An epic opening day of competition has been completed at Seignosse Le Penon, SW France. Perfect 3-4ft (1-1.5m) conditions allowed for great heats to run on both podiums all day long. The world’s best junior surfers revelled in ideal conditions.The main podium ran U18 heats on a perfect right-hand sandbank, which at times provided 150-200m rides. Standouts included Team France member Marc Lacomare who tore apart a couple of right-handers to post a 15.9 heat score. He said, ‘ I feel good, my boards feel good. I’m at home, all my friends are here so I hope to do well. The French team are here to win but it will be really hard with the countries like Australia and Hawaii. It’s going to be hard to beat them but we will do our best.
‘South African surfer Shaun Joubert posted an 18-point heat and could afford to throw away a 7.5 and an 8.47. He seemed quite at home ‘I live at a right hand point, and the waves were turning on out there so I felt like I was at home. The weather is good, the water is warm, I couldn’t ask for anything better. I was feeling pretty good before the heat, but starting off with a good heat obviously helps. There are lots of good surfers so I will just see how I go.’ Talking about team South Africa’s chances ‘We have definitely got a really strong team this year, so if all the boys and girls do well we will hopefully be up there with Australia, Brazil and America.’