Soöruz Lacanau Pro & Pro Junior
ASP Europe Men's QS Series event
ASP Europe Men's Junior Series event
Grande Plage, Lacanau France
9 - 17 August 2014
Cloarec edges out Miguel Tudela in lumpy beachbreak
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 August, 2014 - Grand Plage, Lacanau - Tom Cloarec (FRA) 20, has won the 2014 Lacanau Pro Junior in windy 3-4Ft surf in front of maxing crowds in the afternoon. The talented goofy-footer kept busy for the whole 25-minute bout, staying in the inside section of the wave, the same strategy that qualified him for the final. Cloarec capitalized mid-way through with a huge vertical turn and a re-entry to complete the ride and collect the first solid score of the final.
“I’m super happy, I won another event here in Lacanau two years ago so it looks like it’s working for me here,” Cloarec said. “I don’t know exactly where I am in the title race but for sure that’s a confidence boost and I’ll try my best in the last event this season.”
With only minutes on the clock, Cloarec applied pressure on Tudela his closest opponent who needed a small score to overtake him. This win propels Cloarec in fourth place in the rankings before the final showdown in Lanzarote next month.
“Waves kept coming at me all day so I’m lucky I guess,” Cloarec added. “When Miguel needed that 4 at the end, I don’t like to do it but I had to try to block him for sure. He’s an excellent surfer I knew he could get that score eyes closed. Vasco and Leo were ripping all event too, congrats to them.”
Miguel Tudela (PER) 19, was in a tough spot with only minutes remaining but selected wisely a beautiful righthander. Three well executed backside hacks got him back in the race with the highest score of the final, an excellent 8.27. The ocean however didn’t let him get the backup score he needed to overtake Cloarec and the Peruvian finished runner-up.
“I feel really tired, surfing four heats today in waves like this,” Tudela admitted. “It’s my third time coming here and by far the best waves I’ve had. I’m stoked on making the final with all the European guys, everyone was ripping.”
Fresh off an excellent fourth place at the Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior, Tudela collects another big result and builds confidence before the start of the main event in Lacanau. “It’s too bad I came up just short on my backup score but all good.” Tudela continued. “It’s a great training for the QS, I hope the waves stay like this and we have some fun heats this week.”
Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 19, an absolute standout in the semis, couldn’t unfortunately keep his rhythm into the final. Despite a valiant last-minute effort, Ribeiro came short of getting the score needed and placed third. “There were some really nice waves, but hard to catch to say the least,” Ribeiro explained. “I had a good rhythm coming into the final, but the other guys just kept getting the better waves, it’s unfortunate.”
The current leader in the European Junior Series, Ribeiro solidifies his lead and is in a great spot before the final event in the Canary Islands.
Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 16, came very close to landing a radical frontside air-reverse that could have changed the whole final, but unfortunately couldn’t stick the maneuver. The reigning European Junior champion placed fourth. “It’s definitely not the final I was hoping for,” Fioravanti said. “But I’m stoked, I surfed well all event and got some solid scores. That final was all about wave selection and Tom played it well, I’m happy for him.”
A very experienced competitor, Fioravanti sat way outside at the beginning of the final, hoping to score one of the bigger waves on offer. With rarest sets on the high tide, the option didn’t pay off, and the Italian eventually had to re-group and compete with the other three surfers in the inside.
“I waited for that long righthander outside, I knew I could have gotten a big score there,” Fioravanti confirmed. “Unfortunately my first wave didn’t reform properly and I didn’t get anything else. This season is not a good one for me, I’m lacking consistency so I’m happy with this result and I’m going to try my best in Lanzarote.”
Post Lacanau Pro Junior, Vasco Ribeiro sits in 1st on the European Junior rankings, followed by Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Timothee Bisso (GLP) and Tom Cloarec. Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) completes the Top5.
The first call for the ASP 5-Star Soöruz Lacanau Pro will be at 8am local time on Tuesday. The 2014 Lacanau Pro junior is scheduled from August 9-11, 2014 at Grande Plage, Lacanau - France. For all results, photos and press releases, log on to aspworldtour.com.
The Sooruz Lacanau Pro and Lacanau Pro Junior are made possible with the support of the following event partners: Soöruz and NRJ amongst others.
LACANAU PRO JUNIOR FINAL RESULTS:
1 - Tom Cloarec (FRA) 13.03
2 - Miguel Tudela (PER) 12.74
3 - Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 12.17
4 - Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 6.43
LACANAU PRO JUNIOR SEMI-FINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 18.40, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 14.93, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 12.83, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 10.64
SF 2: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 14.66, Miguel Tudela (PER) 12.70, Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 9.87, Aldric God (FRA) 8.93
LACANAU PRO JUNIOR QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 16.00, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 12.70, Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 12.27, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 10.10
QF 2: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 14.40, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 12.34, Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF) 8.53, Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 6.16
QF 3: Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 14.00, Miguel Tudela (PER) 13.50, Charly Quivront (FRA) 10.80, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 7.40
QF 4: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 14.93, Aldric God (FRA) 13.86, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 13.17, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 11.03