Caraïbos Lacanau Pro
Waves Show Up, Spectacle Ensues on Day 3
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 August, 2017 - The Caraïbos Lacanau Pro resumed today in improving conditions and ran through the second rounds of the men and five heats of the women’s. Waves in the waist to chest-high range broke on a great-looking sandbank and allowed competitors to perform at their highest level.
Moroccan up-and-comer Aboubakar Bouaouda (MAR), 17, claimed one of the morning session’s highest heat totals with two decent scores to advance into Round Three. The young goofyfoot was clearly the most comfortable in the small surf and managed to stay dynamic, linking multiple turns on the left and right peaks.
“Waves were small but I was focused and really motivated and thankfully I made it,” Bouaouda said. “I’m pretty used to surf conditions exactly like this in Morocco so I was very comfortable out there. I’ve also been here a few days before the event to warm up. I privileged single maneuvers on a decent wave rather than multiple average turns and I think that was the right choice.”
Former Championship Tour competitor and long time QS threat Jihad Khodr (BRA), 33, set the tone in the first heat following the high-tide break. The Brazilian powerhouse was in the right place, right time as the peak started pulsing running lefts for him to destroy on his backhand.
“I’m so glad to be back here in Lacanau, I haven’t competed in a while but apparently I’ve still got it,” Khodr expressed with a smile. “That bank is so good and everybody’s ripping, I hope I can keep up in the next few rounds. I was patient to get the right waves and I tried to surf the way I like to.”
Fresh off a win at the recent Junior Pro Sopela, Leo Paul Etienne (FRA), 18, answered to the Brazilian in the very next heat with an even more impressive display of powerful and progressive surfing on his backhand. The young Frenchman managed to include little variations in each of his turns and was rewarded for his effort, banking an excellent 8.17, the event’s highest single score so far.
“I started a little slower than the other guys, but I was lucky cause paddling back out from my first wave I caught that great insider and scored my 8 on it,” Etienne stated. “I recently went to California for the US Open Junior and that was really fun! I didn’t do as well as I hoped but I had great time there, and it was really good to see such a massive event from up close. I’m excited to start the QS full time, I know it’s going to be super hard because the level is so high, but I can’t wait to give it a go.”
The women’s Round Two also launched later in the afternoon, with athletes taking on great conditions to whittle the field down and advance into the all-important Round Three where the top seeded surfers enter.
Ella Williams (NZL), 22, who’s just won the Boardmasters in Cornwall last week, got straight back to winning form with a solid performance to advance into Round Three. The defending event champion in Lacanau looked like she was having a great time as she surfed nearly ten waves to build her 14.17 total.
“I probably got a little too excited out there but I just saw so many waves and it was great,” Williams said. “It’s so different when you get out in the water from what it looks like from the site, so I just wanted to try my rhythm, but I will have to clean that up for the next few days. It’s great to have more girls coming here and the level has picked up so much again this year, it will challenge us all to surf better!”
Tia Blanco (USA), 20, wrapped up the day’s action with the most convincing performance of the entire event so far, men and women included. The Californian surfer from San Clemente absolutely shredded the long lefts breaking in Lacanau to post a total four waves above 7.5 (out of 10), and build a final scoreboard of 16.76 with her best two, putting all three of her opponents in a combination situation.
“Conditions improved so much throughout the day and I was stoked to be in that last heat,” Blanco admitted. “I’ve been here for a few days and having a great time, just taking it easy. People have been super friendly and the food’s great so I’m loving Lacanau so far.”
Unfortunately a radical glare forced organizers to call the competition off halfway through the round as judges were unable to identify the surfers anymore, leaving the last three heats un-surfed.
Surfers and event officials will reconvene at 7:30 a.m Friday to reassess conditions and decide of the day’s schedule.
UPCOMING CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO MEN’S ROUND 3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Charly Quivront (FRA), Pedro Coelho (PRT), Kaito Kawamata (JPN), Victor Done (USA)
Heat 2: Ethan Egiguren (EUK), Harrison Martin (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Nanook Ballerin (FRA)
Heat 3: Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Arran Strong (GBR), Naru Awada (JPN)
Heat 4: Colt Ward (USA), Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA), Kyllian Guerin (FRA), Arne Bergwinkl (DEU)
Heat 5: Kairi Noro (JPN), Imanol Yeregi (EUK), Ben Penny (AUS), Ugo Robin (FRA)
Heat 6: Adrien Toyon (FRA), Aldric God (FRA), David Noy (ISR), Lenni Jensen (DEU)
Heat 7: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Frederico Magalhaes (PRT), Luis Diaz (CNY), Thomas Debierre (FRA)
Heat 8: Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Shaun Burns (USA), Aboubakar Bouaouda (MAR), Kalani Da Silva (CNY)
Heat 9: Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF), Max Longhurst (AUS), Quinn Bruce (AUS), Dylan Groen (DEU)
Heat 10: Yuri Goncalves (BRA), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Liam O'Brien (AUS), Enzo Poulat (FRA)
Heat 11: Jared Hickel (AUS), Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Enzo Cavallini (FRA), Lander Davila (ESP)
Heat 12: Daiki Tanaka (JPN), Gearoid McDaid (IRL), Jihad Khodr (BRA), Soufiane Charoub (MAR)
Heat 13: Guilherme Fonseca (PRT), Jacome Correia (PRT), Leo Paul Etienne (FRA), Eliott Napias (PYF)
Heat 14: Lliam Mortensen (AUS), Lucas Aubron (FRA), Ruben Gonzalez (PRT), David Dorne (GLP)
Heat 15: Jeronimo Vargas (BRA), Henrique Pyrrait (PRT), Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY), Alex Bauduin (CNY)
Heat 16: Gatien Delahaye (FRA), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Edoardo Papa (ITA), Julen Egiguren (EUK)
CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO MEN’S ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kaito Kawamata (JPN) 10.84, Nanook Ballerin (FRA) 10.16, Shane Sykes (ZAF) 7.43, Jonas Bachan (AUT) 5.50
Heat 2: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.53, Victor Done (USA) 9.50, Issam Auptel (FRA) 6.27, Ely Cassirer (ISR) 6.27
Heat 3: Arran Strong (GBR) 10.00, Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 9.20, Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 8.13, Andres Mondo Prados (ARG) 4.73
Heat 4: Kyllian Guerin (FRA) 9.16, Naru Awada (JPN) 9.13, Heremoana Luciani (PYF) 8.90, Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 5.90
Heat 5: Ben Penny (AUS) 9.83, Lenni Jensen (DEU) 9.76, Richard Kidd (ZAF) 9.10, Benjamin Hucker (AUS) 5.17
Heat 6: David Noy (ISR) 7.60, Ugo Robin (FRA) 7.13, Francisco Carrasco (PRT) 6.20, Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA) 5.56
Heat 7: Luis Diaz (CNY) 11.70, Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 9.33, Jock Barnes (AUS) 6.44, Frank Chenault (USA) 2.10
Heat 8: Aboubakar Bouaouda (MAR) 12.40, Thomas Debierre (FRA) 9.67, Kai Awada (JPN) 7.73, Ariel Sanin (ISR) 5.07
Heat 9: Quinn Bruce (AUS) 9.67, Enzo Poulat (FRA) 8.33, Mathis Crozon (FRA) 7.83, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 6.30
Heat 10: Liam O'Brien (AUS) 11.76, Dylan Groen (DEU) 7.54, Erwan Blouin (FRA) 7.37, Jose Maria de Paz (ESP) 3.47
Heat 11: Enzo Cavallini (FRA) 8.83, Soufiane Charoub (MAR) 7.10, Francisco Morosini (URY) 6.84, Moses Le Grice (AUS) 6.07
Heat 12: Jihad Khodr (BRA) 13.57, Lander Davila (ESP) 11.33, Leon Glatzer (DEU) 10.70, Kaspar Hamminga (NLD) 7.17
Heat 13: Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) 14.94, David Dorne (GLP) 10.96, Renan Peres (BRA) 10.20, Bruno De Andrade Maia (BRA) 5.17
Heat 14: Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 11.40, Eliott Napias (PYF) 10.76, Vitor Ferreira (BRA) 10.10, Pedro Berasaluze (ESP) 9.23
Heat 15: Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY) 9.50, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 8.77, Alessandro Piu (ITA) 8.70, Pablo Montero (ESP) 8.07
Heat 16: Edoardo Papa (ITA) 11.00, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 10.40, Raul Bormann (BRA) 9.73, Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU) 6.23
REMAINING CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 2 MATCHUPS:
Heat 6: Frankie Harrer (DEU), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Uhaina Joly (FRA), Leilani Aguirre (PER)
Heat 7: Vahine Fierro (PYF), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA), Pacha Luque-Light (USA), Juliette Lacome (FRA)
Heat 8: Camilla Kemp (PRT), Peony Knight (GBR), Autumn Hays (USA), Leonor Fragoso (PRT)
CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 13.33, Marion Philippe (PYF) 11.34, Lucia Martiño (ESP) 8.63, Teal Hogg (ZAF) 8.07
Heat 2: Reika Noro (JPN) 10.50, Eveline Hooft (NDL) 7.67, Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 7.04, Elle Sampiere (USA) 6.27
Heat 3: Eliza Greene (AUS) 11.80, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 11.33, Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) 10.50, Jessica Anderson (CHL) 8.07
Heat 4: Ella Williams (NZL) 14.17, Denver Young (AUS) 11.57, Meah Collins (USA) 10.90, Yolander Hopkins (PRT) 10.50
Heat 5: Tia Blanco (USA) 16.76, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 9.73, Neis Lartigue (FRA) 9.30, Josefina Ane (ARG) 8.50