BIARRITZ, France (Sunday, July 13, 2008) The Roxy ASP Women's
World Longboard Championships (WWLC) got closer to its business
end today after both Round 3 and 4 were wrapped up in same good
two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves at La Cotes des
Basques. From the fourty-eight female longboarders who surfed in
the event on Day 1, eight only remain in contention for the
prestigious 2008 ASP Women's World Longboard Champion crown.
Jennifer Smith (USA), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard
Champion, put on a solid performance to defeat experienced
surfer Kelly Nicely (USA) courtesy of the 14.75 point heat score
(out of a possible 20) she posted in Heat 4 of Round 4, the
highest total of the event thus far.
"I was pretty selective with my waves and I am stoked to get an
8.75 point ride (out of a possible 10)", Smith said. "I am
supposed to surf against Kassia (Meador) next and she is my
favorite surfer so it is really cool and will be a pleasure."
Smith, 22, who confessed she was definitely aiming at a repeat
this year, has won all encounters so far with her custom made
classical style and will now face Kassia Meador (USA) in
Quarterfinal No. 2.
"We will both give everything we have to move further in the
event", Smith said. "This is going to be a big heat and I cannot
wait to paddle back out there and keep going."
Kassia Meador (Ca, USA), 25, bettered her 2007 ASP Roxy WWLC
result when she advanced through to the Quarterfinals after
defeating fellow American favorite and 2006 ASP Women's World
Longboard Champion Schuyler McFerran (USA). Meador, who will
have to deal with the defending champion Smith when competition
resumes, has been using great tactics and wave choices since the
start of the 2008 edition and will be the outsider in
Quarterfinal No. 2.
"I am super stoked to win this one because Schuyler McFerran
(USA) is such an amazing surfer", Meador said. "I will take heat
by heat from now on but I am really excited to keep going in the
event. I am really happy with that heat."
Meador, who lost to McFerran last year in the same round, had a
revenge to take over the Californian favorite.
"It is crazy because last year I lost to her in Round 4 and I
really tried not to think about it and stay cool", Meador said. "I really tried not to get nervous during the heat and it ends up perfectly."
Justine Dupont (FRA), ASP Women's World Longboard Tour No. 2 in
2007 for her first appearance ever in a professional
longboarding event, was another of today's standouts. Dupont,
16, managed to get away with another solid win over fellow
French surfer and former ASP Women's World Tour No. 3 Claire
Karabatsos (FRA) in Round 4.
"I am very happy to get through to the quarters but I did not
get enough good waves to really show my surf", Dupont said. "I was
very relaxed, maybe too much, at the beginning of the heat so I
lost time and I will have to be more dynamic."
Dupont, who orginally comes from Lacanau two hours up North from
Biarritz, stands as France's favorite towards a possible first
ever French ASP World title but will have to better Jennifer
Smith in a remake of the 2007 final. She is the last French
representative in the event.
"I will give my best from the start to the end in the quarters",
Dupont said. "I will have to take the lead early enough and stay
relaxed but I am really looking forward to surfing again in this
Rachel Barry (USA), Joy Monahan (HAW) and Leah Dawson also
advanced through to the Quarterfinals today.
The Roxy ASP Women's World Longboard Championships will be on
hold until Tuesday, July 15, 2008 and leave the ASP Grade-2 Roxy
Pro Junior competitors get things going tomorrow Monday, July
14, at 8.30 AM (GMT+1).
Heat 1: Rachel Barry (USA) Vs Joy Monahan (HAW)
Heat 2: Kassia Meador (USA) Vs Jennifer Smith (USA)
Heat 3: Justine Dupont (FRA) Vs Leah Dawson (USA)
Heat 4: Chelsea Williams (AUS) Vs Julie Cox (USA)
ROUND 4 RESULTS
Heat 1: Rachel Barry (USA) 10.75 pts Def. Isabelle Braly (AUS)
Heat 2: Joy Monahan (HAW) 13.75 pts Def. Yuko Shimajiri (JPN)
Heat 3: Kassia Meador (USA) 10.00 pts Def. Schuyler McFerran
(USA) 7.15 pts
Heat 4: Jennifer Smith (USA) 14.75 pts Def. Kaitlin Maguire
(USA) 11.25 pts
Heat 5: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.50 pts Def. Claire Karabatsos
(FRA) 5.55 pts
Heat 6: Leah Dawson (USA) 11.00 pts Def. Jennifer Flannigan
(USA) 6.95 pts
Heat 7: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.00 pts Def. Miku Uemura (HAW)
Heat 8: Julie Cox (USA) 5.40 pts Def. Claire Dereux (FRA) 4.95