With under two weeks to go until the Swatch Girls Pro France commences, the pick of the crop in women’s surfing are, one-by-one, arriving at the hallowed sandbanks of South West France.
Swatch Pro team surfer, Pauline Ado, has been staying sharp with two semi-finals appearances in California, at the Vans US Open in Huntington Beach and the Ford Supergirl Pro in Oceanside.
“I really enjoy being in America as it’s so different to home,” said Hendaye’s finest, “And I was really happy with a pair of equal 3rd’s amongst such strong competition.” Pauline will be looking to go one better and make her first final at the Swatch Pro.
Meanwhile, fellow Swatch Proteam surfer Courtney Conlogue sits at No.3 in the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour and with the remaining events taking place on European shores, the Swatch Pro offers Courtney the perfect opportunity to get used to the Atlantic surf before contesting the 2013 ASP Women’s World Title.
“I’m real excited about the European leg for sure, I’ll be over there for six weeks straight,” said Courtney. “This year the race is really close between us, so it’s going to be real exciting. Make sure you come and and cheer us on!”
The pair, along with fellow Swatch Proteam surfer, Coco Ho, and other elite level surfers, Sage Erickson and Laura Enever, will be among the top seeds for the SWATCH GIRLS PRO FRANCE 2013, which will also offer qualifying surfers a last chance to improve the their ranking and secure a slot on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.
“I love the waves in France and I could do with a good result, so I’m super excited about heading back over there,” said Sage. “The Swatch event is always a pleasure to compete in, not just for the surf but for the ambience, the vibes and the culture.
As the summer doldrums of early July have given way to a consistent three week run of great surf, warm water and scorching weather in southwest France, the Penon sandbar selected as the venue for this year’s SWATCH GIRLS PRO FRANCE continues to offer the very best waves on the coast.
With the local waters turning turquoise, topping a balmy 24 degrees and regular dolphin sightings along the Hossegor/Seignosse coast, summer surfers could be forgiven for thinking they’ve taken a wrong turn and ended up in the tropics! As the world’s best female surfers prepare to arrive in France, fingers crossed for more of the same!
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