LA SAUZAIE, Brétignolles, France (Wednesday, April 20, 2011) - Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA), 19, has won the ASP 1-Star Breti Girls Pro Junior ahead of Maud Lecar (Saint Martin, FRA), Garazi Sanchez (Sopelana, EUK) and Leticia Canales (Sopelana, EUK) today, in excellent and consistent four-to-five foot (1.2 to 1.5 meter) waves. Second stop on this year's ASP European Women's Junior Series, the event enjoyed good to excellent surf conditions over its two-day waiting period, Dupont finding her way through three heats to finish atop a twenty-woman field aged under 21 and take out the crown.
Dominating the final with smart wave picks and fast on-the-rail surfing, Dupont left no chance to her three followers, the 2010 ASP Women's World Junior No. 7 finishing atop the four-woman final with a solid 13.75 point heat result.
"It's been a great event with beautiful weather and great waves and I am super happy I made the trip all the way from Reunion Island to get this win here today," Dupont said. "The waves were good, the level was high and after my fifth place finish in the opening event of the year, I was really hungry to win and get my campaing going right."
Dupont, whose career is already one of the most impressive ones including an ASP European Women's Junior title, an ASP European Women's title, a runner-up finish in the prestigious ASP World Junior tour event at Narabeen in Australia, let her surfing make the talking today, stepping-up in the ASP 1-Star rated European junior event.
"I was disappointed with my result last week but I managed to bounce back and clinch the title here," Dupont said. "I am aiming at doing well on both the ASP Star Series and the ASP Junior series in Europe, with the ASP Women's World Longboard Tour at the back of my head as it would be great to also shine in that division. I want to thank Billabong, the event organizers, my team managers and the surfers for making this event here a success."
Placing second in the event and following her equal 3rd finish last week in Reunion, Caribbean native from Saint Martin Maud Lecar lacked a second good ride in the final, after a two-day domination and high-scoring run in the event. Lecar, rocketed to No. 2 on the ASP European Women's Junior rankings with her result in Vendee, has now become a serious title contender.
"I've been training hard all winter to get results and it's paying-off well in a couple of events," Lecar said. " I was aiming at winning here because I felt really good throughout the event but couldn't get my game going in the final and Justine (Dupont) deserved to take that one."
Lecar, who led proceedings from Round 1 through to the final, has now made her intentions clear and showed her skills towards a possible ASP Women's World Junior tour qualification, amongst an ever-improving level from European Under-21 surfers.
Placing third for a second consecutive event and also showing serious improvements for her 2011 campaing, Basque native Garazi Sanchez made a strong impression in the cool-water line-up, lacking some heat tactics and bigger set waves in the final.
"I feel good and looking at building on these first couple of good results," Sanchez said. "I am happy to keep going well through two events and hopefully I can train and continue on the same track when the tour restarts in a month time."
Making her first final in an ASP Junior sanctioned event, Leticia Canales was able to make her way through to a promising fourth place, the goofy-foot athlete going left during the final but lacking some verticality on a couple of rides to keep any win hopes alive.
The ASP European Junior Series will continue next mionth with:
ASP 1-Star Men's Junior, Somo Cantabria Pro Junior, May 6 to 8
ASP 3-Star Men's Junior, Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior, May 11 to 15
ASP 2-Star Women's Junior, Swatch Girls Pro Junior, June 1 to 5
The event is webcast LIVE via www.aspeurope.com
BRETI' GIRLS PRO JUNIOR FINAL
1st, Justine Dupont (FRA), 13.75
2nd, Maud Lecar (FRA), 9.20
3rd, Garazi Sanchez (EUK), 9.05
4th, Leticia Canales (EUK), 7.10
BRETI' GIRLS PRO JUNIOR SEMIFINALS
Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.75, Leticia Canales (EUK) 8.25, Joanna Giansanti (FRA) 8.00, Erika Franco (ESP) 4.25
Heat 2: Maud Lecar (FRA) 13.25, Garazi Sanchez (EUK) 9.65, Fanny Brice (FRA) 8.70, Ana Morau (FRA) 5.25