Joy Monahan 

Joy Monahan (Oahu, HAW), 22, became the 2008 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Longboard Champion today after winning the Roxy Jam event at La Cote des Basques in Biarritz. Monahan, who defeated runner-up Chelsea Williams (Gold Coast, AUS) in an exciting 30-minute final, posted a solid 14.10 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) to secure her first world crown in front of a cheering crowd. 

Monahan, who placed 9th in 2006 and 5th in 2007, stepped up this week to seize the prestigious Roxy ASP Women’s World Championships and become the first Hawaiian female World Longboard Champion.

"I am super stoked, I cannot believe I won the championship", Monahan said. "Chelsea is one of the best surfers in the world and it was one of the most difficult heats to win. I got good waves and was very focused for the win."

Monahan, who defeated reigning ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (USA) in Semifinal No. 1, was unstoppable in the last heat of the event putting together strong combinations of classical turns and modern style re-entries in the two foot (0.5 meter) contestable conditions.

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Makka Pro

“International surfers have already begun arriving since Monday to compete for the US$5,000.00 on offer at the 2008 Makka Pro surf contest…” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. The event which will be held at the Makka Surfing Beach at the Yallahs community of Southaven in Saint Thomas 18 – 20 July attracted over 30 surfers and more than 7000 spectators last year is expected to be even bigger this year.

The Makka Pro is the third stop on the Caribbean Surf Network’s 4 event regional series. The series sees competition in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados. Trinidad’s National Champion Jason Apparicio and runner up Chris Dennis who nabbed the top two spots at Makka last year will not be on hand to defend their titles.

Jamaican, Luke Williams who stands in 5th place overall in the series will be looking to capitalize on that fact and make a run for the series title. Icah Wilmot finished 3rd last year at Makka and will be looking to claim the event as his this time around.

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Roxy Pro Junior France

Carissa Moore (Oahu, HAW), 15, won the Roxy Pro Junior, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Pro Junior, after defeating Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Justine Dupont (FRA) and Joahnne Defay (FRA) at La Cote des Basques in Biarritz. Moore, who was surfing in her first contest ever in France, dominated the event with great levels of surfing defeating reigning ASP European Women’s Champion Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) on her way to the title.

Moore, who was one of two international surfers in the event, posted several high scores throughout the event including an impressive 18.80 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in her opening heat, and another excellent 17.50 point heat score in the Quarterfinals.

"I am so happy to win this event", Moore said. "It is my first time in France and it was a great event. I had some good scores and eventually won the final."

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