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Espinho Surf Destination kicks off in Portugal

Kim Veteau © ASP/Masurel




Espinho Surf Destination Pro Junior

ASP 2-Star Mens & Womens Pro Junior
Praia De Baia, Espinho, Portugal
26 - 29 June, 2014

Veteau and Martiño Steal the Show on Day 2

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 June, 2014 - Praia de Baia, Espinho Portugal - The Espinho Surf Destination, stop No. 1 on the European Pro Junior series has completed a busy day of competition running through a total 25 heats in fun 2-3Ft (1 metre) waves at praia de baia.

Competitors were eager to hit the water at 7am in glassy conditions to launch their Espinho campaign. A field of excited juniors took on the playful lineup and displayed an impressive level of performance to the satisfaction of a building crowd throughout the day.

Jobe Harriss (GBR) 18, dominated the first round with his signature power moves to easily advance with the highest heat total of 14.56 out of a possible 20. Harriss will join big wave charger Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) in the following round.

“It’s been flat for a few days and it got annoying not being able to train or anything,” Harriss stated. “But this morning there’s a nice little righthand wedge with no wind so it’s fun ! I’ve sort of kept it relatively safe, it’s the first heat so everyone’s just trying to get warmed into it. I’ve sticked to carves on my backhand, this is how I like to surf.”

An ambitious up-and-comer hailing from North Cornwall in Great Britain, Harriss who’s previous season saw him crack the Top40 on the regional ladder will try to keep improving his position and battle in the final stages of the event. “I’d like to see myself in the quarters I guess,” Harriss continued. “That’s my goal and if I get there, it’s on to the finals and we’ll see what happens.”

Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 19, also shone in today’s tricky conditions with an impeccable style and progressive repertoire of surfing. The young French-Australian made it look easy to throw the fins and fly in the small conditions on offer. “Waves were fun this morning,” Boucaut admitted. “It’s bigger than the previous days, a little fat but on the set you can make good turns.”

A part-time resident of both France and Australia, the young natural footer visibly took full advantage of traveling and training across continents to grow into a complete and stylish surfer at only 19 years old. “I live half the year in Australia and the other half in France,” Boucaut continued. “But my whole family is French and I’m proud to fly the flag and surf in the European events.

With already two solid results under his belt in 2014, Boucaut looked deadly in his first European event of the season and will be a force to be reckoned with when competition recommences. “This year I surfed the Pro Juniors in Newcastle and Sunset, but coming from a bad knee injury last year I couldn’t do the whole Australian leg. My goal this season is to make the Top 4 and just show what I can do. I had two 5th place results early this year so I’m confident.”

Following the completion of the men’s opening round, the women took on challenging rising tide conditions and stepped up their game to fight through the first elimination round and advance into the event. Top seeds Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) and Tessa Thyssen (GLP) logically won their opening bout and the first surprise came from French surfer Joséphine Costes (FRA) 18, who took the lead over Ana Morau (FRA) with two decent scores to advance into the round of 16.

Kim Veteau (GLP) 16, then put on a clinic in heat 5, taking full advantage of the dropping tide to catch a long peeling lefthander and score an impressive 8.83 out of 10, the highest score of today’s action. “It was a little tricky out there with still a lot of water in,” Veteau commented. “I started well catching that bomb in the opening minutes and I’m hoping to build throughout the latter rounds.”

The 2013 European junior ranked 4th and Guadeloupe’s ambassador has been improving significantly over the past off season and is looking to assert her dominance this coming leg of events. “This is a 2-Star event so there’s not much room for error,” Veteau admitted. “My goal is to win finals this year and clinch the regional title to qualify for the World Juniors. I’m going out every heat for the win and we’ll see how it goes.”

Lucia Martiño (ESP) 20, was the other standout in the women’s field, netting the second biggest single score of 8.50 and backing it up perfectly to clinch the highest heat total of 15.33 out of 20. “It’s always a little nerve wracking that very first heat,” Martiño said. “But I looked at the waves all day and knew where the good ones were going to break. I just sat and waited for the bomb, and it paid off.”

Contest officials will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions and decide of the day’s schedule. The ASP 2-Star Men and Women Espinho Surf Destination Pro Junior is scheduled from June 26-29, 2014 in Espinho, Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to 

The Espinho Surf Destination Pro Junior is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Câmara Municipal de Espinho (City Council of Espinho), ON2 (Programa Operacional Regional do Norte), Praia Golfe Hotel, Castros and SuperBock amongst others. 
Heat 1: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 11.00, Luca Dioguardi (CNY) 5.74, Liam Turner (GBR) 2.17

Heat 2: Enzo Cavallini (GLP) 10.06, Adrian Zorriketa (EUK) 8.93, Vasco Monica (PRT) 6.86

Heat 3: Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 10.27, Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 10.20, Miles Lee Hargreaves (GBR) 7.77, Francisco Carrasco (PRT) 5.20

Heat 4: Yeray Garcia Ferrera (CNY) 12.16, Ignacia Guisasola (ESP) 7.57, Luis Ansin (ESP) 6.86, Joao Moreira (PRT) 5.90

Heat 5: Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 13.77, Imanol Geledan (FRA) 7.93, Miguel Madeira (PRT) 7.34

Heat 6: Jobe Harriss (GBR) 14.56, Dylan Groen (DEU) 10.70, Jonas Bachan (AUT) 10.13, Nacho Mari (ESP) 6.27

Heat 7: Joao Andre (PRT) 9.00, Jacome Correia (PRT) 8.13, Francisco Almeida (PRT)5.92

Heat 8: Lander Davila (ESP) 14.20, Pierre Rollet (FRA) 10.93, Oihan Aizpuru (EUK) 5.67

Heat 9: Leon Glatzer (DEU) 12.60, Loyan Pons De Vier (FRA) 11.70, Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 8.46

Heat 10: Will Davey (GBR) 10.67, Patrick Mainstone (ESP) 9.30, Andre Faria (PRT) 8.26, Massimiliano Spolverini (ITA) 6.37

Heat 11: Luis Perloiro (PRT) 11.10, Quentin Grenard (FRA) 9.74, Juan Lopez (ESP) 5.90

Heat 12: Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 11.30, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 6.67, Antonio Duarte (PRT) 4.47

Heat 13: Titouan Boyer (MAF) 12.33, Miguel Perez-Moneo (ESP) 7.40, Rhys Barfield (GBR) 5.50 

Heat 14: Juan Ignacio Sebastia (CNY) 7.67, Arran Strong (GBR) 6.43, Antonio Rodrigues (PRT) 5.96, Simao Penha (PRT) 3.23

Heat 15: Pedro Coelho (PRT) 11.07, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 7.43, Sam Lagadec (FRA) 5.10

Heat 16: Miguel Betegon (ESP) 8.84, Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 7.67, Martin Cortijo Gonzalez (ESP) 6.76, Carlos Castro (ESP) 5.40

Heat 1: Nomme Mignot (FRA), Titouan Deffarges (FRA), Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA), Adrian Zorriketa (EUK) 

Heat 2: Imanol Yeregi (EUK), Joao Kopke (PRT), Enzo Cavallini (GLP), Luca Dioguardi (CNY) 

Heat 3: Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Luis Diaz (CNY), Henrique Pyrrait (PRT), Ignacia Guisasola (ESP) 

Heat 4: Tom Cloarec (FRA), Elliot Ivarra (GLP), Yeray Garcia Ferrera (CNY), Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 

Heat 5: Mihimana Braye (PYF), Luke Dillon (GBR), Tommy Boucaut (FRA), Dylan Groen (DEU) 

Heat 6: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Charly Termeau (FRA), Jobe Harriss (GBR), Imanol Geledan (FRA) 

Heat 7: Aldric God (FRA), Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA), Joao Andre (PRT), Pierre Rollet (FRA) 

Heat 8: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Ruben Vita (PRT), Lander Davila (ESP) Jacome Correia (PRT) 

Heat 9: Mateia Hiquily (PYF), Tomas Ferreira (PRT), Leon Glatzer (DEU), Patrick Mainstone (ESP) 

Heat 10: Ethan Egiguren (EUK), Timothee Bisso (GLP), Will Davey (GBR), Loyan Pons De Vier (FRA) 

Heat 11: Diego Mignot (FRA), Harry Timson (GBR), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 

Heat 12: Miguel Blanco (PRT), Guilherme Fonseca (PRT), Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP), Quentin Grenard (FRA) 

Heat 13: Andy Criere (FRA), Lucas Jannier (REU), Titouan Boyer (MAF), Arran Strong (GBR) 

Heat 14: Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Charly Quivront (FRA), Juan Ignacio Sebastia (CNY), Miguel Perez-Moneo (ESP) 

Heat 15: Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Gatien Delahaye (GLP), Pedro Coelho (PRT), Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 

Heat 16: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Julen Egiguren (EUK), Miguel Betegon (ESP), Alex Bauduin (CNY)
Heat 1: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 8.77, Michelle Beach (USA) 5.03, Rey Maravillas (ESP) 0.23

Heat 2: Joséphine Costes (FRA) 11.00, Ana Morau (FRA) 8.13, Ines Bispo (PRT) 7.90, Carol Henrique (PRT) 4.57

Heat 3: Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 7.14, Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 6.07, Paula Fraga (ESP) 3.93

Heat 4: Lucia Martiño (ESP) 15.33, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 9.17, Noa Iturripea (EUK) 5.66

Heat 5: Kim Veteau (GLP) 13.43, Victoria Capdepont (FRA) 3.50, Lilia Lissardy (FRA) 2.23

Heat 6: Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 12.23, Marion Bouzigues (FRA) 9.73, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 6.83, Peony Knight (GBR) 4.30

Heat 7: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (PRT) 9.23, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 8.17, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 5.50

Heat 8: Yolanda Aneiros (ESP) 6.77, Carina Duarte (PRT) 5.56, Isabel Gundin (ESP) 4.54 

Heat 1: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 11.67, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 7.47, Joséphine Costes (FRA) 6.53, Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 3.43

Heat 2: Tessa Thyssen (GLP), Michelle Beach (USA), Lucia Martiño (ESP), Ana Morau (FRA) 

Heat 3:  Kim Veteau (GLP), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Carina Duarte (PRT) 

Heat 4: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (PRT), Victoria Capdepont (FRA), Yolanda Aneiros (ESP), Marion Bouzigues (FRA)

Nicolas Leroy

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