The penultimate day of competition began at Anza under flawless conditions. If anything, an improvement from yesterday, the surf in the solid 4ft range with sets pushing 5ft.
Day 7: Eurosurf Junior Games, Morocco 2016
The penultimate day of competition began at Anza under flawless conditions. If anything, an improvement from yesterday, the surf in the solid 4ft range with sets pushing 5ft. The wind was non existent and the view from the judges tower must’ve filled officials with excitement and a sense of relief; Morocco had certainly delivered. The remaining competitors could not have a better platform to begin their push for a place on the final day of Eurosurf Junior Games 2016.
It would be a marathon day of surfing today, making the most of the conditions to decide the surfers who would make up the Grand Finals which would take place Sunday. Practically every division would get in the water, and towards the sharp end of competition the standard was astounding. It goes without saying that the calibre of young European surfing has received a huge shot in the arm, looking more and more capable of not just competing, but winning on the world stage. Every surfer standing out in their own way.
The last two longboard grand finalists would be decided with the final repercharge round hitting the water in the morning. Joao Gama (POR) made up for yesterday’s loss with a commanding performance to book his place along with Gus Brewer of the Channel Islands. Gama surfed smart, not wasting any energy on mediocre waves and then shutting the door with an 8 point ride at the business end of the heat.
Luis Perloiro (POR) and Jonas Bachan (AUS) will surf in Sunday’s U18 boys Grand Final after moving through the final progression heat of the division, with Perloiro in particular impressing. He nailed a deserved 9.33 which was always going to make him difficult to beat but Bachan was consistent with his surfing and when the Final enters the water tomorrow it is certain that the match up will be a tight affair.
The Grand Finalists in the U18 girls bodyboard were also decided in the morning. Madalena Guerra (POR), Teresa Padilla (SPN), Ghita Guimmi (MOR) and Maia Monaghan of Ireland will compete for the title of Europe’s best on Sunday. Guerra posted the highest scores of the previous rounds so may be considered a favourite, but as we’ve seen throughout the week upsets happen and the final day will no doubt be no different.
The bodyboard U16 Grand Final will see David Vedor and Miguel Ferreira (POR) face Carlos Suarez of Spain and Belal Bougouch from Morocco face off for the main prize. Vedor and Bougouch surfed a super tight repercharge final to advance, seperated by merely 0.1 points. Ferreira will certainly fancy his chances after advancing from P4 earlier in the day with a 16 point heat total with Suarez finishing runner up.
In the U18 bodyboards, Abderrahmane Berrouane and Abdenabi Maachou of Morocco will square off in the Grand Final after winning P4 and the repercharge finals respectively. And, as with the U16s, the other finalists will be from Portugal (Andre Rodrigues) and Spain (Lucas Yafar). Both Moroccans will certainly be full of confidence after posting 15 point heat totals today.
Nadia Erostabe (SPN) and Mafalda Lopes (Por) advanced in the last round of repercharge to book their place in the final narrowly beating the impressive Ellie Turner of England into third. The lead swung back and forth between the three all heat and could’ve seen any one of the three advance,but ultimately Erostabe got the score she required at the right time leaving Turner with no time to reply to progress with Lopes finishing in first.
The final heat of the day was the repercharge final for the U18 boys. This one was a fight to the last, and with a place in the Grand Final the prize, stakes were high. Jacome Correia of Portugal slowly pulled away leaving Boubker Bouauoda (MOR) and the Spanish pair of Ruben Vitoria and Lander Davila to scrap over second place. Positions changed a number of times but, to the delight of the home crowd it was Bouauoda who claimed a place in the final with Correia where the pair will meet Luis Perloiro (POR) and Jonas Bachan (AUS).
All the divisions are now at the grand final stage and will be held tomorrow morning and hopefully the surf remains as it has to provide a fitting finale to a great week.
The event can be followed via eurosurfing.org or alternatively on the European Surfing Federation Facebook page. The ESF would also like to thank its event sponsors without which this could not take place....
Wipaya of Agadir
Ministry of Youth and Sport
Office Nations of Tourism
AP Omrane Agadir
Final day schedule (download)