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Local lifeguard upsets top QS surfers in Anglet

Julien Thouron © WSL / Masurel




Pro Anglet 

WSL QS 1500 Men's Event
WSL QS 1500 Women's Event 
La Chambre d'Amour, Anglet, France
August 25-30, 2015

Cinderella Story as Local Lifeguard Upsets Top QS Surfers in Anglet

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 August, 2015 - La Chambre d'Amour - A new four-to-five foot swell arrived overnight, allowing the Pro Anglet to resume the men’s event in firing conditions. An avalanche of high-scoring rides and mind-blowing performances decided the last sixteen surfers remaining in contention for a shot at the inaugural Pro Anglet title.

Wildcard Julien Thouron (FRA), advanced in second in his round 4 matchup, partly thanks to a paddling interference that relegated Mihimana Braye (PYF) to third, moments before the buzzer. The young lifeguard had been scouring the lineup for the little gems offering tube sections, playing the homefield card to his advantage.

“I’m super happy, all my friends were there on the pier to support me, it was cool,” Thouron said. “I had a clean little barrel that was fun, it’s pretty rare you get to surf this spot with only 3 other people out. It’s a really tricky spot between the two rockwalls, with a lot of water moving so being a lifeguard in the area I definitely feel like I have an advantage on some other guys that surf here for the first time.”

In the following round, Thouron started building momentum on a clean little cover-up for an average score and a temporary lead. While sitting a little outside of the main peak, the local hero started on a fast running lefthander and tucked into a foamy barrel to exit cleanly towards the main pier where a crowd of supporters exulted in chants and claps. Judges awarded Thouron a 9.60, enough for the young surfer to claim the heat win and provoke a massive gathering as he walked back up the beach. 


Joan Duru © WSL/Masurel


“I can only thank the spot, I got two really good waves and I’m extremely happy,” Thouron added. “This is my first QS event ever, I’m stoked to make a couple of heats, I think I can even buy a new board now with the money I made and stop borrowing all my stuff from friends aha.”

Vicente Romero (ESP) 23, led the charge with two excellent scores to claim the second highest heat total so far, an impressive 17.43 out of 20. The talented Spaniard in a difficult 2015 season, blew up in round 4 and scored one of the best barrels of the day.

“I started with a good score and got a back up real quick,” Romero explained. “So I sat with priority  for a while and got a really good wave, the 8. I did the same again and got that perfect wave, I got a really nice barrel with a closeout turn. I’ve been surfing too safe this year, it works for a heat or two but if I want to win an event I’ll need to take more risks and that’s what I did right there.”

Event top seed and local favourite Joan Duru (FRA) 26,  belted a near-perfect 9.73 for a display of powerful backhand hacks on a righthander bomb. 

“I was waiting for the lefts really but that perfect right came through and I couldn’t let it go unridden,” Duru said. “I couldn’t really get another great wave, the conditions are very tricky and you really have to select the right ones, but I’m stoked we got some waves, everyone’s getting their share and there’s a good vibe out there.”

Andy Criere (FRA) 20, belted one of the highest heat totals of the event so far, and survived a tricky round 5 bout to obtain his ticket for Friday.

“I got here at 7am this morning and had a really good heat, I got the two bombs,” Criere said. “I had to wait 6 hours before my next heat, and the heat today was excruciating, I was really tired. That last heat was more like survival but I managed to just make it through and I can’t wait for tomorrow.”

In his last season amongst the junior crowd, Criere is already looking ahead at competing in the Qualifying Series full-time. With a solid experience in all sorts of conditions, the young Frenchman will be a real threat when he attacks the 2016 season.

“I think there are a lot of really good juniors and that the difference comes from mental strentgh when you move on to the QS,” Criere added. “With the priority system being used more and more now, and all the aspects of competing at the highest level to handle, there’s a lot of preparation and work before a heat and that’s where you really make a difference.”

Surf Report, official forecaster of the Pro Anglet, anticipates another excellent day of surfing on Day 4 with light mostly offshore winds all-day and waves in the three-to-four foot range.

The next Call is set to 7AM on Friday.

The Pro Anglet is scheduled from August 25-30, 2015 at La Chambre d’Amour, Anglet - France. The Pro Anglet is supported by the city Council of Anglet and the Tourism Office, Azureva Hotel, SeventyOne Percent, Surf Report, Adrenaline and Virgin Radio among others.


Heat 5: Mahina Maeda (HAW), Lee Ann Curren (FRA), Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK), Marie Dejean (FRA) 

Heat 6: Stephanie Single (AUS), Alizé Arnaud (FRA), Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR), Peony Knight (GBR) 

Heat 7: Justine Dupont (FRA), Holly Wawn (AUS), Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 

Heat 8: Maud Le Car (FRA), Mainei Kinimaka (HAW), Bailey Nagy (HAW), Meah Collins (USA)



Heat 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA), Bino Lopes (BRA), Diego Mignot (FRA), Medi Veminardi (REU) 

Heat 2: Julien Thouron (FRA), Robson Santos (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA), Nomme Mignot (FRA) 

Heat 3: Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Andy Criere (FRA), Vicente Romero (ESP), Deivid Silva (BRA) 

Heat 4: Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Gabriel Andre (BRA), Miguel Tudela (PER), Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 



Heat 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.84, Robson Santos (BRA) 13.44, Nicholas Squiers (AUS) 13.30, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 12.47

Heat 2: Diego Mignot (FRA) 14.60, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 12.16, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.03, Steven Pierson (PYF) 7.70

Heat 3: Julien Thouron (FRA) 15.33, Bino Lopes (BRA) 12.83, Marco Giorgi (URY) 8.93, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 8.60

Heat 4: Joan Duru (FRA) 14.67, Medi Veminardi (REU) 12.10, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 9.67, Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF) 9.24

Heat 5: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 13.34, Gabriel Andre (BRA) 12.07, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 11.70, Shane Campbell (AUS) 7.50

Heat 6: Vicente Romero (ESP) 11.33, Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 7.60, O'Neill Massin (PYF) 7.53, Keoni Yan (HAW) 3.23

Heat 7: Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 14.03, Andy Criere (FRA) 10.57, Teale Vanner (AUS) 9.47, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 9.47

Heat 8: Miguel Tudela (PER) 13.93, Deivid Silva (BRA) 13.10, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) 11.87, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 3.37



Heat 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.16, Diego Mignot (FRA) 9.34, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 9.20, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 8.33

Heat 2: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 13.27, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 12.97, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 9.40, Mitchell James (AUS) 7.67

Heat 3: Steven Pierson (PYF) 12.14, Robson Santos (BRA) 11.73, Caiden Fowler (AUS) 11.16, David Van Zyl (ZAF) 10.96

Heat 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 10.84, Nicholas Squiers (AUS) 8.10, Riley Laing (AUS) 7.20, Cody Robinson (AUS) 6.34

Heat 5: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 9.66, Medi Veminardi (REU) 9.40, Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 7.50, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 7.33

Heat 6: Bino Lopes (BRA) 13.40, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 10.67, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 5.66, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 4.76

Heat 7: Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF) 14.37, Marco Giorgi (URY) 11.13, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 10.27, Jackson Baker (AUS) 8.27

Heat 8: Joan Duru (FRA) 15.63, Julien Thouron (FRA) 9.84, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 8.49, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 8.20

Heat 9: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 16.56, Keoni Yan (HAW) 13.76, Mitch Parkinson (AUS) 7.00, Romain Laulhe (FRA) 6.23

Heat 10: Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 10.83, O'Neill Massin (PYF) 9.80, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 8.73, Dale Staples (ZAF) 6.90

Heat 11: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 14.53, Gabriel Andre (BRA) 14.24, Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 13.37, Aldric God (FRA) 11.73

Heat 12: Vicente Romero (ESP) 17.43, Shane Campbell (AUS) 14.20, Guy Sato (JPN) 12.93, Jean Da Silva (BRA) 12.00

Heat 13: Andy Criere (FRA) 17.10, Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.93, Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 14.54, Reo Inaba (JPN) 6.20

Heat 14: Teale Vanner (AUS) 17.87, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) 16.76, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 14.67, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 10.00

Heat 15: Miguel Tudela (PER) 15.56, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 11.60, Max Longhurst (AUS) 8.80, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 5.50

Heat 16: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 12.00, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 10.83, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 7.86, Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 6.86

Nicolas Leroy

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