BIARRITZ, France (Sunday, July 15, 2007) – It is set to be a historic day in women's longboarding as the Roxy ASP WWLC concludes in Biarritz. Only four surfers remain in the championships with the semifinals and final scheduled for the afternoon.
Once again the sun is shining and fun waves are breaking on the great Biarritz banks guaranteeing some exceptional surfing. 15-year-old Justine Dupont (FRA) will today be looking to create history by becoming the youngest senior professional ASP World Champion. To do that she'll first have to overcome in form Chelsea Williams (AUS) in Semifinal 1.
"I've worked so hard to get where I am right now," Williams said. "And I'm pretty determined to win the event."
In the Semifinal 2, Jenni Smith (USA) will be trying to go one better than last year and take out the world title. Smith has been one of the form surfers of the whole competition and with her experience from last year's final is in with a massive chance of being crowned the 2007 Roxy ASP Women's Longboard Champion.
"I'm not even thinking that far ahead just yet," Smith said. "I had the disappointment of last year and there's still two heats to surf. I'm just going to do my best and hopefully my surfing will look after the rest."
Smith will surf against Janna Irons (HAW) in the semifinal. Hailing from the famous extended surfing clan in Kauai and a cousin to superstars Andy and Bruce, Irons has already exceeded her own expectations.
"I'm so stoked to have even made it this far," said Irons. "It's already my best ever result and now everyone has a chance to win. You never know."
While it may be hard to top yesterday's action that featured incredible waves and culminated in an Evian Expression Session in front of a massive Bastille Day crowd at Biarritz Grande Plage, with the world championship on the line and five days of intense action coming down to one 30 minute final, today is all set up to be a historic day in women's longboarding.
Roxy ASP WWLC Semifinal Match Ups – 1st to Final, 2nd eliminated
Semifinal 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) vs. Chelsea Williams (AUS)
Semifinal 2: Jennifer Smith (USA) vs. Janna Irons (HAW)