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  • GRANDE PLAGE, Lacanau / France (Sunday, August 23, 2015) – Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 23, has won the 2015 Soöruz Lacanau Pro in an exciting final over recent Airwalk Pro Junior winner Nomme Mignot (FRA) 18. Powerful three-to-five foot surf arrived overnight to greet competitors on the final day in Lacanau, a day mostly dominated by French surfers with no less than six out of eight in the quarterfinals.

    Wasting no time in the final, Huscenot’s first wave of consequence came in as an 8.50 out of 10, the highest ride of the 30-minute bout. With an average backup score on the board, the Reunion Island native scoured the lineup and surfed a lot of waves, eventually belting a 7.10 to take the win. Big powerful backhand hacks and commitment on the final closeout sections were highly rewarded by the judges on Huscenot’s behalf.
    “My first QS win, I’m super stoked,” Huscenot said. “It’s just pure joy right now, especially cause I have friends here with me. I’ve put a lot of work into it and have had some good results in the major events, and I’m really happy it paid off today. When I got that 9 in the semis I think something clicked and I realized I could win it all.”
    With the 3,000 ranking points collected in Lacanau, Huscenot will climb up the international rankings and is now closer to a potential qualification for the elite Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour than ever.
    “I’m sure this result will help my current situation on the rankings, but there’s a long road ahead still to make the cut so I’ll keep my focus for the future events,” Huscenot continued. “We’re going to have fun waves in the next event and I’ll just try to have as much fun as I had here. A long left like this is definitely something that highlights my surfing, I grew up surfing a wave like that and I’m sure it helped me out here.”
    Mignot, who won the Junior division on Monday, had an exceptional run through the week, posting huge scores to best some of the finest surfers on the Qualifying Series for a shot at a double-win, a feat only reigning World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) has achieved in Lacanau.
    “It would have been incredible to win again today, but hats off to Max he really smashed it,” Mignot admitted. “I’m super happy and extremely tired now. It’s a huge boost for my confidence and it really opened my eyes, I’m ready to take on the big leagues. I love what I do and I’ll continue to try and win more heats.”
    One of the highlights of the event so far, Joan Duru (FRA) 26, was unable to outsurf Mignot in their two matchups of finals day and placed equal third. Coming in ranked No. 7 before Lacanau, Duru will slightly improve his season tally and move on to the next event in Anglet full of confidence to surf on home turf.
    “It was good to make some heat,” Duru stated. “Unfortunately I lost in the semis, I would have loved to win a couple more but it was great to have a good run in France. I broke my favourite board yesterday but I had a good backup and I felt great out there.”
    Morocco’s Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 21, fell short to Huscenot’s momentum in the semis, missing out on a ticket for the final for a mere 0.7. The talented goofyfooter who has had a difficult season so far collects his best result in 2015, an equal third in Lacanau.
    “I haven’t made anyheats this year so it was great to finally win a couple, and against some good friends like Marco (Lacomare), Joan and everyone,” Boukhiam said. “They’ve all been ripping, all the Europeans and some internationals, it was a good comp’ for me and we had some good waves in the end.”
    With their excellent results today in Lacanau, Huscenot, Mignot, Duru and Boukhiam thrust the highest spots in the European title race, closely folloed by Adrien Toyon (FRA) who completes the Top5.

    The 2015 Soöruz Lacanau Pro is scheduled from August 18-23, 2015. For all results, photos and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
    The Soöruz Lacanau Pro is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Soöruz and NRJ amongst others.
    1 – Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.60
    2 – Nomme Mignot (FRA) 13.60
    SF 1: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 16.33 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 14.50
    SF 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.00 def. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 14.37
    QF 1: Joan Duru (FRA) 17.60 def. Adrien Toyon (FRA) 11.00
    QF 2: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 17.10 def. Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 13.34
    QF 3: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 17.04 def. Lucas Silveira (BRA) 16.03
    QF 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 15.77 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.26
    Heat 1: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 12.37, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 11.37, Deivid Silva (BRA) 10.57, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 8.83
    Heat 2: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 17.60, Joan Duru (FRA) 15.85, Charly Martin (GLP) 11.57, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 8.13 
    Heat 3: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 14.60, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.56, Bino Lopes (BRA) 10.66, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 9.93
    Heat 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.13, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 12.13, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 11.70, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 8.33
    Heat 1: Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 15.56, Charly Martin (GLP) 11.83, Steven Pierson (PYF) 11.63, Vicente Romero (ESP) 9.17
    Heat 2: Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.60, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 13.57, Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.13, Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 6.60
    Heat 3: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 11.60, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 10.10, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 9.53, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 6.47
    Heat 4: Joan Duru (FRA) 17.70, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 10.90, Jean Da Silva (BRA) 9.90, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 8.02
    Heat 5: Pedro Henrique (PRT) 10.64, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 10.63, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 9.00, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 7.27
    Heat 6: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.34, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 10.83, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 7.26, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 4.50
    Heat 7: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 14.17, Bino Lopes (BRA) 8.90, Miguel Tudela (PER) 7.40, Dean Bowen (AUS) 3.57
    Heat 8: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 14.24, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 9.10, Medi Veminardi (REU) 8.83, Mitchell James (AUS) 8.40
  • GRANDE PLAGE, Lacanau / France (Friday, August 21, 2015) – Following two successive lay days, competition resumed in Lacanau in clean two-to-three foot surf to complete two rounds of competitions. TheSoöruz Lacanau Pro‘s top seeds will now enter the show when the event recommences, bringing International surf stars into the mix.

    Guy Sato (JPN) 18, collected one of the day’s top scores, an excellent 8-point ride for a combination of four good manoeuvers on a fast little runner. The talented Japanese opened his Lacanau campaign the best of ways and will look to confirm in the following round.

    “I knew exactly what I wanted to ride out there, the second wave of a set and thankfully I got a nice wave,” Sato said. “That was my plan and it worked out, I’m super happy. This board is from a French shaper Clean Cut and I’m very happy with it.”

    Northern Peru’s Lucca Mesinas Novaro, 19, secured the round’s highest combined heat total in the very last heat of the day. The young Junior dominated his 20-minute bout to earn his ticket for the first prizemoney round.

    “It’s my first time traveling and surfing in Europe and I’m super happy to be here,” Mesinas Novaro said. “It’s a fun wave, I hope we get a bit more size as right now they’re really fast. I’m going to compete in Anglet and Pantin next, and head home for a North America Junior event, I’m trying to qualify for the World Juniors there.”

    Luke Dillon (GBR) 20, advanced alongside compatriot Reubyn Ash into the top seeds round, with a solid performance despite the very tricky lineup. Winner of the final Junior event of 2014 in Lanzarote, Dillon transitioned to now battle amongst the Qualifying Series for a spot in the major events.

    “The waves were a bit small and it’s difficult, but I tried to get the little bigger ones and it worked out,” Dillon said. “It’s good to surf in the bigger events and surf against the better guys. We just had a heat with Paulo Moura, I used to see him on the CT so that’s definitely a bit different from the Pro Juniors. I want to do a few events this year, try to get a seed and get into the bigger events next season, so Lacanau is the start!”

    Mihimana Braye (PYF), 19, came out on top of an international heat opposed to Australians Harrison Martin and Caiden Fowler (AUS) and South Africa’s Slade Prestwich. The powerful Tahitian managed to adapt to the day’s conditions and played his cards right to take the win.

    “We’ve been waiting two days for waves and today was tricky but I think everyone was happy to finally surf,” Braye said. “We’ve had fun and relaxed on the lay days with my Tahitian friends, there’s a really good crew here and we hope to do good in the event. It’s definitely harder for some of us who are surfing for the first time in Europe and experiencing these conditions, but I’ve personally been coming here for some time and I feel quite good even in the small surf.”

    Surfers and event officials will reconvene Saturday at 7:30 a.m. local time for a potential early restart to the competition. Up first will be a 100% French matchup between Charly Martin (GLP), Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Nelson Cloarec (FRA) and Edouard Delpero (FRA) in the first heat of the fourth round.

  • GRANDE PLAGE, Lacanau / France (Thursday, August 20, 2015) –A second consecutive lay day has been called at the Soöruz Lacanau Pro, due to inconsistent surf.

    Conditions remain in the one-foot range with offshore winds early morning turning into onshore summer breeze. Delayed calls throughout the day showed no improvement unfortunately and event officials were forced to send everyone home on Day 3.

    “Today is completely flat, we were expecting a little push in the afternoon but unfortunately it didn’t materialize,” Yannick Sarran, WSL Europe Head judge said. “The Northern Atlantic buoys are showing a little movement now, so we’re expecting to start tomorrow morning when the waves get here.”

    Event N°2 of 7 in the European Qualifying Series, the Soöruz Lacanau Pro will help decide the 2015 European Men’s Champion.

    The next call is set for Thursday morning 7:20AM for a potential start of the second round.

  • Soöruz Lacanau Pro Called OFF on Day 2.
    GRANDE PLAGE, Lacanau / France (Wednesday, August 19, 2015) – The Soöruz Lacanau Pro is on Stand By. Event officials have called a lay-day due to insufficient swell on offer. 
    A one-foot swell from the North-West is producing one-to-two foot surf as the competition bank concentrates all the swell’s energy to one particular peak, but organizers deemed conditions uncontestable for professional surfers.
    “It’s still tiny today, and the forecast is looking slightly better for the upcoming days,” Rob Gunning, WSL Europe Tour Manager said. “We’ll come back early tomorrow morning and re-assess conditions for a potential big day of competition.”
    Event N°2 of 7 in the European Qualifying Series, the Soöruz Lacanau Pro is one of the longest running events in Europe, having crowned champions since Greg Loehr (USA) in 1979, and across multiple divisions of the then IPS, ASP and now World Surf League.
    The next call is set for Thursday morning 7:30AM for a potential start of the second round.

    The 2015 Soöruz Lacanau Pro is scheduled from August 18-23, 2015. For all results, photos and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
    The Soöruz Lacanau Pro is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Soöruz and NRJ amongst others.
    Heat 1: Andy Criere (FRA), Enzo Cavallini (GLP), Edouard Delpero (FRA), Luis Diaz (CNY) 
    Heat 2: Louis Gillick (AUS), Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Caina Souza Da Silva (BRA), Arthur Lassee (FRA) 
    Heat 3: Jorgann Couzinet (REU), Lliam Mortensen (AUS), Anthony Fillingim (CRI), Pedro Coelho (PRT) 
    Heat 4: Caina Barletta (BRA), Robbie Rickard (AUS), Remi Petersen (NLD), Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 
    Heat 5: Eala Stewart (HAW), Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Tomas Lopez Moreno (ARG), Miguel Blanco (PRT) 
    Heat 6: Colt Ward (USA), Samuel Etchelecou (FRA), Nanook Ballerin (BLM), Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 
    Heat 7: Max Longhurst (AUS), Reubyn Ash (GBR), David Watkins (NZL),Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 
    Heat 8: Luke Dillon (GBR), Nate Dorman (USA),Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Michael Zaugg (CHE) 
    Heat 9: Jackson Baker (AUS), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), O’Neill Massin (PYF), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 
    Heat 10: Tereva David (PYF), Saxon Lumsden (AUS), Harry Timson (GBR), Joshua Braddock (GBR) 
    Heat 11: Harrison Martin (AUS), Allen Schuyler (HAW), Brett Edwards (AUS), Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 
    Heat 12: Caiden Fowler (AUS), Julen Egiguren (EUK), Jacome Correia (PRT), Aldric God (FRA) 
    Heat 13: Kalani Ball (AUS), Harrison Steele (AUS), Facundo Arreyes (ARG),Abdel El Harim (MAR) 
    Heat 14: Gabriel Andre (BRA), Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF), Norman Landa (EUK), Bino Lopes (BRA) 
    Heat 15: Riley Laing (AUS), Dean Bowen (AUS), Joao Kopke (PRT), Tomas Ferreira (PRT) 
    Heat 16: Alonso Correa (PER), Elliot Paerata-Reid (NZL), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Francisco Usuna (ARG)
  • GRANDE PLAGE, Lacanau / France (Tuesday, August 18, 2015) – The Soöruz Lacanau Pro launched today in small conditions to complete the opening eight heats of competition in clean two-to-three foot surf.

    Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 18, capitalized on the small surf on offer and built on his previous experience on this very peak during the Pro Junior to collect a 15.13 heat total, the highest on Day 1.

    “I’m really happy it’s nice to get the first heat out of the way,” McGillivray said. “I was confident and I luckily got the set wave which gave me the high score. It kind of died during the heat and there weren’t another wave like mine so I’m stoked I got a good score and got through.”

    Reigning Junior World Champion Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 20, dominated his round 1 bout in the tricky minimal surf. Ribeiro applied his signature powerturns and methodical wave dissection for a 13.67 combined heat total.

    “We had a long break before the next QS10,000 in Azores, so I entered this event a couple of weeks ago and that’s why I surfed in round 1,” Ribeiro explained. “This is one of my favourite places, the people are really nice and we always have some fun waves. That heat was a bit tricky and it was my first surf out there, but I’m feeling good and have great boards so I’m looking forward to the next.”

    The opening day of competition was mostly dominated by junior surfers who will be looking to confirm their form in the second round against more QS campaigner.

    Competitors and organizers will reconvene on Wednesday at 9AM to resume the event depending on conditions on offer.