Leila Hurst Wins the Arnette ASP Women’s World Junior Title in Rio de Janeiro

* Video courtesy of Arnette Brasil

Leila Hurst, Hawaii, is the Arnette World Junior Champion. Photo © ASP/RowlandLeila Hurst (HAW) is the new Arnette World Junior Champion! Photo ©ASP/Rowland

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Arnette ASP World Pro Junior
Stop No. 2 of 3 on ASP World Junior Tour
Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 24 – November 2, 2011

Leila Hurst Wins Women’s Arnette ASP World Junior

PRAIA DO DIABO, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Sunday, October 30, 2011) – Leila Hurst (HAW) has won the Arnette ASP Women’s World Junior presented by Quiksilver, topping Joanne Defay (FRA) at the backup location of Praia Do Diabo after a dominant performance on the final day of competition.

Stop No. 2 of 3 on the ASP World Junior Tour, the inaugural Arnette ASP World Junior presented by Quiksilver has run at both the lefthander of Arpoador as well as the right of Praia Do Diabo, which lies on the other side of the event’s primary location.

[frame_left src=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/hurst_l5693arnette_wj11rowland-150×100.jpg” href=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/hurst_l5693arnette_wj11rowland.jpg”]Leila Hurst (HAW)[/frame_left]Hurst was a standout throughout the event’s entirety and stormed her way through to the Final after earning a 9th place at the ASP World Junior Tour season opener, putting the Hawaiian back in contention for the elite ASP Women’s World Junior Crown.

“It was my first time in a World Junior Final and it might be my last year, so I’m so excited,” Hurst said. “I feel so blessed to be in Brazil. Everyone has been so nice and I’m just really excited. Australia is next, so who knows! Normally I get so stressed out at contests, but I just tried to relax and have fun.”

Hurst was equally efficient at both the main event location of Arpoador as well as Praia Do Diabo and was a consistent top-scorer throughout the entirety of Arnette ASP World Junior competition.

“I feel like both waves were really similar,” Hurst said. “It was really hard to control your board out there because there is so much backwash coming off of the rock.”

[frame_right src=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/defay_j5737arnette_wj11rowland-150×100.jpg” href=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/defay_j5737arnette_wj11rowland.jpg”]Joanne Defay (FRA)[/frame_right]
Joanne Defay, who finished equal 3rd place in Bali, established herself as a frontrunner for the under-21 crown when she finished runner-up to Hurst today after topping talented Australian Phillipa Anderson in their Semifinals clash with the day’s highest score of a 9.57 (out of 10).

“I’m pretty happy to have made the final,” Defay said. “Phillipa was inside and I had the priority. I had the first nice carve and made the re-entry to get through.”

Anderson, who finished second at the ASP World Junior in Bali, was on fire in Rio de Janeiro, but was unable to find a rhythm in her Semifinals matchup against Defay and earned an equal 3rd place finish.

“I was feeling good throughout the entire event and I don’t know what happened out there in the Semifinal,” Anderson said. “I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. There were a couple of bombs out there, but I just didn’t find them.”

The result establishes Anderson along with Defay as the frontrunners for the ASP Women’s World Junior Crown.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at Arpoador at 7am local time for a possible 7:30am start to men’s competition. To watch the Arnette ASP World Junior presented by Quiksilver LIVE log on to www.brasilopenofsurfing.com.br/

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

1 – Leila Hurst (HAW) 15.50
2 – Joanne Defay (FRA) 10.53

SF 1: Leila Hurst (HAW) 13.66 def. Monik Santos (BRA) 11.57
SF 2: Joanne Defay (FRA) 17.57 def. Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 9.83

QF 1: Monik Santos (BRA) 9.33 def. Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07
QF 2: Leila Hurst (HAW) 16.64 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 14.33
QF 3: Joanne Defay (FRA) 15.33 def. Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 9.16
QF 4: Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 10.67 def. Heidi Palmboom (ZAF) 8.73

Arnette World Junior. Leila Hurst (HAW) claims the 2011 Arnette Women's World Jr Championships! Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior Winners. Leila Hurst (HAW), Joanne Defay (FRA), Philippa Anderson (AUS) and Monik Santos (BRA). Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Philippa Anderson (AUS) was a standout throughout the event but she fell short in the semis and finished equal third. Photo ©ASP/Rowland.
Arnette World Junior. Monik Santos, Brazil, claims equal third at the Arnette World Junior. Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Frontrunner Dimity Stoyle (AUS) went down in the quarterfinal to event winner Leila Hurst (HAW). Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Juliana Meneghel, Brazil, finishes the wave off cleanly in the quarterfinals. Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Heidi Palmboom (ZAF) surfed well but couldn't get past Phillippa Anderson in the quarterfinals. Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Nao Omura, Japan, was ousted by Monik Santos (BRA) in the quarterfinals. ©ASP/Rowland.
(Clockwise from top left)Leila Hurst gets carried up the beach; Awards ceremony; Philippa Anderson; Nao Omura; Heidi Palmboom; Juliana Meneghel; Dimity Stoyle; Monik Santos.

All Photos ©ASP/Rowland

Additional Resources:

Leila Hurst
Surfing With My Sister. Leila & Sophia Hurst Ride Waves with Life Rolls On at La Jolla Shores

Photo Friday: Alessa Quizon on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Earlier this year I caught my first glimpse of Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon at the Rob Machado Pro Jr. at Seaside Reef. To my eyes, Alessa’s approach to the fickle reef was part precision, part wrecking ball. While others were dodging, she was attacking. Her performance was so eye-opening to me that I couldn’t help but think that the four finalists must have been thanking their lucky stars that Alessa didn’t come up with a backup score in the semis.

Alessa blasted this Occy-like turn at the Supergirl Pro Jr in Oceanside this summer to the cheers and applause of everyone on the beach. Keep your eyes on Alessa Quizon because she has a big, big future!

Alessa Quizon frontside snap at the 2011 Supergirl Pro Jr in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Alessa Quizon frontside snap at the 2011 Supergirl Pro Jr in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Alessa Quizon frontside snap at the 2011 Supergirl Pro Jr in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Hawaii's Alessa Quizon frontside snap at the 2011 Supergirl Pro Jr in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Hawaiian Alessa Quizon frontside snap at the 2011 Supergirl Pro Jr in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Alessa Quizon frontside snap at the 2011 Supergirl Pro Junior in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Additional Resources:

Alessa Quizon at Billabong Girls
Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo Gallery

Chelsea Williams Wins SWATCH Girls Pro China. Lindsay Steinriede Claims ASP Women’s World Longboard Title.

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Williams Wins SWATCH Girls Pro China Steinriede Claims ASP Women’s World Longboard Title

SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011 event winner, Chelsea Williams and 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion, Lindsay Steinriede. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.Chelsea Williams (left) wearing her crown and Lindsay Steinriede (right) with her ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion cup. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Thursday, 27 October, 2011) – Two Champions were crowned at the historic first ever ASP event in China today. Chelsea Williams won the SWATCH Girls Pro China and Lindsay Steinriede (USA) has taken out the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Title.

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Chelsea Williams (AUS) was without a doubt the standout performer of the SWATCH Girls Pro China, so it was only fitting to see her crowned the winner. Williams defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) in an action packed Final with the conditions turning on for the 2 best surfers of the day. Both surfers notched big scores, but it was Williams who continued her dominating run to claim her maiden ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour win.

“I’m so happy to win the first ASP event in China,” Williams said. “It feels amazing to be here and surf against everyone, they were all surfing really well. Fortunately for me it was on a left-hander which rarely ever happens, so I was just stoked to show what I can do on my forehand. I think this has been a longtime coming, I’ve come close to winning so many times so it feel amazing to finally win one.”

[frame_right src=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Steinriede062SGPC11WHS-1-150×100.jpg” href=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Steinriede062SGPC11WHS-1.jpg”]Lindsay Steinriede (USA)[/frame_right]
Despite losing in the Quarterfinals to eventual event winner Chelsea Williams (AUS), Steinriede had amassed enough points to take the crown after winning the first event on the ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour in France and coming 5th here in China.

“I feel awesome!” Steinriede said. “I knew I didn’t have control of the outcome so I was just letting it happen, and it just went my way so I’m really happy. One of the first things I came in and said to my husband after I lost was that I’ve had a lot worse things happen to me, I was just trying to stay positive. To be able to still be in the Title race was awesome and to actually win it, well it’s just sinking in and I think I’m going to cry.”

Steinriede surfed fantastic all event, putting her full repertoire and smooth style on display for the Chinese crowds on the beach, but couldn’t get past the standout surfer of the event Chelsea Williams. Steinriede won the ASP Women’s World Longboard Title when the last contender standing, Kassia Meador (USA) lost to young Hawaiian Kelia Moniz (HAW) in the Semifinals.

“I was devastated because I didn’t want to leave it to chance, but I was more devastated because I didn’t get that wave I wanted,” Steinriede said. “My emotions are still up and down because I really wanted to be in the Final, but that’s ok, I’ll take the ASP World Title!”

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Kelia Moniz (HAW) finished 6th on the ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour ratings after her 2nd place finish at the SWATCH Girls Pro China today. This is a breakout event for the 18-year-old Hawaiian who’s already looking forward to the 2012 ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour.

“It felt great to make the final, and beat Jen (Smith) and Kassia (Meador), that’s a big accomplishment for me,” Moniz said. “Then to surf with Chelsea (Williams) in the final was great. As much as I wanted to win, there’s always next year, I’m already looking forward to coming back here and to France. China has been amazing, the community and the event volunteers have been great, they’ve treated us like royalty and we’re so grateful.”

[frame_right src=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador055SGPC11WHS-150×100.jpg” href=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador055SGPC11WHS.jpg”]Kassia Meador (USA)[/frame_right]
Kassia Meador (USA) finished equal 3rd today at the SWATCH Girls Pro China, cementing her spot as runner-up to the ASP Women’s World Title. If Meador had won the event she would have won the title, but she fell short against the young Hawaiian Moniz in the Quarterfinals.

“I feel great, I’m not much of a contest surfer so the fact that I came close to the ASP World Title is fantastic,” Meador said. “I’m just stoked to be in China surfing with all the girls, and to lose to Kelia (Moniz), there’s not many people I’d rather lose to, she’s like a little sister to me. It was such a fun heat, you do what you can and I fell short, but I’m so happy to make the finals. I’m so stoked that Chelsea (Williams) won! She’s always the in-form surfer at these events so it was due time that she won.”

For more event info on the SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, photos, video highlights and your chance to win SWATCH Touch Eventwatches check out www.swatchgirlspro.com

For more information log on to www.aspworldtour.com


Chelsea Williams (AUS) 15.33 def. Kelia Moniz (HAW) 12.36

SF1: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.00 def. Summer Romero (USA) 8.40
SF2: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 10.90 def. Kassia Meador (USA) 9.75

QF1: Summer Romero (USA) 12.00 def. Miku Uemura (HAW) 9.90
QF2: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.85 def. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 9.25
QF3: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 10.25 def. Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 6.75
QF4: Kassia Meador (USA) 12.40 def. Karina Abras (BRA) 7.10

All Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

SWATCH Girls Pro China Opens Professional Surfing in China with Style

SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lindsay Steinriede. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lindsay Steinriede. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
Lindsay Steinriede (USA) winning her opening heat at the inaugural SWATCH Girls Pro China today. Steinriede earned one of the day’s highest wave scores, an 8.25 (out of a possible of 10). Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

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SWATCH Girls Pro China Opens Professional Surfing in China with Style

WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Wednesday, 26 October, 2011) – The SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning launched professional surfing in China today with the world’s best female longboarders taking to the waves at Riyuewan Bay, Hainan Island. The 2 – 3 foot (1.5 meter) surf was ideal for the surfers to unleash their full bags of tricks with competitors mixing modern and traditional moves much to the delight of the hundreds of fans on the beach.

The SWATCH Girls Pro China is the second of two events on the ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour and the event that will decide the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion. The Title race is wide open, making this not only an historic event, but an exciting one too.

Kaitlin Maguire (USA) won the first ever ASP heat in China in the opening heat of the inaugural SWATCH Girls Pro China over Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN).

“It feels amazing!” Maguire said. “It was pretty stressful out there, I’m happy for it to be over and finish on top. It’s so good to be here and experience the different culture. The wave looks like it has a lot of potential so I’m looking forward to the rest of the event.”

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Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) won a nail-biter of a heat against Isabele Braly (AUS). Both surfers put some solid scores on the board but it was Ah-Kouen who took the heat by less than 1 point.

“I feel good because I won, but it was a very difficult heat,” Ah-Kouen said. “I was very nervous, but now I feel ok, hopefully I will do better in the next round. It’s so good to be here in China, Hainan is a beautiful island and the waves are good.”

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Chelsea Williams (AUS) was the standout performer of the day earning a near perfect 18.80 out of a possible 20. Williams looked right at home on the long left runners, carving and nose-riding bigger and longer than anyone else. Williams will now face Leah Dawson (USA) in the next round.

“I’m pretty surprised I won, I couldn’t hear the announcers out in the water,” Williams said. “I had no idea how I was going until I came into the shore and heard that I’d won. The wave is fun, it’s a little soft left-hander. I love going left because it’s my forehand and I don’t get the chance to go left very often. China is really cool, it’s tropical and not like we expected.”

Lindsay Steinriede (USA) showed why she’s the number one seed at the SWATCH Girls Pro China, easily defeating Taiwanese trials winner Wen Ling Chou (TWN). Steinriede will now face Frenchwoman Coline Menard (FRA) in Round 2.

“I was a little nervous because I know the conditions can be tough out there,” Steinriede said. “On my first wave I was definitely a little jittery, I’d been waiting a while and was excited to get out there. It’s also a while between events and I have a full-time job so you have to switch competition mode off for a little bit, but it doesn’t take long to turn it back on.”

Darci Lui (CHN), the first ever Chinese national to compete at an ASP event, lost her heat against an in-form 2 x ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith. Lui lost the battle, but did the locals proud with hundreds cheering everytime she got to her feet.

“It’s been a great opportunity for me to surf against these girls,” Lui said. “Even though I lost I’m so happy! This is such a great event for China, I’m so proud to have this event here.”

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“I felt really shaky out there,” Meador said. “It’s been a long day, maybe I’m dehydrated. I couldn’t really find my feet out there. Hopefully I got all my falling off out of the way for the rest of the event.”

A call will be made at 7am tomorrow for a possible 7:30 start, there’s a chance that the SWATCH Girls Pro China will finish tomorrow and that a new ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion will be crowned.

The SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning will run from 26 – 30 October. For more event info, photos, video highlights and your chance to win SWATCH Touch Eventwatches stay tuned to www.swatchgirlspro.com

For more information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

SWATCH Girls Pro China Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 9.25 def. Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) 7.45
Heat 2: Summer Romero (USA) 13.85 def. Roxy Towill (ZAF) 8.40
Heat 3: Miku Uemura (HAW) 13.00 def. Estitxu Estremo (ESP) 6.96
Heat 4: Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 12.25 def. Isabele Braly (AUS) 11.60
Heat 5: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 18.80 def. Amy Trujillo (USA) 9.40
Heat 6: Leah Dawson (USA) 13.35 def. Candice O’Donnell (GBR) 5.85
Heat 7: Coline Menard (FRA) 9.50 def. Rosie Locke (AUS) 5.75
Heat 8: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.85 def. Wen Ling Chou (TWN) 8.90
Heat 9: Jennifer Smith (USA) 10.75 def. Darci Lui (CHN) 3.75
Heat 10: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 14.10 def. Megan Godinez (HAW) 7.25
Heat 11: Melissa Combo (AUS) 10.15 def. Kelly Nicely (USA) 9.00
Heat 12: Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 6.85 def. Cristiana Pires (USA) 6.70
Heat 13: Kassia Meador (USA) 9.60 def. Nicole Trickett (ZAF) 5.25
Heat 14: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 12.50 def. Geodee Clark (HAW) 8.00
Heat 15: Justine Dupont (FRA) 13.25 def. Hatsumi Ui (JPN) 8.00
Heat 16: Karina Abras (BRA) 7.70 def. Rachel Barry (USA) 6.75

SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Competitors. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Summer Romero noseride. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lineup. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Surfers' area. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Yuko Shimajiri. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Beach statues. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.Photos from above left. Opening ceremonies; Summer Romero; SWATCH Girls Pro China lineup; Competitors’ area; Yuko Shimajiri; Beach statues. Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

All Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

Ami Berg & Amy Luis Join the Calavera Swimwear Surf Team


Ami Berg and Amy Luis Join the Calavera Swimwear Surf Team
Florida and California Athletes added to the roster of ripping Calavera girls

Ami Berg, Calavera Swimwear Surf TeamNewport Beach, CA (October 20, 2011) – Calavera Swimwear is excited to announce the additions of Florida surfer Ami Berg and California flowboarder Amy Luis to the Calavera Surf Team. Berg and Luis join current Calavera riders Jordan Hundley, Costa Rica’s number one ranked female surfer, and rising surf star Evie Johnstone, also based in Costa Rica.

“We’re so stoked to add two young women of the caliber of Ami and Amy to our team,” adds Anna Jerstrom, Founder of Calavera Swimwear. “Not only are these women fantastic athletes, they are both caring and charitable role models. They will be outstanding representatives for Calavera and we’re excited to see what they’ll accomplish next.”

Launched in May 2011, Calavera Swimwear is created especially for independent, adventurous female surfers who want to showcase their personal style without losing the functionality of performance-minded swimwear.

Florida native and Cocoa Beach resident Ami Berg (pictured above) is a passionate surfer and student at Central Florida University who was named the 2009/2010 Southeast Regional Champion for Womens Shortboard. Not only a competitive surfer, Berg dedicates her time to teaching children with autism how to surf as well volunteering with the Special Olympics.

“I love Calavera Suits because they are not only super cute they actually stay on when I surf,” says Berg. “Finding a cute and flattering bathing suit that doesn’t fall off as soon as you touch the water is very difficult to do, so when I first tried out my new Calavera suits I was sold immediately! It is so wonderful to have a bikini company cater to all types of surfer girls and their styles.”

Amy Luis, Calavera Swimwear Surf TeamPismo Beach, CA-based Amy Luis (pictured at left) is a lifelong water woman and adrenaline junkie. Luis competes internationally in the sport of flowboarding and was recently crowned the 2011 Flowboarding World Champion in Durban, South Africa. In her “spare time”, Luis is also an emergency room nurse.

“I am thrilled to be on the Calavera Swimwear team,” explains Luis. “Calavera suits are so comfortable and it is honestly the first time in my life that I do not have to constantly check my suit while riding. I love how they are not only practical but feminine as well. To me, Calavera is about being a ripper and a woman at the same time!”

To learn more about Calavera Swimwear, please visit www.calaveraswimwear.com.

About Calavera Swimwear
Founded by passionate surfer and savvy businesswoman Anna Jerstrom, Calavera Swimwear is a swimwear and waterwear company based in Newport Beach, CA. Calavera offers a line of performance bikinis created specifically for women who enjoy watersports that stay in place through all the physical demands of intense activity while featuring unique, edgy fabrics and customizable combinations. Developed and manufactured in the USA, Calavera Swimwear has been featured in Fitness magazine, Foam magazine, SurfGirl magazine, California Apparel News magazine and most recently on The Weather Channel. For additional information regarding Calavera Swimwear, please visit www.calaveraswimwear.com or call 646-401-0160.

2011 Swatch Girls Pro China Hosted by Wanning $10,000 Noserider Division

Jen Smith, Swatch Girls Pro China, Wanning, Hainan Island, China, Women's World Longboard Championship, October 26-30, 2011

With under one week to go until the SWATCH GIRLS PRO China hosted by Wanning commences on the idyllic, tropical shores of Hainan Island, the lineup has been announced for a $10,000 prize purse specialty Noserider division.

In another first for the groundbreaking SWATCH GIRLS PRO China hosted by Wanning (along with being the historic debut of international competition in China), the Noserider division will be a unisex event, pitting the skills of male and female surfers against each other.

An eclectic 10-surfer field of some of the very finest purveyors of longboard finesse vying for $3,500 first place in the Noserider division includes the likes of Endless Summer 2 star ‘Wingnut’ Weaver (USA), surfer/model Crystal Dzigas (HAW), surfer/artist Christian Wach (USA), leading European pro longboarder Sam Bleakley (UK) as well as top contenders from the main event like Lindsay Steinreide (USA) and Kassia Meador (USA).

While westerners may be sometimes referred to in Chinese colloquialism as the ‘Chang Bizi’ (long noses), it will be their skills regarding the other kind of nose, the ones of the front of their performance longboards, that these surfers will be hoping to impress the judges with in the South China Sea.

Event sponsors Swatch have also announced that Swatch ProTeam rider and 2008 ASP World Junior Champ Pauline Ado (FRA) will be attending the groundbreaking event, as well as Anne-Flore Marxer, Swatch snowboard pro rider and reigning Freeride World Champion.

This event marks the second partnership between women’s surfing and Swatch, which already sponsors the SWATCH GIRLS PRO France, ASP 6-star women’s event.

For more information go to: www.swatchgirlspro.com

Pantin, Spain & Azores Islands, Portugal Surf Video Clip with Malia Manuel

Young Hawaiian surfer Malia Manuel went on a tear through the final European leg of the ASP Women’s Star series and walked away with wins at both the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro and the Billabong Women’s Azores Island Pro. Her two victories secured a coveted spot on the ASP Women’s World Tour in 2012.

We at Jettygirl have been fans of Malia’s surfing for quite some time and look forward to seeing her mix it up with the rest of the Top 17 in 2012. Congrats Malia!

Surf video courtesy of maliamanuel.com

California Surf Festival. 4 Days of Surf Movies & More. October 13-16, 2011 in Oceanside, California.

The 4th Annual California Surf Festival celebrates the lifestyle of beach-goers and wave riders alike with four exciting, action-packed days October 13th-16th in Oceanside, California. Featuring multi-talented musicians, jaw-dropping surf film premieres plus appearances by today’s top surf pros and legends, this fundraising benefit for the California Surf Museum promises something for everyone.

Whether you rip the waves at your favorite local beach or just enjoy digging your toes in the warm sand and enjoying the view, you won’t want to miss a single event. Now in its 4th successful year, the California Surf Festival highlights surfing’s healthy lifestyle and trend-setting culture. Set against the back-drop of the California Surf Museum’s latest exhibits, attendees and guests are guaranteed to be dazzled by this fun and educational annual event.

Bring Your Mighty Uke Night! With Pat Enos and Bill Tapia in concert.
An important part of surf culture is the music, and what better way to start off the Festival on Thursday night than with the iconic ukulele, which has captivated surfers through the years? The documentary Mighty Uke will share the amazing phenomenon that the ukulele is taking over the world, one pluck of the strings at a time. We have a very special musical presentation featuring Bill Tapia and Pat Enos following the screening – bring your uke along! You’ll learn that this fun and charming instrument has heart and soul and, most importantly, transcends boundaries. This is one instrument that always puts a smile on your face!

Chicks Who Rip Night! With appearances by Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson.
Special programming will feature films by, for, and about, the ladies of surf. We will be presenting footage of some of the hottest women surfers on the water today. Mingle with our special guests, be a part of the USA Premiere for the documentary Oceanides, sponsored by Keep A Breast Foundation.

The dynamic Leave A Message is one of the year’s best films showing how the ladies rip. When you watch this film, you’ll be blown away how powerful the women have become in the water. Carissa Moore’s surfing in this film shows why she just may be the number one woman in the world! This is the first surf festival to honor the ladies of surf with a full program.

Surf Theater Saturday. Meet surf photographer Dan Merkel.
This day features a cornucopia of surf films. We start with Chasing the Swell by Sachi Cunningham, featuring the big waves from Mavericks and Puerto Escondido and the amazing surfers who challenge them. Splinters, a top surf film that world-premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, is about the first-ever National Surfing Championship in Papua New Guinea and how it changed the lives of several surfers from the host village of Vanimo.

We welcome the return of the CSF’s first winner of the Big Shorts From Little Groms filmmakers contest, Victor Pakpour. His first feature surf film, Blow Up, shows how this talented grom has become a true surf filmmaker. Surprise Excitement Party will follow, the newest film from Chris Coté, Editor at Transworld Surf Magazine. Coté shows how John John Florence, Mark Healy and Kelly Slater continue to rip it up across the globe.

The day ends with the San Diego Premiere of Doug Walker’s Lost and Found. About four years ago, Doug found three boxes of slides and negatives of surfers at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet in Pasadena, California. A lifelong surfer, he was intrigued and took them home. He recognized images from Surfing Magazine from as far back as 1972. Doug traveled for over three years finding the people as well as the photographers who lived the era and captured beautiful stories which if not told would be LOST. Do not miss Surf Cinema Saturday!

Silver Sunday. With surfer/shaper legend Skip Frye.
The Festival closing day begins with our 4th annual “Big Shorts From Little Groms” filmmakers contest. Kids 18 and under were invited to make a short action sports film no longer than 5 minutes. The best films will screen and a panel of judges will present awards to the films, with an overall Festival Grom filmmaker winner. Lucky winners in the past have gone on to be hired by some of the largest surf companies in the world, with their job making films.

The Still Point, by Taki Bibelas, is one of the major award-winning films screening in film festivals this year. This French filmmaker, inspired by the work of T.S. Eliot, asks world pioneer surfers about their experience of what it is like to be in the still point of the water. The answers are insightful and thought provoking. Interviews with Mickey Muñoz, Tom Morey, Paul Strauch, Skip Frye, Jericho Poppler, Steve Pezman, Jeff Divine, Doc Paskowitz, George Downing and many more, have made this film intriguing and in demand!

Closing the Festival will be the annual Silver Surfer Award, this year presented to San Diego’s legendary surfer and shaper, Skip Frye. Come join people from the community and surf industry in honoring Skip for his contribution to surfing through the years. It will be a who’s who of surfing at this event, with photos, film and speakers to share Skip’s amazing life.

It’s all happening on the big screen in the intimate setting of the Sunshine Brooks Theatre and the Aloha Room. 217 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

Information and Tickets: CaliforniaSurfFestival.com and 760-721-6876

* Indicates short film • Doors open 30 mins before screening time. All screenings $8 CSM members / $10 non-members except as noted. Admission to Aloha Room is free with ticket to film screenings. Meet film directors and surfers in the films. On display: art for sale, surfboards and more. Listen to live music by local musicians.

THURSDAY, OCT 13: Bring Your Mighty Uke Night!
Tickets: $12 / $15 • with Community Partner: Guitars In The Classroom
6:30 pm – Mighty Uke reception
7:30 pm – Mighty Uke by Tony Coleman, followed by Bill Tapia and Pat Enos musical presentation

FRIDAY, OCT 14: Chicks Who Rip Night!
with Community Partner: Keep A Breast Foundation
6:00 pm – Chicks Who Rip reception with Keep A Breast
6:30 pm – First Love by Claire Gorman (West Coast Premiere) with: *Eddie by Claire Gorman
8:30 pm – Oceanides by Lorène Carpentier (USA Premiere).
Q&A with Director to follow with: *Leave A Message by Jason Kentworthy and Aaron Leiber

SATURDAY, OCT 15: Surf Theater Saturday

with Community Partner: Surfrider Foundation
1:00 pm – The Physics of Surfing By Passmore Lab
Ocean Monk by Sanjay Rawal
Chasing the Swell by Sachi Cunningham
with: *Plastic Tide by Skye Kelly
3:00 pm – Splinters by Adam Pesce and Perrin Chiles
with: *On Board by Dustin Brockman
5:00 pm – Get-N Classic by Vans
Sion Milosky Tribute by Volcom
with: *Hi, I’m Andy Irons by Michael Oblowitz
6:00 pm – VIP Reception for Lost and Found in the Aloha Room
catered by The Fish Joint
Tickets for VIP Reception and film screening: $25 / $35
6:30 pm – Blow Up by Victor Pakpour (CSM’s first BSFLG winner!)
Surprise Excitement Party by Chris Coté
with: *36 Hours in the City by Billabong
8:30 pm – Lost and Found by Douglas Walker (San Diego Premiere)
with: *Beer Can Surfboard by Rich Morrison
and: *Sanded by Tim Ryan

SUNDAY, OCT 16: Silver Sunday
1:00 pm – Big Shorts From Little Groms Free Admission
3:00 pm – The Still Point by Taki Bibelas
with: *The Board Meeting by Maggie Franks
and: *Blue Sway by Jack McCoy
5:00 pm – Silver Surfer Reception and Presentation to Skip Frye. Free Admission.

Schedule subject to change.

EMPTY LOWERS. Filmmaker Hayley Gordon Meets Up with Sara Taylor & Ornella Pellizzari at Lower Trestles.

While surfing with Hayley Gordon the other day, she casually mentioned that she had gone down to Lowers with two of Jettygirl’s favorite subjects, Huntington Beach’s Sara Taylor and a spray-throwing goofyfoot from Argentina, Ornella Pellizzari.

“And when we got there it was virtually empty,” she said nonchalantly.

I’ve used that line quite a bit myself over the years but to me, “virtually empty Lowers” is about twenty surfers. Hayley, Sara and Ornella didn’t just score “virtually empty,” it was “empty, empty.” I’m so envious but so stoked at the same time to have the opportunity to show off more of Hayley’s work. She is an amazing individual, a great surfer and an incredibly gifted filmmaker.

Once you’ve checked out Empty Lowers, take a click over to another one of her short films, Adventures in Puerto Rico.

Follow Hayley Gordon on Twitter and check out more of her short films on Vimeo.

EMPTY LOWERS – a short surf film by Hayley Gordon

Sara Taylor and Ornella Pellizzari rolled down to Trestles on Thursday where they were greeted with the emptiest Lowers lineup they had ever seen. It was an all you can eat wave feast. Doesn’t get much better.

Music: Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix)

Canon T3i
Canon 70-300 f/5.6
Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
Mexican Food
and some sunglasses to fight the glare…

3 Killas y Un Kiwi. A Marina Zawisza Film Starring Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Simone Zea & Paige Hareb. Film Trailer.

3 Killas y Un Kiwi from Marina Zawisza on Vimeo.

A Marina Zawisza Film3 Killas y Un Kiwi on Facebook

3 Killas y Un Kiwi is the first video of its kind, an introduction of Latin American female surfing to the world. Surfing world champion Sofia Mulanovich from Peru, Simone Zea from Venezuela, and Ornella Pellizzari from Argentina lead an army of shredders that carve their way through waves and life.

Even though Sofia Mulanovich paved the way for Latin American girls, it is still a tough road to follow. Since most of the talent goes unnoticed we decided it was time to share their skills with the rest of the world. Latin America is not the only place were female surfing has not received the international recognition it deserves. Paige Hareb from New Zealand is one of the few women who surfs in her country, therefore we decided to add a little sweet and tasty flavor to our mix and invite a Kiwi to participate in this adventure. With their strength, talent and beauty these women will be a great inspiration to any young girl watching. Shot on great locations such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, California and Hawaii the diversity of images is a gift to the eye.


Es un video único, una introducción del surf femenino latinoamericano al mundo. Campeona mundial Sofia Mulanovich de Perú, Simone Zea de Venezuela y Ornella Pellizzari de Argentina guían a un ejercito de mujeres que dibujan sus vidas sobre miles de olas al rededor del planeta.

Aún cuando Sofia abrió una buena vía para el resto de las latinas el camino a seguir no es nada fácil. Como la mayoría del talento en nuestros países pasa por desapercibido, nosotras decidimos que ya era el momento de compartir las habilidades de estas chicas con el resto del mundo. América Latina no es el único lugar que no recibe el reconocimiento internacional que se merece. Paige Hareb de Nueva Zelanda es una de las pocas mujeres que surfea en su país, por esta razón decidimos agregar un poquito de sabor extranjero a nuestro menjurje e invitamos a este kiwi a participar en nuestra aventura. Con su fuerza, talento y belleza estas mujeres se convierten en una inspiración para cualquier chica que las vea. Filmado en locaciones fantásticas como Mexico, Costa Rica, Perú, Panamá, Puerto Rico, California y Hawaii la diversidad de imagenes es un regalo para nuestros ojos.

3 Killas y Un Kiwi en Facebook

OCEANIDES Film Screening & Art Opening at The Loft at UCSD. October 15th, Doors Open at 6:30pm, Film Begins at 8pm.

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Date: October 15th
Event: Oceanides, film screening and art opening
Art by: Lorene Carpentier & Julie Goldstein
Doors: 6.30pm (for art opening, dinner and drinks)
Film: 8pm

The San Diego Surf Ladies have teamed up with The Loft on the UCSD campus for one of the very first screenings of new movie Oceanides.

Oceanides: A surf movie about women and oceans was directed by Lorene Carpentier and made possible by the Keep a Breast Foundation. The Loft will be featuring this San Diego premiere of the film starring outstanding female surf talent from the likes of Kassia Meador, Jen Smith, Julie Cox and Leah Dawson.

In addition to the screening the evening will serve as an art opening for work by Lorene and Cardiff based surfer and artist Julie Goldstein.

The doors open at 6.30 and The Loft also has an in house restaurant and wine bar so you can come get dinner, check out the artwork and see the movie!!

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=204924806241925
Website: http://www.artpwr.com/events/884
Film Trailer: http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/?p=2047