SAN SEBASTIAN, Basque Country (Sunday, July 27, 2008) - Marc
Lacomare (Hossegor, FRA), 18, won the Association of Surfing
Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Vans Pro Junior today in consistent
two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves at San Sebastian in
front of a massive crowd. Lacomare, who defeated Reubyn Ash
(GBR), Adrien Toyon (REU) and Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) in a
35-minute battle, secured his second victory of the season after
the ASP Grade-3 Rip Curl Pro Junior in Portugal last April.
Lacomare, who dominated the event with several high scores
including an impressive 17.00 point heat tally (out of a
possible 20) to win the final, was a standout on the final day
and left his opponents in need of a combination of two waves to
catch up with him in the 35-minute decider.
"So stoked to get another win this year", Lacomare said. "I had
a shocker in the Canarian event and was looking to gain
confidence back and this win is sweet. A good revenge for me."
Lacomare jumps back to second on the overall ASP European Junior
ratingsand remains in contention for the regional crown. He will
still be chasing several big results if he wants to stay in the
race with ratingsleader Maxime Huscenot (REU).
"I know it means a lot for the ratings but I am that much
focused on figures right now", Lacomare said. "But I am
definitely going for the regional title and I can't wait to keep
up the good work in the next events."
Adrien Toyon (REU), 18, who placed equal 3rd in the opening
event of the season, finished runner-up in the final going from
third to second in the last seconds. Toyon, who confessed he was
feeling well and going for the final at least, achieved his goal
with this result and will head to the following event
"I was tired during the final and was not able to really show my
best surfing", Toyon said. "I had the bomb of the heat but did
not make the best out of it and I lacked confidence after that."
Toyon, one of four Reunion Island born surfers currently in the
regional Top 10, put on a great performance troughout the event
and looks forward to catching up with ratingsleaders and
"I am focused on the end-of-the-year Top 5 and a spot for the
ASP World Junior Championships in Australia", Toyon said. "I am
happy with this result which will be a keeper for sure and the
next step is to do something good in Australia if I get there."
Reubyn Ash (GBR) and Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) respectively
placed 4th and 3rd in the last heat of the event. Ash, who was
the only non-French surfer of the final, has been leading
British surfing on the regional scale for several years and
managed once again to shine and counter France's domination up
to the final where he could not do anything.
"I gave what I had in this final", Ash said. "I lacked a second
good wave to stay in reach of the title but and it never came. I
will looking to do several other finals and I am reaaly focused
on a qualification for the ASP WJC."
Major upsets had happened earlier in the day and Reunion Island
surfers Maxime Huscenot (REU) and Damien Chaudoy (REU) both
suffered the domination of their opponents. Chaudoy, top scorer
of the event thanks to an impressive 17.50 point heat result
(out of a possible 20) on Day 2, lost in Quarterfinal No. 3 in
the morning and could not repeat his excellent performances.
Maxime Huscenot (REU), ASP European Junior ratingsleader,
finished equal 5th in the Vans Pro Junior today after he lost in
Semifinal No. 1 to an impressive Lacomare. Huscenot, who remains
in the lead towards the prestigious regional title, could not
counter fellow French surfers Lacomare and Laborde and finished
with an unusuallow 10.90 point heat tally (out of a possible
"The waves changed a lot today and I did not adapt well to the
conditions", Huscenot said. "I was not patient enough and I
should have waited for the better waves. I am already looking
forward to surfing next week with new boards and get things
going in Sopelana."
Huscenot will attend the next event in Sopelana confidently. In
all three events he attended on tour this year, he has not done
worse than a semifinal finish, very promissing for the
16-year-old Reunion Island born surfer.
"I will try and keep my lead and secure enough points at each
event", Huscenot said. "I would love to take the regional title
this year but if I don't it will not be a problem. I still have
four years as a junior."
Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), who was the best Basque surfer in the
event, finished equal 5th as well and remains well in position
in the ASP European Junior Top 5. Berasaluce, who has been very
consistent this year, was much expected on his home lands of
Euskadi (Basque Country in Basque) but failed to advance through
to the final in Semifinal No. 2.
"I suffered from the stress and pressure", Berasaluce said. "I
missed the good waves and got an interference so I made it
impossible just because of my mistakes."
Berasaluce, 19, has been among Europe's leading under-21 surfers
for a couple of years now and finished No. 4 on the overall
ratings last year which gave him his first ASP World Junior
Championships (WJC) ticket.
"I don't want to look too much at the ratings but off course
that I am here to win", Berasaluce said. "I know it will be very
hard but the Top 5 finish is a priority. The next event is where
I live so I know I will be comfortable there. Can't wait to
Yann Martin (GLP) and Hugo Palmarini (REU) were the other two
semifinalists of the Vans Pro Junior. Palmarini, a 15-year-old
Reunion Island born surfer, secured his best result to date with
an equal 7th finish today and will be one competitor to watch
when the tour moves on to its next venue of Sopelana in the
Basque Country from July 31 to August 3.
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Heat: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 17.00 pts, Adrien Toyon (REU) 13.83
pts, PV Laborde (FRA) 13.30 pts, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 12.83 pts
Heat 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 17.50 pts, PV Laborde (FRA) 11.34
pts, Maxime Huscenot (REU) 10.90 pts, Yann Martin (GLP) 8.27 pts
Heat 2: Reubyn Ash (GBR) 13.10 pts, Adrien Toyon (REU) 11.63
pts, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 7.75 pts, Hugo Palmarini (REU) 6.30
Heat 1: Maxime Huscenot (REU) 10.84 pts, Yann Martin (GLP) 10.07
pts, Lewis St John (BRB) 6.23 pts, Filipe Jervis 5.83 pts (PRT)
Heat 2: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.84 pts, PV Laborde (FRA) 10.00
pts,Damien Chaudoy (REU) 9.30 pts, David Leboulsh (FRA) 6.50 pts
Heat 3: Hugo Palmarini (REU) 13.50 pts, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK)
10.50 pts, Edouard Delpero (FRA) 7.33 pts, Ramzi Boukiam (MAR)
Heat 4: Adrien Toyon (REU) 12.10 pts, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 11.00
pts, Kevin Bourez (PYF) 7.50 pts, Rudy Marechal (FRA) 11.00 pts