Pauline Ado, centre, won the women's gold medal at the ISA World Surfing Games ©Getty Images

France's Pauline Ado claimed the women's gold medal at the 2017 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games here in Biarritz today.

The 26-year-old was aiming to improve on her bronze medal from last year's Games in Costa Rica, and she succeeded after proving too strong for her opposition on home water.

Ado clinched the title with a score of 12.17 points.

"I am super happy to get that title," Ado said.

"I have been targeting this one for a long time.

"It is my fourth time at the World Surfing Games and, after finishing fourth twice and third last year, I was starting to believe that I may never win it.

"I am happy to win this one because it is here in France in front of my home crowd and my family.

"It is just the best feeling ever." 

On a superb morning for the host nation, France secured a one-two as Johanne Defay finished narrowly behind her compatriot on 10.43.

Pauline Ado won the final with a score of 12.17 points ©Getty Images
Pauline Ado won the final with a score of 12.17 points ©Getty Images

The duo will now fly to Fiji for a World Surf League event, in which Defay is the reigning champion.

While Ado admits she is happy to win individual gold, she was quick to pay tribute to her team-mate.

"I am also happy for the team because right now we are in a really good position," added Ado.

"I think in this event you think more as a team than for yourself.

"Johanne [Defay] is surfing so good and she is inspiring me so much.

"She is number four in the world right now, we travel together and I learn a lot from her.

"It was nice to share that moment with her but I am happy to win and it is amazing for the team."

Leilani McGonagle of Costa Rica secured the bronze medal with 8.40 while the copper medal was awarded to Bianca Buitendag of South Africa who finished fourth on 7.47.

Men's action will now take centre stage for the remainder of the event. 

Despite action being delayed for a number of hours this afternoon due to poor conditions, Portugal's Pedro Henrique produced a superb display to score 16.17.

Jair Pérez of Costa Rica was also impressive. 

He scored 15.26 to win heat 19 while Reubyn Ash of England coasted through heat 13 with a score of 12.67