Caraïbos Lacanau Pro
Philippa Anderson & Marc Lacomare Crowned Caraïbos Lacanau Pro Champions
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 August, 2017 - Philippa Anderson and Marc Lacomare have claimed the QS1,500 Caraïbos Lacanau Pro titles today in good three-to-four foot surf. The final day resumed early this morning with the quarterfinals and culminated in front of huge crowds to crown the 2017 champions.
The women’s final was up first and saw Kirra Pinkerton and Philippa Anderson get busy early on as conditions starting deteriorating with the afternoon onshore breeze. Pinkerton found a great wave 10 minutes into the final and performed three radical turns on her forehand for a 7.33 and a strong lead over the Australian. The Australian never stopped fighting and tried to find the right wave all the way into the final moments of the heat.
Anderson started on a long right and attacked it with all she had, performing a very similar wave to Pinkerton’s, but with slightly more power and flair, to finally claim the 8.33 she needed to win the final. The two surfers ended up in a tie with 12.66 points each, but Anderson’s highest single score won her the event.
“I’m really happy with that win, earlier in the year I was in a similar situation where I needed a 9 in the last 30 seconds and I got the score,” Anderson said. “It boosts your confidence when you know you can get the score under pressure like that.”
Anderson claims her second event win this season and gets a little bit closer to her goal of reaching the coveted Top 6 and qualification zone for the Championship Tour. A very consistent surfer in the past few seasons, the Australian will crack the Top 10 and now looks to score big in the remaining major events of 2017 in Galicia and Sydney.
“I’ve been working really hard this year and it’s really good to see it pay off like it has,” she continued. “It’s been a long few years on the QS and it seems this year I’m finally finding my groove. Kirra is an amazing surfer and she should really be proud of herself, I know when I was her age I was definitely not making finals like that.”
Runner-up today, Kirra Pinkerton (USA), 14, had an absolute dream run in France to reach her first QS final. She defeated the defending event champion Ella Williams (NZL) and former World Junior Champion Mahina Maeda (HAW) on finals day with impressive surfing for such a young age. Her commitment in the vertical sections and the aggressive attack on all of her turns got everyone taking notice of a hungry newcomer on the Qualifying Series.
“This is definitely the best result I’ve ever had so I’m super happy with that,” Pinkerton said. “She won on the count back but we tied so that was very close! The next two events are both really good so I’m excited to go there and visit. This was my first time in France and I loved it, oh my god the food was amazing!!”
With the 1,125 ranking points of her second place today, the San Clemente local will rocket up the QS ladder amongst much more experienced athletes. She will also have another opportunity to build even more confidence and momentum in Anglet next week before facing some of the World’s best surfers in Pantin for the upcoming QS6,000.
In the men’s final, Marc Lacomare and Dean Bowen had a similar average start and found a real scoring opportunity a few minutes in on the long rights of Lacanau. Bowen got the nod in that first exchange with an excellent 8.17 over Lacomare’s 7.33. Halfway through the heat, the two finalists surfed back-to-back waves again but this time the Frenchman found a cleaner, more opened face to score an 8.50 over Bowen’s 7.07 to claim back the lead.
The ocean provided a final opportunity for the Australian, who surfed another long right but came up just short of the 7.67 he needed, handing Lacomare his first win in Lacanau after missing out on the final twice.
“I’m super happy, I’ve come close here a few times and it’s great to finally win it!” Lacomare stated. “1,500 points could be a keeper in the end, but above all it’s a great way to build confidence towards the two QS6,000 coming up. I wanted to test some boards as well and try to surf smart and have fun so all together a great experience this week in Lacanau. I wanted to take a few lefts and try some airs, but Dean was strong on his backhand and I thought it was a better idea to fight him on an even field.”
Dean Bowen (AUS), 26, narrowly missed out on a career-first win on the Qualifying Series but was one of the strongest surfers all-week, showcasing his radical backhand attack in Lacanau. The Australian claims his season-best result and will take a great step forward in the rankings to get close to the Top 100.
“I left it all out in the water and gave it everything I got,” Bowen admitted. “I’ve always admired Marc’s surfing and I’m stoked to have surfed a final with him. I had a lot of fun and it gets the ball rolling for me. I’ve had a pretty rough year and surfing such good waves like that, with heat scores over 14 in almost all my heats feels really good.”
With the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro completed today, the new European QS Top 5 is as follows:
1 - Gony Zubizarreta (ESP)
2 - Jorgann Couzinet (FRA)
3 - Marc Lacomare (FRA)
4 - Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)
5 - Pedro Henrique (PRT)
1 - Carol Henrique (PRT)
2 - Justine Dupont (FRA)
3 - Camilla Kemp (PRT)
4 - Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK)
5 - Peony Knight (GBR)
Surfers now will have a day to travel further down the coast and get ready for the upcoming QS1,500 Pro Anglet, starting Tuesday.
CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1- Marc Lacomare (FRA) 15.83
2- Dean Bowen (AUS) 15.47
CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1- Philippa Anderson (AUS) 12.66
2- Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 12.66
CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 17.70 def. Timothee Bisso (GLP) 12.66
SF 2: Dean Bowen (AUS) 15.60 def. Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 13.17
CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 16.26 def. Mahina Maeda (HAW) 12.60
SF 2: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 14.57 def. Holly Wawn (AUS) 11.23