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Tessa Thyssen Win Espinho Surf Destination
In the women’s final disputed a little earlier, Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 17, took control of the proceedings right from the start and never let go to win her first ever ASP Pro Junior event. Surfing impressively on both her front and backhand, Thyssen paddled on every moving wave to collect one of the highest heat total of the entire event.
“I am incredibly happy to win my first pro junior !” Thyssen said. “It’s a great start to my campaign, I’m going to continue to train and keep my rhythm going over the next few months. It was hard this final, but I kept super busy to find waves and it worked out well.”
Thyssen who had a rather discrete road to the final, seemed to have finally let go of her usual cautious self and gave everything she had in the very last heat she disputed.
“It took me some time to really feel good in this event,” Thyssen confirmed. “I only started to improve my scores in the semis, and I can thank my coach Eric Termeau who’s pushed me and had the right words to get the machine going ! In the final I was so stressed I paddled super fast and I wanted to surf everything.”
The youngest surfer in the final, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 14, suffered repetitive attempts to steal her second place but controlled her position and scored higher than two very experienced competitors. Improving on her best-ever result of a 4th last year, Bonvalot leads the charge amongst the crowd of Portuguese up-and-comers to watch in future events.
“It was tough, there was a lot of hassling in the lineup,” Bonvalot said. “I just focused on getting two good waves and tried to take the best ones. I’m super happy cause it’s only my second final and I’m improving on my best result last year !”
ESPINHO SURF DESTINATION WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1- Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 13.00
2- Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 9.93
3- Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 7.87
4- Kim Veteau (GLP) 7.17
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