The women’s semifinals were next in the 16°C water; favourite Lee-Ann Curren (Fra) faced some huge resistance and motivation from top scorer Marie Dejean who managed to link three perfect style turns to secure a solid lead while Cannelle Bulard (Fra) smothered the two other girls to jump in second position and reach the final-four of the 1 Star Women’s Buondi Pro Junior. “It’s the first time I make it into a final so it’s great. I’m already glad with the result and hope to do well for the ultimate decider soon,” confessed a smiling Cannelle after her qualification. Curren had to accept this early loss and forget about a second consecutive title in Amado. In semifinal #2, 2005 ISA Junior World Champion Pauline Ado (Fra) managed to follow highscorer of the day Alizée Arnaud (Fra), at ease in the fast breaking conditions; with an 8.33 and a 6+ out of possible 10, Arnaud showed how she was the favourite for the last heat of the contest.
In 2 ft waves started the Women’s Buondi Pro Junior final. Thirteen year old Cannelle Bulard (Fra) faced three other french surfers, including last year’s ASP Europe Junior #2 Alizée Arnaud (Fra). However Pauline Ado (Fra) was the first one to get on with serious scores and found a solid 7 pointer to open the last battle of the event. Looking confident and surfing securely but still on the best potential waves, the young girl from Hendaye didn ‘t wait long to push her lead further and get another high scoring ride when she linked perfect carved cutbacks to get a 7.83 and sit in front of the pack. Behind her took place a great fight for second place but the favourite Alizée Arnaud managed to secure her spot and seize the $300 prize. Pauline Ado eventually won the heat and finish with precious 875 pts for the ratings before the next event in Spain, next August.
Current 2007 ASP Europe Women’s Pro Junior Top 4 after 1 Star Buondi Pro Junior:
1st Ado,Pauline (Fra) 875 pts
2nd Arnaud,Alizée (Fra) 766 pts
3rd Bulard,Cannelle (Fra) 656 pts
4th Dejean,Marie (Fra) 623 pts
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