Gordon Fontaine: negotiating with the Spanish lip

The Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro has kicked off in the beautiful and iconic surf spot located in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain.

Playa de Pantin offered clean 2-3Ft waves to open the Round of 112 heats. Messias Felix, fresh off his inaugural Star Tour win in Azores, confirmed his excellent form winning his first heat in Pantin and clinching the highest combined heat total of the day.

"I just want to keep surfing like I did last week," Felix started. "My body feels great, I've been suffering from a back injury for the last four years and I'm not feeling the pain anymore at the moment, I enjoy surfing so much more ! You never know about tomorrow so I just want to keep having fun".

Skyrocketed into the 68th spot on the ASP World Rankings, Felix comes to Galicia with hopes of another great result to solidify his status of rising Brazilian force. At ease on a long lefthander with a wall allowing multiple turns, Felix found quickly his rythmn to take the heat lead and keep it through to remainder of the 20-minute exchange.

Vicente Romero put on a great show today in his Round of 96 bout, finding an excellent score of 8.83 out of 10 in the first few minutes, quickly backed up with a decent second wave. Leading the heat well ahead of his opponents, the young Spanish started trying airs in the inside section of the wave, making it interesting for the crowd sitting on the hill in front of the main peak.

"I had a good heat, with a lot of waves coming." Romero said. "Dimitri was surfing another peak so it was just three of us out there, and it was easier to get waves. In the first minutes I found my 8.83 so after that I was a lot more relaxed all the heat. I tried to do a couple airs, I just had fun, the conditions are good and I think it's only going to get better!"

Romero, who finished his 2012 European Junior season ranked third, has just started competing in the Star events and seems to have a hard time acclimating to the next level. With a diverse surfing repertoire that includes powersurfing as well as progressive aerial manoeuvers, the twenty-year old has got all the talent required and will now need to find his rythmn amongst older and more experienced competitors.

Gordon Fontaine also had a good start to his Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro campaign today, winning his heat and making his way into the Top 3 scorers of the competition so far. Perth Standlick was another standout today scoring an impressive 8.00 out of 10 for a combination of powerful gauges on a beautiful left in the opening heats of the Round of 96.