The ASP International and Roxy confirmed on Thursday, April 28, that an additional event to be slotted into the ASP schedule. The new Roxy Pro will take place in Biarritz, France July 11-17, raising the number of 2011 ASP women's events from six to seven.
The Biarritz Roxy Pro will run simultaneously with an ASP Women's Longboard World Title (WLT) event. Longboarders will compete in the first of two legs of the ASP Women's World Longboard Circuit in Biarritz on the Cote des Basques, while the other field of 18 surfers will compete at nearby Villa Belza.
20-year-old French wildcard Lee-Ann Curren (the legendary Tom Curren's daughter) will compete with the top ASP 17 for a piece of the $110,000 prize.
Three of the seven women's events this season are already in the books. The Roxy Pro kicked things off on the Gold Coast of Australia in March. Carissa Moore won that stop. Sally Fiztgibbons then went on to win the next two: the Rip Curl Women's Pro at Bells Beach in April, and the Woman's Surf Festival in Taranaki, New Zealand last week.
This week, the world's best shortboarders are on the northern beaches of Australia competing in the Beachley Classic before heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The tour winds up in Huntington Beach, Calif. in August.
As of this season, a stop in Hawaii has yet to be added to the women's ASP tour.
Updated 2011 ASP Women's World Title season:
Feb 26 - Mar 9: Roxy Pro Gold Coast (won by Carissa Moore)
Apr 19 - 25: Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach (won by Sally Fitzgibbons)
Apr 27 - May 1: Subaru Pro TSB Bank Surf Festival in New Zealand (won by Sally Fitzgibbons)
May 3 - 8: Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney
May 12 - 16: Billabong Rio Pro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jul 11 - 17: Roxy Pro in Biarritz, France
Aug 1 - 6: U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif.