- 05 August 2013 | Surfing
Nomme Mignot and Johanne Defay have conquered the inaugural Gijon Pro Junior, at the secondary location of Salinas, in Spain.
Mignot, 16, explored the long lefthanders on offer at high tide, in the final heat against Miguel Blanco, Jorgann Couzinet and Ugo Robin.
"I'm so happy right now, it's my second final and first big win! I almost didn't make it through a heat before and to make it and win the final it's unbelievable!", Mignot said.
In an exciting final where all four surfers were potentially capable of taking the lead with a single big score, Mignot kept his composure and didn't let the pressure get the better of him when it mattered the most.
Miguel Blanco places runner-up in his first final ever of an ASP Pro Junior event and despite having the sour feeling of losing out on the best place, reflects on a great event in his young career.
"Portuguese surfers are definitely coming up! We are training really hard, you know there's a feeling that Portugal is a bit aside from mainland Europe not like France and Spain that are right in the middle of the scene, and it seems like the results are starting to show so that's great", Blanco said.
In the women's, history repeated itself with three of the finalists Johanne Defay, Cannelle Bulard and Leticia Canales Bilbao making their third final in a row.
Johanne Defay was a clear favourite having posted the highest scores the entire event and keeping her focus all the way until the end of the very last heat.
"I'm super stoked with my time here in Gijon, we had fun waves all event and I'm so happy I didn't repeat last time's mistake!" Defay said.
Gijon Pro Junior Men's Final:
1. Nomme Mignot (FRA) 14.43
2. Miguel Blanco (PRT) 13.26
3. Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 12.76
4. Ugo Robin (FRA) 10.96
Gijon Pro Junior Women's Final:
1. Johanne Defay (FRA) 15.67
2. Cannelle Bulard (REU) 12.40
3. Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 10.67
4. Ainara Aymat (EUK) 8.86