-- Filmed and edited by Isio --
The VQS Karramarrow Fish just passed by Zarautz last weekend with great conditions and plenty of Local interest with over one hundred competitors willing to join the fun with us for the two days of sun and fun.
Zarautz is without a doubt the Surfing mecca of Spain and of course the Basque Country with previous generations being so strong which just proves that rest assured the level is at it’s peak with impressive surfing from all. Special mention goes to the Squids with over 30 to compete is a delight to see with the mini grom’s under ten surfing so well and by far ready to be better than the generations before them.
Conditions were bigger on the Saturday with great conditions during the mid tide with clean peak in front of the famous Basque chef Karlos Arguiñano restaurant and hotel where parents and family will dine and wine and catch all the action from the terrace of the this famous Iconic castle. Sunday proved to be smaller version of the day before that was also better through the mid tides.
The Squids were amped and in the end the Final was as far as they could go and it could have been anyone’s for the taking as the level was so high it just came down to wave selection, Hugo Palazuelos was strong through out and had to hold the others back through out the final to take the win and claim first place, snapping behind him was Adur Amatriain to take second place with Xabier Lopez in third place and also qualifying for the VQS European Champs next week in Hossegor( Top Three Squids Qualify). Fourth place was earned by Diego Palazuelos with Nestor Garcia taking Fifth and Kai Ordriozola rounding out the final in the sixth spot.
The Women/Girls was also a great watch with all the finalists within reach of taking the top spot from the others which was in this case Ana Morau in the numero uno spot with Ainara Aymat having to settle for runner up in the second place with Ariane Ochoa hanging on to third spot with Garazi Sanchez rounding down out the final in fourth.
Groms are still groms but not compared to the squids so this one was also a close affair with all get good lefts that linked with the sand with low tide and also a few short peaky rights that had some good sections also. Patrick Mainstone was the linker of the good ones with solid surfing in first with Ruben throwing it around on his backhand for the second place trailed by Asier Iriondo in third with Yael Peña having to settle with fourth.
Juniors was lit up by the backhand of Alex Iriondo for the winner followed by Julen Egiguren holding down second with Goofy Adrian Fernandez strong in third with Lander Davila in the fourth place.
Pro Am was also a fierce affair with Selim Barkat working the lefts in first chasing in second was Ethan Egiguren with Mikel Elizalde posting in third and Naxto still kind of smiling in place number four.
The Air division was run during the regular part of this Karramarro event but just down the beach. It started with two semi’s with only Air’s being scored we ended up with Ander Ugarte doing some nice front side air’s which were linked nicely together during the final for the first place of the 6 of those honored with Manex Bikuña next in the line for second, Natxo Gonzalez in third with Pro Am winner Selim Burkat in place four Ethan Egiguren in on Five and Imanol Yeregi with the number 6 slot.
Thanks to Seventyone Percent, Drift cameras and FCS for the goodies. Also big thanks to GSF, competitors and all the people from Zarautz for such good times.
SQUIDS (Qualified for the Champs top 3)
1. Hugo Palazuelos
2. Adur Amatriain
3. Xabier López
4. Diego Palazuelos
5. Nestor García
6. Kai Odriozola
1. Ana Morau
2. Ainara Aymat
3. Ariane Ochoa
4. Garazi Sanchez
1. Patrick Mainstone
2. Ruben Vitoria
3. Asier Iriondo
4. Yael Peña
1. Alex Iriondo 250€
2. Julen Egiguren
3. Adrian Fernández
4. Lander Dávila
PRO-AM (Qualified for the Champs top 3)
1.Selim Barkat 500 €