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Van’s US Open Woman’s Semi Final’s 2015

French Surfer from  I’ile de La Reunion upsets her friend Bianca in the Semi to go on and battle the experienced Sally Fitzgibbons in the Finals.  It was rewarding and easy to hear the fans along the beach, cheering for their favorite competitor throughout the contest; “Courtney”, “Sally”, “Bianca”, and the up and coming “Defay”.  All surfers in the Semi’s were crowd favorites and positive energy flowing everywhere.

Johanne Defay is from an island off Madagascar, the same island where the mysterious  Malaysian airline parts were recently washed ashore.  Lots of special emotion and attention focused on this island this week.

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Overjoyed with Victory, tough heat

Overjoyed with Victory, tough heat

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Heat 2-

Courtney Conlogue

Sally Fitzgibbons (Heat 2 Winner)

Heat 1

Bianca Buitendag

Johanne Defay (Heat 1 Winner)

 

hye-jin

nice to see photos of women surfing! thx!