La Côte des Basques, Biarritz – France (Saturday, July 11, 2009) – The waiting period of the 2009 Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships started today in Biarritz, small surf in the two foot (0.5 meter) range forcing contest officials to postpone the competition kick-off. Several calls were made in order to assess conditions throughout the day but the Roxy Jam contest director Philippe Malvaux eventually decided to give the world’s best 32 female longboarders a day-off.
“Today is really too small to start Round 1 and the forecast is promising,” Malvaux said. “With the new format and sudden-death from Round 1, the start of the event is crucial and the four-day waiting period allows us to wait until tomorrow to get things going.”
The first round of competition will feature sixteen duels with event favorites taking on outsiders in direct elimination battles. Defending champion and reigning ASP Women’s World Longboard champion Joy Monahan (HAW) will surf in Heat 8 when competition commences, the Hawaiian leader facing fellow American surfer Summer Romero (USA) for her start.
A call has been made for tomorrow at 11 AM at the main venue of La Côte des Basques in Biarritz, iconic location that saw the birth of French surfing in the 1950′s.
ROXY ASP WWLC ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS
Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) Vs Johanne Defay (REU)
Heat 2: Claire Karabatsos (FRA) Vs Yoko Furuchi (JPN)
Heat 3: Claire Dereux (FRA) Vs Kelia Moniz (HAW)
Heat 4: Leah Dawson (USA) Vs Michelle Hill (ZAF)
Heat 5: Rachel Barry (USA) Vs Philippa Hill (ZAF)
Heat 6: Jennifer Flannigan (USA) Vs Geodee Clark
Heat 7: Crystal Dzigas (HAW) Vs Coline Menard (FRA)
Heat 8: Joy Monahan (HAW) Vs Summer Romero (USA)
Heat 9: Chelsea Williams (AUS) Vs Cori Schumacher (USA)
Heat 10: Isabelle Braly (AUS) Vs Karina Abras (BRA)
Heat 11: Kassia Meador (USA) Vs Renate Moerman (NDL)
Heat 12: Miku Uemura (HAW) Vs Georgia Young (AUS)
Heat 13: Jennifer Smith (USA) Vs Rosie Lock (AUS)
Heat 14: Kelly Nicely (USA) Vs Cristiana Pires (BRA)
Heat 15: Julie Cox (USA) Vs Pandora Decoster (FRA)
Heat 16: Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) Vs Candice O’Donnell (GBR)
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