Description:Evan Geiselman (USA
The whole of the third round, in other words 16 series lasting 30 minutes, took place today (Thursday 23rd April), on what was the third day of the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO, the only Caribbean leg of the World Surf League Qualification Series (QS) in 2015. It was at this stage of the competition that the leading surfers entered the arena and enhanced the show on the waves at Basse-Pointe. 32 competitors of 12 different nationalities qualified for the fourth round that will take place tomorrow from 8:00 (local time) with a swell that should be even more consistent and promising on Friday on the north east coast of Martinique.
The quantity and quality were there on Thursday on the surf spot at Basse-Pointe, in the north east of Martinique. For more than eight hours, the 64 surfers that had qualified for the third round of the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO were able to show what they could do on the waves, which continued to grow throughout the day. The first series began at 10.15 this morning followed by fifteen others at what was a frenetic pace. It was only as the sun was about to go down that the show came to an end at 18:30. For this third round, the leading surfers made their entrance into the competition, while others, who were not so highly ranked in the QS, were battling it out for their second or third series since the event began on Tuesday. The public from Basse-Pointe and from much further away were able to enjoy watching these talented competitors fighting it out.
Only 32 surfers remain, tension mounts
This third day of competition has been really selective. At the end there are only 32 surfers left that will take part tomorrow in round 4: 8 Brazilian, 5 American, 4 French, 4 South-african, 3 Hawaiian, two Japanese, one from Venezuela, one from Peru, one from Argentina, one from Spain, one from Australia and one from Barbados. Two surfers got more than 18 points today: Japanese Reo Inaba (18,77 points), Hawaiian Joshua Moniz (18,57 points) and the South-African surfer Michael February (18,06 points). As the rounds go on, the level grows. Competition will start tomorrow at 8:00 (local time) with conditions that are expected to be excellent.
Copyright:WSL_Poullenot Description:Michael February (ZAF)
Evan Geiselman (United States, 21 years old), second in his series in the third round with 13.07 points: "The conditions are magnificent at Basse-Pointe. I can't wait for tomorrow to get out there on even bigger waves. This is a great opportunity for me to take part in a QS3000. If I win or make it to the final, it will be really useful to help me advance in the QS rankings. I hope that I won't be the only American to go further in this competition."
Michael February (South Africa, 21 years old), winner of his series in the third round with 18.06 points: "I'm feeling great. I got two good scores today (8.83 and 9.23 points). I don't intend to stop here, as I hope to get more points to climb up the rankings in the Qualification Series. The MARTINIQUE SURF PRO is a fantastic event, which is quite different from what we are used to seeing. We're getting a great welcome here."
Louca Jourdan (Martinique, 21 years old), just missed out in his series in the third round: "I could have done better and am fairly disappointed not to make it through to the next round. But I'll never forget taking part here at the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO. The public turned out in force and really encouraged me. I could hear their cheers from the beach, which really motivated me. I got a good result (7.37 points) but I just didn't get the second good wave to qualify. In the third round, the standard is starting to get really high and it will be even higher tomorrow. It's just a pity I won't be there... But maybe I'll give it another go next year."
Facts and figures
Since Tuesday, 106 surfers from five continents have been competing in the first MARTINIQUE SURF PRO at the surf spot at Basse-Pointe in the north-east of the island. This maiden event in Martinique is the only Caribbean leg of the World Surf League Qualification Series in 2015.
- 32 surfers remain in the competition before the fourth round, which will begin on Friday morning.
Copyright:WSL_PoullenotDescription:Reo Inaba (JPN
Description:Miguel Tudela (PER