The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro resumed in a fading, three-to-four foot swell with light winds, providing a clean canvas for some of the most talented QS athletes in the world to perform.
Former event winner in Pantin Silvana Lima gave a small-wave clinic in the afternoon weak conditions to dominate her matchup against Tessa Thyssen and advance into the quarters. Lima applied her lightning -fast surfing and sharp carves on the long rights of playa de Pantin to belt an impressive 15.93 heat total.
"This is an awesome result for me to get to the Quarters, I needed that result and I'm so happy to win that one," an ecstatic Lima said. "The heat prior to ours had mainly lefts but I know the rights are better and I kept looking for those. I think luck was on my side today to get all those fun waves, my board works so well and I've got so much support over here it's great!"
Australia's Keely Andrew secured one the strongest performance of Round 4 as well and advanced confidently into the next round where she'll be facing Bonvalot when the event resumes. The powerful regularfoot, who is in a great position to secure her spot among the elite Top 17 next season, will look to definitely anchor her position with a strong result in Pantin.
Reigning European Junior Champion Teresa Bonvalot took on the current World No. 16 Alessa Quizon in a slow second matchup in Round Four and delivered the day's main upset as the young Portuguese up-and-comer managed to come out on top. Bonvalot had the heat's best score, a solid 7.33, but as her only wave ridden, was needing a ridiculous 0.41 with one minute remaining. She proceeded to start on a closeout wave and waited for a reform to squeeze in a couple of turns for a 1.93 and her ticket for the Quarters.
"I got that 7.33 at the very beginning of the heat and I knew I needed to get on the best waves to beat Alessa, she's such a great surfer," she reflected. "So maybe I got a little too patient, but I thought there would be more waves like the first one and got caught in that patience.
"I'm still learning, I'll take that mistake and try to improve and avoid a similar scenario in the future. I should have caught one of the lefts that came through, they weren't great but probably enough to back up my main score. I had a lot of fun anyways and I'm happy it worked out."
Junior Macy Callaghan continued her incredible tear in Pantin, eliminating World No. 11 Laura Enever (AUS) to keep her hopes alive for a first major win on the QS tour. Callaghan, much like the winners in prior heats, capitalized on the long rights on offer and ripped them apart to make the Quarterfinals.
"One of my goals for all events is to reach the quarters or better so I'm really happy to make it today and excited about tomorrow," she stated. "I live on the Central Coast of Australia in New South Wales and I surf beaches all the time so I'm pretty used to this little stuff. I've been training really hard before I came here as I knew what I was in for. I love it here in Europe, it's so beautiful I'll definitely be back."
The last six heats of the men's second round were also completed earlier today, to determine the remaining qualifiers for the Round of 48. Today's upset was the early elimination of defending champion Thiago Camarao, and happened amid a flurry of good-to-excellent scores. Australia's Cooper Chapman led the charge with an impressive 15.74 total.
Saturday could potentially crown the women's Pantin champion as event officials have called for a 7:45AM call for the quarters, expecting to run a couple of men's rounds afterwards and finishing with the women's Semis and Final in the afternoon.
MagicSeaWeed, official forecaster for the WSL Europe Qualifying Series events, calls for: "By some margin the most interesting swell on the forecast at the moment. A punchy long period NW swell from ExHurricane Gaston combines with a decent mid period N swell from a low pressure system forecast for tomorrow. There is a much broader range of model numbers for this but the outlook at the moment puts waves in the head to head and a half range on the better sets by the afternoon with light NE winds. The details here will likely change as we watch these swells develop." for the weekend.