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Tue, 19 April 2016

Last year's winners and event favourites Joshua Moniz and Mikey February have crashed out of the Martinique Surf Pro after a day of upsets, with just one Saffa remaining in contention.


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KNOCKED OUT: McGillivray was knocked out in same heat as MFeb. Photo WSL / Poullenot


Slade Prestwich must still survive one of the remaining Round 4 heats, which will be the last one surfed later today (SA time). Matthew McGillivray, Dylan Lightfoot and February were knocked out of Round 4 after Dale Staples suffered a Round 3 exit.

The Hawaiian Moniz and February, winner and runner-up in 2015 respectively, surfed were eliminated in Round 4 to which they had been directly seeded. February was a bit bummed. “I was a finalist last year. Getting eliminated at the start is of course a disappointment. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good series and when you’re up against good surfers, that is useless. But I’m pleased to be here in Martinique and I really want to come back next year.”

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ROCKY BAY: The contest site of the Martinique Surf Pro. Photo WSL 


Matthew McGillivray was looking good in Rd 3, just managing to sneak past current junior champion Lucas Silveira, but he fell short in Rd 4, come third in the same heat as February, who made up 4th place. Both were eliminated at the same time.

With the ante upped considerably at Basse-Pointe as top surfers in the Qualifying Series entered the lineup, conditions were always going to be tough. Peruvian Miguel Tudela, semi-finalist in 2015, was also knocked out. It was a day for the Brazilians, who were in explosive form, as were Americans and surfers from Guadeloupe.

Inconsistent 3 foot lines took their time, and strategy was key. The day ). Seeing one of the favourites go out at this stage of the competition proves how high the standard is at this year’s Martinique Surf Pro. However, the elimination of one of the big names was not to be the only surprise of the day…

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LIGHT AND DARK: Dylan Lightfoot was knocked out in Rd 3. Photo WSL / Poullenot


Sixteen heats of 25 minutes saw the third round come to an end. The organizers immediately launched the fourth round, comprising 30 minute heats. Today 32 surfers will be contesting the fifth round after superb performances from Guadeloupe surfers Timothée Bisso and Charly Martin.

The Brazilians were in great shape with six of them making it through. Others to qualify are three Americans, including CT surfer Brett Simpson, one Frenchman, Diego Mignot, one Japanese surfer, Hiroto Ohhara, one Australian, Ethan Ewing, one surfer from Barbados, Josh Burke and from Spain, Gonzalo Zubizarreta.

The names of the sixteen other surfers to qualify will be announced today, if conditions and waves allow.

 

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