PLAYA DE SOPELANA, Euskadi – Basque Country (Wednesday, July 24, 2013) – Just two weeks after the completion of the first European Pro Junior in 2013, our continent’s best surfers aged under-20 will reconvene in beautiful Sopelana to chase the coveted European Junior Title race at the Sopela O’Neill Pro Junior
While Tom Cloarec (FRA) 19, has taken an early lead on the Men’s rankings, the road to a maiden regional title will be long with five more events on the 2013 schedule and more points to be allocated in the final two stages later this summer. Feeling no pressure on his shoulders, the progressive goofy-footer will try to build momentum from his win in Royan come the first round tomorrow.
“I don’t feel any added pressure,” Cloarec said. “The season is long with many 1-star and bigger events towards the end of the year so everything will be decided there. I’ve been going to Sopelana since I was super young and I like it there even if I’ve never had a great result so far. My brother Nelson and I travel together and it’s great to be able to surf together and observe each other pre-event to spot potential weaknesses to work on especially.”
In the women’s it will be Johanne Defay (FRA) 19, leading the charge and trying to stay on top of her field after her excellent performance in France. Defay will have her work cut out for her with numerous younger girls trying to shake up the rankings.
The quiet little Basque town of Sopelana will soon be invaded by more than 150 surfers from all-over Europe with hopes of shining in the event. With playful beachbreak conditions on offer at the main beach of Sopelana and a promising forecast for the coming four days of the event, tourists and locals alike will have a chance to witness spectacular action from some of the best future professional surfers.
This hungry field will try and grab their share of the US$7,000 prize purse and crucial ranking points. Rob Gunning, ASP Europe’s Tour Manager looks forward to an intense week of action at the O’Neill Sopela Pro Junior pres. by Bar Le Penon.
“We had a blast in Royan for the season opener of the Junior series, and I can’t wait to see the surfers bring their A-game to Sopelana.” Gunning stated. “Waves should be fun this week and we count on them to produce great action for everyone to enjoy at the beach.”
Organizers have called for an early 7:15am call tomorrow morning for both Men and Women and a potential 7:30am start of the competition at the main beach of Sopelana.
The 2013 Sopela Pro Junior is scheduled from July 25-28, 2013 at Playa de Sopelana, Euskadi – Basque Country. For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to aspeurope.com/sopelana2013.
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The Sopelana Pro Junior is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Peña Txuri Surf Eskola, Ayuntamiento de Sopelana, Euskadi Turismo, Diputacion Foral Vizcaya, Surfing Euskadi-Basque Country, Red Bull, Bar El Peñon, Euskal Herriko Surf Federazioa, Bizkaiko Surf Federazioa amongst others.
UPCOMING SOPELA O’NEILL PRO JUNIOR MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Lucas Jannier (FRA), Tomas Ferreira (PRT), Joao Andre (PRT)
Heat 2: Luis Ansin (ESP), Marco Mignot (FRA), Pablo Aspiroz (ESP), Pedro Rua (PRT)
Heat 3: Yael Pena (CNY), Malik Berho (FRA), Pedro Birne Calheiros (PRT), Francisco Almeida (PRT)
Heat 4: Mathis Crozon (REU), Diego Alvarez Lourido (ESP), Gaspar Teixeira (PRT), Sjoerd Tummers (NLD)
Heat 5: Mateia Hiquily (PYF), Kalani Da Silva (CNY), Salaberria Usandizaga (EUK), Shadi Lahrioui (MAR)
Heat 6: Ignacio Guisasola (ESP), Lucas Bernard (REU), Francisco Cambim (PRT), Henrique Pyrrait (PRT)
Heat 7: Thomas Simon (REU), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Jelle De Roode (NDL), Samuel Bahillo (ESP)
Heat 8: Andre Faria (PRT), Miguel Perez-Moneo (ESP), Simao Teixeira (PRT), Tarik Rahim (ESP)
UPCOMING SOPELA O’NEILL PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Ainara Aymat (EUK), Michelle Beach (USA), Victoria Capdepont (FRA), Julia Rooij (NDL)
Heat 2: Maddi Aizpurua (ESP), Eveline Hooft (NDL), Mirna Boelsma (NDL), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT)
Heat 3: Carina Duarte (PRT), Keshia Seelow-Eyre (PRT), Kim Veteau (GLP)
Heat 4: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK), Yolanda Aneiros (ESP), Lilia Lissardy (FRA)
Heat 5: Lucia Martino (ESP), Lucie Milochau (FRA), Alice Melissa Limoigne (REU)
Heat 6: Loiola Canales Bilbao (EUK), Marion Bouzigues (FRA), Leira Fuentes (EUK)
Heat 7: Josephine Costes (FRA), Erica Franco (ESP), Marina Lopez (FRA)
Heat 8: Johanne Defay (FRA), Matilde Gomez (FRA), Noa Iturripea (EUK)