- 12 August 2008 | Surfing
Pauline Ado (FRA), 17, clinched the ASP Grade-1 Oakley Pro Junior in solid five to six foot (1.5 to 2 meter) waves at Lacanau in France today. Ado, who defeated reigning ASP European Women’s champion Lee Ann Curren (FRA), current Junior ratings leader Joahnne Defay (FRA) and Marie Dejean (FRA) in a 100% French final, takes her win this year.
Ado, who ended up winning with a low 7.83 point score tally (out of a possible 20) due to the testing conditions, made it through four rounds today. Ado was a standout today and defended her ASP Junior regional crown with solid surfing.
"It was really difficult to express my skills out there and I am a bit disappointed with my scores", Ado said. " Lee Ann (Curren) dominated the whole final but I was Lucky in the end and it is not really you want to win. "
Ado, who will try at least to make the end-of-the-year regional Top 2, remains in contention for a possible second consecutive ASP European Junior title.
Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 19, who lost his seed right due to a late entry, had to get through a 6-heat marathon-day to make the final, missing the crown by 0.15 point. Curren posted both highest heat result and wave score, respectively a 17.33 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) and a perfect 10.00 point ride (out of a possible 10) in Round 2.
"I knew I had to find the best position and I chose the outside", Curren said. "The waves doubled throughout the day and it was very hard to find big scores. I had to change boards to adapt but it did not pay in the end."
Curren, who competed in two events only this year, sits No.12 on the regional ratings and will need big results to hope for any Junior title at the end of the year.
Joahanne Defay (FRA), 14, confirmed her regional lead by reaching the final for the second consecutive event but finished 3rd to Curren and Ado, still keeping her No. 1 spot in Europe.
"It is very hard to surf in these huge hollow waves", Defay said. "I am happy I made the final and managed to reach the outside because it was a real challenge for me."
Defay is looking forward to keeping good form and secure a spot for the ASP World Junior Championships (WJC) in Narabeen next January.
"There are four Pro Junior events remaining", Defay said. "I will do my best to stay in the Top 3 and try and win my ticket for Narabeen."
Marie Dejean was the last finalist in the Oakley Pro Junior and remains consistent this season thus far.
Cannelle Bulard (REU) and Oakley Pro Junior defending champion Alizée Arnaud (FRA), suffered early eliminations leaving an open door to all ratings’followers to catch up in Lacanau.
"The conditions were very hard” Bulard said. “I surfed the foam because I couldn’t paddle out because of my boards being too short."
Europe’s best under-21 competitors will meet next week end in Hourtin, France, 30 minutes North to Lacanau for the ASP Grade-2 Kana Miss Cup Pro Junior, Stop No. 5 of 8 on the ASP European Women’s Pro Junior tour.
Heat : Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.83 pts, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 7.67 pts, Joahnne Defay (FRA), 3.73 pts, Marie Dejean (FRA) 2.53 pts
Heat 1: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 7.34 pts, Pauline Ado (FRA) 4.97 pts, Cannelle Bulard (FRA) 3.80 pts, Joahnne Panzini (FRA) 0.67 pts
Heat 2: Joahnne Defay (FRA) 9.33 pts, Marie Dejean (FRA) 7.20 pts, Nikita Robb (FRA) 6.23 pts, Alizée Arnaud (FRA) 5.13 pts
Heat 1: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 6.00 pts, Cannelle Bulard (FRA) 3.10 pts, Francesca de Santos (PRT) 2.47 pts, Alix Cranet (FRA) 0.56 pts
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 6.27 pts, Joahnne Panzini (FRA) 5.50 pts, Merril Delanne (FRA) 0.77 pts, Garazi Sanchez (EUK) 0.30 pts
Heat 3: Joahnne Defay (FRA) 7.73 pts, Alizée Arnaud (FRA) 6.76 pts, Justine Dupont (FRA) 2.00 pts, Marjolaine Ado (FRA) 1.43 pts
Heat 4: Nikita Robb (FRA) 10.10 pts, Marie Dejean (FRA) 6.74 pts, Fransisca Sousa (PRT) 6.60 pts, Camille Davila (FRA) 1.94 pts