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2008 Roxy Jam Biarritz heating up with Round 2 upsets..

 


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Roxy Jam Biarritz
Presented by Orange

ASP WLT Women's Champs
Cote des Basques France
11 - 16 July 2008

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Barry Eliminates Dzigas as Roxy ASP WWLC Round 3 Gets Underway in Biarritz     > Francaise ci-dessous

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 July, 2008 : - - Biarritz -- First eliminations and upsets took place for Day 2 of the Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships (WWLC) at la Cote des Basques. Twenty-two heats were done in good three foot (one meter) waves and officials were able to finish heats 1 to 6 of Round 3, making most of today’s consistent swell. Ten heats remain to wrap up Round 3.

Rachel Barry (USA), 16, created the upset of the day when she eliminated 2007 ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour No. 5 Crystal Dzigas (HAW) in the opening heat of Round 3 for her first appearance ever at La Cote des Basques.

Barry, who had eliminated Brazilian Sabrina Olas (BRA) in Round 2 earlier in the day, came close to an elimination before jumping ahead of Dzigas thanks to a last minute 7.25 point ride (out of a possible 10) to take the win by a mere 0.25 point lead.

“I did not know I won until people in the crowd congratulated me”, Barry said. “I was so surprised to get the win in the end. I tried my best and that 7.50 point ride was a big relief. Crystal (Dzigas) is one of the best longboarders in the world and it is amazing to get through this round.”

Barry, who will turn 17 next Tuesday, already secures her best result to date and will be an outsider when her Round 4 heat resumes.

 


Kassia Meador : photo Aquashot/Roxy

 

Schuyler McFerran (USA), 2006 ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion, was much awaited for her Round 3 heat and easily led her encounter with Lindsay Steiriede (USA) posting the best heat and wave scores of the day on her way to victory, a solid 14.25 point tally (out of a possible 20) including an 8.00 pointer.

“I could not hear the scores during the heat until heard I got an 8.00 point ride”, Meador said. “I was definitely stoked. I got a couple of cutbacks and nose rides but it was quite hard because of the bumpy waves. I am very happy with my surf because I am a very classic longboard surfer.”

McFerran, who had defeated Marianne Bellegarde (FRA) in the morning to get out of Round 2 - the sudden-death round – , put on an exciting show with combinations of classical maneuvers and radical cutbacks while the setting sun was showing up over Biarritz. Thanks to this win, she equals her last year’s equal 9th place at least and will be looking to better it when competition reaches Round 4.

Kassia Meador (USA), a famous Roxy girl and one of the world’s best longboarders, surfed in the last heat of the day in wind-blown tricky waves. Meador, 26, who placed equal 9th last year in Biarritz, managed to advance ahead of event wildcard Emma Neuschwanger (REU) to secure her Round 4 ticket with a low 10.50 point heat result (out of a possible 20).

“My scores were pretty low so I tried to get as many waves as I could but the scores went back and forth in the heat and it kept me nervous”, Meador said. “I feel much better at this stage than I was last year even if the waves were better.”

 


Kassia Meador : photo Aquashot/Roxy

 

Meador, who remains a potential ASP World Longboard Title contender, will meet McFerran in Round 4. “I want to do better than I did last year”, Meador said. “My secret for next round is to do some stretching for the bounce. I am definitely aiming at bettering this equal 9th I got in 2007.”

Earlier in the day, multiple ASP European Women’s Longboard Champion Claire Karabatsos (FRA) had got through her Round 2 clash with Emma Wilson (AUS) to join fellow French surfers Justine Dupont (FRA), Nathalie Destandeau (FRA), Coline Menard (FRA) and Claire Dereux (FRA) in Round 3. Karabatsos, a former ASP Women’s World Tour No. 3, is a local from the French Basque Country and knows the spot better than anyone.

“I am from Biarritz and I know this spot very well so I felt pretty confortable in the water despite the messy waves”, Karabatsos said. “I usually ride different and shorter boards in that kind of conditions but I felt good today.” Karabatsos, who has been a leading European surfer on both long and short boards for a decade, used her laid-back natural style to convince the ASP judges and will now face Karina Abras (BRA) in Round 3.

“I ride both longboard and shortboard usually and I just like to enjoy myself in any conditions”, Karabatsos said. “It helps me improve my style and technique and I hope it will help me again next heat. Knowing the place and the waves is defintely helpful.”

Competitors will be back at les Cote des Basques at 8 AM (GMT+1) tomorrow morning to check the surf and make the call for Day 3 of the Roxy ASP WWLC.

ROUND 3 RESULTS
Heat 1: Rachel Barry (USA) 9.25 pts Def. Crystal Dzigas (HAW) 9.00 pts
Heat 2: Isabelle Braly (AUS) 10.85 pts Def. Selby Riddle (AUS) 6.90 pts
Heat 3: Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 5.65 pts Def. Helene Chabeaud (FRA) 3.40 pts
Heat 4: Joy Monahan (HAW) 11.00 pts Def. Sarah Baum (ZAF) 5.10 pts
Heat 5: Schuyler Mc Ferran (USA) 14.25 pts Def. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 11.25 pts
Heat 6: Kassia Meador (USA) 10.50 pts Def. Emma Neuschwanger (REU) 7.60 pts

UPCOMING ROUND 3 HEATS
Heat 7: Kaitlin Maguire (USA) Vs Kelly Nicely (USA)
Heat 8: Jennifer Smith (USA) Vs Roxy Towill (ZAF)
Heat 9: Justine Dupont (FRA) Vs Carissa Moore (HAW)
Heat 10: Claire Karabatsos (FRA) Vs Karina Abras (BRA)
Heat 11: Jennifer Flannigan (USA) Vs Nathalie Destandeau (FRA)
Heat 12: Leah Dawson (USA) Vs Kelia Moniz (HAW)
Heat 13: Chelsea Williams (AUS) Vs Yuko Furuchi (JPN)
Heat 14: Miku Uemura (HAW) Vs Cristiana Pires (BRA)
Heat 15: Julie Cox (USA) Vs Myriam Imaz (EUK)
Heat 16: Coline Menard (FRA) Vs Claire Dereux (FRA)

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 July, 2008 : - - Biarritz -- Le Roxy Jam Biarritz a débuté hier, vendredi 11 juillet sur la Côte des Basques à Biarritz. Festival de Surf, Musique et Art, le Roxy Jam met en scène la surf culture au féminin.

Pierre angulaire de l’événement, le Championnat du Monde de Longboard Féminin ASP réunit les 48 meilleures longboardeuses du monde à Biarritz pour décerner le titre de Championne du Monde 2008. L’intégralité du 2ème tour et la majeure p artie du 3ème ont été disputées aujourd’hui dans des vagues glassy ce matin et plus brouillonnes cet après-midi.
 
Les 32 concurrentes qui n’étaient pas parvenues à se qualifier directement pour le 3ème tour à l’issue de la première journée avaient donc une ultime chance d’aller plus avant dans la compétition dans ce tour de repêchage.
 
Battue par la prodigieuse hawaiienne de 15 ans Carissa Moore au premier tour, la Championne du Monde 2006, Schuyler McFerran, s’est ressaisie aujourd’hui en remportant facilement sa série devant Marianne Bellegrade au 2ème tour. Remise de sa frayeur d’hier, la californienne a retrouvé toute sa maîtrise pour éliminer dans la foulée sa compatriote Lindsay Steinriede et se qualifier avec facilité pour le 4ème tour. 
 
La française et biarrote Claire Karabatsos, 3ème du Championnat du Monde de Longboard 2006 et quintuple Championne d’Europe de la discipline a, elle aussi, passé le 2ème tour sans encombre. Elle surfera à nouveau demain samedi dans la 10ème série du Round 3. 
 
Enfin, la star du longboard, Kassia Meador, toujours en quête d’un premier sacre mondial officiel, a passé avec succès son 3ème tour. Elle a éliminé la réunionnaise Emma Neuschwanger et conserve ses espoirs de victoire intacts. 
 
Demain, dimanche 13 juillet dès 8 heures, le 3ème tour se poursuivra à partir de la série n°7 (Kaitlin Maguire vs Kelly Nicely) sur la Côte des Basques. En lice, la Championne du Monde en titre Jennifer Smith qui sera opposée à l’étonnante sud-africaine Roxy Towill, Claire Karabatsos (Fra) qui affrontera la brésilienne Karina Abras, sans oublier Jennifer Flanigan (USA) contre Nathalie Destandau (Fra).


Leah Dawson (USA) contre la très prometteuse Kelia Moniz (Haw), l’australienne Chelsea Williams face à la japonaise Yuko Furuchi, l’hawaiienne Miku Uemura contre Cristiana Pires (Bré), Julie Cox (USA) face à la dernière espagnole en lice Myriam Imaz et le duel franco-français Coline Ménard contre Claire Dereux.


L’affiche la plus surprenante de ce 3ème tour sera certainement celle qui opposera les deux virtuoses du shortboard passées à la longue planche, Carissa Moore (Haw) et Justine Dupont (Fra) (Heat 9).
 
Après la prestation décapante de Operator Please hier Place Sainte-Eugénie, c’est la DJette Nadège Winter alias Headbangirl qui officie ce soir aux 100 marches. Le grand concert de The Do, précédé par My Brightest Diamond et les Inrocks Steady Crew, aura lieu au Port Vieux demain, Dimanche 13 juillet, à partir de 20h (gratuit). L’exposition ROXY Art se poursuit également sur le site de la compétition (accès libre), Côte des Basques. 
 
Previous reports:
# 1 :
The Biarritz Roxy Jam Festival by Orange to kick off in July
# 2 : ASP Women’s Longboard title to go down at Roxy Jam..

# 3 : Roxy Jam Biarritz kicks off tomorrow Cote des Basques

# 4 : World's favorites control Day #1 of the Roxy Jam Biarritz..
 


 


 


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