CAPBRETON, France – After weeks of patience for the last two available spots to grab an entry into the upcoming ASP World Junior Championships (WJC), the ASP Europe officially announces the names of who will represent the region in the prestigious event at Narabeen in Sydney, Australia, from January 9 to 17, 2010.
In the men’s division and going into the main event, Marc Lacomare (Capbreton, FRA), 20, will lead the European contingent thanks to his maiden ASP European Junior title followed by Charles Martin (GLP), 18, Federico Morais (PRT), 17, and Jatyr Berasaluce (Sopelana, EUK), 20, respectively ranked second to fourth on this year’s regional ratings.
From this four-man team, two have already made the Semifinals in the ASP WJC (Martin in 2008 and Lacomare in 2009), a convincing precedent and serious confidence booster for the group. No European surfer has ever won the ASP World Junior title in the men’s division.
Adding prestige to the region’s top 4 will be 2009 ASP European WQS Champion Joan Duru (Ondres, FRA), 20, and German representative Nicolau Von Rupp (DEU), 18, both men getting their valuable ticket from their ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) results throughout the year.
The presence of Duru, currently still in contention for a qualification into next year’s ASP Top 45, will consolidated ASP Europe’s promising team the French competitor having showed how talented and solid he can be against the world’s best in 2009.
Last but not least to join the strong seven-man pack readying to fly the ASP Europe colours at Narabeen, former ASP World Junior No. 5 and former ASP European Junior champion (2008) Maxime Huscenot (REU), 18, will get be looking to better his equal 5th from last year and get a shot at the prestigious title.
Invited to compete in the trials of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships, Medi Veminardi (REU), 18, will try and make his way through the 16-man field of trialists to secure one of three wildcards into the main event and join fellow European representatives Lacomare, Martin, Morais, Berasaluce, Duru, Huscenot and Von Rupp.
In the women’s division, this year’s regional Top 2 will attend the 2010 edition at Narabeen with 15-year-old Reunion Island born rising talent Johanne Defay leading the charge. Defay, who clinched her maiden regional title after the final event at Lacanau last August, will have the support of fellow qualifier and multiple regional champion Alizee Arnaud (Hossegor, FRA), who will be surfing in the coveted competition for the third consecutive time.
Consolidating the two-woman field from Europe will be defending ASP Women’s World Junior Champion Pauline Ado (Hendaye, FRA), 18, the first French and European surfer to ever win an ASP World title having received an invite from the ASP to attend the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.
With the eight men and three women having already confirmed their presence on Narabeen’s beaches in January, ASP Europe will have no less than eleven chances to clinch a second consecutive Under-21 ASP World title, a great opportunity to keep building its history and see its representatives follow the path of current elite members.
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships (WJC) will run from January 9 to 17 at Narabeen’s beach in Sydney, Australia. It is the world’s most prestigious ASP Pro Junior event and crowns the ASP World Junior Champions for both men and women aged under 21.
ASP EUROPE’S MEN’S QUALIFIERS
Marc Lacomare (FRA), Regional No. 1
Charles Martin (GLP), Regional No. 2
Federico Morais (PRT), Regional No. 3
Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Regional No. 4
Joan Duru (FRA), WQS qualifier
Nicolau Von Rupp (DEU), WQS qualifier
Maxime Huscenot (REU), ASP wildcard
Medi Veminardi (REU), ASP trials’ wildcard
ASP EUROPE’S WOMEN’S QUALIFIERS
Johanne Defay (REU), Regional No. 1
Alizee Arnaud (FRA), Regional No. 2
Pauline Ado (FRA), ASP wildcard