Teresa Bonvalot crowned 2017 European Junior surfing champion

June 26, 2017 | Surfing
Teresa Bonvalot: the 2017 European Junior surfing champion | Photo: Lodin/WSL

Marco Mignot and Teresa Bonvalot claimed the 2017 Junior Pro Espinho, in the north of Portugal.

The finals' day got underway in outstanding two-to-three-foot surf at Praia da Baia.

On the women's side, Bonvalot played the patient's game and decided to be selective. In front of her home crowd, the Portuguese surfer rode two waves and got the two-wave total she needed to win the event.

"It's really great to win here again in Espinho, obviously winning in Portugal is even more special for me," said Bonvalot, who secured her second back-to-back European Junior title.

"I had a lot of fun today, the waves were so much better, and even though the final was a little slow, I managed to find two good waves, and it was enough. I'm excited to look ahead at Kiama, the World Junior Championships now and I'll do my best there to try to win the title!"

The all-French men's final saw Mignot smashing his opponents with a collection of impeccable turns and efficient air rotations. The judges awarded him a near-perfect two-wave total of 18.17.

"I'm super stoked with the win. Once I had those first two waves I really wanted to let loose and have fun; I'm super happy I made the airs. I felt like a grom again, and that felt great," concluded Marco Mignot.

2017 Junior Pro Espinho | Final

Men 1. Marco Mignot (FRA) 18.17
2. Erwan Blouin (FRA) 13.17
3. Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) 13.07
4. Tiago Carrique (FRA) 10.30

1. Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 13.56
2. Ellie Turner (GBR) 10.87
3. Vahine Fierro (PYF) 10.80
4. Juliette Lacome (FRA) 9.94

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