- AGE / 30
- HEIGHT / 1.67
- BORN / ANGLET
- FAVORITE SURF BREAK / HOME
- BOARD / 5’7 X 18”1/8 X 2”1/8 MAYHEM
- SPONSORS / PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING, EUROP ASSISTANCE, ENGIE, MY COACH, ANGLET TOURISME, MOUSTACHE BIKES
- BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT / 5 YEARS ON WCT, ISA WORLD CHAMP 2017, 7X WSL EUROPEAN CHAMP
- HOBBIES / RUNNING, HIKING, CYCLING, CROSS TRAINING… ANY SPORTS !
Pauline Ado was not born into a surfing family – but she was born of the generation where anything is possible. At the tender age of 8, Pauline asked her parents for a surfboard. She loved the feeling of being in the ocean and the challenge of taking on its ever-shifting moods.
Ironically she hated competition at first. That is, until she started winning.
Pauline was 10 when she scalped her first victory and it wasn’t long before sponsorship deals were flooding her mailbox and she was jetting off to exotic surf breaks to trade waves with her surfing idols.
After a successful junior career where she clinched both the ISA world junior and the ASP world junior title, Pauline’s thirst for victory coupled with a flair for tactical surfing, has seen her pierce the Top Ten of the WCTin her rookie season.
In 2011 Pauline set another benchmark by qualifying as the first ever European woman for a second year in the prestigious ASP World Tour.She says: “I try to surf with people better than me as motivation, to push me to grow. I watch some of the top girls and try to work out their strategies, what type of maneuvers score them the highest points, and then I build that into my own performances.”
In 2013, she finished ranked 9th in the world for the second time in her career.
In 2015, after 4 consecutive years on the top 17, Pauline fought back and requalified for the 2017 season.
She clinched the ISA World title that year in her home soil. A title she had been chasing for several years.
Pauline now has 2 main goals : get back on the World Championship Tour and represent her country during surfing’s very first olympic appearance in Tokyo 2020 !