Justine Dupont, big wave surfing in Ireland. Jettygirl Surf Magazine and Lifestyle Photo Blog.

Justine Dupont Charges in Her First Session at Mullaghmore, Ireland

 

 
“First time at Mullaghmore for me. I can’t wait to go there again and get better and bigger waves.” – Justine Dupont
 
Justine Dupont is without a doubt one of the best all-around surfers on the planet. She can throw big frontside airs on a shortboard, noseride like crazy on a longboard, and her big wave surfing is quickly becoming legendary. To top it off, she’s one of the nicest individuals you cold possibly meet.
 
Resources:

Surf Photo Friday featuring Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California

Surf Photo Friday featuring Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont, early morning surf session. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.
Surf Photo Friday – Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California

One of our favorite things about surfing is how the love of riding waves brings so many of us together regardless of country, culture or language. On the last morning that French surfers Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado spent in California, we made plans for a quick session before they jumped on the freeway to catch a flight from LAX later that afternoon. We were greeted by a bit of drizzle and zero sun, but we were also blessed with uncrowded, glassy rights.

It was such a pleasure to watch Pauline and Justine’s different approaches to the same lineup. A surf coach could write a “how-to” textbook after watching Pauline surf. Her combination of speed, power, flow, and clean rail work left no doubt why she continues to be an annual threat on the Women’s ASP World Tour. Justine Dupont took the the polar opposite approach. Where Pauline would go top to bottom as the wave lined up, Justine would routinely skip a section or two to build up crazy amounts of speed before launching a big air or fin-throw. Her surfing is electric and futuristic.

After an hour of shredding, the surfers headed up the trail and out of sight …until next summer when we hope to do it all again.

Thank you for dropping by for another installment of Surf Photo Friday. Have a great weekend everyone …and as always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl.

Justine Dupont fin throw. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado, frontside carve. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont, frontside air. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont, frontside air. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado throws spray on a nice frontside snap. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado throwing spray. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont frontside rotation. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont above the lip. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Justine Dupont throws her fins. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado, frontside snap. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Frontside snap by Justine Dupont. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont heading home. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont leave the beach after their final surf session in California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont heading home to France. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont heading home to France. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Role Models, Why They Still Matter | Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

Bonus Material: Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont Videos



Additional Resources:
Justine Dupont – official site
Justine Dupont on Instagram
Justine Dupont on Facebook
Justine Dupont on Twitter
Pauline Ado – official site
Pauline Ado on Instagram
Pauline Ado on Facebook
Pauline Ado on Twitter



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Single Wave Thursday with Justine Dupont. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Single Wave Thursday with Justine Dupont. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Our “massive” travel budget sometimes allows us to venture far from our local spots …in this case, three dollars of gas and a short bike ride got me in front of one of my favorite surfers, Justine Dupont. Justine had been in Oceanside competing in the Supergirl Pro and although we were in contact throughout, we never connected on a shoot until this quick morning session as she and Pauline Ado were heading to the airport for the flight home to France.

For those of you who may not know Justine, she’s definitely one of the most talented surfers I’ve ever had the opportunity to meet. Not only can she throw shortboard airs and rotations, she’s also a world class longboarder (ranked #3 on the ASP), and she charges truly massive waves as you can see here at Belharra, France and at this gnarly, wedging right at Aileens in Ireland. I can’t wait until she returns to California next summer, but in the meantime, here’s Justine in our latest Single Wave Thursday. One ride, no music, just surfing.

Film: Chris Grant | Sound: Pacific Ocean and my trusty Canon
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Previous Single Wave Thursdays: Silvana Lima | Courtney Conlogue | Erin Ashley | Brittani Nicholl | Alexa Frantz | Lindsay Steinriede

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Justine Dupont on Instagram
Justine Dupont on Facebook
Justine Dupont on Twitter



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2012 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro – Oceanside Pier, August 9-11. Free to attend, no ticket required.

2012 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, Oceanside Pier, August 9-11, 2012

EVENT OVERVIEW:
For the past six years, the Supergirl Jam Series has been the only large-scale all-girls action sports competition and lifestyle series. Developed as a celebration of female empowerment, the Supergirl Jam features the top female athletes in surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding competing at three events.

In 2012, the Supergirl Jam is expanding with the launch of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, the ONLY 6-Star Women’s Tour Surf Contest in North America. It will feature the largest field of professional surfing talent of any event in the world with more than 80 top pros competing.

DATE:
August 9-11, 2012

VENUE
Oceanside Pier (South Side), Oceanside, California

COMPETITIONS
There are three days of surfing heats that lead to head-to-head competition between the world’s best female surfers. The event is an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star event so it offers valuable points for surfers to qualify into the Women’s Championship Tour in 2013.

TICKETS
The event is free to attend and no ticket is required.

SCHEDULE
Day 1: Thursday, Aug 9, 8:00a – 4:00p
– Round 1 (4 Heats @ 20 Min; 1.33 hours)
– Round 2 (6 Heats @ 20 Min; 2 hours)
– Round 3 (6 Heats @ 20 Min; 2 hours)
– Round 4 (6 Heats @ 25 Min; 2.5 hours)

Day 2: Friday, Aug 10, 10:30a – 3:30p

– Round 4 (6 Heats @ 25 Min; 2.5 hours)
– Round 5 (6 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 2.5 Hours)

Day 3: Saturday, Aug 11, 11:00a – 4:00p

– Round 6 (4 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 1.66 Hours)
– Quarter-Finals (4 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 1.66 Hours)
– Semi-Finals (2 Heats @ 25 Minutes; .83 Hours)
– Final (1 Heat @ 30 Minutes; .5 Hours)

TV COVERAGE

The event features a minimum of eleven (11) hours of television coverage in the US:

• 6 hours of coverage on Fox Sports Net
• 5 hours of coverage on Fuel TV

INTERNET

There will be a live stream hosted at several sites TBA

Information about the event can be obtained at www.supergirljam.com

COMPETING PROS

The event features eighty (80) of the top professional female surfers in the world, including 13 of the top 16 ranked pros. It is the largest field of talent of any female surfing event in the world.

Following is a partial list of the top pros that have registered to compete in this international field of talent, including ASP World Tour stars Tyler Wright (New South Wales, AU), Laura Enever (Sydney, Australia), Carissa Moore (Honolulu, HI), Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), Coco Ho (Oahu, HI), Rebecca Woods (New South Wales, AU), Paige Hareb (New Plymouth, NZ), Sofia Mulanovich (Lima, Peru), Pauline Ado (Bayonne, France), Justine Dupont (Lacanau, France) and Sage Erickson (Malibu, CA) as well as other favorites such as Alana Blanchard, Bruna Schmitz and Erica Hosseini.

AUTOGRAPHS
There will autograph signings and numerous chances for surf fans to meet their favorite pros throughout the weekend.

HISTORY
This is the 1st year of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro and the 6th year of the Supergirl Jam Series.

EVENT MANAGER
The event is owned and managed by ASA Entertainment.


Dark Wave Rider Speaks! Di Mattison Previews the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour.

By Di Mattison

First of all, let me say how stoked I am that Chris Grant asked me to do this. It has been a long time since I’ve written anything power-rankings-esque and as a student and fanatic of the sport of surfing I have to say I miss it. Truth be told, I’m writing these things in my head already regardless of whether they get published or not. The saddest thing is that Surfline cut me off right when the tour started to get interesting. That said, this has to be the most dynamic lineup of female surfers we’ve seen to date. I do not mean to take anything away from Lisa or Layne or Margo or Frieda or Wendy or Pauline or Jodie or Pam or Kim (Mearig) because they all distinctively killed it (and still do no doubt), but this lineup of talent, like the lineup on the men’s side, is one step above anything we’ve seen before.

We now have four women solidly capable of pulling airs in heats (Carissa, Silvana, Malia, and Lakey). Those less apt in the air are brutal on the lip and have proven that women’s surfing can be both radical and stylish at the same time (Sally, Steph, Tyler, Sofia, Courtney, Pauline, Laura, Sage, et. al.). Now that I think about it, the saddest thing is not that Surfline stopped running women’s power rankings but that with the deepest talent pool women’s surfing has ever seen there are only seven events for the ladies this year and once again NO HAWAII. Sad face emoticon.

This year the girls will start off with steady Australian leg at Snapper then at Bells. Thank god for Australia and its continued support of all things surfing. No other country except maybe Brasil has this kind of cultural acceptance and support for our sport.

With only one goofyfoot remaining on tour, Paige Hareb, you can bet a regular footer is going to win Snapper (not because Paige does not have what it takes, but because regularfoots dominate the Australian leg and she’s severely outnumbered). (Ahhemm: Calling all goofyfoots: QUALIFY PLEASE!) If last year’s performance and her recent win at Manly says anything, the money’s on Sally Fitz. But there are too many variables to really call it this early. Carissa is defending champ (in more ways than one) and will be looking to get to another solid start. Steph’s hungry after finishing 3rd last year and is on home turf. Tyler showed herself a force to be reckoned with last year. Silvana and her speedy smooth attack is always a threat, and then there’s the bevy of new talent waiting at the gates frothing to break through. These are all ingredients for a stupendous start to 2012 — let’s just hope the waves show up to the party.

As for the remaining five contests, well, the girls better like two things: 1. the southern hemisphere; 2. beachbreak. The girls only have two events in the northern hemisphere — France and Huntington — and four out of the seven events are to be held at beachbreaks (Taranaki, Rio, France, and Huntington), the remainder at Australian right handers (Snapper, Bells, and Dee Why).

All of this beachbreak action mixed with the most Californian girls that have been on tour simultaneously in a long time (Courtney, Lakey, and Sage) could equal a title challenge from a normally dormant sector. The Hawaiians, Carissa, Coco, and Malia, however, have all shown that they have what it takes in all conditions, and are looking like one of the most formidible island contingents yet to grace the tour. Jacqueline and Silvana are our only Brazilians this year. Bad surf could favor them, and in Silvana’s case, so could heaving barrels and a grip of landed aerial maneuvers.

2012 also sees two French women, Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado, on the tour. Pauline made some strides last year and from what I’ve seen of Justine, a few surprise upsets could come from the French quarter. And then there’s the frothing Aussies — Sally, Tyler, Steph, Laura, and Rebecca — the largest showing by any single country. I don’t think that Laura and Rebecca have what it takes to make a run for the title, but they are sure to take down some names while their fellow countrywomen attempt to bring the title back to Oz. All of this compatriotism makes Sofia the Peruvian and Paige the Kiwi the darkhorses this year. Both excel at lefts, so any beachbreak that offers up a more consistent left sandbar could spell victory for either one. Game on.


# 1 – Carissa Moore – Hawaii – carissamoore.com
We know she can pump out combination maneuvers on her forehand like Hawaii pumps out pineapples and macadamia nuts, but can she keep the juice flowing for another title? Right points and punchy beachbreak air-section wedges favor Carissa again. It’s all psychology at this point. In order to be the next Slater she’ll need to amplify her psyching powers (and maybe bic her head). Video

ASP World No. 1 Carissa Moore. Photo © ASP/Cestari. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Current world champion, Carissa Moore, hucking spray in Huntington Beach. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Portrait © ASP/Cestari. Current world champion, Carissa Moore, hucking spray in Huntington Beach. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 2 – Sally Fitzgibbons – Australia – sallyfitzgibbons.com
Her ability to pull carving reverses at will in addition to her stronger, smoother, faster style put Sally on the accelerated track to perennial world-title-contender-dom. Sally is a woman who has the maxim “8s or lates” firmly entrenched in her heat strategy. If she doesn’t win the title she’ll end up in the top three again, having been beaten by someone who consistently threw down 9s and 10s against her (as Carissa did last year). Video

ASP World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Sally Fitzgibbons takes a vertical approach to Huntington Beach's famed shorebreak. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Portrait © ASP/Kirstin. Sally Fitzgibbons takes a vertical approach to HB’s famed shorebreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 3 – Stephanie Gilmore – Australia – stephgilmore.com
The wrist rattled Steph last year. As someone who has formerly broken a wrist I can totally identify with this. It’s perhaps one of the worst parts of the body for a surfer to injure. Hopefully she has regained both her strength and her wits. Also, I do not care if Steph never does a single air. She’s one of those surfers like Tom Curren who does not need to launch to win events. Smooth rail to rail power surfing shall never die and when done at Steph’s level is a thing both of beauty and high scores. Variety of turns and consistency will be the keys if she wants to unlock the door to another title. Video

ASP World No. 3 Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Stephanie Gilmore gliding effortlessly from section to section. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Stephanie Gilmore, smooth and effortless from section to section. Photo © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 4 – Tyler Wright – Australia
What can I say? She kills it. What I’d like to see: no pumping ever. Her strength is on the rail. She’ll need to mix up the patented layback — maybe tweak it into an inverted slide or take it above the lip. Not sure if she’s title-ready, but she’s definitely in the mix. Video

ASP World No. 4 Tyler Wright. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Fins out the back at the US Open of Surfing, Tyler Wright. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Portrait © ASP/Kirstin. Fins out the back at the US Open of Surfing, Tyler Wright. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 5 – Silvana Lima – Brazil – silvanalima.com.br
When I wrote the power rankings for Surfline I never stopped singing Silvana’s praises. A few Brazilians got mad when I put Sally ahead of her, but look where Sal finished last year. I hate to say it, but I am rarely wrong. Maybe a little snide or crass or harsh, but not dead wrong. That said, Silvana is one of my favorite surfers. I love her speed and her casual approach. Every time she’s in a heat I want her to win. But as I used to tell my buddy Shea when we did contests, “No pull no points.” In freesurfing it’s different — we all like to see air attempts, but in contests airs need to be landed to score. If and when Silvana starts punctuating rides with huge frontside lofts and clearing sections with spinners instead of floaters she will be untouchable. May that time be now. Video

ASP World No. 5 Silvana Lima. Photo © ASP/Cestari. 2012 Surfer Profiles : Woman ASP World Tour Silvana Lima flying in Southern California. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Cestari. Silvana Lima flying somewhere in Southern California. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 6 – Coco Ho – Hawaii – coco-ho.com
My claim to fame is beating a 70 lb Coco Ho at heaving Newport Beach in the semi-finals of the 2005 VQS championships. I scored an 8 for a backside layback barrel that I never should have made it out of. Fast forward seven years. I teach fashion history and theory at Parsons and predominantly ride a retro fish except when Jersey is 4-6 and ramping. Coco is on tour hucking fins at will. Clearly that semifinal had no bearing on either of our futures. Depite the pure pedigree, I do not see her as a title contender, but rather a title upsetter. She’ll continue to make semis, finals, and win the occasional event or two, and she will most certainly ruin others’ runs in the process. Video

ASP World No. 6 Coco Ho. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Coco Ho in the US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Coco Ho floats the shorebreak at the US Open of Surfing. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 7 – Sofia Mulanovich – Peru – sofiamulanovich.com
Never count her out. Her pscyhology is basically unassailable. If they could figure out a way to clone Sofia’s brain chemistry we might be able to find a cure for chronic depression and low self esteem. And like I said in the overall preview, if the beachies manage to produce solid lefts Sof could have a victory or two in her this season. Video

ASP World No. 7 Sofia Mulanovich. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Sofia Mulanovich, early morning snap at Lowers, California. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Sofia Mulanovich, early morning snap at Lowers. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 8 – Courtney Conlogue – United States
Rookie shakes last year, but she showed glimpses of more great things to come. Proof that you can never count California out even when the future seems exceptionally bleak for the Golden State. If a majority of the venues see larger surf Courtney could become a massive threat to any premature rushes for the gold. I’m calling that she will also claim her maiden tour victory this year. Video

ASP World No. 8 Courtney Conlogue. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. California's top ranked surfer, Courtney Conlogue, smashes a small Lowers section. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinenPortrait © ASP/Griggi. California’s top ranked surfer, Courtney Conlogue, smashes a small left. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 9 – Pauline Ado – France – paulineado.fr
Well of course the first thing that pops to mind when we see her name is the not-so-witty “much ado about….” So much ado about what? About forehand hacks it seems. Despite said hacks, however, Pauline is going to have to pump up the volume in both the strength and variety of repetoire categories if she wants to finish higher than 9th this year. Video

ASP World No. 9 Pauline Ado. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Pauline Ado on a surprisingly empty day at Lowers. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Griggi. Pauline Ado on a surprisingly empty day at Lowers. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 10 – Laura Enever – Australia
Laura Enever has career security no matter how well she fares on tour. With her outrageous personality and image, there is no doubt she’ll be hosting sports and fashion awards and becoming a general celebrity for years to come. And maybe it is this kind of security that will actually enable Laura to continue to push through heats. Video

ASP World No. 10 Laura Enever. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Preview. Laura Enever at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Laura Enever at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 11 – Malia Manuel – Hawaii – maliamanuel.com
She won the US Open at 15. We have seen the video clips of her tail high fin chucks and effortless roundhouse cutbacks. Definitely already in contention for rookie of the year based on expectation alone. I am excited to see how she deals with surfing against the more experienced girls. Video

ASP World No. 11, Malia Manuel © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour. Fin throw at Lowers, Malia Manuel. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com. An afternoon to remember, Lowers fin throw by Malia Manuel. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 12 – Lakey Peterson – United States – lakeypeterson.com
Pretty much ditto for everything said about Malia Manuel plus we know she has got an air game. One of the first female surfers I have ever seen pull a clean air reverse in competition. It was at Trestles and she scored a 10. If she can put that type of surfing together with consistency California might have it’s first world champ since Tom Curren. Video

ASP World No. 12 Lakey Peterson. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's Profiles. Lakey Peterson hitting the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Griggi. Lakey Peterson hits the lip during an evening session in Oceanside. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 13 – Sage Erickson – United States – midlength.blogspot.com
Another golden girl from Cali. I haven’t seen much of Sage’s surfing except in stills. She’s got a wicked forehand slash and from what I understand can be quite formidable in right points and in beachbreak, which bodes well for this year’s list of events. The jury is out. Video

ASP World No. 13 Sage Erickson. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Sage Erickson slicing a fun right at Lowers. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Griggi. Sage Erickson, frontside snap at a local pointbreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 14 – Rebecca Woods – Australia – becwoods.com
The return of the quarterfinals queen. I said it in the Power Rankings and I will say it here again: Rebecca Woods needs to push past the quarters. She has the ability and the flow, but requires wave selection. She will need to channel the “8s or lates” maxim and manifest that in her heats if she wants to keep up with all the new blood on tour. Video

ASP World No. 14 Rebecca Woods. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles One of the best in the Huntington shorebreak, Rebecca Woods slams an exclamation point. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Portrait © ASP/Kirstin. Rebecca Woods stamps an exclamation point in the Huntington shorebreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 15 – Paige Hareb – New Zealand – paigehareb.co.nz
Despite any reservations I may have about her ability to win heats I am pulling for Paige on pure goofyfooted alliance. I hope she finishes in the top five to prove that goofyfooted surfing is not dead and that she knocks a bunch of regularfoots off the tour in the process. It would also be nice if all the girls who qualify next year are goofyfoots. The imbalance is absolutely devastating. On the guy’s side of things the goofy men, still outnumbered by their right-footed brethren, are stepping up. The same needs to happen on the girls’ side and with Chelsea Hedges off tour, Paige is going to have to carry the torch. Video

ASP World No. 15 Paige Hareb. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Paige Hareb lights up a Southern California left. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Paige Hareb lights up a Southern California left. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 16 – Justine Dupont – France
Darkhorse rookie of the year. I just watched her “I Surf Because” video on Youtube and am sold on her style and approach. She understands the nature of competitive surfing and is as confident as one needs to be to take down her heroes. May she do for France what fashion, butter, and democracy have! Video

ASP World No. 16, Justine Dupont (FRA). Photo © ASP/Aquashot. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Justine Dupont setting up combinations in the Huntington Pier shorebreak. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Aquashot. Justine Dupont setting up combinations in the Huntington Pier shorebreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 17 – Jacqueline Silva – Brazil – jacquelinesilva.com.br
The stalwart. As long as her competitors continue to make stupid wave choice and priority errors Jacqueline will continue to capitalize upon them. What she lacks in talent she makes up for in smarts, which equals a very well rounded and experienced contest surfer. In a sense she’s like Slater in that no mistake goes unpunished. I am essentially giving all of the other girls advice for beating Jacquie: don’t make mistakes. I repeat: if you make one mistake against her, she will destroy you. Video

ASP Wildcard Jacqueline Silva. Photo © ASP/Cestari. 2012 Surfer Profiles : Woman ASP World Tour Jacqueline Silva floats a sandy one In Huntington Beach. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Portrait © ASP/Cestari. Jacqueline Silva floats a sandy section in Huntington Beach, California. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com


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Author: Di Mattison

Di Mattison, Newport Beach. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com.About me…
31 years old. Teaching fashion history and theory at Parsons the New School for Design. PhD candidate in philosophy with an emphasis in aesthetics at the New School for Social Research. Surfing for 25 years. Surf instructor for 8 years. Quick wit. Barrel master.


My blogs/websites…
Di Mattison on Twitter
Dark Wave Rider – http://darkwaverider.blogspot.com
The Phenomenology of Surfing – http://thephenomenologyofsurfing.tumblr.com
Burningfromtheinside – http://burningfromtheinside.tumblr.com

SWATCH Girls Pro China Opens Professional Surfing in China with Style

SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lindsay Steinriede. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lindsay Steinriede. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
Lindsay Steinriede (USA) winning her opening heat at the inaugural SWATCH Girls Pro China today. Steinriede earned one of the day’s highest wave scores, an 8.25 (out of a possible of 10). Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith


For Immediate Release

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

SWATCH Girls Pro China Opens Professional Surfing in China with Style

WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Wednesday, 26 October, 2011) – The SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning launched professional surfing in China today with the world’s best female longboarders taking to the waves at Riyuewan Bay, Hainan Island. The 2 – 3 foot (1.5 meter) surf was ideal for the surfers to unleash their full bags of tricks with competitors mixing modern and traditional moves much to the delight of the hundreds of fans on the beach.

The SWATCH Girls Pro China is the second of two events on the ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour and the event that will decide the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion. The Title race is wide open, making this not only an historic event, but an exciting one too.

Kaitlin Maguire (USA) won the first ever ASP heat in China in the opening heat of the inaugural SWATCH Girls Pro China over Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN).

“It feels amazing!” Maguire said. “It was pretty stressful out there, I’m happy for it to be over and finish on top. It’s so good to be here and experience the different culture. The wave looks like it has a lot of potential so I’m looking forward to the rest of the event.”

[frame_left src=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Ah-Kouen-SwatchGPChina11WHS031-150×100.jpg” href=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Ah-Kouen-SwatchGPChina11WHS031.jpg”]Ophelie Ah-Kouen[/frame_left]

Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) won a nail-biter of a heat against Isabele Braly (AUS). Both surfers put some solid scores on the board but it was Ah-Kouen who took the heat by less than 1 point.

“I feel good because I won, but it was a very difficult heat,” Ah-Kouen said. “I was very nervous, but now I feel ok, hopefully I will do better in the next round. It’s so good to be here in China, Hainan is a beautiful island and the waves are good.”

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Chelsea Williams (AUS) was the standout performer of the day earning a near perfect 18.80 out of a possible 20. Williams looked right at home on the long left runners, carving and nose-riding bigger and longer than anyone else. Williams will now face Leah Dawson (USA) in the next round.

“I’m pretty surprised I won, I couldn’t hear the announcers out in the water,” Williams said. “I had no idea how I was going until I came into the shore and heard that I’d won. The wave is fun, it’s a little soft left-hander. I love going left because it’s my forehand and I don’t get the chance to go left very often. China is really cool, it’s tropical and not like we expected.”

Lindsay Steinriede (USA) showed why she’s the number one seed at the SWATCH Girls Pro China, easily defeating Taiwanese trials winner Wen Ling Chou (TWN). Steinriede will now face Frenchwoman Coline Menard (FRA) in Round 2.

“I was a little nervous because I know the conditions can be tough out there,” Steinriede said. “On my first wave I was definitely a little jittery, I’d been waiting a while and was excited to get out there. It’s also a while between events and I have a full-time job so you have to switch competition mode off for a little bit, but it doesn’t take long to turn it back on.”

Darci Lui (CHN), the first ever Chinese national to compete at an ASP event, lost her heat against an in-form 2 x ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith. Lui lost the battle, but did the locals proud with hundreds cheering everytime she got to her feet.

“It’s been a great opportunity for me to surf against these girls,” Lui said. “Even though I lost I’m so happy! This is such a great event for China, I’m so proud to have this event here.”

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“I felt really shaky out there,” Meador said. “It’s been a long day, maybe I’m dehydrated. I couldn’t really find my feet out there. Hopefully I got all my falling off out of the way for the rest of the event.”

A call will be made at 7am tomorrow for a possible 7:30 start, there’s a chance that the SWATCH Girls Pro China will finish tomorrow and that a new ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion will be crowned.

The SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning will run from 26 – 30 October. For more event info, photos, video highlights and your chance to win SWATCH Touch Eventwatches stay tuned to www.swatchgirlspro.com

For more information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

SWATCH Girls Pro China Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 9.25 def. Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) 7.45
Heat 2: Summer Romero (USA) 13.85 def. Roxy Towill (ZAF) 8.40
Heat 3: Miku Uemura (HAW) 13.00 def. Estitxu Estremo (ESP) 6.96
Heat 4: Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 12.25 def. Isabele Braly (AUS) 11.60
Heat 5: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 18.80 def. Amy Trujillo (USA) 9.40
Heat 6: Leah Dawson (USA) 13.35 def. Candice O’Donnell (GBR) 5.85
Heat 7: Coline Menard (FRA) 9.50 def. Rosie Locke (AUS) 5.75
Heat 8: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.85 def. Wen Ling Chou (TWN) 8.90
Heat 9: Jennifer Smith (USA) 10.75 def. Darci Lui (CHN) 3.75
Heat 10: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 14.10 def. Megan Godinez (HAW) 7.25
Heat 11: Melissa Combo (AUS) 10.15 def. Kelly Nicely (USA) 9.00
Heat 12: Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 6.85 def. Cristiana Pires (USA) 6.70
Heat 13: Kassia Meador (USA) 9.60 def. Nicole Trickett (ZAF) 5.25
Heat 14: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 12.50 def. Geodee Clark (HAW) 8.00
Heat 15: Justine Dupont (FRA) 13.25 def. Hatsumi Ui (JPN) 8.00
Heat 16: Karina Abras (BRA) 7.70 def. Rachel Barry (USA) 6.75



SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Competitors. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Summer Romero noseride. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lineup. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Surfers' area. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Yuko Shimajiri. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Beach statues. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.Photos from above left. Opening ceremonies; Summer Romero; SWATCH Girls Pro China lineup; Competitors’ area; Yuko Shimajiri; Beach statues. Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

All Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

ASP Top 17 Women Confirmed for 2012 Dream Tour Season.

Malia Manuel (HAW), 18, will lead the new crop of surfers joining the elite women's ranks on the 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Series. Photo © Aquashot/ASPEUROPE.COM
Pictured: Malia Manuel (HAW), 18, will lead the new crop of surfers joining the elite women’s ranks on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Title Series. Photo ©Aquashot/ASPEUROPE.COM

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ASP Women’s World Title Series

ASP Top 17 Confirmed for 2012 Dream Tour Season

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Thursday, September 29, 2011) – With the completion of the final stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s Star Series, the ASP 6-Star Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro, the elite ASP Top 17 have officially been confirmed for 2012.

The ASP Top 17 is comprised of the Top 10 finishers on the ASP Women’s World Tour from 2011, the Top 6 from the Women’s World Ranking and one ASP Wildcard to round out the roster.

The 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour Roster:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW)
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
3 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
4 – Tyler Wright (AUS)
5 – Silvana Lima (BRA)
6 – Coco Ho (HAW)
7 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
8 – Courtney Conlogue (USA)
9 – Pauline Ado (FRA)
10 – Laura Enever (AUS)
11 – Malia Manuel (HAW)
12 – Lakey Peterson (USA)
13 – Sage Erickson (USA)
14 – Rebecca Woods (AUS)
15 – Paige Hareb (NZL)
16 – Justine Dupont (FRA)
17 – ASP Wildcard *To Be Determined

Complimenting one of the most dynamic fields women’s surfing has ever seen, the 2012 ASP Women’s World Title season could potentially have some exciting new events.

“We’re currently in discussions with a number of new potential event licensees for 2012,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said. “We’re hopeful that these will come to fruition and provide an enhanced platform for this incredible group of athletes to perform on.”

Joining the ASP Top 17 for the first time in 2012 will be rookies Malia Manuel (HAW), 18, Lakey Peterson (USA), 16, Sage Erickson (USA), 20, and Justine Dupont (FRA), 20. The ASP Wildcard has yet to be determined.

The first stop on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Lindsay Steinriede Beats Jennifer Smith to Win Roxy Pro Biarritz

Champagne flying over the Roxy Pro awards' ceremony, newly crowned champion Lindsey Steinriede (California, USA) enjoying her win in front of a cheering crowds. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme
Champagne flying over the Roxy Pro awards' ceremony, newly crowned champion Lindsey Steinriede (California, USA) enjoying her win in front of a cheering crowds. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme

Lindsay Steinriede (California, USA), relaxed and focused. Photo ©ASP/BonnarmeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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BIARRITZ, France (Monday, July 18, 2011) – The first stop of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour saw a dominant performance by the Californian contingent with Lindsay Steinriede (Dana Point), CA), 26, defeating two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (San Diego, CA), 23, to win the Roxy Pro Biarritz and establish herself as the frontrunner among the world’s best female longboarders.

The 2011 ASP Women’s WLT consists of two events with the final event unfolding at the Swatch Girls Pro in China.

Steinriede put on a stellar performance while taking her first major elite ASP victory and built momentum throughout the day before earning the event’s highest single-wave score of an 7.5 in the final to secure her victory over Smith.

“It feels amazing, I don’t think it has really set in yet and it is slowly starting to,” Steinriede said. “Champagne in the face kind of wakes you up more. (laughs) . I think I am still in shock right now. I was in the final and I won and now it is all over. It is just crazy.”

Steinriede was consistent throughout the final day of competition and earned two of the highest-heat totals before topping her compatriot in the Final and is now the woman to be in the hunt for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Title.

“I started out with such a hard heat in my quarter-final so I knew that I had to be on top of my game and just do what I can,” Steinriede said. “She (Smith) is always someone hard to beat in the final or in any heat. She is a great competitor and there wasn’t any bad blood out there so it was a fun final.”

Lindsay Steinriede (USA) showing classic longboarding skills requires arms and body balance for a superb result. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme  Californian Jennifer Smith (USA) putting herself in a critical walling-up section and hanging five with style. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme
Kassia Meador (California, USA) warming-up and standing next to her classic single-fin longboard before her Semifinal bout with Jennifer Smith (USA). Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme  Roxy Pro underdog and ASP Europe representative Ophelie Ah-Kouen (Reunion, FRA) putting the contest rashguard on before her Semifinal heat. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme
Clockwise from upper left: Lindsay Steinriede, Roxy Pro Champion; Jennifer Smith, Runner-Up; Ophelie Ah-Kouen, 3rd Place; Kassia Meador, 3rd Place. All photos ©ASP/Bonnarme.

Smith ousted fellow American standouts Kassia Meador and Kelly Nicely in her Semifinals and Quarterfinals heats, but was unable to find the scores needed in the Final’s tricky conditions to surpass Steinriede.

“I had no pressure, at least not any more than in my past finals here but the waves turned off and it wasn’t easy,” Smith said. “I am so proud of Lindsay (Steinriede), she deserves to win after getting such good scores the whole event.”

Smith, who has won two Roxy Pro Biarritz titles, now sits at No. 2 on the ASP Women’s WLT rankings and is still in excellent position to potentially clinch a third ASP WLT Crown entering the final event of the season.

Kassia Meador was also a strong addition on the California front at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. The iconic longboarding talent marched to an equal 3rd place result in France when she fell to eventual runner-up, Smith, in the Semifinals.

“It is my best result this year, I have had a great time and if I am going to lose to anybody I want it to be Jennifer (Smith),” Meador said. “I tried as hard as I could and I am stoked. I am looking forward to China, it’s going to be a whole new vibe. I’m looking forward to a new place and a whole new culture and waves and of course coming back here to France next year. I always love coming here, great waves and parties and can’t wait for it.”

The 2011 ASP Women’s WLT Champion will be crowned at the inaugural Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning.

For Roxy Pro Biarritz highlights log on to http://roxylive.com/

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

ROXY PRO LONGBOARD RESULTS
FINAL
1st, Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 12.40
2nd, Jennifer Smith (USA), 5.60

SEMIFINALS
Heat 1 : Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.75 def. Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 9.15
Heat 2 : Jennifer Smith (USA) 11.85 def. Kassia Meador (USA) 11.40

QUARTERFINALS
Heat 1 : Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 7.60 def. Amy Trujillo (USA) 5.45
Heat 2 : Lindsay Steinreide (USA) 15.40 def. Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 11.25
Heat 3 : Kassia Meador (USA) 11.25 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 7.50
Heat 4 : Jennifer Smith (USA) 11.00 def. Kelly Nicely (USA) 10.25

*All photos above ©ASP/Bonnarme

Billabong Signs French Surfer Justine Dupont

Justine Dupont, early morning surf session. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.

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Billabong Signs French Surfer Justine Dupont

Justine Dupont is one of Europe’s most promising young surfers. Originally from Lacanau the 19 year old finished her season on a high with a runner up finish in the 2010 Billabong World Junior Championships held in Narrabeen Australia. She also has enjoyed success in Europe by winning the ASP european women’s title in 2008.

“We are very excited to welcome Justine to the Billabong Girls Team. She is a perfect fit to our brand values, we’re looking forward to helping her achieve her goals in the coming years” said Billabong’s Girls Marketing Manager Christelle Kipping.

“It’s official, I am joining one of the best and biggest surfing’s brand. I couldn’t expect better after my second place at Narrabeen!” said Justine. “I am happy and extremely proud to represent the brand and very motivated to reach my objectives and go as far as I can with Billabong. Thank you so much for believing in me and welcoming me in the Billabong family!”

Arnaud Takes ASP Women’s World Junior Title in Billabong ASP World Junior Championships

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Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy
ASP World Junior Tour Final Stop
North Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
January 8 – 16, 2011

Alizee Arnaud became the third French and European to win an ASP World Junior title last night in the Billabong ASP Women's World Junior Championships. Photo by ASP / Kirstin.
Alizee Arnaud (Hossegor, FRA), 20, became the third French and European to win an ASP World Junior title last night when she placed equal 3rd in the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships at North Narabeen, Sydney, Australia. Wearing the red singlet on the left is Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA), 18, runner-up in the event. Photo credit: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz.

Arnaud Takes ASP Women’s World Junior Title, Dupont Shines with Runner-up Finish in Billabong ASP World Junior Championships

CAPBRETON, France (Tuesday, January 11, 2011) – Alizee Arnaud (Hossegor, FRA), 20, has won the ASP Women’s World Junior title at North Narabeen, Sydney, Australia, after placing 3rd in the event and her closest rival defending champion Laura Enever (News South Wales, AUS) losing in the Semifinals of the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships.

Placing equal 3rd in the event after losing to event winner South African standout Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Alizee Arnaud proved to be the most consistent surfer on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Junior Tour, netting a runner-up finish in event number one in Bali last October before making her way through to the Semifinals of the final event.

“I’m so happy,” Arnaud said. “This is what I’ve wanted since the beginning. Since I was 10 years old I’ve wanted to be World Champion and to do it in my last event as a Junior, what a feeling.”

In her last appearance in the Under-21 division, Arnaud was in excellent form throughout the year training hard to get back to her best after suffering an injury in May/June last year. Finding her way up to an overall ASP European Women’s Junior No. 2 rank and qualfying for the elite ASP Women’s World Junior Tour, the talented athlete was able to unleash her progressive fast assaults to grab her career most brilliant title.

“Entering Bali, I was sure I could get a result because those are the waves I like,” Arnaud said. “I knew it was going to be hard coming here to Narrabeen, because I don’t usually do well in these conditions. This is my best result ever in Narrabeen, so to get it in my last chance in this division… I’m just so happy.”

Adding an outstanding result for the European contingent while Arnaud was celebrating her ASP Women’s World Junior title, Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA) was the underdog of the event’s finals to end-up runner-up in the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships.

Called to replace 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour rookie Pauline Ado (Hendaye, FRA) in December, Dupont was attending the prestigious event for the first time of her career and quietly got through the rounds eliminating defending champion Laura Enever (New South Wales, AUS) in the Semifinals before losing to event champion Buitendag in the final.

“Alizee (Arnaud) won because I won against Laura (Enever),” Dupont said. “I’m so happy to have won in the Semifinals because Laura (Enever) is such a good competitor and she won here last year. I’m so happy for my friend (Alizee Arnaud). I told Alizee ‘you’re welcome’ after that heat.”

Supported by the whole European contingent present at Narabeen including families, coaches and surfers, Dupont directly contributed to Arnaud clinching the ASP Women’s World Junior title, culminating with her runner-up finish; her ASP Pro Junior career best, at 18 years of age only.

With the girls’ event now wrapped-up in excellent European fashion, remaining ASP European male athletes Marc Lacomare (Hossegor, FRA), 18, and Charles Martin (Guadeloupe, FRA), 20, will be trying to equal the girls’ performances when competition resumes in Australia.

Results, news and LIVE webast will be available at http://billabongpro.com/wjc10/ and via www.aspeurope.com

Buitendag & Arnaud Victorious at Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships

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North Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
January 8 – 16, 2011

Bianca Buitendag, 17, winner of the Billabong ASP Women's World Junior Championships. Photo by ASP / Kirstin.
Pictured: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 17, winner of the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships. Credit: ASP / KIRSTIN

Buitendag and Arnaud Victorious at Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships

NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Tuesday, January 11, 2011) – South African dark-horse Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 17, won the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships today in a hard-fought final over French talent Justine Dupont (FRA), 19, in two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at North Narrabeen while Alizee Arnaud (FRA), 20, clinched the overall ASP Women’s World Junior Title with her equal 3rd place result in the event.

The Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships is the second and final stop on the inaugural ASP Women’s World Junior Tour, with the first event unfolding at the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior in Bali.

Buitendag quietly navigated her way through the early rounds of competition, tearing into several North Narrabeen lefthanders to eventually see the South African goofy-footer eliminate Arnaud in the Semifinals before topping Dupont in the Final to mark the biggest result of the rising star’s career.

“I’m very happy,” Buitendag said. “I don’t know how to explain it. I really wasn’t expecting this. I’m really happy about it and it’s the best result of my life. I’m stoked. My Dad has been supporting me since I was little, sitting on the beach and without him nothing would be possible, so thanks to him.”

Arnaud, who clinched the ASP Women’s World Junior title due to her combined performance in both ASP World Junior Tour events over the 2010 season, was elated to earn the prestigious title despite being eliminated in the Semifinals.

“I’m so happy,” Arnaud said. “This is what I’ve wanted since the beginning. Since I was 10 years old I’ve wanted to be World Champion and to do it in my last event as a Junior, what a feeling.”

Arnaud, who marched to an impressive runner-up finish to Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, at the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior in Bali, proved to be the most consistent surfer on the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour, notching an equal 3rd place finish at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in Narrabeen, earning her the 2010 ASP Women’s World Junior Champion title in her last year of eligibility on the series.

“Entering Bali, I was sure I could get a result because those are the waves I like,” Arnaud said. “I knew it was going to be hard coming here to Narrabeen, because I don’t usually do well in these conditions. This is my best result ever in Narrabeen, so to get my best result now, I’m just so happy.”

Dupont was also in razor-sharp form throughout the entirety of the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships, eventually eliminating defending event champion and local favorite Laura Enever (AUS), 19, in the Semifinals to guarantee Arnaud’s title, but couldn’t find the scores needed to surpass Buitendag in their Final matchup and finished in 2nd place.

“Alizee (Arnaud) won because I won against Laura (Enever),” Dupont said. “I’m so happy to have won in the Semifinals because Laura (Enever) is such a good competitor and she won here last year. I’m so happy for my friend (Alizee Arnaud). I told Alizee ‘you’re welcome’ after that heat.”

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships holds a waiting period from January 8 through 16, 2011 and is webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Media interested in attending on-site are encouraged to register prior at: http://billabongpro.com/wjc10/media_reg/

Television newsfeeds and web highlights packages will be made available to TV and online media on competition days. Please contact jj@billabong.com.au

The Billabong ASP World junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy is made possible with the support of Sony, Volkswagon, VonZipper, Nixon, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine, Warringah Council and NSW Sport and Recreation.

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Final Results:
1 – Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.00
2 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 9.00

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Semifinals Results:
SF 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.27 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 8.70
SF 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.37 def. Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 7.56

Laura Enever to Semifinals of Billabong ASP Womens World Junior Championships

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North Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
January 8 – 16, 2011

Enever Leads Field to Semifinals of Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships

Laura Enever photo by ASP / Kirstin
Pictured: Laura Enever (AUS), 19, defending Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Champion, earned the day’s top scores. Credit: ASP / SCHOLTZ

NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Sunday, January 9, 2011) – The Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships saw the globe’s finest under-21 female talent tear through three rounds of competition today with defending event champion and North Narrabeen local Laura Enever (AUS), 19, leading the field into the Semifinals by earning the event’s top scores.

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships marks the final stop on the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour, with the first event unfolding at the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior in Bail.

Enever went on an absolute blitzkrieg in her Quarterfinals heat against progressive young American Lakey Peterson (USA), 16, crushing the highest single-wave score of Billabong ASP World Junior Championships competition, a near-perfect 9.10 out of 10, with four powerful backside blasts on a crisp lefthander while posting the day’s highest heat-total of 15.77 (out of 20), to leave Peterson in a combination situation to advance into the Semifinals.

“It’s a bit windier today and bigger,” Enever said. “There are some alley rights and lefts coming through on the inside. I think its fun. We’ve kind of scored without it being perfect because the conditions are the best we’ve had in awhile. I’m sure the locals are jealous. I had a really good time and I’m excited for the next round.”

Enever, current No. 5 on the ASP Women’s World Junior Tour, is also still in contention for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Junior Title, but is remaining guarded regarding her quest for this year’s crown and is enjoying the support that comes along with competing in front of her hometown crowd.

“I don’t really want to think too much about it,” Enever said. “I’m just taking it heat by heat. I got a 5th in Bali, but Alizee (Arnaud) got a 2nd. I don’t want to think about it right now, I just want to enjoy Narrabeen with one other girl out. I just love all of the support from everybody, it’s really cool to be here at home.”

Alizee Arnaud (FRA), 20, current ASP Women’s World Junior No. 2, advanced through to the Semifinals by tearing into several of North Narrabeen’s alley rights on her forehand, making her the frontrunner for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Junior Title after Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, fell in Round 3. Although the French surfer knows the possibility of an ASP crown is potentially around the corner, she remains focused on her upcoming Semifinals matchup and is proud to be flying her nation’s flag in Australia alongside fellow French Semifinalist, Justine Dupont (FRA), 19.

“I’m a little nervous now, but I’m not thinking about the World Title, I’m thinking about the next heat,” Arnaud said. “Surfing used to be so much about Australians and Americans, so it’s great to see two Frenchies in the Semifinals.”

Dupont tore through three heats today after being relegated to Round 2 yesterday, eventually eliminating dangerous Hawaiian Malia Manuel (HAW), 17, in the Quarterfinals by blasting one of the day’s highest heat totals, 15.10 out of 20, with a polished backhand attack on select lefthanders to earn her position in the Semifinals.

“I’m a bit tired,” Dupont said. “That last heat was really difficult with Malia (Manuel). I started in Round 2 today, so I’ had to surf an extra heat and I’m happy to have made it through to the Semifinals.”

Dupont, who is currently without a sponsor, found the punchy North Narrabeen beachbreak similar to the training grounds of her home in Lacanau, France and the talented natural-footer is hungry to prove herself on the international stage.

“I’m glad to be in the contest,” Dupont said. “It’s important to me because I don’t’ have a sponsor. The waves are similar to Lacanau because it’s a beachbreak like my home spot and it’s good to be here.”

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 17, rounded out the international field of talent moving into Semifinals competition and the South African dark-horse tore into both Narrabeen’s lefts and alley rights to top event standout Felcity Palmateer (AUS) in their Quarterfinals matchup.

“It’s really fun with some right and left walls so what else could you ask for,” Buitendag said. “You’ve kind of got to suss out what waves will give you the best scoring potential and it’s mostly the rights today, but there are a few lefts that run all the way to the beach as well. I’m not feeling any pressure because dark-horses aren’t meant to have pressure. I’m still quite young and I have a few more years in this event and I’m having fun.”

Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS), 16, who was a Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Wildcard, was responsible for the upset of the event, eliminating current ASP Women’s World Junior Tour rankings leader Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, from competition in their Round 3 bout.

“I just went out and had heaps of fun,” Coffey said. “The waves were really fun and there were a couple of rights. I just felt that there was no pressure because I’m a wildcard and I just went out and surfed. It’s really easy to get nervous about it (surfing against top seeds), but Tyler’s (Wright) on the World Tour now, so I just wanted to have fun. It’s probably the biggest heat win of my career.”

Coffey eventually fell to Arnaud in the Quarterfinals.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am local time for a possible 7:30am start.

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships holds a waiting period from January 8 through 16, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Media interested in attending on-site are encouraged to register prior at: http://billabongpro.com/wjc10/media_reg/

Television newsfeeds and web highlights packages will be made available to TV and online media on competition days. Please contact jj@billabong.com.au

The Billabong ASP World junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy is made possible with the support of Sony, Volkswagon, VonZipper, Nixon, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine, Manly Warringah Council and NSW Sport and Recreation.

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 15.10 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.83
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.77 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.27
Heat 3: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 11.63 def. Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 10.34
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.17 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.63

Billabong ASP Women’s world Junior Championships Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.83 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 10.47
Heat 2: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.66 def. Camila Cassia (BRA) 8.17
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.43 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 12.73
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.54 def. Minato Takahashi (JPN) 5.90
Heat 5: Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 10.73 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.60
Heat 6: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 12.70 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.53
Heat 7: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.43 def. Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 9.57
Heat 8: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 14.23 def. Nao Omura (JPN) 8.77

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 6.44, Minato Takahashi (JPN) 6.27, Diana Cristina (BRA) 0
Heat 2: Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 15.44, Justine Dupont (FRA) 12.33, Chantelle Rautenbach (ZAF) 9.50

Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Round 2 Match- ups:
Heat 1: Ciao Ibeli (BRA) vs. Keala Naihe (HAW)
Heat 2: Marc Lacomare (FRA) vs. Tom Cloarec (FRA)
Heat 3: Shaun Joubert (ZAF) vs. Arashi Kato (JPN)
Heat 4: Davey Cathels (AUS) vs. Enrique Ariitu (PYF)
Heat 5: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
Heat 6: Ian Gouveia (BRA) vs. Andrew Doheny (USA)
Heat 7: Charles Martin (GLP) vs. Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
Heat 8: Chris Salisbury (AUS) vs. Evan Thompson (USA)
Heat 9: Alex Smith (HAW) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 10: Nic Von Rupp (DEU) vs. Ian Gentil (USA)
Heat 11: Evan Geiselman (USA) vs. Kaishu Tanaka (JPN)
Heat 12: Luke Davis (USA) vs. Kaito Ohashi (JPN)
Heat 13: Krystian Kymerson (BRA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 14: Tero Tahutini (PYF) vs. Filipe Jervis (PRT)
Heat 15: Albee Layer (HAW) vs. Kaimana Jaquias (HAW)
Heat 16: Dean Bowen (AUS) vs. Guillermo Satt (CHL)