AMADO, Portugal (Tuesday, July 8, 2008) - The ASP Europe Grade-1
Men’s Buondi Pro Junior restarted today in tricky two foot (0.5
meter) waves and 24 heats were done leaving the last 16 men
ready to battle for the title. Gordon Fontaine (FRA), 19, was
one of today’s standouts when he posted an excellent 9.33 point
ride (out of a possible 10), the best single wave score of the
“I am really happy with the few heats I went through today”,
Fontaine said. “I had a couple of good waves in every heat and I
was able to surf at my best.”
Fontaine, a former Top 10 European Junior surfer, spent the year
in Australia training with the best locals and is en route to
one of his best results ever if he makes the Semifinals.
“I came to Portugal for the crown”, Fontaine said. “I hope I can
keep surfing this good tomorrow and why not win my first Pro
Fontaine will still have to defeat in-form defending champion
Romain Cloitre (REU) if he wants to keep his chances alive.
Cloitre, who easily got through his two encounters today, will
be a serious opponent to beat when the Quarterfinals get
underway. Reigning ASP European Men’s Junior Champion, Cloitre’s
experience and tactics will be efficient assets.
From the 29 Portuguese surfers who entered the Buondi Pro
Junior, three only remain in tomorrow’s Quarterfinals, Miguel
Mouzinho (PRT), Antonio Ribeiro (PRT) and Fransisco Alves (PRT).
Ivo Caçao (PRT), who got the best heat score of the day in Round
2, was eliminated in the dying seconds of his Round 3 battle
and leaves with an equal 17th place.
“I was stoked to get these 16.17 points (out of possible 20) in
Round 2”, Caçao said. “I surfed well and felt good despite the
tricky conditions but things went wrong in Round 3 and I am
Medi Veminardi (REU) and Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), best seeded
surfers of the Quarterfinals, will face one another in Heat 4
tomorrow morning and remain favorites towards a possible victory
in Amado. The last 16 men will meet at 10 AM (GMT+1) Wednesday,
Heat 1 : Eduardo Fernandez (ESP), Miguel Mouzinho (PRT), Josch
Schmeltzer (DEU), Antonio Ribeiro (PRT)
Heat 2 : Romain Cloitre (REU), Tom Neuschwanger (REU), Joachim
Guichard (DEN), Fransisco Alves (PRT)
Heat 3 : Lukas Guichard (DEN), Omer Bar (ISR) Hugo Dubosc (FRA),
Igor Muniain (EUK)
Heat 4 : Medi Veminardi (REU), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Gordon
Fontaine (FRA), Rudy Marechal (FRA)
Heat 1: Eduardo Fernandez (ESP) 12.83 pts, Tom Neuschwanger
(REU) 8.10 pts, Ander Ugarte (EUK) 6.26 pts, Pablo Pola (FRA)
Heat 2: Josch Schmeltzer (DEU) 14.83 pts, Fransisco Alves (PRT)
10.83 pts, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 10.53 pts, Ian Fontaine (FRA) 7.00
Heat 3: Romain Cloitre (REU) 12.84 pts, Miguel Mouzinho (PRT)
11.07 pts, Frederico Morais (PRT) 10.20 pts, Paulo Almeida (PRT)
Heat 4: Joachim Guichard (DEN) 12.00 pts, Antonio Ribeiro (PRT)
9.27 pts, Thomas Valente (PRT) 8.70 pts, Joao Guerra (PRT) 5.47
Heat 5: Lukas Guichard (DEN) 12.83 pts, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK)
12.47 pts, Rangi Ormand (AUS) 8.26 pts, Guillermo Alonso (ESP)
Heat 6: Hugo Dubosc (FRA) 13.93 pts, Rudy Marechal (FRA) 10.70
pts, Ivo CaíÂo (PRT) 8.67 pts, Filipe Jervis Pereira (PRT) 8.37
Heat 7: Medi Veminardi (REU) 11.16 pts, ), Omer Bar (ISR) 8.60
pts, Stuart Campbell (GBR) 5.77 pts, Killian Raust (FRA) 4.22
Heat 8: Gordon Fontaine (FRA) 15.83 pts, Igor Muniain (EUK)
11.36 pts, Ramzi Boukiam (MAR) 9.16 pts, Jose Ferreira (PRT)
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