27 April, 2015 27 April, 2015

M-Feb Takes Second at Martinique Surf Pro

The inaugural Martinique Surf Pro came to an exciting end on Saturday, with Michael February showing good consistency and form to finish runner-up in fun surf at Basse Pointe.

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Mikey on the podium, stoked to register a good result.

Mikey’s runner-up finish in the WQS 3000-rated event earned 2 250 Qualifying Series points, which moves the 21 year-old Kommetjie local up 61 places to an impressive 16th on the rankings – the highest by a South African.

“This is the best result I’ve ever had so I’m super happy,” claimed M-Feb on the podium.

After a comeback victory in his semi final against Miguel Tudela (PER), Mikey faced a fired-up Joshua Moniz in the finals. And his Hawaiian opponent wasted no time racking up the scores, starting off with an excellent 9.07 in the opening exchange. Josh then backed his excellent score up with an 8.87 on his fourth ride, giving himself a formidable heat total of 17.94. M-Feb was on the back foot, but there was still time for a comeback.

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Joshua Moniz (HAW) was on fire in the final.

Mikey started slower than the Hawaiian, but built momentum as the final wore on. With time still left on the clock, M-Feb scored an impressive 8.57 to put himself back in contention. He still needed a near-perfect 9.37 to claim victory, but was in with a shout as he stroked into a wave with seconds remaining. And although he managed to connect the ride all the way to the inside, the wave wasn’t offering much of a wall to work and Mikey finished with a 7.53. It wasn’t enough.

“Unfortunately that last one didn’t give me enough to do more turns and maybe I made a few mistakes,” explained Mikey. “But I tried my best and I’m super happy to have put together a good contest again.”

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Mikey’s stylish surfing earned him plenty of fans in Martinique.

M-Feb stayed with a local Martinican family during the event and ended the week a number of friends richer. His stylish approach and good nature ensured he was a crowd favourite on the final day.

“The people here are really good and they welcomed me so nicely,” said Mikey. “I’ve been getting really good food from the people I stayed with, tried new stuff and they also drove me to all the little secret spots. It’s just been a beautiful experience, I met some incredible people and I can’t wait to be back.”

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Beyrick, Mikey and Dylan taking it easy between heats.

Mikey wasn’t the only South African impressing in Martinique; Dylan Lightfoot, Dale Staples and Beyrick De Vries also made solid runs in this event, finishing 13th, ninth and fifth respectively.

Joshua Moniz, the 18 year-old event winner, gained some momentum after winning against Umhlanga’s Beyrick De Vries in their quarter final match-up.

“I got a lot of confidence from that win over Beyrick. I thought if I beat him, well I can maybe go all the way,” Josh said following his win.

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Beyrick was the man to beat following Round 4 and 5, in which he top-scored.

After scoring one of the only two Perfect 10 point rides at the event, Beyrick is in high spirits as he looks ahead to his next stop on the QS at the Oakley Lowers Pro to be held at Trestles, California.

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Joshua Moniz was pumped on his first QS win.

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Post event interview, with the SA flag proudly draped around his neck.

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There’s always time for a quick shaka with the local groms.

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Photography by WSL, and Creo Photography. Watch the final day’s highlights here.

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