Junior Pro Espinho
WSL European Junior Qualifying Series
Praia de Baia, Espinho Portugal
22 - 25 June, 2017
Day 2 action takes a high-tide nap at mid day
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 June, 2017 - Day 2 of the Junior Pro Espinho followed a similar pattern with extremely early heats from 6:45 a.m, a high tide break and more action late afternoon towards the beautiful Portuguese sunset.
Competitors in both the men and women’s second rounds started their campaign and once again new faces emerged and delivered great performances in the fun peaky surf of praia de baia.
Stanley Norman (GBR), 14, continued his successful Espinho run with a second consecutive heat win to make his way into the top seeds round. The talented Brit secured a solid 13.83 combined heat total and some of the best surfing seen all-day.
“You just have to get up fast, do one pump and a turn and try to keep your momentum for the rest of the wave,” Norman stated. “It makes it a lot easier when you’re smaller, it’s super fun. We have good practice in England for those conditions, sometimes it pays off. But I travel a lot to experience other conditions. I just spent six months in Australia to train over there, there’s a lot of better surfers and it’s good to push yourself.”
Coming off a semifinal berth in Biscarrosse, French young gun Noa Dupouy (FRA), 13, picked up where he left off and advanced in pole position out of round two. The light goofy foot perfectly surfed the little running lefts on offer and dominated his 20-minute bout once he found his feet.
“I had a somewhat shaky start as I fell on my first wave, but I got a decent wave quickly after that,” Dupouy explained. “I was in third then and needed a score, that’s when I got the first left. Without priority I tried an air and got my 7, so I sat and waited for another good wave to get my 6 later on. I’m only young so there’s really no pressure for me to do well and I’m having a lot of fun.”
When the tide came up and what was left of a previous little swell died, the event went on hold again for a long break before resuming with a new push on the outgoing tide. The men’s round was completed and the women got their turn to shine, running double banks to capitalize on the last few hours of daylight.
Reigning European Junior Champion Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), 17, opened her Espinho account in the round’s very first heat and navigated the tricky south-podium lineup with ease to advance in pole position. With a second win this week, Bonvalot could potentially lock another regional title, depending on her opponents’ results; but the pressure visibly didn’t affect the Portuguese surfer who has competed on much bigger stages already throughout her young career.
“Luckily waves came up a bit bigger tonight, but conditions still weren’t easy,” Bonvalot admitted. “My goal is always to surf as well as I can and have fun doing it, I try to keep all the rankings calculations off my mind. I achieved my goal last year by winning the title and of course I’d like to win it again, but it’s not as important the second time. I’ll focus on the World Junior finals in Kiama in my last season as a juniors. I feel like I surf as good as ever, I train a lot and hopefully I can have a big result there and improve on my 5th place.”
Neis Lartigue (FRA), 17, killed the competition in Heat 6 with a near-perfect 9.33 out of 10, for a combination of two radical forehand turns on a great looking righthander. The talented French surfer, who’s best-ever result was a 3rd place in Espinho last season, will look to build confidence from her Round Two antics to reach the final rounds again.
“There were some fun waves on that North podium and I was lucky to found a great right that opened up a little, where I got that 9,” an ecstatic Lartigue said. “I’m not super happy with my start of the season, I’ve had good heats in the first rounds and was unable to continue, so I hope I can get a little consistency going in this one and make more rounds.”
A similar call will see men reconvene at 6:30 a.m Saturday for a potential big day and multiple rounds of competition before the finals on Sunday. Women will join a little later on for a 9:30 a.m call.
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 worldsurfleague.com.
UPCOMING JUNIOR PRO ESPINHO WOMEN’S RD3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Eveline Hooft (NDL), Mafalda Lopes (PRT), Sara Urresti (EUK)
Heat 2: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK), Lucia Machado (CNY), Juliette Lacome (FRA), Mariana Brandao (PRT)
Heat 3: Francisca Veselko (PRT), Uhaina Joly (FRA), Neis Lartigue (FRA), Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA)
Heat 4: Vahine Fierro (PYF), Violeta Sanchez (ESP), Ellie Turner (GBR), Melania Diaz (ESP)
UPCOMING JUNIOR PRO ESPINHO MEN’S RD3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Ruben Vitoria (EUK), Kilian God (FRA),Olivier Cassaigne (FRA), Renan Grainville (FRA)
Heat 2: Dylan Groen (DEU),Nanook Ballerin (FRA), Aurelien Buffet (FRA), Paolo Giorgi (CNY)
Heat 3: Teva Bouchgua (FRA), Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA), Noa Dupouy (FRA), Edoardo Papa (ITA)
Heat 4: Leo Paul Etienne (FRA), Fynnlee Miller-Cooley (GBR), Joao Vidal (PRT), Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR)
Heat 5: Tiago Carrique (FRA), Lenni Jensen (DEU), Youri Conradi (FRA),Mattia Migliorini (ITA)
Heat 6:Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY), Ignacio Guisasola (ESP), Sam Piter (FRA), Kike Suarez (ESP)
Heat 7: Miguel Castrillon (ESP), Enzo Cavallini (FRA), Thomas Ledee (FRA), Joaquim Chaves (PRT)
Heat 8: Kauli Vaast (PYF), Francisco Cruz (PRT), Juan Gorostidi (ESP), Titouan Canevet (FRA)
Heat 9: Marco Mignot (FRA), Jose Marques Correia (PRT), Stanley Norman (GBR), Jonathan Cohen (ISR)
Heat 10: Afonso Antunes (PRT), Felix Morau (FRA),Gonçalo Vieira (PRT),Dorian Gomez (FRA)
Heat 11: Nalu Doutres (FRA), Endika Garai (ESP), Dean Vandewalle (BEL), Tomas Zarra (ESP)
Heat 12: Joao Moreira (PRT), Asier Iriondo (EUK), Jose Champalimaud (PRT), Borja Malvar (ESP)
Heat 13: Justin Becret (FRA), Liam Murray Strout (GBR), Martim Paulino (PRT), Willoughby Masterman (GBR)
Heat 14: Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT),Simao Penha (PRT), Iker Amatriain (ESP), Maximilian Hudson (GBR)
Heat 15: Erwan Blouin (FRA), Francisco Almeida (PRT), Selyann Zouhir (MAR), Adur Amatriain (EUK)
Heat 16: Theo Julitte (FRA), Gaizka Housset Ezponda (FRA), Lucas Desmoucelles (FRA), Bryan Picon (FRA)
JUNIOR PRO ESPINHO WOMEN’S RD2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 10.40, Lucia Machado (CNY) 6.63, Ainhoa Leiceaga (FRA) 6.50, Mikele Beato (EUK) 3.23
Heat 2: Mafalda Lopes (PRT) 8.13, Mariana Brandao (PRT) 7.87, Illona Goasguen (FRA) 7.40, Belen Botin (ESP) 4.06
Heat 3: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 8.80, Eveline Hooft (NDL) 8.44, Laura De Los Reyes (CNY) 8.03, Lili Termeau (FRA) 4.40
Heat 4: Juliette Lacome (FRA) 11.67, Sara Urresti (EUK) 8.33, Elisa Cazenave (FRA) 7.97, Nerea Donaire (ESP) 5.50
Heat 5: Francisca Veselko (PRT) 6.74, Violeta Sanchez (ESP) 6.50, Maelys Jouault (FRA) 4.50, Julia Dufrechou (GLP) 2.90
Heat 6: Neis Lartigue (FRA) 15.23, Melania Diaz (CNY) 11.10, June Del Campo (EUK) 6.07, Mae Demanez (GLP) 2.87
Heat 7: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 12.66, Uhaina Joly (FRA) 7.84, Isabel Gundin (ESP) 7.23, Ozvan Masseron (FRA) 4.97
Heat 8: Ellie Turner (GBR) 11.00, Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA) 7.50, Nahia Milhau (FRA) 5.80, Karla Fodor (FRA) 3.94
UPCOMING JUNIOR PRO ESPINHO MEN’S RD2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Olivier Cassaigne (FRA) 9.00, Paolo Giorgi (CNY) 8.50, Cristian Portelli (SWE) 8.36, Joseph Morris (GBR) 4.66
Heat 2: Aurelien Buffet (FRA) 12.40, Renan Grainville (FRA) 9.67, Nestor Garcia (ESP) 8.80, Seth Morris (GBR) 7.93
Heat 3: Noa Dupouy (FRA) 13.43, Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 8.50, Tom Goasguen (FRA) 7.27, Manuel Teixeira (PRT) 5.40
Heat 4: Joao Vidal (PRT) 10.53, Edoardo Papa (ITA) 9.90, Noe Ledee (FRA) 8.83, Rodrigo Garcia (ESP) 5.23
Heat 5: Youri Conradi (FRA) 9.70, Kike Suarez (ESP) 8.90, Sean Gunning (ESP) 7.73, Titouan Veschambre (FRA) 3.83
Heat 6: Sam Piter (FRA) 8.33, Mattia Migliorini (ITA) 8.03, Enrique Fernandez (ESP) 7.60, Saul Da Silva (ESP) 5.24
Heat 7: Thomas Ledee (FRA) 12.60, Titouan Canevet (FRA) 8.03, Tomer Linivker (ISR) 6.84, Rodrigo Lebre (PRT) 5.87
Heat 8: Juan Gorostidi (ESP) 10.96, Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 9.27, Ander Idarraga (ESP) 8.60, Noah Biersack (GBR) 6.60
Heat 9: Stanley Norman (GBR) 13.83, Dorian Gomez (FRA) 11.83, Nicolas Paulet (FRA) 10.00, Salvador Couto (PRT) 7.47
Heat 10: Gonçalo Vieira (PRT) 11.34, Jonathan Cohen (ISR) 8.30, Diego Garcia (ESP) 7.44, Ricardo De La Hera Suarez (ESP) 5.90
Heat 11: Dean Vandewalle (BEL) 9.13, Borja Malvar (ESP) 8.80, Taylor McCarthy (FRA) 8.30, Gabriel Ortiz (ESP) 6.60
Heat 12: Jose Champalimaud (PRT) 10.87, Tomas Zarra (ESP) 8.07, Issam Auptel (FRA) 7.30
Heat 13: Martim Paulino (PRT) 7.73, Maximilian Hudson (GBR) 7.57, Arnau Martinez (ESP) 7.00, Sebastião Ramirez (PRT) 5.70
Heat 14: Iker Amatriain (ESP) 9.83, Willoughby Masterman (GBR) 8.33, Louis Tabere Allamelou (FRA) 6.77, Marco Teichner (DEU) 3.60
Heat 15: Selyann Zouhir (MAR) 7.40, Bryan Picon (FRA) 6.93, Jose Maria Bruschy (PRT) 6.36, Egor Volkov (RUS) 3.93
Heat 16: Lucas Desmoucelles (FRA) 12.67, Adur Amatriain (EUK) 10.34, Neil Aboufiras (MAR) 9.44, Tomas Ribeiro (PRT) 8.17