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Quiksilver Pro Portugal

ASP 6 Star Men's event
Ericeira, Portugal
19 - 24 October 2010

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Hodei Collazo Wins ASP 6-Star Quiksilver Pro Portugal francaise ci-dessous

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 October, 2010 : - - Ericeira, Portugal -- Hodei Collazo (Zarautz, EUK) 26, won the ASP 6-Star Quiksilver Pro Portugal over good friend, Gony Zubizarreta (Vigo, ESP) 25, in a high scoring, tight final to claim his maiden Star-Series victory at the main event site of Ribeira D’Ilhas.

Opening his account with an 8.50 out of ten and then backing it up with an 8.17, Collazo had his opponent in a combination situation early in the battle and looked to be on his way to a comfortable win. Zubizarreta had other ideas and answered back with an 8.90, to get back in the fight with five minutes remaining.

Without priority, Collazo had to watch on as Zubizarreta played his last card on his last wave in the final minute. Coming up short by the nearest of margins, a mere 0.20 of a point, the Quiksilver Pro Portugal 2010 title was in the grasp of an emotional Collazo.

“This is an amazing feeling and I can’t describe how it feels to win an event like this. I have never gone further than the quarters, so to be in the final with my best friend and to win it is the best thing that has happened to me.”


Hodei Collazo : photo Aquashot/ASP Europe Slideshow


Taking out World Tour campaigner, Jeremy Flores (FRA) in the quarter-finals, Collazo grew in confidence and knew that this was his moment.

“I have had so much support from all the people here and also from all the people at home. It is really special and I want to say thanks to all of them for their support. I have taken the whole event heat by heat and tried not to think about my opponents and just focus on my surfing and the work ahead to be done.”

In a somewhat different approach to such a major final, Collazo explains their pre-final preparations.

“It was a different final because we tossed a coin to see who would have the first wave. Normally you are really stressed and earlier there was a lot of pressure in the quarters and the semis but in the final we were talking and looking back to the beach amazed at all the people who had come down to watch us.”


Gony Zubizaretta : photo Aquashot/ASP Europe Slideshow


Runner-up, Gony Zubizarreta was on a role this morning after eliminating ASP Dream Tour surfer and local favourite Tiago Pires (PRT) in the quarter-finals with another come from behind performance. Smashing out a 9.87, the highest single wave score of the event, Zubizarreta threatened to go all the way.

“The heat against Tiago was amazing. I managed to catch the bomb and get that score which got me back into the heat. For me it was an honour to be up against him at his home break and to win that heat was really special.” In the final, Zubizarreta managed to claw his way back to create a dramatic final stage to the 40-minute clash. With no remorse, Zubizarreta was pleased with his ‘never say die’ attitude.

“I didn’t surf so well at the beginning and then I got that good one so I thought I was still able to get another one. The last wave came and I surfed the best I could but it was close. I think the judge’s decision in the end was correct. It was close and I am very happy for Hodei.”

Leonardo Neves (Saquarema, BRA) 30, finished in equal third to achieve his best result in Europe this year. Coming up against an inform Hodei Collazo, the Brazilian made a crucial error losing priority and had to stand by and watch as the win escaped from his grasp.


Jeremy Flroes : photo Aquashot/ASP Europe Slideshow


“I ended up losing priority with a 5.00 point ride and I should have stayed out the back and waited a few minutes more because I had to watch the 8.00 point ride of Hodei. I think that wave marked the difference in the heat because it was a wave with more potential and that was the difference.”

More at home in more powerful conditions, Neves has concentrated on his small wave surfing and is starting to see results. Equipment changes as well as technical adjustments to his surfing are the reasons for this improvement. “This has been a contest in small waves which has always been difficult for me. Bigger waves are a lot easier for me. So now I have a specific board for small waves that is going really well. Each time my results are getting better.”

Now moving on to further events to be held in the Canary Islands, Neves feels that his momentum is pushing him towards an even bigger result in the near future. “I am having a good run at the moment with many quarter-final finishes and now a semi-final so let’s hope a final is coming up soon for me in the next events in the Canary Islands.”

Marc Lacomare (Capbreton, FRA) 20, also finishing equal third, continued with his consistent results achieved throughout the entire year in Europe including a win at the 5-Star Newquay event.


Gony and Hodei : photo Aquashot/ASP Europe Slideshow


Having no luck in finding any rhythm and surfing on his backhand in the tricky conditions, Lacomare had to admit that some errors on his part cost him the victory.

“He (Zubizarreta) has been surfing amazing since the start of the contest so it was a tough heat. Maybe I made a couple of mistakes in that heat but I am still happy with a semi-final result.”

Remaining a clear leader on the ASP European Men’s rankings and with two stops remaining on the circuit, Lacomare is looking strong to back up his 2009 ASP Europe Junior title. “I am really happy with my year and hopefully I can take out the European title after the Canary events and if not I am just really happy with the results I have done this summer.”

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Quiksilver Pro Portugal Final Result
1 - Hodei Collazo (EUK) 16.67
2 - Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 16.47

Quiksilver Pro Portugal Semifinal Results
SF 1: Hodei Collazo (EUK) 15.43 Def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 11.33
SF 2: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 10.17 Def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 5.23

Quiksilver Pro Portugal Quarter-final Results
QF 1: Hodei Collazo (EUK) 13.00 Def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.27
QF 2: Leonardo Neves (BRA) 8.10 Def. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 7.16
QF 3: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.67 Def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.93
QF 4: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 16.90 Def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 15.84

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Josh Kerr : photo Aquashot/ASP Europe Slideshow


Current World Rankings

1 Slater,Kelly USA
2 Smith,Jordy ZAF
3 Fanning,Mick AUS
4 Burrow,Taj AUS
5 Buchan,Adrian AUS
6 Reynolds,Dane USA
7 Durbidge,Bede AUS
8 Hobgood,C.J. USA
9 Wright,Owen AUS
10 De Souza,Adriano BRA
11 Andre,Jadson BRA
12 Davidson,Chris AUS
13 Hobgood,Damien USA
14 Simpson,Brett USA
15 Bourez,Michel PYF
16 Irons,Andy HAW
17 Flores,Jeremy FRA
18 Wilkinson,Matt AUS
19 Pires,Tiago PRT
20 Martinez,Bobby USA
21 Gudauskas,Patrick USA
22 Patacchia,Fredrick (jnr) HAW
23 Knox,Taylor USA
24 Perrow,Kieren AUS
25 Alves,Heitor BRA
26 Melling,Adam AUS
27 Ross,Daniel AUS
28 Parkinson,Joel AUS
29 Kling,Gabe USA
30 Logie,Travis ZAF
31 Kerr,Josh AUS
32 Dantas,Wiggolly BRA
33 Payne,Dusty HAW
34 Aranburu,Aritz EUK
35 Muniz,Alejo BRA
36 Cardoso,Willian BRA
37 Whitaker,Tom AUS
38 Monteiro,Raoni BRA
39 Otton,Kai AUS
40 Stedman,Luke AUS
41 Powers,Roy HAW
42 Lopez,Cory USA
43 Curran,Nathaniel USA
44 Munro,Luke AUS
45 Medina,Gabriel BRA
46 Nicol,Yadin AUS
47 Duru,Joan FRA
48 Yeomans,Nathan USA
49 Atkinson,Dion AUS
50 Gudauskas,Tanner USA
51 Bacalso,Kekoa HAW
52 Padaratz,Neco BRA
53 Christie,Richard NZL
54 Neves,Leonardo BRA
55 Young,Nat USA
56 Muscroft,Nic AUS
57 Zietz,Sebastien HAW
58 Dunn,Ben AUS
59 Morrison,Dean AUS
60 Lacomare,Marc FRA
61 Bryson,Royden ZAF
62 Cansdell,Shaun AUS
63 Larsen,Granger HAW
64 Benson,Tonino HAW
65 Paulino,Pablo BRA
66 Stairmand,Billy NZL
67 Kennedy,Stu AUS
68 Courtney,Drew AUS
69 Wilson,Julian AUS
70 Henrique,Pedro BRA
71 Collazo,Hodei EUK
72 Thornton,Blake AUS
73 Robertson,Adam AUS
74 Dornelles,Rodrigo BRA
75 Bettero,Hizunome BRA
76 Bastos,Leandro BRA
77 Thompson,Jay AUS
78 Sharp,Jayke AUS
79 Miranda,Bernardo BRA
80 Polo,Marco BRA
81 Boal,Tim FRA
82 Ware,Austin USA
83 Gonzalez,Jonathan CNY
84 Fernandes,Gustavo BRA
85 Zubizarreta,Gony ESP
86 Hall,Glenn IRL
87 Pupo,Miguel BRA
88 Vargas,Jeronimo BRA
89 Ho,Mason HAW
90 Neve,Dayyan AUS
91 Florence,John John HAW
92 Jackson,Brandon ZAF
93 Picon,Mikael FRA
94 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF
95 Hedge,Nathan AUS
96 Belo,Jano BRA
97 Sodre,Yuri BRA
98 Giorgi,Marco URY
99 Toth,Brian PRI
100 Felix,Messias



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Previous reports:
# 1 :
ASP 6 Star Quiksilver Pro Portugal comes to Ericeira
# 2 : Quiksilver Pro Portugal throws 6 Star Ericeira event

# 3 : Day One action kicks of at Quiksilver Pro Portugal

# 4 : Quiksilver Pro Portugal sees classic surf on Day #2  
# 5 : Flores and Kerr go all out at Quiksilver Pro Portugal
# 6 : Quarter-finalists decided at Quiksilver Pro Portugal 
# 7 : Lay Day called at the 6 Star Quiksilver Pro Portugal



Tiago Pires : photo ASP Europe Slideshow



Le Basque Hodei Collazo remporte le Quiksilver Pro Portugal !

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 October, 2010 : - - Ericeira, Portugal -- La première édition du Quiksilver Pro Portugal à Ericeira, épreuve ASP 6-Star dotée de 145 000 $, a été remportée par le surfer basque Hodei Collazo, 26 ans. Irrésistible aujourd’hui, le surfer de Zarautz a successivement éliminé Jérémy Florès en quarts, Leonardo Neves en demie avant de battre son meilleur ami Gonzalo Zubizarreta, lui-même tombeur de Tiago Pires et Marc Lacomare, dans une finale particulièrement serrée (16,67 pts contre 16,47 points).

Largement en tête jusqu’à 5 minutes de la fin, Hodei Collazo a un moment craint un retour éclair de Zubizarreta qui malgré deux belles vagues à 8,90 et 7,57 en fin de série, n’a pu revenir au score. Très proches – ils ont tiré à pile ou face pour déterminer lequel des deux prendrait la première vague de la finale ! – Gony et Hodei sont tombés dans les bras l’un de l’autre à l’issue des 40 minutes de la finale.

Porté en triomphe par Jonathan Gonzalez à sa sortie de l’eau, Hodei Collazo qui n’avait jamais dépassé les quarts de finale dans une épreuve de ce niveau, était aux bords des larmes au moment de commenter sa performance. « Gagner ici, dans cet endroit que j’adore, devant mes meilleurs amis alors que tout le monde me regardait sur le live depuis la maison, c’est très spécial. »

Désormais 6ème au classement Européen ASP, Hodei Collazo repart ce soir d’Ericeira avec un chèque de 20 000 $ direction Lanzarote pour disputer l’avant-dernier WQS européen de la saison.


Marc Lacomare : photo Aquashot/ASP Europe Slideshow


Gony Zubizarreta, 25 ans, qui trône désormais au 4ème rang du classement continental ASP, était aussi très satisfait de cette performance malgré la défaite, certainement atténuée par l’amitié qui le lie au vainqueur du jour.

Toujours en tête du classement ASP Europe, Marc Lacomare, 3ème de ce Quiksilver Pro Portugal, aura été le meilleur Français de l’événement. Vainqueur d’un duel qui s’annonçait difficile face à l’Australien Josh Kerr, le Landais s’est brillamment qualifié pour les demies finales avant de rendre les armes face à Gony Zubizarreta.

Il faut dire que le Landais n’a eu que très peu de vagues à exploiter dans sa série comme en témoigne la faiblesse des scores : 5,23 pour Marc Lacomare contre 10,17 points pour Gony Zubizarreta. De plus, il avouait avoir commis “plusieurs erreurs tactiques dans la série” face à un Gony Zubizarreta « très fort ».

A présent, le surfer de Capbreton doit conserver son avance jusqu’au terme des deux dernières épreuves du circuit ASP en Europe qui se tiendront aux Canaries pour espérer remporter le titre de Champion d’Europe ASP, un après avoir remporté le titre de meilleur junior continental ASP.


Leonardo Neves : photo Aquashot/ASP Europe Slideshow


Le Réunionnais Jérémy Florès, très incisif tout au long de la semaine, s’est fait éliminer dans des circonstances identiques à celle de Marc Lacomare en demies.

Le surfer de l’ASP World Tour n’a pris que 4 vagues en 25 minutes et si son adversaire en a pris encore moins (3), Jérémy a moins bien exploité les vagues que Hodei Collazo. Beau joueur, le Français a accueilli sa défaite avec le sourire : « Les vagues sont petites et assez molles mais on avait tous les deux les mêmes conditions, j’aurais dû faire mieux ».

Jérémy s’envole dès demain lundi direction Puerto Rico où se tiendra la prochaine et avant dernière manche de l’ASP World Tour 2010. Auteur d’un podium à Peniche (Port) après celui de Tahiti, Jérémy Florès pointe actuellement au 15ème rang du classement de l’élite.

Quant à Tiago Pires, héros du surf portugais et coqueluche du public, son parcours s’est achevé en quarts de finale face à Zubizarreta. L’Espagnol a mis à profit son expérience grandissante du spot pour prendre les meilleures vagues et notamment une bombe sur laquelle il a décroché le meilleur résultat de la compétition, un 9,87 points.

Applaudi à sa sortie de l’eau le Portugais Tiago Pires s’envole également vers Puerto Rico pour disputer les deux ultimes manches du circuit d’élite ASP et tenter de se maintenir sur le Dream tour l’an prochain (il est actuellement 18ème et seuls les 22 premiers après Hawaii se maintiendront).

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Résultats du Quiksilver Pro Portugal

Finale :
Hodei Collazo (EUK) 16.67 Def. Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 16.47

Demi-finales :
Heat 1: Hodei Collazo (EUK) 15.43 Def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 11.33
Heat 2: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 10.17 Def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 5.23

Quarts de finales :
Heat 1: Hodei Collazo (EUK) 13.00 Def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.27
Heat 2: Leonardo Neves (BRA) 8.10 Def. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 7.16
Heat 3: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.67 Def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.93
Heat 4: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 16.90 Def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 15.84

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Previous reports:
# 1 :
ASP 6 Star Quiksilver Pro Portugal comes to Ericeira
# 2 : Quiksilver Pro Portugal throws 6 Star Ericeira event

# 3 : Day One action kicks of at Quiksilver Pro Portugal

# 4 : Quiksilver Pro Portugal sees classic surf on Day #2  
# 5 : Flores and Kerr go all out at Quiksilver Pro Portugal
# 6 : Quarter-finalists decided at Quiksilver Pro Portugal 
# 7 : Lay Day called at the 6 Star Quiksilver Pro Portugal

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