In low scoring exchanges, the best regional competitors battled for a spot in the semifinals of the 3 Star WQS event, favoutites defending champion Caroline Sarran (FRA) and current Women's European Pro Surf Tour leader Lee Ann Curren (FRA) getting their spot for tomorrow's showdown.
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"It was really hard to find any consistent waves but we had to decide wether we used these tiny but still present conditions or not. And it ended up well for me so I hope tomorrow makes things better," said Caroline Sarran. Sarran is the second european ever to qualify on the ASP Women's World Tour this year, and she came from the Rip Curl Girls Festival World Tour event straight to the Caixanova Surfing Girls 3 Star WQS in Pantin after her early loss in Santander.
Scoring respectively the best and second best heat scores of the day, Pauline Ado (FRA) and Lee Ann Curren (FRA) were some of the standouts of today's competition. Finding their way out of the tricky small waves, both young women qualifed for the semifinals.
Scoring a two wave combined tally of 13.50 pts out of possible 20, recently crowned ASP Europe Women's Junior champion Ado seems very strong and will try and grab the trophy.
"It's been hard for all of us, and I just hope the semifinals can give us better conditions. I'm glad I got the regional junior champion title but I wish I'll make the final here as this is what I came here for," confessed Ado. At sixteen years of age, Pauline Ado has one of the most promissing potential ever in Europe. Twice ASP Europe Women's Junior champion in 2005 and 2007, 2006 ISA Junior world champion and runner up in the 2007 Rip Curl Boardmasters 5 Star WQS, Ado is out of reach of the Women's ASP European Pro Surf Tour title but can still hope for the title here.
Both Men and Women will meet at 8 AM tomorrow morning to wrap up the Movistar Pantin Classic 4 Star WQS and the Caixanova Surfing Girls 3 Star WQS events. We hope the swell decides to rise throughout the night... With 32 men and 8 women ready for the fight, serious action will take place tomorrow.
UP COMING CLASHES
Heat 1: Pauline Ado (FRA), Myriam Imaz (EUK), Lee Ann Curren (FRA), Marie Dejean (FRA)
Heat 2: Caroline Sarran (FRA), Garazi Sanchez (EUK), Alizée Arnaud (FRA), Estitxu Estremo (EUK)
Heat 1: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.50 pts, Myriam Imaz (EUK) 9.84 pts, Erika Franco (ESP) 4.24 pts, Charlotte Caton (FRA) 3.37 pts
Heat 2: Lee Anne Curren (FRA) 12.34 pts, Marie Dejean (FRA) 6.96 pts, Fransisca De Santos (PRT) 6.37 pts, Sarah Beardmore (AUS) 5.03 pts
Heat 3: Caroline Sarran (FRA) 8.83 pts, Garazi Sanchez (EUK) 6.30 pts, Amandine Sanchez (FRA) 3.54 pts, Eider Pico (ESP) 2.40 pts
Heat 4: Alizée Arnaud (FRA) 10.10 pts, Estitxu Estremo (EUK) 7.40 pts, Anne Cécile Le Tallec (FRA) 5.47 pts, Mirka Martin (ESP) 2.27 pts
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photo Getty Images