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Great surf for Day 1 of Caparica Primavera Surf Fest

Charly Quivront © WSL/Masurel






Caparica Primavera Surf Fest

WSL QS Men's Event
WSL QS Women's Event
Costa da Caparica, Almada, Portugal

1 - 4 April, 2015

Europe's best greeted by clean, rippable conditions for season opener

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 April, 2015 - Praia de Caparica, Portugal - The Caparica Primavera Surf Fest powered by O’Neill officially launched the European season in a fantastic manner with clean two-to-three foot waves gracing day one of competition.

The men’s field shrunk down to fifty in excellent conditions and under the clear-blue skies of Portugal’s spring. Charly Quivront (FRA) 19, stamped his authority on the field, netting two excellent scores including a near-perfect 9.50 for a combination of massive turns.

“That moment of the tide was tricky as we were in between two peaks, the left started dying and the right wasn’t great just yet,” Quivront analyzed. “I surfed out the back and found really fun waves, my last wave was pretty big and clean and I got the 9.5 with like 3 or 4 carves and a reverse at the end.”

Other highlights of the day include Californian junior phenom Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 17, who collected two of the highest heat totals above 17 points.

“I just got here this morning and came straight from the airport into my first heat, so I felt a little jetlagged.” Igarashi said. “I’m stoked to be back here, it’s one of my favourite places in the world. I have so many friends and it just feels like a second home. Waves were super fun and the weather is just great today!” 

France’s Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 17, went heat-to-head with Igarashi in the battle for high scores and found himself an excellent 9.00 point ride in round one.

“This morning the peak was well defined and there was a clean righthander breaking,” Arancibia explained. “I got two fun waves and was stoked with my scores.”

In the next round it came down to last minute heroics for the young frenchman who almost exited the competition early. In an attempt to separate from the crowds, the talented goofyfooter paddled over to the next peak and found a good right again to net the score he needed to advance.

“I started with everyone on the left along the pier, but couldn’t really finish my waves,” Arancibia continued. “I needed a score with a couple minutes remaining and I decided to paddle over when I saw that set approaching, luckily for me one of the waves let me do a couple manoeuvers and that was enough.”

Portuguese perennial threat on the Junior series Miguel Blanco (PRT) 19, opened the show in Round 2 announcing the top seeds taking over proceedings in the afternoon. His powerful and stylish aproach was spot-on and rewarded with solid scores.

“I felt great in the water, it’s so good to be back surfing on the Junior series and especially starting here at home in Portugal,” Kopke said. “I live 20mn from here and with this kind of conditions we’re always surfing here, so I know the place well. I had a lot of fun out there and I think the scores reflected it.”

Organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8am to reassess conditions and decide to eother continue and finish the men’s second round of competition or launch the women’s action on Day 2.


Heat 1: Miguel Blanco (PRT) 15.40, Jonas Bachan (AUT) 12.16, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 6.93, Adrian Zorriketa (EUK) 6.33

Heat 2: Joao Kopke (PRT) 11.60, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 11.56, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 9.23, Francisco Carrasco (PRT) 6.54

Heat 3: Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 15.30, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 11.86, Will Davey (GBR) 11.23, Joshua Braddock (GBR) 8.04

Heat 4: Andy Criere (FRA) 15.00, Asier Iriondo (EUK) 10.30, Jacome Correia (PRT) 8.50, Tom Dubos (FRA) 7.70

Heat 5: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 17.33, Aldric God (FRA) 12.20, Lander Davila (ESP) 11.13, Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 6.40

Heat 6: Charly Quivront (FRA) 18.03, Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 11.73, Paul Monborne (FRA) 10.83, Francisco Da Silva Duarte (PRT) 8.00

Heat 7: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 14.50, Titouan Boyer (MAF) 13.27, Marco Mignot (FRA) 8.90, Iker Amatriain (ESP) 6.33

Heat 8: Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 16.83, Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT) 8.17, Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 8.13, Miguel Madeira (PRT) 7.40

Heat 9: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 15.33, Angus Scotney (GBR) 10.33, Martin Cortijo Gonzalez (ESP) 6.33, Afonso Antunes (PRT) 6.23

Heat 10: Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 15.17, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 15.00, Yeray Ferrera (CNY) 10.50, Francisco Almeida (PRT) 7.66

Heat 11: Quentin Grenard (FRA) 13.14, Miguel Betegon (ESP) 12.97, Arran Strong (GBR) 12.33, Diego Mignot (FRA) 10.00

Heat 12: Lourenco Alves (PRT) 11.83, Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 11.57, Vasco Diniz (PRT) 10.33, Lourenco Alves (PRT) 11.83


Heat 13: Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP),  Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP), Pedro Rua (PRT) 

Heat 14: Tommy Boucaut (FRA), Gearoid McDaid (IRL), Leon Glatzer (DEU), Antonio Rodrigues (PRT) 

Heat 15: Arne Bergwinkl (DEU), Jobe Harriss (GBR), Leo Paul Etienne (GLP), Antonio Duarte (PRT) 

Heat 16: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Henrique Pyrrait (PRT), Joao Moreira (PRT) 


Heat 1: Adrian Zorriketa (EUK) 8.47, Francisco Carrasco (PRT) 7.93, Jack Keenan (GBR) 3.86

Heat 2: Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 10.43, Jonas Bachan (AUT) 8.56, Tomas Ribeiro (PRT) 6.23

Heat 3: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 16.33, Asier Iriondo (EUK) 10.40, Tarik Rahim (ESP) 8.23, Endika Garai (ESP) 3.07

Heat 4: Titouan Dubos (FRA) 13.17, Joshua Braddock (GBR) 11.16, Vasco Monica (PRT) 10.73, Alvarra Frojan Corral (ESP) 3.69

Heat 5: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 17.00, Francisco Da Silva Duarte (PRT) 9.74, Simao Penha (PRT) 6.30, Patrick Mainstone (ESP) 2.50

Heat 6: Paul Monborne (FRA) 14.00, Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 6.57, Juan Lopez (ESP) 5.16, Ely Cassirer (ISR) 4.40

Heat 7: Iker Amatriain (ESP) 11.17, Miguel Madeira (PRT) 11.00, Mathis Crozon (REU) 6.74, Kasperi Turkia (FIN) 5.50

Heat 8: Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 12.27, Marco Mignot (FRA) 9.50, Gaspar Teixeira (PRT) 7.03, Rhys Barfield (GBR) 6.87

Heat 9: Martin Cortijo Gonzalez (ESP) 12.83, Francisco Almeida (PRT) 8.93, Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU) 8.60, Fynnlee Miller-Cooley (GBR) 3.67

Heat 10: Yeray Ferrera (CNY) 11.70, Angus Scotney (GBR) 9.27, Mattia Poirier (FRA) 7.06, Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 6.46

Heat 11: Quentin Grenard (FRA) 15.16, Lourenco Alves (PRT) 13.24, Simao Teixeira (PRT) 10.97, Martim Paulino (PRT) 3.20

Heat 12: Vasco Diniz (PRT) 9.00, Arran Strong (GBR) 7.30, David Noy (ISR) 5.60, Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY) 5.24

Heat 13: Imanol Geledan (FRA) 10.56, Antonio Rodrigues (PRT) 9.07, Dylan Groen (DEU) 8.80,  Alec Wheelan (USA) 6.70

Heat 14: Leon Glatzer (DEU) 11.00, Pedro Rua (PRT) 9.87, Harry De Roth (GBR) 9.23, Miguel Castrillon (ESP) 8.07

Heat 15: Leo Paul Etienne (GLP) 13.16, Joao Moreira (PRT) 11.40, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 9.10, Julen Elorza (FRA) 3.70

Heat 16: Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 12.06, Antonio Duarte (PRT) 9.87, Francisco Cambim (PRT) 6.77, Oliver Hartkopp (DNK) 4.97



Heat 1: Kim Veteau (GLP), Isabel Gundin (ESP), Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 

Heat 2: Yolanda Aneiros (ESP), Noa Iturripea (EUK), Mailys Cantrelle (CNY), Nina Reynal (FRA) 

Heat 3: Camilla Kemp (PRT), Paula Fraga (ESP), Melania Diaz (ESP), Emily Currie (GBR) 

Heat 4: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (PRT), Peony Knight (GBR), Lucy Campbell (GBR), Mariana Assis (PRT) 

Heat 5: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Mahe Javegny (REU), Uhaina Joly (FRA), Aleyna Hadmolu (TUR) 

Heat 6: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK), Carol Henrique (PRT), Leira Fuentes (EUK), Emily Williams (GBR) 

Heat 7: Ainara Aymat (EUK), Lisa Girardet (REU), Ines Bispo (PRT), Ophelie Couchot (FRA) 

Heat 8: Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Juliette Brice (FRA), Noive Ceballos (ESP), Kathleen Barrigao (PRT)

Nicolas Leroy

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