2018 Toronto Film Festival: The 10 Movies You Must Watch

2018 Toronto Film Festival: The 10 Movies You Must Watch

Team Fandango is back from the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and we brought with us movie recommendations just for you. Countless films screened over the course of several days in Toronto, but these ten movies really stood out as being unique and entertaining. Each one is different from the next, but every one of these ten movies are worth seeking out.

 

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Breaking Down the Best Hair Moments at the 2018 Emmys

We are all about that hair — and makeup too! Here at Stylish, we’ve never seen a hairstyle or makeup trend we couldn’t talk about for days on end, so we started a podcast to dish on all the latest beauty news — from hits and misses on the red carpet to celebrity hair and makeup gurus’ dos and don’ts. Each week, Us Weekly beauty director Gwen Flamberg talks with some of the best in the biz about what’s new in hair, makeup and style in our Get Tressed With Us podcast. Listen above!

This week, Gwen, Us Weekly deputy beauty and style director Beth Shapouri and senior reporter Travis Cronin welcomed celebrity hairstylist Tommy Buckett (i.e. Elisabeth Moss’ mane man) to talk about all the best beauty looks from the 2018 Emmys red carpet.

Earlier this month, Buckett called into the podcast to offer his Emmys predictions and tease the fact that Moss would debut a hot new ‘do at the awards ceremony. As it turns out, the Handmaid’s Tale producer and actor bumped up her blonde locks just before the ceremony to a color Buckett describes as “lighter and brighter,” and her whole Emmys vibe was a lesson in Old Hollywood glamour.

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Rocking a curve-hugging black Vera Wang mididress, Buckett explained that he was inspired by the “vampy,” “La Dolce Vita meets bad Sandy” feel of the frock and opted to create bombshell waves.

Instead of using a curling iron to sculpt the glossy bends, he set the hair with bobby pins and a round brush before adding heat with his Dyson dryer (we’ve got a step-by-step guide to recreating the look!). Paired with a glowing skin and a vibrant red-orange lip, Moss’ sultry glam would have made silver screen sirens like Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield proud.

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Watch Antonio Banderas Awkwardly Clap During 2018 Emmys

Move over, Nicole Kidman, there’s a star with a stranger clap in town. Antonio Banderas caught the attention of viewers during the 70th Anual Primetime Emmy Awards — but it’s not for reasons you might think.

While the 58-year-old actor sat in the crowd of the star-studded celebration on Monday, September 17 — where he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award for Genius: Picasso — Banderas turned heads for his odd applause.

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Antonio Banderas arrives to the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018. Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

“Whaaat is this clap from Antonio Banderas? #Emmys,” one Twitter user wrote. Another added: “Calling it early for gif of the year. Gotta be Antonio Banderas’ weird Emmy clapping. An appropriate reply to anything.”

Other social media users chimed in, writing, “We need to talk about how Antonio Banderas was just clapping with claw fingers. Also someone make a GIF of it. Thanks. #Emmys.” Another commenter quipped: “Uh… if we meme’d Nicole Kidman clapping, we MUST meme the hell out of whatever Antonio Banderas was just doing with his hands. #Emmys”

The fixation on Banderas’ clap comes more than a year after Kidman, 51, made headlines for the way she applauded at the 2017 Oscars.

The Big Little Lies actress spoke out about the viral moment in March 2017 and explained that the bling she was wearing made it hard for her to clap.

“It was really awkward,” Kidman gushed. “I was like, ‘I wanna clap, I don’t wanna not be clapping’ — that’d be worse, right? Like, ‘Why isn’t Nicole clapping?’ So therefore I’m clapping but it was really difficult because I had a huge ring on that was not mine — but it was absolutely gorgeous — and I was terrified of damaging it.”

Banderas, for his part, didn’t appear to be wearing any sort of jewelry that would get in the way of his applause.

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It’s not the Emmy Awards’ fault, necessarily, but the fact that they fell on a Monday evening during Fashion Month meant they really had to bring it. And as far as the red carpet was concerned, “it” was, indeed, brought. We were pleasantly surprised to see a fair amount of creativity, whimsy and …

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The fall is nearly in full swing — and we’ve got you covered, sports fans.

Pro and college football games are finally upon us, with the MLB postseason and NBA and NHL regular seasons just on the horizon as well.

Here are the best sporting events in New York to look forward to this fall.

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Gabriella Wilson, better known by the stage name of H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed), has been having a stellar year.  Ever since the release of her iTunes’ Best of 2016 R&B/Soul debut album, the seven-song EP, “H.E.R. Vol. 1”, on September 9th, 2016, favor and fortune have been with H.E.R.  She is bringing her mostly contemporary R&B ballad musical style to Houston’s Revention Music Center on Thursday, December 6th, 2018.  Just listen to the Sweet-Talker Kandi Eastman on The People’s Station Majic 102.1, in the mornings, for your chance to WIN tickets.

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Here Are the Hottest Halloween Costumes of 2018

Flossing is gonna be huge this Halloween. (Calm down, dentists. Your dreams aren’t coming true.)

Fortnite, the video game that has captivated players and become the bane of professional baseball and hockey teams, looks set to dominate Halloween 2018. So, be prepared to hand out candy to all manner of Skull Troopers, Brite Bombers, and Bunny Brawlers.

Though Halloween is still well over a month away, Fortnite costumes are among the most popular searches for shoppers on eBay. The outfits are currently #2 on the site’s trend list after topping it Thursday. And interest is continuing to grow.

Over on Amazon, meanwhile, princesses, and T-Rexes are leading demand, so far. Among kids’ costumes, a Frozen-inspired dress and inflatable T-Rex costume are the two most popular items.

T-Rex costumes are just as popular for men and women, as they were in 2017, as well. (Lederhosen and Dirndl dresses are also popular among adults, but those tend to spike before Oktoberfest and typically see interest dwindle before Halloween.)

Halloween costumes are big business for both manufacturers and companies that license their characters. In 2017, Americans were spent an estimated $ 9.1 billion on the holiday. One study found that the average per person Halloween spending ranged from $ 169 to $ 183.

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See Every Look From Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Fall 2018 Collection

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Serena Williams’ powerful legacy was obvious at the 2018 U.S. Open

Serena Williams’ powerful legacy was obvious at the 2018 U.S. Open


Serena Williams’ powerful legacy was obvious at the 2018 U.S. Open

This past weekend, 20-year-old newcomer Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in the final for the women’s single title of the U.S. Open tournament.

Not only was Serena the more established fan favorite, but the outcome of the game was called into question after Williams was penalized multiple times by the umpire—first because he judged a gesture from Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou to be illegal coaching. Williams contested the umpire’s call. “You owe me an apology,” Williams told the umpire multiple times. “I have never cheated. I have a daughter and I stand for what is right for her.” Williams didn’t back down as the match went on, later telling him, “You stole a point from me; you’re a thief.” The umpire then docked Williams a game for “verbal abuse.”

When the tournament referees were called, Williams—visibly upset—told them, “There are men out here that do a lot worse, but because I’m a woman you’re going to take this away from me. That is not right.”

She’s not wrong: Male tennis players are known to do much more than call the umpire a thief. Players like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray have sworn at or threatened umpires without being docked a game. Even white female players like CoCo Vandeweghe and Victoria Azarenka have had angry outbursts (Vandeweghe once called her opponent a “fucking bitch”) without ever being docked a game.

It’s at once empowering to hear Williams calmly but forcefully state, “You owe me an apology,” knowing that she’s held to a higher (often impossible) standard than her white and male peers—and, at the same time, infuriating to know she still has to demand fair treatment when she’s arguably the greatest tennis player alive. Though the call wasn’t overturned, the crowd was undeniably on her side, cheering as she yelled at the umpire and booing during the closing ceremony after her loss.

Serena Williams on the court at U.S. Open
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This was the second year in a row where both women in the singles final of the U.S. Open were Black. Last year’s match was between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. Both of those women, like Osaka, are in their 20s and have said that, as children, they were inspired by Serena and her sister Venus.

I’m a similar age as Stephens, Keys, and Osaka. And as a Black girl from a tennis obsessed family, I also grew up watching and adoring the Williams sisters—unaware of the oppressively white history of the sport. It’s undeniable that Serena and Venus inspired many young Black girls to pick up a tennis racquet, even changing the demographics of the sport.

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams hugging at U.S. Open
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it speaks to the unparalleled staying power of Serena’s career that she is now playing against the women she inspired 20 years ago.

Not only does this staying power reflect how long she has remained at the top of her game as an athlete, but how she has managed to thrive in a world that has been consistently hostile towards her.

We watched Serena as she became the top player in what was previously considered a “country club” sport. We watched her weather constant racism and sexism, from comments about her looks, to criticism about her clothing, to how she wasn’t as feminine as her white counterparts, to being called “an animal.” We then watched her continue to be triumphant on the court, breaking nearly every record there is.

Seeing this has, I feel, affected me on a cellular level, adjusting my posture, making me stand taller and more self-assured. It was rarely a question of “if” Serena would win, just “when” and “by how much.”

Serena Williams at 2018 U.S. Open
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Representation is too shallow a word for what Serena means to me and to other Black girls. She’s a blueprint for survival and excellence. And knowing what she’s had to survive only makes it harder to hear the strain in her voice as she stood up to the umpires in this weekend’s match.

Naomi Osaka, a Haitian Japanese player, probably understands this strain better than most.

Though she has faced and will face different challenges than Serena, she’s constantly been asked about how she reconciles her American, Haitian, and Japanese heritage, and a video recently surfaced of Chrissie Evert inexplicably bowing towards her after the trophy ceremony.

It’s a shame—though not Serena’s fault—that Naomi couldn’t enjoy her moment because of the effects of the umpire’s behavior. Serena is a fierce competitor, but it’s clear that her anger during the match was directed at the umpire and referees—not at Osaka. When the crowd booed Osaka after she won the match, Serena stepped in to put her arm around a tearful Naomi. Williams then told the crowd, “I just want to tell you guys that she played well and this is her first Grand Slam…. Congratulations Naomi, no more booing.”

Naomi has never shied away from her adoration for her lifelong idol, Serena Williams.

Days before the match, when asked if she had any words for her soon to be competitor, Osaka said only, “I love you!

While accepting her trophy, the overwhelmed first time Grand Slam-winner said, “It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals, so I’m really glad that I was able to do that.” When she was later asked about her moment of victory, Osaka said in a press conference, “When I step on the court, I’m not a Serena fan, I’m just a tennis player playing another tennis player. But when I hugged her at the net, I felt like a little kid again.”

Many have discussed how the controversy surrounding the match overshadowed the brilliance of both athletes. But sadly, it has also overshadowed the fact that just a year before playing in the final this weekend, Serena gave birth and nearly died from medical complications.

Serena’s athletic resiliency is unparalleled, and beyond that, her purpose is clear and focused.

Serena Williams at U.S. Open
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Thinly veiled racism and sexism in unflattering photos, racist illustrations, and headlines call Serena’s argument an “outburst” or the “meltdown” of a “sore loser.” They paint her as selfish and bratty, which is especially inaccurate considering that Serena has continuously expressed that she was not only standing up for herself.

In the press conference following the match, she powerfully stated, “The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and [wants] to express themselves and [wants] to be a strong woman, and they’re gonna be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s gonna work out for the next person.”

Serena’s career is far from over, but the U.S. Open final reminded us what her legacy ahas already done.

She won’t be silenced or denied, and her ultimate goal is to make conditions better for future girls. But in many ways, she has accomplished this: She’s inspired an incalculable number of Black girls, including Naomi Osaka, to follow in her excellent and morally righteous footsteps.

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How to Live Stream ‘Monday Night Football’ Games for Free Throughout the 2018 NFL Season

“Monday Night Football” games are broadcast on ESPN. That’s a pay TV channel, of course. But it’s still possible for nearly all fans to watch “Monday Night Football” for free tonight and every Monday during the 2018 NFL season, even they don’t have cable or another TV or live streaming service that includes ESPN.

As we reported in a previous story covering how to live stream NFL games free, the 2018 season marks the first time that fans can stream their locally broadcast games, as well as nationally televised matchups — including “Sunday Night Football” on NBC and “Monday Night Football” on ESPN — by using the NFL App:

Fans can watch NFL games online for free via the NFL App. After you’ve downloaded the app to a mobile device or connected TV, you’ll be able to live stream many NFL games — specifically, your local team’s games, as well as nationally broadcast prime time games like NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” — throughout the entire season. Downloading the NFL App is free, and there is no charge for using it to stream games. You can even use it for free live streaming of the 2018 season’s “Monday Night Football” games, which are broadcast by the pay TV channel ESPN.

This season, you can also live stream the same selection of NFL games on mobile devices with the Yahoo Sports app.

So all you have to do to live stream “Monday Night Football” for free is download either the NFL App or the Yahoo Sports app and tune in from your preferred device.

Tonight, during the 2018 season’s first “Monday Night Football” broadcast, there are two games: The New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions, followed by Los Angeles Rams vs. Oakland Raiders.

What Time Does “Monday Night Football” Start?

For the 2018 NFL season’s first “Monday Night Football” game — Jets vs. Lions — kickoff time is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit.

Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” features a rare double header. For the second game — Rams vs. Raiders — kickoff is scheduled for 10:20 p.m. ET at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.

Again, to watch “Monday Night Football” online for free, you can use either the NFL App or Yahoo sports app as explained above.

How to Live Stream ESPN for Free

If you’d like to watch ESPN online for free in general for a few days, many live streaming TV services include the sports-focus pay channel in their packages. They all have free trial periods of about a week available to new subscribers.

You can watch “Monday Night Football” online for free — and all ESPN content, for that matter — with streaming TV services such Fubo TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

The monthly rate for a basic package that includes ESPN with these services ranges from roughly $ 25 to $ 40. You’ll be charged if you don’t cancel the service by the time the free trial period ends. So remember to cancel if you don’t want to become a paying subscriber.

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Naomi Osaka upsets Serena Williams, who received game penalty, to win 2018 U.S. Open

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2018 Toronto Film Festival Preview: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Halloween’ and More Movies Worth Buzzing About

2018 Toronto Film Festival Preview: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Halloween’ and More Movies Worth Buzzing About

Within the span of a month, some of the year’s biggest, most memorable and most awards-friendly movies will premiere at a few select film festivals from around the world. The largest and arguably most influential of those festivals is the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs this year from September 6 through September 16, and showcases well over 100 movies from around the world.

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The tennis world may be reeling over five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer’s unexpected loss to John Millman, ranked far below Federer at number 55, but fans at Arthur Ashe stadium know the real upset took place before the match—someone was spotted dipping chicken fingers into soda.

ESPN reportedly broadcast the abhorrent behavior during the Madison Keys-Dominika Cibulkova match-up at the Queens, N.Y. tennis championship on Monday afternoon and reporting the crime against chicken quickly overshadowed live commenting on the match on Twitter.

The woman’s preferred chicken tender pairing soon became the talk of social media, as she seemingly managed to gross out the entire internet with one dunk of deep-fried chicken. The offensive dipping picked up traction online as the shocking snack pairing went viral. Even trusted snack source @Faturday deemed it “mutant” behavior:

While this may be the first time Federer has ever lost to a player ranked outside of the top 50 at the U.S. Open, it’s also the first time that loss has been overshadowed by a chicken nugget.

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The Best Birth Control Options in 2018

the best birth control options in 2018What are you guys using for birth control these days? We thought that a good companion to our discussion earlier this year about how to decide if you want kids would be a roundup of the best birth control options in 2018, so that’s our topic for today. (We’ve also talked about planning your career for babies and shared the planner’s guide to pregnancy and in general have had many posts about family planning and pregnancy, including long ago a guest post from a reader on why she chose an IUD). Over at CorporetteMoms, we recently explained what to consider when choosing birth control after having a baby — but whether or not you’ve had kids doesn’t have a huge impact on your contraceptive choices. Dr. Melissa Gunter, MD, an ob/gyn in Rochester, NY, says, “There is no method that is off-limits based solely on whether or not you’ve had a child.”

In addition to pointing out that the best type of birth control for you right now may not be the most appropriate choice for you in a year from now (or five), Dr. Gunter recommends that you first decide on your must-haves for your ideal birth control: “Is it the method that you are least likely to get pregnant on? Then you want a Nexplanon [contraceptive implant] or IUD,” she says. “Is cycle predictability important to you? Then a pill, patch, or ring may be better. Do you prefer something which will also regulate or level out your reproductive hormones, or do you prefer how you feel with your own natural hormonal ups and downs? Do you want something you never have to think about, or are you OK remembering to pick up prescriptions and take your birth control every day, week, or month?”

Keeping those factors in mind, here are the best birth control options in 2018:

Birth control pill

  • The combination pill (estrogen and progestin) is 99% effective when used exactly as directed — but with typical use, it’s more like 91%.best birth control options in 2018
  • The pill can bring lighter periods, milder PMS symptoms, a reduced chance of ovarian cysts, clearer skin, and other benefits (as well as certain side effects, such as nausea, headaches, bloating, and breast tenderness — although some side effects may be only temporary).
  • It’s generally considered safe for healthy, non-smoking women over the age of 35 to take the pill (but that’s for you and your doctor to discuss).
  • Late last year, a new study confirmed previous studies’ findings that the pill increases women’s breast cancer risk — and, of course, it made big news. How should women interpret these findings? “For most women, birth control pills will have a greater cancer benefit than risk,” says Dr. Gunter. “A woman who uses birth control pills, especially if used for 10 years or more, may reduce her risk of ovarian cancer by up to 50%. Endometrial cancer risk is also reduced in women who use birth control pills, especially for women who are obese or have irregular periods.” Gunter also notes that while 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the pill doesn’t significantly change a woman’s risk, and added, “Much of the data about breast cancer risk and birth control pill use comes from women whose pills contained higher doses of hormones than most currently prescribed options.”

Just because the pill is the preferred contraceptive among many women, that doesn’t mean you have to give it a try, Dr. Gunter says. “Many women still feel like they need to start with birth control pills first, and only switch to something else if they are bad at remembering the pill — while the pill is great for some women, there are plenty of other, easier-to-use methods,” she says.

IUD

  • IUDs are extremely convenient and are 99% effective. Once they’re in, you don’t have to do anything other than remove or replace them in 3, 5, 7, or 10 years (depending on the type).
  • “IUDs are safe and effective whether you’ve had children or not,” says Dr. Gunter, “however, some of the newer IUDs were specifically tested in teenagers and women who’ve never had babies before they received FDA approval.”
  • ParaGard, the copper IUD is the only non-hormonal IUD. It can cause irregular, longer, and/or heavier periods, while the hormonal IUD (Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla) can lead to lighter periods (sometimes much lighter) and can make your cramps milder. Gunter stresses that hormonal IUDs work differently than other hormonal birth control — like the copper IUD, they prevent sperm from reaching the egg. “Other forms of hormonal birth control [prevent] a woman from releasing an egg,” she says. “The hormones in the IUD stay in and around the uterus, whereas the hormones in a pill, patch, ring, shot, or implant go all throughout the body. So a hormonal IUD will not help with cycle predictability, acne, PMS, ovarian cysts, or ovulation symptoms.”
  • While getting an IUD placed can cause discomfort, especially if you haven’t had a baby, it only takes a few minutes. (Here’s some information on easing the pain, from … another Dr. Gunter (!) — in this case, Jen.) The insertion and removal of an IUD is the same for both types.

Condoms (male and female)

  • Male condoms are 98% effective with perfect use — but with all use taken into account, they prevent pregnancy about 85% of the time.
  • Condoms are the only birth control method in this list that can prevent STDs — and they’re a great choice if you want a non-hormonal option, too.
  • If you or your partner have a latex allergy, other options are available. And whether you or not you’re allergic to latex, you can choose female condoms, which are made from nitrile and are about as effective as as male condoms (95% with perfect use vs. 79% in real life).

Permanent birth control

  • The old standby, tubal ligation, is more than 99% effective. If you’re a young woman who doesn’t want kids, though, it may be difficult to get some doctors to take your request for sterilization seriously.
  • Essure, a non-surgical procedure that blocks the fallopian tubes with metal coils and is 99% effective, will soon no longer be available.
  • For a woman who doesn’t want to get pregnant (either again, or ever), the safest and most effective permanent birth control option is a vasectomy for her partner (more than 99% effective); however (perhaps not surprisingly), the vasectomy rate in the U.S. is about half of the rate of tubal ligations.

Newer options

  • This month, the FDA approved the first vaginal ring contraceptive that can be used for an entire year: Annovera. It won’t be available until at least late 2019, so stay tuned.
  • The FDA also allowed marketing of Natural Cycles, the first app that can be used to prevent pregnancy (although that’s caused some debate — including worries about privacy concerns).
  • And what about birth control for men? A recent CNN headline announced, “Male birth control pill one step closer to reality, researchers say.” Again, stay tuned…

Two excellent websites for finding out more about any of the options above, and about the other types of contraception, are Planned Parenthood and the NIH website Medline Plus.

The information shared in this post should not be taken as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor. As Dr. Gunter says, “Every woman is tuned differently, and our bodies also change over time. We have all of these choices for a reason, so discuss with your doctor which birth control method is the best for you, and don’t be afraid to switch to something else if you are no longer happy with the method you are using.”

What is your preferred type of birth control? How long have you used it? What have been the pros and cons of the birth control you’ve tried? If you’ve switched, what were your reasons? If you’re married, did you change birth control methods when you were no longer single? If you’ve had kids, did you decide on new birth control after becoming a mom? 

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Coco Ho and Weslley Dantas Win 2018 Pull&Bear Pantin Classic in Spain at Galicia Pro Titles

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PLAYA DE PANTIN, Galicia – Spain (Sunday, September 2, 2018) – Coco Ho (HAW) and Weslley Dantas (BRA) have won the Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro in the Final bouts against Sage Erickson (USA) and Carlos Munoz (CRI) held in pumping four-to-six foot surf in Pantin.

Stop No. 10 of 12 on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) European Qualifying Series (QS), the Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro, has alternated between small and solid surf every day this week, culminating today with the crowning of the 2018 Champions in solid but slow Galician conditions.

The women’s final carried much more importance points-wise in the qualifying campaigns of surfers and hit the water first. The new swell expected to reach the Galician shores today didn’t disappoint and pumped solid six foot sets closing out the beach while surfers took refuge at first in the far East corner of the beach and looked for the smaller but throaty rights.

The 2012 & 2016 champion Sage Erickson (USA) taking on the defending champion in Pantin Coco Ho (HAW) was a dream final was everyone on-site today. Erickson got two below-average scores early on, and considering the conditions, put a relative pressure on Ho. The Hawaiian briefly came back in the fight with a single-maneuver attempt but Erickson found a set wave that let her perform three turns for a 6.00 to extend her lead.

Things got even more interesting on the ten minute mark with a good exchange from both surfers. The Californian got a longer wave with softer sections for a 5.27 and Ho only got two turns in but slightly more critical for a 6.57. Ho found a smaller wave with only two minutes on the clock and applied two surgical turns on her backhand to post a buzzer-beater 6.13 and take back-to-back wins in Pantin.

“I’m super excited the waves were really fun today,” Ho said. “I’m banking off the QS right now and this means I’m going to be able to relax a bit more and focus on the wave pool, Hossegor and Honolua. I got stuck on a couple of waves in the final from the offshores, nose dove on another one so it didn’t start off well for me. But that wave presented itself and I didn’t have priority so when I went I really wanted to make it count.”

World No. 12 with three Championship Tour events left in the season, Ho decided to defend her chances with a strong QS effort and today secured her re-qualification with the 6,000 points she won in Pantin, and a total 18,650 points on the QS for the second place.

“Coming here for the first time four years ago I didn’t know anything about Pantin,” she continued. “I grew a little more prepared each time and winning here last year was special. It’s the most beautiful I’ve ever seen Pantin, we had beach days every day and I really admired how beautiful this place is, so this second win was even more special.”

The two-time winner Erickson had the lead for most of the Final but found herself out of reach of that final wave, which she had first priority for. But the Californian adds another major result to her track-record in Pantin with the runner-up today and will jump up eleven spots to No. 12 on the Qualifying Series with one more major event remaining this season.

“That was really bitter-sweet for me, I did have priority and with offshores it was hard to tell what waves would stand or not,” Erickson said. “Coco took it and got the score but that’s just competition. We’ve known each other since I was 10 years old and I know how competitive she is so it makes me want to beat her even more but I guess today was her day. A part of my connection here with Pantin is all the different shapes, sizes and colors it shows and I love the challenge of adapting and being the surfer successful at surfing whatever the ocean throws at us here.”

Ho and Erickson had previously defeated Paige Hareb (NZL) and Mahina Maeda (JPN) respectively in the semis.

The men’s final on the other had two first-time finalists in Pantin, Weslley Dantas (BRA) and Carlos Munoz (CRI). Dantas stuck to his air-game at first, opting to surf smaller waves in the wind to throw the forehand rotation he’s got on lock. However judges weren’t as impressed as they were by his skills in the semis (where he got a 9.50 on a single air) and kept the scores low.

Munoz adopted the same attitude but the gale-force offshores kept blowing both surfers’ boards away and the Final stayed a low-scoring affair. Dantas found a good left on the inside and stayed on his board this time, locking in three decent turns for a 4.87 to extend his lead. Munoz’ few attempts were unsuccessful and Dantas walked away with the win and a heat total barely over his single best wave of the heat prior.

The Brazilian claimed his first-ever QS title and the additional 3,000 points have rocketed him 36 spots higher on the global Qualifying Series. A heavily muscular surfer, Dantas showed his repertoire includes much more than just power turns and was most impressive in the air this week.

“Of course I’m stoked with my first win on the QS,” Dantas said. “I got two third places at Pipe and Chile so it’s great to take the win! I’m off to Ericeira for the biggest QS of the leg and I hope I can keep my confidence up and make a big result there as well.”

An known aerialist himself, Munoz couldn’t find the waves to showcase his best surfing today but still walked away with his best result so far this season. The Costa Rican took a massive leap forward as well with 35 spots gained in Galicia today.

“I’m very happy,” Munoz said. “It’s been a tough year for me but this is a third good result. I think it played with my mind that Weslley was going to do airs so I tried to do the same thing and he beat me. But that’s a good learning experience for me. I’m going home to my 6 months old baby and I feel like my trophy is there waiting for me so all good. I got a third here a few years back and now second so I’ll be back to try to win it for sure!”

Dantas had previously defeated Ethan Ewing (AUS) in the semis who celebrated turning 20 yo with an equal third in Pantin; Munoz eliminated Alejo Muniz (BRA) in their matchup.

With the completion of the Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro, the European rankings have once again slightly evolved, here is the new current Top 5:

European Men’s QS Top 5:
1 – Jorgann Couzinet (FRA)
2 – Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
3 – Andy Criere (ESP)
4 – Gatien Delahaye (FRA)
5 – Aritz Aranburu (ESP)

European Women’s QS Top 5: 
1 – Pauline Ado (FRA)
2 – Cannelle Bulard (FRA)
3 – Camilla Kemp (PRT)
4 – Juliette Lacome (FRA)
5 – Justine Dupont (FRA)

QS surfers will now head South and cross the Mediterranean to land at the Anfaplace Pro Casablanca in Morocco while the few Championship Tour athletes present in Pantin will head to California for the upcoming Surf Ranch Pro.

The Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is scheduled from August 27 – September 2, 2018 at playa de Pantin, Galicia / Spain. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.

The Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is supported by Turismo de Galicia, Pull&Bear, Deporte Galego, Deputación da Coruña, Concello de Ferrol, Concello de Valdoviño, Estrella Galicia, Abanca, Cabreiroá, Tag Heuer and Audi, with the additional collaboration of Hospital QuirónSalud A Coruña, Siroko, Gadis, Iberia Express, Artesanía de Galicia, Galicia Calidade, NB21, Intermax, Coca-Cola, Costa das Ondas, and MagicSeaWeed among others.

PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Coco Ho (HAW) 12.70
2 –
Sage Erickson (USA) 11.80

PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Weslley Dantas (BRA) 9.54
2 –
Carlos Munoz (CRI) 4.10

PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 12.94 def. Mahina Maeda (JPN) 7.00
SF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.33 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.17

PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Weslley Dantas (BRA) 11.67 def. Ethan Ewing (AUS) 6.67
SF 2: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 9.10 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 5.40

PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO WOMEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 11.06 def. Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 10.87
QF 2: Mahina Maeda (JPN) 13.00 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.23
QF 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.97 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.60
QF 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.00 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 14.40

PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 12.80 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 11.77
QF 2: Weslley Dantas (BRA) 15.50 def. Lucas Silveira (BRA) 15.50
QF 3: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 11.67 def. Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 7.50
QF 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.00 def. Jackson Baker (AUS) 11.54

PANTIN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO MEN’S ROUND 6 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 12.60, Weslley Dantas (BRA) 11.86, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 11.83, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 4.07
Heat 2: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 13.03, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 12.86, Mateus Herdy (BRA) 12.40, Kauli Vaast (FRA) 11.17
Heat 3: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 10.33, Jackson Baker (AUS) 8.90, Alonso Correa (PER) 8.10, Nat Young (USA) 7.27
Heat 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.00, Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 8.80, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 7.13, Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 5.06

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