Lee Ann Curren

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!"

Runner-up Justine 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 final."

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Alizee Arnaud 

The Billabong Pro Junior, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Men and Women’s Pro Junior event, came to an end today at the beautiful beach of Ribeira d’Ilhas (PRT) and got the 2008 ASP European Junior Championship closer to its end as one two events remain in the women’s division and one only in the men’s before the champion is crowned.

Alizee Arnaud (FRA), 18, dominated the event until the final where she bested Justine Dupont (FRA), reigning ASP European Women’s Champion Lee-Anne Curren (FRA) and Canelle Bulard (REU) in the tricky two foot (0.5 meter) waves on offer at Ericeira. Arnaud, who won two events this summer already, came up with some great comitment and on-the-rail surfing to take her second consecutive win after the one in France a week ago.

"So stoked to win again," Arnaud said. "The waves were really too small but still contestable and it made the final very hard as all four of us wanted to get the better rides. I secured first place right at the beginning but it was very close all heat and it was not an easy one."

Arnaud, who had won her first ASP Pro Junior title at Ericeira three years ago, will once again have her name on the trophy and confirms her rise among Europe’s leading regional competitors.

"I am focused on the Top 2 finish to make it to the ASP World Junior Championships (WJC) in Narabeen," Arnaud said. "The ASP Europea title would be great off course but it is not really my main goal so I will stay focused on my surfing and training and see what happens."

The Billabong Pro Junior brought some of the most dramatic upsets of the year in the men’s division and Charles Martin (GLP) was the one to come out ahead of the four-day event where an amazing level was displayed by both international and regional surfers.´

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Josh Constable

New champions were crowned and old records were broken on the final day of the Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles today.
 
Held at North Haven beach in epic, two-metre conditions the action that transpired was awe inspiring, as competitors pushed the limits.

Having seen the best 180 surfers from around Australia converging on Port Macquarie a week ago, the Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles it was Josh Constable (Noosa, QLD) who walked away with his fourth Oxbow Australian Title; in the Open Men’s division.
 
Not only did Constable set a new record, for most Open Oxbow Australian Titles won, he also saved his best for last with masterful display.
 
“I can’t believe that I won,” Constable said after racking up an amazing total heat score of 18.75 (out of a possible 20).
 
“Four Australian titles is something that I never thought would happen,” he added.
 
“I remembering watching my heroes like Wayne Dean and Ray Gleeve winning Australian titles and always wanted to emulate them, but to surpass those legends is awesome,” he said after becoming the most winingest Open Longboard competitor.
 
Constable was unstoppable in the final, finishing above Harley Ingelby (Emerald Beach, NSW), Sam Dunton (Mt Martha, VIC) and Paul Scholten (Emerald Beach, NSW).
 
“I didn’t want to relax for a second,” Constable stated.

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