Several contest calls through the tides keep everyone waiting to complete Round 2
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 July, 2017 - Basque Country - After five consecutive calls and a long wait for everyone, the Junior Pro Sopela resumed to complete the men’s Round Two, in wind affected two-to-three foot waves.
At high tide, Willoughby Masterman (GBR), from Jersey, Channel Islands, opened with a good performance as the wind dropped, allowing clean and fast waves to reveal. He surfed nine waves to build a heat total of 12.46, and advanced in first, defeating Frenchmen Kyllian Guerin (FRA), Nicolas Paulet and Portugal’s Tomas Lacerda (PRT).
“The waves are steep and bowly it’s quite hard to get a couple of good ones,” Masterman said. “But you just have to be patient and wait for the good ones to come through. This morning looked really bad, I got a freesurf and it wasn’t great. Now it looks a lot better, and at least there are waves. It’s been really small on most of the other comps so we are lucky. Round 3 is the highest I’ve got so far, so I’m just glad to be back to that, and hopefully I’ll make my best result of the season here in Sopela.”
Zouhir Selyann (MAR) came back to the beach marshall area wearing a big smile as he just qualified for the next round. For his efforts, he received two great scores of 7.50 and 6.77. Coming from Casablanca, Selyann is committed to compete in as many events as he can.
“It was really fun,” Selyann said. “I had my warmup session just before the call and it got cleaner and cleaner. Waves were really good during my heat. I had a little left at the beginning but the righthander was offering more opportunities. I just did twice the same run: a first turn followed by a bottom and a second powerful turn. I went to all the junior events in Europe apart from Caparica and I want to enter the few upcoming QS events in France, and the one at home in Morocco of course!”
Mathis Crozon (FRA) continued to demonstrate great form and his heat seemed to be a simple formality. With a 14.06 total, self-confidence is visibly building and he will tackle day three of the Junior Pro Sopela with a lot of positive energy.
As tide started to go down, the few ramps that were on offer during this short day of competition got even more consistent and the final heat was won by Portuguese Tomas Ribeiro (PRT). Ribeiro had an average season this year clinching his best result, a decent 17th place, at the Junior Pro Biscarrosse.
“It feels good to be back in Sopela,” Ribeiro stated. “I really like this event, there is always a lot of people coming down to the beach to watch the competition and it gives you a lot of energy when you are in the water.”
In front of the whole Portuguese team which made the journey to Playa de Arriatera, Ribeiro, scored a solid 12.83 total and found his way into Round Three.
With a promising surf forecast for the next three days of the waiting period, event officials will reconvene on Friday at 8 a.m for men and at 12 p.m for women to reassess conditions and launch men’s round 3 and the women’s two first rounds.
UPCOMING JUNIOR PRO SOPELA MEN’S ROUND 3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Leo Paul Etienne (FRA), Nicolas Guimond (FRA), Luan Nogues (FRA), Olivier Cassaigne (FRA)
Heat 2: Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY), Liam Murray Strout (GBR), Erwan Blouin (FRA), Dean Vandewalle (BEL)
Heat 3: Teva Bouchgua (FRA), Iker Amatriain (ESP), Thomas Doumenjou (FRA), Edoardo Papa (ITA)
Heat 4: Ruben Vitoria (EUK), Fynnlee Miller Cooley (GBR), Sean Gunning (ESP), Stanislas Sarrotte (MTQ)
Heat 5: Thomas Debierre (FRA), Nanook Ballerin (FRA), Jonathan Cohen (ISR), Mario Rasines (ESP)
Heat 6: Nalu Doutres (FRA), Ignacio Guisasola (ESP), Renan Grainville (FRA), Dorian Gomez (FRA)
Heat 7: Lenni Jensen (DEU), Gonçalo Vieira (PRT), Juan Gorostidi (EUK), Attilio Goncalves (REU)
Heat 8: Marco Mignot (FRA), Yago San Sebastian (EUK), Adur Amatriain (EUK), Rodrigo Lebre (PRT)
Heat 9: Kauli Vaast (PYF), Paolo Giorgi (CNY), Mael Laborde (MTQ), Lucas Desmoucelle (FRA)
Heat 10: Dylan Groen (DEU), Bryan Picon (FRA), Endika Garai (ESP), Kike Suarez (ESP)
Heat 11: Justin Becret (FRA), Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA), Gaizka Housset Ezponda (FRA), Youri Conradi (FRA)
Heat 12: Joao Moreira (PRT), Asier Iriondo (EUK), Issam Auptel (FRA), Gabriel Ortiz (ESP)
Heat 13: Tiago Carrique (FRA), Diego Garcia (ESP), Willoughby Masterman (GBR), Thibault Manson (FRA)
Heat 14: Afonso Antunes (PRT), Felix Morau (FRA), Zouhir Selyann (MAR), Nicolas Paulet (FRA)
Heat 15: Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT), Enzo Cavallini (FRA), Mathis Crozon (FRA), Seth Morris (GBR)
Heat 16: Theo Julitte (FRA), Nemo Nogues (FRA), Tomas Ribeiro (PRT), Ander Idarraga (ESP)
UPCOMING JUNIOR PRO SOPELA WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Ellie Turner (GBR), Lili Termeau (FRA), Ozvan Masseron (FRA), Lara Dominguez (ESP)
Heat 2: Nell Auptel (GLP), Julie Dufrechou (GLP), Nerea Donaire (ESP), Manon Alda (FRA)
Heat 3: Vahine Fierro (PYF), Lucia Machado (CNY), Noa Lelior (ISR), Mae Demanez (GLP)
Heat 4: Mafalda Lopes (PRT), Jade Magnien (FRA), Anat Lelior (ISR), Angela Gonzalez (ESP)
Heat 5: Juliette Lacome (FRA), Mariana Brandao (PRT), Matilde Passarinho (PRT), Arene Basurto (EUK)
Heat 6: Mahe Javegny (FRA), Nahia Milhau (FRA), Belen Botin (ESP), Beatriz Macedo (PRT),
Heat 7: Mikele Beato (EUK), Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA), Janire Gonzales Etxabarri (EUK), Emma Dubes (FRA)
Heat 8: Maelys Jouault (FRA), Laura De Los Reyes (CNY), June Del Campo (EUK), Klervi Masseron (FRA)
REMAINING JUNIOR PRO SOPELA MEN’S ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 13: Willoughby Masterman (GBR) 12.46, Nicolas Paulet (FRA) 12.17, Kyllian Guerin (FRA) 10.50, Tomas Lacerda (PRT) 7.36
Heat 14: Zouhir Selyann (MAR) 14.27, Thibault Manson (FRA) 11.53, Axel Lopetegi (EUK) 9.80, Norman Peuron (FRA) 8.34
Heat 15: Mathis Crozon (FRA) 14.06, Ander Idarraga (ESP) 9.73, Aurelien Buffet (FRA) 8.00
Heat 16: Tomas Ribeiro (PRT) 12.83, Seth Morris (GBR) 9.10, David Infante Lopes (CNY) 7.27