World's Top Women Surfers Return to France for Swatch Girls Pro
The Swatch Girls Pro France, an ASP Women's World tour 6-Star competition and ASP European Women's 2-Star Pro Junior event, is back with a gathering of the world's best female surfers starting June 1, 2011, at the renowned fine sand bars of Les Bourdaines in Seignosse for its second edition.
Opening a two-event leg for the ASP Women's Star Series athletes, the Swatch Girls Pro is considered one of the world's most prestigious events showcasing a contingent of European and International surfers at one of the tour's best destinations, and allowing for a battle of titans towards the valuable rankings' points.
With only one day remaining before the Swatch Girls Pro France ignites and sets France's South West coast on fire, many are descending on the famous surf cities to ready for the much awaited competitions, both the Under-21 European division and 6-Star rated contest set to run through to June 5 for an intense five days of action.
Stop 4 of 7 on this year's ASP Women's Star Series and first of four European events, the Swatch Girls Pro will see the encounters of some of the ASP's Elite female surfers including four-time ASP Women's World Champion and defending event champion Stephanie Gilmore (Gold Coast, AUS), current ASP Women's World title race No. 2 and contender Sally Fitzgibbons (New South Wales, AUS), reigning ASP Women's World Junior Champion Alizee Arnaud (Hossegor, FRA) and current ASP Women's World Tour rookie Pauline Ado (Hendaye, FRA) amongst others.
With usual fast-breaking testing barrels expected to greet the ASP 6-Star event from Day 1, all eyes will be on the sand banks of Les Bourdaines, home of this year's edition which has been delivering some beachbreak perfection throughout the past few weeks.
Hitting France ranked No. 1 on the ASP Women's World rankings while in contention on the elite ASP Women's World title race, Courtney Conlogue (California, USA) will be the favorite in the 72-woman field of competitors, the talented American athlete aiming at clinching the title from women's surfing phenomenon Gilmore when competition resumes.
In the Under-21 division, European surfers will continue their ASP Euro Junior Series campaign in the ASP 2-Star rated contest, current ratings' leader and former European champion Johanne Defay (St Leu, REU) looking at continuing her solid run.
While awaiting the kick-off of the event, many of the world's best female surfers are already enjoying South West France unique culture and variety of surf breaks, from the Basque Country up to the Landes region, so get ready for some LIVE world class action at your nearest beach.