William Aliotti (FRA) [Photocredit:Aquashot/aspeurope.com]
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Saturday, May 14, 2011) – The Asp 3-Star Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior ran through to complete the quarter-finals with stand-out surfer William Aliotti (St Martin, FRA) 17, stealing the show to lead favourites into the final day of competition in rippable 3-4ft peaks at the main event site at La Cicer.
Surfers competing at the Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior, event nº3 of 7 on the Asp European Pro Junior Series, are out to claim the valuable ranking points on offer at this 3-Star rated event and place themselves in the race for the overall European Pro Junior title and the chance to compete in the Asp World Junior Series starting in Bali, Indonesia on October 3, 2011.
Aliotti dominated a one sided quarter-final bout over up-and-coming Italian talent Angelo Bonomelli to stamp himself as the inform surfer heading into the business end of competition. Getting off to a solid start, Aliotti sealed his pass into the Semi-finals with a combination of critical power turns to claim an 8.17 out of 10 and a lead which was never in jeopardy.
“It is definitely another good result for me. I have had a two 3rd placings in the first two Pro Juniors so I have done it again here but this time I want to try and make the final of this 3-Star event and maybe take the win.”
Earlier in his Round Four clash, Aliotti put in an amazing performance to lay down the challenge to his competitors that he is the form surfer at the moment. On a peeling left, Aliotti proceeded to produce a series of rail carves followed by a massive close-out air-reverse to post a near perfect 9.17 out of 10, the highest single wave score and the highest heat total of 16.84 of the event.
“It was a good wave for sure. It opened up and I did some carves first which were good and then I finished with the air-reverse that is a new school manoeuvre and I got the great score.”
Frederico Morais (Cascais, PRT) 19, who posted his best result of 2011, has quietly made his way through the event securing his wins and remaining fully focussed on his main goals of achieving a big result in the Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior.
“I am stoked because this is my best result in the Pro Junior series since last year and it is a semis in a 3-star so it is important to get some points for the final rankings so I am really happy.”
Morais took out Pierre-Valentin Laborde (Hossegor, FRA) 19, thanks to good positioning and wave selection during the slow 25-minute encounter. Sneaking under priority, Morais punched a combination of forehand snaps to post a 7.17 out of 10 and place his opponent in a combination situation.
“I got that left at the start and I was lucky because there were not many waves and then I got the right when P.V (Laborde) had priority so I was lucky he didn’t go. It all went my way and I am happy.”
Morais has had recent overseas Pro Junior experience in North America and has returned with added skills and knowledge which is hold him in good stead when coming up against his fellow Europeans.
“The Trestles Pro Junior helped me because there is such a high level of surfing there. I think though that a final or semis here is not that far behind them. We can make some good results too. We have the surf and the creativity to compete at all levels. It was a great experience their and it has helped me a lot in the contest I am doing now.”
Vasco Ribeiro (Praia da Poca, PRT) 16, beat fellow countryman Jose Ferreira (PRT) 19, in a challenging encounter which saw both surfers getting off to good starts and then relying on their backup scores to make the difference. Ribeiro locked in a 7.00 out of 10 to seal the win and to be one step closer to taking out the event.
“It was a slow heat and in the beginning I went out there to try and get two quick waves to get some scores. I want to improve my position on the junior rankings and hopefully jump up to nº3 or nº2. It is still early in the season with still four Pro Juniors to go so we will have to wait and see what happens.”
Medi Veminardi (Saint Leu, REU) 19, kept to his recent game plan of looking for the walling peaks which would allow him to cut loose on his powerful backhand. Facing Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 17 in Quarter-final nº1, Veminardi waited patiently knowing that wave selection and sticking to his plan of attack would be vital if he hoped to advance.
“At high tide there are not too many lefts and with not much power as well at high tide so I knew that if I went right and with just one or two good turns I could get some scores. I was patient because there are not a lot of waves so I kept checking and that was the reason for making sure to get the good waves.”
The final day of competition at the Asp 3-Star Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior is set to commence with a first call at 11h00 local time where up first in semi-final number one will be Medi Veminardi (REU) facing Vasco Ribeiro (PRT).