17 September, 2012 17 September, 2012

Bianca Buitendag equal 3rd, while Sage Erickson & Marlon Lipke Win Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro

Sage Erickson Claims 6-Star Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro

Sage Erickson stands atop the podium after taking out the 6 Star Pantin Classic Pro.

PLAYA DE PANTIN, Galicia – Spain (Saturday, September 15, 2012) – Sage Erickson (USA) 21, has won the ASP 6-Star Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro today in clean 3-4Ft surf at the iconic Playa de Pantin over Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 22. It was a perfect sunny day in Galicia for the women’s finals, culminating this afternoon with the crowning of Erickson in a one-way final she led from start to finish.

Sage Erickson (USA) 21, was on a rampage all-day dominating heat after heat and netting some of the highest scores of the entire event with her aggressive backhand attack. Erickson was rewarded for her perfect timing hitting the lip multiple times in the most critical sections of the waves and claims a logical win in Galicia today.

“This victory feels amazing, coming from California with a win and having so much support there and then coming here and you know the Spanish are so welcoming and their cheers have motivated me throughout the event. I’ve just been thanking God every heat, it’s been challenging conditions and he’s kind of helped me with my wave selection, so I’m just so grateful and excited to be back at number 1 !!”

Erickson started her final bout with the same rhythm she’s be counting on all event, and found a great looking lefthander she exploited all the way to the inside shorebreak. She took an early lead and never let her opponent get back in the game, finding a decent backup quickly after. From then on, Erickson built momentum and ameliorated her scores gradually finding yet another excellent scores over the 8.00 point mark.

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“I’ve noticed great competitive surfers, they’ll start their heat strong with some good waves, so I think I just counted on having a quick start and then to build momentum throughout, not be chasing the scores but rather posting them early on.”

Second on the ASP Women’s World Rankings arriving in Pantin, the Ventura local moves ahead of fellow Californian Courtney Conlogue to sit in pole position before the remaining two events of the 2012 season. After a difficult first season amongst the World’s Best where she only once managed to attain the quarter-finals, Erickson has secured her spot into next year’s elite World Championship Tour.

“Courtney is such an amazing competitor and a dear dear friend in California, and you know to be in that number one spot in the World Qualifying series is so amazing, the group of women is so prestigious and to be on top feels amazing ! This is my third year coming to Pantin and it’s been an amazing experience, there’s so much natural beauty here and where I’ve been staying the people have been so welcoming and that’s been wonderful. I love Pantin and Europe and I’m so happy to finally win here !”

Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 22, runner-up of the 2012 Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro, has been quietly advancing through the early rounds of the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro but was efficient in making the most out of the waves today, assuring her spot in the finals after defeating fellow French competitor Pauline Ado in the quarters and Australia’s Felicity Palmateer in the semis.

Sage carving her way to the win in great conditions at Playa Pantin.

“I’m super happy, that’s my best result since my Junior World Title so I’m stoked ! These conditions are not exactly my favourite, kind of fat waves and especially lefts, so I’m even happier to have surfed well in those waves ! I’m used to surf a punchy right at home at the Santocha, a lot hollower, but I’ve been surfing a lot in Hossegor South and it does resemble this !”

Netting her first major result on the Star Tour, Arnaud who was crowned ASP Women’s World Junior Champion two years ago, has stepped up her game in Pantin and gains valuable ranking points to eye her maiden qualification for the ASP Women’s WCT. The talented regular-footer who’s training grounds include the famous French barrel of La Graviere, showed today that her surfing repertoire allows her to rivalize with the World’s Best and will be a force to reckon with in the near-future.

“Qualification and the European Title are my main objectives this year, so I’m looking forward to the last events and I hope I can qualify but also have fun trying to ! I think it’s an advantage to have the last events of the season in Europe cause I have my family and coach following me there and can count on their support which is super important in these deciding events !”

Bianca was surfing solidly, but fell to eventual winner Sage Erickson in the Semis.

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 18, was defeated in the first semi-final of the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro by event winner the Californian Sage Erickson but clinches her second best result on the Star Tour in 2012 and adds points to an already excellent total towards qualification for the Women’s World Championship Tour next year.

“When I won the Round of 12, I thought ‘anything better than this is just a blessing,’ I’m super stoked to be able to make it all the way to the semis and surf against Sage, she’s been ripping the whole event and it’s been a good final to watch ! I just wanted to surf to my potential without having the nerves and I did it so I’m stoked !”

An outstanding performer all week, Buitendag has displayed a strong forehand surfing in the fun lefts on offer at Playa de Pantin and looks forward to the last two stops of the European leg to show once again that she has what it takes to make it to the Elite Top 17.

“It’s probably the best surf I’ve ever seen in a contest, like 3-4Ft, lefts, running all the way to the shore, we couldn’t have asked for any more !! I told myself, I have two really bad results so in the last three events I want to have two good ones so one under the belt, and out of two events I want one more good one !”

Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 20, places equal third in Pantin and nets her best result so far this season. The young Australian who’s been powersurfing her way into the semi-finals, fell short to an in-form Alizee Arnaud in their 30 minute exchange.

“I’m pretty happy with this result,” Palmateer stated. “I haven’t had that many strong results throughout the year, this is the best so far and I’m happy to have this under my belt and hopefully I can get two more good results in the upcoming two events ! I’ve been to Pantin two times before this and I love it here, it reminds a little bit of home, the coastline, the waves have lots of power, it’s really nice here !”

Currently ranked 18th on the ASP World Rankings before entering the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro, Palmateer chips in an important 2,080 points to get closer to the Top 10. The last goofy-footer in contention after Buitendag’s loss in semi-final n°1, Western Australia’s Felicity Palmateer felt at ease in the powerful waves of Playa de Pantin and has shown consistence throughout the whole event.

“When I first got down this morning it wasn’t really good on the low tide but when it filled in and got high that left down the beach started to work really well so it ended up being really good ! I think it’s just as much chance either way, but maybe if you’re a natural footer you can hook it under the lip better, I’m not sure.. I think wave selection was a crucial thing, specially cause there are so many closeouts out there you really have to pick the right ones !”

The next call has been set to 11:30am tomorrow for the final day of the men’s event. Conditions are expected to improved with lighter winds and yet another warm and sunny day in Pantin.

The 2012 Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro is scheduled from September 12-16, 2012 in Playa de Pantin, Galicia. For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to pantin.aspeurope.com.

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspeurope.com or www.aspworldtour.com

1 – Sage Erickson (USA) 16.10
2 – Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 9.83

Heat 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 17.26 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.26
Heat 2: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 14.10 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 12.16

Heat 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 18.14 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 7.00
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.94 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.70
Heat 3: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 13.23 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.73
Heat 4: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 12.23 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.80

Heat 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.66, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.60, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8.16
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 11.93, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 11.93, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 9.27
Heat 3: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.84, Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.34, Justine Dupont (FRA) 9.10
Heat 4: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 15.20, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 7.63, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 7.40

Marlon Lipke Wins ASP 3-Star Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro

Marlon gets hoisted up the beach after taking out the 3-Star Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro.

PLAYA DE PANTIN, Galicia – Spain (Sunday, September 16, 2012) – Germany’s Marlon Lipke has won the 2012 ASP 3-Star Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro in a low scoring final at Playa de Pantin over Joan Duru, Bino Lopes and Ty Watson. After yesterday’s completion of the Women’s competition, the Round of 32 of the Men’s re-started this morning in pumping 4-5Ft surf, culminating with the final dominated by Lipke.

Marlon Lipke (DEU) 28, was the first surfer to open fire in the final, starting on a big lefthander out the back and milking it all the way into the shorebreak with a succession of radical turns to earn an 8.33 out of 10 and take the heat lead. In a slow final that only saw one bigger set of waves offered to the four competitors, Lipke seized the opportunity and found the only high scoring ride, clinching the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro Title in the process.

“I’m just so happy at this stage of my career to have another win, two this year after the 3-Star in Vendee.” Lipke stated. “You know sometimes things happen in life which kind of put your mind right and put things in perspective and sometimes you fight harder for things, that’s what I did here so I’m super happy to come out with the win !”

After surfing and winning four heats today, Lipke looked the sharpest in the final heat of the event, despite suffering a strong pain due to a recurring shoulder injury. Regularly scoring in the excellent range, Lipke has shown consistence through the earlier rounds as well and clinches a logical victory on day 5 of the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro.

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“Four heats and long paddles always, I was getting cramps in my arms at the end, but I fought through it ! I think I know how to win a contest, I kept calm in the end and wanted the first place real bad ! My goal is to try and do the same in Lanzarote at the end of the season !”

Following another win in Vendee at the start of the European season, and more recently an excellent fith place in the ASP 6-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz, Lipke moves into pole position on the ASP Europe Rankings and sits with a strong lead over closest competitor Charles Martin (GLP). The 2004 European Junior Champion will have to secure a good result in Lanzarote next month to claim his maiden Regional Open Title.

“It’s always stepping stones, I just want to build my comfort zone and then attack again ! I’ve got good boards and my head is in the right place ! I figured it was a slow heat and I had a 5 under my belt and just controlled the peak from there. The other guys paddled inside and I got lucky the bomb came then ! But yeah I played tactics there and it worked out ! I think many people when they come to a final, they kind of crumble, but once you know how to do it you can do it again and yeah experience played a big role in the end I think !”

Joan Duru (FRA) 23, had a stellar run through the entire Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro, netting the second highest single wave score of the event, an excellent 9.33 in his quarter-final bout this afternoon but wasn’t able to keep his momentum going into the final 30-minute exchange today, placing second behind Lipke.

“It was cool, but unfortunately I didn’t find the right waves ! Marlon got the best two so I couldn’t do much but I fell a couple times so he deserves it ! We’ve had excellent waves all week, and unfortunately I broke my best board in my second to last heat so I had to surf a back-up and it wasn’t quite as good but I had a good time here overall ! I’m still super happy with that second place !”

Ranked 44th on the ASP World Rankings before Pantin, Duru has shown once again the strengths of his surfing repertoire in solid surf and adds another strong result in 2012 after placing second in Jeffrey’s Bay this summer, fifth in the Brazilian Prime event of Fernando do Noronha and 9th in Zarautz recently.

There were some fun waves at Playa Pantin for the 3-Star Pantin Classic Pro. Here Marlon belts one on his way to victory.

Bino Lopes (BRA) 24, clinched the third place today, choosing to stay in the inside witnessing the absence of decent sets during the final. He found a smaller righthander he exploited well, unfortunately not making the last huge re-entry he attempted that could have given him the score needed to move into first place.

“The final was very hard,” Lopes said. “I didn’t get any good waves, and I think it was hard for everyone to stay focused in the heat but I’m so happy to have come here and I hope next year I’ll get an even better result !”

The Brazilian only starting his World Tour campaign internationally, claims here the best result of a young career and proves he has what it takes to make the final in major events, after defeating Top Seeds on his way to the last heat of this competition. Sitting at an average 156th position on the World Rankings, Lopes eyes the Top 100 next season and will be one to follow in the near future.

“This year I had a contusion at my leg, and I missed a couple of events, and this is for sure my best result so far ! I’m going back to Brazil for one event and I’ll come back to Europe for the final competition in Lanzarote. Next year I’m planning on surfing the whole International tour and I’m hoping to get results like this more often !”

Ty Watson (AUS) 22, is the unfortunate fourth placer of the 2012 Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro, and couldn’t really showcase the excellent surfing he has been displaying this whole week, unable to find good enough opportunities in the thirty minutes of his final appearance in Galicia.

“There’s not much I could do, I only got two closeouts, I just couldn’t get a wave really ! There was that one wave that Marlon got and congratulation’s to him he surfed it well. He surfed the whole event well, I’ve been watching his heats.. I suppose everyone will say the same, we were all grovelling and he got that one wave which made the difference !”

After an encouraging 17th place in the Azores last week, the young Australian stepped it up in Pantin, outing several strong opponents to secure his ticket for the final today. The talented regular-footer who has been travelling with his brother Jordin, will have another occasion in a few weeks in Canary Islands to better his fourth place result.

“It’s been really fun, the waves have been amazing and I’ll definitely be back here this time next year ! I needed a good result here to get up there on the rankings, probably a win here, but this is better than getting knocked out first round so I’ll take it and carry on from here ! Making the finals is always good for confidence, and I’ll take it to the Canary Islands for my next event !”

The 2012 Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro was scheduled from September 12-16, 2012 in Playa de Pantin, Galicia. For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to pantin.aspeurope.com.

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspeurope.com or www.aspworldtour.com

The Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro is made possible with the support of the following event partners:  Estrella Galicia, Cabreiroa, MINI, Ferrol, Diputacion de A Coruna, Concello de Ferrol, Concello de Valdovino, Xunta de Galicia, Deporte Galego, Ferrol Turismo, Concello de Cedeira, Concello de Neda, Kentes, Gadis, Pago, McDonald’s, PSVITA, Intermax, Nilox, Federacion Galega de Surf e bodyboard, Oceans Surf Club, Wahrld, Vazva.

1 – Marlon Lipke (DEU) 13.66
2 – Joan Duru (FRA) 9.04
3 – Bino Lopes (BRA) 8.57
4 – Ty Watson (AUS) 6.76

Heat 1: Bino Lopes (BRA) 15.37, Joan Duru (FRA) 12.13, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 10.70, Steven Pierson (PYF) 10.47
Heat 2: Marlon Lipke (DEU) 15.50, Ty Watson (AUS) 14.20, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 13.10, Nathan Hedge (AUS) 9.27

Heat 1: Joan Duru (FRA) 16.00, Bino Lopes (BRA) 13.96, Medi Veminardi (REU) 11.70, Nic Von Rupp (DEU) 9.33
Heat 2: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 15.06, Steven Pierson (PYF) 11.57, Adrien Valero (FRA) 10.60, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 10.13
Heat 3: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 14.16, Ty Watson (AUS) 14.10, Charles Martin (GLP) 12.87, Teppei Tajima (JPN) 9.00
Heat 4: Marlon Lipke (DEU) 13.43, Nathan Hedge (AUS) 11.80, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 11.77, Noah Erickson (USA) 6.60

Heat 1: Nic Von Rupp (DEU) 11.10, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 10.83, Manuel Selman (CHL) 7.80, Jordin Watson (AUS) 7.70
Heat 2: Medi Veminardi (REU) 14.33, Steven Pierson (PYF) 13.00, Thomas Woods (AUS) 11.46, Francisco Alves (PRT) 8.53
Heat 3: Adrien Valero (FRA) 14.17, Bino Lopes (BRA) 11.10, Messias Felix (BRA) 9.54, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 6.93
Heat 4: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 15.54, Joan Duru (FRA) 13.17, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 4.77, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 4.60
Heat 5: Ty Watson (AUS) 14.53, Noah Erickson (USA) 10.43, Alan Donato (BRA) 9.23, Carlo Zapata (PER) 8.54
Heat 6: Charles Martin (GLP) 12.83, Nathan Hedge (AUS) 12.66, Leonardo Neves (BRA) 10.40, David Van Zyl (ZAF) 9.26
Heat 7: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 12.67, Teppei Tajima (JPN) 12.60, David Do Carmo (BRA) 10.50, Eneko Acero (EUK) 7.36
Heat 8: Marlon Lipke (DEU) 14.33, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 14.10, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 13.93, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 9.17


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