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Pumping conditions Day 2 of Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior

Dylan Lightfoot © WSL/Masurel




Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior

World Surf League Junior Men's Event
World Surf League Junior Women's Event
Grande Plage, Lacanau, France
14 - 17 August 2015

Airwalk Pro Junior Goes International on Day 2

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 August, 2015 - Lacanau - The Airwalk Pro Junior launched today in pumping conditions at the Grande Plage of Lacanau. The storm that hit France on Friday let way to a bumpy four-to-five foot swell in the morning, further cleaning out throughout the day to deliver pumping surf for the latter heats. South-Africans and Australians stole the show on the opening day of competition and will be facing European top seeds when the event resumes.

Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 20, was the first and only surfer so far to score above the nine point range, with two solid turns on a big powerful righthander. Prestwich’s commitment in the powerful closing sections made a big difference and allowed the regular-footer to score a 9.03 on his first wave in Round 2, as well as back it up with a solid 7.93 in the following minutes.

“I was hoping I’d get a few barrels cause it took me so long to paddle out,” Prestwich explained. “It’s really heavy on the inside and I was hoping I could sneak a little one. I’ve been here a few times and it’s always fun, the waves are great. Both heats were fun today and I’m going to go for another surf now.”

South-African compatriot Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 18, wasn’t shy on dropping big scores either, making his way into the third round of competition with two solid heat totals including a 16.33. His lightning fast turns on the clean set waves were rightly rewarded and his future opponents will know McGillivray means business on his first visit to France.

“I’m really happy to have made it through, the waves are nice and big today,” McGillivray stated. “It made things interesting in this heat I had to do quite a few runarounds. I definitely enjoy size but it was difficult cause it broke all-over the place and choosing the right one wasn’t that easy. It’s really great to have this contest before the QS to warm up and get to know the waves here.”

Cronulla local Shane Campbell (AUS) 20, racked up an impressive 15.93 to advance ahead of fellow Aussie Louis Gillick (AUS). It took the young surfer a few waves to find his rhythm but when he did, Campbell built momentum to post three big scores consecutively, making the situation more and more complicated for his opponents.

“It’s my first time in Europe, I came here to use the Pro Junior as a warm-up for the QS next week so I’m hoping to do well,” Campbell said. “Looking at it from here it looks fun but when you’re out there it’s really tricky to find where to sit. But when you get a clean face it’s really fun. It’s a big shorey and waves out the back, exactly what I thought it would be like actually.”

Cody Robinson (AUS) 18, was another standout in today’s tricky conditions, advancing through two rounds as well. In the cleaner afternoon session, Robinson even managed to lock in a clean Lacanau barrel for an excellent 8.17 and the win.

“That last heat was sick, a couple little barrels the waves were fun !” Robinson said. “I already had two scores and thought I might as well try. I got a set and started with a little carve, then had to pump like three times to get in and just as it was closing down I managed to sneak out so yeah I was stoked. There’s a big field here but I’m excited and I want to win !”

The opening round of the women’s event was also completed on Day 2 with newcomers battling the wild conditions for a spot into the top seeds second round.

The event will resume on Sunday at 7:30AM with a potential start of either the Men’s or Women’s event.



Heat 1: Enzo Cavallini (GLP) 10.00, Titouan Dubos (FRA) 5.37, Kasperi Turkia (FIN) 4.53, Eño James (GBR) 3.33

Heat 2: Miguel Blanco (PRT) 10.20, Justin Becret (FRA) 8.87, Thomas Delplace (FRA) 8.26, Tomas Lopez Moreno (ARG) 3.36

Heat 3: Shane Campbell (AUS) 15.93, Luis Gillick (AUS) 12.03, Kalani Da Silva (CNY) 8.97, Enzo Poulat (FRA) 6.00

Heat 4: Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 7.40, Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY) 6.37, Rhys Barfield (GBR) 5.36, Charlie Rio (JEY) 4.04

Heat 5: Francisco Da Silva Duarte (PRT) 7.67, Harry De Roth (GBR) 6.80, Asier Iriondo (EUK) 4.67, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 4.33

Heat 6: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 13.60, Lucas Aubron (FRA) 6.66, Theo Julitte (FRA) 5.44, Leo Paul Etienne (GLP) 2.00

Heat 7: Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 16.96, Liam Turner (GBR) 8.20, Victor Vallauri (FRA) 3.27, Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 1.54

Heat 8: Elliot Paerata-Reid (NZL) 10.57, Angus Scotney (GBR) 7.67, Jack Keenan (GBR) 4.94, Martin Cortijo Gonzalez (ESP) 4.80

Heat 9: Colin Doyez (REU) 14.07, Kalani Ball (AUS) 11.27, Joshua Braddock (GBR) 7.20, Dean Vanderwalle (BEL) 2.00

Heat 10: Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF) 8.54, Leon Glatzer (DEU) 7.53, David Noy (ISR) 6.23, Lourenco Alves (PRT) 4.77

Heat 11: Nalu Doutres (FRA) 11.20, Mattia Poirier (FRA) 10.50, Luis Perloiro (PRT) 6.47, Nanook Ballerin (BLM) 6.33

Heat 12: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 14.64, Arran Strong (GBR) 7.06, Adrian Zorriketa (EUK) 4.10

Heat 13: Cody Robinson (AUS) 15.40, Arthur Lasse (FRA) 10.17, Lucas Bernard (REU) 6.70, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 6.23

Heat 14: Mitchell Parkinson (AUS) 12.17, Quentin Grenard (FRA) 8.60, Thomas Doumenjou (FRA) 4.10, Iker Amatriain (ESP) 3.10

Heat 15: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 10.83, Facundo Arreyes (ARG) 8.53, Mathis Crozon (REU) 7.67, Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU) 5.77

Heat 16: Harrison Martin (AUS) 13.27, Joao Kopke (PRT) 12.44, Miles Lee Hargreaves (GBR) 12.03, Felix Morau (FRA) 10.56



Heat 1: Titouan Dubos (FRA) 9.50, Tomas Lopez Moreno (ARG) 8.00, Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 6.14, Fynnlee Miller-Cooley (GBR) 4.87

Heat 2: Miguel Blanco (PRT) 11.50, Eño James (GBR) 3.40, Edouard Damestoy (FRA) 3.37, Kit Innes (GBR) 3.16

Heat 3: Shane Campbell (AUS) 8.30, Charlie Rio (JEY) 5.43, Salvador Couto (PRT) 3.40, Antonio Duarte (PRT) 3.00

Heat 4: Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 11.17, Luis Gillick (AUS) 9.47, Carlos Castro (ESP) 6.90, Mathieu Moulia (FRA) 5.66

Heat 5: Harry De Roth (GBR) 11.77, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 11.04, Robbie Rickard (AUS) 9.23

Heat 6: Lucas Aubron (FRA) 9.07, Francisco Da Silva Duarte (PRT) 7.86, Fall Cherif (SEN) 7.04, Ely Cassirer (ISR) 2.24

Heat 7: Victor Vallauri (FRA) 6.74, Angus Scotney (GBR) 3.67, Nemo Nogues (FRA) 3.60, Rudy Chiara (ITA) 2.00

Heat 8: Elliot Paerata-Reid (NZL) 14.83, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 11.43, Paul Monborne (FRA) 11.00, Tarik Rahim (ESP) 4.80

Heat 9: Kalani Ball (AUS) 11.90, Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF) 10.20, Juan Lopez (ESP) 8.44 Simao Penha (PRT) 7.67 

Heat 10: Leon Glatzer (DEU) 12.34, Dean Vanderwalle (BEL) 7.90, Téva Bouchgua (FIN) 5.76 

Heat 11: Nalu Doutres (FRA) 10.34, Arran Strong (GBR) 7.77, O'Neill Massin (PYF) 7.64, Bryan Picon (FRA) 5.86

Heat 12: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 16.33, Mattia Poirier (FRA) 10.07, Erwan Blouin (FRA) 8.84, Yannis Galissaire (FRA) 7.34

Heat 13: Cody Robinson (AUS) 15.33, Iker Amatriain (ESP) 11.17, Pedro Rua (PRT) 9.60, Dorian Gomez (FRA) 5.47

Heat 14: Mitchell Parkinson (AUS) 14.07, Arthur Lasse (FRA) 13.60, Michael Zaugg (CHE) 8.07, Patrick Mainstone (ESP) 6.77

Heat 15: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 14.97, Joao Kopke (PRT) 11.43, Loyan Pons De Vier (FRA) 9.67, Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA) 5.30

Heat 16: Harrison Martin (AUS) 15.66, Facundo Arreyes (ARG) 12.70, Vasco Diniz (PRT) 9.30, Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 7.17



Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Paula Fraga (ESP), Mahe Javegny (REU), Nadia Erostarbe (EUK)  

Heat 2: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK), Lisa Girardet (REU), Ilonna Rondi (FRA), Naumi Eychenne (PYF) 

Heat 3: Juliette Brice (FRA), Noa Iturripea (EUK), Mailys Cantrelle (CNY), Mariana Assis (PRT) 

Heat 4: Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Uhaina Joly (FRA), Leire Fuente (EUK), Emily Currie (GBR)  

Heat 5:Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK), Peony Knight (GBR), Ainhoa Leiceaga (FRA), Anouk Duboe (FRA) 

Heat 6: Tessa Thyssen (BLM), Camilla Kemp (PRT), Victoria Capdepont (FRA), Yolander Hopkins (PRT) 

Heat 7: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Aleyna Hadmolu (TUR), Evelyn Gontier (ARG) 

Heat 8: Carol Henrique (PRT), Nina Reynal (FRA), Lucy Campbell (GBR),  Sara Urresti (EUK) 



Heat 1: Naumi Eychenne (PYF), Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), Aitana Irulegi (EUK) 

Heat 2: Mariana Assis (PRT), Emily Currie (GBR), Karla Thompson (AUS)

Heat 3: Yolander Hopkins (PRT), Noive Ceballos (ESP), Anouk Duboe (FRA) 

Heat 4: Melania Diaz (ESP), Sara Urresti (EUK), Evelyn Gontier (ARG) 


Nicolas Leroy

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