Caparica Junior Pro
WSL JQS Men's Event
WSL JQS Women's Event
Praia do Paraiso Caparica, Portugal
23 - 26 March 2016
Victors emerge through tricky surf at Praia do Paraiso
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 March, 2016 - Praia do Paraiso, Costa da Caparica - Portugal - Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), 16, and Thomas Debierre (GLP), 15, have won the second edition of the Caparica Junior Pro today in wind-affected two-to-three foot surf.
Debierre was first to take action in the 30-minute men’s final, and tried to keep active, scouring the lineup for opportunities to display his powerful forehand turns on the rights on offer. With two solid 7+ rides, Debierre claims his first-ever Junior win and takes an early lead in the 2016 European Junior rankings.
“I can’t believe it !” Debierre stated. “My goal coming here was to try and reach the quarters, so going all the way is a little bit unexpected ! Waves were tricky to find but I was lucky enough to get two fun ones and surfed it the best I could. I look forward to our next Junior event in Biscarrosse, this is an awesome start and I hope I can keep the ball rolling.”
Portugal’s Luis Perloiro (PRT), 17, fought back on similar waves on his backhand but couldn’t quite match Debierre’s power and flow. Ultimately chasing an excellent score to get back in the lead, Perloiro placed runner-up on home soil.
“I’m really happy, of course I would have loved to win but my goal being to reach the Top 5 overall this season I’m stoked with this great start,” Perloiro reflected. “I think I surfed a little too safe, I probably should have taken more risks and go vertically more instead of doing snaps. That’s a lesson I’ll learn and try not to repeat the same mistake.”
Women's finalists © WSL
In the women’s final, Bonvalot managed to overcome her opponent in a very slow heat disputed in the bumpy surf of Praia do Paraiso this afternoon. With minimal scores on the board, every ride counted and the young Portuguese capitalized on an average wave to distance herself from Erostarbe and take her second consecutive win in Caparica.
“Today conditions were really tough, kind of stormy so I’m super happy to have managed to win,” Bonvalot said. “It’s my second time winning here and it feels awesome, I hope I can continue in the next events. Biscarrosse is going to be a challenge as well because it’s a new spot I don’t know, but I’m happy to travel there and discover, I really hope it’s going to be warm and nice.”
Despite an excellent run in Portugal, Basque Country’s Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), 15, couldn’t compose with the conditions on finals day and had to settle for the runner-up spot. On a roll since the final Junior event of 2015, Erostarbe will now need to confirm her excellent form comes Stop N°2 of the series in France next month.
“I’m super happy with this result, unfortunately I couldn’t do much in the final and didn’t find any decent waves but that’s how it goes,” Erostarbe admitted. “I’m going to surf in the QS at home in Zarautz next week so I hope I can win a few heats there too as a wildcard. We’ve been travelling here with Ibon Amatriain my coach and a few other surfers from Zarautz, we have a good crew supporting each other so that’s nice.”
Following the completion of this inaugural first Junior stop of 2016, surfers will have a month to recompose or keep their rhythm in anticipation of the Junior Pro Biscarrosse, Stop N°2 of the European Junior Qualifying Series.
The Caparica Junior Pro is scheduled from March 23-26, 2016 at praia do Paraiso, Costa da Caparica - Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
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CAPARICA JUNIOR PRO MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1- Thomas Debierre (GLP) 14.84
2- Luis Perloiro (PRT) 13.33
CAPARICA JUNIOR PRO WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1- Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 7.34
2- Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 2.57
CAPARICA JUNIOR PRO MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Luis Perloiro (PRT) 12.67 def. Arran Strong (GBR) 9.40
SF 2: Thomas Debierre (GLP) 8.77 def. Joao Moreira (PRT) 5.50
CAPARICA JUNIOR PRO WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 11.67 def. Nina Reynal (FRA) 5.67
SF 2: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 7.40 def. Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 4.10