Titouan Boyer and Juliette Brice of France grabs the win for 2016 Peña Txuri Junior Pro Sopela in 1-2 foot surfing conditions.
Juliette Brice (FRA), last year’s champion matched up with Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), the newly crowned European Junior Champion. Their matchup was filled with excitement as the forecasted bump in the swell has began to kick in late in the afternoon of July 17.
There were only limited opportunities with the difficult waves that were breaking out the back on the outgoing tide. But the surfer with the ability to link maneuvers all through the shorebreak got rewarded. Brice had a good head start scoring 6.33 with her combination of turns on the outside and a forehand hack on the shore to complete her wave. Bonvalot on the other hand tried to keep up but was unable to produce the same performance as Brice.
This would be Juliette’s first event victory this season. Her result today has helped her climb up into the fifth position on the regional rankings. There will be one more event remaining before the season ends.
Despite losing in the final for this event, Bonvalot has been able to secure her first European Junior Champion title when she defeated her direct rival Ariane Ochoa (EUK)in the quarterfinal match. The young Portuguese, has put up great performances this season raking in 3 event wins, a third place and a second place. Teresa will be having less pressure in November when she heads to Lanzarote and will be able to fully prepare for the World Junior Championships which will be held in Australia early next year.
For the Men’s Junior Tour #22, Titouan Boyer (MAF) kicked off on a solid start with his 7.83. His battle against Luis Diaz (CNY). Diaz answered with his three powerful forehand turns to earn him a 9 point ride on more vertical wave. This gave him a temporary lead which later on was taken back by Boyer with an impressive 8.27
The final five minutes were critical when the waves did not provide many more opportunities. The situation remained unchanged and Boyer was able to grab his second junior event tile for this season. The added 1,000 points he earned from today’s win pushes him up all the way into top position heading into Lanzarote.
Diaz had an incredible run throughout the event. His career-high second place in a Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) has set him up in the 4th position in the regional rankings. If he maintains his performance into the final event of 2016, he might secure a spot in the next World Junior Championship.
The Junior surfers will now take a three-month break from Under-18 competitions. It is an opportunity for them to train more and hone their skills and recharge their energies to prepare them for the grand finale in Lanzarote – Canary Islands in November 2016.
Here are the Top 5 in the current European rankings for Men and Women’s Junior Division:
Men’s European Junior Qualifying Series:
1 – Titouan Boyer (MAF)
2 – Thomas Debierre (GLP)
3 – Marco Mignot (FRA)
4 – Luis Diaz (CNY)
5 – Arran Strong (GBR)
Women’s European Junior Qualifying Series:
1 – Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) /// European Champion
2 – Ariane Ochoa (EUK)
3 – Nadia Erostarbe (EUK)
4 – Nina Reynal (FRA)
5 – Juliette Brice (FRA)