The E-Pro Europe is now down to its last eight surfers and head-to-head matchups after Round 4 delivered some hefty upsets. Anything can happen in these events with surprise clips from competitors to astound judges and fans alike.
While upsets awaited, Gaspard Larsonneur continued his winning form with another big heat win. The Frenchman’s forehand attack at Bretagne, France, was more than enough to secure the top spot with Dani Garcia earning runner-up. Early on it looked as though Basque Country’s Martin Moina would run off with the fan voting but in the end it didn’t help the young talent as he and Antonio Silva were eliminated.
IMAGE: Gaspard Larsonneur / Photo: @robin_aussenac.jpg
It was then time for the shake ups to start unfolding beginning with Heat 2 as Maxime Huscenot’s barrel ride from Les Culs Nus, France, wasn’t enough to overtake Ivo Cacao and young gun Hans Odrizola. Cacao’s jaw-dropping righthander from Figueira Da Foz, Portugal, stood apart from the field along with Odrizola’s time behind the curtain at Fuerteventura, I.C., overtook Huscenot and Luis Perloiro.
IMAGE: Ivo Cação / Photo @joao_bracourt.jpg
Miguel Castrillon returned to winning form once again with a Faro de Trafalgar screamer in Heat 3 that earned him a massive win over the stacked affair. Arguably the most impressive heat on paper so far, Castrillon was joined by Neco Pyrrait’s ferocious backhand at Ericeira once more but this time eliminating two massive event threats Kauli Vaast and Vicente Romero.
IMAGE: Miguel Casstrillon / Photo @cokoif.jpg
Earning the final two spots into the Quarterfinals was no easy task with Heat 4 featuring an in-form Stanley Norman, event threat Miguel Blanco along with dark horses Nestor Garcia and Luan Carvalho. Blanco’s second entry from the famed Supertubos was once again more than enough to secure a win while Norman’s backhand at Bude, England, showcased his potential and another look at what Bude can deliver.
IMAGE: Miguel Blanco / Morocco (Photo @josepostigo.jpg | @twinfilms_)
Quarterfinal voting will begin Tuesday, February 23 to see who makes it one step closer to the sought after E-Pro Europe title.
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