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Teresa Bonvalot crowned 2017 European Junior surfing champion

Teresa Bonvalot crowned 2017 European Junior surfing champion

26/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22967921

Marco Mignot and Teresa Bonvalot claimed the 2017 Junior Pro Espinho, in the north of Portugal.

The finals' day got underway in outstanding two-to-three-foot surf at Praia da Baia.

On the women's side, Bonvalot played the patient's game and decided to be selective. In front of her home crowd, the Portuguese surfer rode two waves and got the two-wave total she needed to win the event.


26/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22961680

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Caption: The two winners in Espinho.
Credit: © WSL / Lodin

PRAIA DE BAIA, Espinho - Portugal (Sunday, June 25, 2017) — Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), 17, and Marco Mignot (FRA), 16, have claimed the 2017 Junior Pro Espinho titles today in excellent two-to-three foot surf at praia de baia. A new push of swell overnight brought super fun conditions to complete the third stop on the European Junior Qualifying Series.

A first exchange in the opening minutes had all four women surfers put a score on the board, Bonvalot taking an early lead on her backhand with a three-turn combination for a 7.33. Vahine Fierro (PYF) opened with a decent score as well, while Juliette Lacome (FRA) and Ellie Turner (GBR) chipped away with lower scores, but briefly took the top two positions.

The Portuguese surfer found a nice left-hander on the ten-minute mark and backed up her top score to re-claim the lead. Patient, Fierro waited a little bit longer and opted to go on a set wave which unfortunately didn’t offer much opportunity.

Eventually the selective option worked out great for Bonvalot who claimed her second consecutive Junior Pro Espinho title with only two waves surfed in the whole final. The reigning European Junior Champion also secured her second regional title with the win today in Portugal.

“It’s really great to win here again in Espinho, obviously winning in Portugal is even more special for me,” Bonvalot said. “I had a lot of fun today, the waves were so much better and even though the final was a little slow I managed to find two good waves and it was enough. I’m excited to look ahead at Kiama, the World Junior Championships now and I’ll do my best there to try to win the title!”

Ellie Turner (GBR), 15, continued to build on her heat total and managed to fence off Fierro to claim a second runner-up result this season after Caparica. The English surfer, who finished the 2016 season in 33rd position overall, has radically improved as she now comforts her No. 2 position on the European rankings.

“I’m really happy with my second place today,” Turner said. “I never really got any big waves in the final, which was a little frustrating, but I feel like I surfed well on the small ones that I got. Wave selection is definitely something I need to work on. I hope I can stay in the Top 2 and qualify too that would be amazing, but if not I know I have a few more years.”

Fierro in third and Lacome in fourth complete the podium.

The men’s final delivered an entertaining start with all surfers taking multiple waves right off the horn. Mignot, Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) and Blouin exchanged good scores while Tiago Carrique (FRA) was left a little distant.

In the all-French final, Mignot started by building a solid lead with two 7+ rides on classic turn combinations. Once the job was done, the talented regular-footer started having fun and going to the air, landing two incredible rotations for a 9.07 and a 9.10. Mignot claims his second Pro Junior event win and takes the European rankings lead before the last event of the season next month.

“I’m super stoked with the win, and I want to thank my dad and Matthias my coach for all their help I couldn’t have done it without them,” Mignot stated. “Once I had those first two waves I really wanted to let loose and have fun, I’m super happy I made the airs. I felt like a grom again and that felt great. Kauli (Vaast) and I have a good battle for first place and we’re great friends so that really pushes us to be the best we can.” 

Erwan Blouin (FRA), 17, claims a best-ever runner-up result today in Espinho and takes a big leap from 25th to 8th on the regional rankings as well. The young Frenchman couldn't quite match Mignot’s rhythm in the final but displayed excellent surfing in previous rounds to reach his first final. 

“It feels good to make a final!” Blouin said. “I knew it’d be hard to compete with Marco cause the right was better and on my backhand there’s no way I could have done that well. So I stayed on the lefts and tried my best. There’s one more comp in Sopela so I’ll try to win that one!”

Etienne finished in third position a mere 0.1 behind Blouin, and Carrique took fourth place.

Last night, Afonso Antunes (PRT), 13, the highest ranked Portuguese surfer in the event with a fifth place, won a fun expression session presented by event sponsor Lenovo and walked home with a brand new computer.

Following the completion of the Junior Pro Espinho, the European Top 5 stands as follows. For full rankings, visit this page.

1 - Marco Mignot (FRA) 

2 - Kauli Vaast (PYF) 
3 - Theo Julitte (FRA) 
4 - Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 
4 - Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) 

1 - Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) ** European Champion**

2 - Ellie Turner (GBR) 
3 - Juliette Lacome (FRA) 
4 - Maelys Jouault (FRA) 
5 - Mafalda Lopes (PRT) 

With three events now completed, surfers will have a final opportunity at the upcoming Junior Pro Sopela from July 19-23 in the Basque Country.

The Junior Pro Espinho is scheduled from June 22-25, 2017 Espinho, Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to

The Junior Pro Espinho is organized by GPDESIGN Brand Communication and Câmara Municipal de Espinho, sponsored by Toyota Caetano Auto, Castros Iluminações, Best Travel Viagens and Suported by, PraiaGolfe Hotel, Padaria Pepim, Vitalis, Comercial Tec, CP-Comboios de Portugal, Greencoast Surfschool,  with media partners: Porto Canal, FUEL TV, MegaHits, SURFPortugal, Vert, ONFIRE and Surftotal among others, official forecaster Magicseaweed.

1 - Marco Mignot (FRA) 18.17
2 -
 Erwan Blouin (FRA) 13.17
3 - Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) 13.07
4 - Tiago Carrique (FRA) 10.30

1 - Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 13.56
2 - 
Ellie Turner (GBR) 10.87
3 - Vahine Fierro (PYF) 10.80
4 - Juliette Lacome (FRA) 9.94

SF 1: Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) 15.27, Tiago Carrique (FRA) 15.23, Lenni Jensen (DEU) 14.70, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 14.40
SF 2: Marco Mignot (FRA) 15.00, Erwan Blouin (FRA) 11.34, Afonso Antunes (PRT) 9.56, Stanley Norman (GBR) 8.10

SF 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 13.50, Juliette Lacome (FRA) 10.70, Mafalda Lopes (PRT) 9.20, Lucia Machado (CNY) 6.74
SF 2: Ellie Turner (GBR) 14.44, Vahine Fierro (PYF) 14.33, Francisca Veselko (PRT) 8.36, Neis Lartigue (FRA) 7.13 

QF 1: Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 11.47, Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) 11.20, Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 7.13, Juan Gorostidi (ESP) 5.87
QF 2: Tiago Carrique (FRA) 13.26, Lenni Jensen (DEU) 10.67, Teva Bouchgua (FRA) 10.23, Noa Dupouy (FRA) 9.23
QF 3: Marco Mignot (FRA) 14.40, Stanley Norman (GBR) 12.73, Justin Becret (FRA) 12.33, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 8.23
QF 4: Afonso Antunes (PRT) 14.03, Erwan Blouin (FRA) 12.80, Gonçalo Vieira (PRT) 11.00, Adur Amatriain (EUK) 7.20



25/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22956136

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Caption: Vahine Fierro (PYF) could upset Bonvalot's dominancy on home soil tomorrow.
Credit: © WSL / Lodin

PRAIA DE BAIA, Espinho - Portugal (Saturday, June 24, 2017) — Action continued on the third day of the Junior Pro Espinho with several rounds of the men and women’s events to set the stage for an exciting finals day on Sunday. Conditions remained pretty small and slow, but Europe’s best juniors delivered great surfing once again.

The current European No. 3 Marco Mignot (FRA), 16, seized the opportunity to make up ground as he witnessed the two surfers above him in the rankings (Kauli Vaast and Theo Julitte) getting eliminated from competition today. The powerful surfer who calls idyllic Sayulita - Mexico home, claimed a fourth place and a runner-up already this season, and looks deadly set on clinching a win this week in Espinho.

“I free surfed on both peaks before the event started so I knew what to expect and I went out there confident,” Mignot stated. “With another event after this one, the rankings are far from over. Of course I’m going to try to go for the title, but I’m quite focused on making each heat first and not thinking long term. I have great people around me here that help me stay grounded and make smart choices and we’re having a good time in Espinho.”

The biggest surprise in the men’s draw today came from 13 year-old Basque surfer Adur Amatriain (EUK), who eliminated his older brother and current No. 4 Iker Amatriain, winning his Round Four heat ahead of Justin Becret (FRA). Amatriain, who’s never been that far into an event, surfed a long right with style and power and was awarded an impressive 7.43 and a spot into the quarterfinals.

“I’m so happy, I was alone on that peak and got a couple of sick rights!” Amatriain said. “It always feels good to beat your older brother in a heat. I’m super excited and I’m going to try and continue like this. I’m smaller than everyone, so if waves stay like this I could have an advantage again tomorrow.”

In the women’s, the two clear favorites Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) and Vahine Fierro (PYF) both lived up to the hype and easily qualified for the semifinals. Behind them, an interesting batch of new talent fought for their own spots on finals day and will be interesting to watch when they come up against their older and more experienced competitors.

Juliette Lacome (FRA), 14, just comes fresh off an excellent second place in Biscarrosse and looks determined to reach the finals once again. Currently sitting in fourth position on the European Junior rankings, the Anglet local has a real opportunity to climb further up the regional ladder with a big result tomorrow.

“The tide got a little too high in our heat and conditions weren’t the best but I got through so I’m happy,” Lacome said. “Being second in Bisca was great but that’s the worst place cause you’re so close to winning but you don’t! I hope to make the Top 2 by the end of the season so I’m going to try my best here again. Teresa (Bonvalot) is super strong, Ellie (Turner) as well, there are a few girls that are going to be difficult to beat but I’ll try my best.”

Speaking of, Ellie Turner (GBR), 15,  continued to contribute to England’s new push of Junior talents through the ranks, and reached the semis for the second time this season. With a second place on her season tally, Turner is nowhere out of the qualification talks for the World Juniors, and will be one to watch tomorrow when the event resumes.

“I’m happy to make the semis and I’m hoping the waves will be a little better tomorrow,” Turner admitted. “There are a lot of good surfers coming out of England right now, which is exciting. We have your average competition wave on a daily basis there so that might be an advantage, but also there are great clubs and coaches doing the work to train all the young surfers in the U.K. I personally travel quite a bit to Indonesia every year, as well as France and Spain, cause every wave is different and it’s good to experience it all.”

Contest officials have set a final call Sunday at 8 a.m to launch the finals and crown the 2017 Junior Pro Espinho Champions around lunchtime.

The Junior Pro Espinho is scheduled from June 22-25, 2017 Espinho, Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to

The Junior Pro Espinho is organized by GPDESIGN Brand Communication and Câmara Municipal de Espinho, sponsored by Toyota Caetano Auto, Castros Iluminações, Best Travel Viagens and Suported by, PraiaGolfe Hotel, Padaria Pepim, Vitalis, Comercial Tec, CP-Comboios de Portugal, Greencoast Surfschool,  with media partners: Porto Canal, FUEL TV, MegaHits, SURFPortugal, Vert, ONFIRE and Surftotal among others, official forecaster Magicseaweed.

SF 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Mafalda Lopes (PRT), Juliette Lacome (FRA), Lucia Machado (CNY) 
SF 2: Neis Lartigue (FRA), Francisca Veselko (PRT), Vahine Fierro (PYF), Ellie Turner (GBR) 

QF 1: Ruben Vitoria (EUK), Juan Gorostidi (ESP), Leo Paul Etienne (FRA), Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 
QF 2: Tiago Carrique (FRA), Noa Dupouy (FRA), Lenni Jensen (DEU), Teva Bouchgua (FRA) 
QF 3: Marco Mignot (FRA), Justin Becret (FRA), Stanley Norman (GBR), Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 
QF 4: Adur Amatriain (EUK), Afonso Antunes (PRT), Erwan Blouin (FRA), Gonçalo Vieira (PRT) 

QF 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 11.83, Mafalda Lopes (PRT) 8.56, Eveline Hooft (NDL) 7.23, Sara Urresti (EUK) 4.24
QF 2: Juliette Lacome (FRA) 9.36, Lucia Machado (CNY) 9.36, Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 9.17, Mariana Brandao (PRT) 3.40
QF 3: Neis Lartigue (FRA) 7.63, Francisca Veselko (PRT) 7.44, Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA) 6.44, Uhaina Joly (FRA) 5.90
QF 4: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 13.74, Ellie Turner (GBR) 10.66, Melania Diaz (ESP) 7.87, Violeta Sanchez (ESP) 5.63

Heat 1: Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 11.47, Noa Dupouy (FRA) 9.33, Dylan Groen (DEU) 7.76, Joao Vidal (PRT) 5.43
Heat 2: Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) 13.33, Teva Bouchgua (FRA) 8.30, Renan Grainville (FRA) 6.91, Aurelien Buffet (FRA) 5.60
Heat 3: Tiago Carrique (FRA) 13.86, Juan Gorostidi (ESP) 8.06, Thomas Ledee (FRA) 6.97, Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 6.66
Heat 4: Lenni Jensen (DEU) 12.13, Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 10.83, Kauli Vaast (PYF) 10.47, Sam Piter (FRA) 8.67
Heat 5: Marco Mignot (FRA) 13.97, Afonso Antunes (PRT) 9.57, Joao Moreira (PRT) 9.20, Dean Vandewalle (BEL) 5.00
Heat 6: Stanley Norman (GBR) 11.16, Gonçalo Vieira (PRT) 9.26, Nalu Doutres (FRA) 8.13, Asier Iriondo (EUK) 8.03
Heat 7: Adur Amatriain (EUK) 13.26, Justin Becret (FRA) 12.30, Gaizka Housset Ezponda (FRA) 8.80, Iker Amatriain (ESP) 8.73
Heat 8: Erwan Blouin (FRA) 12.67, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 11.14, Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT) 10.24, Theo Julitte (FRA) 8.57

Heat 1: Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 10.83, Renan Grainville (FRA) 6.07, Kilian God (FRA) 5.50, Olivier Cassaigne (FRA) 4.97
Heat 2: Dylan Groen (DEU) 10.34, Aurelien Buffet (FRA) 9.43, Paolo Giorgi (CNY) 7.90, Nanook Ballerin (FRA) 7.67
Heat 3: Teva Bouchgua (FRA) 12.27, Noa Dupouy (FRA) 10.84, Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA) 8.10, Edoardo Papa (ITA) 6.90
Heat 4: Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) 11.13, Joao Vidal (PRT) 8.80, Fynnlee Miller-Cooley (GBR) 6.87, Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 6.34
Heat 5: Tiago Carrique (FRA) 12.30, Lenni Jensen (DEU) 8.87, Mattia Migliorini (ITA) 7.10, Youri Conradi (FRA) 6.56
Heat 6: Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 10.47, Sam Piter (FRA) 9.50, Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY) 8.33, Kike Suarez (ESP) 7.07
Heat 7: Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 9.80, Thomas Ledee (FRA) 9.47, Enzo Cavallini (FRA) 9.34, Miguel Castrillon (ESP) 8.83
Heat 8: Kauli Vaast (PYF) 16.43, Juan Gorostidi (ESP) 10.00, Titouan Canevet (FRA) 6.83
Heat 9: Marco Mignot (FRA) 13.06, Stanley Norman (GBR) 7.97, Jonathan Cohen (ISR) 7.04, Jose Marques Correia (PRT) 4.57
Heat 10: Afonso Antunes (PRT) 12.60, Gonçalo Vieira (PRT) 10.00, Dorian Gomez (FRA) 9.47, Felix Morau (FRA) 7.30
Heat 11: Nalu Doutres (FRA) 9.17, Dean Vandewalle (BEL) 9.03, Tomas Zarra (ESP) 6.43, Endika Garai (ESP) 4.74
Heat 12: Asier Iriondo (EUK) 10.67, Joao Moreira (PRT) 10.57, Jose Champalimaud (PRT) 7.40, Borja Malvar (ESP) 6.77
Heat 13: Justin Becret (FRA) 13.14, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 11.10, Martim Paulino (PRT) 8.50, Willoughby Masterman (GBR) 7.57
Heat 14: Iker Amatriain (ESP) 10.57, Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT) 10.00, Maximilian Hudson (GBR) 6.57, Simao Penha (PRT) 5.16
Heat 15: Erwan Blouin (FRA) 15.67, Adur Amatriain (EUK) 10.87, Selyann Zouhir (MAR) 7.03, Francisco Almeida (PRT) 4.94
Heat 16: Theo Julitte (FRA) 14.67, Gaizka Housset Ezponda (FRA) 11.83, Lucas Desmoucelles (FRA) 9.94, Bryan Picon (FRA) 7.97

A few tips to avoid losing your SUP paddle

A few tips to avoid losing your SUP paddle

25/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22955805

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24/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22938372

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Caption: Noa Dupouy (FRA) leads the field on Day 2.
Credit: © WSL / Lodin

PRAIA DE BAIA, Espinho - Portugal (Friday, June 23, 2017) — Day 2 of the Junior Pro Espinho followed a similar pattern with extremely early heats from 6:45 a.m, a high tide break and more action late afternoon towards the beautiful Portuguese sunset.

Competitors in both the men and women’s second rounds started their campaign and once again new faces emerged and delivered great performances in the fun peaky surf of praia de baia.

Stanley Norman (GBR), 14, continued his successful Espinho run with a second consecutive heat win to make his way into the top seeds round. The talented Brit secured a solid 13.83 combined heat total and some of the best surfing seen all-day.

“You just have to get up fast, do one pump and a turn and try to keep your momentum for the rest of the wave,” Norman stated. “It makes it a lot easier when you’re smaller, it’s super fun. We have good practice in England for those conditions, sometimes it pays off. But I travel a lot to experience other conditions. I just spent six months in Australia to train over there, there’s a lot of better surfers and it’s good to push yourself.”

Coming off a semifinal berth in Biscarrosse, French young gun Noa Dupouy (FRA), 13, picked up where he left off and advanced in pole position out of round two. The light goofy foot perfectly surfed the little running lefts on offer and dominated his 20-minute bout once he found his feet.

“I had a somewhat shaky start as I fell on my first wave, but I got a decent wave quickly after that,” Dupouy explained. “I was in third then and needed a score, that’s when I got the first left. Without priority I tried an air and got my 7, so I sat and waited for another good wave to get my 6 later on. I’m only young so there’s really no pressure for me to do well and I’m having a lot of fun.”

When the tide came up and what was left of a previous little swell died, the event went on hold again for a long break before resuming with a new push on the outgoing tide. The men’s round was completed and the women got their turn to shine, running double banks to capitalize on the last few hours of daylight.

Reigning European Junior Champion Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), 17, opened her Espinho account in the round’s very first heat and navigated the tricky south-podium lineup with ease to advance in pole position. With a second win this week, Bonvalot could potentially lock another regional title, depending on her opponents’ results; but the pressure visibly didn’t affect the Portuguese surfer who has competed on much bigger stages already throughout her young career.

“Luckily waves came up a bit bigger tonight, but conditions still weren’t easy,” Bonvalot admitted. “My goal is always to surf as well as I can and have fun doing it, I try to keep all the rankings calculations off my mind. I achieved my goal last year by winning the title and of course I’d like to win it again, but it’s not as important the second time. I’ll focus on the World Junior finals in Kiama in my last season as a juniors. I feel like I surf as good as ever, I train a lot and hopefully I can have a big result there and improve on my 5th place.”

Neis Lartigue (FRA), 17, killed the competition in Heat 6 with a near-perfect 9.33 out of 10, for a combination of two radical forehand turns on a great looking righthander. The talented French surfer, who’s best-ever result was a 3rd place in Espinho last season, will look to build confidence from her Round Two antics to reach the final rounds again.

“There were some fun waves on that North podium and I was lucky to found a great right that opened up a little, where I got that 9,” an ecstatic Lartigue said. “I’m not super happy with my start of the season, I’ve had good heats in the first rounds and was unable to continue, so I hope I can get a little consistency going in this one and make more rounds.”

A similar call will see men reconvene at 6:30 a.m Saturday for a potential big day and multiple rounds of competition before the finals on Sunday. Women will join a little later on for a 9:30 a.m call.

The Junior Pro Espinho is scheduled from June 22-25, 2017 Espinho, Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to

The Junior Pro Espinho is organized by GPDESIGN Brand Communication and Câmara Municipal de Espinho, sponsored by Toyota Caetano Auto, Castros Iluminações, Best Travel Viagens and Suported by, PraiaGolfe Hotel, Padaria Pepim, Vitalis, Comercial Tec, CP-Comboios de Portugal, Greencoast Surfschool,  with media partners: Porto Canal, FUEL TV, MegaHits, SURFPortugal, Vert, ONFIRE and Surftotal among others, official forecaster Magicseaweed.

Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Eveline Hooft (NDL), Mafalda Lopes (PRT), Sara Urresti (EUK) 
Heat 2: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK), Lucia Machado (CNY), Juliette Lacome (FRA), Mariana Brandao (PRT) 
Heat 3: Francisca Veselko (PRT), Uhaina Joly (FRA), Neis Lartigue (FRA), Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA) 
Heat 4: Vahine Fierro (PYF), Violeta Sanchez (ESP), Ellie Turner (GBR), Melania Diaz (ESP) 

Heat 1: Ruben Vitoria (EUK), Kilian God (FRA),Olivier Cassaigne (FRA), Renan Grainville (FRA) 
Heat 2: Dylan Groen (DEU),Nanook Ballerin (FRA), Aurelien Buffet (FRA), Paolo Giorgi (CNY) 
Heat 3: Teva Bouchgua (FRA), Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA), Noa Dupouy (FRA), Edoardo Papa (ITA) 
Heat 4: Leo Paul Etienne (FRA), Fynnlee Miller-Cooley (GBR), Joao Vidal (PRT), Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 
Heat 5: Tiago Carrique (FRA), Lenni Jensen (DEU), Youri Conradi (FRA),Mattia Migliorini (ITA) 
Heat 6:Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY), Ignacio Guisasola (ESP), Sam Piter (FRA), Kike Suarez (ESP) 
Heat 7: Miguel Castrillon (ESP), Enzo Cavallini (FRA), Thomas Ledee (FRA), Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 
Heat 8: Kauli Vaast (PYF), Francisco Cruz (PRT), Juan Gorostidi (ESP), Titouan Canevet (FRA) 
Heat 9: Marco Mignot (FRA), Jose Marques Correia (PRT), Stanley Norman (GBR), Jonathan Cohen (ISR) 
Heat 10: Afonso Antunes (PRT), Felix Morau (FRA),Gonçalo Vieira (PRT),Dorian Gomez (FRA) 
Heat 11: Nalu Doutres (FRA), Endika Garai (ESP), Dean Vandewalle (BEL), Tomas Zarra (ESP) 
Heat 12: Joao Moreira (PRT), Asier Iriondo (EUK), Jose Champalimaud (PRT), Borja Malvar (ESP) 
Heat 13: Justin Becret (FRA), Liam Murray Strout (GBR), Martim Paulino (PRT), Willoughby Masterman (GBR) 
Heat 14: Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT),Simao Penha (PRT), Iker Amatriain (ESP), Maximilian Hudson (GBR) 
Heat 15: Erwan Blouin (FRA), Francisco Almeida (PRT), Selyann Zouhir (MAR), Adur Amatriain (EUK) 
Heat 16: Theo Julitte (FRA), Gaizka Housset Ezponda (FRA), Lucas Desmoucelles (FRA), Bryan Picon (FRA) 

Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 10.40, Lucia Machado (CNY) 6.63, Ainhoa Leiceaga (FRA) 6.50, Mikele Beato (EUK) 3.23
Heat 2: Mafalda Lopes (PRT) 8.13, Mariana Brandao (PRT) 7.87, Illona Goasguen (FRA) 7.40, Belen Botin (ESP) 4.06
Heat 3: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 8.80, Eveline Hooft (NDL) 8.44, Laura De Los Reyes (CNY) 8.03, Lili Termeau (FRA) 4.40
Heat 4: Juliette Lacome (FRA) 11.67, Sara Urresti (EUK) 8.33, Elisa Cazenave (FRA) 7.97, Nerea Donaire (ESP) 5.50
Heat 5: Francisca Veselko (PRT) 6.74, Violeta Sanchez (ESP) 6.50, Maelys Jouault (FRA) 4.50, Julia Dufrechou (GLP) 2.90
Heat 6: Neis Lartigue (FRA) 15.23, Melania Diaz (CNY) 11.10, June Del Campo (EUK) 6.07, Mae Demanez (GLP) 2.87
Heat 7: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 12.66, Uhaina Joly (FRA) 7.84, Isabel Gundin (ESP) 7.23, Ozvan Masseron (FRA) 4.97
Heat 8: Ellie Turner (GBR) 11.00, Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA) 7.50, Nahia Milhau (FRA) 5.80, Karla Fodor (FRA) 3.94

Heat 1: Olivier Cassaigne (FRA) 9.00, Paolo Giorgi (CNY) 8.50, Cristian Portelli (SWE) 8.36, Joseph Morris (GBR) 4.66
Heat 2: Aurelien Buffet (FRA) 12.40, Renan Grainville (FRA) 9.67, Nestor Garcia (ESP) 8.80, Seth Morris (GBR) 7.93
Heat 3: Noa Dupouy (FRA) 13.43, Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 8.50, Tom Goasguen (FRA) 7.27, Manuel Teixeira (PRT) 5.40
Heat 4: Joao Vidal (PRT) 10.53, Edoardo Papa (ITA) 9.90, Noe Ledee (FRA) 8.83, Rodrigo Garcia (ESP) 5.23
Heat 5: Youri Conradi (FRA) 9.70, Kike Suarez (ESP) 8.90, Sean Gunning (ESP) 7.73, Titouan Veschambre (FRA) 3.83
Heat 6: Sam Piter (FRA) 8.33, Mattia Migliorini (ITA) 8.03, Enrique Fernandez (ESP) 7.60, Saul Da Silva (ESP) 5.24
Heat 7: Thomas Ledee (FRA) 12.60, Titouan Canevet (FRA) 8.03, Tomer Linivker (ISR) 6.84, Rodrigo Lebre (PRT) 5.87
Heat 8: Juan Gorostidi (ESP) 10.96, Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 9.27, Ander Idarraga (ESP) 8.60, Noah Biersack (GBR) 6.60
Heat 9: Stanley Norman (GBR) 13.83, Dorian Gomez (FRA) 11.83, Nicolas Paulet (FRA) 10.00, Salvador Couto (PRT) 7.47
Heat 10: Gonçalo Vieira (PRT) 11.34, Jonathan Cohen (ISR) 8.30, Diego Garcia (ESP) 7.44, Ricardo De La Hera Suarez (ESP) 5.90
Heat 11: Dean Vandewalle (BEL) 9.13, Borja Malvar (ESP) 8.80, Taylor McCarthy (FRA) 8.30, Gabriel Ortiz (ESP) 6.60
Heat 12: Jose Champalimaud (PRT) 10.87, Tomas Zarra (ESP) 8.07, Issam Auptel (FRA) 7.30
Heat 13: Martim Paulino (PRT) 7.73, Maximilian Hudson (GBR) 7.57, Arnau Martinez (ESP) 7.00, Sebastião Ramirez (PRT) 5.70
Heat 14: Iker Amatriain (ESP) 9.83, Willoughby Masterman (GBR) 8.33, Louis Tabere Allamelou (FRA) 6.77, Marco Teichner (DEU) 3.60
Heat 15: Selyann Zouhir (MAR) 7.40, Bryan Picon (FRA) 6.93, Jose Maria Bruschy (PRT) 6.36, Egor Volkov (RUS) 3.93
Heat 16: Lucas Desmoucelles (FRA) 12.67, Adur Amatriain (EUK) 10.34, Neil Aboufiras (MAR) 9.44, Tomas Ribeiro (PRT) 8.17

Surfer who has surfed everyday for 6 years appears on SportsCenter; video

Surfer who has surfed everyday for 6 years appears on SportsCenter; video

24/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22936616

This June, Southern California teenager and surfer Meg Roh surpassed the mark of surfing everyday for the past 6 years. It’s quite the impressive feat for anyone, let alone a straight-A student. She has become a bit of an icon because of it, and there really wasn’t any intention of doing so when she set

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CBS This Morning is next outlet to ‘discover’ night surfing; video

CBS This Morning is next outlet to ‘discover’ night surfing; video

24/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22935555

Night surfing is nothing new. But 2017 appears to be the year that national and international news outlets are picking up on the longstanding act and calling it a “trend”. Back in April, night surfing in San Diego was featured on the homepage of The New York Times. And on Thursday morning, CBS This Morning

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Quick Facts – The World Surf League’s Championship Tour

Quick Facts – The World Surf League’s Championship Tour

23/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22930564
  • The Corona Open JBay is the 6th stop on the World Surfing Leagues’ Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, and marks half way of the professional tour surfers’ yearlong campaign.
  • The Championship Tour consists of 34 surfers, who will be joined by two event wildcards at each event. In JBay one of these wild cards is Dale Staples, the winner of the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy. The JBU Supertrial was run off in excellent conditions in June, and Staples hails from St Francis Bay.
  • The surfing event takes place when the waves at Supers are of ‘contestable’ conditions, and there is a contest director and surf technology to help forecast what the waves will be like throughout the event’s waiting period.
  • Historically the waiting period for the contest is a great time for swell and favourable winds at Supertubes, and more often than not the contest is held in some of the best conditions of the year. When Supertubes is in her best form, rides of 300 meters, and ten point rides are fairly common, but more on points scoring coming up.
  • There are five rounds in Championship Tour surfing contest, with the first round and the fourth round being non-elimination. After this round it is sudden death elimination, all the way to final.
  • The top two waves of each surfer is scored, and the criteria is thus:

– Commitment and degree of difficulty

– Innovative and progressive maneuvers

– Combination of major maneuvers

– Variety of maneuvers

– Speed, power and flow

  • Judging scale:
    [0.0 — 1.9: Poor] [2.0 — 3.9: Fair] [4.0 — 5.9: Average] [6.0 — 7.9: Good] [8.0 — 10.0: Excellent]
  • A panel of five judges scores each wave on a scale of one to ten. For every scoring ride, the highest and lowest scores (of the five judges) are discounted and the surfer receives the average of the remaining three scores. There is no limit on the number of waves that will be scored, but the two best scoring waves (each out of a possible 10) are added together to become a surfer’s heat total (out of a possible 20).
  • First prize for a championship tour event like the JBay Open is $100,000 and 10,000 valuable points counting towards a surfer’s world tour ranking. A win in JBay bodes well for a surfer’s back end of the tour, and promises a good finish.
JBay Loggers Classic Presented By Vodacom4U Welcomes Prominent International Competitors

JBay Loggers Classic Presented By Vodacom4U Welcomes Prominent International Competitors

23/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22927787

Lower Point, JBay – The inaugural JBay Loggers Classic is fast gaining momentum, and looks to be a popular addition to the JBay Winterfest 2017. There has been international interest in the contest, with a couple of high profile surfers entered into the tournament.

A logging competition has a few set-in-stone commandments, which make it differ from normal longboarding contests. They are thus:

  • The board needs to be a minimum length of 9’2, with most surfers actually riding boards between 9’4 and 9’6.
  • The boards need to be a minimum of 6kg in weight. They also need to be purpose-built single fins, with the one fin either glassed or in a box, but there is no allowance for side boxes.
  • Generally there is a rule that no leashes are allowed either, but for this event at Lower Point, and with some veteran surfers in the event, there will be a call made on the day to see if leashes are needed from a safety aspect. If so, then they will be allowed.
  • There is no interference rule, and there is a gentleman’s (or gentlelady’s) rule of no hassling or dropping in. The logging ideology is more about sharing and having fun than being overly competitive.
Mia Baard © Kody McGregor

Mia Baard © Kody McGregor

Event director Ryan Anderson from Logger’s Union is happy with the reaction to this first-time event thus far.

“We are very encouraged by the growing international interest in our event,” said Ryan. “We look forward to welcoming a number of international surfers who will be joining the local logging community in sharing the beautiful waves of Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay. Amongst our international entrants is Rachel Tilley, the 2015 WSL Ladies World Longboard champion from California, USA.  Two other entries are from Alexandra Florence and Ivan Florence from Oahu, Hawaii, who are mom and brother of the current WSL Men’s World Surfing Champion John John Florence. With such a high caliber of local and international competitors, we are confident that the JBay Loggers Classic is set to become a fixture on the international longboarding calendar.”

The JBay Loggers Classic presented by Vodacom4U also has a solid line-up of live music for the two days, Friday the 21st of July and Saturday the 22nd of July. Friday’s music kicks off at 12:30pm and includes Tall Thief, Too Many Chiefs and The Cottonfields, while Saturday’s line-up consists of The Rob Thompson Band and Charlie Finch.
The JBay Loggers Classic is part of the JBay Winterfest that takes place 12 – 23 July. The JBay Winterfest includes the Corona Open JBay, the Cold Water Swim Classic, the Oakley X Over, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, the Kite Festival, the Skins Fishing Comp and the Funduro.

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