- 31 August 2011 | Surfing
Medi Veminardi is the 2011 ASP European Pro Junior champion. The surfer from the Reunion Islands defeated William Aliotti, from France, at the Quiksilver Pro Junior UK, held in Fistral Beach, England.
Despite the low scoring final surfed in peaky 2-3ft waves, Veminardi was unstoppable on the final day of competition ousting all his opponents with convincing style to charge to victory and leap frog from 5th to 1st on the ASP European Pro Junior rankings.
“It is the best feeling ever. Thanks God, thanks to my family. Last year I was coming first and I injured my knee so now this is the best way to end my season. Thanks everyone", said Medi.
“When I got two 4’s I knew I needed another score. I knew I couldn’t win without another higher score. William got a wave and I stayed calm because right after I got the next wave and it gave me the score to win. I can’t believe it right now. I had a bad result in the first contest of the season and I had to keep believing in myself. That is what I did and it paid off. It is crazy.”
Aliotti stamped himself as one of Europe’s best up-and-coming juniors with his runner-up finish at the Quiksilver Pro Junior UK and 2nd place in the ASP European rankings"
“I have finished with a good result for the season but I would have loved to have come first and win the title. I came so close so it is hard to take. I had priority but when I heard he got a 6 I knew it would be difficult to come back. After, there were no more waves so that is how it goes. I am only 17 years-old and the other guys are 20 so it is cool and I have the future to try and win again", said the French surfer.
Jose Ferreira, from Portugal, finished equal 3rd claiming his best result of the 2011 season and solidified his position in the Top 10 European Juniors.
Tom Cloarec placed equal 3rd unable to overcome a steamrolling Veminardi in their semi-final clash. Cloarec took out Vasco Ribeiro in the quarter-finals to reopen the race for the ASP European Junior title with solid surfing in the tricky low tide peaks.
Frederico Morais finished equal 5th at the Quiksilver Pro Junior UK and rocketed up into 4th position on the ASP European Junior rankings allowing him to qualify for the ASP World Junior series.
Quiksilver Pro Junior UK Final
Medi Veminardi (REU) 10.34 Def. William Aliotti (FRA) 8.57
2011 ASP Europe Men’s Pro Junior Rankings Top 10
1. Medi Veminardi (REU) 2034 points
2. William Aliotti (FRA) 2016 points
3. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 1988 points
4. Frederico Morais (PRT) 1441 points
5. Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) 1296 points
6. Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 1265 point
7. Tom Cloarec (FRA) 1222 points
8. Jose Ferreira (PRT) 1215 points
9. Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 1101 points
10. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 1054