Santa Cruz Pro
World Surf League QS3000
Praia de fisica, Santa Cruz, Portugal
25 - 30 April, 2017
CT rookie Joan Duru eliminated in Round 2
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2017 - Praia Da Vigia, Santa Cruz - Portugal - The Pro Santa Cruz pres. by Oakley launched today in wind-affected two-to-four foot surf and ran through the opening round of competition as well as eight heats of the second round.
Kaito Ohashi (JPN), 25, secured the day’s biggest performance, to eliminate current World No.27 Joan Duru (FRA) from competition and advance ahead of former CT athlete Marlon Lipke (PRT) into Round Three. The Japanese surfer placed himself smartly, away from his opponents on a different peak further down the beach, and enjoyed a 25-minute heat by himself, selecting multiple fun lefts to post two solid scores on the board.
“I thought that peak was a little bit more powerful and allowed for two really good turn sections,” Ohashi stated. “I really just wanted to have fun in this heat, Joan and Marlon are so good I figured I should enjoy surfing against them and it worked out great. I love being here in Europe, and this event is a great training for the QS6,000 at home in Japan soon.”
Charly Quivront (FRA), 21, continued his early-rounds antics to belt two heat wins on the opening day of the Pro Santa Cruz pres. by Oakley. The young Frenchman has been a consistent high profile in the past few weeks, posting some big performances on the European QS events, but so far missing out on the final days and podiums.
“I surfed the same bank twice today and had fun out there,” Quivront said. “I’m not putting too much pressure on myself, I’m out there to have fun and surf well and hopefully that’s enough to make heats. ”
Portuguese free surfer and big wave aficionado Nic Von Rupp (PRT), 26, came out of his day-to-day routine of chasing monster swells in exotic locations, to compete on home soil. The time Von Rupp spent on the road surfing perfect waves clearly hasn’t altered his competitive fire as he produced an excellent performance to make his way into Round Three as well.
“I’ve had an awesome year of personal growth, feeling more and more comfortable surfing huge waves and improving my surfing,” Von Rupp reflected. “But I love competing too, always have and always will. This was a great opportunity to surf a WSL event right out my doorstep and I’m super happy to see all my friends again here. When I’m competing, same as usual, I’m here to win!”
Jordy Collins (USA), 18, won the wow-factor contest and the crowd’s interest with an incredible forehand rotation to secure a win ahead of compatriot John Mel (USA). The two American surfers engaged in a back-and-forth entertaining battle in Heat 6 of Round Two as both advanced into the top seeds round.
“I went for a free surf before the heat and felt like I had a gameplan, but then I got out there and it felt like to conditions were all-over the place,” Collins analyzed. “I was rushing and fell on some good ones, and didn’t really have a score until that 8, after that I felt pretty solid. The shore break is always a funny finish as you get washed around with the sand in your hair, it makes for good laughs.”
Surfers and event officials will reconvene at 7 a.m Thursday to reassess conditions for a potential long day of competition in improving conditions.
The Santa Cruz Pro 2017 is produced by WSL, supported by the City Council of Torres Vedras , Tourism of Portugal, Meo, EDP, Hertz, Aguas Vimeiro, Hotel Golfe Mar and Noah Surf House, with media partner Onfire, RTP, DN, and official forecaster MagicSeaWeed.com.
REMAINING PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY ROUND 2 MATCHUPS:
Heat 9: Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Gabriel Farias (BRA), Raul Bormann (BRA), Alex Bauduin (CNY)
Heat 10: Mateus Herdy (BRA), Imanol Yeregi (EUK), Joshua Moniz (HAW), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Thiago Guimaraes (BRA), Pedro Coelho (PRT), Eithan Osborne (USA), Lander Davila (ESP)
Heat 12: Victor Mendes (BRA), Colt Ward (USA), Slade Prestwich (ZAF), Thiago Camarao (BRA)
Heat 13: Nolan Rapoza (USA), Tom Cloarec (FRA), Reo Inaba (JPN), Hodei Collazo (EUK)
Heat 14: Jake Marshall (USA), Tiago Santos (PRT), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Gearoid McDaid (IRL)
Heat 15: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Guilherme Fonseca (PRT), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Kairi Noro (JPN)
Heat 16: Adrien Toyon (FRA), Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Francisco Alves (PRT), Juanjo Fernandez (ESP)
PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Samuel Igo De Souza (BRA) 12.94, Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 11.76, Arran Strong (GBR) 11.10, Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 7.33
Heat 2: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 15.33, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 13.70, Joan Duru (FRA) 12.37, Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 11.53
Heat 3: Charly Quivront (FRA) 14.30, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 11.94, Luan Carvalho (BRA) 11.44, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 11.10
Heat 4: Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 14.76, Ian Costa (BRA) 13.50, Yuji Mori (JPN) 10.03, Leon Glatzer (DEU) 9.37
Heat 5: Felipe Teixeira (PRT) 12.40, Pedro Neves (BRA) 9.97, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 9.53, Jeronimo Vargas (BRA) 9.23
Heat 6: Jordy Collins (USA) 14.00, John Mel (USA) 10.80, Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 8.50, Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 8.40
Heat 7: Manuel Selman (CHL) 14.16, Dimitri Ouvre (FRA) 13.07, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 11.40, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 7.67
Heat 8: Halley Batista (PRT) 15.47, Luke Dillon (GBR) 14.17, Jacome Correia (PRT) 12.04, Dylan Groen (DEU) 10.57
PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Arran Strong (GBR) 10.24, Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 9.40, Tad McCardell (USA) 7.23, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 7.03
Heat 2: Joan Duru (FRA) 11.84, Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 10.23
Heat 3: Charly Quivront (FRA) 13.10, Ian Costa (BRA) 9.93, Francisco Cruz (PRT) 6.40, Ugo Robin (FRA) 4.53
Heat 4: Leon Glatzer (DEU) 9.94, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 9.17, Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 8.10
Heat 5: Pedro Neves (BRA) 11.93, Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 10.00, Francisco Duarte (PRT) 8.30
Heat 6: John Mel (USA) 12.84, Felipe Teixeira (PRT) 12.14, Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU) 9.00
Heat 7: Dimitri Ouvre (FRA) 15.00, Dylan Groen (DEU) 10.90, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 9.43
Heat 8: Halley Batista (PRT) 14.83, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 11.67, Renan Peres (BRA) 11.07, Jonas Bachan (AUT) 6.00
Heat 9: Raul Bormann (BRA) 12.70, Tyler Gunter (USA) 10.43, Enzo Poulat (FRA) 5.90
Heat 10: Joshua Moniz (HAW) 11.50, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 9.24, Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 6.63
Heat 11: Eithan Osborne (USA) 16.00, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 14.17, Michael Zaugg (CHE) 8.17
Heat 12: Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 13.10, Lander Davila (ESP) 9.34, Francisco Carrasco (PRT) 8.70, Juan Fernandez (ESP) 6.53
Heat 13: Reo Inaba (JPN) 13.70, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 11.16, Joao Kopke (PRT) 10.93, Ivo Lourenco (PRT) 6.77
Heat 14: Luis Perloiro (PRT) 14.24, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 12.73, Jaymes Triglone (AUS) 11.77, Roberto D'Amico (ITA) 7.50
Heat 15: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.83, Juanjo Fernandez (ESP) 11.07, Ely Cassirer (ISR) 5.93
Heat 16: Francisco Alves (PRT) 12.83, Kairi Noro (JPN) 9.76, Luis Diaz (CNY) 9.13, Bruno De Andrade Maia (BRA) 5.47