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Europe’s Best Begin Battle at ASP 4-Star Quiksilver Pro Junior UK

August 27, 2011

The opening day of the ASP 4-Star Quiksilver Pro Junior UK saw three rounds of competition completed in tricky, wind affected 3ft (1.0m) peaks with Europe’s finest male athletes commencing the battle for the ASP European Pro Junior title in this final stop on the ASP Europe Pro Junior series.

A poor forecast showing a rapidly decreasing swell may force event officials to run through to the crowning of this year’s ASP 4-Star Quiksilver Pro Junior UK champion tomorrow despite having until Monday on the official waiting period. With only 16 athletes remaining, the event is well positioned to offer the best conditions for the remainder of the contest.

Current ASP Europe Pro Junior rankings leader, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 16, methodically made it through his encounters today which included a Round Three clash with two of his nearest rivals for the title, Frederico Morais (PRT) 19, and Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) 19. In a battle which saw the lead change several times, Ribeiro happily claimed his runner-up placing and now sets himself for tomorrow’s business end of competition.

“That heat was huge,” stated a relieved Ribeiro. “Probably the most important heat of the contest with Federico (Morais), Dimitri (Ouvre), and Hugo (Palmarini). I just tried to do my surf and keep going to see what I could do. I am going to try to win for sure but see what happens.”

Ribeiro looks totally focused on the job ahead of him to complete the double of claiming the ASP European Pro Junior title and at the same time qualify for the ASP World Junior series which starts in just over a month’s time in Bali, Indonesia.

“I don’t have any pressure on me. I just want to have fun here in Newquay. There are some waves and the city is nice. I am here with my family so no real pressure on me and I want to enjoy it.”

Frederico Morais, current rankings nº4, performed a last minute combination of powerful snaps in the tricky high tide conditions to claim an 8.67 out of 10 and in the process eliminate Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) who had been sitting in 3rd position on the rankings.

“It was at the end of the heat and I heard that Vasco had taken back the lead and I was in second and then in third so I needed a good wave and a big score. It came through in the end and I hope to keep going and work my way up the rankings.”

Morais, like many other riders in the Quiksilver Pro Junior UK, was feeling the pressure before his heat and concentrated on the mental side of his surfing to combat his nerves. The stakes are high and Morais knows that all six possible contenders for the ASP European Junior title are out to give it their best shot in each and every heat.

“Before the heat it was quite scary and we all wanted to get through. I wanted to get through these rounds and get into tomorrow. I want to compete man-on-man and make the final. That was my goal when I came here. There are some really good surfers trying to reach the final as well so we will see.

Beyrick De Vries (Umhlanga Rocks, ZAF) 18, the only visiting foreign surfer in the event, showed his promising ability amongst the strong European field claiming today’s highest combined total 16.73 out of 20 and single wave score of 8.83 out of 10.

“The heat was difficult because I didn’t know where I was at the beginning. It was all over the place so you just have to find a peak and hope that you are in sync with the ocean. It is so windy out there and I looked to the beach to see if the heat had started because you couldn’t hear anything. I tried to get into action and I got some good scores. If I had of known I would have been a bit more relaxed.”

De Vries, who recently competed here in the ASP 6-Star event, felt comfortable in the typical wind affected conditions at Fistral beach while many of the other juniors struggled to come to grips with the shifting peaks and huge tides.

“Newquay seems like it is always the same. I love it out there. It is messy and all over the place and people moan but it is a challenge. You are not only surfing against your competitors but against Mother Nature as well. You don’t even see your competitors out there so there is no real strategy involved. You just have to get your two best waves and if you can do that then you have achieved something.”

De Vries, as the only foreign surfer in the event, is fully aware of his presence in the Quiksilver Pro Junior UK and that his European competitors, many of whom are close friends are out to gain an important result in this all important contest.

“There are a couple of my friends here like Ramzi (Boukhiam) who needs a result here because he is in 7th place on the rankings. I was thinking to myself about it and if it came down to a heat with him but you can’t really think like that because I have paid good money to come over here and surf this event. It has happened to me where I needed a result and the Aussie boys or the Americans have come to South Africa and cleaned me up. I just have to try my best and whatever happens, happens. I try not to think about it actually.” (laughs)

The ASP 4-Star Quiksilver Pro Junior UK is scheduled from August 27-29, 2011. For more information, and all upcoming results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast log-on to;
www.aspeurope.com

Upcoming Quiksilver Pro Junior UK Round Four Matchups
Heat 1: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Lewis Clinton (GBR), Frederico Morais (PRT), Tom Cloarec (FRA)
Heat 2: Toby Donachie (GBR), Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Medi Veminardi (REU), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)
Heat 3: Alex Gironi (EUK), Pierre Rollet (FRA), Jose Ferreira (PRT), Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA)
Heat 4: William Aliotti (FRA), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) , Stuart Campbell (GBR), Diego Mignot (FRA)

Quiksilver Pro Junior UK Round Three Results
Heat 1: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.33, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 12.66, Jobe Harriss (GBR) 10.56, Ugo Robin (FRA) 8.10
Heat 2: Frederico Morais (PRT) 15.10, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 12.50, Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) 8.84, Hugo Palmarini (REU) 6.33
Heat 3: Toby Donachie (GBR) 12.17, Lewis Clinton (GBR) 8.50, Luis Eyre (GBR) 8.37, Aldric God (FRA) 7.40
Heat 4: Medi Veminardi (REU) 13.70, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 12.13, Francisco Alves (PRT) 11.60, Jules Thomet (FRA) 5.60
Heat 5: Alex Gironi (EUK) 10.70, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 9.50, Diogo Appleton (PRT) 8.60, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 7.84
Heat 6: Jose Ferreira (PRT) 12.47, Diego Mignot (FRA) 10.97, Borja Agote (EUK) 10.10, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 8.73
Heat 7: William Aliotti (FRA) 13.60, Pierre Rollet (FRA) 9.83, Txaber Gaminde (EUK) 7.26, Kieren Bulard (REU) 7.13
Heat 8: Stuart Campbell (GBR) 11.77, Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 10.13, Hugo Debosc (REU) 9.63, Kevin Bourez (PYF) 7.47

Quiksilver Pro Junior UK Round Two Results
Heat 1: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 16.73, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 16.07, Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 11.27, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 10.67
Heat 2: Jobe Harriss (GBR) 12.26, Hugo Palmarini (REU) 10.43, Liam Turner (GBR) 10.17, Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 8.50
Heat 3: Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) 9.30, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 8.93, Joao Kopke (PRT) 7.86, Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 6.33
Heat 4: Frederico Morais (PRT) 15.43, Ugo Robin (FRA) 11.16, Miles Hargreaves (GBR) 8.40, Charly Termeau (FRA) 6.86
Heat 5: Toby Donachie (GBR) 11.07, Medi Veminardi (REU) 10.84, Remi Petersen (NLD) 7.60, Charles Quiveront (FRA) 6.37
Heat 6: Aldric God (FRA) 11.50, Francisco Alves (PRT) 11.40, Ian Fontaine (FRA) 10.76, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 7.87
Heat 7: Tom Cloarec (FRA) 13.33, Lewis Clinton (GBR) 10.73, Roberto Letemendia (EUK) 6.50, Patrick Daniel (GBR) 4.37
Heat 8: Jules Thomet (FRA) 15.07, Luis Eyre (GBR) 10.07, Marcelino Botin (ESP) 6.77, Luca Dioguardi (CYN) 2.67
Heat 9: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.74, Borja Agote (EUK) 11.77, Imanol Yeregi (EUK) 8.57, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 6.50
Heat 10: Alex Gironi (EUK) 14.00, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 9.73, Will Davey (GBR) 7.26, Marcelino Botin (ESP) 5.70
Heat 11: Diego Mignot (FRA) 12.20, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 12.10, Thomas La Fonta (FRA) 10.50, Kosme Fernandes (EUK) 6.73
Heat 12: Jose Ferreira (PRT) 14.16, Diogo Appleton (PRT) 9.66, Alex Iriondo (EUK) 9.33, Pablo Pola (FRA) 6.96
Heat 13: William Aliotti (FRA) 12.67, Stuart Campbell (GBR) 10.23, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 6.49, Pedro Correia (PRT) 6.23
Heat 14: Kieren Bulard (REU) 14.00, Kevin Bourez (PYF) 10.83, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 8.57, Andrew Petrelluzzi (GLP) 4.93
Heat 15: Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 15.27, Pierre Rollet (FRA) 11.53, Arthur Lasse (FRA) 7.37, Javier Ascanio (CNY) 5.90
Heat 16: Hugo Debosc (REU) 10.23, Txaber Gaminde (EUK) 9.50, Tom Good (GBR) 8.90, Andy Crière (FRA) 7.20

Quiksilver Pro Junior UK Round One Results
Heat 1: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 15.17, Liam Turner (GBR) 11.03, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 6.90
Heat 2: Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 9.84, Miles Hargreaves (GBR) 6.03, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 5.87
Heat 3: Charles Quiveront (FRA) 10.10, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 9.04, Tim Latte (SWE) 6.60, Joshua Braddock (GBR) 6.47
Heat 4: Patrick Daniel (GBR) 9.43, Luca Dioguardi (CYN) 8.06, Markel Ezenarro (EUK) 7.70, Elliot Ivarra (GLP) 6.60
Heat 5: Borja Agote (EUK) 11.67, Will Davey (GBR) 7.93, Saul Torres (CNY) 6.10, Harry Timson (GBR) 5.90
Heat 6: Thomas La Fonta (FRA) 11.67, Diogo Appleton (PRT) 9.50, Matthew Chapman (JEY) 7.13, Dale Foster (GBR) 6.10
Heat 7: Pedro Correia (PRT) 13.66, Andrew Petrelluzzi (GLP) 13.43, Luke Dillon (GBR) 9.66, George Picking (GBR) 6.84
Heat 8: Arthur Lasse (FRA) 11.63, Tom Good (GBR) 9.37, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 7.53

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