France’s first lady of big wave surfing – from Mavericks to Belharra, there’s nobody going harder.
"Big wave surfing is my thing"
'Atypical' is a word often used to describe France's Justine Dupont because of her natural ease on both small waves and the monsters that wake up during the winter time. Born in Bordeaux and brought up in the surfing haven of Lacanau, at the age of 11 she was riding her first waves and just four years later, in 2007, she finished second at the World Longboard Championships, which was an incredible feat for a 15-year-old.Fast forward six years and Dupont had become one of Europe's most promising surfers and she'd begun to focus on her performances on the big wave scene. In 2013, she managed to surf the 15m monster of Belharra the Northern Basque Country of France – twice. That duo of achievements saw her become the first female surfer to succeed in taming the huge wave, and she went back and did it all again three years later just for good measure.
Dupont put in some impressive displays at competitions around the world over the following five seasons, winning prestigious events like the ASP European Longboard Championship, the French Longboard and Shortboard Championships and the WSL Qualifying Series along the way.But it was her headline-grabbing performances throughout 2019 that really earned Dupont a place among the elite of world surfing. She rode the highest wave she’s ever tackled in Nazaré, Portugal, on November 13, before scoring first place at the ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championships in El Sunzal, El Salvador, a few weeks later.
Dupont's exploits made her one of the highest-achieving surfers in the big wave game right now – now she's hoping to ride Nazaré and Mavericks harder and higher than all the other surfers and continue her high-scoring displays in all the WSL competitions. Watch this space...