Yop Reunion Surf Pro Junior Starts Saturday

Main venue of the inaugural Yop Reunion Surf Pro Junior pres. By Hollywood, Trois-Bassins will witness Round 1 action from Saturday, April 9. Photo courtesy Aquashot/ASP Europe

Main venue of the inaugural Yop Reunion Surf Pro Junior pres. By Hollywood, Trois-Bassins will witness Round 1 action from Saturday, April 9. Photo courtesy Aquashot/ASP Europe

TROIS BASSINS, Reunion Island (Friday, April 8, 2011) –The inaugural ASP 3-Star Yop Reunion Surf Pro Junior is set to kick-off in exciting wave conditions tomorrow Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the fun and consistent main venue of Trois Bassins on France’s Reunion Island.

Launching the 2011 ASP European Junior Series with one of the year’s biggest events points and prizemoney wise, the Yop Reunion Surf Pro Junior will see Round 1 of competition hit the water after the 10 AM check-in decides about the day’s schedule.

“We have decided of a 10 AM check-in for all competitors and aim at getting things underway shortly after that,” event promoter and contest director Christophe Mulquin said. “It’s looking promising and solid in terms of waves and we hope the event kicks-off in spectacular fashion on this first weekend.”

With a 64-man field in the starting blocks to get their 2011 ASP European Junior campaign underway, and some solid six-foot waves expected to break on the reef of Trois-Bassins in the next couple of days, the Yop Reunion Surf Pro Junior will get into high-level action from Day 1 of competition.

Benefiting from a 9-day waiting period with only five days needed to complete both men and women divisions, officials are looking forward to using most of the better conditions on offer, Trois-Bassins offering both a right and left-hand peak as well as a variety of sections from the outside up to the shore of the swell remains in the six to eight foot range.

“All indicators are showing a good start to this first event of the year and we are expecting some serious battles out at the line-up of Trois Bassins,” ASP Europe Junior Series head judge Aitor Aguirremota said. “Being a 3-Star rated event, the Yop Reunion Surf Pro Junior will be of much impact on this year’s race to the European title.”

When competition starts, first out will be event number one seed Pierre-Valentin Laborde (Hossegor, FRA) up against rising athlete Nelson Cloarec (Hossegor, FRA) and Reunion Island native Jorgan Couzinet (REU).

The event is webcast LIVE via aspeurope.com.

All photos, news, event updates and daily video highlights available at aspeurope.com/events2011/lareunion/index.php.

YOP REUNION SURF PRO JUNIOR ROUND 1:
Heat 1: PV Labnorde (FRA), Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Jorgan Couzinet (REU)
Heat 2: Yann Guyonneau (FRA), Ramzi Boukiam (MAR), Lucas Jannier (REU), Tom Simon (REU)
Heat 3: Hugo Dubosc (FRA), Luis Eyre (GBR), Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA), Thomas La Fonta (FRA)
Heat 4: Dimitri Ouvre (BRB), Hugo Palmarini (FRA), Leonardo Fioraventi (ITA), Liam Turner (GBR)
Heat 5: Jules Thomet (FRA), Alex Gironi (EUK), Othmane Choufani (MAR)
Heat 6: Ian Fontaine (FRA), Ethan Egiguren (EUK), Pablo Gonçalves (PRT)
Heat 7: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Pierre Rollet (FRA), Ugo Robin (FRA), Loic Cachia (REU)
Heat 8: Kieran Bulard (REU), Txaber Gaminde (EUK), Alex Iriondo (EUK), Jonathan Barre (REU)
Heat 9: Medi Veminardi (REU), Toby Donachie (GBR), Maxime Comet (FRA)
Heat 10: Tom Cloraec (FRA), Fransisco Alves (PRT), Maurice Meyerwestphal (REU), Martin Coret (REU)
Heat 11: Pablo Pola (FRA), Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Miguel Blanco (PRT), Mateo Poulot (REU)
Heat 12: Frederico Morais (PRT), Tom Neuschwanger (REU), Remi Petersen (NLD), Philippe Gaudard (REU)
Heat 13: Maxime Huscenot (REU), William Aliotti (FRA), Kosme Fernandez (EUK)
Heat 14: Ander Mendiguren (EUK), Charly Termeau (FRA), Charly Quivront (FRA), Martin Jannier (REU)
Heat 15: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Marc Audo (FRA), François Herault (REU), Yani Akbi (REU)
Heat 16: Jose Ferreira (PRT), Borja Agote (EUK), Joao Kopke (PRT), Dorian Kampario (REU)