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Perfect 10 point rides for Mikey February and Beyrick de Vries at Martinique Surf Pro

April 24th, 2015
Michael February (Kommetjie) takes to the air on his way to a place in the Semifinals of the Martinique Surf Pro  Image: WSL / Poullenot  

Michael February (Kommetjie) takes to the air on his way to a place in the Semifinals of the Martinique Surf Pro  Image: WSL / Poullenot

Mikey February (Kommetjie) and Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) recorded the only perfect 10 point rides of the inaugural Martinique Surf Pro as a quartet of South African surfers made a strong showing on Day 4 of the first World Surf League QS3000 event to be run in the Caribbean.

Friday’s action ran in excellent 1 to 1.5 metre waves at Basse Pointe with all four South Africans advancing from Round 4 to the last 16 in Round 5. February, Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) were all safely through before de Vries blew up with the highest heat total of the day.

Starting his heat with a mid-range score, de Vries then decimated a long wall with searing rail work and progressive fins-free turns to earn the first perfect 10 point ride of the event. Two rides later he added a 9.0 for a near perfect heat tally of 19.0 out of 20.

De Vries also racked up the highest heat total of Round 5, waiting patiently for the best waves and then producing error-free, high-risk surfing that was rewarded with an 8.07 followed by a 9.0 and then a 9.67 that gave him a two-wave tally of 18.67 and a berth in the Quarterfinals.

February sneaked through his Round 5 heat with a 7.33 and an average 4.33 that was just enough to give him second place and a spot in the last eight while Lightfoot, fourth in his heat, and Staples, third in a high scoring encounter behind de Vries and Thiago Camarao (BRA), were eliminated from the event.

The format changed to man-on-man heats for the Quarters and February got off to a spectacular start with a turbo-charged ride on one of the biggest waves of the day. Taking off deep in the lineup, the lanky 21 year-old swooped through a series of top to bottom carves punctuated by arcing cutbacks and finished with a committed re-entry that the judges awarded a perfect 10.

Adding a 7.17 soon thereafter, MFeb was able to cruise during the second half of his encounter, using priority strategically to keep his dangerous opponent Francisco Bellorin (VEN) from catching two waves with high scoring potential. February will take on Miguel Tudela (PER) in the Semifinals when the contest resumes.

“I think I just got lucky to get that wave, I haven’t had a 10 in a contest in a long time so it felt great,” February reflected. “It’s been a long day but I’ve been trying to eat properly and drink lots of water and relax. I’m excited for tomorrow; hopefully the waves are as good as today. Everyone’s on fire so I’ll just have to focus on my game, pick up the best waves and surf them as well as I can.”

De Vries stayed patient in his Quarterfinal while Joshua Moniz (HAW) built up a sizeable lead before the South African posted his first good score, a 7.50. Moniz continued to find the better waves and de Vries was left needing a near-perfect 9.77 when the heat ended, finishing the event in equal fifth place overall.

“It’s been a long day in the sun and everyone’s feeling tired,” de Vries commented. “I feel like I’m surfing really good and this board I’m riding is great, so that’s good going into Trestles. I made some silly little decisions in that last heat but Josh was surfing incredible and if I wanted to lose to anyone it’s him, so I’m stoked. I’m flying out to California tomorrow but I’ll definitely be surfing early in the morning. I love the Caribbean; it’s one of my favourite destinations in the world.”

Moniz will contest the second Semifinal against Cooper Chapman (AUS) who narrowly defeated Camarao in their clash.

The Martinique Surf Pro has a waiting period that runs until Sunday with just the Semifinals and Final still to be run. All the news, results, photos and videos from the event can be found at http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2015/mqs/1228/martinique-surf-pro

SF 1: Miguel Tudela (PER) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
SF 2: Cooper Chapman (AUS) vs. Joshua Moniz (HAW)

QF 1: Miguel Tudela (PER) 16.33 def. Kiron Jabour (HAW) 13.37
QF 2: Michael February (ZAF) 17.17. Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 15.06
QF 3: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 17.73 def. Thiago Camarao (BRA) 17.14
QF 4: Joshua Moniz (HAW) 17.27 def. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 10.50

Heat 1: Miguel Tudela (PER) 14.36, Michael February (ZAF) 12.06, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 10.70, Reo Inaba (JPN) 10.56
Heat 2: Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 16.96, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 15.83, Luel Felipe (BRA) 12.54, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 7.66
Heat 3: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 16.90, Joshua Moniz (HAW) 14.90, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 14.50, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 14.50
Heat 4: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 18.67, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 17.16, Dale Staples (ZAF) 16.10, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 14.16

Heat 1: Michael February (ZAF) 14.34, Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 12.57, Alan Donato (BRA) 11.73, Evan Geiselman (USA) 10.86
Heat 2: Miguel Tudela (PER) 17.40, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 15.46, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) 15.20, Renato Galvao (BRA) 8.76
Heat 3: Luel Felipe (BRA) 14.34, Reo Inaba (JPN) 14.27, Michael Dunphy (USA) 12.24, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 7.10
Heat 4: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 16.94, Thiago Guimaraes (BRA) 15.67, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 13.44, Paulo Moura (BRA) 7.07
Heat 5: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 14.50, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 14.16, Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.96, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 12.30
Heat 6: Hodei Collazo (EUK) 15.50, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 11.97, Ian Gentil (HAW) 11.93, Andy Criere (FRA) 11.07
Heat 7: Dale Staples (ZAF) 16.24, Joshua Moniz (HAW) 14.40, Joshua Burke (BRB) 14.40, Jake Halstead (USA) 11.10
Heat 8: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 19.00, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 18.10, Steven Pierson (PYF) 15.33, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 13.40


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