Billabong’s Becret & Carrique Qualify for WSL World Junior Championships
With the 2018 European Junior title race coming to an end this past weekend, Billabong riders Justin Becret (FRA) and Tiago Carrique (FRA) were able to secure their regional Top 5 finish and World Junior Championships’ qualifying ticket thanks to their respective equal 5th and 2nd place event finish in the Pantin Junior Pro by Gadis.
With 2 event wins for Justin and two runner-up finishes for Tiago throughout the 2018 Under-18 European tour, the duo had to wrap things up in a dramatic face-off in the quarterfinals at Playa de Pantin (Galicia, ESP), forcing for a fratricidal bout where Carrique came-up atop to advance while shutting all regional title hopes from team mate Becret.
While Becret’s result secured him an overall regional rankings’ equal 2nd place finish, Carrique found his way through to the final of this year’s last contest before falling short against event winner Mathis Crozon (Reunion Island, FRA) ; still equalling his seasonal best result with a runner-up finish.
« We had big hopes for the final stop of the tour and we are stoked to see the boys rose to the occasion, » Billabong’s marketing Greg Puget said. « That quarterfinal match-up was a tough one for both guys as they’re friends and title contenders at the same time ; however, the results of the team show how the hard work and efforts by coach Ian Fontaine and team manager Carlos Ferrari are paying off. Hats-off to all for elevating the brand, the future looks good. And congrats to Mathis (Crozon) for his win along with Marco (Mignot) for his European title. »
Respectively ranked #2 and #4 after the final event, Becret and Carrique are now confirmed for the much awaited WSL World Junior Championships set to run December 11 to 20 later this year, an event where both will be eyeing the coveted WSL Under-18 world title.
Congrats’ to an epic run by the team this season where other Billabong riders Gaizka Housset (FRA) and Edoardo Papa (ITA) respectively finished 9th and equal 10th for one of the team’s best overall finishes ever.