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Pauline ado

Pro Surfer



French Olympic Team in #Tokyo2020

World Championship Tour member from 2011 to 2014 and in 2017
Ranked 9th in the world in 2011 and 2013

ISA World Champion in 2017
Seven times WSL European champion ( 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 & 2019)
Bronze medalist in the ISA world games 2016
Anglet Pro winner (2015), Pro Zarautz winner (2016, 2018 & 2019), Casablanca Pro winner (2016) and Caparica Pro winner (2019), Pro Las Americas winner (2020)
3 times french champion (2005, 2007 and 2008)
European champion 2007


ASP World Junior Champion 2008

ISA World Junior Champion 2006

3 times ASP european junior champion (2005, 2007 and 2010)

3 times european champion (2004, 2006 and 2008)

Born : 14/02/1991
Resides : Anglet, France
Height : 1.67m

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 WCT in 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.

In July 2021, one of her childhood dreams came true when she participated in surfing's very first Olympics in #Tokyo2020 ! This unforgettable experience made her hungry for more... 

Pauline now has 2 main goals : get back on the World Championship Tour and represent France for the Paris 2024 Olympics in her home country !

To be continued...


Ocean, waves and coastline protection has always been a matter I care about. For this reason I am very proud to have joined the SurfRider family as an ambassador and take part in their actions.


Handi Surf has a simple goal : make surfing accessible for every person with disabilities. I have been an ambassador for this association since 2009. Those moments where I get to share my passion with those people are always very special to me.


The Orange Run is a women only race against breast cancer. A fun way to raise awareness and also money for research.

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