Curren Flies European and French Flags in Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 September, 2008 : - - Capbreton -- Lee-Ann Curren (FRA), reigning ASP European Women's Champion and ASP Women's World Qualifying Series (WQS) Top 20 competitor, made history last week placing 3rd in the Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle in France after defeating former ASP Women's World Champion and current No. 2 in the world Sofia Mulanovich (PER).
Curren, who has had a remarkable career thus far with several wins in the Junior division as well as in the European WQS contests, came up with great levels of surfing at her home breaks of Seignosse and created one of the biggest upsets of the year giving Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) the opportunity to take command of the ratings.
Curren had a great run in the event avoiding the sudden-death format of Round 2 before eliminating Mulanovich with a 14.25 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) and powerhouse Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) in Quarterfinals before failing against seven-time ASP Women's World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS)
Cheered by all French crowds and locals during the two-day event, Curren stepped up to match the planet's most talented surfers and shine in front of her friends and family, confirming the potential she has been showing for a couple of years now.
Curren, 18, who grew up along France's South West coast, got the wildcard into the Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle after winning the ASP Grade-2 Rip Curl Pro Junior MAdemoiselle and used it at its maximum securing her best result ever against the world's best female surfers.
She currently sits No. 15 on the WQS and remains in contention for a possible 2009 ASP Women's World Tour inception if she can finish the year with two big results in Hawaii's renowned big waves she particularly likes.
Since Marie-Pierre Abgrall (FRA) became the first French and European surfer to compete on the Women's Dream Tour in 2002, the new generation of European and moreover French girls seem to keep rising as potential elite members.
Caroline Sarran (FRA) was the second European and French female to enter the ASP Top 17 in 2007 but never got further than Round 3. Curren thus achieves the best result of a French and European girl at an ASP Women's World Tour event and will soon try and seize the ASP European Women's crown in the upcoming ASP WQS 3-Star Movistar O'Neill Pantin Classic.
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