What: Roxy Jam Biarritz presented by Orange, ASP WLT Women's Champs Where: Cote des Basques France When: 11 - 16 July 2008
The third edition of the Roxy ASP Women's World Longboard Championships (WWLC) got underway today at La Côte des Basques in wind-blown 2-3 foot waves.
With the high tide not allowing any surf, the first competitors paddled out at 2pm and sixteen heats were wrapped up in the first day of action. Chelsea Williams (AUS), who placed equal 3rd in the Roxy ASP WWLC last year, put on a show for her first appearence in the event and ended up winning Heat 10 with a solid 14.75 point heat result (out of a possible 20), including an excellent 8.75 point ride (out of a possible 10).
"My first wave was fantastic, very long, so I could do a lot of moves on it", Williams said. "I am stoked to have this excellent point ride, and I will feel more confident for the following heat." Williams, who defeated European longboarders Estitxu Estremo (EUK) and Caroline Angibeaud (FRA), advances through to Round 3 and avoids the sudden-death round scheduled for tomorrow.
Jennifer Smith (USA), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, came close to a second place finish in Heat 8. Smith, who was surfing against Kelly Nicely (USA) and Event Wildcard Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU), was out of rhythm in the messy ocean and had to wait for a last-second ride to jump in first and avoid Round 2.
"I totally freaked out when I started to surf because the flag did not turn and I did not hear anything", Smith said. "I was very nervous but I am stoked now. It is going to be very hard to defend the title because the surfing level is much higher than last year."
Crystal Dzigas (HAW) was also a winner today when she defeated Emma Wilson (AUS) and Kirsty Webster (AUS) in a low scoring Heat 6. Dzigas, 2007 ASP Women's World Longboard Tour No. 5, paddled out in the outgoing tide conditions and secured her win thanks to her two last rides to finish with a 9.90 point heat total (out of a possible 20).
"I was very nervous in the water and fortunately I did not hear the results during the heat," Dzigas said. "Physically I feel very good but psychologically I am a bit under stress because my goal is to do better than last year. I finished 5th, so it is going to be hard to do but I have to be more confident, I believe I can do it."
Schuyler McFerran (USA), 2006 ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, suffered an unexpected Round 2 relegation when she placed third to Isabelle Braly (FRA) and famous Honolulu rising surfer Carissa Moore (HAW). McFerran, who placed equal 9th last year in Biarritz, will have to find her way out of her one-on-one encounter against Marianne Bellegarde (FRA) when competition resumes tomorrow.
Carissa Moore (HAW), who will be surfing in the ASP Grade-2 Women's Roxy Pro Junior from Monday, July 14, managed to advance through to Round 3 today and enjoyed her first paddle-out in the French Basque water. "This is my first contest here and I am still nervous," Moore said. "I know everything can change, I am not used to this spot and it is hard to surf with the tides but I am riding my favorite longboard and stoked I won the first heat."
Justine Dupont (FRA), who finished runner-up in 2007 behind Smith, led the 10-surfer French contingent winning her first encounter with a promising 13.50 point heat total (out of a possible 20) but had to use tactics against an inform Karina Abras (BRA) who was relegated to Round 2.
"I don't know what happened, I was very stressed and could not focus hard enough," Dupont said. "I was nervous and shaking all heat long and found rhythm in the end only." Dupont, 16, a favourite for the Roxy ASP crown, was relieved to secure a Round 1 win and will enjoy her time off to relax before she starts with the one-on-one match-ups in Round 3.
"I tried my best to concentrate and wanted to get confidence back", Dupont said. "That last wave came right on time and I knew it was the one that would make me win the heat. I am relieved now."
Thirty-two girls will meet tomorrow at 8am for a possible Round 2 start at La Cote des Basques.
Upcoming Round Two Match-Ups Heat 1: Julie Cox (USA) Vs Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) Heat 2 : Schuyler Mc Ferran (USA) Vs Marianne Bellegarde (FRA) Heat 3 : Leah Dawson (USA) Vs Caroline Angibeaus (FRA) Heat 4 : Selby Riddle (AUS) Vs Georgia Young (AUS) Heat 5: Claire Karabatsos (FRA) Vs Emma Wilson (AUS) Heat 6: Kelly Nicely (USA) Vs Alizee Stoklosa (FRA) Heat 7: Karina Abras (BRA) Vs Justine Mauvin (FRA) Heat 8: Estitxu Estremo (EUK) Vs Yoko Furuchi (JPN) Heat 9: Cristiana Pires (BRA) Vs Marloes V Elswijk (NDL) Heat 10: Kirsty Webster (AUS) Vs Sarah Baum (ZAF) Heat 11: Helene Chabeaud (FRA) Vs Marine Ah-Kouen (REU) Heat 12: Sabrina Olas (BRA) Vs Rachel Barry (USA) Heat 13: Isabelle Braly (FRA) Vs Candice OÃ¥onnel (GBR) Heat 14: Claire Dereux (FRA) Vs Kelly Coward (USA) Heat 15: Emma Neuschwanger (REU) Vs Gaelle Szymkowiak (FRA) Heat 16: Rachel Wadoux (FRA) Vs Nathalie Destendau (FRA)
Round One Results Heat 1 : Kelia Moniz (HAW) 11.25 pts, Leah Dawson (USA) 9.50 pts, Yoko Furuchi (JPN) 5.30 pts Heat 2 : Kassia Meador (USA) 9.75 pts, Claire Dereux (FRA) 8.30 pts, Justine Mauvin (REU) 4.45 pts Heat 3 : Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.00 pts, Isabelle Braly (AUS) 10.40 pts, Schuyler Mc Ferran (USA)10.10 pts Heat 4 : Jennifer Flanningan (USA) 6.00 pts, Alizee Stoklosa (FRA) 5.55 pts, Sabrina Olas (BRA) 5.00 pts Heat 5 : Roxy Towill (ZAF) 9.10 pts, Julie Cox (USA) 6.80 pts, Helene Chabeaud (FRA) 4.35 pts Heat 6 : Crystal Dzigas (HAW) 9.90 pts, Emma Wilson (AUS) 7.00 pts, Kristy Webster (AUS) 6.35 pts Heat 7 : Joy Monahan (HAW) 11.85 pts, Georgia Young (AUS) 8.50 pts, Cristiana Pires (BRA) 8.25 pts Heat 8 : Jennifer Smith (USA) 13.50 pts, Kelly Nicely (USA) 11.40 pts, Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 5.30 pts Heat 9 : Justine Dupont (FRA) 13.50 pts, Karina Abras (BRA) 11.25 pts, Marianne Bellegrade (FRA) 6.10 pts Heat 10 : Chelsea Williams (AUS) 14.75 pts, Estitxu Estremo (ESP) 8.90 pts, Caroline Angibeaud (FRA) 6.55 pts Heat 11 : Coline Menard (FRA) 10.50 pts, Emma Neuschwanger (REU) 7.75 pts, Marloes V Elswijk (NDL) 3.00 pts Heat 12 : Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 9.25 pts, Selby Riddle (AUS) 6.90 pts, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 5.40 pts Heat 13 : Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 7.00 pts, Marine Ah-Kouen (REU) 3.10 pts, Rachel Wadoux (FRA) Heat 14 : Miku Uemura (HAW) 11.50 pts, Nathalie Destandau (FRA) 7.00 pts, Rachel Barry (USA) 5.90 pts Heat 15 : Myriam Imaz (ESP) 9.65 pts, Claire Karabatsos (FRA) 8.95 pts, Candice OÃ¥onnell (GBR) 5.35 pts Heat 16 :Kailtin Maguire (USA) 14.50 pts, Kelly Coward (USA) 8.10 pts, Gaelle Szymkowiak (FRA) 4.35 pts