Medoc Ocean Lacanau Pro
World Surf League Men's QS1000
World Surf League Women's QS1000
Lacanau Océan, South West France
16 - 21 August, 2016
Tight finals battle between Dupont and Williams sees the Kiwi triumph
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 August, 2016 - Ella Williams, 21, has won the women’s Médoc Océan Lacanau Pro over local surfer Justine Dupont, 24, in two-to-three foot lefts and rights.
Dupont and Williams engaged in a tight back-and-forth battle in the fading swell, mainly scoring medium scores in the first half of the final until the French surfer took a first good score for the lead. Dupont started on a left-hander and managed to squeeze in three turns for a 6.00.
Williams answered with a very similar ride, on a slightly weaker wave for a 5.43 to stay in the race. The former World Junior Champion, Williams kept surfing the first waves of each set, reaching the lineup back first to keep the priority and her choice of wave for most of the final. This lead Williams to start on a great right-hander to tag multiple radical backhand turns for an excellent 8.17 and the win.
“I’m so happy, all year I haven’t had a win so it’s a really nice feeling to get back again,” an ecstatic Williams said. “The higher tide in our last heat sort of stopped delivering waves but we made the most of it. I was lucky to be in a priority position when that right came through, but I tried to time them and be ready, that definitely paid off. I’ll be moving on to Spain now and will take it heat by heat again but it’d be great another good result there for sure.”
One of the most spectacular surfer this week, and consistent through the earlier rounds, local Lacanau rider Dupont was unfortunately not in position for what was the best wave of the final and had to watch her opponent ride her way to victory. However, the new found form of Dupont is a good sign for the French surfer in her requalification efforts in this back half of the season.
“I surfed a lot of heats and had good scores all-event so I’m definitely getting back into a great rhythm,” she admitted. “My new strategies and hard work seem to pay off, well except in the finals, but I’m happy. I’ve worked extensively with my coaches, mentally and physically, and will have their support in the next event in Anglet so I look forward to competing some more and trying to win an event again !”
Former Championship Tour resident Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), 33, had a hard time finding the gems in a bumpier lineup this afternoon and couldn’t quite rival with Dupont’s excellent wave choices. Despite great surfing earlier in the event, Bevilacqua placed equal third and will move on to her next event at the Pro Anglet with another great result under her belt.
Author of yet another amazing run in this event, current European QS leader and recent finalist in England Ariane Ochoa (EUK), 18, was unfortunately unable to match Williams’ rhythm in their semifinal bout and was forced out of the event in equal third place. The Basque junior proved once again she’s one of the most promising forces in the European contingent and will look to continue on her amazing roll when competitors head to Anglet next week.
Earlier in the day, the first half of the men’s third round saw the event’s top seeds take it to the water in the clean two-to-three foot peelers and a brilliant A-frame type of peak, giving everyone opportunities to feature their best surfing.
Reigning European Champion Pedro Henrique (PRT), 34, launched his summer leg assault in Lacanau today with a good first heat to advance to Round 4 alongside French powerhouse Marc Lacomare. The long-time Portuguese QS threat had the best of starts this season with a victory in Israel but has somewhat lacked consistency mid-season, now sitting 57th on the QS ranks.
“Conditions were super good this morning, we had a great heat with a lot of waves for everyone,” he said. “I’m just back from the ISA games where I competed with the Portuguese team that was great too. I’m enjoying every contest, I’m just trying to get better and score points, my main goal is qualification as always. I’m traveling with the family here, it’s the best part cause I don’t feel like I’m missing out away from home and they’re a great support team.”
Brazil’s air specialist Yago Dora (BRA), 20, barely escaped a tight battle with Jake Marshall (USA), despite scoring the best score of the day, a near-perfect 9.60 for a gigantic backhand rotation.
“I made so many mistakes in that heat I’m really not stoked about it,” he reflected. “Luckily I had that little back up cause all my other waves were terrible, I got two nice lefts and fell, I wasn’t happy about it. I feel like I was immature, I should have gotten a back up score really fast after that big score, instead I went big on all the waves and almost blew it ! I now have one more chance to get it right !”
Nomme Mignot (FRA), 19, secured his first QS heat win this season with a solid combo of a radical top turn before launching into a forehand full rotation into the flats. The former finalist in Lacanau clinched an excellent 9 point ride and a ticket for the fourth round.
Surfers and organizers will reconvene Saturday at 7:30AM for a new call to decide if conditions allow the men’s event to restart.
The Médoc Océan Lacanau Pro is scheduled from August 16-21, 2016 at Grande Plage, Lacanau - France. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
The Médoc Océan Lacanau Pro is organized by the COLP and supported by the city of Lacanau, Médoc Océan, the ALPC Region, the Lacanau Surf Club, the French Surfing Federation, Unbottle Yourself, Soöruz, Reggae Sun Ska, NRJ, Renault, TheRiderPost.com, Skoll, Smurfit Kappa, MX Evenement, U and MagicSeaweed among others.
MÉDOC OCÉAN LACANAU PRO WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 - Ella Williams (NZL) 13.60
2 - Justine Dupont (FRA) 12.57
MÉDOC OCÉAN LACANAU PRO WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Ella Williams (NZL) 12.83 def. Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 9.24
SF 2: Justine Dupont (FRA) 14.17 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 6.43
MÉDOC OCÉAN LACANAU PRO WOMEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Ella Williams (NZL) 14.44 def. Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 11.66
QF 2: Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 10.33 def. Kim Veteau (GLP) 7.60
QF 3: Justine Dupont (FRA) 17.80 def. Reika Noro (JPN) 13.00
QF 4: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.77 def. Maud Le Car (FRA) 13.44
REMAINING MÉDOC OCÉAN LACANAU PRO MEN’S RD3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 9: Wade Carmichael (AUS), Thomas Debierre (GLP), Reef Heazlewood (AUS), Alessandro Piu (ITA)
Heat 10: Jorgann Couzinet (REU), Keoni Yan (PYF), Ethan Egiguren (EUK), Charly Quivront (FRA)
Heat 11: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Gatien Delahaye (GLP), Shane Campbell (AUS), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK)
Heat 12: Lucas Silveira (BRA), Manuel Selman (CHL), Luis Diaz (CNY), Ian Fontaine (FRA)
Heat 13: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), Jared Hickel (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Jobe Harriss (GBR)
Heat 14: Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Dean Bowen (AUS), Gearoid McDaid (IRL)
Heat 15: Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), Cristobal De Col (PER), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT)
Heat 16: Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Leon Glatzer (DEU), Miguel Blanco (PRT)
MÉDOC OCÉAN LACANAU PRO MEN’S RD3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Pedro Henrique (PRT) 15.77, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.87, Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 11.03, Enzo Cavallini (GLP) 6.94
Heat 2: Vicente Romero (ESP) 15.10, Yago Dora (BRA) 13.87, Jake Marshall (USA) 13.06, Shaun Burns (USA) 10.84
Heat 3: Andy Criere (FRA) 13.64, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 11.70, Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 10.50, Harrison Mann (AUS) 9.83
Heat 4: Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.14, Yuri Goncalves (BRA) 11.46, David Van Zyl (ZAF) 10.87, Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 5.90
Heat 5: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 16.50, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 13.80, Guilhermo Satt (CHL) 13.57, Mitchell James (AUS) 13.43
Heat 6: Medi Veminardi (REU) 14.60, Facundo Arreyes (ARG) 13.33, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 11.77, Raphael Seixas (BRA) 11.40
Heat 7: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 13.17, Diego Mignot (FRA) 11.23, Monty Tait (AUS) 10.64, Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 9.40
Heat 8: Joan Duru (FRA) 17.60, Cody Robinson (AUS) 12.10, Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 10.77, Téva Bouchgua (FRA) 8.83