After becoming European Junior champion in 2005 at the age of 14, Pauline Ado became the first French surfer to win a world title, when she was crowned ISA World Junior Champion in 2006. However, it was only when she became the first non-Australian to win the ASP World Junior Title in 2008 at Narabeen Beach that she really put European women’s surfing firmly on the world map.
She then focussed exclusively on qualifying for the elite ASP Women’s World Title Tour, a goal she achieved for 2011. She finished in the top ten in her rookie season, and then finished 13th in 2012. She currently lies in eighth place in the overall standings for 2013, with a best finish of third at the Vans US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach.
Born on 14th February 1991 in Bayonne in the south-west of France, Pauline asked her parents for a surfboard at the age of eight. After training on the beachbreaks of nearby Anglet, she won her first competition two years later and it wasn’t long before sponsorship deals were flooding her mailbox and she was jetting off to exotic locations to trade waves with her surfing idols. At 13, she was selected to represent the French junior surfing team.
A regular-footer, Pauline is known as a perfectionist, employing meticulous preparation and a precision-technique to win competitions. Her thirst for victory, coupled with a flair for tactical surfing, should ensure she challenges for the world title before long.
- Age: 23
- Height: 1.67m
- Weight: 59kg
- Nationality: France