Prozis Pro Junior Espinho
WSL JQS Men's & Women's Event
Praia de Baia, Portugal
25 - 28 June 2015
Rankings leader Teresa Bonvalot advances into quarters
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 June, 2015 - Praia de Baia, Espinho - Day 2 of the Prozis Pro Junior Espinho unfolded in a wind-affected fading swell, but conditions remained contestable all-day allowing women’s quarterfinalists to be decided and half of the men’s second round to run.
Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 19, made it worthwhile for the numerous beachgoers to keep watching the competition right until sunset, with a stellar performance in the very last heat of the day, netting a near-perfect 9.33, and quickly backing it up with another solid score.
“I chose a medium one but it had a lot of wall to it and I was able to do a few good turns,” Gonzalez said. “I’m second on the rankings right now and I definitely want to go one better, so a lot of pressure right now but I’m ready, feeling confident and I’ll take it heat by heat.”
Portugal’s Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 18, produced a strong performance as well with a solid display of power surfing on his backhand to collect excellent scores and net an impressive 16.23 total.
“It was fun, this priority system in four-man heats is so cool, you don’t have to battle for the waves anymore and everyone gets equal chances,” Fonseca said. “I’ve been training hard and I’m happy with my surfing, hopefully I can keep going and do even better in the next one.”
In constant progression for the past three years, Fonseca builds momentum and will be looking to finish with a bang in his last year amongst the Junior contingent.
“Unfortunately this is my last junior season with the change in age limit,” Fonseca continued. “But I’ve finished school now and I’m happy that I can focus 100% on competition now and maybe give the QS tour a try next year.”
Current European Top 3 resident Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 17, also made a great first impression for his opening performance in Espinho. Only opting to surf five waves in the 25-minute exchange, Arancibia Avila scored high on each wave to build momentum and rack up a solid14.23 heat total.
“My strategy of selecting the right waves turned out really well, I got a good score to start with and continued to build throughout the heat,” Arancibia Avila stated. “I’m serious about trying to be consistent for the whole season, and my goal would be to finish in the Top4. It needs more work, more training and a little added pressure but it’s fun. I’ve watched a lot of guys the previous years and I feel like I have the cards to make it happen.”
In the women’s draw it was defending event champion Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 18, that caught the better waves and exploited multiple sections to score high. Powerful on her forehand, Thyssen composed with a tricky lineup to link good maneuvers and advance to the quarterfinals.
“I didn’t want to push too hard on my turns, but rather tried to surf smart and link a couple waves together nicely,” Thyssen explained. “We were the first heat post-break so I was in the water a long time before the heat started and I had time to get comfy in the lineup. I’m proud to be representing St Barthelemy now, it’s where I’m from and I’d like people to know more about the island so I’ll be a good ambassador hopefully.”
One of the day’s highlights was a Round 2 win by Israeli surfer Anat Lelior (ISR) 15. Lelior, who has just competed in a handful of events in her young career, managed to tie with Thyssen on the highest single-wave score of the event so far, an excellent 8.50. Lelior later went on to qualify for the quarters, advancing ahead of current European N°3 Kim Veteau (GLP).
“Feels great to get my first win,” Lelior admitted. “I found a good wave and did two manoeuvers but I never thought that would be an 8.. I train a lot for this, both in and out of the water. It’s a bit harder in Israel cause the conditions are not as consistent, but we do get some fun waves in Tel Aviv where I train mostly and the rest of the time is dedicated to physio.”
Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 20, made a successful return to competition after a recurring ligament injury kept her out of the water for the best part of the past ten months.
“The tide wasn’t ideal and more lefts were breaking than rights, but that’s alright I still had fun,” Canales said. “I’m taking it easy this year, I want to have fun above all and I don’t concentrate on the end result so much, I’m not feeling at 100% just yet.”
Event officials will reconvene at 7:15AM on Saturday morning for a potential early start on the low tide.
The World Surf League (WSL) Europe Men and Women Prozis Pro Junior Espinho is scheduled from June 25-28, 2015 in Espinho, Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights, and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
The Prozis Pro Junior Espinho is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Câmara Municipal de Espinho (City Council of Espinho) and PROZIS - Exceed Your Self. The official media is SurfPortugal and Surftotal. Organization by: /GPDESIGN brand communication and Surf Atitude Club.
UPCOMING PROZIS PRO JUNIOR ESPINHO WOMEN’S QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS:
QF 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) vs. Maddi Aizpurua (EUK)
QF 2: Ariane Ochoa (EUK) vs. Tessa Thyssen (BLM)
QF 3: Carol Henrique (PRT) vs. Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR)
QF 4: Anat Lelior (ISR) vs. Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK)
PROZIS PRO JUNIOR ESPINHO WOMEN’S ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 13.17, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 9.33, Noa Iturripea (EUK) 5.44, Lucy Campbell (GBR) 5.34
Heat 2: Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 12.27, Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 7.50, Mariana Assis (PRT) 6.66, Melania Diaz (ESP) 4.27
Heat 3: Carol Henrique (PRT) 11.33, Anat Lelior (ISR) 9.90, Peony Knight (GBR) 6.70, Kim Veteau (GLP) 6.16
Heat 4: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 13.50, Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR) 8.27, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 7.96, Lisa Girardet (REU) 6.07
PROZIS PRO JUNIOR ESPINHO WOMEN’S ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 12.16, Mariana Assis (PRT) 4.97, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 4.73, Sara Urresti (EUK) 2.40
Heat 2: Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 10.86, Melania Diaz (ESP) 5.53, Yolanda Aneiros (ESP) 4.23, Noa Lelior (ISR) 1.90
Heat 3: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 9.67, Lucy Campbell (GBR) 6.84, Juliette Brice (FRA) 3.46, Noive Ceballos (ESP) 1.97
Heat 4: Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 14.50, Noa Iturripea (EUK) 7.97, Uhaina Joly (FRA) 7.04, Emily Currie (GBR) 4.50
Heat 5: Kim Veteau (GLP) 11.60, Lisa Girardet (REU) 6.97, Kathleen Barrigao (PRT) 6.07, Isabel Gundin (ESP) 5.33
Heat 6: Anat Lelior (ISR) 13.83, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 10.50, Emily Williams (GBR) 5.04, Paula Fraga (ESP) 1.07
Heat 7: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 12.74, Carol Henrique (PRT) 6.83, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 5.83, Mahe Javegny (REU) 5.73
Heat 8: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR) 10.64, Peony Knight (GBR) 7.63, Nina Reynal (FRA) 7.00, Ophelie Couchot (FRA) 2.37
REMAINING PROZIS PRO JUNIOR ESPINHO MEN’S ROUND OF 64 MATCHUPS:
Heat 9: Timothee Bisso (GLP), Enzo Cavallini (GLP), Charly Termeau (FRA), Rhys Barfield (GBR)
Heat 10: Leon Glatzer (DEU), Tommy Boucaut (FRA), Angus Scotney (GBR), Francisco Almeida (PRT)
Heat 11: Jobe Harriss (GBR), Alex Bauduin (CNY), Harry De Roth (GBR), Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY)
Heat 12: Gatien Delahaye (GLP), Quentin Grenard (FRA), Francisco Da Silva Duarte (PRT), Tomas Ferreira (PRT)
Heat 13: Charly Quivront (FRA), Harry Timson (GBR), Mathis Crozon (REU), Felix Morau (FRA)
Heat 14: Nomme Mignot (FRA), Luis Diaz (CNY), Miguel Blanco (PRT), Antonio Duarte (PRT)
Heat 15: Diego Mignot (FRA), Arne Bergwinkl (DEU), Patrick Mainstone (ESP), Martin Cortijo Gonzalez (ESP)
Heat 16: Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Thomas Delplace (FRA), Titouan Dubos (FRA), Vincent Vandeputte (BEL)
PROZIS PRO JUNIOR ESPINHO MEN’S ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 14.23, Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 9.00, Dylan Groen (DEU) 8.70, Luca Dioguardi (CNY) 7.64
Heat 2: Miles Lee Hargreaves (GBR) 13.90, Will Davey (GBR) 12.90, Aldric God (FRA) 9.53, Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 9.53
Heat 3: Joao Kopke (PRT) 13.00, Arran Strong (GBR) 8.76, Luis Perloiro (PRT) 7.03
Heat 4: Andy Criere (FRA) 13.73, Pedro Rua (PRT) 7.84, Juan Fernandez (ESP) 7.60, Antonio Rodrigues (PRT) 5.37
Heat 5: Jacome Correia (PRT) 10.80, Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP) 9.70, Joao Moreira (PRT) 7.16, Jaime Pombo (CNY) 4.17
Heat 6: Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 16.23, Leo Paul Etienne (GLP) 11.60, Joshua Braddock (GBR) 10.00, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 8.73
Heat 7: Mattia Poirier (FRA) 11.50, Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT) 11.33, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 9.23, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 7.70
Heat 8: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 16.76, Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 12.33, Michael Zaugg (CHE) 10.77, Ruben Vita (PRT) 8.53