Martinique Surf Pro
WSL QS Men's and Women's event
Basse-Pointe, Martinique France
1 - 6 April 2017
All regularfoot matchups to headline the semifinals
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 April, 2017 - The Martinique Surf Pro resumed in fun three-to-four foot surf at Basse-Pointe and ran through the fifth round of competition and the quarterfinals man-on-man to decide the only four surfers who will see finals day on Friday.
Bino Lopes (BRA), 29, took on Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), 24, in the opening quarterfinal which unfortunately turned into a battle of average scores as Basse-Pointe was very slow to pulse set waves during their 30-minute bout. Ultimately, Lopes did the job with clean forehand carves on medium waves for a 12.03 heat total.
“It’s great to be here in such a magical place and to make finals day,” Lopes stated. “The beginning of our heat was a bit slow so I changed my strategy and started surfing everything I could to better my scores and apply pressure on Tanner, thankfully it worked out for me. I’m going to go and rest at home, talk with my family and my coach to be ready for tomorrow.”
Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI), 20, continued with the dominant form he’s been showing since he first put on the jersey in Martinique, and got one back over Lacomare who advanced in first in a previous Round 4 matchup. This time, McGonagle was the only one to find the best scoring opportunities in a tricky lineup and walked away with a spot into the semis.
“I tried to keep close to Marc once I got my two scores and I’m happy to move into finals day,” McGonagle reflected. “I’m stoked, the waves have been super fun this whole event and I’m hoping I can seal the deal tomorrow. I have a little Costa Rica crew here helping me out, there’s nothing like having your own people supporting you.”
The all-Australian affair Soli Bailey (AUS), 21, vs. Jackson Baker (AUS), 20, turned out to be the most exciting battle as both surfers were presented with longer, more rippable waves and absolutely lit up the lineup through big carves and vertical snaps. Bailey, the most experienced of the two athletes, opted to surf a lot more waves than his opponent and the strategy paid off as he kept improving to rack up an impressive 16.37 out fo a possible 20.
“I think Jackson was one of the best surfers by far in this event so I’m stoked to get through that heat,” Bailey said. “I’ve had a few years on the QS now and I really want to qualify. This year I’m hungry and surfing the best I have so I believe I deserve to be there and that’s my head space at the moment.”
Ricardo Christie (NZL), 28, eliminated the last remaining goofy footer Rafael Teixeira (BRA), 23, as conditions continued to render the backhand approach extremely difficult. The former Championship Tour surfer put on a convincing effort and claimed the very last ticket for the semifinals.
“I always knew Rafael could easily get a bomb and score a 9 so the whole heat I was just challenging myself to do everything that I could,” Christie analyzed. “I didn’t plan on doing the QS3,000s this year but I came here to try and get some rhythm and it looked like really good waves from last year. It was amazing to be on tour but I didn’t do as well as I wanted so I’d like another opportunity.”
Event officials and the last four remaining surfers in contention for the Martinique title will reconvene at 7:30AM Friday for a potential early finish in Caribbean waters.
The Martinique Surf Pro is scheduled from April 1-8, 2017 at Basse Pointe, Martinique - France. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
The Martinique Surf Pro is supported by Collectivité territoriale de Martinique, CAP Nord Martinique, Comité Martiniquais du tourisme, CCI Martinique, ville de Basse-Pointe, ADEME, CROS Martinique, Fédération Française de Surf, Coca Cola Life, Jeep, Jumbo Car, Mr. Bricolage, Air France, Brasserie Lorraine, Socacom, Orange, HSE, Reezom, Le Petibonum, AbilityBoats, Mumm, Ti Kafe, Odissey Sport Santé, Assistance 97, Canal +, Surf+, Trace, Martinique Buzz, Surf Session, France Antilles, People-Bokay, Zay Radio, Xtreme Sports, Surfing Latino and MagicSeaWeed.com as official forecaster.
UPCOMING MARTINIQUE SURF PRO SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS:
SF 1: Bino Lopes (BRA) vs. Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI)
SF 2: Soli Bailey (AUS) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
MARTINIQUE SURF PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Bino Lopes (BRA) 12.03 def. Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 9.70
QF 2: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 13.73 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 10.43
QF 3: Soli Bailey (AUS) 16.37 def. Jackson Baker (AUS) 16.00
QF 4: Ricardo Christie (NZL) 15.04 def. Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 10.30
MARTINIQUE SURF PRO ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Bino Lopes (BRA) 14.66, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.50, Miguel Tudela (PER) 10.74, Yuri Goncalves (BRA) 8.90
Heat 2: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 15.50, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 13.93, Kalani Ball (AUS) 13.50, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 11.70
Heat 3: Jackson Baker (AUS) 17.96, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 15.33, Diego Mignot (FRA) 14.93, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 13.97
Heat 4: Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 14.90, Soli Bailey (AUS) 13.47, Dimitri Ouvre (FRA) 12.27, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 12.03