Lee Ann Curren wins her first pro-junior title in Australia
This weekend saw the talented young Team Roxy surfer Lee Ann Curren emerge victorious in the most prestigious event on the pro-junior tour at Jan Juc Beach in Victoria, Australia. In the semi-finals of the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series, Lee Ann beat newly crowned Junior ASP World Champion Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), scoring a superb 8.5 out of 10 for one particularly impressive wave.
After brilliantly knocking out the world’s best girl surfer, Lee Ann cruised to victory in the final against another Team Roxy member, Australian Angela Keighran. The year has got off to a flying start for the women’s Team surfers, with an all-Roxy podium!
1st – Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
2nd – Angela Keighran (AUS)
Joint 3rd – Sally Fitzibbons (AUS) and Lori Kelly (AUS)
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) crowned 2007 Junior ASP World Champion
Team Roxy surfer Sally Fitzgibbons has just taken the title of 2007 Junior ASP World Champion, ahead of New Zealander Page Hareb. The young Australian produced an almost perfect performance to take the crown. She racked up the 9 pointers and even surfed the perfect wave with a 10 out of 10, as well as posting the best four scores of the entire competition (18.60, 16.77, 15.83, 15.60 out of a possible 20 pts per series). It all added up to an undisputed victory over her 18 rivals.
Chelsea Hedges set to miss the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour
Team Roxy surfer Chelsea Hedges (formerly Georgeson) is expecting a baby, and so won’t be involved in international competition in 2008. The Australian, who was 2005 Women’s World Champion, finished 7th in the world rankings last year.
The Roxy Surf Festival, inaugural stage of the 2008 WQS Tour
From 21 to 27 January, the Roxy Surf Festival in Australia will play host to the elite of women’s international surfing. The competition marks the start of the season for all the surfers, and will bring together both shortboard and longboard specialists. Even without 2005 World Champion, Chelsea Hedges, and 2007 ASP World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore, there will still be plenty of quality on display at this edition.
All eyes will be on the performance of young Junior ASP World Champion, Sally Fitzgibbons, who can’t wait to test her skills against the world’s best. For this inaugural event on the WQS Tour, there will be:
– $45,000 in prize money for the winners
– An invitation to the ASP Women’s World Tour, shortboard
– Two invitations to the Roxy Jam as seeds. The event set to host the Women’s World Longboard Championship will take place from 11 to 16 July 2008, in Biarritz.