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Vasco & Tessa claim crowns at Espinho Pro Junior

Vasco Ribeiro & Tessa Thyssen © ASP/Masurel




Espinho Surf Destination Pro Junior

ASP 2-Star Mens & Womens Pro Junior
Praia De Baia, Espinho, Portugal
26 - 29 June, 2014

Final day runs in small, clean surf at Praia de baia 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 June, 2014 - Praia de Baia, Espinho, Portugal - Vasco Ribeiro and Tessa Thyssen have won the inaugural Espinho Surf Destination, stop No.1 on the European Pro Junior Series, in clean 2-3Ft waves at the pristine venue of praia de baia, Espinho, Portugal.

An ecstatic Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 19, was carried up the beach and acclaimed by the crowds and his peers alike after coming out on top of a tricky final. Starting his 2014 campaign in the best of forms, Ribeiro will need to keep his momentum going into the next event on the European Junior Series.

“ We haven’t had a Pro Junior in Portugal for a long time so I’m stoked to win this one, my family was here to support, my girlfriend and my friends so it was really important for me to do good.” Ribeiro reflected. “It’s a long year and I think all events are equally important towards the title race, so I’ll just stick to my gameplan and give everything I have every step of the way, I think it’s going to be a great year.”

In a wave starved final, Ribeiro only caught the required two waves but made the most of every section he was offered and managed to take the win. An undisputed standout yesterday, Ribeiro confirmed he could handle everything the ocean threw at him today.

“I knew it was going to be slow so I tried to start big in the first few minutes,” Ribeiro explained. “I wanted to stick to the rights cause I thought more would come through but in the last five minutes with only one wave I had to paddle across towards the other guys and luckily I found my second ride there.”

Despite a very slow start to his final bout, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 18, got a rhythm going half way through and ended up being the most active surfer in the lineup which eventually paid off, the young Basque surfer placing runner-up to an untouchable Ribeiro.

“It was tricky, but I’m super proud of my result” Gonzalez stated. “I won heats before against Tom Cloarec, Leonardo Fioravanti and others, so it’s a huge confidence boost for me. I surfed a new board that my shaper and I have been working on, and without any sort of training in those conditions, it just went perfect and I’m stoked on my equipment.”

The next event being disputed on his homespot of Sopela in the Basque Country, Gonzalez will carry his confidence and try to re-enact his previous season highlight, a victory in Lacanau ahead of Vasco Ribeiro.
“I’m so excited to have the event in Sopela next month,” Gonzalez continued. “I hope we get fun waves and I’ll be extra motivated to get a win there !”

In the women’s final disputed a little earlier, Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 17, took control of the proceedings right from the start and never let go to win her first ever ASP Pro Junior event. Surfing impressively on both her front and backhand, Thyssen paddled on every moving wave to collect one of the highest heat total of the entire event.

“I am incredibly happy to win my first pro junior !” Thyssen said. “It’s a great start to my campaign, I’m going to continue to train and keep my rhythm going over the next few months. It was hard this final, but I kept super busy to find waves and it worked out well.”

Thyssen who had a rather discrete road to the final, seemed to have finally let go of her usual cautious self and gave everything she had in the very last heat she disputed.

“It took me some time to really feel good in this event,” Thyssen confirmed. “I only started to improve my scores in the semis, and I can thank my coach Eric Termeau who’s pushed me and had the right words to get the machine going ! In the final I was so stressed I paddled super fast and I wanted to surf everything.”

The youngest surfer in the final, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 14, suffered repetitive attempts to steal her second place but controlled her position and scored higher than two very experienced competitors. Improving on her best-ever result of a 4th last year, Bonvalot leads the charge amongst the crowd of Portuguese up-and-comers to watch in future events.

“It was tough, there was a lot of hassling in the lineup,” Bonvalot said. “I just focused on getting two good waves and tried to take the best ones. I’m super happy cause it’s only my second final and I’m improving on my best result last year !”

The ASP 2-Star Men and Women Espinho Surf Destination Pro Junior is scheduled from June 26-29, 2014 in Espinho, Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights, and press releases, log on to 
The Espinho Surf Destination Pro Junior is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Câmara Municipal de Espinho (City Council of Espinho), ON2 (Programa Operacional Regional do Norte), Praia Golfe Hotel, Castros and SuperBock amongst others. 

1- Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 9.47
2- Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 8.64
3- Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 8.27
4- Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 7.93
1- Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 13.00
2- Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 9.93
3- Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 7.87
4- Kim Veteau (GLP) 7.17

Heat 1: Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 15.77, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 15.10, Aldric God (FRA) 12.10, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 11.00

Heat 2: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 11.36, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 10.20, Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 9.86, Charly Quivront (FRA) 9.64
Heat 1: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 14.83, Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 12.90, Lucia Martiño (ESP) 9.26, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 5.77

Heat 2: Kim Veteau (GLP) 10.57, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 10.33, Marion Bouzigues (FRA) 7.67, Keshia Seelow-Eyre (PRT) 3.43
Heat 1: Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 12.50, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 9.63, Tom Cloarec (FRA)9.63, Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 7.86

Heat 2: Aldric God (FRA) 14.70, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 12.04, Joao Kopke (PRT) 11.34, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 7.50

Heat 3: Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 13.00, Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 12.07, Diego Mignot (FRA) 8.40, Titouan Boyer (MAF) 6.77

Heat 4: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 14.83, Charly Quivront (FRA) 10.66, Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 7.70, Will Davey (GBR) 3.17

Nicolas Leroy

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