Soöruz Lacanau Pro
ASP Europe 5-Star Men's QS Series
Grande Plage, Lacanau France
12 - 17 August 2014
European surfers compete against a variety of international talent
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 August, 2014 - The ASP 5-Star Soöruz Lacanau Pro started in clean 3-4Ft surf at the main beach of Lacanau, with surfers taking on good waves to complete the opening two rounds of competition. Stop No.2 of 5 of the European Qualifying Series, the event really kicks off the regional summer leg and offers a first taste of European surfing to the numerous international surfers. With a handful of youngsters wanting to hone their skills against more experienced competitors, Rounds 1 and 2 resembled the Lacanau Pro Junior.
Miguel Blanco (PRT) 18, recent semi-finalist of the junior, secured today’s highest combined heat total of 15.97. The young Portuguese found his rhythm mid-heat, confirming he’s got what it takes to do battle in the QS series.
“I was completely lost in the water for the first half there,” Blanco said. “But I started to get a few small scores and built on this. I couldn’t hear my scores and didn’t know the situation, but I had the feeling that I did enough to get through.”
Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 19, the French/Australian in his first season competing in Europe, has been consistently posting great scores in the Juniors event. His performance today in his first QS appearance showed he can match the required level and beyond.
“Waves were super fun at low tide, right on the bank,” Boucaut commented. “I started alright with an average score and kept getting better waves and better scores so I’m stoked with my heat.”
Following three days of competition in the under-20 event, Boucaut has gained extensive knowledge of the beach setup and was able to sit in a better spot than his opponents.
“I spent the whole heat away from the other guys,” he continued. “I knew some good waves would come my way there on the wider part of the peak and I wanted to be able to select anything I wanted. I guess it all worked out well.”
Runner-up in 2013, Frederico Morais (PRT) 22, missed the inscription deadline and had to enter competition in the earlier rounds. Only able to gather average scores, the Portuguese managed to advance in second.
“Conditions were tough, it’s hard to connect from the outside all the way in,” Morais explained. “I’m feeling really good this year, I’ve had results in the primes and I want to do good here, maybe even better than last year !”
Monty Tait (AUS) 17, was one of the very few international surfers to win a heat today, advancing ahead of good friend and fellow Australian Cody Robinson (AUS) in a rather slow heat.
“Coming off against a good mate is always tough, and I knew Leon Glatzer (DEU) surfs really well from the World Juniors,” Tait stated. “Everyone got good waves, I’m just lucky to have gotten two good scores.”
Visiting the old continent for the very first time, Tait will need to balance his appetite for discovery and maintain his focus on the competition when the event resumes.
“It’s amazing, people are really cool and the landscapes are beautiful; the food’s ridiculous, we don’t have this back home.” Tait continued. “I’m going to go down to Spain for the first time too. This is only my second QS event ever, I’m building experience and trying to get points for next year.”
Other highlights on day 1 include the qualification of Tom Cloarec (FRA) 20, winner of the Lacanau Pro Junior on Monday, with the third highest single score of the event so far, an excellent 8.33 out of 10.
Contest officials have set the next call at 8:00am local time on Wednesday to decide wether conditions allow for the start of Round 3.
UPCOMING SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO RD OF 96 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Shun Murakami (JPN), Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Jorgann Couzinet (REU)
Heat 2: Luel Felipe (BRA), Kaito Kino (HAW), Joao Guedes (PRT), Frederico Morais (PRT)
Heat 3: Vicente Romero (ESP), Mitchell Parkinson (AUS), Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA), Oney Anwar (IDN)
Heat 4: Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN), Mateia Hiquily (PYF), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Imanol Yeregi (EUK)
Heat 5: Rafael Teixeira (BRA), Jerome Forrest (AUS), Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Jake Kelley (USA)
Heat 6: Adrien Toyon (FRA), Vehiatua Prunier (PYF), Miguel Blanco (PRT), Ethan Egiguren (EUK)
Heat 7: Michael February (ZAF), Kaisa Kawamura (JPN), Gatien Delahaye (GLP), Mihimana Braye (PYF)
Heat 8: Miguel Tudela (PER), Keoni Yan (PYF), Heremoana Luciani (PYF), Angelo Bonomelli (ITA)
Heat 9: Flavio Nakagima (BRA), Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI), Tommy Boucaut (FRA), Diego Mignot (FRA)
Heat 10: Matt Lewis Hewitt (NZL), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Teale Vanner (AUS), William Aliotti (FRA)
Heat 11: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), Dimitri Ouvre (GLP), Timothee Bisso (GLP), Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 12: Balaram Stack (USA), Ian Crane (USA), Tom Cloarec (FRA), Ruben Gonzalez (PRT)
Heat 13: Thiago Guimaraes (BRA), Parker Coffin (USA), Charly Quivront (FRA), Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
Heat 14: Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Nicolas Remi (FRA), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Pedro Coelho (PRT)
Heat 15: Matheus Navarro (BRA), Alan Donato (BRA), Monty Tait (AUS), Romain Laulhe (FRA)
Heat 16: Marco Giorgi (URY), Reo Inaba (JPN), Nomme Mignot (FRA), Cody Robinson (AUS)
SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO RD OF 128 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 12.00, Frederico Morais (PRT) 10.73, Aldric God (FRA) 9.40, Norman Landa (EUK) 8.03
Heat 2: Joao Guedes (PRT) 11.57, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 11.57, Filipe Jervis (PRT) 9.60, Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 7.97
Heat 3: Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 14.07, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 10.76, Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 10.30, Remi Petersen (NLD) 5.77
Heat 4: Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 12.74, Oney Anwar (IDN) 11.80, Gabriel Farias (BRA) 11.43, Timothy Latte (SWE) 7.53
Heat 5: Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 15.13, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 12.44, David Dorne (GLP) 10.87, Ian Fontaine (FRA) 7.63
Heat 6: Miguel Blanco (PRT) 15.97, Jake Kelley (USA) 14.87, Andy Criere (FRA) 13.43, Eneko Acero (EUK) 13.06
Heat 7: Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 14.37, Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 13.34, Luis Eyre (GBR) 10.90, Jake Davis (USA) 9.60
Heat 8: Heremoana Luciani (PYF) 14.73, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 12.34, Freddie Meadows (SWE) 11.13, Pedro Correia (PRT) 7.83
Heat 9: Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 15.17, William Aliotti (FRA) 14.77, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 14.37, Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF) 11.04
Heat 10: Teale Vanner (AUS) 15.07, Diego Mignot (FRA) 12.73, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 11.56, Harry Timson (GBR) 10.56
Heat 11: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 10.87, Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 10.56, Joao Kopke (PRT) 7.77, Jobe Harriss (GBR) 6.60
Heat 12: Tom Cloarec (FRA) 14.90, Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.20, Edouard Delpero (FRA) 9.77, Caiden Fowler (AUS) 7.76
Heat 13: Charly Quivront (FRA) 13.00, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 12.50, Romain Cloitre (FRA) 9.70, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 6.10
Heat 14: Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 14.93, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 14.57, Jacome Correia (PRT) 9.46, Kevin Lestrade (FRA) 5.70
Heat 15: Monty Tait (AUS) 12.84, Cody Robinson (AUS) 10.77, Kaishu Tanaka (JPN) 10.36, Leon Glatzer (DEU) 9.56
Heat 16: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 12.50, Romain Laulhe (FRA) 12.50, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 9.37, Dane Hall (GBR) 6.46