Moore Claims ASP Grade-2 Roxy Pro Junior in France

BIARRITZ, France (Tuesday, July 15, 2008)

Carissa Moore (Oahu,HAW), 15, won the Roxy Pro Junior, an Association of Surfing
Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Pro Junior, after defeating Bianca
Buitendag (ZAF), Justine Dupont (FRA) and Joahnne Defay (FRA) at
La Cote des Basques in Biarritz. Moore, who was surfing in her
first contest ever in France, dominated the event with great
levels of surfing defeating reigning ASP European Women's
Champion Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) on her way to the title.

Moore, who was one of two international surfers in the event,
posted several high scores throughout the event including an
impressive 18.80 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in her
opening heat, and another excellent 17.50 point heat score in
the Quarterfinals.

"I am so happy to win this event", Moore said. "It is my first
time in France and it was a great event. I had some good scores
and eventually won the final

Moore, who ended up winning the final ahead of other event
standout Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), left no chance to European
favorites in the Roxy Pro Junior and delt well with the

"I was pretty nervous during the heat because the battle was
hard with Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Justine Dupont (FRA) until
the very end
", Moore said. "I did my best to catch the best
waves, to watch my positioning and be creative but still had
lots of fun

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 15, placed second in the Roxy Pro Junior
for her first appearance ever in an ASP European event.
Buitendag, who put on an impressive performance throughout the
event, lacked good waves during the final and could not catch up
with Moore.

"I am stoked, this is the best result of my life", Buitendag
said. "It was very challenging to surf with the best including
Carissa (Moore)

Buitendag, who posted a 17.00 point heat tally in the
Quarterfinals, was the event's second best scorer behind Moore
and is already focused on the next event she will attend at

"I am stoked to get back home with this runner-up finish",
Buitendag said. "It is a great confidence boost and I am sure it
will help for the next contest in South Africa next week

Justine Dupont (FRA) and Johanne Defay (FRA) were the two French
representatives in the final. Dupont, who will be competing in
the Quarterfinals of the Roxy ASP Women's World Longboard
Championships tomorrow, was in good form today and got through
to the last heat of the event after besting current ASP European
Women's Junior leader Canelle Bulard (REU) in the Semifinals.

Lea Mengual (GLP), who finished equal 5th in the event, missed
her ticket for the final when she was defeated by Buitendag and
Defay. Mengual, who has been among Europe's leading young
surfers, is a contender for the 2008 ASP European Women's Junior
title and is looking froward to bettering this result.

"It was a paddle battle all heat long and I was not fast
", Mengual said. "I am still stoked to reach the semis and
I hope I will do better this summer


Heat :
Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.55 pts, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
10.95 pts, Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.50 pts, Joahnne Defay (FRA)
8.50 pts


Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.10 pts, Joahnne Defay (FRA)
13.00 pts, Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.00 pts, Lea Mengual (FRA) 6.90
Heat 2 : Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.00 pts, Justine Dupont (FRA)
10.00 pts, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 9.55 pts, Canelle Bulard (REU)


Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 17.00 pts, Joahnne Defay (FRA)
11.50 pts, Laetitia Sudre (FRA) 8.60 pts, Camille Davila (FRA)
4.95 pts
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.65 pts, Lea Mengual (FRA) 11.25
pts, Marie Dejean (FRA) 6.85 pts, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 4.65 pts
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.50 pts, Canelle Bulard (REU)
11.00 pts, Joahnne Panzini (FRA) 8.65 pts, Merril Delanne (FRA)
5.25 pts
Heat 4: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 15.15 pts, Justine Dupont (FRA)
12.40 pts, Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 11.35 pts, Garazi Sanchez (EUK)
9.80 pts


No. 1, Cannelle Bulard (REU), 917 pts
No. 2, Pauline Ado (FRA), 831 pts
No. 3, Marie Dejean (FRA), 814 pts
No. 4, Joahnne Defay (FRA), 787 pts
No. 5, Lea Mengual (GLP), 729 pts

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