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Pro Zarautz narrows women's field down to final eight

Garazi Sanchez-Ortun will carry the Basque Country's hopes for a local winner. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot
Garazi Sanchez-Ortun © 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

Garazi Sanchez-Ortun and Justine Dupont put in solid performances

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 April, 2017 - A third consecutive day of action at the Pro Zarautz decided the last eight female surfers in contention for the event title in bumpy two-to-three foot surf.

Justine Dupont (FRA), 25, continued her impeccable run in the European Spring leg of events so far, with a good performance to be the first surfer moving into the man-on-man quarterfinals in Zarautz. 

“It was trickier than I expected it to be, I thought with 30 minutes we’d get more opportunities but the waves were quite slow,” Dupont stated. “I love having so much free time to roam around and discover all the pretty and history-rich places around Zarautz. We’re having a ball with my mom hanging around in between rounds.”

The current leader in the European Women's title race, Carol Henrique (PRT), 21, scored the day’s highest single score, an excellent 8.17 for a combination of nice carves on a left-hander. Surfing the Qualifying Series for a few years now, the Portuguese is yet to clinch an event title and will look at Zarautz as a perfect opportunity to do so.

“I was lucky enough to get a really nice left from the outside, it reformed and I got an 8 to turn the situation,” Henrique said. “Australia was hard, the level on those events is so high, but I had a great time competing there and I actually improved on previous years results so I’m really happy about this.”

Maud Le Car (FRA), 24, had a stellar run on the QS internationally last season, and despite a slower start to her 2017 campaign, looked in great form today in the Basque Country. With the support and inspiration from Championship Tour athlete and boyfriend Joan Duru (FRA), Le Car looks to secure a Top6 spot by year’s end to join the surfing World’s elite. 

“I’m super stoked to have all my little support crew here with me, I’m improving every heat and look forward to the rest,” Le Car commented. “Watching Joan at Snapper was just incredible, I loved every minute of it, the atmosphere on the CT is so special and it made me realize how much I want to be on tour as soon as possible. I feel like my surfing is getting better and stronger right now and I’m focusing my work more on mental preparation with my coach Agathe, who’s an ex-surfer as well.”

California’s Marissa Shaw (USA), 25, closed the day’s action with a come-from-behind victory in the day’s final heat to advance ahead of Lee Ann Curren (FRA) into the final day as well. In a wave-starved heat, Shaw waited patiently until the final moments to find the winning ride and move from fourth to first.

“I just kept my strategy intact and played the priority game, but in the end I found that last wave that made me win, just paddling back out and away from the rest of the surfers,” Shaw explained. “I love it here, I came to Spain a while back to study for Uni and I found the Basque Country was the closest thing to home. I’m staying with a local family and getting the whole experience so it’s perfect!”


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) 

Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 13.43, Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK) 12.66, Néis Lartigue (FRA) 8.10, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 7.67
Heat 2: Carol Henrique (PRT) 14.44, Alizé Arnaud (FRA) 12.67, Ana Morau (FRA) 10.24, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 9.10
Heat 3: Maud Le Car (FRA) 14.00, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 10.73, Isabel Gundin (ESP) 8.53, Juliette Lacome (FRA) 8.43
Heat 4: Marissa Shaw (USA) 10.20, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 9.07, Peony Knight (GBR) 8.33, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 7.97

Heat 1: Luan Carvalho (BRA), Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Aldric God (FRA), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 
Heat 2: Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Eithan Osborne (USA), Jordy Collins (USA), Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 
Heat 3: Andy Criere (ESP), Jake Marshall (USA), Adrien Toyon (FRA), Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 
Heat 4: Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Arthur Lassee (FRA), Gatien Delahaye (FRA), Jorgann Couzinet (FRA)
Heat 5: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) , Tom Cloarec (FRA) 
Heat 6: Titouan Boyer (FRA), Francisco Alves (PRT), Guilherme Fonseca (PRT), Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 
Heat 7: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Miguel Blanco (PRT), Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 
Heat 8: Nolan Rapoza (USA), Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Halley Batista (PRT), Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 

Nicolas Leroy

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