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Chelsea Tuach wins QS6000 Women's Pantin Classic

Winners podium © WSL/Masurel




Pantin Classic Galicia Pro

WSL QS6000 Women's Event
WSL QS1500 Men's Event
Playa de Pantin, Galicia Spain 
1 - 7 September 2015

Men's quarterfinals set for Sunday finish

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 September, 2015 - Playa de Pantin - Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 19, has won the Women’s QS6,000 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro over Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 20, in a low scoring final disputed in the early evening Pantin sun.

Tuach and Canales exchanged the lead over each wave caught for the first half of the 30-minute bout, with a little edge for Tuach who had a slightly higher best score. With only ten minutes on the clock, Tuach solidified her position with a 6.50 to put her opponent in a difficult situation.

Canales quickly followed and found a clean little lefthander of her own, but the wave didn’t stand up enough for the young Basque to perform her signature sharp forehand hacks, and she had to settle for an average score.

Tuach then controlled the rest of the final, sitting with priority to keep her opponent off of the best waves, eventually taking out the final, the first major QS win of the Barbados surfer’s career.

Chelsea Tuach © WSL/Masurel


“I’m feeling great right now, it was definitely tough the whole event, the waves have been kind of on and off,” Tuach admitted. “I’ve had a lot of heartbreakers this year and what happened was I would panick and go for bad waves. So I took all of my knowledge from all those bad heats and tried to play a perfect heat, I’m so stoked to end the year on a win, it feels amazing !”

With her result today in Pantin, and the allocated 6,000 ranking points, Tuach has climbed to No.4 on the QS ladder, and taken one step closer to becoming a member of the elite Top17 competing on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Women’s Championship Tour.

“It’s been my dream for so long and I’ve been working so hard for it,” Tuach added. “It’s definitely a weight off my shoulders. To be competing against the very best surfers in the world next year is so exciting, I’m going to work hard with my coach to get strong and try to come out guns blazzing when the season starts. I’ve had my first taste of the CT at the US Open and it’s a different ball game, you can’t hold anything back and I think that’s what I learnt this year.”

One of the form surfers all-week, and after eliminating Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon and Malia Manuel on her way to the final, Canales Bilbao couldn’t unfortunately maintain her excellent rhythm through the last heat and placed runner-up, a career’s best for the Basque junior.

“I’ll probably be feeling a lot better in a couple of hours, but right now I’m mostly frustrated cause I really wanted to find a good wave and win that final,” an emotional Canales said. “I won really good heats this week and that was a dream come true, but that final was special and I really wanted it. My twin sister surprised me and rode the bus for 10hrs to come see me here and I wish I could have won for her and everyone in my support team.”

Dimitri Ouvre © WSL/Masurel


The men’s QS1,500 event also ran through three rounds today to decide the quarterfinalists and set the action for an exciting finals day on Sunday.

Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 21, capitalized on the formidable enthusiasm of the Basque crew to win his Round 5 matchup and advance into the quarterfinals, a first in his young career. The San Sebastian local surfed a solid heat to overcome strong competitors including form surfer Thiago Camarao (BRA) 27, and current QS No.8 Joan Duru (FRA) 26.

“I’m super stoked to be in the quarterfinals,” Egiguren stated. “I just tried to be patient and take the bigger waves, I’m feeling really good surfing right now. Everybody is supportive here and it’s great to have them by my side, I’ll go cheer on Leticia now for the final.”

Deivid Silva (BRA) 20, continued his assault in Pantin, scoring an impressive 9.33 on his way to the quarters where he’ll face off with yet another Basque surfer in form this week, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK).

“The conditions were super hard but I’m stoked I got that really fun wave and I’m very happy to advance into the quarters,” Silva said. “It’s a big event for me, there are a lot of good surfers here and winning heats will definitely help boost my confidence before I go home to compete in Brazil.”

Event officials have called a final 10AM Call on Sunday for the final day of the men’s event in Pantin. 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.

1 - Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 11.50
2 - Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 8.30

SF 1: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 11.60 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 9.73    
SF 2: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 10.33 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 7.57

QF 1: Ethan Egiguren (EUK) vs. Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 
QF 2: Thiago Camarao (BRA) vs. Vicente Romero (ESP) 
QF 3: Deivid Silva (BRA) vs. Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 
QF 4: Pedro Henrique (PRT) vs. Victor Bernardo (BRA) 

Heat 1: Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 11.47, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 11.44, Joan Duru (FRA) 10.83, Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 9.70

Heat 2: Vicente Romero (ESP) 12.40, Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 9.23, Nicholas Squiers (AUS) 8.60, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 7.96

Heat 3: Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.06, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 12.17, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 7.54, Dean Bowen (AUS) 6.26

Heat 4: Victor Bernardo (BRA) 10.90, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 10.80, Bino Lopes (BRA) 9.17, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) 7.43

Nicolas Leroy

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