CAPBRETON, France - ASP Europe's best Under-21 surfers will meet in a week in Narabeen, Sydney, for a shot at the coveted ASP World Junior Title, the most prestigious Junior crown on Earth. 2008 ASP European Junior champion Maxime Huscenot (REU), 16, will be Europe's favorite against the world's best surfing nations including local Australian team led by world famous wonderkid Julian Wilson (AUS). At sixteen years of age, Huscenot has had a stellar year becoming the youngest surfer ever to clinch the ASP European Junior title against some solid opponents including Marc Lacomare (FRA) who will attend the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.
Huscenot, who has been training with Patrick Flores, father and coach of ASP World Tour No. 10 Jeremy Flores (FRA), has been to Narabeen the past four years and knows what the waves can be when it gets consistent. Born and raised on the shallow reefbreaks of Reunion Island, Huscenot should be a serious opponent to any of the 47 other young men in contention for the crown.
Huscenot will lead a seven-man batallion to Australia with Marc Lacomare (FRA), Medi Veminardi (REU), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Pierre Valentin Laborde (FRA), Jules Thomet (FRA) and ASP International wildcard and former ASP World Junior No. 3 Charles Martin (GLP). No European has ever won the prestigious crown, Martin and Laborde placing respectively 3rd in 2007 and 5th in 2006, while recent Dream Tour qualifier Michel Bourez (PYF) placed second in 2005, a result that was a first step towards his ASP World Tour campaign.
Europe's top Junior female surfers will battle in the women's division, ASP European Junior Women's champion Alizee Arnaud (FRA) and Pauline Ado (FRA) representing the rising nation in surfing after regional No. 2 Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) pulled out for personal reasons.
Arnaud, who eventually clinched her maiden regional crown after several runner-up or Top 3 finishes, surfed with surprising verticality and comitment all year to pursue her goal and grab the spot for Narabeen's gathering. At 18-years-old, Arnaud has the potential to cause some damage in the jungle of under-21 raw talents rising every year in the women's division and pushing women's surfing to the next level.
From January 3 to 10, 48 men and 18 women aged under 21 will battle for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships at Narabeen, Australia