Who’s Now/Who’s Next: Ten Surfers To Watch In 2011


Pauline Ado. Photo: Sparks

French Flare-Up: Pauline Ado


Le Femme Fatale.

At the age of nineteen, Pauline Ado has more than surpassed the boys she took up surfing with in France. And in only her second full year competing on the WQS, she shot to the top of the pro surfing hierarchy, qualifying for the ASP world tour. “Things have not always been easy this year,” she wrote on her blog. “There were victories, losses, happiness, disappointments … [qualifying] was a real relief.”

Pauline has a clean style, is remarkably powerful for such a young age, and even has a good sense for the barrel. Though she appears to have all the assets of a world tour surfer, a close look at her performance against Steph Gilmore in the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico shows her one weakness: a bit of wavering before finding her line and unloading an impressive, but slightly delayed, gouge. It’s an easy adjustment, and we predict some upsets when she hits the big leagues in 2011.—Darlene Conolly

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