Friday, 11 July 2008
Biarritz -- The Roxy ASP Women's World Longboard Championships (WWLC), the deciding event in the race for the 2008 ASP Women's World Longboard Title, will start tomorrow at La Côte des Basques in Biarritz, France.
Forty-eight of the world's best female longboarders are looking forward to compete in the third edition of the Roxy ASP WWLC. Jennifer Smith (USA), reigning ASP Women's World Champion, and Justine Dupont (FRA), runner-up n 2007, will both both paddle out tomorrow.
Smith, 22, will try and defend her title at the famous beach of La Cote des Basques. Runner-up in the ASP WWLC in 2006 before claiming the crown in 2007, Smith is looking forward to getting things going.
"When I was surfing this morning, I was getting a little nervous thinking about the contest ," Smith said. "Now, I am feeling good. I am figuring out with my boards I am going to ride tomorrow so I am pretty confident. I love Biarritz, it is really good for longboarding. "
Justine Dupont (FRA), 16, last year's runner-up for her first ever ASP World Longboard Tour event, will try and dethrone Smith. Dupont stands as a potential ASP Women's Longboard World Champion and her second appearance in the Roxy Jam will be much anticipated by the local crowd.
"I have no stress right now and I know I will have to surf as last year, with no pressure," Dupond said. "It is hard to compete in both ASP WWLC and ASP Grade-2 Roxy Pro Junior but I trained a lot so I am looking forward to meeting this challenge."
Wave conditions are expected to be good throughout the week and the Roxy WWLC officials are confident in giving the best female longboarders in the world a great time in Biarritz. "This third edition shoud be very good as we are expecting consistent two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves," contest director Philippe Malvaux said.