Pantin Classic Galicia Pro
WSL QS6000 Women's Event
WSL QS1500 Men's Event
Playa de Pantin, Galicia Spain
1 - 7 September 2015
Pantin Classic Galicia Pro launches in clean 2-3 foot surf
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 September, 2015 - Playa de Pantin, Galicia Spain - The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro, 28th edition of the event, launched in clean two-to-three foot surf and completed three rounds of the QS6,000 women’s event and the opening four heats of the men’s QS1,500 event.
France’s Justine Dupont (FRA) 24, took top honors on Day 1, belting an impressive 15.50 heat total including an excellent 8.33 for a single maneuver. Dupont pulled an aerial maneuver out of her bag of tricks and impressed both the judges and her fellow competitors in the small surf.
“I love it here in Galicia, it’s quieter, there’s just way less people,” Dupont said. “I haven’t had the best of seasons in 2015 so I wanted to come here and perform to conclude the year. I’m super happy cause that’s the first time I pull an air-reverse in a heat. I have to thank my coach Nicolas Fernandez for that, he’s been pushing me to surf super small surf and that definitely helped.”
Dupont, who has made the headlines of several magazines and websites recently for her big-wave heroics, and has been pushing her limits in aerial tricks in the freesurf, is still looking to perform to her standards in competitions. Sitting in 16th position currently on the Qualifying Series, the season is not over just yet for the Lacanau local.
Alizée Arnaud © WSL/Masurel
“My results are definitely not showing the level I’m at, but it’s my fault cause I haven’t figured out how to surf a good contest so far,” Dupont added. “But I’m building experience, I’ve been on the tour for some time now and I hope everything I’ve learned from previous mistakes will soon pay off.”
Paige Hareb (NZL) 25, scored an equal 15.50 in her Round 3 matchup and claimed a near-perfect 9.50 for a combination of four excellent turns on her forehand. Well within striking distance of requalifying for the Samsung Galaxy Women’s Championship Tour she has competed on for several years, Hareb will be looking to confirm her excellent form when the event resumes.
Recent runner-up at the inaugural Pro Anglet, Alizé Arnaud (FRA) 25, controlled her opening matchup in Pantin to advance into the fourth round ahead of current World No.11 Coco Ho (HAW).
“I wasn’t very confident cause the waves very small and not super powerful so definitely conditions I’m not used to,” Arnaud reflected. “But my heat started well and I got a good score right at the beginning. I was patient and managed to select the right ones.”
The former Junior World Champion, Arnaud has taken a season off competing and started working as a surf instructor, coming into the Pantin event poised and ready to surf without pressure.
“It’s the first time of my career that I’ve come here not trying to qualify, I don’t feel any sort of pressure,” Arnaud continued. “I’m happy to surf against the top seeds and I hope I can beat a few more.”
Paige Hareb © WSL/Masurel
Philippa Anderson (AUS) 23, found her two good waves in the tricky small surf to net the third highest heat total of the day, a 15.00 out of 20 possible. Scoring on both her front and backhand today, Anderson exploited all the little sections on offer to advance.
“There’s definitely waves out there, cause Paige dropped a 9.5, but it’s super tricky we spent 7 minutes of our heat without a wave sliding by,” Anderson said. “I got a first left and made a few turns which felt nice, then I went right a few times cause I feel more comfortable. I couldn’t hear my scores and only learnt them when I came in but I’m happy with how that heat went.”
The Australian, who has surfed in Pantin in previous years, sollicitated the help of a local coach to help her prepare for her heats and apprehend conditions at the ever-changing playa de Pantin.
“I’m with one of the local coaches here through my wetsuit sponsor and he’s been really good and helping,” Anderson continued. “Just to have someone to give you some tips and help with the local language is very useful. In the four heats prior to mine were all my friends so I watched them and was cheering for them. It’s a beautiful day and I feel all the girls were happy to surf.”
During low tide, while the women’s event was put on hold, the men’s opening four heats of competition were completed. Event favourite Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 30, advanced into the second round to please the crowds sitting on the iconic Pantin headland.
Event organizers and surfers will reconvene on Wednesday at 9AM for a potential re-start of either the men’s or women’s event.
The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is scheduled from August 26-31, 2014 in Pantin, Spain. The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is supported by Turkish Airlines, Zumosol, Turgalicia, Mahou, Renault, Abanca, Coca Cola, Gadis, Appeiros, Avansing, Coge3 and Arnette among others.
Tanika Hoffman © WSL/Masurel
UPCOMING PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO WOMEN’S ROUND OF 24 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Sophia Bernard (AUS), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK)
Heat 2: Justine Dupont (FRA), Alessa Quizon (HAW), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 3: Paige Hareb (NZL), Reika Noro (JPN), Mahina Maeda (HAW)
Heat 4: Malia Manuel (HAW), Isabella Nichols (AUS), Meah Collins (USA)
Heat 5: Alizé Arnaud (FRA), Maud Le Car (FRA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 6: Philippa Anderson (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Bailey Nagy (HAW)
Heat 7: Bronte Macaulay (AUS), Tia Blanco (USA), Ana Morau (FRA)
Heat 8: Ella Williams (NZL), Ella Williams (NZL), Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO WOMEN’S ROUND OF 48 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sophia Bernard (AUS) 11.50, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.33, Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 7.63, Ellie Francis (AUS) 3.93
Heat 2: Justine Dupont (FRA) 15.50, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 11.17, Georgia Fish (AUS) 10.40, Alba Rodriguez Lloves (ESP) 2.77
Heat 3: Keely Andrew (AUS) 12.23, Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 10.86, Kim Veteau (GLP) 9.90, Frankie Harrer (USA) 6.30
Heat 4: Paige Hareb (NZL) 15.50, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 9.77, Zoe McDougall (HAW) 9.04, Carol Henrique (PRT) 7.20
Heat 5: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 12.73, Meah Collins (USA) 10.60, Natsuki Suda (JPN) 9.23, Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 7.76
Heat 6: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.60, Reika Noro (JPN) 10.60, Jess Grimwood (AUS) 9.97, Codie Klein (AUS) 7.23
Heat 7: Alizé Arnaud (FRA) 12.17, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.06, Nao Omura (JPN) 10.30, Crystal Vail (AUS) 4.93
Heat 8: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 15.00, Maud Le Car (FRA) 9.17, Carina Duarte (PRT) 7.53, Mainei Kinimaka (HAW) 7.30
Heat 9: Bailey Nagy (HAW) 10.00, Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.23, Rubie Reents (AUS) 7.27, Stephanie Single (AUS) 4.73
Heat 10: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.40, Ella Williams (NZL) 11.00, Holly Wawn (AUS) 9.66, Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR) 5.44
Heat 11: Chelsea Tuach (BRB), Brianna Cope (HAW), Yolanda Aneiros (ESP), Ana Morau (FRA)
Heat 12: Lucia Martiño (ESP) 11.94, Tia Blanco (USA) 11.70, Shelby Detmers (USA) 10.00, Laura Enever (AUS) 8.60
PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO WOMEN’S ROUND OF 60 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 14.34, Ellie Francis (AUS) 13.17, Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK) 12.83, Dax McGill (HAW) 11.64
Heat 2: Carol Henrique (PRT) 14.73, Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 12.63, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 11.23, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 10.13
Heat 3: Jess Grimwood (AUS) 12.83, Meah Collins (USA) 10.60, Tanika Hoffman (ZAF) 3.63, Marie Moana Troja (FRA) 2.27
Heat 4: Carina Duarte (PRT) 14.10, Crystal Vail (AUS) 7.14, Anne-Cécile Le Tallec (FRA) 6.00, Malia Osterkamp (USA) 5.87
Heat 5: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR) 12.56, Rubie Reents (AUS) 10.17, Jessica Anderson (CHL) 6.46
Heat 6: Lucia Martiño (ESP) 11.27, Ana Morau (FRA) 10.80, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 6.97
PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO WOMEN’S ROUND OF 72 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK) 8.40, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 8.04, Monik Santos (BRA) 7.80
Heat 2: Camilla Kemp (PRT), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT)
Heat 3: Tanika Hoffman (ZAF) 12.33, Anne-Cécile Le Tallec (FRA) 10.44, Peony Knight (GBR) 9.73
Heat 4: Carina Duarte (PRT), Marie Moana Troja (FRA)
Heat 5: Jessica Anderson (CHL) 11.33, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 8.00, Evelyn Gontier (ARG) 7.93
Heat 6: Ana Morau (FRA) 8.73
REMAINING PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S ROUND OF 96 MATCHUPS:
Heat 5: Ladislao Barvie (JAM), Cody Canzoneri (USA), Finn McGill (HAW), Kalani Da Silva (CNY)
Heat 6: Leandro Usuna (ARG), Norman Landa (EUK), Roberto D'Amico (ITA), Ruben Gonzalez (PRT)
Heat 7: Lucas Dias (BRA), Anthony Fillingim (CRI), Remi Petersen (NLD), Ignacio Guisasola (ESP)
Heat 8: Elliot Paerata-Reid (NZL), Matthew McGillivray (ZAF), Caina Souza Da Silva (BRA), Sebastian Brugmans (BEL)
Heat 9: Lliam Mortensen (AUS), Aldric God (FRA), Leon Glatzer (DEU), Pedro Barros (PRT)
Heat 10: Marco Giorgi (URY), Joao Guedes (PRT), David Watkins (NZL), Mohammad Hassan (UAE)
Heat 11: Hodei Collazo (EUK), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Francisco Usuna (ARG), Daniel Aznar (ESP)
Heat 12: Dean Bowen (AUS),Robbie Rickard (AUS), Michael Zaugg (CHE), Timothy Latte (SWE)
Heat 13: Jorgann Couzinet (REU), Harrison Steele (AUS), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Antonio Fernandez (ESP)
Heat 14: Landon McNamara (HAW), Allen Schuyler (HAW), Gabriel Aramburu (PER), Martin Cortijo Gonzalez (ESP)
Heat 15: Marlon Lipke (PRT), Facundo Arreyes (ARG), Pedro Coelho (PRT), Oliver Mendes (ESP)
Heat 16: O'Neill Massin (PYF), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Lucas Madrid (URY), Sebastian Olarte (URY)
PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S ROUND OF 96 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 14.84, Swen Zaugg (CHE) 10.07, Santiago Madrid (URY) 8.80
Heat 2: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 13.43, Tomas Lopez Moreno (ARG) 12.93, Aurelio Prieto (ECU) 8.14, Jason Starr (USA) 6.83
Heat 3: Mitch Parkinson (AUS) 12.16, Israel Barona (ECU) 9.80, Jose Maria Cabrera (CNY) 8.30, Luke Dillon (GBR) 4.17
Heat 4: Joao Kopke (PRT) 11.94, Jackson Baker (AUS) 8.47, Thomas Bady (FRA) 7.46, Luis Ansin (ESP) 5.40