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New swell energizes Pro Zarautz as surfers post big scores

Vincent Duvignac (FRA) dominated the field today at the Pro Zarautz. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot
Vincent Duvignac © WSL / Poullenot



Pro Zarautz

World Surf League Men's QS 1500 event
World Surf League Women's QS 1500 event
Zarautz, Basque Country Europe
19 - 23 April 2017

Duvignac, Couzinet land near-perfect scores

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 April, 2017 - Zarautz, Basque Country Spain - A brand new groundswell arrived overnight and finally delivered clean, rippable waves for the men’s fourth and fifth rounds at the Pro Zarautz. Competitors enjoyed a fun day of action in perfect three-to-four foot surf under the clear blue skies of the Basque Country.

Vincent Duvignac (FRA), 29, proved once again the caliber of his surfing with an incredible Round Five performance for the event’s biggest combined heat total, an impressive 18.16 out of 20. The Frenchman, who has been competition-shy lately, focusing on free surfs and trips, displayed the full array of his progressive repertoire.

“I’m stoked I got to show that I could still surf like that, display variety with airs and carves,” Duvignac stated. “I’m really excited about tomorrow to try and have a big result, and also for next week in Portugal. Waves absolutely pumped for our heat and Adrien (Toyon) and I shared our peak and exchanged waves in a really good vibe, it was good fun.”

Jorgann Couzinet (FRA), 23, seemed to have put his mediocre Caribbean leg behind him and put on two massive heat wins, dropping 8s and 9s to make his way into the quarterfinals. His excellent start in the Australian leg earlier this year has him standing in second position on the Qualifying Series currently, well in contention to make the coveted Top10 by season’s end.

“Both in Martinique and Barbados I came really close and ended up missing a decent back-up wave,” Couzinet admitted. “That was really frustrating for me, but at the same time I still posted some big scores so I have the feeling that my surfing is there, I need to figure out the rest, heat strategy and mental strength. I’m a fighter, so two bad heats won’t keep me from going for it and I’m still super motivated.”

Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), 22, locked in the day’s upset, eliminating local hero and ex-Championship Tour athlete Aritz Aranburu (ESP) in their Round Five matchup. The former World Junior Champion fresh off an excellent runner-up result in Caparica, Ribeiro looked just as deadly in shoulder-high surf than he was in minimal waves last week.

“It’s great to be back here in Zarautz and to be honest I didn’t expect waves that good for today,” Ribeiro stated. “My boards are feeling great and I had a lot of fun in those heats today. I’m really amped to try to do one-better tomorrow and looking forward to next week at home too.”

The winner last week in Portugal, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), 31, continued to impress in Zarautz, and came out on top of a really tense battle with Brazilian phenom Mateus Herdy (BRA) and perennial threat Halley Batista (PRT). Zubizarreta opened his account with an excellent 9 point ride at the very start of the heat and controlled proceedings from there.

“I thought stopping the comp at high tide was a mistake at first, but when I came back after lunch I couldn’t believe how good the waves got,” he said. “I’m not getting ahead of myself, I’m taking things heat by heat but for sure I’d love to get another win here, I won in 2009 and I really love this place.”

Sunday will see the event finals start early with a 9 a.m call to resume either the men or women’s competition with the quarterfinals man-on-man.


QF 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) vs. Alizé Arnaud (FRA) 
QF 2: Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK) vs. Carol Henrique (PRT) 
QF 3: Maud Le Car (FRA) vs. Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 
QF 4: Camilla Kemp (PRT) vs. Marissa Shaw (USA) 

QF 1: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) vs. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 
QF 2: Adrien Toyon (FRA) vs. Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 
QF 3: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) vs. Mateus Herdy (BRA) 
QF 4: Titouan Boyer (FRA) vs. Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 

Heat 1: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 18.16,  Adrien Toyon (FRA) 15.53, Eithan Osborne (USA) 14.90, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 13.33
Heat 2: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 17.83, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 14.53, Jake Marshall (USA) 13.00, Aldric God (FRA) 11.50
Heat 3: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 16.64, Titouan Boyer (FRA) 14.30, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 14.27, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 13.67
Heat 4: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 17.70, Mateus Herdy (BRA) 17.00, Halley Batista (PRT) 16.20, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 12.33

Heat 1: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 13.33, Aldric God (FRA) 12.84, Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 10.94, Luan Carvalho (BRA) 8.90
Heat 2: Eithan Osborne (USA) 15.77, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 15.50, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 15.33, Jordy Collins (USA) 12.66
Heat 3: Jake Marshall (USA) 15.63, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 15.33, Andy Criere (ESP) 13.00, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 8.70
Heat 4: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 17.43, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 17.03, Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 13.83, Arthur Lassee (FRA) 7.83
Heat 5: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 15.16, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 13.83, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 12.37, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 7.37
Heat 6: Titouan Boyer (FRA) 12.93, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 11.47, Francisco Alves (PRT) 10.86, Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 9.57
Heat 7: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 17.20, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 13.30, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 12.37, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 11.40
Heat 8: Halley Batista (PRT) 14.30, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 13.27, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 10.00, Nolan Rapoza (USA) 9.94

Nicolas Leroy

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