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Juniors Steal the Show on Day 2 of Swatch Girls Pro France
The Swatch Girls Pro France resumed in clean 1-2Ft (0,4 metre) waves with Junior surfers taking on the tiny lineup to complete two and a half rounds of competition while the 6-Star field was whittled down to just twelve.
Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 20, was the standout surfer of the Pro Junior competition today, netting a combined heat-total of 14.17 to advance into the latter rounds. The talented goofy-footer dominated the field on her backhand, finding clean righthanders to score two solid 7-point rides.
“It’s very challenging but I guess we all have to do with what we have,” reflected Macaulay. “I was lucky to find two waves that allowed me two turns I guess. France is so good, we’re staying with Mathias and his family and they’ve all been so good, it’s just awesome.”
Currently second on the Australasian Junior series, right behind former semi-finalist of the Swatch Girls Pro France Junior Keely Andrew (AUS), Macaulay looked a little deceived by an early exit in the main event, but will look to re-group and go all the way in the under-20 division.
“The QS is kind of like the reason I came, Juniors are great to have heat-practice,” she continued. “It’s nice to have this back-up so yes I’ll try to get through as many heats as I can. Then I’m off straight to Pantin and I’m excited, I hope we’ll get good waves there.”
Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 16, surfed a total four heats today to qualify for both the fourth round of Juniors and fifth round of the main event in Seignosse. Sharp and dynamic despite the complicated surf, Coffey took out an impressive four wins and a second place to Coco Ho (HAW) to round up the day.
“Well we’re all surfing the same conditions, so I’m just trying to keep my focus and go out and do what I know I can do,” Coffey said. “It seems to be getting me through heats so I’m really stoked.”
Traveling across Europe with her parents on-board and sister / sparring partner Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS), the young Australian seemed to have found the perfect rhythm and winning frame of mind.
“I’ve been traveling with my family ever since I can remember, around Australia for years and now in the world,” she added.
“To have their support is just amazing, my sister’s constantly cheering me on. We do have a little rivalry going on in everything we do with my sister, from surfing to the way we dress and make up but you know it’s all fun and I’m stoked to have them !”
Mahina Maeda (HAW) 16, continued to navigate through both the Junior and 6-Star divisions today, seemingly unstoppable in the small surf.
The talented Hawaiian, currently leading the North-American Pro Junior series, asserted her position amongst the event’s favorites for the title.
“It’s even smaller today and so much more challenging but you need to overcome that,” Maeda stated. “I’m riding a 5’6 JP-X shaped by Pyzel surfboards, we’ve been working on this model for quite some time. When I was in Japan it was the same conditions and we designed this board specifically for those small waves, it works great.”
Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 17, current leader in the European Junior rankings, managed to advance into the fourth round of competition and will try to keep her opponents at a distance to solidify her position before the final showdown in the Canary Islands.
“You really have to give everything out there, be dynamic and obviously not fall !” Thyssen said. “I tried to sit on a different peak but the option didn’t seem to be paying off, but finally I got a little left and made it. I feel the pressure since the first event, but I’m trying to keep enjoying myself surfing and hopefully it will be enough to win the title !”
Silvana Lima (BRA) 29, current leader of the 2014 ASP Women’s Qualifying Series, advanced serenely through her round 4 bout, taking the win over Anali Gomez (PER), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Chelsea Tuach (BRB).
“It’s difficult but the waves still come, it still fun !” Lima commented. “I’m super excited to get back on the tour next year, I’m really happy with my results and I have a lot of fun competing on the QS.”
The next call will be held on Friday at 7am to re-assess conditions and decide if waves are sufficient to resume the competition.
The SWATCH GIRLS PRO FRANCE and Pro Junior are made possible with the support of the following event partners: Swatch, ASP, Fédération Francaise de Surf, Région Aquitaine, Landes Côte Sud, Hossegor, Seignosse, Adrenaline by l’Equipe, Sosh, NRJ, Unbottle Yourself, Smith Optics, Skullcandy, EQ and Malongo amongst others.
The ASP 6-Star Swatch Girls Pro France and 2-Star Pro Junior is scheduled from August 20-20, 2014 in Seignosse/Hossegor, France. For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com or www.swatchgirlspro.com.
REMAINING SWATCH GIRLS PRO FRANCE JNR ROUND OF 32 MATCHUPS:
Heat 5: Chelsea Tuach (BRB), Maddi Aizpurua (EUK), Mikaela Greene (AUS), Bailey Nagy (HAW)
Heat 6: Lucia Martiño (ESP),Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Bronte Macaulay (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 7: Carina Duarte (PRT), Marion Bouzigues (FRA), Natsuki Suda (JPN), Mahe Javegny (REU)
Heat 8: Kim Veteau (GLP), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Frankie Harrer (USA), Reika Noro (JPN)
SWATCH GIRLS PRO FRANCE JNR ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 9.70, Ella Williams (NZL) 9.57, Lucie Milochau (FRA) 4.97, Quincy Davis (USA) 4.10
Heat 2: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (PRT) 7.77, Laura Poncini (AUS) 6.74, Yolanda Aneiros (ESP) 5.83, Ana Morau (FRA) 5.80
Heat 3: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 10.00, Stephanie Single (AUS) 6.13, Joséphine Costes (FRA) 5.00, Rina Katazawa (JPN) 2.83
Heat 4: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 9.60, Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 8.46, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 6.30, Shelby Detmers (USA) 5.06
SWATCH GIRLS PRO FRANCE JNR ROUND OF 48 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 13.83, Yolanda Aneiros (ESP) 5.15, Emily Williams (GBR) 4.34, Lea Dezes (FRA) 3.33
Heat 2: Laura Poncini (AUS) 7.33, Quincy Davis (USA) 6.56, Lisa Girardet (REU) 5.94
Heat 3: Stephanie Single (AUS) 8.33, Shelby Detmers (USA) 6.27, Manon Cavallini (GLP) 4.87, Lilia Lissardy (FRA) 2.07
Heat 4: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 9.83, Rina Katazawa (JPN) 5.90, Michelle Beach (USA) 4.24, Uhaina Joly (FRA) 3.10
Heat 5: Mikaela Greene (AUS) 9.50, Keely Andrew (AUS) 8.40, Carol Henrique (PRT) 3.16, Ellen Harding (USA) 1.63
Heat 6: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 14.17, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 6.17, Alice Lemoigne (REU) 4.26, Victoria Capdepont (FRA) 0.50
Heat 7: Natsuki Suda (JPN) 7.14, Reika Noro (JPN) 6.50, Camille-Elena Lavocat (MAF) 3.94, Juliette Brice (FRA) 2.23
Heat 8: Frankie Harrer (USA) 6.67, Mahe Javegny (REU) 4.23, Teal Hogg (ZAF) 3.03, Peony Knight (GBR) 2.80
SWATCH GIRLS PRO FRANCE JNR ROUND OF 56 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 10.83, Laura Poncini (AUS) 7.74, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 2.07, Noa Lelior (ISR) 2.04
Heat 2: Shelby Detmers (USA) 8.16, Rina Katazawa (JPN) 6.33, Meah Collins (USA) 5.00, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 0.86
Heat 3: Mikaela Greene (AUS) 7.50, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 5.63, Sophia Bernard (AUS) 4.63
Heat 4: Natsuki Suda (JPN) 8.84, Teal Hogg (ZAF) 4.00, Noive Ceballos (ESP) 3.94, Anat Lelior (ISR) 3.00
UPCOMING SWATCH GIRLS PRO FRANCE ROUND OF 12 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW),Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 2: Keely Andrew (AUS), Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 3: Mahina Maeda (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA), Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS)
Heat 4: Quincy Davis (USA), Anali Gomez (PER), Coco Ho (HAW)
SWATCH GIRLS PRO FRANCE ROUND OF 24 RESULTS:
Heat 4: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 15.65, Quincy Davis (USA) 9.40, Stephanie Single (AUS) 8.65, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 7.40
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.00, Anali Gomez (PER) 7.40, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 7.05, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 6.05
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.00, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 11.00, Alizé Arnaud (FRA) 9.65, Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.90
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