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
"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.
"I was very surprised to defeat Jennifer (Smith) in the
semi-finals", Monahan said. "I had a great week in Biarritz and
it ends up perfectly. It is like a dream coming true and it is
great to bring this world title home. So stoked."
With Carissa Moore (HAW) winning the ASP Grade-2 Pro Junior and
Joy Monahan (HAW) the Roxy ASP Women's World Longboard
Championships, Hawaiians dominated the 2008 Roxy Jam and will be
back next year to defend their respective titles.
Chelsea Williams (AUS), 22, who was a favorite towards a
possible ASP World title in Biarritz, finishes runner-up of the
2008 edition and betters her 2007 equal 3rd. Williams, who was
the last Australian representative in the event, was a standout
throughout the Roxy ASP WWLC and posted two of the best three
heat scores of the event including an impressive 15.00 point
result to defeat Leah Dawson (USA).
"I won most of the heat, but Joy got two good ones in the dying
seconds", Williams said. "I tried to take the bigger waves at
the very end but it was not enough. I am still happy with my
result and hope I can do better next year."
Jennifer Smith (Ca, USA), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard
Champion, was stopped in the Semifinals by Monahan, forgetting
her second consecutive title hopes. Smith, who was one of the
event's top scorers with a solid 14.75 point heat tally (out of
a possible 20) obtained in Round 4, was not able to counter
"I guess I cannot win everything but I definitely enjoyed this
contest", Smith said. "I will come back next year and try again.
I was here for a repeat but Joy (Monahan) is an amazing surfer.
She really deserves to be crowned champion."
Leah Dawson (USA), other semifinalist of the Roxy ASP Women's
World Longboard Championships, secured her best result to date
with an equal 3rd. Dawson, who placed equal 9th in 2007, created
the upset of the final day when she defeated French favorite and
2007 ASP Women's World Tour No. 2 Justine Dupont in the
Quarterfnals in a close heat.
Dupont, 16, who placed 3rd in the ASP Grade-2 Roxy Pro Junior
Tuesday, lost by 0.90 points and was disappointed with the
"I am very disappointed because I surfed this morning before the
event and I was confident", Dupont said. "I think I was not
patient enough to wait for the better waves and a bit tired
after my performance in the final of Roxy Pro Junior yesterday."
The Roxy ASP Women's World Longboard Championships will be back
next year at the beautiful beach of La Cote des Basques in
Heat : Joy Monahan (HAW) 14.10 pts Def. Chelsea Williams (AUS)
Heat 1: Joy Monahan (HAW) 13.50 pts Def. Jennifer Smith (USA)
Heat 2: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 15.00 pts Def. Leah Dawson (USA)
Heat 1: Joy Monahan (HAW) 16.25 pts Def. Rachel Barry (USA) 8.85
Heat 2: Jennifer Smith (USA) 14.40 pts Def. Kassia Meador (USA)
Heat 3: Leah Dawson (USA) 11.65 pts Def. Justine Dupont (FRA)
Heat 4: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 12.65 pts Def. Julie Cox (USA)