Tia Blanco Changes Flags, Excited To Represent Puerto Rico In Surfing Competitions For The Rest Of Her Surf Career

The day before Tia Blanco left for Puerto Rico, we had the opportunity to shoot a few photos at Oceanside Harbor. As always, Tia’s surfing was fast and clean with explosive punctuation marks whenever a section loomed up. When Sunday night rolled around, it wasn’t a surprise at all to see an Instagram post of Tia holding a large, $5,000 winner’s check above her head in front of scores of Puerto Rican surf fans. However, Tia’s photo caption caught me off guard.
“I am very grateful to take the win here at the Corona Pro! I had a blast surfing in amazing conditions all weekend! Also, I am super excited to now be representing the Puerto Rican flag for the rest of my surfing career! This was the island I was born on and it is an honor to represent them! Much love.”
While most Instagram captions seem to be little more than filler for the photos they are paired with, here was some real information to contemplate. After absorbing the news, a bunch of questions suddenly came to mind–topics that Tia generously answered while exploring the island with her family.
 
corona-extra-pro-32-tia-blanco-snap-osiris-torres-apsprTia Blanco in winning form last weekend at the 32nd Corona Extra Pro at Domes Beach, Puerto Rico. Photo: © APSPR / Osiris Torres – Read the press release here >>

 

JettyGirl: First off, Tia, congratulations on winning the Corona Extra Pro at Domes Beach.
Tia Blanco: Thank you very much! The event was so much fun and the waves were unreal!

We were surprised to see “PR” next to your name on the heat sheets and then when you won the event, you announced that you would be representing the Puerto Rican flag for the rest of your surfing career. Was that a difficult decision since you’ve played such an integral part of USA surfing as a multiple ISA gold medalist over the years? How was the news received in the US and in PR?
I remember about 5 years ago when I was at the ISA Junior event in Nicaragua representing USA, the PR team came up to me saying that PR is the team that I should be a part of! However, at the time it just seemed like a nice thought, not something that could be realistic. Then, after seeing other surfers change their representation recently, I reached out to ISA to see what their rules and regulations were. Once the ISA confirmed with me that if I was born in PR , then I could represent their flag, it was very exciting news for me! I have always had a sense of connection with Puerto Rico and it has always been a part of my background/story. PR is technically still a part of America and my dad served in the US military there, therefore, I still feel like I am representing both flags in a way. Puerto Rico is such an amazing place, filled with the most passionate and kind people. It is so honorable to now be flying their flag!

As a representative of Puerto Rico, will you be spending time on the island training with any of their other local athletes for upcoming international competitions? As part of the change of flags, will you be moving there?
Definitely! I am so excited to spend more time in Puerto Rico and fully immerse myself in the culture. I am in love with the waves, food, and people in PR, so I definitely want to spend more time there.

What is your favorite break in PR (that’s not a secret spot)?
I would say one of my favorite breaks was Domes in Rincon. I was telling my family that is has been a long time since I have surfed perfect waves and how much fun I had.

When we visited the island, the locals insisted that we try Mofongo—have you had the opportunity to try a vegan version? If not Mofongo, what is your favorite Puerto Rican dish?
Mofongo!!! I love mofongo, tostones, and yuca so much, lol. I wish there was somewhere in California where I can eat those foods more.

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico six months ago, it was really heart-warming to see how neighbor helped neighbor and how people bound together for the good of the community. Hurricane or not, it’s a trait we’ve witnessed over and over again with Puerto Rican friends. When you’re exiting the water in future events and they ask you about your birthplace, what is it about the island or its people that inspires you the most?
During my last visit to Puerto Rico I heard some pretty unimaginable stories that were hard to comprehend. However, I did hear some amazing stories as well. For example, when the students went back to school they had no power. One of the teachers told me that the day the power switched on, all the kids erupted with joy! She said that they immediately started cheering, jumping, and hugging one another! When I heard that story I had chicken skin! I am inspired by the passion and good energy that Puerto Rican’s have within them! Their passion for their island really gives me motivation to work hard and do my best to represent them well.
 

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Tia Blanco backside snap. Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirlTia Blanco, Oceanside, California. Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl

32nd Edition of Corona Extra Pro Surfing Circuit O’neill Series Crowns Brian Toth and Tiarah Blanco

32nd Edition of Corona Extra Pro - Brian Toth - Photo: Osiris Torres, APSPR©Brian Toth. Photo: © APSPR / Osiris Torres

32nd Edition of Corona Extra Pro - Tia Blanco - Photo: Osiris Torres, APSPR©Tiarah Blanco. Photo: © APSPR / Osiris Torres
 

32nd Edition of Corona Extra Pro Surfing Circuit O’neill Series Crowns Brian Toth and Tiarah Blanco
Beautiful 4 to 6 foot conditions graced Domes Beach in the morning for the 32nd Edition of the Corona Extra Pro. The crowds were treated to professional surfing from the men and women. Up for grabs was the 32nd Edition of Corona Extra Title and the Corona Extra Pro Surfing Circuit O’neill Series. Surfers started off the day in clean conditions but as the West wind picked up throughout the day, conditions became more challenging. Briand Toth (PR) and Tiarah Blanco (PR) were able to come out on top with their champion performances. The Corona Extra Pro Surfing Circuit O’neill Series also crowned circuit champions, Brian Toth (PR) and Alexis Engstrom (PR).

32nd Edition of Corona Extra Pro - Beach Crowd - Photo: Osiris Torres, APSPR©Beach Crowds. Photo: © APSPR / Osiris Torres

Top men performers were Cory Lopez (FL), Tommy Bursian (PR), Ricardo Lucke (PR), Rob Kelly (US), Bryan Laide (PR), Mauricio Díaz (PR), and Gabriel Escudero (PR). Cory Lopez held down the highest wave of the day with a 9.23 followed closely behind by Tommy Bursian with a 9.17. The final heat between Nolan and Toth was an action packed final. Nolan got off to a quick start with a 7.27 and a 6.53 putting Toth playing catch up but Toth put up a good fight with a 7.07 and a 7.50 to take the lead over Nolan, a Corona Extra Pro veteran. Nolan was surfing injured from his back and neck, got injured two days prior to the event while surfing warming up for the event at Surfers Beach. The injury put Nolan out of the water for a day leading up to the event.

32nd Edition of Corona Extra Pro - Tia Blanco - Photo: Osiris Torres, APSPR©Tiara Blanco. Photo: © APSPR / Osiris Torres

On the women’s side of the action the day started off with Semifinal 1. Top performers for the women were semifinalists’ Idalis Alvarado (PR) and Molly Kirk (US). Champion Tiarah Blanco held down the top heat points of the event with a 9.33 on her 2nd wave and a 7.83 on her last wave for total of 17.16 points. Alexis Engstrom stayed busy trying to catch up with Tiara who utilized her priority to take the waves with the best score potential.
Thanks to our generous sponsors: Corona Extra, O’neill, Tequila José Cuervo, Mundo Rad, Hang Loose Surf Shop, and Werner Vega Surfboards.
Lakey Peterson - © WSL / Cestari

World Surf League (WSL) News: Julian Wilson and Lakey Peterson Win Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast

JULIAN WILSON AND LAKEY PETERSON WIN QUIKSILVER AND ROXY PRO GOLD COAST
– WILSON AND PETERSON TAKE JEEP LEADER JERSEY FOR FIRST TIME HEADING TO BELLS
– ROOKIE COLAPINTO FINDS PERFECTION AT FIRING KIRRA
– BUCHAN AND ANDREW SETTLE FOR SECOND PLACE AT PICTURE-PERFECT KIRRA

 

Lakey Peterson - Photo: © WSL / Sloane
Lakey Peterson of USA after winning the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Thursday, March 15, 2018) – The first stop on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast, witnessed an incredible start to the season as Lakey Peterson (USA) and Julian Wilson (AUS) claimed victory today in extraordinary conditions at Kirra on the Gold Coast of Australia.
Unpredictable performances and massive upsets shocked surfing’s biggest stage at this year’s season opener to remind the world that anything can happen on the Championship Tour. In addition to Peterson and Wilson taking the wins today, a new generation of surfers stepped up to showcase their progression, determination, and potential.
Peterson blitzed through the competition with the goal to surpass her 2017 Roxy Pro runner-up finish. The Californian was unstoppable as she took down two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) in the Quarterfinals, Malia Manuel (HAW) in the Semifinals, and Keely Andrew (AUS) in the Final.

Lakey Peterson - Photo: © WSL / Cestari
Lakey Peterson (USA) flies out of a Kirra barrel to earn her first CT victory since 2012. Photo: © WSL / Cestari

“I don’t even know what to say to say — there is too much emotion,” Peterson said. “I feel like I’ve been working for seven years to get another win. Just to finally have it, it’s super surreal, and I’m so grateful. It beats you down if you don’t ever win something. It’s been a while, so the hard work pays off. I just got such a great support crew. It’s so awesome. Mike [Parsons] and I have literally been working together forever and that win means so much to the both of us.”
Peterson is one of the most consistent high-scoring surfers on Tour and continues to push performance boundaries in the competitive space. The intensity and innovation brought by Peterson are now paying off with her first CT win since 2012. Last season, the Californian had previously earned runner-up finishes at this event and in France but now overtakes Wright for the top spot on the Jeep Leaderboard.

Lakey Peterson - Photo: © WSL / Sloane
Lakey Peterson (USA) celebrates her win at the 2018 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo: © WSL / Sloane

“I’m going to hold onto that Jeep yellow jersey until the very last event,” continued Peterson. “My goal is to stay steady the whole year and just believe in myself and enjoy the ride. I feel like I’m finally comfortable with my life and with my surfing where I just really want to enjoy it. Thanks to the WSL for giving us such great conditions today, and pushing us and really helping us elevate our level. It’s just such a fun time to be a part of it all, and I just feel humbled and blessed to be here doing what I love.”
Peterson dominated the Final from the get-go, posting an excellent 8.00 point ride for a long barrel ride. She then backed it up immediately with a 7.67, leaving Andrew in a combination situation (needing two scores). Andrew was unable to find a wave of substance, which left Peterson to take the first event win of 2018.
Previously, Andrew took down Australian superstar Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Semifinals and six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in the Quarterfinals. The runner-up result for Andrew is the second Finals appearance of her career. Andrew, who powerfully charged into the new season, will look to continue to climb the rankings and earn her first CT victory. The 23-year-old Australian will now vault from 11th to 2nd on the Jeep Leaderboard.

Julian Wilson - Photo: © WSL / Cestari
Julian Wilson (AUS) is the WINNER of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast after defeating Adrian Buchan (AUS) in the final at Kirra, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Photo: © WSL / Cestari

Wilson has had a rollercoaster start to his season after injuring his shoulder in late January, then welcoming his child into the world with his wife, Ashley, last week. The Sunshine Coast local was unsure if he would compete at this event but surprised all with the first win of the season and the fourth CT win of his career.
“This is a childhood dream come true to come down from the Sunshine Coast and win the Quiksilver Pro,” Wilson said. “This is the closest event to home for me and watching guys win this event when I was younger is what lit the fire for me to want to be on Tour, so to win, is very special. I learned a lot about myself at this event, and through this injury, and the birth of my baby girl, Olivia, and my wife, Ashley. Honestly, watching the birth of my first child gave me an unbelievable strength to just suck up the pain in my shoulder, and come down here, and do what I needed to do. My wife has been a huge inspiration through the whole experience, so I want to thank Ashley for that.”
Wilson has always been in the World Title conversation, but this win provides the 29-year-old with his best ever start to his Title campaign. Wilson will sport the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey heading into the next stop on the CT, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach competition, which starts March 28 and runs through April 8, 2018.
“I’m happy to have a better result in Australia than I did after all three events in Australia last year,” continued Wilson. “There’s a massive positive in that. I’m looking forward to Bells, to compete again and work off this injury.”

Julian Wilson - Photo: © WSL / Sloane
Today’s win for Julian Wilson (AUS) at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast now moves him to the top spot on the Jeep Leaderboard. Photo: © WSL / Sloane

The intense men’s Final saw the two Australians, Wilson and Adrian Buchan (AUS), punch wave-for-wave, fighting their way out of massive tubes for the win. Wilson kicked off the heat with a fiery start, a near-perfect 9.93, by coming out of a huge barrel. Wilson and Buchan continued to charge the Kirra sets, resulting in a close race for first. Buchan attacked back with a 6.50 and an 8.60 but was unable to overtake his compatriot.

Adrian Buchan - Photo: © WSL / Cestari
Adrian Buchan (AUS) is the RUNNER-UP of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast after placing second to Julian Wilson (AUS) in the final at Kirra, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Photo: © WSL / Cestari

Having won two CT events in his career, Buchan is no stranger to the pressure on the big stage. The technically-gifted, rail-surfer moved through the field with precision, even on the final day, where the hollow Kirra waves would put most goofy-footers at a disadvantage. In the end, Buchan was up against the ropes with a rampaging Wilson running away with the lead, but he admitted that he was happy to finish second to his close friend.
“Obviously you want to win events, but I’m so happy to see Julian [Wilson] take this one out,” Buchan said. “I know he’s had so much to deal with recently with his injury and becoming a father, so this win would feel so amazing for him. Sharing pumping Kirra with one other person out — who happens to be your mate — is incredible. I don’t think you could ask for anything better than that.”

Griffin Colapinto - Photo: © WSL / Cestari
Griffin Colapinto (USA) advanced to the Semifinals of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast after winning Quarterfinal 1 at Kirra, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Colapinto scored a perfect ten point ride in the heat, the first in his rookie year on the Championship Tour. Photo: © WSL / Sloane

Griffin Colapinto (USA), the standout rookie from San Clemente California, amazed the world today with the first Perfect 10 of the 2018 CT season. Colapinto miraculously made his way out of three deep barrels in one wave to set the bar for the new season.
“I’ve never had three barrels on one wave so it felt amazing, particularly in a heat,” Colapinto said. “I think it was the best wave of my life. I’m so happy to get third in my first event. I’m loving the CT and hope I won’t be going anywhere for a very long time. I’m loving it here in Australia, the people on the Gold Coast are the best.”
The 19-year-old has been outshining surfing’s veterans in the first event of his rookie season, including his wins over Joel Parkinson (AUS), the 2012 WSL Champion and Gold Coast favorite, and veteran Michel Bourez (PYF). Unfortunately, Colapinto was unable to advance out of his Semifinal matchup against Wilson but will still exit as the rising-star of the event. All eyes will be on the young challenger this season to see how far he will push professional surfing in his rookie year.
Owen Wright (AUS), 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast winner, was stopped in the first Quarterfinal by Buchan after struggling to find a rhythm at Kirra. Wright will exit with a 5th place result, moving to 5th on the Jeep Leaderboard.
Earlier today, rookie Tomas Hermes (BRA) delivered another shock to the first event of the year by eliminating Filipe Toledo (BRA) in the Quarterfinals. Toledo’s result will boost him from 10th to equal 5th on the Jeep Leaderboard. Hermes’ Semifinal result blasts him up to 3rd on the rankings and well in the 2018 Rookie of the Year race.
The world’s best surfers will now head to Bells Beach for the Rip Curl Pro, Stop No. 2 on the WSL Championship Tour, starting March 28 through April 8, 2018.

 

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
1 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.43
2 – Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.10
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.00 def. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 9.17
SF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.77 def. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 11.66
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.50 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 2.50
QF 2: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 8.73 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 7.33
QF 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.44 def. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 10.00
QF 4: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 16.43 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.44
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
1 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.67
2 – Keely Andrew (AUS) 5.67
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.00 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.33
Heat 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) 7.50 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 6.77
2018 WSL Men’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast):
1 -Julian Wilson (AUS) 10,000 pts
2 – Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7,800 pts
3 – Griffin Colapinto (USA) 6,085 pts
3 – Tomas Hermes (BRA) 6,085 pts
2018 Women’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Roxy Pro Gold Coast):
1 -Lakey Peterson (USA) 10,000 pts
2 – Keely Andrew (AUS) 7,800 pts
3 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 6,085 pts
3 – Malia Manuel (HAW) 6,085 pts

 

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The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running in excess of 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.
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Keely Andrew - Photo: © WSL / Sloane

World Surf League (WSL) News: Quarterfinal Carnage as Top Seeds Bow Out of Roxy Pro Gold Coast

QUARTERFINAL CARNAGE AS TOP SEEDS BOW OUT OF ROXY PRO GOLD COAST
– ANDREW ELIMINATES 6X WORLD CHAMPION GILMORE
– PETERSON EYES VICTORY AFTER OVERCOMING REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION WRIGHT
– MANUEL TAKES DOWN 3X WORLD CHAMPION MOORE
Location: Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia
Event window: March 11 – 22, 2018
Today’s call: Women’s Round 2, 3 & Quarterfinals complete
Conditions: 3 – 4 foot (1 – 1.2 meter)

 

Keely Andrew - Photo: © WSL / Sloane
Keely Andrew of Australia advanced into Round 3 after winning Heat 5 of Round 2 at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Monday, March 12, 2018) – The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Stop No. 1 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), continued today with the women’s Semifinalists decided in clean three-to-four foot (1 – 1.2 metre) waves. With the conditions holding up all day, event officials decided to run through Rounds 2, 3, and the Quarterfinals. Now only four surfers remain in contention for the 2018 Roxy Pro Gold Coast title.
In what was undoubtedly the upset of the entire event, six-time Roxy Pro Gold Coast event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) was taken down by fellow Queenslander Keely Andrew (AUS). Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore looked in good touch throughout the day but fell victim to a slow ocean in Quarterfinal 4 waiting with priority until the final minutes, only to find a midrange score. Needing to improve her situation in the dying seconds, Andrew took off on a smaller wave and got to work, tagging it all the way down the point to post a 6-point ride and progress into the Semifinals. Gilmore finishes her home event in a respectable Equal 5th position.
“I’m a bit shocked right now,” Andrew said. “Surfing out here against Steph [Gilmore] at her home break was incredible. The waves looked fun all day, but it slowed down a lot in our Quarterfinal. I was so nervous because she only needed a small score, and I only found out that I’d won when I got back to the surfer’s area. I’ve worked really hard in the offseason and it feels so good to know that the hard work has paid off.”

Lakey Peterson - Photo: © WSL / Sloane
Lakey Peterson of USA advanced into Round 3 after winning Heat 4 of Round 2 at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane

2017 Roxy Pro Gold Coast runner-up Lakey Peterson (USA) was in ominous form today. The Californian posted excellent scores all the way to the Quarterfinals where she eventually eliminated reigning WSL Champion and current World No. 1, Tyler Wright (AUS). Peterson’s trademark frontside arcs sent a shot over the bow of her fellow competitors as she hunts for her first CT Victory since 2012.
“It’s crazy — it’s only two days into the season and I’m into the Semis,” Peterson said. “We’ve had perfect, quintessential Snapper today with long perfect waves and sunshine. Tyler [Wright] is a two-time World Champion for a reason and she’s someone I look up to, but I always feel like I surf my best against the best. The only option I had to beat her was for me to surf my best, so I couldn’t hold back. There was nothing I could do to change her surfing, so I just focused on mine and it worked out in the end.”

Malia Manuel - Photo: © WSL / Sloane
Malia Manuel of Hawaii advanced into Round 3 after winning Heat 1 of Round 2 at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane

After an injury-plagued 2017 season, Hawaii’s Malia Manuel comes into 2018 with the aim of involving herself heavily in the World Title conversation from the start of the season. The stylish natural-footer has already achieved this with an amazing display at Snapper Rocks. Manuel’s best performance came in Quarterfinal 2 where she posted one of the highest heat totals of the event, a 15.83 (out of a possible 20), to overcome three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW), who leaves in Equal 5th place.
“I’ve met Carissa [Moore] in the Quarters a couple of times here in the past and she’s beaten me every single time,” Manuel said. “I remember some of those matchups and they were a bit slow and hard to choose what waves to take, but today we had so many waves and this is exactly what you want from your first event of the year. This will be my first Semi at Snapper and it’s a great start to the year for me. Hopefully, I can use this momentum as it’s a long year ahead.”

Sally Fitzgibbons - Photo: © WSL / Cestari
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) advances to the Quarterfinals of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast after placing second in Heat 4 of Round 3 at Snapper Rocks, QLD, Australia.

Current World No. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) looked destined to end up in the Semifinals as she tore through the field at Snapper Rocks. In Quarterfinal 3, she had the tough task of challenging 2018 CT Rookie Caroline Marks (USA) — who had been taking down the big names all day — with an impressive display of backhand surfing. Marks’ run came to an end at the hands of Fitzgibbons who was on fire, posting the highest heat total of the entire event, a 16.57 (out of a possible 20).
“It feels so good to be out there on a dreamy day like this,” Fitzgibbons said. “The waves have this perfect shape to them. I was out there in my own world enjoying surfing and I’ve found myself in the Semis. It’s been an exciting day to watch. There’s been a lot of excellent surfing and fins being thrown and I really enjoy the progressive side of the sport. I’ve been having so much fun in my freesurfs, and I’ve been trying to bring some of that into my heat surfing.”
Although Marks was unable to overcome Fitzgibbons, she finishes her first CT event as a rookie in Equal 5th after taking down some of surfing’s biggest names including Sage Erickson (USA), Silvana Lima (BRA), and Gilmore.
“I think a few years ago, I would have been star-struck and not sure of what to do out there,” Marks said. “But now, even though they’re my idols, I really want to beat them and go and out and perform and win. Today wasn’t my day, but I just need to focus on the positives.”
Event officials will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. AEST for a potential 7:00 a.m. start.

 

Surfline, WSL forecast partner, is calling for:
Mid period, mid size E swell from former Cyclone Hola will likely build in through Tuesday. Confidence is increasing that a new low/tropical cyclone will set up larger ENE to E swell Wed-Thu, easing slowly into and over the weekend as the swell direction shifts more ESE/SE. Long range guidance points to more mid size ESE/SE swell around the last couple days of the event window.

 

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.06 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 8.10
Heat 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 12.33 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 11.16
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.17 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.40
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.17 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.80
Heat 5: Keely Andrew (AUS) 15.33 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.50
Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.76 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.27
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.26, Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.76, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 8.64
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.96, Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.04, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.86
Heat 3: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.17, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.40, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.76
Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 14.97, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.16, Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.53
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Results:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.23 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.67
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.83 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.60
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.57 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 13.77
Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.87 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.83
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Matchups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Matchups:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 6: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs, Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 9: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 10: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 11: Joan Duru (FRA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 12: Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)

 

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About WSL
The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running in excess of 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.
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The Women and the Waves 2, a film by Heather Hudson, premieres at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4pm

The Women and the Waves 2 Premieres in San Luis Obispo on 3/18

The Women and the Waves 2, a film by Heather Hudson, premieres at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4pm

The Women and the Waves 2 Premieres at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
Mission Cinemas, Friday, March 18, 2016, 4pm – 1025 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo

Our great friend, Heather Hudson, is set to premiere her new film, The Women and the Waves 2, in San Luis Obispo in a few short weeks on March 18. If you happen to be anywhere close to that area of the coast, be sure and check out her latest film. Tickets sold at the door so bring all your friends and line up early. The Women and the Waves 2 stars Jeannette Prince, Kristy Murphy, Mary Bagalso, Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Demi Boelsterli, and Isabelle Radis.
Film Description
The Women and the Waves 2 is a documentary surf film that celebrates women and their unique approach to surfing and life. The film looks at the state of surfing today from a feminine perspective and features positive role models that give back to people and the planet.

Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking 2009 film, THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES; THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES 2 continues to explore the culture of surfing in relation to six surfers and their lives both in and out of the water.

The launch point of inspiration to make this film came in the fall of 2013 when two friends featured in THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES experienced two pivotal moments in their lives. After a valiant twenty-year battle against cancer, Robin Janiszeufski-Hesson ‘Zeuf’ was a few months away from death, and Ashley Lloyd Thompson was a few months from giving birth. One goes out. One comes in. Life rolls on. Just like the waves that are eternal.

When someone we love dies, we stop, breathe and reassess our own lives. Zeuf was a friend and mentor to many and an inspiration to all. We only have the present moment, so how will we live it?

THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES 2 emphasizes the notion that surfing is more than just a sport; it is a lifestyle, and serves as a backdrop for connections made between people, honoring the natural world, paying homage to loved ones past, and celebrating the cycle of life. Ultimately, the film is the portrayal that a life filled with gratitude for one another and the world we live in, is a life well lived. And when the joy of surfing is added to the equation it makes life that much more sweet!

For upcoming screenings, information, or to purchase the original, award-winning 2009 film, The Women and the Waves, please visit womenandthewaves.com.

 

The Other Side of Surfing – Panel Participants Include Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti & Julie Cox – April 23, 2015 at the California Institute of Integral Studies

Inspirational stories from surf industry ladies about surfing big waves, making films, building surfboards, and riding professionally.
At a time when surfing is changing and some are fighting to maintain the status quo, we are shifting the spotlight onto the other side of surfing. Join us for a curated conversation with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti, and Julie Cox about international surf culture, the herstory of surfing, the industry, and more.

 Other Side of Surfing featuring Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti and Julie Cox. Curated by Margaret Seelie.

 

PANEL PARTICIPANTS
Ashley Lloyd Thompson is one of few women who are internationally recognized for her work as a surfboard shaper. She signs every board she shapes, “Made with love,” which is an attitude that permeates all that she does. In the shaping bay she crafts with passion and purpose, and in the water her elegant yet playful style is contagious. Over the past twelve years she has been honing her craft and creating her own surfboard brand, Ashley Lloyd Thompson Surfboards. As a new mom, Ashley and her husband are navigating parenthood while maintaining her shaping business.
Tiffany Campbell is a filmmaker who focuses on surfing and skateboarding. Tiffany and Andria Lessler’s debut film, Dear & Yonder: Daring Stories of Ladies United by the Sea, won SURFER Magazine’s Breakthrough Filmmaker Award in 2009. For over a decade she has been involved with Villa Villa Cola, a collective of artists, filmmakers, skateboarders and photographers that produce videos and zines that encourage more girls to skate.
Bianca Valenti became the first female Big Wave World Tour Champion in 2014. Proof Lab, a surf shop in Marin, sponsors her. Currently, Bianca’s big wave riding is being filmed for the documentary, It Ain’t Pretty: A film about women who surf Ocean Beach in San Francisco, scheduled for release in 2015.
Julie Cox was a team rider for Roxy for eight years, during which time she competed around the world. In the Women’s Longboard Tour, Julie placed fifth in the world three years running. She was the Director of the California Surf Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving surfing heritage. She also launched The Jule Collection, a line of women’s surfboards, with shaper Jed Noll. Currently, she gives surf lessons locally and abroad.
CURATAOR
Margaret Seelie is a native Ohioan who grew up with an obsession for surf culture. Since moving to California she has been learning to surf and build boards, freelance writing, letterpress printing, and teaching. She is always looking for new ways to share inspiration and stoke with those around her.
RAFFLE
We will be hosting a raffle in conjunction with this event! Tickets will be available for $3 each or 2 for $5. Come early to buy tickets and we will announce the winners at the end! Must be present to win.
*100% of money raised from the raffle benefits CIIS Public Programs & Performances Workshops Scholarship! This scholarship will make CIIS workshops available to students and people in the community who may not be able to afford them.
Current Raffle Items:
– Carve Design $250 gift certificate
– Surf Lesson with Julie Cox
– 2 T-shirts with surf prints by Australian artist, Jonas Claesson
– Stand up Paddle board lesson and rental for 4 people from 101 Surf
– Limited edition signed letterpress poster for The Other Side of Surfing
DETAILS & TICKET INFORMATION
Event Contact: Margaret Seelie mseelie@gmail.com (440)308-5576
Event Title: The Other Side of Surfing
Event Host Name: California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Street Address of Event: 1453 Mission St
Date of Event: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Start Time: 7:00PM
End Time: 9:00PM
Tickets: $10 presale / $12 day of event
URL to buy tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-other-side-of-surfing-panel-discussion-tickets-14969240401
Event link: http://www.ciis.edu/Public_Programs/Public_Programs_Events/Other_Side_SP15.html

Other Side of Surfing featuring Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti and Julie Cox. Curated by Margaret Seelie.

 

Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China

Media Release from the Association of Surfing Professionals

Chelsea Williams claimed her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Today Gold Coast surfer Chelsea Williams (AUS) claimed her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
 
Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China

WANNING, Hainan/CHINA (Tuesday, December 9, 2014) – Chelsea Williams (AUS) has defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) to claim her maiden ASP Women’s World Longboard Title at the GoPro World Longboard Championships, China hosted by Wanning (WLC). Near perfect 3 to 4 foot surf provided the perfect canvas for the world’s best longboarders to fight for the sport’s ultimate prize, but it was Williams, the form surfer of the event who was the last one standing.

Remarkably Moniz and Williams have met in the final of the GoPro WLC four years in a row, proving that these two athletes really are on top of world at the moment. Their friendly rivalry sees them now at two wins a piece in the Final in China.

 
Chelsea Williams dominating the Riyue Bay point to claim her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Chelsea Williams dominating the Riyue Bay point to claim her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
 
Williams’ win today was a long time coming after finishing runner-up to the ASP World Longboard Title four times. In the first half of today’s Final Williams was struggling to adapt to the conditions and it seemed her fifth runner-up finish was minutes away, but the Gold Coast surfer struck and did some of the best nose riding of the whole event mixed with rail carves. Moniz caught a last minute wave, but just missed out on the required score, leaving Williams out the back to ride her wave in as an ASP World Longboard Champion.

“Did that just happen? I can’t believe it!” Williams said. “I’ve wanted to win a World Longboard Title since I found out it existed. For a long time people have been telling me I deserve to win, now I finally believe them. I’m so happy and thankful for the support of my family, friends and sponsors. It was an awesome Final, Kelia (Moniz) is so good, we have a fun rivalry going and I’m glad that I got her back.”

 
Kelia Moniz on her way to a runner-up finish. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Kelia Moniz on her way to a runner-up finish. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
 
Moniz is a two-time ASP World Longboard Champion after winning this event the past two years and today after losing by a mere 0.02 *** she was gracious in defeat. Moniz finished the event with the highest wave score, and highest heat total from her Round 1 heat, and hinted that her and Williams’ rivalry wasn’t over yet.

“If it wasn’t me winning there’s no one I’d rather see win than Chelsea (Williams),” Moniz said. “She’s a great surfer, she scored a 9 in the final and deserved to win. I’m not too disappointed, it would have been nice to win again — Chelsea and I can just meet in the Final again next year.”

 
Lindsay Steinriede with her toes on the nose. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) with her toes on the nose. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
 
Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 2011 ASP World Longboard Champion used her graceful and polished brand of surfing to advance into the Semifinals where she ran into a rampaging Williams. Steinriede was the last natural footed surfer left in the draw when she won her Quarterfinal and advanced into the Semis and leaves the 2014 GoPro WLC ranked equal 3rd in the world.

“That was the most fun I’ve ever had in a heat and I lost!” Steinriede said. “I’ve got so much respect for Chelsea’s surfing and who she is as a person, with either one of us getting into the Final I was happy. I’m really happy to have made the Semifinals and to get that far in the event the fact that we had really good waves also feels good.”

 
Chloe Calmon and her trademark stylish carve. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Chloe Calmon (BRA) and her trademark stylish carve. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.

 
Chloe Calmon (BRA) lost out in an action packed Semifinal against Moniz meaning the young Brazilian exits the event ranked equal 3rd in the world. Calmon has worked extremely hard and has improved on her 5th place finish from last year. She was one of the most interesting and exciting surfers to watch all event long, but she let her nerves get the best of her in the Semifinals.

“I had an incredible event, but I still wanted to go further,” Calmon said. “I improved on my position from last year which was my goal so I’m happy, but losing so close to the Semifinal did make me a little sad after the heat — I’m happy now. It just wasn’t my time to be in the final and I’m going to try and come back and go bigger and better next year.”

It’s highly likely that the men’s 2014 ASP World Longboard Champion will be crowned tomorrow.

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Silvana Lima, Brazil, returns to the winner's circle by winning the Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand. Photo © ASP / Robertson

Silvana Lima Wins Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand

Silvana Lima, Brazil, returns to the winner's circle by winning the Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand. Photo © ASP / RobertsonPictured: Silvana Lima (Brazil), back in the winner’s circle at the Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand. Photo © ASP/ROBERTSON

Silvana Lima Wins Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand

TARANAKI, New Zealand (Sunday, 4th May, 2014) – Silvana Lima (Brazil) has torn through the star studded field to claim victory at the ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series (QS) Port Taranaki Pro on the final day of the New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival. Hundreds of surf fans lined the shores at Fitzroy Beach, Taranaki to watch a selection of the world’s best female surfers battle for all-important ASP QS ranking points and prize-money in reeling three foot (1 metre) lefts and rights.

Lima was sitting in 2nd place with only three minutes left of the 30 minute final, she chased down a left and unloaded a barrage of tight and technical turns, the wave scored an 8.00 and Lima stole the win from Laura Enever’s grasp. Lima was on the Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour for seven years until re-occurring knee injuries saw her drop off last year but the innovative Brazilian is back to her best and on track for a return in 2015 after claiming No. 1 spot on the ASP QS rankings.

“I haven’t been in a Final for three years because of my injured knee and it feels so good to be back,” Lima said. “This has been a great event for me, I don’t like the cold but I love New Zealand. I just really want to thank everyone at this event and everyone who has supported me. I’m getting closer to being back on the WCT next year, I just need to stay fit and focused.”

Silvana Lima, Brazil, hits the lip and wins the Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand. Photo © ASP / RobertsonPictured: Silvana Lima (Brazil), fired up and surfing with flair. Photo © ASP/ROBERTSON

Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW/AUS) was on fire in her Quarterfinal and Semifinal clashes, attacking the lip with speed, power and flair and netting excellent scores for her troubles. In the Final it looked like she had the win, sitting in 1st place with only three minutes to go, but was leapfrogged by Lima. Enever had one last chance, taking off on a nice wave with four seconds remaining on the clock, she fell on her second turn and handed victory to Lima.

“I’ve been trying to search for that competitive fire that I used to have and I feel like I found it today,” Enever said. “I used to make a lot of Finals, but I lost the flair or fire and it feels so great to be posting good scores and surfing good heats again. It would have been good to come away with the win but Silvana (Lima) got me in the end.”

Sage Erickson (CA, USA) lost out to Lima in the Semifinals finishing the event with her second 3rd place finish on the ASP QS for 2014. Erickson now moves into fourth on the ASP QS rankings and has her eyes firmly focussed on reclaiming a spot on the ASP WCT.

“It’s a long season ahead, I definitely feel good about this one,” Erickson said. “Semifinals is a really good result, I lost in my first heat in Manly and then made the Semis in Newcastle. It’s a little bittersweet, I want to do one heat better and get into the final and I would really like to solidify that spot on the WCT for next year. I knew that Silvana (Lima) was going to be tough competition, she’s just so good in beach breaks and small conditions so I knew it was going to be tough and I’ll just take this one on the chin and hopefully go one better in the next event.”

Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii), who won the Chain Resources Pro Junior two days ago had to settle for 3rd place in the Port Taranaki Pro after she was eliminated by a red-hot Enever in the Semifinals. Weston-Webb was one of the in-form surfers of the event, consistently posting big scores with her fast and powerful brand of surfing.

“I came into this event trying to have fun and that’s what I did,” Weston-Webb said. “I really want to make a QS final, so that’s my goal for 2014. My first two events weren’t too good, so this event I really wanted to try and get a good result and now I have a lot more confidence going into the other events. Hopefully I’ll make the WCT but we’ll see. I’m stepping in for Courtney Conlogue as an injury replacement because I finished last year as an alternate so I’m going to the Rio WCT after this.”

PORT TARANAKI PRO FINAL RESULT:
1st Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.17 def. 2nd Laura Enever (AUS) 13.43

PORT TARANAKI PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.87 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 11.50
SF2: Laura Enever (AUS) 17.26 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 8.93

PORT TARANAKI PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.20 def. Alize Arnaud (FRA) 14.73
QF 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 17.17 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.04
QF 3: Laura Enever (AUS) 17.46 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 14.00
QF 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.33 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 14.00

For more information log on to Surffest.co.nz & ASPWorldTour.com

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Tatiana Weston-Webb wins Chain Resources Po Jr. in Taranaki. Photo © ASP / Robertson

Tatiana Weston-Webb Wins Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki, New Zealand

Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii) wins the Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki, New Zealand. Photo © ASP / RobertsonPictured: Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii) carving through the Chain Resources Pro Junior field. Credit: ASP/ROBERTSON

For Immediate Release

Tatiana Weston-Webb Wins Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki, New Zealand

TARANAKI, New Zealand (Friday, 2nd May, 2014) – Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb has taken out the Chain Resources Pro Junior, part of the New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival, over Chelsea Tuach (Barbados) in an exciting day of Finals surfing. The surf was inconsistent, but with peeling clean two foot (0.6 metre) waves rolling into contest site at Fitzroy beach, the decision was made to finish the women’s ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series event. The Semifinals were a truly international affair with surfers from New Zealand, Barbados, Hawaii and South Africa filling the final four spots, but it was Weston-Webb who reigned supreme to claim US$1,369 prize-money.

Weston-Webb, runner-up at last year’s ASP World Junior Championships in Brazil started the day by getting revenge on New Zealand’s Ella Williams, who defeated her in the final last October. Weston-Webb eliminated the local reigning ASP World Junior Champion and built from there, linking solid searing turns and clocking excellent scores all the way to the top step of the podium.

“It was a really good day today,” Weston-Webb said. “There were some tough heats with not many waves but luckily Chelsea (Tuach) and I had some really good waves in the Final. My main focus here is the 6-Star QS so there was no pressure on me in the Pro Junior, I just went out there and had fun and it seemed to work. Ever since Ella (Williams) beat me in Brazil last year I’ve been wanting to get her back, so I was really happy after that heat. She’s surfing really well at the moment so it gave me confidence to get on a roll and win.”

Chelsea Tuach (Barbados) was one of the most consistent surfers at the Chain Resources Pro Junior, winning heats and posting big scores seemingly with ease. Tuach had a knack for putting herself on the best waves of the heat by out positioning her counterparts. All event long she was executing sharp and vertical snaps, but in the Final Tuach was left chasing a 9.15 that never came and was forced to settle for 2nd place.

“It was tough and inconsistent at times today so I tried to get a good score as early as possible in all my heats,” Tuach said. “In the final I paddled into a great wave and I don’t know what happened, maybe I got too executed, but I blew it. I ended up getting a couple of okay scores, but congrats to Tatiana (Weston-Webb), she surfed great and she deserved the win.”

Sarah Mason was New Zealand’s highest placed surfer, finished equal 3rd after being eliminated by Weston-Webb in the Semifinals. Mason was looking like the one to beat on finals day, consistently posting excellent score, but couldn’t get past the in-form Hawaiian.

Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, QLD/AUS) lost out in the Quarterfinals, but despite her uncharacteristically early exit she has retained the No. 1 spot on the ASP Australasia Women’s JQS ranking’s. Andrew will head into the final event as the favourite to claim the prestigious ASP Australasia Junior Championship.

The ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series Port Taranaki Pro and the men’s Chain Resources Pro Junior were called off for the day and will crown event champions over the weekend.

ASP Australasia Women’s JQS Top 5
1 – Keely Andrew
2 – Bronte Macaulay
3 – Sophia Bernard
4 – Holly-Sue Coffey
5 – Holly Wawn

For more information log on to Surffest.co.nz & ASPWorldTour.com

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Coco Ho, Hawaii, will be a top seed at the ASP 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf. Photo © ASP / CESTARI

Los Cabos Open of Surf Adds Women’s ASP 6-Star Division at Zippers, June 16-22, 2014

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Los Cabos Open of Surf Adds Women’s ASP 6-Star Division

Coco Ho, Hawaii, will be a top seed at the ASP 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf. Photo © ASP / CESTARIPictured: Coco Ho (HAW), 22, will be a top seed at the ASP 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf. Credit: ASP/CESTARI

LOS CABOS, Baja California, Mexico (Monday, March 17, 2014) – The Los Cabos Open of Surf is pleased to announce the addition of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s 6-Star Qualification Series (QS) event at the quality righthand pointbreak of Zippers from June 16 through 22, 2014.

The addition of the event is a historic step in surfing, as the Los Cabos Open of Surf represents the first Women’s ASP 6-Star competition in Mexico, contributing to the sport’s rich global history.

“We’re really happy to have the Los Cabos Open of Surf on the Women’s calendar,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, ASP Deputy Commissioner, said. “We’ve seen some excellent additions to the Women’s World Championship Tour and it’s important to build a strong Qualification Series to help shape our future champions. Having this event at a quality wave is a benefit to women’s surfing.”

“There is only one other women’s qualification series event in North America and having the Los Cabos Open of Surf is a huge benefit to our tour,” Brian Robbins, ASP North America Tour Manager, said. “I think the warm water and potential for quality waves will definitely draw some of the best surfers in the world and this event will play a deciding factor in who will qualify for the 2015 WCT.”

The Los Cabos Open of Surf is sponsored by the Los Cabos Tourism Board and ran in its inaugural year in 2013 as a Men’s ASP 6-Star event. 2014 will mark the Mexican event as the only combined Men’s and Women’s 6-Star competition in North America.

“We´re really happy to team up with the ASP in bringing some of the world’s best male and female surfers to Los Cabos and being part of history,” Ruben Reachi, Minister of Tourism of Baja Califo, said.

The Los Cabos Open of Surf holds a waiting period from June 16-22, 2014 and will be webcast LIVE via www.loscabosopenofsurf.com

For additional information log on to www.aspworldtour.com




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Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Image © ASP/Kelly Cestari

Gabriel Medina and Stephanie Gilmore Reign Supreme at the 2014 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast

Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Image © ASP/Kelly CestariPictured above: Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP/Kelly Cestari

Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Stop No. 1 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour

COOLANGATTA, QLD, Australia – Tuesday, March 11, 2014: A thrilling finals day at Snapper Rocks saw Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) crowned Champions of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, stop No. 1 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour.

Brazilian Gabriel Medina’s historic triumph makes him the first Brazilian and only the second goofy-footer ever to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Medina beat 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast runner-up Joel Parkinson (AUS) in a nail-biting Final and maintained his trend of come-from-behind victories in the final minutes. Medina previously dispatched reigning three-time World Champion, Mick Fanning, in the Quarterfinals and multiple Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Champion, Taj Burrow, in the Semifinals.

“It’s an honor to win this event,” said Medina. “This is the hardest event of the whole Tour and I feel like all the best surfers in the world, Mick (Fanning), Parko (Joel Parkinson) and Taj (Burrow), have won it. It’s been a dream to win since I was a grommet. I’ve been watching those guys on videos and reading about them in magazines. Today I had the opportunity to compete against them and I couldn’t let this chance go. It’s weird, it’s really weird, but it feels so good.”

“Second two years in a row is heartbreaking, but on the other hand it’s still a great start to the year,” Parkinson said. “I said the other day that World Titles aren’t won or lost at the first event. If I didn’t have a shocker at Bells last year I would have been right in the Title race, so hopefully I can improve on that this year. Gabriel (Medina) is a huge talent, he deserves the win and has been on fire today so congrats to him.”

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), five-time ASP Women’s World Champion, today claimed her fifth Roxy Pro Gold Coast event title, with a sensational performance. Gilmore dispatched reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Semifinals and went on to take down South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag in the Final. It was Buitendag’s first ASP WCT Final appearance, but it was Gilmore’s day, with the local lass peaking when it counted with her unique brand of powerful and beautiful surfing helping her post excellent scores all day.

“I haven’t felt this feeling in a while,” said Gilmore. “It’s the best feeling in the world to have all your friends and family around and hi-five everyone. I paddled up to Joel (Parkinson) before my heat to get some of his good vibes because he kept getting so many great barrels. From the beginning of the heat I had it in my head that it’s only 30 minutes and I only had to catch two good waves and just have fun. So that’s what I did. Winning the heat against Carissa was such a big confidence booster for me. It’s going to be a long hard year but I’ll do as much as I can to try and win the Title.”

“I’m so overwhelmed by this experience. It’s a first time for me and I didn’t quite know what to expect,” said Buitendag. “It’s a bit like a dream for me. I’m giving my prize money to charity. We are so lucky and we have so much already. It goes along way.”

Mick Fanning (AUS), reigning three-time ASP World Champion was eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Gabriel Medina (BRA) in an exciting goofy verse regular match-up. Fanning took an early lead and looked as though he was destined for the Semifinals, but Medina had other plans, stealing the momentum of the heat and a Semifinal match-up against Taj Burrow (AUS) with an excellent 9.40 (out of a possible 10).

“I knew the wave he got was going to be a good one and I was out of position so I just had to sit and wait to see what he scored,” Fanning said. “All credit to him (Gabriel Medina) even if you get a great wave, you still have to surf it to get big scores. It’s a lot harder out in the water than it looks from the sand. That’s the way it was and I just have to look at what I did wrong and learn and move on.”

Reigning ASP Women’s World Champion, Carissa Moore (HAW) was eliminated in the first Semifinal of Roxy Pro Gold Coast by event Champion, Stephanie Gilmore. The highly anticipated heat was a clash of the titans, with a collective seven ASP Women’s World Titles in the water. The local hero eliminated Moore who, up until today, was the form surfer of the event. Moore leaves the event with an equal third place finish.

“I’m going to have to go away and look at what went wrong,” Moore said. “I’ve had such a great event and I was feeling really good but it just didn’t go my way today. I’m going home disappointed, but I lost in the Semifinals last year and still won the ASP World Title so I’m positive about the year ahead.”

Kelly Slater (USA), 11-time ASP World Champion and last year’s Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast champion was eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Adriano De Souza (BRA). Before today’s clash the pair had met 16 times in ASP WCT history, with Slater holding the advantage with 11 wins. Despite being behind on wins, De Souza’s effort today makes it five wins in a row against Slater who exited the event with an equal fifth place finish.

“It was frustrating because I fell on a couple of waves,” Slater said. “Adriano (De Souza) was on the better end of being in sync with the sets, it seemed like the better waves always came when he had priority. I probably could have been more patient. You don’t know out there because you catch a wave and hope it builds down the line. I never really felt on today, I was pretty tired after that heat. A bit of a lapse in concentration for me.”

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
Final: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.33 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.27

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
Final: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.80 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.47

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.13 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.10
Semifinal 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.70 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.67

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.40
Semifinal 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Results:
Quarterfinal 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.00 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.46
Quarterfinal 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.83 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.00
Quarterfinal 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.53 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 12.17
Quarterfinal 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.93 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.26

Gabriel Medina of Brazil wins 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Image © ASP/Kelly CestariPictured above: Gabriel Medina of Brazil wins the 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP/Kelly Cestari

Additional Resources:
ASP – Association of Surfing Professionals – official site
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