Anfaplace Pro Casablanca
Silva claims back-to-back wins in Morocco
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 September, 2017 - Anfaplace Shopping Center, Casablanca - Deivid Silva and Mikaela Greene have claimed the Anfaplace Pro Casablanca today in clean three-to-four foot surf in front of big crowds at Anfaplace Shopping Center.
Mikaela Greene (AUS), 23, dominated a one-way final over Josefina Ane (ARG), 19, and left nothing to chance, putting two good scores on the board early on, to lead the final from start to finish. The Australian scoured the lineup and picked the right waves when her opponent was struggling to find anything of substance.
Greene reached her second final on the European leg of the Qualifying Series events after the Boardmasters, Roxy Open last month, but this time managed to take the win. With two runner-ups in Cornwall and the Philippines, two equal thirds and today’s big win, Greene will crack the QS Top 30 and hope to keep her great momentum heading into the final few events of the season.
“I was stoked with the waves we got here, it was super fun and I’m stoked to take the win!” Greene said. “I really just wanted to be on the best waves and do the best turns I could on those waves, so I feel like I succeeded in that. I’ve been working a lot with my coach and it feels like it’s finally falling into place now.”
Argentina’s Ane reached her first-ever final of a Qualifying Series event but unfortunately couldn’t match Greene’s rhythm in the Casablanca lineup. The young surfer could not find the right waves to pick and was stuck in a combination situation, needing two new scores to overcome her opponent, for the entire thirty minute final. With the runner-up finish and 1,125 points, Ane will take a leap up on the rankings as well.
“I’m really happy to make a final again,” Ane said. “I couldn’t really catch a good wave, I definitely was nervous out there but it’s still a great result for me. This whole week was incredible with a lot of emotions. I didn’t plan to go that far in this event, I even had to push my flight back cause I originally left during the final. I look forward to going home now and celebrate with my family and friends.”
Ane and Greene had previously dispatched of the last two European surfers in the semis, defeating Yolander Hopkins (PRT) and Peony Knight (GBR) in equal third place.
In a similar fashion, Deivid Silva (BRA), 22, peaked at the right time and scored right from the buzzer to apply pressure on fellow countryman Rafael Teixeira (BRA), 24, in the men’s final. The defending event champion started with a 7.17 and quickly found an absolute bomb to perform three massive carves on his forehand and post a near-perfect 9.57.
With Silva fired up and on a comfortable lead, pressure continued to rise for Teixeira who was unable to put together a strong effort. Silva continued to show the Moroccan crowds his talent on the lefts and rights of Anfaplace and walked away with a second event title in Casablanca. Silva’s road to the final included defeating Nelson Cloarec (FRA), last year’s runner-up in the quarters and Gatien Delahaye (FRA) runner-up of the inaugural edition in 2015 in their semifinal matchup.
“It feels amazing to win again here in Morocco, I love this place so much,” Silva stated. “The waves in the final were so fun, very much like last year and I just had a blast. I’ve had a pretty terrible year so far so it’s great to finally get a win, especially in really fun conditions. This is a great confidence boost heading into Cascais, so I look forward to putting on the jersey again. I didn’t manage to land good airs this week, but I guess I’ll just keep them in store for Portugal.”
Teixeira had previously ended Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI)’s incredible run in Morocco and upset the overall form surfer of the event. Reaching a QS final for the first time this season, Teixeira was completely overwhelmed with his compatriot’s flair in the final and was forced out with the runner-up spot.
“I’m stoked to make the final against Deivid, we’ve been staying together all week and it’s awesome to finish like that,” Teixeira said. “I lost in the semis three times this season, so just making the final was already a step-up for me. I think I just had the wrong rhythm, I started on the first wave of the set and Deivid got his 7 on the wave behind. Later the same thing happened on the second wave of the set, and he got the 9 on the third, it was just not my final to win.”
Before the two finals ran, surfers took part in an expression session in solidarity with the victims of the recent hurricane Irma devastating the Caribbean Islands. Athletes decided among themselves to collectively refuse the US$5,000 prize money purse and instead offer it to an NGO helping communities in the Caribbean territories. St Barthelemy surfers Tessa Thyssen and Nina Reynal were on the forefront of the action, leading the group into an hour-long show for the local surf fans.
“It was really hard for us to watch all this unfold from the distance, we just felt completely useless for them,” Thyssen stated. “The whole island was destroyed and it’s a part of our youth that’s just gone. In the worst of times though, the communities there stuck together and the solidarity everyone showed was really special, it made us even prouder.”
The Anfaplace Pro Casablanca being the final event counting towards the European men and women’s titles race, the rankings are now final, with the Top 5 as follow:
Men’s European Top 5:
1 - Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) *** 2017 European Champion***
2 - Gony Zubizarreta (ESP)
3 - Marc Lacomare (FRA)
4 - Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)
5 - Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY)
Women’s European Top 5:
1 - Carol Henrique (PRT) *** 2017 European Champion***
2 - Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK)
3 - Justine Dupont (FRA)
4 - Peony Knight (GBR)
5 - Maud Le Car (FRA)
The final stop on the European Qualifying Series will unfold from September 26 - October 5, 2017 at the EDP Billabong Pro Cascais 2017, running in conjunction with Stop No. 8 on the Women’s Championship Tour, the Cascais Women’s Pro.
ANFAPLACE PRO CASABLANCA MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 - Deivid Silva (BRA) 17.90
2 - Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 10.00
ANFAPLACE PRO CASABLANCA WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 - Mikaela Greene (AUS) 16.16
2 - Josefina Ane (ARG) 9.27
ANFAPLACE PRO CASABLANCA MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 14.17 def. Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 13.63
SF 2: Deivid Silva (BRA) 16.27 def. Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 14.40
ANFAPLACE PRO CASABLANCA WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Josefina Ane (ARG) 13.50 def. Yolander Hopkins (PRT) 10.30
SF 2: Mikaela Greene (AUS) 15.50 def. Peony Knight (GBR) 10.36
ANFAPLACE PRO CASABLANCA MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 14.74 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.23
QF 2: Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 13.23 def. Jeronimo Vargas (BRA) 11.50
QF 3: Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 11.50 def. Luel Felipe (BRA) 11.44
QF 4: Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.87 def. Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 15.33