Article via the French Surfing Federation.
Four athletes will compose the French Team for the 2019 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship (May 26th – June 2nd), in Biarritz
Men (2 spots): Antoine Delpero and Edouard Delpero
Women (2 spots): Alice Lemoigne or Justine Mauvin or Justine Dupont
Substitutes : Emilien Fleury (men) and 1 woman to be chosen from the three women above
The selection was based on the results of the reference competitions of the previous year, presented by the National Technical Direction of the French Surfing Federation and validated by the steering committee of FFSurf.
The Delpero brothers, top Nationals and Europeans for many years, will be the two male representatives at the next world longboard championships. Emilien Fleury will be a substitute and remains prepared in case of withdrawal.
ISA world champion in 2009 and 2013, Antoine Delpero is the reigning French champion in front of his younger brother, Edouard, and Emilien Fleury. Edouard Delpero is the 2018 WSL European Champion. The two surfers from Biarritz have already participated together in an ISA World Championship in 2013 in Peru, the year Antoine was crowned, with Edouard finishing 5th. At that edition in 2013, Team France won the relay and the world title of nations.
The National Technical Direction has not yet decided for the selection of the two women. A qualification, in competition mode, will be made in the month preceding the competition (April-May) between Alice Lemoigne, Justine Mauvin and Justine Dupont. The top two will participate to the Worlds, the third one will be substitute.
Reigning European Champion, Dupont is currently recovering from her injury at the WSL Big Waves Worlds in Hawaii (shoulder and knee). In 2013, she took 3rd place at the ISA Longboard Worlds in Peru and won the relay and the title of the nations with the Delpero brothers.
French Champion last year for the 4th time, Alice Lemoigne has never worn the blue jersey, but participated at five WSL Longboard Worlds with a 3rd place in 2016. Same for Justine Mauvin, 2 times champion of France and WSL World 3rd in 2016, and who could also experience a first international selection. Mauvin won the WSL LQS event at the Cote des Basques last year after defeated Dupont in final and Lemoigne in semis.