Tiago Pires 

The second day of the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro witnessed some tough action today with Heats 1 to 20 of Round 2 being completed in messy solid four to six foot (1.2 to 2 meter) waves at Lacanau. The challenging conditions made it hard for competitors to post big scores but fourty men still managed to secure a ticket for Round 3 and join the event top seeds starting tomorrow.

From recent event winner Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) to favorite and ASP World Tour member Tiago Pires (PRT), including Sam Page (AUS) and former Dream Tour surfer Jarrad Howse (AUS), most of today’s big names were able to get away with at least a second place in their respective battles, enough to make it through to the next encounters.

Tiago Pires (PRT), 26, a rookie on this year’s ASP World Tour, was much awaited for his start in the Lacanau Pro and paddled out in Heat 3 to try and get the pressure off him. Pires, who just came back from Indonesia where he placed equal 3rd, was in good form and ended up winning the 4-man battle with solid surfing.

"It was so hard out there, I am glad to get away with a win", Pires said. "The current and the waves were really tricky and it was a struggle to remain in position and find some good enough rides."

Pires, who is currently rated No. 27 on the ASP World Tour, will face Californian and ASP WQS Top 10 member Brett Simpson (USA) in Round 3 for an expected exciting heat. 

Wiggoly Dantas (BRA), 18, who won the ASP WQS 5-Star in England last Sunday, came  close to an elimination  in the opening heat of the day but managed to catch a last-minute ride and advance through to Round 3, remaining in contention for a possible second consecutive event victory.

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Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles

As the largest surfing event in Australian history draws closer by the day, anticipation continues to rise in the lead-up to the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival.

With 23 Australian titles to be awarded in 21 divisions, and the best surfers across the nation ready to converge upon the wave-rich Port Macquarie region, the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival is set to begin this weekend.

The  will kick-off the Festival with a bang - featuring a simmering selection of world-class talent.

Running as a part of the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival, the Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles will see the best longboard riders from across the nation converging upon Port Macquarie.

Former World Champion (2006) and three-time Australian Champion, Josh Constable (Noosa, QLD) is one such competitor ready to do battle this weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to Port Macquarie,” Constable said after finishing runner-up last year to Harley Ingelby (Emerald Beach, NSW).

“It’s going to be such a good event as all the top competitors from Australia will looking to take the prestigious Australian crown.”

“Australian’s are currently dominating international longboarding, so the competition will be of a world-class standard,” he added.

Having won a number of titles this year, including the prestigious Open’s division at the Noosa Festival of Surfing and currently placed 17th on the ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT) rankings, Constable is definitely looking for a strong campaign at the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival.

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Pauline Ado

Pauline Ado (FRA), 17, clinched the ASP Grade-1 Oakley Pro Junior in solid five to six foot (1.5 to 2 meter) waves at Lacanau in France today. Ado, who defeated reigning ASP European Women’s champion Lee Ann Curren (FRA), current Junior ratings leader Joahnne Defay (FRA) and Marie Dejean (FRA) in a 100% French final, takes her win this year.

Ado, who ended up winning with a low 7.83 point score tally (out of a possible 20) due to the testing conditions, made it through four rounds today. Ado was a standout today and defended her ASP Junior regional crown with solid surfing.

"It was really difficult to express my skills out there and I am a bit disappointed with my scores", Ado said. " Lee Ann (Curren) dominated the whole final but I was Lucky in the end and it is not really you want to win. "

Ado, who will try at least to make the end-of-the-year regional Top 2, remains in contention for a possible second consecutive ASP European Junior title.

Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 19, who lost his seed right due to a late entry, had to get through a 6-heat marathon-day to make the final, missing the crown by 0.15 point. Curren posted both highest heat result and wave score, respectively a 17.33 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) and a perfect 10.00 point ride (out of a possible 10) in Round 2.

"I knew I had to find the best position and I chose the outside", Curren said. "The waves doubled throughout the day and it was very hard to find big scores. I had to change boards to adapt but it did not pay in the end."

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