GRANDE PLAGE, Lacanau / France (Monday, August 17, 2015) – Nomme Mignot (FRA) 18, and Juliette Brice (FRA) 16, have won the Airwalk Pro Junior in wind-affected one-to-two foot surf at Lacanau’s main beach. The final day resumed in clean beautiful surf before a strong summer breeze altered the conditions at low-tide.
In the men’s final, a first interesting exchange saw the two surfers split the peak with Shane Campbell (AUS) 20, going right and Mignot going left, both opting to surf on their forehand. Two powerful bashes, got the Australian a little edge with a 7.17 against Mignot’s 6.33.
Mignot reacted quickly to post two stronger scores and get back into the lead. Milking both lefts and rights, Mignot committed to hit the final sections on dry sand to maximize his scoring potential.
In a last minute effort, Campbell started on a long righthander but the wave didn’t offer sufficient opportunities and Mignot was carried up the beach, for his second WSL Junior win since the Gijon Pro Junior in 2013.
“I’m in a good year and I could feel I was close to get a win,” Mignot said. “I’m super happy to win here in Lacanau, I’ve been staying here for three years training with Yann Martin and it means a lot to win this event. This morning the waves were amazing and it got really difficult in the afternoon but I felt great and picked the right ones I guess.”
With the win in Lacanau and the 1,000 rankings points, Mignot jumps up to second on the regional ladder before the final event in Lanzarote, just a mere 110 points behing current leader Natxo Gonzalez (EUK).
“I’m not really focusing on the rankings, I’ve tried that in the past and it didn’t work out at all for me,” Mignot continued. “So I’m just going out to have fun and perform and hopefully the good results keep coming. I can’t wait for the final in Lanzarote it’s a sick wave ! This week will be interesting for sure, with the wildcard I’ve just moved three rounds ahead in the QS so it’s a good thing to try and get some points for next year.”
Campbell, the author of the highest combined heat-total of 18.43 in this event, also netted the biggest score in the final, a 7.17 but was unable to back it up and placed runner-up.
“I’m happy with a second, it’s hard to go all this way and not win but it’s a great result,” Campbell said. “It’s my best result so far in the Junior series. I didn’t really know what to expect here and I was really impressed with all the surfers here. We had some great waves this whole event, it was fun !”
Enlisted in the QS3,000 starting on Tuesday, Campbell has build an important experience throughout the seven Junior rounds he disputed and will be a force to be reckoned with in the main event.
“I’ll probably be a lot more prepared than most other guys as I surfed this bank a few times over the last couple of days,” Campbell continued. “I love it here in Lacanau, it reminds me a little bit of Manly back in Australia but a bit more chill which I like.”
A wave-starved first half of the women’s final witnessed local surfer Brice find a couple of opportunities and build her heat total to take a strong lead over Kemp.
At the five-minute mark, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 19, found a clean and longer wave to perform three surgical turns for a 6.67 and a brief lead-change. Brice however, turned on the very next wave and took maximum risks to belt an 8.50, re-claim pole position and ultimately the event win.
“I just can’t believe this just happened,” an ecstatic Brice reflected. “I couldn’t have dreamt a better day, I’d love to win any of all contests but this one is definitely special for me, it’s home !”
Straight off an excellent runner-up spot in Sopela two weeks ago, Brice kept her momentum going and managed to balance the pressure and excitment of surfing in front of her family and friends to claim her maiden win on the European Junior Qualifying Series. In the process, Brice eliminated previous leader Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) and takes control of the regional rankings.
“I trained a lot here, and even though the banks changed with the last storm, I felt great out there,” Brice continued. “The final was really stressful for me and I started pretty bad but I got a really good wave and turned it around. I’m extremely motivated and confident now looking ahead to the last junior event of the season !”
Kemp, who’s previous Junior final appearance was in her very first event in 2013, got the better of some of the event’s top seeds on her way to the final and will bring confidence into her last Junior event come September.
“I’m really happy, my last pro juniors weren’t so great so I was really looking forward to this one,” Kemp said. “I got some good scores and beat some of the best girls so I’m super happy with this result, and I love Lacanau ! In that final I really needed to find a better wave but Juliette was on top of it so congrats to her !”
Europe’s best up-and-coming surfers will now enjoy a little break before the grande finale in Lanzarote / Canary Islands from September 16-20.
Lacanau will wake up on Tuesday with the first call of the 2015 Soöruz Lacanau Pro at 7:30AM for a potential start of the Men’s QS3,000 first round.
The 2015 Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior is scheduled from August 14-17, 2015. For all results, photos and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
AIRWALK LACANAU PRO JUNIOR MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Nomme Mignot (FRA) 13.26
2 – Shane Campbell (AUS) 12.57
AIRWALK LACANAU PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Juliette Brice (FRA) 13.83
2 – Camilla Kemp (PRT) 12.17
AIRWALK LACANAU PRO JUNIOR MEN’S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Shane Campbell (AUS) 16.10 def. Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 13.50
SF 2: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 16.20 def. Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 14.16
AIRWALK LACANAU PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Juliette Brice (FRA) 7.67 def. Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 7.63
SF 2: Camilla Kemp (PRT) 13.67 def. Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 8.64
AIRWALK LACANAU PRO JUNIOR MEN’S QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 15.33 def. Charly Quivront (FRA) 12.90
QF 2: Shane Campbell (AUS) 13.67 def. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 12.97
QF 3: Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 13.17 def. Diego Mignot (FRA) 12.86
QF 4: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 12.06 def. Arthur Lassee (FRA) 9.94
AIRWALK LACANAU PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Juliette Brice (FRA) 10.77 def. Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 8.30
QF 2: Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 12.40 def. Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 5.50
QF 3: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 15.33 def. Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR) 6.80
QF 4: Camilla Kemp (PRT) 10.90 def. Ainara Aymat (EUK) 6.34
AIRWALK LACANAU PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 9.67, Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 7.60, Leire Fuente (EUK) 5.66, Mariana Assis (PRT) 5.13
Heat 2: Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 13.00, Juliette Brice (FRA) 9.80, Naumi Eychenne (PYF) 5.67, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 4.93
Heat 3: Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 12.77, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 11.37, Lucy Campbell (GBR) 7.00, Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 6.16
Heat 4: Camilla Kemp (PRT) 15.50, Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR) 7.73, Peony Knight (GBR) 5.73, Carol Henrique (PRT) 5.29