Caption: Precise backhand scored high for Lacomare today
PLAYA DE PANTIN, Galicia, Spain
26 – 31 August 2014
Next Call – 9.30 a.m. Men & Women
PLAYA DE PANTIN, Galicia – Spain (Tuesday, August 26, 2014) – The 27th edition of the Pantin Classic Galicia Pro started in powerful 4-to-6-foot surf at the iconic Playa de Pantin, with the 3-Star Men’s event opening the show.
Marc Lacomare (FRA) 24, dominated the day’s proceedings, netting two incredible scores of 9.70 and 9.33 out of 10 in the process. His powerful backhand attack and an impeccable wave selection was highly rewarded by the judging panel.
“It was fun, I haven’t had waves like that at an event for a while,” Lacomare said. “There’s a fair bit of size and the righthander was epic. There were different options out there so everybody was spaced out and we all had waves.”
A recent semi-finalist at the Soöruz Lacanau Pro, Lacomare currently sits in third position on the European rankings and will try to lock more ranking points in Pantin, as well as get his equipment and game dialed before the two upcoming Prime events.
“I came here to have fun and try to get good scores so I’m stoked,” he added. “I have a brand new board that works well, and these conditions suit my style. If that swell hangs around all week we’re going to have a lot of fun !”
Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 24, followed in Lacomare’s footsteps with a very similar approach, destroying a couple of righthanders on his backhand to net an impressive 16.94 heat total in the opening round. The talented Brasilian came close to elimination later in Round 2 but luckily found a good score in the dying seconds of the exchange.
“This morning the conditions were much better on the low tide,” Ribeiro said. “It’s changed a lot now and the strong wind and high tide made it very difficult. I’m happy I made that air reverse just at the end to get the score and qualify.”
Portugal’s Miguel Blanco (PRT) 18, was the strongest natural-footer all-day, taking full advantage of riding on his forehand to execute sharp turns with speed, power and flow.
“I’m feeling good,” Blanco stated. “Coming from Lacanau I feel in a good rhythm, I was lucky to find a couple fun rights and I’m stoked to move to the next round. I have the same boards than in the previous event, I can adjust fin setups and details like that but mostly I’m very happy with my boards right now.”
Heat 9 of the second round saw the return to competition of Australian legend Jake Paterson (AUS) 41, who has been coaching Junior sensation Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) lately. Paterson advanced through two elimination rounds, proving the former Pipeline Master’s fitness and technique are still of today’s standards.
The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is made possible with the support of the following event partners: A Banca, Turkish Airlines, El arbol es vida, Jeep, Xunta de Galicia, Diputación de A Coruña, Concello de Ferrol, Concello de Valdoviño, Gadis, Intermax, Concello de Cedeira, Coca-Cola, Lyoness, Enfios.com, Parque Ferrol and Burger King amongst others.
The 2014 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is scheduled from August 26 – 31, 2014 in Playa de Pantin, Galicia. For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to www.aspworldtour.com.
REMAINING PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO ROUND OF 96 MATCHUPS:
Heat 13: Vehiatua Prunier (PYF), Cody Robinson (AUS), Rafael Dopico (ESP),
Heat 14: Imanol Yeregi (EUK), Ian Fontaine (FRA), Timothy Latte (SWE),
Heat 15: Ruben Gonzalez (PRT), Freddie Meadows (SWE), Jobe Harriss (GBR),
Heat 16: Victor Bernardo (BRA), Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Pedro Barros (PRT)
PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO ROUND OF 96 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 15.70, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 11.86, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 11.60, Dane Hall (GBR) 8.67
Heat 2: Miguel Blanco (PRT) 16.16, Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 11.93, Joe Van Dijk (AUS) 10.26, Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 8.53
Heat 3: Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 10.93, Johnny Noris (USA) 9.27, Caiden Fowler (AUS) 8.93, Joao Kopke (PRT) 5.63
Heat 4: Charly Quivront (FRA) 13.44, Luis Perloiro (PRT) 7.00, Elohe Alvarez (BRA) 5.30, Jacome Correia (PRT) 5.26
Heat 5: Eneko Acero (EUK) 11.43, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 10.04, Monty Tait (AUS) 8.63, Nacho Mari (ESP) 5.07
Heat 6: Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 12.90, Andy Criere (FRA) 11.67, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 10.30, Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF) 9.10
Heat 7: Jean Da Silva (BRA) 14.83, Edouard Delpero (FRA) 11.87, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 9.34, Leon Glatzer (DEU) 9.17
Heat 8: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 14.77, Joao Guedes (PRT) 11.20, Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) 10.93, Yannick De Jager (NDL) 8.97
Heat 9: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 14.60, Jake Paterson (AUS) 11.86, Filipe Jervis (PRT) 11.50, Nicolas Giacomucci (ESP) 5.50
Heat 10: Aldric God (FRA) 11.07, Remi Petersen (NLD) 11.00, Kaishu Tanaka (JPN) 8.67, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 8.57
Heat 11: Matheus Navarro (BRA) 12.07, Luis Eyre (GBR) 10.90, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 9.50, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 6.94
Heat 12: Jock Barnes (AUS) 8.97, William Aliotti (FRA) 8.16, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 5.53, Christopher Hartkopp (DNK) 4.30
PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO ROUND OF 112 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 17.93, Joe Van Dijk (AUS) 15.07, Teale Vanner (AUS) 11.47, Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 5.94
Heat 2: Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 12.00, Elohe Alvarez (BRA) 8.03, Diego Alvarez Lourido (ESP) 7.70, German Avila (ESP) 4.80
Heat 3: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 16.94, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 11.77, Manuel Garcia (ESP) 9.50, Jules Thomet (FRA) 8.83
Heat 4: Jean Da Silva (BRA) 13.17, Dimitri Ouvre (GLP) 12.60, Roberto D’Amico (ITA) 10.24, Antonio Fernandez (ESP) 3.90
Heat 5: Jake Paterson (AUS) 12.40, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 12.23, Pablo Montero (ESP) 4.10
Heat 6: Matheus Navarro (BRA) 11.30, Jock Barnes (AUS) 9.00, Oney Anwar (IDN) 8.73, Abdel El Harim (MAR) 8.63
Heat 7: Reubyn Ash (GBR) 13.17, Diego Mignot (FRA) 12.83, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 10.44, Ladislao Martinez (FIN) 5.30
Heat 8: Hiroto Arai (JPN) 15.16, Jerome Forrest (AUS) 9.50, Joss Ash (GBR) 7.50, Martin Cortijo Gonzalez (ESP) 4.43