36, Korak Tinoko (VEN) 8.83, Alvaro Fernandez (ESP) 3.60
Heat 3: Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 12.93, Juan Diaz-Teran (ESP) 8.54, Miguel Betegon (ESP) 7.77, Juan Ignacio Sebastia (ESP) 5.77
Heat 4: Soli Bailey (AUS) 14.17, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 11.70, Luca Dioguardi (CNY) 5.67
Heat 5: Arthur LAsse (FRA) 11,67, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 9.63, Francisco Duarte (PRT) 6.56
Heat 6: Txaber Gaminde (EUK) 8.37, Joshua Bradock (GBR) 8.34, Imanol Geledan (FRA) 5.54, Jaime Amador (ESP) 3.37
Heat 7: Vehiatua Prunier (PYF) 12.50, Alex Iriondo (EUK) 7.77, Vincent Vandeputte (BEL) 7.07
Heat 8: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 14.83, Luke Dillon (GBR) 6.87, Uraeva Braye (PYF) 6.47, Marco Mignot (FRA) 3.60
Heat 9: Roberto D’Amico (ITA) 9.07, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 9.00, Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 6.10
Heat 10: Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 9.30, Marcelino Botin (ESP) 9.04, Nail Bencheikh (FRA) 5.03, Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 4.20
Heat 11: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 11.40, Malik Berho (FRA) 7.13, Mikel Elizalde (EUK) 6.40
Heat 12: Juan Fernandez (ESP) 8.83, Lucas Jannier (REU) 7.53, Edward Smith (GBR) 4.60, Martin Gonzalez (ESP) 4.57
Heat 13: Julen Egiguren (EUK) 11.07, Miguel Perez-Moneo (EUK) 8.50, Andrew Petrelluzzi (GLP) No-Show
Heat 14: Vicente Romero (ESP) 13.07, Guillaume Cassaigne (FRA) 8.43, Thomas Delplace (FRA) 6.67, Juan Lopez (ESP) 3.60
Heat 15: Simon Sew-Heng (REU) 9.94, Guillherme Fonseca (PRT) 8.63, Pol Barets-Peyrelongue (FRA) 7.97
Heat 16: Luis Ansin (ESP) 7.50, Will Davey (GBR) 6.83, Maxime Bobet (FRA) 6.63, Gonzalo Fernandez (ESP) 5.30
WAHRLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Maud Le Car (FRA) 13.00, Keshia Seelow Eyre (PRT) 9.33, Matilde Gomez (FRA) 5.54
Heat 2: Cammile Davila (FRA) 9.13, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 7.20, Gabi Rowe (GBR) 4.40, Paula Fraga (ESP) 2.97
Heat 3: Erika Franco (ESP) 11.24, Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK) 6.67, Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 6.36
Heat 4: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 11.83, Marion Bouzigues (FRA) 7.36, Virginia Giesen (DEU) 7.07
Heat 5: Cannelle Bulard (REU) 10.33, Yolanda Aneiros (ESP) 5.10, Amaia Billecoq (FRA) 4.50
Heat 6: Loiola Canales Bilbao (EUK) 9.50, Ana Morau (FRA) 6.10, Tassy Swallow (GBR) 5.27
Heat 7: Maria Abecasis (PRT) 9.27, Carina Duarte (PRT) 8.94, Noa Iturripea (EUK) 3.84
Heat 8: Tanika Hoffman (ZAF) 8.70, Lucia Martino (ESP) 8.70, Fanny Brice (FRA) 5.94