It is called the Fronton King, and when it comes to dropping the knee, the new king’s name is Laury. Laury Grenier. The Reunion Islander defeated his long-time friend and compatriot Amaury Lavernhe to take the title in small but very contestable conditions at El Fronton today, seeing this year’s event kick off in style.

The first day of official competition was a real crowd-pleaser on a balmy Canarian Saturday. Rippable 2 – 3 foot waves marched onto the reef as the high tide rose, giving riders in both the dropknee and women’s divisions ample opportunities to impressed the swelling crowd.

And impress they did…

The undisputed standout of the day was the eventual winner of the dropknee division Laury Grenier, and also female competitors Alexandra Rinder and Isabella Sousa.

Grenier couldn’t put a foot wrong (figuratively and literally) throughout the whole day, locking into some great tube rides and laying down rail any chance he had on the fast right-hander. In the women’s, Alexandra Rinder had the crowd flipping out in support of her aerial acrobatics, launching and completing multiple ARS’s and backflips to kick off her campaign. Sousa was also in brutal form, launching probably the biggest aerial of the event, a large, looping forward air spin that was completed off the back of the wave. Another notable standout of the day was local rider Teresa Padilla, who was in scintillating form, launching numerous flips herself on the shallow bowls, catapulting herself into the Quarter Finals to face off with the best of the best.

On Sunday, the competition will resume with the Pro Junior world title to be decided as well as the women’s event to complete. Nelson Flores is in a very strong position coming into the event with only Cristobal Fernandez in a position to steal the title away. Fernandez must win the event and Flores eliminated before the semi-finals. If Flores can finish 7th or better, he is the World Champion.

This is going to be intense!

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