- 11 August 2008 | Surfing
Miguel Pupo (Sao Paulo, BRA), 17, claimed the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Oakley Pro, his maiden title in front of a massive French crowd at Lacanau today. Pupo, who came all the way from Round 1, put on a show in the 30-minute final, taking the best out of the clean three to four foot (1 to 1.2 meter) waves to defeat Marc Lacomare (FRA), Thomas Fok Cheong (REU) and Charles Martin (GLP).
Pupo, who advanced through seven heats during three days of intense action to reach the final encounter, won with a solid 17.16 point score tally (out of a possible 20) after getting through three rounds today. Posting an excellent 9.43 point ride (out of a possible 10) en route to victory, Pupo led the final all the way to the end.
"I am super stoked," Pupo said. "The final was very hard to win and I never expected to finish ahead of such good surfers. I was lucky to get a bomb and make this big air. I am very happy to win the wildcard to compete in the ASP WQS 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro next week."
Pupo, who placed equal 3rd in the ASP Grade-1 Oakley Pro Junior in Ubatuba, Brazil, last May, qualifies for the Oakley Global Challenge Final which will take place from October 7 to17 in Bali, Indonesia.
"I am looking forward to take part in the Oakley Global Challenge," Pupo said. "Until then, I will do my best without pressure and try to keep surfing well and have fun in Europe. So stoked to get this win."
Runner-up Marc Lacomare (FRA), 18, current No.2 on the ASP European Pro Junior rating, was confident during the event and reached his goal as his 2nd place gives him a wildcard in the Oakley Global Challenge as well.
- 08 August 2008 | Surfing
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Oakley Pro Junior got underway today at Lacanau in France in consistent but messy three to four foot (1 to 1.2 meter) waves at the central beach and Rounds 1, 2 and 4 heats of Round 3 were completed finishing in a stormy weather.
With all favorites not surfing before Rounds 3 and 4, unknown surfers and locals were able to enjoy their time out before big names start firing tomorrow.
Ormand Rangi (NZL), 20, competing in Europe for the first time this summer, was the most consistent competitor throughout the day getting through three heats and posting the best score of the day, a good 13.80 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in Round 3.
"I felt better heat after heat", Rangi said. "The wind and the tides didn’t help to surf well but I am happy I managed to do an air on the top of a wave to secure enough points and advance to next round."
Rangi, whose promissing performances in the two recent events make him one serious threat to any surfer, aims at going as far as he can in the ASP Grade-1 Pro Junior event.
Jason Polydor (FRA), 17, last local competitor still in the event, was the crowd’s favorite today and advanced through to Round 3 despite a low 3.60 point heat tally.
"I am very happy with my heat even if my score is very low", Polydor said. "I am used to surfing in these conditions and it can be an advantage on my contenders but it is very hard for everybody to post a high score. This is my first year on the Pro Junior tour and I am here to gain experience."
- 07 August 2008 | Surfing
The swell had ped during the night and Day 3 of the Rip Curl Boardmasters in association with Relentless saw twelve heats take place in good three foot (one meter) waves today at Fistral Beach. From the fourty-eight competitors who paddled out for Round 3, twenty-four only remain in contention for the prestigious ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star crown and the winner's valuable 2000 ratings' points.
Pablo Paulino (BRA), 2X and reigning ASP World Junior Champion, closed Round 3 with the highest heat score of the event thus far to defeat Rip Curl team rider Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Eric Rebiere (FRA) and Luke Cheadle (AUS).
"So stoked to get through that one with such big scores", Paulino said. "The waves were fun and I just went for big turns and ended up winning. I hope I can keep things going this way for Round 4 and further."
Paulino, who will face fellow Brazilian surfer Diego Rosa (BRA) and Nic Muscroft (AUS) in Round 4, will be a favorite if the conditions remain the same.
Many different nations will be represented when Round 4 resumes as Europeans, Brazilians, Australians, Kiwis, South Africans and one American managed to advance today. Californian progressive surfer Brett Simpson (USA), currently rated No. 10 on the international stage, was a stand out getting the second highest heat result of the day to get through one more round.
"It was fun and the waves definitely remained good enough to get that round done", Simpson said. "It is probably one of the best events this year with yesterday being excellent and today being good so I am pretty happy."