Sooruz Lacanau Pro
World Surf League QS Men's Event
World Surf League QS Women's Event
Grande Plage, Lacanau, France
14 - 23 August 2015
Waves fluctuate throughout the day challenging competitors
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 August, 2015 - Grande Plage, Lacanau - With the event’s top seeds coming into play in Round 4 of the Soöruz Lacanau Pro, the day was filled with drama, great performances and upsets as hungry QS campaigners ousted some of the event favorites.
Deivid Silva (BRA) 20, collected the day’s highest combined heat total of 15.17, with two good waves surfed on his backhand in Heat 3. The talented Brazilian, who has been on an upward trajectory on the QS tour for the past four years, currently sits right outside of the Top50 and will look to advance through a few more rounds in Lacanau to build on his current season tally.
“I got a couple good scores and am stoked to win my first heat,” Silva said. “Waves were small but really fun, perfect little peelers so I’m happy I got a couple. There’s room for good turns on your backhand and hopefully it will just keep getting better.”
Former Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour competitor Mitch Crews (AUS) 25, followed in Silva’s footstep to win the very next heat and advance into the final day of action in Lacanau.
“It’s been really fun early this morning but it became pretty small, which is a shame cause the forecast was showing an improvement from yesterday,” Crews said. “Everyone has to surf the same conditions, you just have to make sure you surf better in all sorts of waves. I love Lacanau, I’ve been coming here for a few years when it was a 5 and 6-stars and I actually got second one year. This week I’ve been golfing with my friend and chilling and we’ve ventured way down the beach to find a little bank, yeah I love it here.”
Event No.1 seed Joan Duru (FRA) 26, wasted no time and launched an assault on the tiny conditions to make his way into the last 32 surfers in contention. In an excellent position at the halfway mark in 2015, Duru looks at the French leg as a confidence builder and warm-up towards the two main QS10,000 coming up in Europe.
“Priorities play a big role in these conditions and you have to make sure you catch a set and get a backup,” Duru explained. “A big result here could definitely help my rankings but mainly just boost my confidence. I’m pretty relaxed in smaller events but I still want to try to win every time.”
Marc Lacomare (FRA) 25, current Top50 member on the international QS rankings, advanced serene through his opening Round 4 matchup against compatriot Aldric God and South Africans Slade Prestwich and David Van Zyl.
“I had a freesurf just before and figured out what waves I wanted to be on and I knew if I didn’t make any mistakes I could get this one,” Lacomare reflected. “My main focus is the bigger events but I like to prepare exactly the same, this is a great warm up and I tried to be relaxed and surf smart. I’ve been third a couple times here in Lacanau both in the Junior and main event so I’d really like to win this one.”
Event officials have set a final call on Sunday at 8AM for the last day of competition, crowning the 2015 Soöruz Lacanau Pro champion.
The 2015 Soöruz Lacanau Pro is scheduled from August 18-23, 2015. For all results, photos and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
The Soöruz Lacanau Pro is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Soöruz and NRJ amongst others.
UPCOMING SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO ROUND OF 32 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Charly Martin (GLP), Steven Pierson (PYF), Jorgann Couzinet (REU), Vicente Romero (ESP)
Heat 2: Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Mateia Hiquily (PYF), Deivid Silva (BRA), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 3: Tommy Boucaut (FRA), Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Thiago Camarao (BRA), Nomme Mignot (FRA)
Heat 4: Victor Bernardo (BRA), Adrien Toyon (FRA), Jean Da Silva (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 5: Timothee Bisso (GLP), Pedro Henrique (PRT), Slade Prestwich (ZAF), Mihimana Braye (PYF)
Heat 6: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), Jose Ferreira (PRT), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
Heat 7: Bino Lopes (BRA), Lucas Silveira (BRA), Miguel Tudela (PER), Dean Bowen (AUS)
Heat 8: Mitchell James (AUS), Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Medi Veminardi (REU), Maxime Huscenot (FRA)
SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Charly Martin (GLP) 9.87, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 9.17, Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 7.83, Edouard Delpero (FRA) 7.53
Heat 2: Steven Pierson (PYF) 9.93, Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 9.53, Reo Inaba (JPN) 8.70, Teale Vanner (AUS) 7.83
Heat 3: Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.17, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 10.67, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) 7.04, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 3.83
Heat 4: Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.77, Vicente Romero (ESP) 10.26, Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 8.44, Harrison Mann (AUS) 6.83
Heat 5: Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 8.90, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 8.27, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 7.30, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 6.57
Heat 6: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 9.97, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 6.80, Dale Staples (ZAF) 6.04, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 5.90
Heat 7: Jean Da Silva (BRA) 12.40, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 10.30, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 7.83, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 6.64
Heat 8: Joan Duru (FRA) 13.20, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 10.67, Shane Campbell (AUS) 7.76, Luke Dillon (GBR) 6.67
Heat 9: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 11.00, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 8.90, Robson Santos (BRA) 7.97, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 3.90
Heat 10: Pedro Henrique (BRA) 13.83, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 11.90, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 9.93, Harry Timson (GBR) 5.70
Heat 11: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.00, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 10.17, Aldric God (FRA) 9.30, David Van Zyl (ZAF) 8.53
Heat 12: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 11.94, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 10.50, Marco Giorgi (URY) 9.33, Diego Mignot (FRA) 8.70
Heat 13: Bino Lopes (BRA) 13.34, Mitchell James (AUS) 9.00, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 7.63, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 7.17
Heat 14: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 14.67, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 14.50, Abdel El Harim (MAR) 8.33, Kalani Ball (AUS) 8.10
Heat 15: Medi Veminardi (REU) 12.54, Miguel Tudela (PER) 12.34, Elliot Paerata-Reid (NZL) 11.67, Guy Sato (JPN) 7.14
Heat 16: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 14.16, Dean Bowen (AUS) 10.70, Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER) 9.30, Makai McNamara (HAW), 8.43