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Fields shrink as big scores continue at the Pro Zarautz

Juliette Lacome Impressed in her opening heat at the Pro Zarautz Credit: © WSL / Poullenot
Juliette Lacome © WSL / Poullenot



Pro Zarautz

World Surf League Men's QS 1500 event
World Surf League Women's QS 1500 event
Zarautz, Basque Country Europe
19 - 23 April 2017

Dupont & Bonvalot dominate women's field while Gonzalez defends title hopes and Marshall drops highest single score

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 April, 2017 - Zarautz, Basque Country - Conditions slightly improved for Day 2 of the Pro Zarautz with lighter winds early morning and waves in the waist to shoulder-high range. The day started with the opening round of the women’s event before moving into the top seeds’ Round Three of the men.

Justine Dupont (FRA), 25, has been on a solid winning streak, claiming the QS title and a runner-up in longboard in Caparica last week. Today she came firing out of the gates with a 9.17 in Round 1 and proved her intention to add another event title to her resume this week.

“We got the best moment of the tide and conditions really came together nicely for us,” Dupont said. “I love it when there’s no waiting around, it’s rare enough that the women go first! I had fun in this heat and look forward to some more of this soon. My mom’s here with me so now I’m going to go and show her around the Basque Country a little bit.”

Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), 17, didn’t crack the 9 point bar, but actually overcame Dupont on the event leaderboard, with a massive 17.07 heat total this morning. Somewhat disappointed with her performance in the main event in Portugal, she’s looking to bounce back and finally clinch a QS win that’s eluded her so far.

“It wasn’t easy out there but at least we had waves so it was definitely fun,” Bonvalot explained. “I had a terrible heat in Caparica in the QS and couldn’t find anything to just stand up and surf so I really want to have fun and make a few more heats here.”

Two French juniors made today’s headlines as well, with performances beyond their young age. Néis Lartigue (FRA), 16, and Juliette Lacome (FRA), 14, both reveled in the bumpy surf and created big upsets, eliminating local surfer Ainara Aymat (EUK) and Lucia Martiño (ESP) in the opening round.

In the men’s draw, the defending event champion Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), 36, returned to Zarautz and managed to navigate a tricky Round Three bout to keep his defending effort going. Despite average results in the Australian leg earlier this year, the Canary Islands surfer looked confident and ready continue his qualifying effort.

“I made a few little mistakes in the early rounds on the Australian leg,” Gonzalez reflected. “But I was feeling great, I felt like my surfing was right there with the best of them, so it was great to be there. I’m still super motivated to go and battle it out on the big events this season.”

The real surprise today came from 18 year-old Jake Marshall (USA), whom, in spite of coming back from a shoulder injury, seemed in exceptional form. The American claimed the event’s highest single-wave score so far, a near-perfect 9.57 for his spot into Round Four.

“My shoulder feels good, this is my first event back and I’m stoked to be surfing again,” Marshall said. “I made sure my legs and my core were kept in good shape and as soon as my arm got stronger I just rehabbed it properly. Now I want to get enough points to get into the QS10,000s of the back half of the year cause I just missed them last season.”

Organizers will reassess conditions at 10 a.m Friday for a potential Round Two of the women’s event while the men will be OFF and reconvene Saturday.

The Pro Zarautz is supported by Euskadi - Basque Country, Zarauzko Turismo Bulegoa, Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia and Naiz: among others.

Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA), Néis Lartigue (FRA), Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK) 
Heat 2: Carol Henrique (PRT), Alizé Arnaud (FRA), Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), Ana Morau (FRA) 
Heat 3: Maud Le Car (FRA), Camilla Kemp (PRT), Juliette Lacome (FRA), Isabel Gundin (ESP) 
Heat 4: Lee Ann Curren (FRA), Marissa Shaw (USA), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Peony Knight (GBR) 

Heat 1: Luan Carvalho (BRA), Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Aldric God (FRA), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 
Heat 2: Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Eithan Osborne (USA), Jordy Collins (USA), Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 
Heat 3: Andy Criere (ESP), Jake Marshall (USA), Adrien Toyon (FRA), Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 
Heat 4: Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Arthur Lassee (FRA), Gatien Delahaye (FRA), Jorgann Couzinet (FRA)
Heat 5: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Tom Cloarec (FRA) 
Heat 6: Titouan Boyer (FRA), Francisco Alves (PRT), Guilherme Fonseca (PRT), Tomas Fernandes (PRT)
Heat 7: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Miguel Blanco (PRT), 
Heat 8: Nolan Rapoza (USA), Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Halley Batista (PRT), 

Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 17.00, Alizé Arnaud (FRA) 13.00, Uhaina Joly (FRA) 9.57, Ainhoa Leiceaga (FRA) 5.84
Heat 2: Néis Lartigue (FRA) 14.66, Ana Morau (FRA) 12.67, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 6.00
Heat 3: Carol Henrique (PRT) 11.50, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 10.56, Sara Urresti (EUK) 4.60
Heat 4: Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 13.84, Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK) 12.06, Laura Coviella (CNY) 6.74, Lucy Campbell (GBR) 6.07
Heat 5: Maud Le Car (FRA) 11.37, Marissa Shaw (USA) 10.64, Mariana Assis (PRT) 8.40, Sofia De Tomas Ascanio (CNY) 8.34
Heat 6: Juliette Lacome (FRA) 12.56, Peony Knight (GBR) 11.27, Lucia Martiño (ESP) 6.67
Heat 7: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 11.36, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 8.76, Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 8.37, Yolander Hopkins (PRT) 7.94s
Heat 8: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 17.07, Isabel Gundin (ESP) 8.20, Emily Currie (GBR) 7.04, Noa Iturripea (EUK) 5.83

Heat 1: Luan Carvalho (BRA) 12.67, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 10.40, Lander Davila (ESP) 9.23, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 8.50
Heat 2: Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 13.27, Eithan Osborne (USA) 12.20, Vicente Romero (ESP) 11.77, Iker Amatriain (ESP) 7.10
Heat 3: Jordy Collins (USA) 14.16, Aldric God (FRA) 13.74, Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 11.66, Ian Costa (BRA) 10.76
Heat 4: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 12.33, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 11.80, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 10.80, Justin Becret (FRA) 7.50
Heat 5: Andy Criere (ESP) 13.27, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 12.07, Marco Mignot (FRA) 11.00, Tad McCardell (USA) 9.34
Heat 6: Jake Marshall (USA) 17.07, Arthur Lassee (FRA) 11.73, Jacome Correia (PRT) 9.17, Pablo Montero (ESP) 8.60
Heat 7: Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 13.17, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 12.74, Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 8.80, Luis Perloiro (PRT) 8.54
Heat 8: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 14.20, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 10.50, Nacho Sebastia (CNY) 9.13, Juanjo Fernandez (ESP) 8.43
Heat 9: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 16.33, Titouan Boyer (MAF) 11.93, Charly Quivront (FRA) 11.30, Mathis Crozon (FRA) 10.26 
Heat 10: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 12.34, Francisco Alves (PRT) 9.84, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 9.44, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 8.94
Heat 11: Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 15.50, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 12.26, Thomas Debierre (FRA) 7.53, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 6.93
Heat 12: Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 11.80, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 11.73, Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 10.33, Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 7.16
Heat 13: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 14.00, Nolan Rapoza (USA) 12.73, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 9.07, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 7.77
Heat 14: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 13.60, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 11.43, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 10.07, Dylan Groen (DEU) 9.53
Heat 15: Halley Batista (PRT) 13.57, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 11.66, Luke Dillon (GBR) 7.00, Ian Fontaine (FRA) 6.17
Heat 16: Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 11.34, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 11.26, Ugo Robin (FRA) 8.03, Leon Glatzer (DEU) 6.97

Nicolas Leroy

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