Day one of the Men’s ASP 3-Star Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro kicked off Wednesday with clean 2-3ft waves at Playa de Pantin in Galicia, Spain. The men kicked off the event with an impressive show with Brazilian competitor Messias Felix scoring the highest heat total of the day.
“I just want to keep surfing like I did last week,” said winner of the recent Sao Miguel Azores Pro, Brazilian surfer Messias Felix. The accomplishment boosted Felix into 68th place on the ASP World Rankings.
“I’ve been suffering from a back injury for the last four years and I’m not feeling the pain anymore at the moment,” Felix shared. “My body feels great. I enjoy surfing so much more! After my win last week, I believe a lot more in myself and I’ll advance heat by heat knowing I have something to do here.”
Spain’s very own Vicente Romero started his heat off strong with an 8.83 out of 10 and showed off his boosting capabilities for the crowd.
“I had a good heat with a lot of waves coming,” Romero reported. “Dmitri was surfing another peak so it was just the three of us out there, and it was easier to get waves. In the first minutes I found my 8.83 so after that I was a lot more relaxed through the heat. The conditions are good and I think it’s only going to get better!”
Romero recently finished his 2012 European Junior season ranked third and is now competing in the Star events, which have proved to host some intense competition. Though Romero is still trying to find his rhythm amongst the more experienced competitors, his power surfing and progressive aerial maneuvers prove that he is capable of winning some events.
“I want to try and surf the whole Star Tour, even though it’s pretty tough without sponsors,” Romero said. “My objective is to get a good result in the upcoming World Junior Finals and try to find a sponsor then to be able to do the full tour next year.”
Perth Standlick from Australia impressed at the Men’s ASP 3-Star Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro on day 1 with an 8.00 for a combination of powerful gauges on a left in the opening round. Standlick hopes to regain momentum from the Zarautz competition where he placed 2nd in the competition.
“Even though I just won, I still feel I had a shocker!” Standlick said. “I was struggling at the beginning of the heat to find a decent wave, and then I went to my plan B… to sit and wait for the lefts, not even go near anyone on the rights and just do my own thing. It’s a pretty fun left, but it’s a little bit fat, so you got to really pick the right one that’s going to stand up.”
Keep checking back for updates on the ASP Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro in Playa de Pantin, Galicia and watch the event live at http://pantin.aspeurope.com/.