Pictured: Janire Gonzalez Etxabarri (EUK) and Adur Amatriain (EUK), Women’s and Men’s winners at the GADIS Junior Pro Ferrol Credit: © WSL / Masurel

  • Third Consecutive Win For Adur Amatriain
  • European Junior Rankings Shake-Up
  • More Available at WorldSurfLeague.com

Basque surfers Adur Amatriain and Janire Gonzalez Etxabarrihave won the GADIS Junior Pro Ferrol today, claiming victory in the Finals against Joaquim Chaves (PRT), Sam Piter (FRA), Kytann Foret (FRA) and Francisca Veselko (PRT), Lucia Machado (CNY), Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA) at praia de Doniños, Ferrol.

Stop No. 2 of 4 on the 2021 World Surf League (WSL) European Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), the GADIS Junior Pro Ferrol has been treated to fun two-to-three foot surf, culminating today with Amatriain and Etxabarri’s victories.

With a drop in swell predicted for the rest of the weekend, organisers decided on a four-man format for the Final to complete the competition in the best waves possible.

The Basque Country’s Triple Threat

Pictured: Adur Amatriain (EUK) at the GADIS Junior Pro Ferrol Credit: © WSL / Masurel

The 17-year-old Basque surfer from Zarautz, Adur Amatriain, cemented himself as one of the rising stars in Europe with his third win in a row. Amatriain was clearly still tasting the victory from his massive win at the ABANCA Pantin Classic Galicia Pro, and this motivation carried him through four straight heat wins to reach the Finals in Ferrol.

Amatriain got to work immediately, opening with a 6.67 and backing it up with an excellent 8.50 for a total of 15.17. With the rest of the field in a combination situation, Amatriain was leading the heat from start to finish.

Joaquim Chaves (PRT) was the only surfer who could get close to Amatriain, but still required an excellent wave to get into the lead. Chaves kept on fighting right until the end, finishing runner-up with a total of 13.07.

Despite an incredible build-up throughout the event, Sam Piter’s (FRA) luck ran out in the Final. After annihilating his opponents in the earlier rounds, Piter tried everything but couldn’t get out of the combination situation.

Kytann Foret (FRA) improved in every round leading up to the Final, but could only manage two low-range scores in the end and bowed out in fourth place.

Buzzer-beating performances in Women’s Final

Pictured: Janire Gonzalez Etxabarri (EUK) at the GADIS Junior Pro Ferrol Credit: © WSL / Masurel

In the women’s Final, Janire Gonzalez Etxabarri (EUK) looked like the one to beat from the start, winning all her heats leading up to the Final. Not even competing against her sister, Annette Gonzalez Etxabarri (EUK) in the Quarterfinals could throw her off her game. She stayed busy throughout the Final and kept improving her scores, locking in a total of 12.06.

Francisca Veselko(PRT) put on an impressive performance throughout the event, scoring the only excellent heat in the Women’s competition in the Round of 32. Veselko was playing catch-up for most of the Final, but she stayed patient and surprised everyone with a buzzer-beater to snatch the runner-up finish from Lucia Machado (CNY), who was hanging on to second place.

Machado continued her strong form, securing another Final berth after her recent win at the E.Leclerc Pont L’Abbé Junior Pro La Torche, but in the end she couldn’t find waves with more scoring potential. It was the second time Machado met Etxabarri in a final. Their previous match-up was at the 2020 Junior Pro Espinho, where the Basque surfer also triumphed over Machado.

Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA) had a great weekend in Ferrol, earning a career-best result with her first Final appearance on the Junior Tour. Conradi burst from the gates in the Final to put her competitors on the back foot, but experience paid off in the end for Etxabarri and Veselko. 

European Junior Rankings Shake-Up

Two down, two to go and Adur Amatriain (EUK) is confidently leading the Eurpean Junior Title race, while Lucia Machado (CNY) and Janire Gonzalez Etxabarri are now tied in first place. Etxabarri will get a massive confidence boost from this result going into the Junior Pro Espinho, where she is the defending winner.

With the completion of the GADIS Junior Pro Ferrol, the European rankings have once again been re-shuffled, here is the new current Top 5:

European Men’s JQS Top 5:
1 – Adur Amatriain (EUK)
2 – Kai Odriozola (ESP)
3 – Joaquim Chaves (PRT)
3 – Sam Piter (FRA)
5 – Luan Nogues (FRA)

European Women’s JQS Top 5:
1 – Lucia Machado (CNY)
1 – Janire Gonzalez Etxabarri (EUK)
3 – Francisca Veselko (PRT)
4 – Gabriela Dinis (PRT)
5 – Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA)

The European Junior Qualifying Series will now take surfers to Espinho, Portugal from September 20-24, 2021.

1 – Adur Amatriain (EUK) 15.17
2 – Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 13.07
3 – Sam Piter (FRA) 8.26
4 – Kytann Foret (FRA) 6.50

1 – Janire Gonzalez Extabarri (EUK) 12.06
2 –  Francisca Veselko (PRT) 9.87
3 – Lucia Machado (CNY) 9.20
4 – Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA) 9.13

SF 1: Adur Amatriain (EUK) 10.04; Kytann Foret (FRA) 9.30 def. Luan Nogues (FRA) 8.73; Moises Dominguez Requena (ESP) 8.53
SF 2: Sam Piter (FRA) 12.06; Joaquim Chaves (PRT) 10.60 def. Nicolas Paulet (FRA) 10.60; Kai Odriozola (ESP) 9.67

SF 1: Lucia Machado (CNY) 14.00; Francisca Veselko (PRT) 9.57 def. Bianca Tye (ESP) 9.17; Alejandra Balboa (ESP) 7.43
SF 2: Janire Gonzalez Extabarri (EUK) 15.67; Hina-Maria Conradi (FRA) 9.36 def. Lise Quenaon (FRA) 8.96; Nahia Milhau (FRA) 7.33

Catch up on results from previous heats at WorldSurfLeague.com.

The GADIS Junior Pro Ferrol is scheduled from July 23-25, 2021 at praia de Doniños, Ferrol, Galicia / Spain. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to WorldSurfLeague.com

The GADIS Junior Pro Ferrol is an event organized by Club Praia de Pantín / Classic Surf Pro and has the institutional support of Ayuntamiento de FERROL, Xunta de Galicia, Xacobeo 21-22, Deporte Galego, Secretaría Xeral de Igualdade and Federación Galega de Surf; as for the sponsorship of GADIS, CABREIROÁ, VITHAS, JAEL JOYERIA, INTERMAX technology and ABANCA.

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