BIARRITZ, France (Wednesday, July 12, 2007) – Sunny skies and light winds greeted competitors, organisers and spectators of the Roxy ASP WWLC this morning and the call was made to start Round 2 at 8.30am local time. The aim is to progress through all 16 heats of the sudden death one-on-one Round 2 today.
There will be time to draw breath as the round's early heats feature some of the big guns of the event. In Heat 1, local Biarritz surfer and last year's semifinalist, Claire Karabatsos (FRA), is up against the young up-and-comer Tory Gilkerson (USA).
Immediately following that heat sees one of the event favourites, Kassia Meador, surfing against Kelly Sloan (USA). The pressure will be on the favourites to progress, but with the depth of women's longboarding at an all-time high and with a world championship on the line, there will be no easy heats.
The losers know they will make an early exit from the biggest event in women's longboarding and will instead turn their attention to the myriad of concerts, art shows and cultural events that are associated with the Roxy ASP WWLC. The winners today, however can at least, for now, keep their eye on the prize of being crowned the 2007 Roxy ASP Women's World Longboard Champion.
Roxy ASP WWLC Round 2 Match-Ups – 1st to Round 3, 2nd eliminated
Heat 1: Claire Karabatsos (FRA) vs. Tory Gilkerson (USA)
Heat 2: Kassia Meador (USA) vs. Kelly Sloan (USA)
Heat 3: Janna Irons (HAW) vs. Malia Fuertes (USA)
Heat 4: Chelsea Williams (AUS) vs. Kelly Coward (USA)
Heat 5: Ashley Lloyd (USA) vs. Jenni Flanigan (USA)
Heat 6: Selby Riddle (AUS) vs. Caroline Angibeaud (USA)
Heat 7: Coline Menard (FRA) vs. Rosie Locke (AUS)
Heat 8: Melanie Fosse ( FRA) vs. Lindsay Steinriede (USA)
Heat 9: Clemence Godinaud (FRA) vs. Claire Dereux (FRA)
Heat 10: Cristiana Pires (BRA) vs. Hanalei Reponty (TAH)
Heat 11: Julie Cox (USA) vs. Marie Vigne (FRA)
Heat 12: Miku Uemura (HAW) vs. Candice O'Donnell (GBR)
Heat 13: Karina Abras (BRA) vs. Nathalie Destandau (FRA)
Heat 14: Kirsty Webster (AUS) vs. Myriam Imaz (SPN)
Heat 15: Summer Romero (USA) vs. Gaelle Szymkowiak (FRA)
Heat 16: Angela Bauer (BRA) vs. Helene Chabeaud (FRA)