TROIS BASSINS, Reunion Island (Monday, April 11, 2011) -The third day of action saw a rise of level and action at the ASP Men's 3-Star Yop reunion Surf Pro Junior presented by Hollywood. With thirty-two men taking to the water and consistent walling-up five-foot (1.5 meter) waves breaking at Trois-Bassins, Europe's top Under-21 athletes stepped-up in style.
The explosive combination of talents brought progressive surfing and commitment to the line-up, usual suspects throwing fins-out turns and vertical re-entries to stamp their authority and advance through to Round 3, last round before the event enters the one-to-one match-ups.
Event No. 3 seed and considered a favorite for the crown, local athlete Medi Veminardi (St Gilles, REU) found his rhythm to secure a Round 3 ticket confidently. Taking both left and righthanders at Trois-Bassins, the 20-year-old surfer managed to express his style netting a good 13.50 point heat total.
"I felt a little bit of pressure before my heat and was looking to get bigger scores actually," Veminardi said. "The off-shore winds were very strong and it made it hard to get the board out and vertical. I hope I can get my game going and secure bigger scores in Round 3."
For his first appearance in an ASP event on his home island, Veminardi was much expected by crowds and media for his second round surf, the solid regular-foot athlete dealing with the pressure and conditions comfortably.
"I've been close to the European title a few times but suffered from injuries every year," Veminardi continued. "I am looking to start the year strong and have a shot at the title before heading full-time onto the ASP World Tour Star Series. My main goal is to do well here."
Rising in style against the group of French surfers and showing great determination and talent, the Portuguese contingent was in form on the third day of competition, former ASP European Junior No. 3 Frederico Morais (Ericeira, PRT) and Fransisco Alves (PRT) both advancing out of Heat 6.
Morais, Portugal's best Under-21 surfer and former ASP World Junior Tour qualifier (2009), hit the water with confidence after showing some impressive skills free-surfing at the world-famous break of St Leu since he landed in Reunion.
With the wave forecast showing consistency throughout the entire week and some fun contestable conditions scheduled, event officials put the event on-hold after completion of Round 2, leaving fifteen hours of competition before wrapping-up both men and women events.
Set to kick-off tomorrow, the ASP 2-Star Women's Rexona Girls Pro Junior will gather twenty of Europe's best Under-21 female surfers for the launch of the 2011 ASP European Women's Junior Series.
"The level is high and today was a tricky one with the strong off-shore winds for all thirty-two surfers," ASP European Junior Series Head judge Aitor Aguirremota said. "With four surfers out on the same peak, it is always going to be a tight battle and we are looking forward to seeing these top surfers battle it out in Round 3."
Aerial specialist William Aliotti (St Martin, FWI), Maxime Huscenot (REU), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Hugo Dubosc (REU) and Dimitri Ouvre (BRB) were all able to advance today and will be back for their 4-man battles when competition resumes. All surfers, women and men, will meet tomorrow Tuesday, April 12, at 10 AM.
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YOP REUNION SURF PRO JUNIOR ROUND 2
Heat 1 : PV Laborde (FRA) 15.00, Ramzi Boukiam (MAR) 11.60, Hugo Palmarini (FRA), Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA)
Heat 2 : Dimitri Ouvre (BRB) 11.50, Hugo Dubosc (REU) 9.50, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 8.40, Yann Guyonneau (FRA) 6.50
Heat 3 : Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 12.15, Jules Thomet (REU) 8.90, Ian Fontaine (FRA) 8.00, Txaber Gaminde (EUK) 6.50
Heat 4 : Kieran Bulard (REU) 14.75, Ugo Robin (FRA) 11.75, Alex Gironi (EUK) 9.10, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 5.90
Heat 5 : Medi Veminardi (REU) 13.50, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 11.10, Pablo Pola (FRA) 7.50, Tom Neuschwanger (REU) 7.00
Heat 6 : Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.00, Fransisco Alves (PRT) 11.60, Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 9.15, Toby Donachie (GBR) 8.10
Heat 7 : Maxime Huscenot (REU) 13.25, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 10.35, Borja Agote (EUK) 8.90, Ander Mendiguren (EUK) 7.65
Heat 8 : William Aliotti (BLM) 13.50, Martin Jannier (REU) 9.25, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 8.80, Marc Audo (FRA) 4.45