Pauline Ado, Johanne Defay, Charlie Martin : photo Aquashot/ASP Europe
Oakley Pro Junior
ASP Grade 2 Mens Junior event
ASP Grade 2 Womens Junior event
Lacanau Ocean, France
13 - 17 August 2009
Johanne Defay claims the 2009 ASP European Womens Junior title
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 August, 2009 : - - Lacanau, France Johanne Defay (REU), 15, became the youngest surfer to claim the ASP European Womens Junior title after placing 3rd in the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior today. Defay, who finished her 2009 campaign with a third final in four events, showed she was the most consistent competitor this year and will represent ASP Europe in the ASP Womens World Junior Championships (WJC) at Narabeen next January along with regional No. 2 Alizee Arnaud (Hossegor, FRA).
Its pretty unbelievable to win the title, Defay said. I never thought of that before coming to Europe and starting touring but it appeared more and more makeable and I am so happy to grab that crown. I made three finals in four events, the waves were tough today and I am not really at ease in small conditions so I couldnt do any better. Its been a very close race and I am glad to finish on top of the ratings.
Johanne Defay 2009 ASP Europe Womens Junior Champion : photo Aquashot/ASPEurope
Defay, who raised her regional title trophy in front of a massive and cheering crown, will be much expected for her first appearance in the ASP Womens WJC, the Reunion island born surfer having the skills to cause some upset if the swell offers consistency.
I am stoked to get that spot into the WJC in January, Defay said. Ive been there already but never as a competitor and its going to be hard, but its great to become part of that lucky pack and get a chance to surf with the worlds best Under-21 female surfers.
ASP Grade-2 OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR RESULTS
1st, Pauline Ado (FRA), 15.96 pts
2nd, Justine Dupont (FRA), 12.84 pts
3rd, Johanne Defay (REU), 11.94 pts
4th, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 9.33 pts
Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 14.50 pts, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.06 pts, Garazi Sanchez (EUK) 7.30 pts, Marie Dejean (FRA) 7.14 pts
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.17 pts, Joanne Defay (REU) 8.14 pts, Joanne Panzini (FRA) 7.83 pts, Maud Lecar (FRA) 7.10 pts
ASP EUROPEAN WOMENS PRO JUNIOR FINAL RATINGS
1st, Johanne Defay (REU)
2nd, Alizee Arnaud (FRA)
3rd, Marie Dejean (FRA)
4th, Garazi Sanchez (EUK)
5th, Justine Dupont (FRA)
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