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Fog lifts, surf turns on for Anfaplace Pro Casablanca



Anfaplace Pro Casablanca

Excellent Scores in Solid Surf on Second Day of 2017 Anfaplace Pro Casablanca

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 September, 2017 - Anfaplace Shopping Center, Casablanca - The Anfaplace Pro Casablanca resumed today in brighter conditions and with waves in the four-to-six foot range breaking far out in the Anfaplace lineup. Competition re-started with the seven minutes remaining in the men’s Round One, Heat 1 before continuing with twenty more heats of competition.

Jacob Willcox (AUS), 20, dominated the opening day of competition with solid surfing matching the power of the ocean to post a near-perfect 9.27 and a total heat combined of 16.44 in the opening round. Competition stopped right before his second heat as the judges deemed their vision of the lineup became insufficient to continued, Willcox will surf in the first heat when the men’s event resumes.

“It’s good to finally surf a good heat, I had a shocker in the last two QS6,000,” Wilcox said. “I just wanted to come down here and try to surf a few decent heats before heading down to Cascais. It’s hard to get out there and then you have to be cautious about what waves you take, maybe avoid the first one of the set. Me and my mom have always wanted to come to Morocco so I’m taking heaps of pictures of everything for her, and I like the place it’s pretty cool.”

Local talent Jade Azami (MAR), 22, was one of the unfortunate three surfers who had to wait a full twenty-four hours to complete the opening heat of Round One. The surfer from Rabat built confidence from his first experience and blew up in the following round to take the win over French perennial threat Tom Cloarec (FRA). 

“We have very good waves up in Rabat where I live so I have to say I don’t come very often down this way,” Azami admitted. “Those 7 minutes were pretty much the longest heat of my life with all the wait. In that second heat I’m super proud to take a good score like this, it was two turns on a very good wave. I’m doing a Masters degree in renewable energies so I haven’t had much time to surf and compete this year but hopefully soon when I graduate I can travel a bit and surf more.”

Peru’s Cristobal De Col and Adrian Garcia teamed up to take out the two qualifying spots of Heat 3, but it was De Col with his aggressive backhand who scored big, including an impressive 9.13. Following a poor two showings in Pantin and Azores, the peruvian surfer is out to re-gain confidence in moroccan waters.

“Adrian and I have competed together for ages, we train and travel together as well,” De Col said. “We’re very good friends and it’s awesome to advance together. Once in the water it’s different, if we can make it together it’s priceless but you need to focus on yourself first. I was lucky to find that wave right at the start, as soon as I started on it I saw a big double up wall and went for two turns that were pretty good. I’m staying with a local friend who lives here and I’m really enjoying the experience, it reminds me a lot of home.”

Ramzi Boukhiam ’s early exit at the hands of Brazil’s Luel Felipe and Raoni Monteiro came as a massive heartbreak for the large local crowds. Still, their enthusiasm when Boukhiam came in was intact as he signed autographs and indulged in selfies all the way from shore to the event site.

The level continued to raise through the afternoon with the like of Tomas Fernandes (PRT) and Mihimana Braye (PYF) getting scores above 9 points as well for their spot into Round Three.

Event officials and surfers will reconvene at 9 a.m Thursday for a potential start of the women’s event, or the remaining four heats of men’s Round Two. Surfers and the public will also have the opportunity to wake up with a free yoga session at 8 a.m on site.


Heat 1: Paige Hareb (NZL), Lorena Fica (CHL), Lucia Cosoleto (ARG), Soukaina Aghouali (MAR) 
Heat 2: Melanie Giunta (PER), Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Evelyn Gontier (ARG) 
Heat 3: Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK), Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK), Yolander Hopkins (PRT), Fatimzahra Berrada (MAR) 
Heat 4: Tessa Thyssen (FRA), Josefina Ane (ARG), Summa Longbottom (AUS), Yasmine Berred (MAR) 
Heat 5: Chelsea Tuach (BRB), Lucia Martiño (ESP), Marion Philippe (PYF), Lilias Tebbai (MAR) 
Heat 6: Ella Williams (NZL), Nagisa Tashiro (JPN), Julia Camargo (BRA), Leonor Fragoso (PRT) 
Heat 7: Mikaela Greene (AUS), Eliza Greene (AUS), Mariana Assis (PRT), Nina Reynal (FRA) 
Heat 8: Carol Henrique (PRT), Peony Knight (GBR), Neis Lartigue (FRA), Izzi Gomez (USA)


Heat 13:Thiago Camarao (BRA), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Ruben Vitoria (EUK), Jacob Willcox (AUS) 
Heat 14: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF), Wesley Leite (BRA), Fall Cherif (SEN), Damian Ceballos (CNY) 
Heat 15: Deivid Silva (BRA), Keoni Yan (PYF), Landon McNamara (HAW), Dean Bowen (AUS) 
Heat 16: Yage Araujo (BRA), Luis Diaz (CNY), Colin Doyez (FRA), Simo Berrada (MAR) 

Heat 1: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 14.93, Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 12.00, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 10.90, Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 10.50 
Heat 2: Jade Azami (MAR) 12.74, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 10.50, Yuri Goncalves (BRA) 8.37, Selyann Zouhir (MAR) 4.90
Heat 3: Cristobal De Col (PER) 16.50, Adrian Garcia (PER) 14.07, Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 12.94, Aboubakar Bouaouda (MAR) 7.67
Heat 4: Jeronimo Vargas (BRA) 15.94, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 14.14, Guilherme Villas Boas (BRA) 13.27, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 10.77
Heat 5: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 15.90, David Dorne (GLP) 12.10, Alan Saulo (BRA) 11.43, Francisco Carrasco (PRT) 8.83
Heat 6: Alonso Correa (PER) 13.40, Titouan Boyer (FRA) 12.34, Abdel El Harim (MAR) 12.00, Jao Errera (FRA) 5.77
Heat 7: Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 15.80, Enzo Cavallini (FRA) 14.40, Charly Martin (GLP) 13.63, Max Longhurst (AUS) 9.16
Heat 8: Jared Hickel (AUS) 12.50, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 11.20, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 10.84
Heat 9: Luel Felipe (BRA) 14.90, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.73, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 10.50, Frederico Magalhaes (PRT) 8.97
Heat 10: Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 17.33, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 15.94, Chadi Lahrioui (MAR) 11.60, Mehdi Charpentro (MAR) 4.30
Heat 11: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 17.60, Dimitri Ouvre (FRA) 15.10, Luke Dillon (GBR) 12.33, Bryan Picon (FRA) 11.43
Heat 12: Luan Carvalho (BRA) 14.77, Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 14.30, Pedro Neves (BRA) 11.13, Soufiane Charoub (MAR) 10.47

Heat 1: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 14.67, Jade Azami (MAR) 11.03, Adil El Harrif (MAR) 
Heat 2: Cristobal De Col (PER) 12.37, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 11.66, Camille Maurisset (MAR) 4.77
Heat 3: Alan Saulo (BRA) 10.00, Jao Errera (FRA) 7.70, Diego Mignot (FRA) 4.87
Heat 4: Charly Martin (GLP) 13.67, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 13.17, Caina Souza Da Silva (BRA) 12.03, Loic Teva Bizien (PYF) 5.33
Heat 5: Luel Felipe (BRA) 11.87, Chadi Lahrioui (MAR) 10.16, Abdelhanin Dribki (MAR) 6.57
Heat 6: Dimitri Ouvre (FRA) 15.83, Luan Carvalho (BRA) 13.00, Hamza Kouhly (MAR) 4.77, Abdellah Soufiane (MAR) 3.40
Heat 7: Jacob Willcox (AUS) 16.44, Damian Ceballos (CNY) 9.50, Redouane Regragui (MAR) 9.23
Heat 8: Dean Bowen (AUS) 14.66, Simo Berrada (MAR) 7.80, Thierno Sambe (SEN) 7.54, Bruno De Andrade Maia (BRA) 4.80


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