It’s back! The ASP 6-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz hits the Basque region of Spain with an exciting week-long event starting today, August 28th. Competitors around the world gather for one of the most important events on the ASP Europe summer schedule. Not only are the local fans pumped about the incredible athletes that will be flooding the beaches, but they have the chance to enjoy activities such as, an art exhibition presented by Paul Ugartetxea and a packed music festival line-up with artists like Igloo, Corizonas, Le Columpio Asesino, Belako and many more!
The ASP 6-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz kicked off to a late start this morning as event officials hoped for tide shifts and better surf. The first heat began at 11am and competitors enjoyed the growing surf, with a promising forecast for the next few days. Brazil had their fair share of stand-outs on day one and are hopeful to endure until the finals.
Messias Felix (BRA), 26, wasted no time at all in this event by conquering the highest heat score total of the day.
“I’ve been out of the water for a week due to a knee injury. This is my first surf and I couldn’t find the best waves out there, but I’m super happy to make my first heat in Zarautz and thanks to God my knee is feeling better now,” Felix commented. “My board feels good as well, it’s an old one but my favorite and it goes great!”
Felix discussed his goals for the rest of the week: “I caught a really fun right that allowed a couple of big turns but unfortunately I fell on the third one. The judges gave me an 8.00 still, so I was stoked to get that score. I lost my seeding to surf the Prime events so my objective clearly is to have a good result here and climb back into the Top 100. I really want to make my first final in a 6-star event as well so I’ll work towards that and try really hard here.”
Caio Ibelli (BRA), 18, impressed the judges scoring a 7.5 in the fourth heat of the day, even after his struggles getting to Spain.
“I was pretty nervous because my boards didn’t make it here and I had to borrow one. You know that’s never too good to surf a board you’ve never used before, but I’m happy I made it,” Ibelli said. ” I was trying to keep myself busy out there; the waves aren’t easy to surf, but it was fun and I hope my boards get here by tomorrow so I can compete with my equipment.”
Exciting things are happening all week in Zarautz. Competition resumes with next call set to 9am, Thursday morning for the completion of Round 1 and the beginning of Round 2.
REMAINING SAN MIGUEL PRO ZARAUTZ ROUND OF 144 MATCHUPS:
Heat 18: Santiago Muniz (CRI), Alan Donato (BRA), Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA), Remi Petersen (NLD)
Heat 19: Luel Felipe (BRA), Manuel Selman (CHL), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Joao Guedes (PRT)
Heat 20: Ricardo Christie (NZL), Cheyne Willis (HAW), Lucas Santamaria (ARG), Robertson Goncalves (PRT)
Heat 21: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Frederico Morais (PRT), Ethan Egiguren (EUK), Jules Thomet (FRA)
Heat 22: Carlos Munoz (CRI), Jordin Watson (AUS), Jayce Robinson (GBR), Rudy Marechal (FRA)
Heat 23: Simao Romao (BRA), Miguel Tudela (PER), Norman Landa (EUK), Enrique Ariitu (PYF)
Heat 24: Sidney Guimaraes (BRA), Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS), Chris Foster (HAW), Victor Pinango De Nobrega (ITA)
SAN MIGUEL PRO ZARAUTZ ROUND OF 144 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Thomas Woods (AUS) 11.60, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 11.50, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 9.17, Carlos Gomez (ESP) 7.10
Heat 2: Ricardo Ferreira (BRA) 11.03, Daniel Karren (AUS) 9.97, Ian Crane (USA) 8.13, Yujiro Tsuji (JPN) 6.98
Heat 3: Alexandre Chacon (BRA) 12.93, Soli Bailey (AUS) 12.93, Eric Geiselman (USA) 7.47, Francisco Alves (PRT) 6.54
Heat 4: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.60, Hugo Dubosc (REU) 10.84, Justin Mujica (PRT) 9.67, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 8.07
Heat 5: Davey Cathels (AUS) 13.33, Jerome Forrest (AUS) 7.86, Frederic Robin (REU) 5.86, Denny Mendoza (VEN) 4.36
Heat 6: Matt Pagan (USA) 12.40, Cory Arrambide (USA) 12.34, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 11.84, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 9.87
Heat 7: Andre Silva (BRA) 12.84, Ruda Carvalho (BRA) 11.90, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 9.50, Romain Laulhe (FRA) 7.53
Heat 8: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 10.73, Teale Vanner (AUS) 9.90, Filipe Jervis (PRT) 8.40, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 7.50
Heat 9: Messias Felix (BRA) 15.80, Jeffrey Lukasik (USA) 13.06, Timothy Latte (SWE) 11.84, Diego Cadena (MEX) 9.90
Heat 10: Vicente Romero (ESP) 12.83, Txaber Trojaola (EUK) 12.67, Cristobal De Col (PER) 10.57, Tim Macdonald (AUS) 7.70
Heat 11: Leandro Usuna (ARG) 9.93, Teppei Tajima (JPN) 9.43, Indar Unanue (EUK) 7.30, Gordon Fontaine (GBR) 8.80
Heat 12: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.70, Guillermo Satt (CHL) 10.34, Eneko Acero (EUK) 9.00, Luis Eyre (GBR) 4.60
Heat 13: Marlon Lipke (DEU) 13.34, Magnum Martinez (USA) 8.40, Dylan Southworth (MEX) 7.10, Steven Pierson (PYF) 5.90
Heat 14: Alan Jhones (BRA) 11.17, Ty Watson (AUS) 10.70, Christian Saenz (USA) 7.33, Edouard Delpero (FRA) 5.96
Heat 15: Haley Batista (BRA) 10.94, Marcelino Rodriguez (ARG) 8.36, Bruno Rodriguez (BRA) 7.80, Saxon Lumsden (AUS) 6.76
Heat 16: Marco Fernandez (BRA) 12.33, Adrien Valero (FRA) 10.33, David Do Carmo (BRA) 9.20, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 8.17