World Surf League Men's QS 1500 event
World Surf League Women's QS 1500 event
Zarautz, Basque Country Europe
19 - 23 April 2017
Big Performances on Opening Day of Pro Zarautz
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 April, 2017 - Zarautz, Basque Country - The Pro Zarautz launched today in wind-affected two-to-three foot surf and completed the opening two rounds of the men’s event while the women had a lay day and an occasion to visit the beautiful Basque Country.
Charly Quivront (FRA), 21, absolutely dominated this first day of competition, surfing two heats to near-perfection for the event’s largest combined heat total so far, an impressive 17.67 out of 20. The young Frenchman, who is quietly rising through the ranks, has made a habit of posting huge scores early on but still misses a little consistency to reach the events finals.
“I think I got really lucky to find some very decent waves out there,” Quivront stated. “What I love is surfing on the rail and despite the blown-out waves today I managed to spot a few sections to do just that so I’m really happy with how it went today. It’s a question of having the right rhythm and being selective out there.”
Ventura’s Eithan Osborne (USA), 17, put together a great heat for his first-time competing this side of the Atlantic. The Californian with family ties in France and Morocco seemed to feel right at home in the bumpy surf of Zarautz. When the event resumes, Osborne will face much stronger competition and need to further push his performance level for a spot into Round 4.
“My grandpa lives in France so I flew there to hang out with him and drove here for the event,” Osborne explained. “Waves were tricky out there but still fun, they’re pretty similar to some of the stuff I surf at home so after a couple free surfs I was fine. I’m only just starting on the QS so I want to make a couple heats and continue to improve.”
Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), 21, made his 2017 QS debut in Zarautz today, having focused most of his attention to chasing monster waves throughout Europe and the world lately. The Basque surfer competing close to home appreciated the change of scenery and put on a convincing effort to advance into the top seeds’ round.
“I haven’t competed for a while so I was very relaxed and happy to get back into it,” Gonzalez reflected. “I’m training and working hard to try to qualify for the Big Wave Tour, but in summer I’m still going to do the European QS events cause it’s a great way to stay in shape and keep surfing. I’m living my dream, working on so many great projects and surfing crazy waves.”
Marco Mignot (FRA) and Mateus Herdy (BRA) rounded up the day’s excitements with incredible performances in their Day One heats. Herdy belted the single highest wave score of the event so far, a near-perfect 9.37, while Mignot put together a combination of two excellent scores for a 16.77 total that will see him into Day Two.
Event officials will re-assess conditions at 9 a.m Thursday for a potential start of the women’s event, while the men are called at 10:30 a.m to potentially resume with Round 3.
UPCOMING PRO ZARAUTZ WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA), Uhaina Joly (FRA), Alizé Arnaud (FRA), Ainhoa Leiceaga (FRA)
Heat 2: Ainara Aymat (EUK), Ana Morau (FRA), Néis Lartigue (FRA)
Heat 3: Carol Henrique (PRT), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA), Julia Camargo (BRA), Sara Urresti (EUK)
Heat 4: Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK), Lucy Campbell (GBR),Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), Laura Coviella (CNY)
Heat 5: Maud Le Car (FRA), Marissa Shaw (USA), Mariana Assis (PRT), Sofia De Tomas Ascanio (CNY)
Heat 6: Peony Knight (GBR), Lucia Martiño (ESP), Juliette Lacome (FRA), Michelle Bouillons (FRA)
Heat 7: Camilla Kemp (PRT), Maddi Aizpurua (EUK), Yolander Hopkins (PRT), Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 8: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Emily Currie (GBR), Isabel Gundin (ESP), Noa Iturripea (EUK)
UPCOMING PRO ZARAUTZ MEN’S ROUND 3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Luan Carvalho (BRA), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Lander Davila (ESP), Robertson Goncalves (PRT)
Heat 2: Vicente Romero (ESP), Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA),Eithan Osborne (USA), Iker Amatriain (ESP)
Heat 3: Jordy Collins (USA), Frederico Magalhaes (PRT), Aldric God (FRA), Ian Costa (BRA)
Heat 4: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), Pedro Coelho (PRT), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Justin Becret (FRA)
Heat 5: Andy Criere (ESP), Vincent Duvignac (FRA),Marco Mignot (FRA), Tad McCardell (USA)
Heat 6: Jake Marshall (USA), Jacome Correia (PRT),Pablo Montero (ESP), Arthur Lassee (FRA)
Heat 7: Gatien Delahaye (FRA), Adrien Toyon (FRA), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Henrique Pyrrait (PRT)
Heat 8: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA), Ruben Vitoria (EUK), Juanjo Fernandez (ESP), Nacho Sebastia (CNY)
Heat 9: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Titouan Boyer (MAF), Charly Quivront (FRA), Mathis Crozon (FRA)
Heat 10: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Hodei Collazo (EUK), Francisco Alves (PRT), Robertson Goncalves (PRT)
Heat 11: Pedro Henrique (PRT), Guilherme Fonseca (PRT), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Thomas Debierre (FRA)
Heat 12: Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Tom Cloarec (FRA), Titouan Deffarges (FRA), Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP)
Heat 13: Julen Egiguren (EUK), Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA), Alex Bauduin (CNY), Nolan Rapoza (USA)
Heat 14: Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Ethan Egiguren (EUK), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Dylan Groen (DEU)
Heat 15: Miguel Blanco (PRT), Luke Dillon (GBR), Halley Batista (PRT), Ian Fontaine (FRA)
Heat 16: Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Imanol Yeregi (EUK), Ugo Robin (FRA), Leon Glatzer (DEU)