Fronton Pro Trials & Round 1

The NMD/VS Fronton Pro is well and truly underway.

Fronton Pro Day 2

Fronton Pro Trials Day 1

Galdar, Saturday 8th DecemberToday saw the completion of the 2012 NMD/VS Fronton Pro trials as well as Round 1 of the Grand Slam main event (GSS) in barreling, rampy 4 foot surf at Fronton. Venezuela’s Sergio Alonzo took out the trials ahead of Sacha Specker (ZAF) in 2nd, Jacob Romero (HAW) in 3rd and local trials wildcard Ruben Redondo in 4th.


Sergio Alonso claiming victory in the trials today.

Trialists who qualified for the main event are:
Sergio Alonso (VEN)
Sacha Specker (ZAF)
Jacob Romero (HAW)
Ruben Redondo (CNY)
Brahim Iddouch (MOR)
Nick Ormerod (AUS)
Guilhermo Cobo (CNY)
Yoan Florantin (REU)
Alan Munoz (CHL)
Antonio Cardosa (POR)
Airam Cabrera (CNY)

Being the final event of the 2012 IBA calendar, the trials offered up crucial points to Global Qualifying Series (GQS) riders who are fighting for the top 8 spots on the GQS tour in order to qualify for the 2013 Grand Slam Series.

The current top 14 riders on the GQS are:
1 Eder Luciano (BRA)
2 Brahim Iddouch (MOR)
3 Damian King (AUS)
4 Sacha Specker (ZAF)
5 Yoan Florantin (REU)
6 Jeff Hubbard (HAW)
7 Alan Munoz (CHL)
8 Jones Russell (AUS)
9 Pierre-Louis Costes (FRA)
10 Jacob Romero (HAW)
11 Nick Ormerod (AUS)
12 Sergio Louis (BRA)
13 Amaury Lavernhe (REU)
14 Alberto Colucci (VEN)
15 Joao Zik (BRA)

Of these 15 GQS riders, Eder Luciano, Jeff Hubbard, Pierre-Louis Costes and Amaury Lavernhe are currently in the top 16 on the 2012 GSS, which means, providing they remain in the top 16 on the GSS after this final event of 2012, Jacob Romero and Nick Ormerod will also fall into the top 8 of the Qualifying Series and secure a slot on next years Grand Slam Series. Current GQS leader, Eder Luciano is sitting in a dangerous 15th place on the GSS and if Australian riders like Ryan Hardy, Dallas Singer, Jake Stone or Sam Bennet manage to leapfrog Luciano on the ratings, pushing him out of the top 16, Nick Ormerod in 8th will be bumped into 9th as Luciano will be forced to use his GQS points to qualify for next years Grand Slam Series. This can only be determined once the event is complete or all riders in contention for a GSS top 16 slot have been eliminated.

Nick Ormerod.

Organizers opted for a short break between the trials final and Round 1 of the GSS main event to make the most of the high tide covering the treacherous Fronton reef this morning. Although Round 1 features a non elimination format, riders pushed the envelope to place first or second, catapulting them directly into Round 3. Standouts of the round included Jared Houston (ZAF), Jacob Romero (HAW), Jeff Hubbard (HAW) and Australia’s Ryan Hardy, who in that order, posted the highest heat totals of the round, with Hardy claiming the highest single wave score an impressive 8.7 out of a possible 10 points for a long barrel finished off with a strong roll on a right hander. Also walking away with heat victories today were Pierre-Louis Costes (FRA), Nick Ormerod (AUS), Alex Uranga (ESK), Alan Munoz (CHL).

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Dave Winchester.

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Mark McCarthy.

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Pierre Louis-Costes.

Organizers have called tomorrow (Sunday) a lay-day with a scheduled check in on Monday morning at 7am local time. Results for Round 1 and current Round 2 draw below:



The swell forecast!
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