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6-Star Swatch Girls Pro France kicks off in testing surf

 Les Bourdaines © Aquashot / ASP Europe  




 

Swatch Girls Pro


ASP 6-Star Women's event
Hossegor, Landes France
1 - 5 June 2011


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Round One Completed in Testing Conditions at Asp 6-Star Swatch Girls Pro France  |  française ci-dessous  |  Share/Slideshow


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 June, 2011 : - - Les Bourdaines -- The opening day of the Asp 6-Star Swatch Girls Pro France saw Round One of competition completed with many tight, low scoring heats in very testing conditions which pushed to the limit the strong international field of athletes in solid 4-5ft (1.5m) waves at the main event site at Les Bourdaines. Strong sweeping currents added to the scenario making it a battle of the fittest during the early morning session.


Event officials placed the Swatch Girls Pro France on hold through the low tide mark in an attempt to restart competition however a strong afternoon sea breeze added to the complexities of continuing and a decision was taken to call a halt to proceedings and wait for more favourable conditions expected for tomorrow and the remainder of the official waiting period. The Swatch Girls Pro Junior France was also postponed for the day.

Surfers competing at the Swatch Girls Pro France are out to gain the valuable points on offer in an attempt to either maintain themselves on the elite Asp Woman’s World Tour or possibly qualify for the 2012 Asp Woman’s World Tour. Meanwhile Europe’s finest under-21 athletes will face some of the world’s best up-and-comers in the Swatch Girls Pro Junior France in their attempt to qualify for the Asp World Junior Series which starts October 3, in Bali, Indonesia.

Maud Le Car (St Martin, FRA) 19, who made a late entry to the Swatch Girls Pro France, tamed the wild conditions with a strong display of stylish surfing to take a last minute lead after getting off to a very slow start and sitting in third place for the majority of the 25 minute encounter.

 


Rosa Thompson © Aquashot/aspeurope.com

 

“I am happy to pass this heat because it was really hard and there is a strong current which brings you out of the area where the waves are breaking. So it was very physical to get a couple of waves.”

Le Car did not throw in the towel and showed tremendous determination to fight the elements in search of a decent scoring ride in an attempt to make the second round of competition. Scratching onto a peeling right, Le Car pulled a series of turns including one solid backhand snap to eventually obtain a two-wave combined total of 9.50 out of 20, the highest of the event so far.

“In the last seconds I got a couple of waves so I am very happy. I got one good right which I paddled hard to get and it had a little section to make a manoeuvre backside. In the last seconds I jumped to first place so I am very happy.”

Estitxu Estremo (EUK) 34, current Asp Europe Women’s Longboard champion, placed second behind Le Car after having led for the majority of the heat with the highest single-wave scores of the day, a 6.50 out of 10. The veteran campaigner relied on all her past years of competitive experience in the trying conditions hooking into one of the better waves on offer to lay down a full-rail forehand snap followed by a closeout turn to claim the score.

 


Barbara Segatto © Aquashot/aspeurope.com  


 


“I was so lucky out there. At the start I couldn’t get out the back but eventually I made it out there and I got a really good right. I was able to make the drop and do one good turn and then a half turn that I got a bit stuck on. So that was the luck I had because after that I just kept getting hit by the sets. I got out and went back to the peak and eventually had to opt for a small wave to get a backup score and make the heat.”

Keshia Seelow Eyre (Ericeira, PRT) 15, one of the youngest competitors in the main event, finished first in her heat ahead of Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) to advance through to Round Two with a solid ride which included a series of forehand cutbacks through to the inside section.

“The current made it really difficult to catch the waves in the right spot. I got a mushy right hander and I managed to do a couple of cut-backs and then the white water came through and I hit it....This is the first time I have ever surfed here really,” continued Seelow Eyre. “The only other time I have surfed out of Portugal was at the Pro Junior event in Vendee which was great and here is really good fun too.”

Lore Eizaguirre (Zarautz, EUK) 23, was first up this morning in heat nº1 and she made the most of her opportunity by methodically building on her situation and improving her positioning to secure a comfortable win.

 


Lines of soup at Les Bourdaines © Aquashot/aspeurope.com  

 

“It is really hard at the moment with quite difficult conditions and a strong current running down the beach. You have to choose well your waves which I realized at the start of the heat when I caught my first wave. Here it doesn’t allow you to make any errors because you lose a lot of time and you have to paddle a lot. Yesterday I tested the waves but this morning I saw there was more current and that it was more difficult so this morning I didn’t have a free surf but I am very pleased with what I planned to do in the heat and in the end with what I did.”

Eizaguirre, who lives only an hour drive across the Spanish border, frequently visits the Seignosse area in preparation for her competitive season and for the Swatch Girls Pro France in particular. With gained local knowledge through time spent in the area her performance today was a reflection of that preparation.

“Before this event I have tried to come here and treat it as though I am at home and I have noticed the difference in my performance after having come here to try out the waves.

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Upcoming Swatch Girls Pro France Round Two Matchups
Heat 1: Paige Hareb (NZL), Georgia Fish (AUS), Lore Eizaguirre (EUK), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA)
Heat 2: Laurina McGrath (AUS), Wini Paul (NZL), Keshia Seelow Eyre (PRT), Tanika Hoffman (ZAF)
Heat 3: Sarah Mason (NZL), Carina Duarte (PRT), Rosa Thompson (NZL), Barbara Segatto (BRA)
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Brittani Nicholl (AUS), Marie Dejean (FRA), Wes Noble (GBR)
Heat 5: Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Valeria Sole (PER), Maria Abecasis (PRT), Estitxu Estremo (ESP)
Heat 6: Malia Manuel (HAW), Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF), Maud Le Car (FRA), Meah Collins (USA)

Swatch Girls Pro France Round One Results
Heat 1: Lore Eizaguirre (EUK) 4.60, , Tanika Hoffman (ZAF) 4.20, Anali Gomez (PER) 3.75
Heat 2: Keshia Seelow Eyre (PRT) 5.25, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 3.75, Maria Ortiz (ESP) 2.75, Shelby Detmers (USA) ns
Heat 3: Rosa Thompson (NZL) 1.70, Wes Noble (GBR) 0.65, Garazi Sanchez (EUK) ns
Heat 4: Marie Dejean (FRA) 8.75, Barbara Segatto (BRA) 8.25, Joanne Dennison (GBR) 5.75, Libier Emilie (FRA) 4.40
Heat 5: Maria Abecasis (PRT) 8.75, Meah Collins (USA) 3.75, Raine Jackson (GBR) 2.45
Heat 6: Maud Le Car (FRA) 9.50, Estitxu Estremo (ESP) 7.75, Nao Omura (JPN) 7.25, Amy Stewart (AUS) 5.60

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française

72 surfeuses réunies sur le spot des Bourdaines pour une compétition pleine de rebondissements

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 June, 2011 : - - Les Bourdaines -- Les premières séries pro ont commencé dès 7h30 ce matin pour profiter des meilleures conditions prévues pour la journée. 1m50 de vague et beaucoup de courants, le début du Round 1 démarre durement, de faibles scores sont réalisés par les filles.

Les séries s’enchaînent et la difficulté augmente. Néanmoins, les françaises se démarquent dans ce premier round avec Marie Dejean et Maud Le Car qui prennent la tête de leurs séries en réalisant respectivement 8.75 points et 9.50 points et atteignent ainsi le deuxième round. Maud Le Car, 19 ans nous raconte : “Je suis heureuse de passer cette série parce que c’était vraiment dur et il y avait de très forts courants qui m’ont écartés de la zone où les vagues éclataient. C’était extrêmement physique d’obtenir de bonnes vagues”.

Chez les portugaises, Keshia Seelow Eyre 15 ans, une des plus jeunes compétitrices de cet événement finit en tête de sa série devant l’américaine Kaleigh Gilchrist grâce à une série de cutbacks. Du côté des basques Lore Elzaguirre, 23 ans, obtient de nombreuses opportunités et gagne sa série.

“C’était vraiment dur avec des conditions difficiles et de forts courants. On devait bien choisir nos vagues, j’ai pris conscience du début de la série dès lors que j’ai pris ma première vague. Ici, il n’est pas permis de faire des erreurs parce que tu perds déjà beaucoup de temps et rame énormément. Hier, j’ai testé les vagues mais ce matin je n’ai pas pu aller m’entraîner, j’ai vu qu’il y avait du courant et que ça semblait plus difficile. Mais je suis contente de ce que j’ai réussi à faire dans cette série.”

Prévu initialement à 12h30 puis à 15h le round 2 est finalement repoussé à demain. Le vent s’étant fortifié avec la marée. La SWATCH GIRLS PRO France sera terminée pour la journée.

L’enjeu de la SWATCH GIRLS PRO France 2011  

L’enjeu est de taille pour toutes les surfeuses puisque la SWATCH GIRLS PRO France représente l’opportunité pour les meilleures de se maintenir sur le World Tour ou de s’y qualifier pour 2012. Pour les juniors, cet événement est l’occasion de se qualifier pour l’ASP World Junior Series qui aura lieu à compter du 3 Octobre à Bali en Indonésie et de prétendre au titre européen.

Jeudi 2 Juin, le call à 6h30: Demain, les conditions semblent s’améliorer. La compétition reprendra donc par les séries du Round 2 et se poursuivra avec le Round 3 dans lequel Pauline Ado, Courtney Conlogue, Alizée Arnaud, Coco Ho, Stéphanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright et Sally Fitzgibbons sont attendues. Rejoignez-nous sur la SWATCH GIRLS PRO France demain à compter de 6h30 et venez admirer le spectacle des meilleures surfeuses du monde.

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Heat 1: Paige Hareb (NZL), Georgia Fish (AUS), Lore Eizaguirre (EUK), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA)
Heat 2: Laurina McGrath (AUS), Wini Paul (NZL), Keshia Seelow Eyre (PRT), Tanika Hoffman (ZAF)
Heat 3: Sarah Mason (NZL), Carina Duarte (PRT), Rosa Thompson (NZL), Barbara Segatto (BRA)
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Brittani Nicholl (AUS), Marie Dejean (FRA), Wes Noble (GBR)
Heat 5: Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Valeria Sole (PER), Maria Abecasis (PRT), Estitxu Estremo (ESP)
Heat 6: Malia Manuel (HAW), Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF), Maud Le Car (FRA), Meah Collins (USA) 

Swatch Girls Pro France Résultats Round Un
Heat 1: Lore Eizaguirre (EUK) 4.60, Tanika Hoffman (ZAF) 4.20, Anali Gomez (PER) 3.75
Heat 2: Keshia Seelow Eyre (PRT) 5.25, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 3.75, Maria Ortiz (ESP) 2.75, Shelby Detmers (USA) ns
Heat 3: Rosa Thompson (NZL) 1.70, Wes Noble (GBR) 0.65, Garazi Sanchez (EUK) ns
Heat 4: Marie Dejean (FRA) 8.75, Barbara Segatto (BRA) 8.25, Joanne Dennison (GBR) 5.75, Libier Emilie (FRA) 4.40
Heat 5: Maria Abecasis (PRT) 8.75, Meah Collins (USA) 3.75, Raine Jackson (GBR) 2.45
Heat 6: Maud Le Car (FRA) 9.50, Estitxu Estremo (ESP) 7.75, Nao Omura (JPN) 7.25, Amy Stewart (AUS) 5.60

Previous reports:
# 1 : Swatch Girls Pro sur les vagues mythiques d’Hossegor
# 2 : Les Bourdaines selected for the Swatch Girls Pro
# 3 : Swatch Girls Pro ready to roll, good surf on tap
# 4 : Coming soon  


 


  
                                                                       


 


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