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Europe's best juniors sight on pivotal event in Portugal

 Kauli Vaast (PYF) leads the men's field into Espinho. Credit: © WSL / Masurel
Kauli Vaast © WSL / Masurel


Junior Pro Espinho

WSL European Junior Qualifying Series
Praia de Baia, Espinho Portugal
22 - 25 June, 2017

Second-to-the-last event of the Euro Junior season will help determine World Junior Champ candidates

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 June, 2017 - Praia de Baia Espinho - Portugal - The already classic Junior Pro Espinho comes back to the North Portugal coast for a fourth edition from June 22-25.

Stop No. 3 on the 2017 European Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), this event is second-to-last this season and will help determine the best four men and two female athletes to represent the region at the World Junior Championship of January next year.

With two events already in the books, this 2017 season shapes up to be an exciting battle of new talents and sees the emergence of unknown under-18 surfers fighting for the top spots.

Espinho has been a regular feature on tour for the past three years, and the iconic praia de Baia delivered excellent conditions repeatedly, to showcase the ever-improving talent pool the Old Continent grooms.

While the women’s field continues to be dominated by national star Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), an exciting fight for the number two spot has a number of potential threats ready to swoop in and potentially even dethrone the reigning European Junior champion.

In the men’s, the current number one, Kauli Vaast (PYF) hails from the distant Polynesian archipelago but adapted perfectly to the colder waters of Europe to secure a win and a runner-up place in the first two events this season. Once again the title race stays wide open with a flurry of contenders still in striking distance of the coveted Top 4 before the season ends, which promises yet another exciting event in Espinho.

The Junior Pro Espinho is scheduled from June 22-25, 2017 Espinho, Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to 

The Junior Pro Espinho is organized by GPDESIGN Brand Communication and Câmara Municipal de Espinho, sponsored by Toyota Caetano Auto, Castros Iluminações, Best Travel Viagens and Suported by, PraiaGolfe Hotel, Padaria Pepim, Vitalis, Comercial Tec, CP-Comboios de Portugal, Greencoast Surfschool,  with media partners: Porto Canal, FUEL TV, MegaHits, SURFPortugal, Vert, ONFIRE and Surftotal among others, official forecaster Magicseaweed.

Nicolas Leroy

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