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Praia do Paraiso pumps for Day 2 of the Caparica Pro Junior

Arran Strong © WSL / Masurel




Caparica Junior Pro

WSL JQS Men's Event
WSL JQS Women's Event
Praia do Paraiso Caparica, Portugal
23 - 26 March 2016

Caparica runs men's rounds three and four

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 March, 2016 - Praia do Paraiso - TheCaparica Junior Pro, opening event of the European Junior Qualifying Series resumed today in pumping three-to-five foot surf at Praia do Paraiso, to deliver an exciting day of surfing in the Portuguese sun. While conditions degraded in the afternoon with strong cross-shore winds, the excellent level of performance provided a great show for the crowds.

Yesterday’s top scorer Joao Moreira (PRT), 17, continued his path of destruction through the third round, claiming a near-perfect 18.10 heat total for his slick and powerful approach on the long waves on offer. After two days of competition, Moreira is looking a strong contender to keep the Caparica event title in the country.

“I started on a proper bomb this morning, a big right-hander on my forehand and hit a couple of good sections with lots of spray, and managed to do a massive turn on the closeout section,” Moreira analyzed. “I already had two good scores so I didn’t have any pressure and really pushed myself on that one. This afternoon was a whole different story, the pier creates a lot of backwash and it’s really hard to finish your wave properly on the high tide.”

Moreira then went head-to-head with Luis Diaz (CNY), 17, in an exciting Round 4 matchup that saw the young Canary Island surfer take a slim advantage. The regular vs goofy battle didn’t disappoint with both surfers fighting for the lead over the course of the 25-minute heat.

“It was super clean and easy to read this morning, I took my time and selected the right waves,” Diaz said. “In that last heat it was a lot trickier and I had to stay busy and keep catching waves to try to find the better ones. All the guys were ripping today and I try to concentrate on my surfing and not pay too much attention to the other guys, but yes it feels nice to beat the best guy of the day.”

Other notable Portuguese threat Luis Perloiro (PRT), 17,    advanced easily through his morning bout with a solid total, but had a close-call in the afternoon blown-out surf, still managing to narrowly make his way into day 3 of competition.

“I was chatting with my coach and he encouraged me to go further south where the big lefts were this morning, it was a good advice cause the rights are a lot mellower,” Perloiro said. “I managed to get a couple good scores on my forehand, I surf very often here and felt very comfortable. This second heat on high tide the waves were closing out more and I got very very lucky to make it through. I hope I can make a few more heats and hopefully surf better again.”

Caribbean up-and-comer Leo Paul Etienne (GLP), 17, performed consistently throughout the day to belt two heat wins and advance into the 4-man quarters, a first in the young surfer’s career.

“I managed to get good scores even though I still had slow starts, but I’m happy,” Etienne said. “I’ve never gone past Round 3 in the past so I’m stoked and I want to make a few more. I’m going to do the whole tour this year and I’d like to rank in the top 5 to qualify for the World Junior Championships, I still have one more season in the juniors, so no pressure.”

Organizers will re-assess conditions on Friday at 7:30AM for a potential early re-start of the competition.

The Caparica Junior Pro is scheduled from March 23-26, 2016 at praia do Paraiso, Costa da Caparica - Portugal. 

Heat 1: Juan Fernandez (ESP), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Titouan Boyer (MAF), Arran Strong (GBR) 

Heat 2: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA), Mathis Crozon (REU), Maixent Dudezert (FRA), Yael Pena (CNY) 

Heat 3: Luis Diaz (CNY), Harry De Roth (GBR), Thomas Debierre (GLP), Angus Scotney (GBR) 

Heat 4: Leo Paul Etienne (GLP), Joao Moreira (PRT), Justin Becret (FRA), Jonas Bachan (AUT), 

Heat 1: Juan Fernandez (ESP) 10.33, Mathis Crozon (REU) 8.23, Eño James (GBR) 7.23, Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT) 5.93

Heat 2: Titouan Boyer (MAF) 11.17, Yael Pena (CNY) 8.20, Patrick Mainstone (ESP) 6.84, Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 3.23

Heat 3: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 14.07, Luis Perloiro (PRT) 10.93, Nalu Doutres (FRA) 10.90, Imanol Geledan (FRA) 7.60

Heat 4: Maixent Dudezert (FRA) 8.77, Arran Strong (GBR) 8.00, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 7.03, Marco Mignot (FRA) 3.93

Heat 5: Luis Diaz (CNY) 12.43, Joao Moreira (PRT) 10.07, Felix Morau (FRA) 7.77, Asier Iriondo (EUK)  6.03

Heat 6: Thomas Debierre (GLP) 13.03, Jonas Bachan (AUT) 11.90, Mattia Poirier (FRA) 9.00, Nicolas Guimond (GLP) 6.97

Heat 7: Leo Paul Etienne (GLP) 13.80, Harry De Roth (GBR) 11.57, Jacome Correia (PRT) 9.70, Erwan Blouin (FRA) 9.34

Heat 8: Justin Becret (FRA) 11.50, Angus Scotney (GBR) 9.94, Colin Doyez (REU) 8.87, Iker Amatriain (ESP) 7.97

Heat 1: Juan Lopez (ESP) 12.00, Titouan Boyer (MAF) 10.43, Lander Davila (ESP) 8.67, Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA) 1.90

Heat 2: Mathis Crozon (REU) 11.33, Patrick Mainstone (ESP) 10.00, David Noy (ISR) 4.60, Francisco Almeida (PRT) 2.77

Heat 3: Yael Pena (CNY) 11.40, Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT) 8.44, Paul Monborne (FRA) 8.17, Leonardo Zambrano (ESP) 6.04

Heat 4: Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 12.10, Eño James (GBR) 11.43, Endika Garai (ESP) 6.50, Ander Idarraga (ESP) 4.53

Heat 5: Imanol Geledan (FRA) 9.60, Maixent Dudezert (FRA) 9.37, Gaizka Housset Ezponda (FRA) 8.26, Enzo Cavallini (GLP) 5.47

Heat 6: Luis Perloiro (PRT) 16.00, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 8.00, Simao Penha (PRT) 6.04, Gilles Rese (DEU) 4.20

Heat 7: Arran Strong (GBR) 11.37, Nalu Doutres (FRA) 8.03, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 6.27, João Vidal (PRT) 6.23

Heat 8: Marco Mignot (FRA) 14.90, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 9.53, João Mendonça (PRT) 3.50, Afonso Antunes (PRT) 3.23

Heat 9: Luis Diaz (CNY) 15.00, Nicolas Guimond (GLP) 7.26, Diego Garcia (ESP) 6.27, Charlie Rio (JEY) 5.40

Heat 10: Joao Moreira (PRT) 18.10, Jonas Bachan (AUT) 12.84, Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 8.26, Ely Cassirer (ISR) 6.03

Heat 11: Mattia Poirier (FRA) 13.06, Felix Morau (FRA) 12.17, Lenni Jensen (DEU) 10.43, Gaspar Teixeira (PRT) 8.36

Heat 12: Thomas Debierre (GLP) 11.50, Asier Iriondo (EUK) 9.33, Titouan Dubos (MTQ) 5.37, Aurélien Buffet (FRA) 4.90

Heat 13: Jacome Correia (PRT) 11.74, Iker Amatriain (ESP) 9.60, Fynnlee Miller-Cooley (GBR) 7.10, Lorenzo Dubois (FRA) 2.47

Heat 14: Leo Paul Etienne (GLP) 12.40, Colin Doyez (REU) 9.46, Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY) 5.90, Nanook Ballerin (BLM) 5.00

Heat 15: Justin Becret (FRA) 10.30, Harry De Roth (GBR) 8.84, Tomas Abreu (PRT) 6.66, Manuel Teixeira (PRT) 5.16

Heat 16: Angus Scotney (GBR) 8.80, Erwan Blouin (FRA) 7.00, Augustin Arrive (FRA) 6.00

Heat 1: Juliette Brice (FRA), Sara Urresti (EUK), Noa Lelior (ISR), Laura Coviella (CNY) 

Heat 2: Nina Reynal (FRA), Yolander Hopkins (PRT), Alexandra Rinder (CNY), Illona Goasguen (FRA) 

Heat 3: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK), Melania Diaz (CNY), Violeta Sanchez (ESP), Evelyn Gontier (ARG) 

Heat 4: Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), Anat Lelior (ISR), Illona Rondi (FRA), Miranda Leon (ESP) 

Heat 5: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Isabel Gundin (ESP), Kathleen Barrigao (PRT), Néis Lartigue (FRA) 

Heat 6: Uhaina Joly (FRA), Leire Fuente (EUK), Jade Magnien (FRA), Karla Fodor (FRA) 

Heat 7: Lisa Girardet (REU), Noive Ceballos (ESP), Eveline Hooft (NDL), Francisca Veselko (PRT) 

Heat 8: Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Mahe Javegny (REU), Ines Bispo (PRT), Mafalda Lopes (PRT) 

Nicolas Leroy

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