HOURTIN, France (Friday, August 15, 2008) - Some four foot (1.2 meter) waves and beautiful weather greeted competitors for the kick off of the Kana Miss Cup, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Women's Pro Junior event, running until Sunday, August 17. Fourty eight girls entered the event which will be crucial regarding points towards the end-of-the-year ratings and the forecast three foot conditions should give competitors all the potential needed to put this first edition on fire.
Round 1 was completed today and sixteen girls were able to find their way out and join top seeds in Round 2, young guns and outsiders displaying a promissing show for their upcoming clashes with ratings' leaders.
Idoia Meabe (EUK), a rising female surfer from the Basque Country, got all the attention when she posted the best performance of Round 1 after putting together a couple of solid turns on one of the biggest waves of the day to advance.
"I was confident out there and I surfed as it came, relaxed," Meabe said. "I surfed here yesterday to get used to the place and I have been having good fun in Hourtin as it gives plenty of fast vertical sections really fun to surf."
Meabe, who currently rated No. 23 on the overall ratings, will meet some of the favorites when competition resumes but remains an outsider, still promissing.
"I just want to be able to surf at my best," Meabe said. "I want to show my real level and if I can do that I will be happy. I would love to get in the final but I don't have any specific goal. I have a problem at one of my meniscus as well so I am not quite fit to make something big here."
Meabe, who posted an average 12.27 point heat tally (out of a possible 20), will try and push her level when she faces reigning ASP European Women's Champion Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) tomorrow.
Some great action is expected from tomorrow as all big names will get their start in the ASP Grade-2 event including recent Oakley Pro Junior winner Pauline Ado (FRA) who will meet one of today's standouts Maud Lecar (FRA).
Lecar, who posted the second best result on Day 1, sits 11th on the regional ratings and will looing forward to surfing against some of the event's best girls. Winning Heat 2 this afternoon, Lecar boosted her confidence and could create some upsets in the event.
"It is great to have an event for girls only," Lecar said. "The waves are good here and I should surf at a better tide tomorrow so I cannot wait to paddle back out. I am happy to the pressure off me with this win but I have nothing to lose so I will surf relaxed in Round 2."
The outsider-top seeds clash will take place tomorrow Saturday, August 16, and the massive French summer crowds will witness some the world's best under-21 unleash their talent at Hourtin.
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