Grade 4 ASP Junior Men’s Event
Tenerife Canary Islands
4 – 8 June 2008

Santa Surf Pro Junior to Start Tomorrow in Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Santa Surf Pro, an ASP Europe 4-Star Pro Junior event, will kick off tomorrow at the famous beach of El Socorro on the island of Tenerife in the Canarian archipelago. With 96 surfers ready to battle for the prestigious crown and consistent waves expected for the five-day waiting period, Europe’s best under-21 surfers will gather for the biggest event ever on the European Pro Junior circuit and try to seize the US$ 4000 winner’s prize.
Marc Lacomare (FRA), 17, current ratings’ leader after his victory in the opening event of the year in Portugal, will be a favourite in the Santa Surf Pro. Lacomare, who reached the final of the ASP WQS 2-Star event held at the same beach in 2006, is one of France’s most promising surfers and is focused on his maiden regional title this year.
“To win the first event of the year in epic conditions was amazing,” Lacomare said. “The tour is growing and to have this big event in Tenerife is very good for us all. The waves are powerful there and I remember having my first big result at El Socorro so I am pretty stoked to get back there.”
Lacomare, who put on a show in Peniche’s five foot (1.5 meter) waves to clinch the ASP Europe 3-Star Pro Junior event, aims at winning the second event this year but will have to face Reunion Island born surfers Medi Veminardi, Adrien Toyon and Maxime Huscenot who respectively sit 2nd and equal 3rd on the ratings.
Medi Veminardi (REU), 18, who reached his first final ever in the opening event of the year, will be a serious contender for the crown in Tenerife. Veminardi, who has been on tour for three years, lost to Lacomare in a tight battle in Peniche and will have a revenge to take over the surfer from Hossegor.
With solid conditions expected for the event, contest director Laurenzo Seis is looking forward to get things going. “It is very important for all Canarian surfers of the new generation to have the opportunity to surf against the best,” Seis said. “We wanted to offer our under-21 surfers a great event and we decided to go for the biggest grade, an ASP 4-Star Pro Junior. It is a premiere in Europe and it means a lot to all our partners and sponsors.”

Source: Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 June, 2008: – - Tenerife – -