Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo Gallery

Lakey Peterson photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.comRob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Photo Gallery
Photos: Chris Grant / JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

This year marked a first for Rob Machado’s annual contest, the addition of a Pro Junior event for the girls. In the challenging and shifty conditions of Seaside Reef, the pre-contest favorite, Lakey Peterson, lived up to expectations and took out the Final, defeating Hawaii’s Nage’ Melamed and Leila Hurst with California’s Taylor Pitz rounding out the field. Here are a few moments from the event…

Left: Up the beach from the competition site, Lakey Peterson paddled out into a drifting, current-filled, empty lineup and scored some nice warm-up waves before the final day commenced.

Lakey Peterson with an early morning backside hook. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Lakey Peterson was on fire from the first round. Spectacular backside hook at Seaside Reef.

Tatiana Weston Webb surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Seaside Reef offered up plenty of surf. Tatiana Weston-Webb throws water as a bumpy left lines up ahead of her.

Chandler Parr photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Malibu’s Chandler Parr scored a last second victory on Day 1 but was starved of waves in the Quarterfinals.

13 year old Kylie Loveland projecting into a nice Seaside Reef left, surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
At only 13 years old, Kylie Loveland already knows that good surfing begins with solid bottom turns.

Brianna Cope surfed strong through the entire event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.
Hawaii’s Brianna Cope came up just short in the Semifinals but had some of the best rights of the contest.

Haley Watson surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Special mention goes to Floridian Haley Watson who shined wearing a wetsuit in the sub-60 degree water temps.

11 year old Meah Collins barely missed the final but had one of the turns of the event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
The loudest cheers of the event went up when 11 year old Meah Collins wrapped this spray-throwing turn.

Frontside gash by Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Although unlucky to miss the Final, Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon was a clear standout in the event unloading on every section that presented itself.

Alessa Cuizon after her quarterfinal victory at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Alessa Quizon after a blistering Quarterfinal performance.

Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon and Billabong's Megan Brainard Villa at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com.
One of the biggest supporters of women’s surfing in the surf industry (and one of the few who will give JettyGirl the time of day), Billabong’s Megan Brainard Villa, shown here with Alessa Cuizon.

Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
With a spirited run in the Semis, Laguna Beach’s Taylor Pitz used her formidable backside skills to make the Finals.

Taylor Pitz and Tonic Haircare's Lauren Otonicar photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl
Taylor Pitz’ camp exploded with applause when she made the Final. A smiling Taylor walks with Lauren Otonicar of Tonic Haircare, one of Taylor’s sponsors.

Leila Hurst, finalist at the Rob Machado Pro Junior at Seaside Reef. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.
Earlier in the week I had the honor of babysitting Leila Hurst’s new board on the beach. As her Finals berth would attest, the new board works very well indeed!

Leila Hurst, backside hack on the inside. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.
Hawaii’s Leila Hurst ripped throughout the event and walked away with a 3rd Place finish.

Nage Melamed with a backside hook in the afternoon, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Nage’ Melamed surfs really well on her backhand, routinely putting her board in unique positions in the lip. Nage’ shredded into 2nd Place in the comp.

Nage Melamed with a smooth frontside carve at Seaside Reef, surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com
By the afternoon, the inside peak shifted and some fun rights poured through the lineup. Nage’s smooth carves complimented them perfectly.

Lakey Peterson surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Lakey Peterson won the Rob Machado Pro Jr largely because of her excellent backhand skills.

Lakey Peterson backside drift surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine
I dug this weightless, drifting re-entry…a wonderful blend of timing, speed and balance by Lakey Peterson.

Lakey Peterson, winner of the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior, photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.com
A stoked Lakey Peterson exits the water to be congratulated by family, friends and the press.

Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Awards Presentation, photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
A jubilant Lakey Peterson, winner of the 2011 Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior.

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