“Get in the Hole” the VQS European Championship Cup went down with mixed conditions over two days and a level playing course that would see all finalized competitors ready to battle this last Final event and with the thoughts of holding the cup over their head when all sand is said and done.
First day was windy, raining hard straight down making the conditions to perform more than tricky and selection of equipment was of higher importance with a lot of weight on the caddies to make the right choice. As the weather was known to be better for the second day of the “Cup” so the umbrella’s shading the hard core fan from the rain above would be shaded by the sun on the Wednesday. Everybody was here to chip away and to make the final day.
The Sand Traps (Squids, 10 & Under) are with out a doubt the future and were my favorite on the course for their enthusiasm and great technique that started the second day off with clean clear sky with the sun warming the Club House and surrounding course the spectators were in full force behind the rope and being quiet as the action took place, getting the day started on a great swing.
Teva Bouchga was almost flawless to take the top spot with Guilherme Ribeiro shot of the hole for second and Loic Blouin having trouble early in the bunkers settle for a drop shot for Third and Justin Becret rounding out the course in fourth.
Caddies (Groms 13 & Under) were strong and professional with the Canarian Luis Diaz confidently comfortable here on the course as he is in the surrounding Islands of Las Palmas took the win in the sun. Just off the putt for first in the hole was Ruben Vitoria in second with Enzo Poulat’s drive game left him in third with Marco Mignot rounding it out on the green in fourth spot.
While all the action was smooth and swinging on the fairway there was plenty of games for all to be played for prizes on the mini put course next to the clubhouse with the addition to the normal eating competitions, sack races and flour wars while competing is just good for everybody involved from afar or up close.
Club Hoppers (Juniors 16 & under) where quick to master the course that continuously changed through out the day and in the end of this battle was Jonas Bachan holding the ball up in the air gloved up and smiling at the crowd for the poll position of numero uno trailed by Julen Egiguren polo shirted out for second with a tap of the visior from Francois Guillemsang in third and Alex Iriondo chipped to fourth position.
The Birdies (Girls 20 & Under) where all smiles, with all finalists from the Basque Country their styles on the course known and familiar with the power behind the ball from Garazi she arrived first at the hole for top honors with Anna Moreau just behind in the pace for second Ariane Ochoa confidence out of tricky situations landed in third and Ainara Aymat pacing through in fourth.
Ball Busters (Air Division) was swung and won by William Aliotti from the courses of St Martin With Jordan Also familiar with courses not to far away spun for second Harry Timson used his plaid on display for a chip air ball to take the third postion with local Rudy Marechal defending his home course for fourth and the Basque swinger Naxto Gonzales swung and was done in fifth spot from the hole.
Best Pu(tt)nt of the cup was by Electric was also seized by William Aliotti for a cool five hundred Euros.
Harder to get higher the longer and faster than the Masters (Pro Am) but it was the strong slice from Tom Cloarec with landing the the cup in his hands for first and the ticket to Fiji to the World VQS Championships during the Volcom Fiji Pro. The strong goofy Ander Mendiguren with the players walk, walked in second with the Uk’s Toby Donachie out of the sand and above in third and Spain’s own Marcelio Botin waved at the crowd and enjoyed his swing for fourth spot.
This course and the VQS European Championship Cup was made with the support of Ocean and Earth, Superbrand, Electric, Drift, Vitamin Water, Seventy One Percent, Surfers Villa and the city of Hossegor.