Pantin Classic Galicia Pro
WSL QS6000 Women's Event
WSL QS1500 Men's Event
Playa de Pantin, Galicia Spain
1 - 7 September 2015
Small, difficult surf sees tops seeds thrown into the mix
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 September, 2015 - Playa de Pantin, Galicia - The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro resumed on Day 4 in wind-affected one-to-two foot surf to complete the first half of the men’s round of 64 surfers.
Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 30, and Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 19, opened the show with an exciting finish to an otherwise one-way heat in favor of the Spaniard. Zubizaretta belted an excellent 8.17 in the opening minutes of the matchup and backed it up with average scores to control the heat.
On the other hand, Hiquily waited patiently for over 20 minutes to find his first decent wave, and get out of the combination situation he was in. Opting to sit inside after his first wave, Hiquily found a little section and launched into the air for a reverse roation in the wind and a 7.77 to take the lead.
In the last minutes, Zubizaretta was forced to fight back for first place and managed to find a 7.37, enough to steal the lead back from the young Tahitian.
“I’m super happy to get through, I felt comfortable with my boards and everything went well for me in that heat,” Zubizaretta said. “I had a positive mindset and started with a good wave, but everyone surfed well and especially Mateia so I couldn’t really relax I had to try to better my scores all the way.”
Gatien Delahaye © WSL/Masurel
The current QS No.41 Hiquily, who notably [placed runner-up to Kolohe Andino (USA) at the Australian Open]() earlier this year, kept his composure even through a very tough start to his heat and managed to climb out of combination to briefly take the lead, and eventually advance through to the next round.
“I wasn’t feeling that good, I’ve been sleepy all-day and I had a hard time getting into my heat,” Hiquily admitted. “It was tough to surf on my forehand cause the wave doesn’t offer much face, so I tried a little right and had a good score in the last five minutes. Without priority I had to sit apart from everyone else and that wave came with only room for one maneuver. It was right into the wind and the section was perfect for a little air.”
Vicente Romero (ESP) 23, led his Round 3 matchup from start to finish, after opening his account with a solid 8.60. The dynamic young surfer scored multiple good waves until finally backing up his high score with a 7.23 to confirm his dominance on the matchup.
“I had a little freesurf this morning on a higher tide and it seemed a bit easier,” Romero explained. “It’s really tough to see which waves are going to be good and I made a little priority mistake. I’m just really happy my first one was a great score. I have been working on my boards, today I was riding a 5’4 from Sharp Eye, specifically designed for small surf, it’s got more width through the tail and worked really well. I’ve been living here for the past two years so I’ve surfed a lot this beach and other spots around and I felt comfortable.”
Joao Kopke © WSL/Masurel
Thiago Camarao (BRA) 27, was all-over the little peaks on offer right from the opening buzzer, catching a fast righthander that reformed perfectly as a left in the inside and offered the powerful regular-footer a couple of excellent sections to hit. Camarao started with a 7.83 and backed it up immediately with an excellent 8.57 to put his three competitors in a combination situation.
“I felt lucky to get those waves right at the beginning,” Camarao said. “I’m super happy to be winning heats and feeling good surfing. I’ve had two bad injuries these past years, first it was both my hips that I had to get operated on, and then I broke my ACL. It basically kept me out of the water for the most part of the past two years and I’m finally back to being healthy and surfing well, so I’m really enjoying surfing in all those events, trying to work back into a good ranking and ultimately into a position to try to qualify for the CT.”
Nicolas Squiers (AUS) 32, topped off the day’s action with an impressive 16.53 heat total including a 9.03 for his powerful turns and long rides from out the back.
“I think we got the best moment of the tide basically,” Squiers said. “When I saw the other guys weren’t going out the back I had a little chuckle to myself, I was just sitting there and waiting, not having to hassle. I just love surfing, if it’s one foot and onshore I’ll go and have a paddle so I just had to go out there and give it a crack.”
Contest officials will re-assess conditions at 9AM on Saturday for a potential re-start of the men's event or completion of the women's QS6,000.
The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is scheduled from August 26-31, 2014 in Pantin, Spain. The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is supported by Turkish Airlines, Zumosol, Turgalicia, Mahou, Renault, Abanca, Coca Cola, Gadis, Appeiros, Avansing, Coge3 and Arnette among others.
UPCOMING PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS:
SF 1: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
SF 2: Philippa Anderson (AUS) vs. Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
REMAINING PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S ROUND OF 64 MATCHUPS:
Heat 9: Willian Cardoso (BRA), Eneko Acero (EUK), Guy Sato (JPN), Thiago Guimaraes (BRA)
Heat 10: Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Lliam Mortensen (AUS),Aldric God (FRA)
Heat 11: Pedro Henrique (PRT), Mitchell James (AUS), Nic Hdez (USA),Dean Bowen (AUS)
Heat 12: Miguel Blanco (PRT), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Hodei Collazo (EUK), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK)
Heat 13: Bino Lopes (BRA), Timothee Bisso (GLP), Jorgann Couzinet (REU), Luis Perloiro (PRT)
Heat 14: David Van Zyl (ZAF), Keoni Yan (HAW), Robson Santos (BRA), Riley Laing (AUS)
Heat 15: Victor Bernardo (BRA), Reo Inaba (JPN),Facundo Arreyes (ARG), Marlon Lipke (PRT)
Heat 16: Deivid Silva (BRA), Raphael Seixas (BRA), O'Neill Massin (PYF), Kalani Ball (AUS)
PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 15.64, Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 13.74, Cody Robinson (AUS) 11.23, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 11.06
Heat 2: Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 10.84, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 10.50, Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 6.90
Heat 3: Vicente Romero (ESP) 15.83, Harrison Mann (AUS) 12.93, Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER) 12.90, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 12.33
Heat 4: Joao Kopke (PRT) 11.24, Medi Veminardi (REU) 9.07, Mitch Parkinson (AUS) 8.96
Heat 5: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 16.40, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 10.33, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 8.87, Johnny Noris (USA) 8.44
Heat 6: Nicholas Squiers (AUS) 16.53, Andy Criere (FRA) 13.06, Miguel Tudela (PER) 11.94, Shane Campbell (AUS) 10.43
Heat 7: Caina Barletta (BRA) 13.00, Anthony Fillingim (CRI) 11.06, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 9.87, Oney Anwar (IDN) 9.86
Heat 8: Joan Duru (FRA) 16.27, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 11.56, Jake Davis (USA) 10.80, Luis Rodriguez (ESP) 9.60