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Surfing - 10. July 2009.

France’s Arnaud is the 2009 Buondi Pro Junior Champion

ASP European Women’s Junior champion Alizee Arnaud (FRA), 18, clinched the ASP Grade-1 Buondi Pro Junior today at Cordoama in Portugal respectively in the women’s divisions. In three foot (one meter) consistent although wind-blown conditions, her way up to the final where they she left her opponents away from any title hopes, Reunion Island representatives Damien Johanne Defay (REU) placing second of the 2009 edition.

Alizee Arnaud (Hossegor, FRA), 18, reigning ASP European Women’s junior champion, opened her 2009 campaign with a the perfect start, the young woman clinching the first event of the year ahead of rising surfer Johanne Defay (REu), to take the regional ratings’ lead.  Despite many of the ratings’ favorites not attending the event, Arnaud managed to get rid of event defending champion Cannelle Bulard (REU) who placed fourth in the final and Basque competitor Garazi Sanchez (EUK).

“The conditions were pretty hard for me as there only lefthanders and I usually feel better on rights,” Arnaud said. “The current was strong as well and it was a struggle to get that win but I am very happy. It means a lot to me after losing my main sponsor and coming back from an injury. I am looking at a ratings’ Top 2 this year so I’ll take this one win here and build my plan from that.”

Arnaud’s win rockets her to No. 1 on the ASP European Women’s junior ratings, a promising start towards a second consecutive regional title that would give her a berth into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships (WJC) next year in Narabeen, Australia.

The ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 1-Star O’Neill Pro Cordoama pres. By Nissan will start tomorrow morning at the same venue of Cordoama for four days of intense action. Stay tuned…

Visit www.aspeurope.com for results, photos and news of the ASP Grade-1 Buondi Pro Junior

1st, Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 10.17 pts
2nd, Johanne Defay (REU) 10.13 pts
3rd, Garazi Sanchez (EUK) 8.87 pts
4th, Cannelle Bulard (REU) 7.83 pts

Heat 1: Garazi Sanchez (EUK) 11.56 pts, Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 9.50 pts, Maria Abecasis (PRT) 6.03 pts, Anne Peres (FRA) 4.90 pts
Heat 2: Cannelle Bulard (REU) 11.67 pts, Johanne Defay (REU) 10.03 pts, Camille Davila (FRA) 7.90 pts, Maud Lecar (FRA) 5.17 pts

Gregoire Puget



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