ASP Billabong Pro Junior Sopelana 2011: Fontaine And Bulard Take Titles

The up-and-coming talent of the surfing community is fresh and ready to take on the ASP World Junior Series after gaining coveted ranking points at the 2011 ASP Billabong Pro Junior Sopelana.

Ian Fontaine.  Photo: Aquashot/aspeurope.comIan Fontaine and Cannelle Bulard won the 2011 ASP Billabong Pro Junior Sopelana in their respective divisions in commanding fashion during an intense final day of competition in excellent 3-4 foot peaks at the main event site of Sopelana beach.

Ian Fontaine was the inform surfer of the day and he took full advantage of a slight increase in swell overnight to tear apart the rippable peaks with a dominating display in the 30-minute final.

A combination of lightening fast forehand snaps earned a 7.83 out of 10 early on and was followed shortly after with a huge air-reverse to claim another 7-point ride which proved enough to take the win over runner up Medi Veminardi, and third-place finalist Lewis Clinton.

“I felt really well today right from the quarters through to the final,” began Ian Fontaine. “I am so happy to win this contest. I have a new coach, Richard Marsh, and he is really good. He has kept me focused and told me the best spots to sit in the heats. It is excellent to have a coach like this when you are in a pro junior contest.”

Fontaine, the youngest of a trio of surfing brothers, was on fire after his semi-final bout that saw him amass a combined two-wave heat total of 17.50 including a near perfect 9.50 out of 10. On a roll, the quietly spoken natural footer kept his momentum during the final to find himself rocket up into 14th position on the ASP Europe Men’s Pro Junior rankings.

Cannelle Bulard made it back-to-back wins in the ASP Europe Women’s Pro Junior series to jump into first place on the ASP Europe Women’s Pro Junior rankings.

The talented goofy footer performed a series of top-to-bottom forehand snaps to secure an 8.50 and backed up with a last wave of 6.50 out of 10 to hold off a late challenge by runner-up Joanne Defay.

“I am really happy and the waves were hard to surf, but now I am first on the junior rankings," said Cannelle Bulard. "I’ve got a chance to go to the World Juniors, so I am really happy."

Defay, who despite a slow start, came back late in the heat with two solid backhand waves to leave the water waiting for her results. Unfortunately for her, Cannelle Bulard took the lead by the smallest of margins.

The Billabong Pro Junior Sopelana provided crucial points for all surfers hoping to improve their rankings and qualify for the 2011 ASP World Junior Series which kicks off on October 3, in Bali Indonesia.

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