The first WSL Pro Junior of the season landed in Costa de Caparica, Portugal last week and set the pace for what promises to be an exciting year of grom-shredding. The Brits turned out in force, with an 8 man strong contingent and the waves provided a (highly) variable playground for them to sink their teeth into. In the end it was newcomer Thomas Debierre and last years winner Teresa Bonvalott who came out on top, with notable mention to Brits Angus Scotney and Arran Strong, who left with keeper results of a 5th and 3rd respectively. Here are some shots from the event:
Liam Murray Strout (GBR) prepares for his heat in small conditions
Jacome Correia (PRT) with a backhand lip line floater on the close out section.
Charlie Rio (GBR) throwing buckets as he attacks a left.
A Caparica local suitably enthralled by the surfing action
Harry De Roth (GBR) mounts an end section
Arran Strong (GBR) celebrates as he makes it through to the semis
Luis Perloiro (PRT) chucking some spray
Liam Murray-Strout (GBR) attacks the lip on his backhand.
Costa de Caparica and Lisbon in the background- a beautiful setting for a surf comp
Nalu Doutres (FRA) flying through the early rounds
Angus Scotney prepares for his heat with Surf Solutions’ Joel Gray
Arran Strong (GBR) on his way to a solid 3rd place finish.
The British contigent head searching for waves
Arron Strong (GBR) looked strong throughout the early rounds before coming unstuck in the semis in tricky conditions
Beach goers bask in the early spring sun
Brit Angus Scotney (GBR) looked strong and confident in the warm up to the comp however unfortantley got knocked out in a close quaterfinal heat
Thomas Debierre (GLP) celebrates after winning the mens Pro Junior
Thomas Debierre (GLP) and second place Luis
The sun sets over Costa De Caparica as the competition rounds out for another year
Photos by Matthew Hawkey