Top: Lee Ann Curren
carves a solid turn in the
final of the Rip Curl Pro Junior Mamdemoiselle.
Above: Joining Lee Ann Curren on stage, Justine
Dupont, Pauline Ado and Marie Dejean.
Photos: © Aquashot/ASPEurope.com
Left: Lee-Ann Curren
(FRA) reached her third
consecutive final today and eventually took
win at the ASP Grade-2 Rip Curl Pro Junior
Photo: © Aquashot/ASPEurope.com
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Association of Surfing
Professionals (ASP) Europe
Rip Curl Pro Junior
ASP Grade-2 Women’s Pro Junior event
Stop No. 7 of 8 on the 2008 ASP European Women’s
Les Bourdaines, Seignosse – France
26-27 August, 2008
Lee Ann Curren
Claims the ASP Grade-2 Rip Curl Pro Junior Mademoiselle
(Wednesday, August 27, 2008) – Lee Ann Curren
(Biarritz, FRA), 19, claimed the Association of Surfing
Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Rip Curl Pro Junior Mademoiselle
today at Les Bourdaines in Seignosse. Curren, who defeated
Justine Dupont (FRA), Pauline Ado (FRA) and Marie Dejean
(FRA) in a 100% French final, took the best out of the
good hollow four foot (1.2 meter) waves in the seventh
event of the season.
Lee Ann Curren,
reigning ASP European Women’s champion, who advanced
through four heats in two days to reach the final encounter,
won with a low 11.50 point score tally (out of a possible
20) after getting through three rounds in a row in the
solid conditions. Posting a good 6.75 point ride (out
of a possible 10) en route to victory, Curren led the
final all the way to the end.
"I am super
stoked," Curren said. "It took me some time
to find a good wave but finding the good option was
the key to win. There was a lot of current so I chose
to ride a bigger board to paddle out faster. It was
fun to try barrels and different moves."
With this victory,
Curren wins the precious wildcard to compete against
the ASP Top 17 in the Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle,
Stop No. 3 of 8 on the ASP Women’s World Tour,
and jumps to 2nd on the regional ratings.
"I placed 2nd
and 3rd in the last events and I really wanted to win
this one," Curren said. "I am stoked to win
the wildcard to compete in the Women’s World tour
event. This is a fantastic opportunity!"
Dupont (Lacanau, FRA), 17, put an excellent effort in
her final battle but was unable to find the scores needed
to claim the title. Dupont posted a low 6.10 point heat
tally (out of possible 20).
"I really enjoyed
the conditions today," Dupont said. "Some
waves were very big and gave me an adrenaline rush.
I chose the outside section and I think it was the best
option to score better but I paddled most of the 30-minute
Dupont is now No.4
one the ASP Junior ratings and increases her chance
of qualifying for the 2009 ASP World Junior Championships
(WJC) in Narabeen, Australia, where the end-of-the-year
regional Top 2 will surf.
"I felt very
good today because it was my birthday!" Dupont
said. "To win this event would have been the best
present I could get ! I am still very happy with this
result because I get closer to the ASP Junior Top 3."
Pauline Ado (FRA),
17, who was very consistent this year, placed 3rd in
the final and remains well in position on the regional
ratings. Ado will still be chasing big results if she
wants to stay in the race with ratings' leader Alizee
Arnaud, 18, could
not counter fellow French surfers Lee Ann Curren and
Justine Dupont and was eliminated in Semifinal 1 finishing
with an unusual low 2.60 point heat tally (out of a
possible 20). Arnaud will need a big result in the last
Pro Junior in Carcavelos next October to secure her
leading place in the regional ratings.
under-21 competitors will meet next at Carcavelos in
Portugal from October 17 to 19 for an ASP Grade-2 Pro
Junior, final event of the 2008 ASP European Women’s
Pro Junior tour.
The ASP Top 17 will
meet tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28 for the kick off of
the Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle at Les Bourdaines in Seignosse.
All results, news
and photos available at www.aspeurope.com
Heat 1: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 11.50 pts, Justine Dupont
(FRA) 6.10 pts, Pauline Ado (FRA) 4.10 pts, Marie Dejean
Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.65 pts, Lee Ann Curren
(FRA) 9.20 pts, Bianca Buidentag (ZAF) 8.00 pts, Alizée
Arnaud (FRA) 2.60 pts
Heat 2: Marie Dejean (FRA) 15.80 pts, Pauline Ado (FRA)
6.85 pts, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 6.15 pts, Nikita Robb
(ZAF) 5.00 pts
Heat 1 : Justine Dupont (FRA) 14.00 pts, Bianca Buidentag
(ZAF) 13.35 pts, Marjolaine Ado (FRA) 5.10 pts, Cannelle
Bulard (FRA) 4.10 pts
Heat 2 : Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 7.00 pts, Alizée
Arnaud (FRA) 6.90 pts, Raine Jackson (AUS) 6.25 pts,
Merril Delanne (FRA) 1.90 pts
Heat 3 : Nikita Robb (ZAF) 14.75 pts, Pauline Ado (FRA)
12.00 pts, Francesca De Santos (PRT) 1.00 pts, Alix
Cranet (FRA) 0.00 pts
Heat 4 : Marie Dejean (FRA) 10.50 pts, Bruna Schmitz
(BRA) 9.25 pts, Laetitia Sudre (FRA) 3.50 pts, Leticia
Canales Bilbao (EUK) 0.20 pts