EuroSUP 2017 Day 2

Day 2 of EuroSUP 2017 began today with the first race divisions being held under blue skies and great conditions and by the days end European champions would be crowned in  both the men and womens technical race divisions. The race would start and finish at Molho Leste; the north end of the beach at Supertubos, the course would then take a tricky route around the bay, made especially more technical due to the thumping shorebreak that would ultimately end up taking its toll on numerous competitors.

The women went first and it was Frenchwoman Olivia Piana who took home the gold medal with a dominate performance over Laura Quetglass (SPN). Piana led from the start and never looked likely to finish anywhere other than first, always increasing her lead throughout the race. Nicoline Rasmussen finished third. 

The mens division was much, much closer. Ultimately it would be Denmark’s Casper Steinfath at the top of the podium after an incredibly close race with Arthur Arutkin (FRA). Both competitors were neck and neck throughout and traded the lead on numerous occasions but it was Steinfath who took the line required to hold the lead around the last marker buoy that allowed him to hold Arutkin off until the finish line. Steinfath now has the European crown to go with his three world titles; a legend of European watersports. Frenchman Titouan Puyo was third and Italian Leonard Nika fourth. 

 

The surf competition continued after the technical races were held back at Supertubos in conditions similar to the opening day. Pierre Roullet (FRA) was the standout of the day racking up some huge scores for an impressive display of powerful and technical surfing in round 2 of the mens division. Compatriot Justine Dupont was also outstanding in the first round of the womens, taking the win in her heat and amassing the highest heat total of the day for the women. Her surfing looked every bit as sharp and critical as the mens and the Frenchwoman may have just announced herself as the person to beat. 

 

Competition will resume tomorrow afternoon at Supertubes. 

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