VASCO RIBEIRO TRIUMPHS AT OPJ-SAN SEBASTIAN, RETAINS ASP EUROPE JUNIOR NO. 1 RANKING
The contest might have been rushed to a close. But the action was as intense as it gets. Due to the swell predicted to die down on Day 4 of Oakley Pro Junior-San Sebastian, contest organizers decided to bring the contest to a close on Saturday. But the implications of the event remained…as two of the week’s best prepared to throw down in efforts to claim the ASP Europe Junior No. 1 ranking.
As the Final Heat dropped into action, Portugal’s Vasco Ribeiro – Europe Junior No. 1 coming into the event – took the water to fend off the hard-charging Dimitri Ouvre of Guadalupe, who was poised to take over the top ranking with a San Sebastian win.
Ribeiro was ready for the challenge.
The talent-packed four-man Final displayed the future of Europe’s surf landscape with young rippers displaying top form. When the horn sounded, it was Ribeiro to emerge victorious with a combined heat score of 15.40 – taking the contest title and retaining Europe’s top ranking.
Ribeiro came out of the gates on fire with a solid 7.67 out of 10 in the opening moments of the 30-minute final to take a commanding early advantage and place heavy pressure on the field. Following up and cushioning his lead with a solid backup score, he eventually sealed his victory with a series of linked forehand snaps and floaters on a peeling right to post another solid 7.73.
“I am feeling really good right now because I wasn’t feeling very confident coming into this contest,” Ribeiro said. “I broke all my boards just before so I was trying a brand new one but fortunately there were a few waves in the final and I got the scores and the victory so I am really happy.”
On the prettier side of the sport, Cannelle Bulard (17), owned the 1-star women’s final of Oakley Pro Junior San Sebastian, leaving fellow finalists in the dust by racking up a huge 17.23 two-wave combined total. Bulard exploded on a long right with a series of explosive backhand snaps and carves – then followed up with another in quick succession to leave no doubt about the result early in the battle.
“I am so happy with this win and it is my first win for the series and after my second place earlier this year in Reunion I hope this has put me back on track to go for this year’s title,” she said. “I just wanted to surf and have fun and in the ning I caught a good one as a backup and then I caught a right which was really good. Straight after on the way out another one came so I had two good scores and that was it. I was waiting for the heat to finish and I was smiling so much.”
Top top it all off, Ribeiro and and the remaining podium finishers were handed their trophies by Oakley’s own Surf Team Ripper Romain Cloitre of France – who’s currently charging on the WCT.
All in all, it was one amazing event in the Basque-Spanish landscape!
Final Day Video
Final Heat Results
15.40 Vasco Ribeiro PRT
13.03 Ugo Robin FRA
11.17 Frederico Morais PRT
7.80 Dimitri Ouvre BRB