Warm water beach breaks off Lanzarote in the Canary Islands welcomed the ASP 6-Star Islas Canarias Santa Pro today with clean 4-5ft peeling lefts to complete twenty heats of Round 1. Both European and international surfers performed for the San Juan crowd with precision, hungry to take home the $155,000 prize purse.
David do Carmo (BRA) confirmed the highest heat total of the day after numerous radical turns and a few barrels to give him an excellent score of 17.04 out of 20.
“That was a really good heat,” Do Carmo stated. “I’m lucky because my first wave was a really good left and I wiped out on the first turn… but my board is good and I feel great. After that first one, I caught a little barrel and in the last seconds I got another – a better barrel… I could have (received) a better score since I fell right after the barrel on the cutback, but it’s fine. I’m here with my girlfriend and we’re enjoying the island.”
Representing France, Maxime Huscenot found his rhythm through two solid wave scores as high as 8.67 and will advance through the competition.
“We have great conditions today,” Huscenot said. “This resembles my home island of Reunion a lot, so I really appreciate coming here; to surf on my backside is pretty rare, and it’s my strong side. After an average result in Bali, I hope to rebuild confidence in this event, and I’m aiming at a Quarterfinal here to better my 9th place result, which is the best I’ve had so far this year.”
Though Patrick Beven (FRA) retired from competitive surfing, the 2003/2005 European Champion returned to one of his favorite breaks in Lanzarote to dominate his heat with a 15.87 total.
“I haven’t competed in a while, maybe a year… that heat went pretty well,” Beven stated. “It’s super cool to be here and see all my friends… I’ve had many good results here and good moments, so here I am – still motivated! I’ve noticed that when I compete in places I like, I surf way better, so basically this year I’ve been choosing events: here, the Quik Pro trials in France and the Maldives.”
Beven has been investing his life thus far in the preparation of young European athletes alongside his brother Yannick. Beven has also been traveling with WCT competitor, Jeremy Flores, and has been inspired by the intense Word Tour events.
“I think mental and physical preparation are key at that level of surfing, and my brother has been helping them a lot, also with nutrition… I’ve traveled a lot this year with Jeremy and I realized I still loved surfing, and I found some good sensations again. I’m here to try and win again… I’m not here just for fun!”
Sidney Guimaraes (BRA) will advance to the second round of competition after defeating all three opposing competitors in his heat. Though this has been his first visit to Lanzarote and first season on the ASP Tour, Giumaraes discovered his strong points quickly in his Round 1 heat.
“It was nice out there, I found two really good waves,” Guimaraes said. “The first one I got two fun turns in and a little barrel, and the other I caught coming back out… I’m stoked! I hope tomorrow I get more of those. It’s my first time here. This island is like paradise; there’s so many good waves! I arrived here four days early before the event and I got some good surf on the other side of the island, too. It’s so much fun! This is my first year on tour, and my goal here is to go heat by heat as far as I can, with the Top 100 in the back of my mind to make the Primes next year.”
Carlos Munoz from Costa Rica had a solid performance in his two-man heat against Micky Picon (FRA).
“I was very relaxed and just went out there to do my best. The waves came to me and I’m super happy… Coming all the way from Bali, it was good to have a heat with only one other guy out with no pressure; it allowed me to figure out the wave a little bit before the next one that will be more difficult.”
Event officials will meet at 8:30am tomorrow morning to decipher weather conditions for the resumption of competition. Be sure to watch the live webcast here!