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Johanne Defay remains an unheralded hero of the women’s Championship Tour. Since joining the elite ranks in 2014 she’s been a leading crusader in the push for more progressive surfing. While her big Tour victories at the Vans US Open in 2015 and Fiji in 2016 speak volumes to her threat level, her larger influence on the rest of the women’s field comes in the form of single explosive moves, like the inverted nose-pick reverse she pulled at the Roxy Pro in 2016. Defay is dangerous in any condition thanks to her big bag of tricks and her mastery of surfing’s figure-eight fundamentals. She formulated her ambitious style at home on Reunion Island, a tiny green speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius. Her path to the pros, however, went through her birthplace in France, where she led her country to its first world amateur title. Her road through the Qualifying Series was tougher. Sponsors were in short supply at the time, but Johanne’s family and fellow Reunion Island surfer Jeremy Flores, a longtime believer in her, kept her going. She finally made the grade in 2013, after three long years of grinding on the QS. While she certainly had down moments, Johanne’s sunny disposition has never wavered. She’s a fitness freak who loves tough workouts, and if there’s trails in the vicinity she loves hiking and biking. Defay won the Qualifying Series in 2017 after taking two wins and has finished in the Top 10 every year on the Champoinship Tour since qualifying. Her No. 5 finish in 2016 is proof she has the tools to make a title run, and as the judging criteria shifts toward favoring bigger moves, we shouldn’t be surprised if Johanne makes a big jump.

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  • Women's CT 2018
    #5
  • Heat wins
    7
  • Avg. heat score
    11.88
  • Avg. wave score
    3.66

Competition results

Women's Championship Tour #5
Complete
Jun 08 - 11, 2018
Place
1st
Defeated by
None
Women's Championship Tour #4
Complete
May 27 - Jun 09, 2018
Place
13th
Defeated by
Women's Championship Tour #3
Complete
May 11 - 20, 2018
Place
9th
Defeated by
Specialty Events #3
Complete
May 05 - 06, 2018
Defeated by

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Event results

NamePlacePointsPrize money
Roxy Pro Gold Coast9th3,085$11,500
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach5th4,745$14,475
Oi Rio Women's Pro9th3,085$11,500
Corona Bali Protected - Women's13th1,390$10,000
Uluwatu CT - Women's1st10,000$65,000
Corona Open J Bay---

Career stats

YearRankPointsEventsHeatsMax heat scoreBest result
2018522,30551513.831st 
2017940,000103617.502nd 
2016543,650103917.661st 
2015842,000104118.601st 
2014838,850104016.203rd(x2)
Johanne Defay
France
Johanne Defay
France
  • Stance
    Regular
  • First season
    2009
  • Age
    24 Nov 19, 1993
  • Height
    5 ft, 5 in 165 cm
  • Weight
    134 lbs 61 kg
  • Hometown
    Reunion Island, France
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