LA COTE DES BASQUES, Biarritz/France (Saturday, July 3, 2010) - The 2010 edition of the Roxy Jam will once again host the prestigious Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships (WWLC) from July 10 to 14, gathering an international 32-woman field ready to battle for the undisputed ASP Women’s World Longboard title.
Staged at the world famous spot of La Cote des Basques on the South West coast of France for the fourth consecutive year, the Roxy Jam will witness the battle of the world’s best female longboarders in quality longboard-adapted waves, La Cote des Basques offering long sand banks and great potential to display both classical and progressive committed longboard surfing.
Coming to France as a favorite for the third year in a row, reigning ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (California, USA), 23, has confirmed her presence and will aim at a historical third title in four events, the Californian talented athlete coming from a win in 2007, an equal 3rd place in 2008 and a second world title last year.
“Having two titles is amazing and I wouldn’t mind having another one,” Smith said. “I am definitely going to put my best into the competition. I’ve had a great year of traveling and free surfing since the 2009 Roxy Jam. Competitively I’ve made a few finals and won two contests [and] I’m feeling good about my surfing and looking forward to the Roxy Jam.”
Biarritz, the cradle of surfing in France when a few overseas’ surfers brought the sport to La Cote des Basques back in the Fifties, is ready for another 5-day waiting period where both competition and a variety of concerts will once again make the Roxy Jam an exciting, intense and attractive event.
With the ASP World title in sight, Smith will have an advantage over the rest of the international field. Focused, used to the place and the atmosphere of the Roxy Jam as well, Smith knows what it takes to claim the prestigious crown.
“I certainly feel comfortable paddling out at the Cote des Basques,” Smith said. “The waves are usually pretty fun for longboarding and its pretty similar to the surf I get at home [but] Anyone I draw in a heat will be a threat.”
With local threats and former ASP Women’s World longboard No. 2 ranked athletes Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA) and Coline Menard (REU) respectively in 2007 and 2009, the expected thousands of crowds will witness another week of battle with their favorites aiming at bringing the title to Europe and France, what would be a premiere for ASP European Women’s longboarding.
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