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Schweitzer & Jackson claim European Cup

Celine Guesdon © Watermanleague



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Duo victorious at 1st stop of the European Cup in Bilbao

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 June, 2014 - After an incredibly dominant performance amidst World Class competition here in Bilbao, Angie Jackson (Fanatic) stepped it up again in the long distance race, making a statement with yet another convincing win here on Day 2 of the Iberdrola World SUP Challenge. The year has started well for Angie, currently leading the World Series Ranking and posting another win here in Bilbao as she only gains momentum through 2014. 

There is no doubt that Angie is a major force to be reckoned with and has her sights set on a World Title here in 2014. Watch this space and congratulations to Angie for a well deserved win. Also putting on an impressive performance this weekend, Sonni Honscheid demonstrated that she is a real force to be reckoned with, taking 2nd place in both the sprints and the long distance for a worthy second place overall.

Sonni has solidified herself as one of the World’s leading female paddlers this weekend and will certainly be a face to watch out for through the second half of the 2014 season. In 3rd place, Celine Guesdon from France put on a valiant performance, missing out on her 3rd round heat in the sprint racing (but still finishing in 4th= overall) and then putting on a stellar performance today in the long distance to secure a third place finish.

The two combined meant that she tied with fellow countrywoman Olivia Piana for 3rd, so a tie breaker was put in motion to decide the 3rd place. In the end it was to be Celine’s day, as she just got the better of Olivia to take the win in the tie breaker and secure her 3rd place overall for the event – an impressive performance by this French talent.

In 4th place therefore was Olivia Piana (Fanatic), who once again proved she is one of the leading lights on the Stand Up World Series, finishing in 3rd place in the sprint racing and 4th place in the long distance, unluckily for her, just falling short of Celine in the tiebreaker leaving her in 4th overall for the event.

Nontheless another great performance from this French athlete who will be looking to consolidate on her performance as we progress through the events on both the European Cup, but also World Series. In 5th place, Laura Quetglas from Spain put together a strong performance in the sprints to finish in 4th place, and then a 5th place in the long distance that gives her a 5th place overall for the event.

As the top place Spaniard at this event, this was a strong result for Laura at this first stop on the European Cup. In the Amateur division, young talent brimmed to the top in the women’s division as Ciara Palencuela took the win in both the sprints and long distance, demonstrating the bright future that lies ahead for the sport in Spain, much to the delight of the local crowds.

Meanwhile in the men’s division, it was Stefan Peillon (Starboard) who secured bullet wins in both the Sprints and the Long distance, giving him the much deserved overall win for the event.

So a big thank you goes out to Iberdrola, the City of Bilbao, the B Water crew, Turkish Airlines and all our event partners and crew for an amazing event this past weekend in the maginificent City of Bilbao. We are excited about how this premier European stop is developing as we look ahead to an exciting future for the World Series in the Basque Country of Spain

 Overal Top 8 Ranking Pro Division

1. Angela Jackson (Fanatic), AUS
​2. Sonja Honscheid, GER
3. Celine Guesdon, FR
4. Olivia Piana (Fanatic), FR
5. Laura Quetglas, ESP
6. Barbara de la Maza, ESP
7. Ane Zulaika, ESP
8. Marta Abruatedo, ESP

Sprint Racing Results, Women's Pro division

1. Angela Jackson (Fanatic), AUS
2. Sonja Honscheid, GER
3. Olivia Piana (Fanatic), FR
4ex. Laura Quetglas, ESP / Celine Guesdon, FR
6. Barbara de la Maza, ESP
7. Ane Zulaika, ESP
8. Marta Abruatedo, ESP

Long Distance Results, Pro Women division

1. Angela Jackson (Fanatic), AUS
2. Sonja Honscheid, GER
3. Celine Guesdon, FR
4. Olivia Piana (Fanatic), FR
5. Laura Quetglas, ESP
6. Barbara de la Maza, ESP
7. Ane Zulaika, ESP
8. Marta Abruatedo, ESP

Amateur Overall Results Top 8

1. Ciara Palencuela, ESP
2. Alazne Aurrekoetxea, ESP
3ex. Encarnacion Vilchez, ESP / Nora Cucurull, ESP
5ex. Pily Janeiro, ESP / Virginia Escudero, ESP
7. Edurne Ibarrondo, ESP
8. Sofia Abaitua Zarza, ESP

Turtle Bay European Cup Update: It is clear that from Stop 1 of the European Cup presented by Starboard, the competition across this 5 event Series is going to be intense, both from the International and European Riders.

Top European finishers at Stop 1 such as Sonni Honscheid from Germany and the 2 French Contenders Olivia Piana (Fanatic) and Celine Guesdon will certainly be names to watch out for.

However, you can obviously never count out the International contingent, as Australian Angie Jackson put on such a dominant performance this weekend in Bilbao and as we move through the Cup Series, we will see more international names stepping up to make their presence felt, so tension is certainly mounting here on the European leg of the World Series.

Wondering what's happening on the North Shore?: Make sure to watch the current edition of North Shore Stories, a twice monthly update bringing you the latest happenings from Oahu's Fabled North Shore. In this edition, some of the World's most celebrated action sports stars head to Turtle Bay for the GoPro  Summit, and Golf provides a unique fundraising opportunity for North Shore kids.

Next up: the Oleron Island Paddle Challenge, Stop 2 of the European Cup presented by Starboard: make sure to join us this weekend for the next stop on the 2014 European Cup presented by Starboard taking place on the beautiful Oleron Island in France. With one of the most dramatic courses imaginable when the conditions are right, Oleron Island is an event not to be missed as we will see the athletes back in action this coming weekend.

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