LA COTE DES BASQUES, Biarritz – France (Friday, July 9, 2010) - The fifth edition of the Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships will start tomorrow Saturday, July 10, at the world famous venue of La Cote des Basques in Biarritz. Returning to the cradle of French surfing, the world’s best thirty-two women longboarders are set for a 7.30 AM check-in and a guaranteed start after that.
“We are very excited about the good surf fore for Day 1 of the waiting period,” contest director Philippe Malvaux said. “We are looking at a full day of competition in four to five foot clean waves and good weather on top of that. A great set-up to kick-off an ASP World title campaign.”
One and only competition to decide the prestigious title, the Roxy Jam’s unique format will see the world’s best competitors take to the water in sixteen one-on-one battles in front of the usual thousands French summer crowds of Biarritz.
“We’re back with a 32-woman format meaning pressure and intensity right from the ning of the contest,” continued Malvaux. “Round 1 will witness the elimination of sixteen girls and it ads quite a bit of pressure but also of spectacle to the performances on offer.”
Giving a unique opportunity to women’s surfing through a division that focuses on style, grace, maneuvers and wave ion, the Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships is set for another exciting and attractive contest. Having witnessed the constant improvement of all athletes involved, reigning and two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (California, USA) will have to start strong from Day 1.
“Anyone is a threat and the level has once again got better this year on tour,” Smith said. “Biarritz has been good to me and I am definitely focused on the title. It’s great to be back in France and it looks like the waves are going to be pretty good for the kick-off. I can’t wait to get out there and start things off well.”
With the last three crowns having gone to North America (2007 and 2009 for Californian Smith, 2008 for Hawaiian Monahan), the pack of French and European athletes is also ready to battle it out and grab the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion cup, last year’s runner-up Coline Menard (REU) leading the charge.
“After making the final last year when I wasn’t really expecting it, it’s obvious I am hungry for a win this next week,” Menard said. “But the level is really getting better and It is going to be a tough run to make it but I am definitely ready. I trained a lot this winter in Mexico, Australia, and the experience from last year is a good thing to have.”
With a scheduled start at 8 AM at La Cote des Basques, all athletes and staff will be on site from 7.30 to assess conditions and make the final call for the kick-off of the 2010 edition.
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