Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro
Tricky waves push big results on opening day
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 August, 2017 - The Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro launched in building two-to-three foot surf on the outgoing tide. Waves started breaking around lunchtime and allowed competition to run through the women’s opening round as well as eight heats of the men’s competition.
Vahine Fierro (PYF), 17, and Ellie Brooks (AUS), 20, claimed the women’s biggest performances in back-to-back heats midway through the round. The Tahitian and Australian athletes capitalized on a good moment of the tide to display their dynamic surfing and drop excellent scores.
“The waves were a little bit hard to surf but thankfully I got the good ones and stayed busy out there,” Fierro said. “This morning was completely flat and I didn’t think we’d be running today but right now the waves are kind of fun.”
“We’ve been here for a few days and had a stopover in London on the way from Australia so the jet lag is definitely gone,” Brooks added. “It’s nice to finally get some waves, you can tell it’s a new swell, with lulls between sets but there was a good bank out there so it was fun!”
Californian up-and-comer Meah Collins (USA), 17, also put on a good performance to advance into the second round where she’ll meet up with event top seed and recent winner in Anglet Coco Ho (HAW).
“I came here with my dad when I was like 11 or something, I was small and kind of nervous,” Collins admitted. “I’m more confident, more experienced and a lot bigger now so I can go out there and compete with the other girls. I feel very comfortable here, I love Pantin it’s one of my favorite places to visit.”
The men’s event also completed eight heats of Round One and Vicente Romero (ESP), 25, was the first surfer to reach excellence in the waist-high surf. The Spaniard generated a lot of speed and found long waves to showcase his surfing repertoire for a 14.50 combined heat total.
“I’ve been training a lot here for another event before this one and my board feels great so I’m stoked,” Romero said. “I’ve lost a few heats recently that were way too close, so my goal is to surf much better than the other guys so there’s no question on the scores.”
Organizers have called an 8:15 a.m decision Wednesday morning for the men’s remaining Round One heats, while the women are off for the day and will have a next call on Thursday.
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.
REMAINING PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S RD1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 9: Deivid Silva (BRA), Dimitri Ouvre (FRA), Mateia Hiquily (PYF), Monty Tait (AUS)
Heat 10: Jordy Collins (USA), Dylan Goodale (HAW), O'Neill Massin (PYF), Jean Da Silva (BRA)
Heat 11: Lliam Mortensen (AUS), Joshua Burke (BRB),Joaquin Del Castillo (PER), Elijah Gates (HAW)
Heat 12: Marco Fernandez (BRA), Kaito Ohashi (JPN), Jeronimo Vargas (BRA), Mason Ho (HAW)
Heat 13: Krystian Kymerson (BRA), Dean Bowen (AUS), Takumi Nakamura (JPN), Titouan Boyer (FRA)
Heat 14: Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Jared Hickel (AUS),Wesley Leite (BRA)
Heat 15:Dion Atkinson (AUS), Samuel Pupo (BRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Matthew McGillivray (ZAF)
Heat 16: Seth Moniz (HAW), Reo Inaba (JPN), Thiago Guimaraes (BRA), Cole Houshmand (USA)
Heat 17: Shane Campbell (AUS), Charly Martin (GLP),Taylor Clark (USA), Imaikalani Devault (HAW)
Heat 18: Jacob Willcox (AUS), Manuel Selman (CHL), Andy Criere (ESP), Makai McNamara (HAW)
Heat 19: Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Jackson Baker (AUS), Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), Samuel Igo De Souza (BRA)
Heat 20: Mitch Crews (AUS), Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Torrey Meister (HAW), Yuji Nishi (JPN)
Heat 21: Cam Richards (USA), Robson Santos (BRA), Gatien Delahaye (FRA), Yage Araujo (BRA)
Heat 22: Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Kilian Garland (USA), Slade Prestwich (ZAF), Charly Quivront (FRA)
Heat 23: Dusty Payne (HAW), Leandro Usuna (ARG), Quinn Bruce (AUS), Kei Kobayashi (USA)
Heat 24: Luel Felipe (BRA), Michael Dunphy (USA), Kiron Jabour (HAW), Richard Kidd (ZAF)
PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S RD1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 12.90, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 11.64, Marcos Correa (BRA) 10.70, Luis Rodriguez (ESP) 8.13
Heat 2: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 13.03, Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 11.93, Shun Murakami (JPN) 11.46, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 10.70
Heat 3: Parker Coffin (USA) 11.16, Cristobal De Col (PER) 9.37, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 9.04, Skip McCullough (USA) 8.43
Heat 4: Lucca Mesinas (PER) 13.17, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 13.17, Shane Sykes (ZAF) 11.64, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 8.17
Heat 5: Vicente Romero (ESP) 14.50, Miguel Tudela (PER) 12.57, Nolan Rapoza (USA) 9.76, Vitor Mendes (BRA) 8.86
Heat 6: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 13.34, Gabriel Andre (BRA) 10.40, Keijiro Nishi (JPN) 9.13, Kalani Ball (AUS) 7.80
Heat 7: Pedro Henrique (PRT) 10.67, Brett Simpson (USA) 10.56, Alonso Correa (PER) 9.96, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 9.67
Heat 8: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 11.74, Jake Marshall (USA) 10.63, Alvaro Malpartida (PER) 9.13, Yuri Goncalves (BRA) 8.87