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French Competitors Strike Again as Vans Pro Junior Reaches Business End

by on Monday 28th July, 2008   1614 Views

SAN SEBASTIAN, Basque Country (Saturday, July 26, 2008) - Day 3
of the Vans Pro Junior saw the French contingent strike again in
the two foot (0.5 meter) very tricky waves on offer in the
Basque waters of San Sebastian. Twelve heats were wrapped up
today including all Round 5 battles and the last sixteen men
still in contention for the prestigious ASP Grade-1 Vans Pro
Junior crown will give their best for tomorrow’s finals. Ten
French representatives from France’s Islands or mainland will be
ready for the final day but with a massive crowd ready to push
its favourite Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) tomorrow, tension and
pressure are expected for the showdown.

Marc Lacomare (FRA), winner of the opening event of the year in
Portugal last April, was one of today’s standouts winning Heat 4
of Round 5 with one of the highest heat scores of the day, an
average 12.17 point heat tally (out of a possible 20).

I was confident enough today but the waves were so small”,
Lacomare said. “The sand bank lokks good though and I am sure
that a little push in the swell should deliver contestable waves
for the final
.”

Lacomare, who is remains in contention for the 2008 ASP European
Junior Championship, will face event top scorer Damien Chaudoy
(REU) in Quarterfinal No. 2.

I am defintely going for the title here”, Lacomare said. “I
will be going patiently heat after heat and this board I surfed
today is just magic. I feel like I am flying even in such small
waves like today. Can’t wait to paddle out back out tomorrow
.”

Lacomare, who is looking to secure valuable ratings’ points
towards an end of the year Top 5 finish at least, hopes for
bigger waves when competition resumes.

Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), 19, who finished fifth on the overall
ratings’ in 2007 and qualified for the Association of Surfing
Professionals (ASP) World Junior Championships (WJC) in
Narabeen, Australia, will be the crowd’s favorite when
Quarterfinals get underway. Berasaluce, who won his Round 5
battle over Rudy Marechal (FRA), Mario Azurza (EUK) and Pablo
Pola (FRA), was in good form and ended up winning with an
average 11.33 point heat total (out of a possible 20) to
advance.

It was tough to get this Quarterfinal spot today”, Berasaluce
said. “The waves were really small and I am glad I waited for
the ones opening up a little to get a couple of turns
.”

Berasaluce, who aims at the regional crown this year or at least
a second consecutive ASP WJC qualification, will surf in Heat 3
tomorrow.

It is going to be very hard to get another ticket for Narabeen
this year
”, Berasaluce said. “I am still sitting in the Top 5
but everyone is veru close and the upcoming events will be
decisive
.”

Adrien Toyon (REU) and Damien Chaudoy (REU), respectively ASP
European Junior ratings’ No. 12 and No.7 before the Vans Pro
Junior, are seen as favorites towards the crown tomorrow. Toyon,
who posted the highest heat score of the day with an average
12.67 point heat tally (out of a possible 20), will surf in
Quarterfinal No. 4 tomorrow and should be at ease in the small
clean waves expected.

I am feeling really good at the moment”, Toyon said. “I am
looking forward to surfing better heat after heat but I know
that from now on, all sixteen guys in the Quarters will be
serious contenders
.”

Toyon, who opened his 2008 campaign with an excellent equal 3rd
in the ASP Grade-3 Pro Junior event in Portugal, aims at
reaching the final tomorrow and feels comfortable in the Basque
waves of San Sebastian.

We are just lacking a bit of size but the potential seems very
good
”, Toyon said. “I have been surfing the same board since
April and I want to thank my shaper Chevalier because this board
really fits my surfing
.”

Toyon will now face Rudy Marechal (FRA), outsider from Tahiti
Kevin Bourez (PYF) and last British representative Reubyn Ash
(GBR).

Chaudoy, the event’s best scorer who with an impressive 17.50
point heat tally (out of a possible 20) posted on Day 2, managed
to advance through to the Quarterfinals again today and will
face Lacomare tomorrow.

I was stoked with this great heat yesterday but things were
tough today
”, Chaudoy said. “I hope I can have the opportunity
to show my best level for the finals but we will need the swell
to pick up a little
.”

Chaudoy, who is from Reunion Island, is used to surfing hollow
powerful waves and will have to adapt to the conditions.

Marcos San Segundo (EUK), Mario Azurza (EUK) and Asier Makeda
(EUK) were all eminiated today. San Segundo, who had a strong
start this year when he won the ASP World Qualifying Series
(WQS) 1-Star event in Tapia, Spain, missed his ticket for the
final day and will have to wait for the upcoming ASP European
Junior events to try and jump back in the leading pack.

Since the 2008 ASP European Pro Junior tour got underway in
April, France’s Islanders and mainland surfers have dominated
every event and Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) is the only non-French
surfer who managed to secure his Top 5 rank so far.

All sixteen competitors will meet at 8 AM (GMT+2) tomorrow
Sunday, July 27 and the Vans Pro Junior will be crowned by the
afternoon.

The Vans Pro Junior is webcast LIVE at www.aspeurope.com [1]

UPCOMING QUARTERFINALS

Heat 1: Lewis St John (BRB), Yann Martin (GLP), Maxime Huscenot
(REU), Filipe Jervis (PRT)
Heat 2: Damien Chaudoy (REU), PV Laborde (FRA), Marc Lacomare
(FRA), David Leboulsh (FRA)
Heat 3: Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Edouard Delpero (FRA), Ramzi
Boukiam (MAR), Hugo Palmarini (REU)
Heat 4: Adrien Toyon (REU), Rudy Marechal (FRA), Kevin Bourez
(PYF), Reubyn Ash (GBR)

ROUND 5 RESULTS

Heat 1: Lewis St John (BRB) 12.10 pts, PV Laborde (FRA) 11.20
pts, Jules Thomet (FRA) 8.50 pts, Marcos San Segundo (EUK) 7.66
pts
Heat 2: Maxime Huscenot (REU) 10.90 pts, David Leboulsh (FRA)
8.33, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 7.34 pts, Martin Dambreville (FRA)
7.26 pts
Heat 3: Damien Chaudoy (REU) 9.23 pts, Yann Martin (GLP) 7.50
pts, Justin Delanne (FRA) 6.80 pts, Medi Veminardi (REU) 4.24
pts
Heat 4: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.17 pts, Filipe Jervis (PRT) 8.56
pts, Asier Makeda (EUK) 6.77 pts, Joachim Guichard (DEN) 5.66
pts
Heat 5: Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 11.33 pts, Rudy Marechal (FRA)
11.00 pts, Mario Azurza (EUK) 5.43 pts, Pablo Pola (FRA) 3.87
pts
Heat 6: Ramzi Boukiam (MAR) 11.33 pts, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 10.50
pts, Yassine Ramdaini (MAR) 6.43 pts, Guillermo Alonso (ESP)
4.97 pts
Heat 7: Adrien Toyon (REU) 12.67 pts, Edouard Delperro (FRA)
9.60 pts, Felix Delanne (FRA) 8.50 pts, Naoum Ildefonsse (FRA)
8.43 pts
Heat 8: Kevin Bourez (PYF) 7.77 pts, Hugo Palmarini (REU) 7.23
pts, Cesar Rosa (PRT) 6.00 pts, Josch Schmeltzer (DEU) 5.57 pts

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