• Congratulations Justine!

Billabong's Justine Dupont claims ASP Europe Women's Open title and qualifies for the first time for the 2012 ASP Women's World Tour!

Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA) 20, claimed her maiden ASP Europe Women's Open title after a fantastic season through the European events in 2011 which was capped off with another stunning performance in the ASP 6-Star Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro. The friendly natural-footer who has amazing ability on a longboard as well, surfed the powerful Santa Barbara peaks with style and power showing her potential as one of the world's best female surfers.

"I feel really great at the moment and it is an honour to win this title. It was one of my goals because I missed out on the Pro Junior title this year so to win this is fantastic. All the French girls were competing this season. Even Pauline (Ado) has done all the contests and really wanted to win this title. I want to thank apart from Pauline, Alizee (Arnaud) and Cannelle (Bulard) who have pushed me higher and higher in each event. The level of surfing was really high and it was difficult in every contest. I also want to thank my new coach, Richard Marsh, who was with me in Pantin and also here in the Azores and his help has been very important to me."

Justine, who finished equal 5th at the Billabong Azores Island Pro yesterday, has also qualified for the first time for the 2012 ASP Women's World Tour. With a strong support from her sponsors including Billabong, and her family, Justine has a very bright future in the ranks of professional surf competition.

Congratulations Justine!