Caparica Primavera Surf Fest
Presented by O'Neill
WSL QS Men's Event
WSL QS Women's Event
Costa da Caparica, Almada, Portugal
1 - 4 April, 2015
Breakthroughs and upsets Day 2 of Caparica Primavera Surf Fest
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 April, 2015 - Praia de Caparica, Almada - Excellent conditions in the two-to-three foot range allowed competition to recommence on day-two of the Caparica Primavera Surf Fest powered by O’Neill.
Both the men and women’s competitions ran, delivering an action-packed day for the many beachgoers and surf afficionados enjoying summer-like conditions in Caparica.
Yesterday’s highlight Charly Quivront (FRA) 19, kept his momentum going into Day 2, easily dispatching of his competition to land in the Quarterfinals and take a serious option for the win on finals day.
Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 19, who finished last season in the European Top 5, came out swinging on Day 2, putting a blistering performance in the third round and managed to navigate through a tricky Round 4 bout for his spot in the quarters.
“That afternoon heat was super hard, a lot of close-outs,” Gonzalez said. “I thought I didn’t make it but I’m happy I did. This morning on the other hand was so much fun, the wave was great and I was really relaxed.”
An accomplished big-wave rider, whom notably won the 2013 Punta Galea Challenge at home in the Basque Country, Gonzalez’s approach to competition was calm and collected. His experience could make a difference in the latter rounds when the event resumes.
“I’m not feeling any pressure, off course I want to win but the level is so high, anything’s possible,” Gonzalez continued. “I’m stoked either way, my friends and family are here for support so I’m having a great time !”
Andy Criere (FRA) 19, dominated the field to advance into the Round of 16, tearing apart the peaky lefthanders to belt a massive 17.87 heat total.
“The tide came in fast and that left option along the pier was clear,” Criere said. “It was so good to have that beautiful wave for the contest, I’m stoked to have been given that chance. I like surfing backside when conditions are trickier, but prefer my forehand when it’s that good. I didn’t really have a plan of attack, I just adapted to the wave and waited for the bombs.”
Sitting comfortably in the lead with two big scores and his opponents in a combination situation, Criere let loose and started taking it to the air, merely missing out on landing a huge frontside rotation.
“I’m a little bit reluctant to try airs during my heats, but I had this one under control so I figured why not,” Criere continued. “It’s a great trick to have in your pocket, especially when the wave is shorter and only offer one or two sections.”
In the afternoon glare, Criere was later ousted by the Portuguese alliance of Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 19, and Miguel Blanco (PRT) 19. While Fernandes put a clear distance between him and the other three surfers, Criere and Blanco went heat-to-head for second place, ultimately going Blanco’s way.
“I feel great,” Fernandes stated. “Everyone was ripping so I’m stoked to get through and tomorrow is a new day so we’ll see what it brings ! I’m happy for Miguel to get second, it’s great to have another Portuguese in the Quarterfinals man-on-man and I wish him good luck !”
Camilla Kemp (PRT) 19, secured the day’s two highest scoring rides of the Womens’ event and displayed her powerful fronthand attack on the clean righthanders on offer. With a solid 15.83 heat total, Kemp demonstrated her superiority on Day 2 and sent a warning to her competitors to watch out for her when the event recommences.
“There were some really nice waves and I caught the bigger ones so I could show what I’m capable of,” Kemp stated. “I’ve been training a lot and traveling so I think it really improved my surfing. I’ve done some QS events and stayed a month and a half in Australia so that helped a lot.”
Kim Veteau (GLP) 17, former runner-up in the European Junior title race, launched her campaign in a tricky lineup on the incoming tide. The powerful regular-footer surfed a smart heat and played the patience game right to surf the best waves on offer during the 20-minute exchange.
“It’s a bit tricky cause I’m just back from New-Zealand and feel a little tired,” Veteau said. “The waves weren’t easy, that peak changes constantly but I’m happy I was able to find a couple fun ones. It’s a good way to start the season !”
In an effort to build precious experience amongst the World’s best, Veteau made a move to compete on the Qualifying Series this season, and starts to see her efforts pay after the first three major events of 2015.
“It’s great to win a couple of heats against some really good surfers on the QS,” Veteau continued. “It’s the next level events for sure, but competition on the Juniors is fierce as well so I won’t take anything for granted here. I’m just surfing with more confidence and experience.”
The next call will be made Friday at 9:30am for both the Men and Women’s events.
UPCOMING CAPARICA PRIMAVERA SURFFEST MEN’S QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Tomas Fernandes (PRT) vs. Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA)
Heat 2: Miguel Blanco (PRT) vs. Charly Quivront (FRA)
Heat 3: Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) vs. Natxo Gonzalez (EUK)
Heat 4: Jobe Harriss (GBR) vs. Nelson Cloarec (FRA)
CAPARICA PRIMAVERA SURFFEST MEN’S ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 16.67, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 14.13, Andy Criere (FRA) 13.70, Titouan Boyer (MAF) 11.07
Heat 2: Charly Quivront (FRA) 15.67, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 12.70, Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 10.86, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 10.60
Heat 3: Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 12.94, Jobe Harriss (GBR) 11.14, Angus Scotney (GBR) 10.23, Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 8.70
Heat 4: Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 14.34, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 8.84, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 8.56, Lourenco Alves (PRT) 8.33
CAPARICA PRIMAVERA SURFFEST MEN’S ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Miguel Blanco (PRT) 16.67, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 12.86, Joao Kopke (PRT) 8.77, Asier Iriondo (EUK) 7.66
Heat 2: Andy Criere (FRA) 17.87, Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 12.60, Jonas Bachan (AUT) 9.63, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 8.60
Heat 3: Charly Quivront (FRA) 13.77, Titouan Boyer (MAF) 12.47, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 11.63, Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT) 7.40
Heat 4: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 12.67, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 11.27, Aldric God (FRA) 6.32, Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 5.33
Heat 5: Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 15.17, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 13.16, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 9.67, Miguel Betegon (ESP) 3.97
Heat 6: Angus Scotney (GBR) 16.50, Lourenco Alves (PRT) 8.30, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 8.30, Quentin Grenard (FRA) 7.20
Heat 7: Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 15.00, Jobe Harriss (GBR) 12.00, Luis Perloiro (PRT) 8.27, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 5.84
Heat 8: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 17.06, Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 13.76, Leon Glatzer (DEU) 11.27, Leo Paul Etienne (GLP) 6.50
REMAINING CAPARICA PRIMAVERA SURFFEST MEN’S ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:
Heat 13: Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 13.93, Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 8.33, Imanol Geledan (FRA) 7.67, Pedro Rua (PRT) 7.57
Heat 14: Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 15.17, Leon Glatzer (DEU) 11.74, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 8.27, Antonio Rodrigues (PRT) 4.27
Heat 15: Leo Paul Etienne (GLP) 12.20, Jobe Harriss (GBR) 8.70, Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 8.36, Antonio Duarte (PRT) 6.94
Heat 16: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 11.23, Luis Perloiro (PRT) 9.67, Joao Moreira (PRT) 8.10, Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 8.07
UPCOMING CAPARICA PRIMAVERA SURFFEST WOMEN’S ROUND OF 16 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Kim Veteau (GLP), Paula Fraga (ESP), Nina Reynal (FRA), Maria Abecasis (PRT)
Heat 2: Camilla Kemp (PRT), Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), Keshia Seelow-Eyre (PRT), Yolanda Aneiros (ESP)
Heat 3: Uhaina Joly (FRA), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Carol Henrique (PRT),Noive Ceballos (ESP)
Heat 4: Lisa Girardet (REU), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Juliette Brice (FRA), Emily Williams (GBR)
CAPARICA PRIMAVERA SURFFEST WOMEN’S ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kim Veteau (GLP) 11.33, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 9.34, Isabel Gundin (ESP) 5.56
Heat 2: Nina Reynal (FRA) 9.50, Yolanda Aneiros (ESP) 5.40, Noa Iturripea (EUK) 3.86, Mailys Cantrelle (CNY) 2.07
Heat 3: Camilla Kemp (PRT) 15.83, Paula Fraga (ESP) 7.10, Emily Currie (GBR) 5.16, Melania Diaz (ESP) 4.20
Heat 4: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (PRT) 12.83, Mariana Assis (PRT) 9.60Peony Knight (GBR), Lucy Campbell (GBR),
Heat 5: Uhaina Joly (FRA) 8.77, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 8.60, Mahe Javegny (REU) 6.00, Aleyna Hadmolu (TUR) 0.87
Heat 6: Carol Henrique (PRT) 10.00, Emily Williams (GBR) 5.53, Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 5.40, Leire Fuente (EUK) 4.63
Heat 7: Lisa Girardet (REU) 11.43, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 9.07, Ophelie Couchot (FRA) 5.30, Ines Bispo (PRT) 4.10
Heat 8: Juliette Brice (FRA) 11.90, Noive Ceballos (ESP) 8.10, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 7.50, Kathleen Barrigao (PRT) 5.50