Tory Gilkerson’s Snapshots from China during the Swatch Girls Pro

Tory Gilkerson's Snapshots from China - surfing in China at the Swatch Girls Pro China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

“We just got in and I am so stoked! It’s beautiful and tropical and we have an amazing view from the hotel. We may not get to surf today as there’s only a little swell. It should be three to four feet for the contest though.”
Tory Gilkerson boards a bus in China then jumps for joy at the amazing view from her hotel on Hainan Island, China. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

“Today we got to free surf before the event that starts tomorrow. The surf was super fun and offshore with 3 to 5 foot waves. It was fun to practice with all the girls and get ready for the event. We also had an opening ceremony last night. They put on an amazing show with dance performers and speakers for us. It was an awesome experience and I am so excited to see the event unfold tomorrow.”
Tory Gilkerson hangs ten in China shortly before the beginning of the Swatch Girls Pro China opening ceremony. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tory Gilkerson © Poullenot - full image size at swatchgirlspro.com“Today was so sick! I am so stoked to have won the first round heat and move straight into Round Three. The conditions cleaned up and provided us with some 4 to 5 foot glassy surf all day. The wave is a left hand point break that hits a couple of steep sections and is super fun. [ Photo: Swatch/Poullenot – click image to jump to full size at swatchgirlspro.com ]
Tory Gilkerson is stoked on the conditions for Day One of the Swatch Girls Pro China.Tory Gilkerson, post heat interview after her Round One win at the Swatch Girls Pro China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Tory Gilkerson on video at the Swatch Girls Pro China.line of blue and gray

Friday, November 22, 2013

“I had an amazing day at the contest yesterday. I had a super fun Round Three heat with one of the Brazilian girls and won to move to Round Four. I was edged out in Round Five by one of the French girls. Overall it was a very fun contest and the camaraderie amongst the American girls is great, we all hung together and rooted each other on. I am excited to go explore this tropical paradise and find some new waves! This beachfront hotel is amazing and there’s a fun little beach break right in front. The food is great–we get buffet style breakfast and dinner and they really try to give us some American food options, thankfully 😉 .”
Tory Gilkerson reflects on the Swatch Girls Pro China
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

“Today we went up into a temple in the mountains and it was beautiful. We took a rattly ski lift up the mountain that was so scary, then hiked down and saw some beautiful Buddhist temples and statues. We went to a tourist attraction and turned into the attraction ourselves. After taking a photo with this lady, several Chinese tourists lined up to take photos with Karina and me.”
Tory Gilkerson and Karina Rozunko become tourist attractions in China. Tory and Mike Stidham visit a Buddhist temple in the mountains. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

“To finish off the trip, I had an awesome time with my bud, Karina Rozunko, surfing a secret spot in China!”
Tory Gilkerson and Karina Rozunko surf a secret spot in China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Tory Gilkerson, San Onofre. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazineNotes from the jetty…
Tory Gilkerson is on Hainan Island, China getting ready to compete in the upcoming Swatch Girls Pro that is scheduled for November 20-24. The 20-year-old goofyfoot was the 3x USA Under-18 Longboard Champion and recently starred in Birdman Media’s all-women longboard film, “Say No More” which debuted earlier this year. We often run into her while surfing Oceanside Harbor so we asked the talented surfer if she’d want to share some of her experiences in China this year. We hope you check back often as this page will be continuously updated as her journey unfolds. We wish the best of luck to Tory and all the women competing in China for the World Title this year.


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Swatch Girls Pro China – official site
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