Pauline Ado : photo Aquashot/aspeurope.com
Ado has sights set firmly on the Top 17
After Lee Ann Curren’s elite inception, the new generation of European female surfers has a firm grip on its future with serious chances of qualifying. Former ASP Women’s World Junior Champion (2008) Pauline Ado (Hendaye, FRA), 18, leads the charge confidently knowing it isn’t an easy path.
After a promising first year competing full-time on the ASP Women’s Star Series, Ado is ready to aim for the top, the ASP Women’s World Tour where the world’s best 17 athletes battle for the undisputed world title. FreakSurf Magazine’s Johann Mouchel caught-up with the talented regular-foot rising star to talk about her vision of the sport, her career and her future. Here is their story…
Freaksurf Mag: Where and when did you come to surfing?
Pauline Ado: I have been living close to the ocean since I was a child, playing with my bodyboard in the waves. Our main game with my friends was to stand on our bodyoards as long as possible. When I turned 8, I told my parents I wanted to surf and things started at the Hendaye Surf Club, in the French Basque Country. My memories of that time are not very clear but I remember that I loved the feelings and I became addict almost immediately. I was the only one girl on the team at the beginning but the atmosphere was very good and we kept improving a lot.
FM: How do you do to conciliate surf and studies?
PA: You have to be well-organized!!! Until the end of High-school, I followed a normal school path by integrating the “P