Press release - THE 5th edition of this unique festival of surfing, art and live music will as usual be playing host to the world's very best women longboarders, as they compete to win the prestigious ASP Women's World Longboard Championships. There will be top-level musical entertainment too, as the Roxy Jam prepares to welcome an exceptional line-up of artists who'll be performing live, including Micky Green, the Plasticines and a DJ set masterminded by the Queen of the Night herself, Miss Kittin. Meanwhile, the wide variety of free side events and entertainments will include "Second Wave", a stunning art exhibition dedicated entirely to recycling.
The ASP Women's World Longboard Championship
This morning saw the Roxy Jam 2010 press conference, attended by the surfers and the Deputy Mayor, Michel Veunac. The riders present shared their excitement and indicated their determination to win the title. Jennifer Smith, last year's World Champion, will have her work cut out to defend her crown, as the competition intensifies. "It's great to be back in Biarritz. I'm obviously looking to hold on to my title, but I know it's going to be difficult as there are plenty of girls capable of winning."
The competition format is the same as last year: A total of 32 surfers will go head to head in an attempt to win the supreme title and be crowned as the world's very best female longboarder. But for this 5th edition, there will also be a difference, as the judging criteria have been updated. This year, the World Champion will have to perform a combination of classic and modern, old and new school moves. The new criteria require greater versatility, and set the standard even higher.
The first series will be buoyed by the warm summer weather and a great swell. Forecasts promise excellent waves (1m50) and the competition could kick off as early as 7.30am on Saturday.