Caio Ibelli and Leila Hurst Claim ASP World Junior Titles at the Billabong World Junior Championships

Leila Hurst (HAW) and Alessa Quizon (HAW) at the Billabong World Junior Championships. Photo © ASP/KIRSTIN
Bringing the titles back to Hawaii. ASP World Junior Champ, Leila Hurst (HAW) alongside Billibong World Junior event winner, Alessa Quizon (HAW). Photo: ©ASP/Kirstin

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Ibelli And Hurst Claim ASP World Junior Titles At The Billabong World Junior Championships

BURLEIGH HEADS, Queensland/Australia (Saturday, 28 January, 2012) – Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Leila Hurst (HAW) have claimed the Men’s and Women’s ASP World Junior Titles at the Billabong World Junior Championships today. The pair join a prestigious list of former ASP World Junior Champions, including: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Andy Irons (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS). Wade Carmichael (AUS) and Alessa Quizon (HAW) were also amongst the winners today, taking out the third and final event of the ASP World Junior Title Series, the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

The Men’s ASP World Junior Title race saw all the frontrunners bow out early today with Jack Freestone (AUS) eliminated by Medi Veminardi (REU) and Ian Gouveia (BRA) taken out by Wade Carmichael (AUS) in the Quarterfinals. Carmichael had a sensational outing at Burleigh Heads this week, gaining entry into the event with a win at the Von Zipper trials and then sticking it to the world’s best junior surfers with a win at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

Another frontrunner, Garrett Parkes (AUS), needed to advance out of today’s Quarterfinals to clinch the 2011 ASP World Junior Title, but was halted by South American sensation Filipe Toledo (BRA). Parkes’s ousting in the Quarterfinals resulted in a tie with Caio Ibelli (BRA) for the top spot on the ASP World Junior Title rankings, requiring a “Surf-Off” to determine the champion.

Caio Ibelli (BRA) started the Surf-Off with a couple of minor scores, it was clear that he was going for something big. Garret Parkes (AUS) on the other hand started chipping away at the lead, posting some scores in the good range to give him an early lead. Ibelli found a wave that linked up and unleashed some solid carves and a massive air-reverse to score an 8.67 (out of a possible 10), to swing momentum his way and take the lead. Parkes had a last minute chance to claim the prestigious ASP World Junior title, needing a 7.58 (out of a possible 10), but fell less than a point short after he too landed a nice air-reverse.

“I’m so stoked to bring the ASP World Junior Title back to Brazil!” Ibelli said. “I feel so amazing now! I didn’t know I had another opportunity to win, I just found out this morning. I want to thank my family, my friends and Oakley for their support. Garrett (Parkes) is a good surfer and he’s at home in Australia so I knew I had to do my best.”

Parkes, who missed out on qualifying for the ASP World Junior Tour in 2010, finished his junior career on a high at number 2 in the world. Parkes now has been given a priority seeding into the ASP Star and Prime events to help his chances of Qualifying for the elite ASP World Tour.

“I’m pretty devastated because I put a lot of hard work in,” Parkes said. “I gave it all I could, I tried my best and I still lost. The Surf-Off was great, it gave me a second chance, but I didn’t capitalise on it. It’s better than doing a count back because this way it comes down to surfing.”

Wade Carmichael (AUS) and Nathan Carvalho (HAW) were perfectly matched and put on an exciting Final at the Billabong World Junior Championships that won’t soon be forgotten. As the clock was counting down the final seconds, Carmichael was left needing a mid-range score, he took off on a smaller wave and blasted one of the biggest fins-free turns of the event. The siren went and both surfers were floating in the lineup waiting for the scores to be announced. Carmichael only caught 2 waves in the 30 minute final, but that’s all it took for him to claim an epic come-from-behind victory.

“I’m over the moon right now, this is the best day of my life!” Carmichael said. “I’ve been training for this for the last few months, I wanted to have a big year and this is unbelievable. I wasn’t nervous that whole heat, even though I was sitting waiting for that second wave for a long time. But I was really nervous and freaking out after the heat while I was waiting for the score to be announced. Then they said I won and it was the best feeling.”

Leila Hurst (HAW) was one of three surfers in the running for the ASP Women’s World Junior Title this morning, but was the last one standing after front-runner Joanne Defay (FRA) lost her Quarterfinal clash. Then Philippa Anderson (AUS) bowed out of the race when she finished runner-up in the event, as she needed to win the final to claim the crown.

“I never want to be in that position again,” Hurst said. “Watching a final and having no control over if I won the ASP World Title or if I lost. I was feeling so much pressure. I’m losing my mind right now, I never thought I had a chance to win this. I’ve only just started to do well in contests again after a run of bad results, so I had low self-esteem coming into this event. It’s feel great to see what winning feels like again.”

Alessa Quizon (HAW) handed the ASP World Junior Title to fellow Hawaiian when she defeated the last contender in the Final of the Billabong World Junior Championships. Quizon had been a standout performer all event, using her vertical backhand snaps to build up some big scores in each round, punctuating her performance with a solid 7.50 (out of a possible 10) in the final to win the event.

“I feel really happy, this is the best result I’ve had in a long time,” Quizon said. “I’m so happy that Leila (Hurst) won the ASP World Junior Title. A Hawaiian gets to take the title home, I’m really stoked for her!”

The top four surfers on the ASP World Junior Ratings get priority seeding into all ASP Prime and Star event in 2012.

1. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
2. Garrett Parkes (AUS)
3. Davey Cathels (AUS)
4. Jack Freestone (AUS)

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Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.74 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 14.00

Wade Carmichael (AUS) 11.17 def. Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 10.63

SF 1: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 11.84 def Medi Veminardi (REU) 8.66
SF 2: Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 16.50 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.26

QF 1: Medi Veminardi (REU) 12.00 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.50
QF 2: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 14.27 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 7.00
QF 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.74 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 14.44
QF 4: Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 12.13 def. Dean Bowen (AUS) 9.60

Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.67 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.67

SF 1: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 15.10 def. Nage Melamed (HAW) 9.34
SF 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.80 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 6.94

QF 1: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13,07 def. Sarah Mason (NZL) 10.83
QF 2: Nage Melamed (HAW) 15.00 def. Joanne Defay (FRA) 12.67
QF 3: Leila Hurst (HAW) 15.67 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 14.76
QF 4: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.83 def. Sarah Baum (ZAF) 8.97

The Billabong World Junior Championship is supported by the Queensland Government, through Events Queensland.

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Call for Entries! Board Shorts Film Festival 2012. Surf Films by Socal Artists Inspired by Women. Presented by San Diego Surf Ladies & The Loft at UCSD.

Board Shorts 2012 Surf Films by Socal Artists Inspired by Women

Calling all SoCal Surf filmmakers, established and emerging! San Diego Surf Ladies and The Loft at UC San Diego present: Board Shorts: a festival of short surf films by Socal artists, inspired by women.

Date: Saturday, February 25th
Venue: The Loft at UC San Diego
Time: 7pm
Afterparty: 9.30pm
Media Contact: Liz Bradshaw – / 858.405.4589

Following the success of the Oceanides premiere last October the San Diego Surf Ladies have decided that more events are in order to celebrate the athlete’s and artists that make up the surf community in Southern California!

On February 25th SDSL will be hosting it’s first annual short film festival at The Loft at UC San Diego and invite all filmmakers in the Southern Californian area to submit their short film to be screened at this special event that will also play host to surf inspired visual artists and musicians.

As a female surf club the Surf Ladies recognize and are inspired by the growing population of sisters in the surf industry doing it for themselves! Winning world championships, shaping boards, making music and films all without the help from any major brands! Plus they love any opportunity to get together with the community and geek out on the sub-culture that inspires them.

Seeking entries from seasoned and emerging filmmakers we invite all artists male and female (no gender discrimination here!) to send us their best!! Entries will be being collected by SDSL from now through Sunday February 5th when selections will be juried by a panel of industry professionals from the world of surfing, art and the media!

Following the screening will be a Q&A with filmmakers, panel members and notable surfers then we’re on to a meet and greet whilst hip world beats get the dance party started!

Dinner and drinks will be available all night from Zanzibar!


We decided on some simple criteria aligning with the mission and goals of San Diego Surf Ladies. If your film matches the descriptions below, we’d love it see it!

• Film should be over one (1) minute and under fifteen (15) minutes
• Film should be focused on surfing and/or surfing industry, AND include some women in the film.
• Artists should be based in or have association with Southern California.
• Deadline for submission is Sunday, Feb 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm (PST).

Once you’re sure you meet all of above criteria, follow these two simple steps.

1. Read and agree to our full rules and guidelines here
2. Submit your video on our Submissions page

A panel of industry professionals will review all submissions received by Feb 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm (PST). If your video is chosen, you will be contacted by email. Film finalists are invited to a private VIP Reception prior to the screening. We also ask film finalists to participate in a Q&A session.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Liz Bradshaw.

Happy Film Making!

San Diego Surf Ladies

The Women Step Up At The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast

Sarah Baum, Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast. Surf photo © ASP/Dunbar
Sarah Baum (ZAF) was the day’s standout, top scoring with the day’s highest heat total of 18.53 (out of 20.00) Photo: ©ASP/Dunbar

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The Women Step Up At The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast

[frame_left src=”×98.jpg” href=””]Burleigh Heads ©ASP/Kirstin[/frame_left]BURLEIGH HEADS, Queensland/Australia (Sunday, 22 January, 2012) – Today saw a slight decrease in swell size at Burleigh Heads for Day 2 of the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast, and the call was made to run Rounds 1 and 2 of the Women’s event. The women went for it in the fun 2 foot (1 meter) surf, putting on a good show for the hundreds of onlookers lining the Burleigh Headland.

Sarah Baum (ZAF) was the talk of the town today after starring in the last heat of Round 1. The young lady from Durban, South Africa used her powerful backhand attack to post the highest heat total of the event thus far – 18.53 (out of a possible 20).

“I surf rights most of the time so I’ve got a strong backhand,” Baum said. “I also think this wave is easy to surf on your backhand because you can get right in the pocket. I was nervous going into this event, but now I’m feeling confident after that 9.93 (out of a possible 10). I was so excited when I paddled into that wave and saw it double up, it allowed me to do a big fins-free turn and that set me up for a great wave.”

[frame_right src=”×100.jpg” href=””]Sarah Mason ©ASP/Dunbar[/frame_right]Sarah Mason (New Zealand) was another goofy-footer to put on a dominant Round 1 performance where she scored a massive heat total of 17.96 (out of a possible 20).

“It’s awesome surfing at Burleigh with only a couple of girls out!” Mason said. “I live on the Gold Coast, but I haven’t surfed Burleigh in a long time, so it’s good to get some nice waves out here. There was some long waits for waves, so you had to make the most of it when they did come through. I watched Matt Lewis-Hewitt’s heat online yesterday, it was great to see another Kiwi do well, I’m stoked we both got through.”

Alessa Quizon (HAW) used her sharp backhand attack to post some big scores today and skipped Round 2, advancing directly into Round 3. Quizon defeated Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Philippa Anderson (AUS) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

“I was out there just trying to focus on myself and not worry about the others,” Quizon said. “I live at Makaha on the west side of Oahu and there’s pretty much only rights, so I get to practice on my backhand all the time, so I feel really comfortable out there.”

Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) who recently relocated from Crescent Head, NSW to the Gold Coast, put her pointbreak experience to good use today after taking out her Round 1 duel with her younger sister Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) and current ASP Women’s World Junior ratings leader Joanne Defay (FRA).

“It’s good to surf against my sister, but it’s also nerve racking because if she beat me she’d never let me live it down,” Ellie-Jean Coffey said. “I’m so thankful to Billabong for giving me the wildcard into this event, I’ve got no pressure and nothing to lose, but everything to gain.”

[frame_left src=”×192.jpg” href=””]Leila Hurst ©ASP/Kirstin[/frame_left]Leila Hurst (HAW) is currently 2nd on the ASP Women’s World Junior ratings and is looking for a solid result here at the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast to help her claim the ASP Women’s World Junior title.

“I feel like I’ve got a bit of pressure on me at the moment, but I’m trying to keep it under control and have fun,” Hurst said. “I’ve had a lot of trouble getting waves out here over the past few days, but after spending some time in the lineup I feel like I know where to sit to get the good ones now, so that helped.”

Dimity Stoyle (AUS) put on a show for the Sunday crowd at Burleigh Heads today, catching 13 waves and posting some scores in the excellent range courtesy of her smooth style.

“I was having so much fun in that heat!” Stoyle said. “It’s only small, but it’s really good. I just caught so many waves because it’s so hard to get waves freesurfing out here. I live on the Sunshine Coast, but feel at home down here on the Gold Coast because I come down a lot to visit my grandparents a lot.”

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Heat 1: Sarah Mason (NZL) 17.96, Nage Melamed (HAW) 12.73, Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 8.67
Heat 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.27, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.44, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.33
Heat 3: Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 12.83, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 12.03, Joanne Defay (FRA) 7.57
Heat 4: Leila Hurst (HAW) 14.73, Eden Putland (AUS) 8.00, Maud Le Car (FRA) 7.97
Heat 5: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 17.23, Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 6.33
Heat 6: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 18.53, Quincy Davis (USA) 13.43, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.50

Heat 1: Maud Le Car (FRA) 11.90, Joanne Defay (FRA) 9.76, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 7.13
Heat 2: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13.76, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 12.33 Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 6.17

The Billabong World Junior Championship is supported by the Queensland Government, through Events Queensland.

The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast is brought to you by Monster Energy Drink, Sony, Events QLD, Sony Ericsson, VonZipper, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ASL magazine and Burleigh Boardriders.

Anastasia Ashley. Airwalk Surf Video Clip.

About six years ago I posed the question on Jettygirl about Anastasia Ashley being the “most famous surfer in the world.” It was a simple question based on results I was seeing on various search engines at the time but I was taken to task by numerous people both online and off for daring to post such a thing. Fast forward to this morning and a quick search garnered the same results with Anastasia’s name coming up twice as much as even the 11x men’s world champ, Kelly Slater, who’d I’d assumed would be the most famous surfer of all-time. Anastasia Ashley…12,700,000 results and counting…

Whether it’s due to her appearances at Backdoor or Waimea, throwing out the first pitch at sold-out Major League Baseball games, being followed around by MTV’s World of Jenks or her recent bikini-clad highlight in Playboy, Anastasia is taking a different approach to her pro surfing career and she’s succeeding at it quite well.

Video: Courtesy of AirwalkOnline’s YouTube Channel

Music: “Fly Away” by Chris Bangs

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♥ Thank you to Anastasia for being one of Jettygirl’s biggest supporters over the years. We’ll never forget. Like Anastasia, if you’re a California driver and want to save money on your auto insurance, please visit for a free rate quote.

Bec Woods Takes An Honest Look at the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour

By Bec Woods

People tell you to live in the now. I’m living in the now, I enjoy my life, why would I not… I am a professional surfer. It can be the best job in the World! I am also in the midst of running an event for the second year in a row with my mate and Pro surfer Amee Donohoe. The local community is providing awesome support. The local businesses and media are into it and back our passion to pass onto people our love for not just female surfing but surfing in general. With 120 girls last year entered and some cool happenings this year you should come along to the RA Girls Surf Show.

Left: Bec Woods pulling into a grinding left at Teahupo’o…many tour years ago. Photo: ©ASP/Karen.

Surfing has been my life since I was 12 and I am fiercely passionate about how healthy it can be for everyone. When I paddle out at my local break I know most of the line-up and I love watching everyone having fun, it’s a community. Everywhere in the world you are sharing your passion with people you are a community. I love seeing people stoked and getting barreled with smiles on their faces just as much as I love getting barreled! I live in the now, yes …but sometimes I look at the now and the future of 2012 for surfing and there are some things that do disappoint me about the surf industry right now.

The dream of surfing the world in epic waves and pushing myself to a level that I was satified with engulfed me, surfing with the best and trying my hardest. Falling down faces in Teahupo’o and dropping ledges at Cloudbreak at 8-10 foot as a 20 year old challenged me, my heart in my mouth making a drop and doing things I wasn’t sure I could do. I lived for that …I miss that. I don’t even bother surfing in big waves or training for these conditions anymore because it’s not necessary.

Bec Woods, Cloudbreak, Fiji. Photo © ASP/KAREN Bec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Left: Bec Woods at Cloudbreak. ©ASP/Karen. Right: HB Pier. ©Grant. Which comp would you rather watch?

For those who don’t know, here are a few things about female World Tour surfing from last year and the upcoming year…

• We have 6 events on our calendar for 2012 with our year ending in August in the amazing waves (yes, I am being sarcastic) of Huntington Beach, USA.

• We have NO Hawaiian events.

• We have no reef breaks or heavy barrels (Teahupo’o, Fiji and Honolua Bay are gone) so it really is a beach break tour on right handers.

• How can someone be a well rounded World Champ when we surf the same conditions (2-3 foot onshore beachies)? Should the world champ be called the 2-3 foot beach break world champ?

• Our prize money on the WQS hasn’t changed since the 1980′s.

• Many professional surfers aren’t sponsored right now and this is a sign the companies are hurting. It costs around 40K to do the World Tour and 50K to try your luck on both tours …way more for the men who have more events.

Bec Woods, Roxy 2005 Fiji. Photo © ASP/ROBERTSON

The world of competitive World Tour surfing that has been my career for the last ten years has slowly lost its glitz and glam and the business side has slowly been exposed as just that … a business. It just disappoints me that when times get tough you should just look at the Women’s World Tour as a scale of how tough because we are the first to get targeted. This is not a “poor me” story …I just see young girls fighting for their spot on Tour and a dig at their Dream, only to get on the World Tour and realize that the WQS actually has more events and better waves. The disappointment on their faces and the hard work they put in not rewarded.

I am also disappointed that our industry is selling out to bigger brands and the bigger brands are not supporting the core of the industry but just using it to make money and screw the consumer. If all our surf brands get bought out and the non-core buyers don’t put on events then what happens to our sport and dream? The Women’s Tour is failing, the big brands are not putting anything back in and I think it is about time they did. Watch the Women’s Tour as a sign of what will happen to the industry as a whole. Maybe the industry has to learn a hard lesson? I know if I have kids and they are female I want them to surf for sure (one board a year and a pair of boardies) but no way will I push them to compete in an industry that doesn’t support it’s own. Education or Tennis, golf anyone?

Bec Woods paddles out at Cloudbreak, Fiji. Photo © ASP/KAREN

One final thought…

Seeing this left while paddling out the morning of Cloudbreak, the anticipation and excitement cannot be described.

I don’t run to Huntington Beach with the same enthusiasm … sorry locals there, don’t mean to offend.

Photos: ©ASP/Karen, ©ASP/Robertson, ©Chris Grant/

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