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Caparica Junior Pro launches European WSL JQS season

Laura Coviella © WSL/Laurent Masurel



Caparica Junior Pro

WSL JQS Men's Event
WSL JQS Women's Event
Praia do Paraiso Caparica, Portugal
23 - 26 March 2016

Small, fun waves on tap for dawn of 2016 junior season

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 March, 2016 - Praia do Paraiso, Caparica - Fun little waves allowed competition to start today and launch the Caparica Junior Pro, inaugural JQS event of 2016 in Europe. A fresh new batch of junior talents took on the playful conditions in Caparica and delivered an action-packed day to start the event’s waiting period.

Lisbon surfer Joao Moreira (PRT), 17, scored the day’s top wave, an excellent 8.67 for a series of powerful carves and top turns. Months of hard work during the off season have paid off for the young surfer, now aiming to climb up atop the regional rankings.

“I’m stoked with that score, I waited a little long for the bigger sets but there are a couple fun waves out there,” Moreira said. “I’ve trained a lot recently and I want to try to go all the way in this event. I’m not a local per say, I’m from Lisbon but I’ve surfed here a lot and competed here before too.”

Frenchman Marco Mignot, 15, belted one of the day’s highest combined heat totals with 15.17, including an impressive 8.50 collected in the tricky lineup. The younger brother of rising QS talent Nomme Mignot, showed he had game of his own and took out his round 2 matchup to join the event’s top seeds when competition resumes tomorrow.

“Waves were tricky to find and to surf but I managed to get a couple,” Mignot explained. “I felt good out there but definitely not 100% so there’s room for improvement. My brother Nomme and my cousin Diego are definitely a big inspiration for me, they actually taught me to surf and pushed me a little bit so they’re definitely people I look up to.”

British talent Eño James (GBR), 16, also dominated his second round bout and advanced in pole position with a solid lead. Born and raised on Mexican waves, the young surfer adapted perfectly to conditions and demonstrated his versatility.

“It was fun,” James stated. “Not easy to find, but on the good waves there’s a nice wall to surf. I surfed a couple of Junior events last year but didn’t do very well so I hope I can improve on that this year. I’m going to do five out of the six events and am going to aim for the top of the rankings !”

The opening two rounds of the women’s competition were also completed earlier in the morning, setting up for the main round of competition upcoming.

Competitors and event officials will reconvene Thursday at 7:30AM for a potential start of the men’s third round, while the women will have a later 12:30PM call.

The Caparica Junior Pro is scheduled from March 23-26, 2016 at praia do Paraiso, Costa da Caparica - Portugal.


Heat 1: Lander Davila (ESP), Titouan Boyer (MAF), Juan Lopez (ESP), Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA) 

Heat 2: Mathis Crozon (REU), Patrick Mainstone (ESP), David Noy (ISR), Francisco Almeida (PRT) 

Heat 3: Paul Monborne (FRA), Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT), Yael Pena (CNY), Leonardo Zambrano (ESP) 

Heat 4: Kalani Da Silva (CNY), Endika Garai (ESP), Eño James (GBR), Ander Idarraga (ESP) 

Heat 5: Enzo Cavallini (GLP), Imanol Geledan (FRA), Maixent Dudezert (FRA), Gizka Housset Ezponda (FRA) 

Heat 6: Luis Perloiro (PRT), Simao Penha (PRT), Liam Murray Strout (GBR), Gilles Rese (DEU) 

Heat 7: Arran Strong (GBR), Ruben Vitoria (EUK), Nalu Doutres (FRA), João Vidal (PRT) 

Heat 8: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA), Afonso Antunes (PRT), Marco Mignot (FRA), João Mendonça (PRT) 

Heat 9: Luis Diaz (CNY), Nicolas Guimond (GLP), Diego Garcia (ESP), Charlie Rio (JEY) 

Heat 10: Ignacio Guisasola (ESP), Jonas Bachan (AUT), Joao Moreira (PRT), Ely Cassirer (ISR) 

Heat 11: Mattia Poirier (FRA), Lenni Jensen (DEU), Felix Morau (FRA), Gaspar Teixeira (PRT) 

Heat 12: Asier Iriondo (EUK), Titouan Dubos (MTQ), Thomas Debierre (GLP), Aurélien Buffet (FRA) 

Heat 13: Jacome Correia (PRT), Fynnlee Miller-Cooley (GBR), Iker Amatriain (ESP), Lorenzo Dubois (FRA) 

Heat 14: Leo Paul Etienne (GLP), Colin Doyez (REU), Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY), Nanook Ballerin (BLM) 

Heat 15: Justin Becret (FRA), Harry De Roth (GBR), Manuel Teixeira (PRT), Tomas Abreu (PRT)

Heat 16: Angus Scotney (GBR), Vasco Diniz (PRT),  Erwan Blouin (FRA), Augustin Arrive (FRA) 

Heat 1: Juan Lopez (ESP) 11.43, Francisco Almeida (PRT) 9.03, Baptiste Gaud (FRA) 6.46, Martim Paulino (PRT) 5.83 

Heat 2: David Noy (ISR) 10.87, Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA) 9.57, Gonçalo Vieira (PRT) 7.43, Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 6.10

Heat 3: Yael Pena (CNY) 12.83, Ander Idarraga (ESP) 5.33, Egor Volkov (RUS) 3.03, Bryan Picon (FRA) 2.27

Heat 4: Eño James (GBR) 14.00, Leonardo Zambrano (ESP) 8.60, Salvador Couto (PRT) 8.44, Tomer Linivker (ISR) 4.80

Heat 5: Maixent Dudezert (FRA) 9.44, Gilles Rese (DEU) 8.70, Tomas Ribeiro (PRT) 7.60, Nestor Garcia (ESP) 5.24

Heat 6: Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 12.27, Gaizka Housset Ezponda (FRA) 9.30, Miguel Castrillon (CNY) 7.90, Saul Da Silva (ESP) 4.63

Heat 7: Nalu Doutres (FRA) 10.87, João Mendonça (PRT) 7.90, Sean Gunning (ESP) 7.30, Borja Malvar (ESP) 6.53

Heat 8: Marco Mignot (FRA) 15.17, João Vidal (PRT) 8.73, Jonathan Cohen (ISR) 8.00, Xabier Lopez (ESP) 5.86

Heat 9: Diego Garcia (ESP) 9.16, Ely Cassirer (ISR) 6.87, Manuel Sampaio (PRT) 6.86, Enzo Poulat (FRA) 6.47

Heat 10: Joao Moreira (PRT) 16.17, Charlie Rio (JEY) 10.80, Adur Amatriain (ESP) 9.20, Noah Biersack (GBR) 5.30

Heat 11: Felix Morau (FRA) 9.00, Aurélien Buffet (FRA) 8.80, Titoutan Veschambre (GLP) 8.70, Téva Bouchgua (FRA) 6.30

Heat 12: Thomas Debierre (GLP) 11.10, Gaspar Teixeira (PRT) 9.50, Aitor Fuentes Pavon (CNY) 4.13, Gabriel Ribeiro (PRT) 3.53

Heat 13: Iker Amatriain (ESP) 12.33, Nanook Ballerin (BLM) 8.63, Kilian God (FRA) 8.10, Tomas Lacerda (PRT) 4.26

Heat 14: Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY) 11.04, Lorenzo Dubois (FRA) 9.73, Tomas Marcos Zarra (ESP) 7.97, Sebastião Ramirez (PRT) 7.50

Heat 15: Manuel Teixeira (PRT) 8.34, Augustin Arrive (FRA) 7.13, Kit Innes (GBR) 6.16, Antonio Rodrigues (PRT) 5.10 

Heat 16: Erwan Blouin (FRA) 9.33, Tomas Abreu (PRT) 8.17, Simao Teixeira (PRT) 6.27, Alvaro Frojan Corral (ESP) 4.07

Heat 1: Francisco Almeida (PRT) 13.34, Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 5.33, Andres Melendez (PRT) 4.46
Heat 2: Egor Volkov (RUS), Leonardo Zambrano (ESP)
Heat 3: Maixent Dudezert (FRA) 10.44, Miguel Castrillon (CNY) 8.87, Dorian Gomez (FRA) 7.50
Heat 4: João Mendonça (PRT) 10.74, Joao Vidal (PRT) 9.86, Hugo Cardoso (PRT) 7.20 
Heat 5: Enzo Poulat (FRA) 12.50, Adur Amatriain (ESP) 7.36, Jose Marques Correia (PRT) 3.57
Heat 6: Aurélien Buffet (FRA), Aitor Fuentes Pavon (CNY) 
Heat 7: Tomas Lacerda (PRT), Sebastião Ramirez (PRT) 
Heat 8: Manuel Teixeira (PRT), Simao Teixeira (PRT)

Heat 1: Juliette Brice (FRA), Sara Urresti (EUK), Noa Lelior (ISR), Laura Coviella (CNY) 
Heat 2: Nina Reynal (FRA), Yolander Hopkins (PRT), Alexandra Rinder (CNY), Illona Goasguen (FRA) 
Heat 3: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK), Melania Diaz (CNY), Violeta Sanchez (ESP), Evelyn Gontier (ARG) 
Heat 4: Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), Anat Lelior (ISR), Illona Rondi (FRA), Miranda Leon (ESP) 
Heat 5: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Isabel Gundin (ESP), Kathleen Barrigao (PRT), Néis Lartigue (FRA) 
Heat 6: Uhaina Joly (FRA), Leire Fuente (EUK), Jade Magnien (FRA), Karla Fodor (FRA) 
Heat 7: Lisa Girardet (REU), Noive Ceballos (ESP), Eveline Hooft (NDL), Francisca Veselko (PRT) 
Heat 8: Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Mahe Javegny (REU), Ines Bispo (PRT), Mafalda Lopes (PRT) 

Heat 1: Laura Coviella (CNY) 6.83, Miranda Leon (ESP) 5.03, Concha Balsemao (PRT) 3.87
Heat 2: Néis Lartigue (FRA) 11.50, Mafalda Lopes (PRT) 8.93, Beatriz Santos (PRT) 4.36

Nicolas Leroy

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