BIARRITZ, France (Tuesday, July 15, 2008) – Carissa Moore (Oahu, HAW), 15, won the Roxy Pro Junior, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Pro Junior, after defeating Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Justine Dupont (FRA) and Joahnne Defay (FRA) at La Cote des Basques in Biarritz. Moore, who was surfing in her first contest ever in France, dominated the event with great levels of surfing defeating reigning ASP European Women's Champion Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) on her way to the title.
Moore, who was one of two international surfers in the event, posted several high scores throughout the event including an impressive 18.80 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in her opening heat, and another excellent 17.50 point heat score in the Quarterfinals.
“I am so happy to win this event”, Moore said. “It is my first time in France and it was a great event. I had some good scores and eventually won the final.”
Moore, who ended up winning the final ahead of other event standout Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), left no chance to European favorites in the Roxy Pro Junior and delt well with the pressure.
“I was pretty nervous during the heat because the battle was hard with Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Justine Dupont (FRA) until the very end”, Moore said. “I did my best to catch the best waves, to watch my positioning and be creative but still had lots of fun.”
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 15, placed second in the Roxy Pro Junior for her first appearance ever in an ASP European event. Buitendag, who put on an impressive performance throughout the event, lacked good waves during the final and could not catch up with Moore.
“I am stoked, this is the best result of my life”, Buitendag said. “It was very challenging to surf with the best including Carissa (Moore).”
Buitendag, who posted a 17.00 point heat tally in the Quarterfinals, was the event's second best scorer behind Moore and is already focused on the next event she will attend at home.
“I am stoked to get back home with this runner-up finish”, Buitendag said. “It is a great confidence boost and I am sure it will help for the next contest in South Africa next week.”
Justine Dupont (FRA) and Johanne Defay (FRA) were the two French representatives in the final. Dupont, who will be competing in the Quarterfinals of the Roxy ASP Women's World Longboard Championships tomorrow, was in good form today and got through to the last heat of the event after besting current ASP European Women's Junior leader Canelle Bulard (REU) in the Semifinals.
Lea Mengual (GLP), who finished equal 5th in the event, missed her ticket for the final when she was defeated by Buitendag and Defay. Mengual, who has been among Europe's leading young surfers, is a contender for the 2008 ASP European Women's Junior title and is looking froward to bettering this result.
“It was a paddle battle all heat long and I was not fast enough”, Mengual said. “I am still stoked to reach the semis and I hope I will do better this summer.”
Final: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.55 pts, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.95 pts, Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.50 pts, Joahnne Defay (FRA) 8.50 pts
Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.10 pts, Joahnne Defay (FRA) 13.00 pts, Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.00 pts, Lea Mengual (FRA) 6.90 pts
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.00 pts, Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.00 pts, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 9.55 pts, Canelle Bulard (REU) 9.40
Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 17.00 pts, Joahnne Defay (FRA) 11.50 pts, Laetitia Sudre (FRA) 8.60 pts, Camille Davila (FRA) 4.95 pts
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.65 pts, Lea Mengual (FRA) 11.25 pts, Marie Dejean (FRA) 6.85 pts, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 4.65 pts
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.50 pts, Canelle Bulard (REU) 11.00 pts, Joahnne Panzini (FRA) 8.65 pts, Merril Delanne (FRA) 5.25 pts
Heat 4: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 15.15 pts, Justine Dupont (FRA) 12.40 pts, Alizée Arnaud (FRA) 11.35 pts, Garazi Sanchez (EUK) 9.80 pts
ASP EUROPEAN WOMEN'S JUNIOR TOP 5
1 – Cannelle Bulard (REU) 917 pts
2 – Pauline Ado (FRA) 831 pts
3 – Marie Dejean (FRA) 814 pts
4 – Joahnne Defay (FRA) 787 pts
5 – Lea Mengual (GLP) 729 pts