GRANDE PLAGE, Lacanau Ocean - France (Tuesday, August 16, 2011) - The ASP 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro was able to complete Round One and 16 heats of Round Two running a double bank format due to poor swell forecasts for the remaining of the waiting period. Despite the slight conditions some of the world's best small wave specialists tore apart the fun 2-3ft (0.75m) peaks especially on the quality high tide mark.
Messias Felix (BRA) 25, lead the charge with two high-flying consecutive air-reverses to score a perfect 10-point ride after having claimed a near perfect 9.67 Kerupt flip and air-reverse combo on his previous wave to amass a two-wave heat total of 19.67 out of 20, the highest of the event.
"I am feeling so good after that heat. It was amazing. I like France and I have been here a couple of days before the contest started so I have been training and enjoying the waves. I now have my own boards that were in Miami and it is much better for me with the boards TBC from my sponsor in Brazil. It was a good heat with the guys and the level is so high here in France. I got lucky with a couple of good waves and I did the airs." (laughs)
Gabriel Medina (Maresias, BRA) 17, fresh from his Pro Junior win yesterday, continued to thrill the huge vocal crowd lining the Grande Plage shoreline with his expert aerial assault and flowing forehand snap combinations. The ever smiling Brazilian will now move through to Round Three where he hopes to continue his amazing form in the ASP 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro.
"I am a little bit tired from yesterday but I am trying to make it heat by heat and that what I have been doing and I want to keep it the same. I think I can get more experience here in this event. I know there are so many heats to make in the 6-star so it is good to compete against the more experienced surfers and learn more."
Kolohe Andino (USA) 17, got his campaign underway in fine style with a polished performance on the pulsing high-tide afternoon peak. Opening his account with a pair of solid scores, Andino finished off in fine style with an excellent 9.00 out of 10 left hander which he completely destroyed from start to finish.
"The waves change a lot because of the dramatic tides but earlier it was super fun with those outside rights and I was excited about getting out there. We had some rights but I ended up getting a 9 on a left so it was kind of mixed up. Even if it gets a touch smaller it will still be a blast."
"Lacanau has a lot of history with guys like Martin Potter, Kelly and Curren winning a lot out here," continued Andino. "It is cool to be here because I have heard a lot about it. I'm here with Mike Parsons who got second one year out here to Curren so it is epic to be in the event.
Travis Logie (Durban, ZAF) 32, broke his recent first up losing streak with a determined effort in a tight low scoring encounter. Tactical battles and peak positioning proved crucial for the former ASP World Tour campaigner to get his European summer leg of events off the mark.
"I am super stoked to get through that one. I am probably on the worst run I have had in my career. It is the first time I have ever lost the first heat three times in a row in 6-star events. It was tough out there because it was in between tides and the inside was barely working so I knew it was going to be tough with all of us on one peak. So it was a good one to get through that little battle."
Logie, a former finalists in Lacanau, feels at home in the beach break of Grande Plage and hopes to repeat his finals finish in this year's edition of the ASP 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro.
"Last time I came here I finished second in 2009. Last year I couldn't come because I was doing World Tour events but I love this place. It's nice and warm and it reminds me of my home in summer with a high tide bowl wave so it is good to be in France"
A first call will be at 07h30 tomorrow morning with the remaining eight heats in Round Two to kick off the action. Event officials are once again planning to run double bank format as soon as the northern peak begins to break with the outgoing tide.
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Remaining ASP 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro Round Two Matchups
Heat 17: Yadin Nicol (AUS), Austin Ware (USA), Luke Davis (USA), Hugo Savalli (REU)
Heat 18: Tim Boal (FRA), Leonardo Neves (BRA), Alan Donato (BRA), Edouard Delpero (FRA)
Heat 19: Billy Stairmand (NZL), Adam Robertson (AUS), Marthen Pagliarini (BRA), Rudy Palmboom (ZAF)
Heat 20: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jano Belo (BRA), Eneko Acero (EUK), Dede Suryana (IDN)
Heat 21: Granger Larsen (HAW), Nate Yeomans (USA), Dimitri Ouvre (GLP), Gavin Gillette (HAW)
Heat 22: Dion Atkinson (AUS), Hodei Collazo (EUK), Brent Savage (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 23: Tiago Camarao (BRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Dane Anderson (USA), Thiago De Souza (BRA)
Heat 24: Charles Martin (GLP), Davey Cathels (AUS), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Garret Parkes (AUS)
ASP 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro Round Two Results
Heat 1: Jack Freestone (AUS) 16.86, Romain Cloitre (REU) 15.26, Perth Standlick (AUS) 11.93, Alain Riou (PYF) 10.80
Heat 2: Heath Joske (AUS) 14.00, Adrien Toyon (REU) 10.90, Jay Quinn (NZL) 9.70, Chad Du Toit (ZAF) 7.07
Heat 3: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.33, Andre Teixeira (BRA) 10.04, Stephen Walsh (AUS) 9.24, Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 8.10
Heat 4: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 13.10, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 11.73, Richard Christie (NZL) 10.67, Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 10.40
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.63, Roy Powers (HAW) 13.60, Nic von Rupp (DEU) 12.27, Manuel Selman (CHL) 9.43
Heat 6: Glen Hall (IRL) 14.00, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 10.77, Nicholas Squires (AUS) 8.17, Jeronimo Vargas (BRA) 6.74
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.43, Chris Salisbury (AUS) 12.26, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 10.22, Marcio Farney (BRA) 9.77
Heat 8: Messias Felix (BRA) 19.67, William Cardoso (BRA) 13.64, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 13.00, Marlon Lipke (DEU) 10.96
Heat 9: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 14.27, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 10.30, Jayke Sharp (AUS) 9.40, Renato Galvao (BRA) 8.00
Heat 10: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.27, Nic Muscroft (AUS) 13.10, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 13.10, Matt Pagan (USA) 11.03
Heat 11: David do Carmo (BRA) 14.87, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 13.40, Blake Thorton (AUS) 11.00, Adrien Valero (FRA) 8.16
Heat 12: Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 13.90, Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 13.50, Joan Duru (FRA) 11.93, Brandon Jackson (ZAF) 10.10
Heat 13: Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 13.76, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.36, Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 12.07, Vincent Primal (FRA) 8.70
Heat 14: Royden Bryson (ZAF) 15.10, Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.23, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 8.93, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 8.74
Heat 15: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.00, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 12.34, Junior Faria (BRA) 11.73, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 7.20
Heat 16: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 16.20, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 10.54, Halley Batista (BRA) 10.16, Bernardo Miranda (BRA) No Show