Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro
Finals Set for Weekend Action at Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 September, 2017 - Galicia, Spain - The Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro resumed in slightly smaller surf with fun lefts and rights in the three-to-four foot range breaking across the long Pantin beach on day four of competition.
The day started with the men’s Round Four where the event’s strongest surfers so far continued to dominate, to make their way into the man-on-man heats of Round Five.
Among those who advanced, Josh Kerr (AUS), Nat Young (USA), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) and Kanoa Igarashi (USA) will be the center of attention when the event resumes.
But the real tense action followed when the women’s event re-started in Round Two and completed two full rounds to decide the last sixteen surfers in contention for finals day Saturday.
Of those sixteen, a few came across as potential threats for the event title, starting with Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), 21. The Hawaiian comes fresh off two runner-up results in Fiji and the US Open, ranked No. 8 in the world, and fears no one, especially in Pantin where she’s made the semifinals before.
“I didn’t mind waiting for better surf to get things going here, we’re getting some of the best conditions right now,” Weston-Webb said. “Confidence wise I feel safe on tour but I’m backing myself up here. Regardless of the result I’m super happy to be here, supporting my boyfriend too and having a great time, I love coming to Pantin.”
Dimity Stoyle (AUS), 25, marched through the lineup and claimed two excellent scores to post one of the event’s highest totals of 16.50 in her first heat this morning. She later confirmed her excellent form and advanced into the man-on-man Round Four.
“We’re so lucky to have these waves,” Stoyle said. “I’ve been surfing a lot down the beach and watching all the guys and getting excited! I’m surfing my favorite board that I just save for contests, I literally don’t surf it at home. There are many waves out there that look good and it’s hard not to take them, but you really have to focus on the bigger ones that have a good wall on them.”
Pauline Ado (FRA), 26, current World No.13 on both the Championship Tour and QS, needs all the points she can get in Pantin, as well as a confidence boost heading into the next CT event at Trestles. She launched her Pantin campaign with radical surfing on two great right-handers and posted a massive 9.17 and a combined heat total of 17.00.
“I wanted to stay busy and get a few scores quickly cause there are lulls between sets,” Ado explained. “I was lucky to find those two scores, I didn’t get much after that and for sure it’s a great way to start your heat. I remember coming here when I was about 12 or 13 years old, sleeping in a van in the carpark, but since then the event has grown so much. Still I love coming back here, I love that’s it’s wild and beautiful.”
Unfortunately Ado was stopped in a wave-starved Round Three matchup with Bronte Macaulay (AUS) and Paige Hareb (NZL) later in the day.
The women will have a call at 11 a.m Saturday for their final day which should crown the event champion around 7 p.m. Men will have to wait until Sunday to resume their Galician title hunt.
The Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is scheduled from August 29 - September 3, 2017 at playa de Pantin, Galicia / Spain. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
The Pull&Bear Pantín Classic Galicia Pro is supported by Turismo de Galicia, Pull&Bear, Deporte Galego, Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Rural ES, Diputación da Coruña, Concello de Ferrol, Concello de Valdoviño, Mahou, Mercedes and Tag Heuer, as official timekeeper, with the additional collaboration of Siroko, Gadis, Abanca, Zumosol, Iberia Express, Artesanía de Galicia, Aguas de Mondariz, Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia, NB21, Intermax, Costa das Ondas and MagicSeaWeed among others.
UPCOMING PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO WOMEN’S RD4 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Heat 2: Minori Kawai (JPN) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Heat 3: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) vs. Frankie Harrer (DEU)
Heat 4: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 5: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 6: Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 7: Dominic Barona (ECU) vs. Philippa Anderson (AUS)
Heat 8: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)
UPCOMING PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S RD5 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
Heat 2: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) vs. Marc Lacomare (FRA)
Heat 3: Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 4: Evan Geiselman (USA) vs. Miguel Tudela (PER)
Heat 5: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 6: Andy Criere (ESP) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 7: Nat Young (USA) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 8: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Imaikalani Devault (HAW)