Ado, Le Car, Couzinet represent host country with eyes on the prize
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 August, 2017 - Anglet, France - The Pro Anglet ran through a massive third day of competition again to see emerge the final four contenders in the men and women’s events. Surfers took on playful three foot surf at Chambre d’Amour and put on an exciting show for the summer crowds who came in numbers.
QS No. 17 Jorgann Couzinet (FRA), 23, got his winning form back today in Anglet, belting an impressive 9.23 for his backside attack on a good little runner at low tide. The Reunion Island surfer who launched a dramatic assault on the Qualifying Series in the first few months of 2017, had a little downfall midway through the year and is out to regain momentum through Europe before the final showdown of Hawaii.
“I found a super nice wave that let me do 3 turns and I though it was over but it kept going and offered one more opportunity for that 9,” Couzinet analyzed. “I’ve had a rough patch lately, but I’ve gone back to work, especially mental preparation and I’m super excited to try to find my way back to podiums and wins.”
Basque surfers Aritz Aranburu and Hodei Collazo, put on a good fight in the quarterfinals, for the very first time matching up in a man-on-man heat despite having competed for over twenty years on the professional tours together. The former Championship Tour athlete Aranburu ended up taking the win as both surfers exited the water stoked to have shared that special moment.
“We’ve surfed so many heats together in four-man and even three-man heats but this was a first for us,” Aranburu said. “To have it now, so far down the line in our careers is pretty special. We met probably some 25 years ago and have been traveling and competing together ever since, and still going! It’s cool to look back on it, we had a great journey. There’s a very friendly vibe here, we just had dinner the other night with half of the quarterfinalists.”
“We like competing so much the both of us, to try to improve every heat and beat each other, it’s so much fun!” Collazo added. “There was Gony (Zubizarreta) and Jonathan (Gonzalez) in the quarters too. If I had to choose between supporting one of them in the semis that’d be hard, I’d probably choose on a flip of a coin!”
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), 23, and Shane Campbell (AUS), 22, are the other two surfers who advanced into the semis and will face respectively Aranburu and Couzinet when the event resumes.
In the women’s event, Frankie Harrer (DEU), 19, clinched the first ticket for the semis, eliminating the defending event champion Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) in the process. The two excellent surfers unfortunately battled in a wave-starved heat and had to compose with average scores.
World No. 11 Coco Ho (HAW), 26, on the other hand, caught two great waves to post a solid 14.87 for her spot in the last four. The Hawaiian “veteran”, Ho has been on the Championship Tour nearly ten years, just clinched an excellent 3rd place at the US Open and decided to keep busy before the next leg of CT and larger QS events.
“French summers are amazing, I had the time so I made the effort to come here early to prepare for Pantin,” Ho said. “I’ve been staying with Maud (Le Car) and Joan (Duru) and it’s been great to be here in Anglet. Europe is always the place that keeps you on your toes because it changes so much all the time. I feel like this is one of my weaknesses, adapting, so I came here for a lot of reasons and that is one of them.”
“This year on the CT there’s so much room to move from 7th to 13th so that’s going to be really exciting and it’s going to come down to the girls who put in the work through the back half of the year,” she added. “Uncle Dino said something really cool to me right before I flew here, he said — Take the past five years and all those mistakes, and make these next five years the best five years of your life—. So that’s what I’m working on with him, with my dad and with my shaper and it’s been fun!”
Local hero and number one favorite amongst the Anglet crowds, Pauline Ado (FRA), 26, managed to contain the continuing assault of Kirra Pinkerton (USA) and made her way into finals day as well where she’ll face a compatriot for a spot in the finals again.
“Getting to finals day definitely brings back good memories from when I won the event in 2015,” Ado stated. “It’s great to have a guaranteed French surfer in the final because so many girls came from all over the world to compete here and we’ll fight hard to keep the title here. This season I’ve surfed a lot of events and it’s not always easy to keep your energy and motivation levels up, so I’m happy to get a little rhythm going and make a few heats in a row.”
Maud Le Car (FRA), 25, claimed the fourth and final ticket for the semis, with a brilliant display on the incoming tide, close to the crowds and her support crew. Despite slower conditions, the progressive regular foot found the right sections and simply outsurfed her opponent Bailey Nagy (HAW).
“I had really tough heats this morning and finally I was able to let go and have more fun in the quarters,” Le Car reflected. “I’ve had a pretty terrible year and it’s great to finally show what I’m capable of. My first experience on the CT in Huntington was a huge confidence boost, just to see that I can actually rival some of the girls and have the level to be there someday. ”
The final call will happen at 9 a.m Friday morning to launch the finals and crown the 2017 Pro Anglet around midday.
The Pro Anglet is supported by the city of Anglet, the Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Carlsberg, Monster Energy, Magicseaweed, L’Équipe and Virgin Radio among others.
UPCOMING PRO ANGLET MEN’S SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS:
SF 1: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) vs. Shane Campbell (AUS)
SF 2: Aritz Aranburu (ESP) vs. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
UPCOMING PRO ANGLET WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS:
SF 1: Frankie Harrer (DEU) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
SF 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) vs. Maud Le Car (FRA)
PRO ANGLET MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 17.16 def. Adrien Toyon (FRA) 13.34
QF 2: Shane Campbell (AUS) 12.00 def. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 11.27
QF 3: Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 13.23 def. Hodei Collazo (EUK) 12.14
QF 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 15.73 def. Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 15.13
PRO ANGLET WOMEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Frankie Harrer (DEU) 11.43 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 10.60
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.87 def. Dominic Barona (ECU) 13.76
QF 3: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.00 def. Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 12.27
QF 4: Maud Le Car (FRA) 16.44 def. Bailey Nagy (HAW) 9.33