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Day 1 of Pro Zarautz launches in punchy, onshore peaks

Marc Lacomare © WSL / Poullenot




Pro Zarautz

WSL QS1000 Men's & Women's Event
Zarautz, Basque Country
31 March - 3 April, 2016

Three-to-four foot surf greets first day of competition in the Basque Country

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 April, 2016 - Zarautz, Basque Country - The inaugural Pro Zarautz launched today in three-to-four foot surf with light onshore wind, providing a great play field for some of Europe’s best surfers to perform.

France’s Marc Lacomare, 25, put on an absolute clinic, attacking the clean afternoon peaks with amazing power and flow on his backhand. The Frenchman belted two massive scores on his final two efforts and clinched a near-perfect 18.97 heat total, the highest of the event so far.

“Waves were fun, you just had to find the right two,” Lacomare said. “It’s always great to have events in your own region, even though we’re not exactly home, it’s still very close and I like being able to go home at the end of the day, sleep well and come back the next morning. I haven’t had the best of starts in Australia this season, but I feel great so I’m hoping things will turn around.”

Coming off an excellent ninth place at the Australian Open of Surfing, perennial QS threatJonathan Gonzalez (CNY), 35, confirmed his great form in Zarautz. The Canary Island surfer nailed two clean carves on a right-hander for an 8.90 early on, and despite having a hard time finding another good ride, managed to steal the lead and eventually take first place.

Maxime Huscenot © WSL/Poullenot


“I’ve come here a few days early and have been training a lot,” Gonzalez commented. “Conditions look good for the weekend, so hopefully that sandbank stays put and we can continue to surf that right. There are a lot of great surfers here so it’s going to be a tough event but I’m having fun and I look forward to surfing more heats out there.”

Local favorite Hodei Collazo (EUK), 31, navigated a trickier low tide lineup to find two decent waves and exploit the sections perfectly to advance into the third round. An experienced competitor, Collazo will play the home field advantage card when the event recommences with hopes of keeping the event trophy in Zarautz. 

“I really appreciate being competing at home again,” Collazo admitted. “We have had events here on and off for a long time and I truly hope this one is here to stay. Conditions have been excellent before the event and the forecast is good for the next two days so it should be fun. There’s a few surfers from Zarautz in the event and we’re all just a big family so hopefully someone from the crew can take it all out. Aritz and I may have paved the way but there’s a bunch of really good younger guys that are ripping so it will be hard to keep up !”

Vicente Romero (ESP), 23, rounded up the day’s action in the late afternoon setting sun, with a solid display of performance surfing to launch his campaign in the Basque Country. 

Thomas La Fonta © WSL/Poullenot


“Wave selection was really tricky but luckily I was patient and waited with first priority until I found a really good one,” Romero explained. “I got that 7.50 in the end and made it through so I’m super happy. I’ve competed here in Zarautz for a long time and I feel completely comfortable so I hope I can continue to win heats and have fun.”

Surfers and event officials will reconvene Saturday at 8:15AM for a potential great day of both men and women’s surfing in Zarautz.

The Pro Zarautz is scheduled from March 31 - April 3, 2016 at Zarautz, Basque Country - Spain. The Pro Zarautz is supported by Euskadi - Basque Country, Zarauzko Turismo Bulegoa, Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia and Naiz: among others.



Heat 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA), Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 

Heat 2: Thomas La Fonta (FRA), Luke Dillon (GBR), Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), Medi Veminardi (REU) 

Heat 3: Charly Quivront (FRA), Adrien Toyon (FRA), Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA), Aldric God (FRA) 

Heat 4: Marco Mignot (FRA), Jose Ferreira (PRT), Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Joan Duru (FRA) 

Heat 5: Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Hodei Collazo (EUK), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Miguel Blanco (PRT) 

Heat 6: Juanjo Fernandez (ESP), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Ruben Gonzalez (PRT), Vicente Romero (ESP) 

Heat 7: TBD
Heat 8: TBD

Heat 13: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Arran Strong (GBR), Ian Fontaine (FRA) 

Heat 14: Andy Criere (FRA), Tom Cloarec (FRA), Pedro Henrique (PRT), Pedro Coelho (PRT) 

Heat 15: Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Luan Wood (BRA), Luis Diaz (CNY), 

Heat 16: Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Eneko Acero (EUK), Norman Landa (EUK) 

Heat 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 18.97, Thomas La Fonta (FRA) 13.73, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 9.40, Jobe Harriss (GBR) 7.80

Heat 2: Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 13.13, Luke Dillon (GBR) 9.84, Adrian Zorriketa (EUK) 7.54, Joshua Braddock (GBR) 5.30

Heat 3: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 13.67, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 12.83, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 12.76, David Noy (ISR) 5.74

Heat 4: Medi Veminardi (REU) 12.17, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 11.10, Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 8.74, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 6.07

Heat 5: Charly Quivront (FRA) 13.54, Marco Mignot (FRA) 10.27, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 10.00, Roberto D'Amico (ITA) 9.87

Heat 6: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 11.84, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 10.27, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 8.90, Francisco Carrasco (PRT) 6.36

Heat 7: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 13.40, Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 12.10, Iker Amatriain (ESP) 9.93, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 5.07

Heat 8: Joan Duru (FRA) 13.66, Lander Davila (ESP), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Aldric God (FRA) 

Heat 9: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 12.46, Juanjo Fernandez (ESP) 9.90,  Leo Paul Etienne (GLP) 7.17, Mikel Elizalde (EUK) 7.06

Heat 10: Hodei Collazo (EUK) 11.27, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 9.90, Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 8.16, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 5.12

Heat 11: Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 11.60, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 10.33, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 9.86, Asier Iriondo (EUK) 5.60

Heat 12: Vicente Romero (ESP) 13.83, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 11.03, Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 10.30, Angus Scotney (GBR) 7.50

Heat 1: Thomas La Fonta (FRA) 9.10, Joshua Braddock (GBR) 8.33, David Watkins (NZL) 2.54 

Heat 2: Adrian Zorriketa (EUK) 10.83, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 10.03, Enzo Cavallini (GLP) 7.26, Martin Cortijo Gonzalez (ESP) 7.20

Heat 3: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 12.13, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 10.53, Kilian God (FRA) 6.33, Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU) 5.56

Heat 4: Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 9.40, David Noy (ISR) 5.30, Kasperi Turkia (FIN) 3.40, Jose Maria de Paz (ESP) 3.10

Heat 5: Roberto D'Amico (ITA) 9.77, Francisco Carrasco (PRT) 7.23, Ely Cassirer (ISR) 5.90

Heat 6: Jose Ferreira (PRT) 12.33, Marco Mignot (FRA) 9.67, Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 6.56, Jack Keenan (GBR) 5.57

Heat 7: Iker Amatriain (ESP) 13.00, Aldric God (FRA) 8.43, Titouan Boyer (MAF) 7.94, David Mugica (ESP) 2.13

Heat 8: Luis Perloiro (PRT) 10.60, Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 8.20, Roberto Letemendia (EUK) 7.17, Adil El Harrif (MAR) 6.23

Heat 9: Juanjo Fernandez (ESP) 11.16, Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 9.40, Francisco Da Silva Duarte (PRT) 8.10

Heat 10: Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 9.44, Leo Paul Etienne (GLP) 9.30, Imanol Geledan (FRA) 7.80, Dylan Christensen (USA) 5.40

Heat 11: Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 12.33, Angus Scotney (GBR) 10.20, Bryan Picon (FRA) 7.53, Dani Gonzalez (ESP) 7.10

Heat 12: Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 10.23, Asier Iriondo (EUK) 8.70, Indar Unanue (EUK) 8.30, Thomas Bady (FRA) 4.47

Heat 13: Arran Strong (GBR) 11.16, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 9.83, Alexander El Naib (DEU) 0.67

Heat 14: Pedro Henrique (PRT) 12.93, Ian Fontaine (FRA) 8.83, Yael Pena (CNY) 5.00, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 4.83

Heat 15: Luis Diaz (CNY) 10.16, Norman Landa (EUK) 7.40, Ignacio Baru (URY) 4.56

Heat 16: Leon Glatzer (DEU) 10.50, Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 9.10, Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 7.43, Karlos Gomez (EUK) 6.60

Heat 1: Carol Henrique (PRT), Camilla Kemp (PRT), Uhaina Joly (FRA) 

Heat 2: Evelyn Gontier (ARG), Peony Knight (GBR), Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), Néis Lartigue (FRA) 

Heat 3: Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Yolanda Aneiros (ESP), Lucy Campbell (GBR) 

Heat 4: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR), Anne-Cécile Le Tallec (FRA), Maddi Aizpurua (EUK)

Pro Zarautz 2016, Basque Country, European Qualifying Series, WSL, WSL QS, Zarautz
Nicolas Leroy

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