Pantin Classic Galicia Pro
ASP 3-Star Men's WQS Event
ASP 3-Star Women's WQS Event
Playa de Pantin, Galicia Spain
26 - 31 August 2014
Pantin Delivers World-Class Action in Pumping Surf
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 August, 2014 - Playa de Pantin, Galicia Spain - The iconic wave factory of Pantin served up chunky 6-foot surf for both the women's and men's heats on Day 4 of the Pantin Classic Galicia Pro. In challenging conditions, the level of performance was pushed wave after wave to offer an incredible day of action to a packed audience sitting in the natural arena.
Hodei Collazo (EUK) 30, put on a dominant performance, unleashing his signature power-carves to collect the highest heat total of the day, an excellent 17.27 out of 20.
“I watched all the girls' heats before mine, and it looked hard to find the good ones,” Collazo explained. “I got lucky. I think at the beginning there I got an 8.00. I found another good set out the back and linked it up into the inside with a couple of good maneuvers. I spent the rest of the heat waiting but I never got another wave.”
In a very wide lineup, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 29, managed to find an absolute screamer in the opening minutes, to log two huge turns on a double-overhead set and score a near-perfect 9.23. The local hero didn’t slow down, backing his first ride with another solid score just seconds later, as he was paddling back out.
“I’ve been here since Monday for the press conference and watching the contest every day since, I was itching to get out there,” Zubizarreta said. “All my friends did well so I really wanted to get through as well. Pantin always looks nice but I knew it would be hard to find the gems. I couldn’t believe I got that first wave it was insane I’m so stoked. Paddling back out I got another good one, that was just icing on the cake.”
Defending event champion Steven Pierson (PYF) 30, came close to elimination in his Round 4 bout, catching the qualifying ride in the very last moments of the 25-minute exchange. An exhausted Pierson came in smiling, keeping his hopes of back-to-back wins in Pantin alive one more day.
“I was so lucky in that heat,” Pierson said. “I almost came in because I thought I wouldn’t have time to paddle back out. I gave it a try, managed to get out the back quickly and caught that final wave that got me second place. This was such a close call.”