Martinique Surf Pro
WSL QS Men's event
Basse-Pointe, Martinique, France
21 - 26 April 2015
Surfers kick it up a knotch in building swell
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 April, 2015 - Basse-Pointe - The Martinique Surf Pro resumed on day 3 of the event’s waiting period with an incoming new swell in the three-to-four foot range and longer walls to exploit along the rocky point at Basse-Pointe.
Reo Inaba (JPN) 18, dominated the field on his backhand, to collect the highest heat total of the event so far, an impressive 18.77. The young Japanese surfer selected the best waves of an exciting 30-minute exchange and surfed the long rights to perfection. Inaba built his scoreboard consistently to finally net a near-perfect 9.77 and a 9.00 point ride in the final minutes.
“I feel super lucky those two waves just came to me when I had priority,” Inaba stated. “I’m really comfortable on my backhand and this wave here is a lot of fun. I’m very happy to be here in Martinique and make a couple rounds, I’m looking forward to the next !”
Joshua Moniz (HAW) 18, was in sizzling form, lacerating the Basse-Pointe walls with unmatched speed and flair to collect his own 9.57 and 9.00 point ride in the first few minutes of the heat. The Hawaiian found similarities with his home in the Pacific and felt comfortable in the lineup.
Luel Filipe © WSL/Poullenot
“I was getting a bit nervous before my heat cause there weren’t that many sets in the previous heats,” Moniz said. “But I was super happy to get those two scores right off the bat, this doesn’t happen too often in surfing. I’m so stoked on the quality of the wave I wasn’t expecting it to be that good. On the North Shore it has a similar kind of vibe, everyone’s nice here and super polite. I want to come back here for sure maybe on a surf trip without the pressure of the event.”
Michael February (ZAF) 21, launched his Martinique campaign successfully with an assault on the early morning conditions to advance into the third round of competition. The stylish regular-footer displayed a variety of repertoire from aerial manoeuvers to big carves and sharp top turns.
“I felt good, I got my first wave really early and got a good score, that got the nerves gone,” February reflected. “The conditions this morning are very similar to some of the points back at home in South-Africa and I just had a lot of fun. After a good heat like that, I want to come down and stay focused, off course it feels good but I’ll take it one heat at a time. There’s a lot of guys from France and the Caribbean who have a good understanding of the wave so they’ll probably be dangerous here.”
Hiroto Arai (JPN) 20, psyched up watching compatriot Inaba tear apart the long righthanders and went on blow for blow in his exchange with Hawaiians Ian Gentil (HAW) and Kaimana Jaquias (HAW).
“I saw Reo’s heat where he got two 9s and I was so stoked for him and super excited to go out myself,” Arai said. “To have the four-man priority system here is awesome, I was able to be patient and wait for the good waves. That heat was incredibly hard, Kaimana got a 9 and Ian had two solid scores so I’m stoked to come out on top ! Waves are super fun and I look forward to tomorrow with even more size.”
Lucas Silveira © WSL/Poullenot
Local hero Louca Jourdan (MTQ) 21, came up just short of advancing through his round of 64 bout, but excited the local crowds with his numerous attempts to get back into the top 2. A former Junior competitor on the European tour, Jourdan appreciated the opportunity to compete at home and see some of the world’s best surfers perform on his home ground.
“I was very nervous before my heat started but I managed to get back in focus a few minutes in,” Jourdan admitted. “Overall I’m happy with my performance, I was missing a better wave to get into the good range and make it through. All my friends were here to support and it felt great to perform here at home. I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for all of us locals to see all the pros come here surf at that level, and to share the lineup with them on the off days.”
With a building swell and favorable wind conditions, contest officials and surfers will reconvene on Friday morning at 8AM local time, for a potential early start of Round 4 in epic conditions.
The Martinique Surf Pro is scheduled from April 21-26, 2015 in Basse-Pointe - Martinique. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
The Martinique Surf Pro is supported by Canal+, Conseil Régional de Martinique, Ville de Basse-Pointe, CMT, Trace TV, Crédit Mutuel, Buzzmag, Jacques Olivier, Madipass, SNEMBG, Hôtel Karibea, Brasserie Lorraine, Reezom, CROSMA, Surf Session, Eys Magazine, Santé des Îles, Levert Emballage, Riders Match, Yamaha Assoc., Auto GM, Avis, HSE, Pardon, Cap Nord, Conseil Général, DJSCS, Politiques Publiques, People bo kay, Odysse Sport Sante, FCDDM, SurfCaribbeanMag and SurfTotal among others.
UPCOMING MARTINIQUE SURF PRO ROUND OF 32 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Francisco Bellorin (VEN), Michael February (ZAF), Alan Donato (BRA), Evan Geiselman (USA)
Heat 2: Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Renato Galvao (BRA), Miguel Tudela (PER), Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF)
Heat 3: Luel Felipe (BRA), Reo Inaba (JPN), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Michael Dunphy (USA)
Heat 4: Paulo Moura (BRA), Kiron Jabour (HAW), Leandro Usuna (ARG), Thiago Guimaraes (BRA)
Heat 5: Ian Gouveia (BRA), Hiroto Arai (JPN), Cory Arrambide (USA), Timothee Bisso (GLP)
Heat 6: Andy Criere (FRA), Ian Gentil (HAW), Hodei Collazo (EUK), Thiago Camarao (BRA)
Heat 7: Joshua Moniz (HAW), Jake Halstead (USA), Dale Staples (ZAF), Joshua Burke (BRB)
Heat 8: Cooper Chapman (AUS), Steven Pierson (PYF), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF)
MARTINIQUE SURF PRO ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 12.67, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) 12.66, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 11.67, Noah Schweizer (USA) 9.90
Heat 2: Michael February (ZAF) 18.06, Renato Galvao (BRA) 12.00, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 10.84, Manuel Selman (CHL) 10.14
Heat 3: Miguel Tudela (PER) 15.46, Alan Donato (BRA) 13.60, Matheus Navarro (BRA) 11.93, Tomas King (CRI) 7.74
Heat 4: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 15.50, Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.07, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 6.07, Caina Barletta (BRA) 3.97
Heat 5: Luel Felipe (BRA) 13.80, Paulo Moura (BRA) 11.60, Kona Oliveira (HAW) 10.00, Halley Batista (BRA) 4.33
Heat 6: Reo Inaba (JPN) 18.77, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 14.83, Vicente Romero (ESP) 13.60, Taylor Clark (USA) 11.93
Heat 7: Leandro Usuna (ARG) 14.93, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 14.00, Brian Toth (PRI) 12.00, Yago Dora (BRA) 9.40
Heat 8: Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 13.80, Michael Dunphy (USA) 12.93, Louca Jourdan (MTQ) 10.77, Weslley Dantas (BRA) 8.60
Heat 9: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 16.40, Andy Criere (FRA) 14.50, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 14.03, Jerry Schaefer (MTQ) 8.13
Heat 10: Hiroto Arai (JPN) 15.73, Ian Gentil (HAW) 15.30, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 15.06, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 8.83
Heat 11: Hodei Collazo (EUK) 17.76, Cory Arrambide (USA) 16.20, Colt Ward (USA) 14.74, Nic Hdez (USA) 14.50
Heat 12: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 15.77, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 12.20, Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 11.97, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 6.74
Heat 13: Joshua Moniz (HAW) 18.57, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 15.50, Kilian Garland (USA) 15.06, Ulualoha Napeahi (HAW) 8.53
Heat 14: Jake Halstead (USA) 16.00, Steven Pierson (PYF) 13.73, Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 13.50, Tomas Tudela (PER) 6.83
Heat 15: Victor Bernardo (BRA) 14.07, Dale Staples (ZAF) 13.96, Derek Peters (USA) 13.93, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 7.57
Heat 16: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 16.07, Joshua Burke (BRB) 16.07, Matt Lewis Hewitt (NZL) 12.80, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 10.46