PLAYA DE PANTIN, Galicia - Spain (Thursday, August 29, 2013) - An expected little push in swell this afternoon gave organizers the opportunity to complete the last four heats of the men's round of 64. Clean 2-3Ft surf was breaking on the main peak by the eastern end of the beach where surfers enjoyed long running lefts and righthanders to showcase their surfing.
Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 25, won the fourth and last heat today, advancing into the Round of 32. The stylish regular-footer netted the highest score of the event so far, a 9.07 for a righthander surfed to perfection. After nearly missing his heat due to a vehicle misfunction on his way to Galicia, Duvignac was very happy to get it out of the way.
"It's been a tense roadtrip, my car brokedown and I was afraid I wouldn't make it here on time for my heat," Duvignac confided. "Trouble's out of the way now though and it felt great being out there in the lineup ! I got a very good wave at the end there and I wanted to exploit it well top to bottom cause I haven't had the chance to show my best surfing so far in Europe, and hopefully we get bigger waves in the upcoming days !"
Jose Ferreira (PRT) 21, current European No.6, opened up the show in the first heat this afternoon, facing defending event and regional champion Portugal's Marlon Lipke. Ferreira found the best opportunities on the righthanders and mixed all aspects of modern surfing to score his first wave in the excellent range. He quickly backed it up and spent the rest of his heat trying to push harder on his turns to score another great ride.
"It feels good to beat the champ' ! Marlon's surfing great, he got the best wave of the heat so I'm stoked to advance in first," Ferreira said. "I was looking at the lefts before the heat and that was my plan, but I couldn't find any so I started surfing the rights and it worked out best. I got that 8 early on, then I started to be more selective I wanted a good backup. Rankings and stuff are always on a competitor's mind, but the truth is all I want to do right now is get through heats, gain experience towards trying to qualify in the next few years.."
Marlon Lipke (PRT) 29, continued to tear apart the little peaks on offer at praia de Pantin today, scoring one of the highest scores of the day, an impressive 8.40 out of 10. Now representing Portugal, the German born surfer joins Ferreira and Vasco Ribeiro in the round of 32 at the Pantin Classic Galicia Pro.
"I got a bit rattled at the beginning when I had to wait about 8mn to get a first wave," Lipke admitted. "But then again my first one was really good, so it's sort of a gamble out there at full low tide but I'm stoked it paid off. I've got great small wave boards, this one is a 5'10 from Semente and it goes really well, when you have confidence in your equipment it gives you a lot of motivation out there."
Diego Mignot (FRA) 17, current leader of the European Junior rankings, made a walk in the park of his round 64 bout, advancing ahead of other talented French junior Charly Quivront and defeating former European Champion Romain Cloitre. Mignot proved today he's got what it takes to surf amongst the best European and International star tour campaigners and will be one to watch when competition recommences tomorrow.
"That was fun, I stayed on the left and got two, I'm stoked !" Mignot said. "Today was a tad bigger so I changed boards and it went well. I think two manoeuvers were enough but you have to really complete your turns and make them strong. I'm not pressured here, I'll just learn from a loss and am stoked with every heat win."
Halley Batista (BRA) 27, whose best results recently have been on the longboard Brazilian tour, made good use of a shorter stick today despite the waist high surf on offer. Batista was the first to score on his aerial game rather than on traditional rail surfing and top turns.
"Good heat, I got a good aerial on that last wave !" Batista said. "Waves are a little fat and small, actually they're perfect for longboarding ! I think my longboard background actually helps me out a lot to improve my surfing, it pushes me to look for the perfect line on the wave and when I switch to a shortboard again, I still have that flow but I'm also a lot less constrained with the length so I can do airs and other radical turns."
Next call tomorrow Friday morning has been set to 9:30am, with conditions expected to improve overnight.
The 2013 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is scheduled from August 27 - September 1, 2013 in Playa de Pantin, Galicia. For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to aspeurope.com/pantin2013.
The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Ãrbol Es Vida, Vodafone Yu, Diputación de A Coruña, Xunta de Galicia, Deporte Galego, Concello de Valdoviño, Concello de Ferrol, Garnier Delial, Estrella Galicia, Cabreiroá, Surfing Latino, Novagalicia Banco, Surfer Rule, Pequot, Spotfav, RockStar Energy Drink, CarrÃs Hoteles, Intermax, Gadis, Concello de Cedeira, Coca-Cola, Federación Gallega de Surf amongst others.