Kelia Moniz (HAW), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard World Champion cruising to the crown in China last year. Credit: ASP/Will H-S

Swatch Girls Pro China Set To Crown ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion This November

Kelia Moniz (HAW), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard World Champion cruising to the crown in China last year. Credit: ASP/Will H-SPictured: Kelia Moniz (HAW), reigning ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion cruising to the crown in China last year. Credit: ASP/Will H-S

Swatch Girls Pro China Set To Crown ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion This November

COOLANGATTA, QLD/Australia (Thursday, October 17, 2013) – The city of Wanning on the small island of Hainan, in the South China Sea will once again play host to the ASP World Longboard Championships this November. For the third consecutive year the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion will be crowned at the Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, with this year’s event running from November 20 – 24.

Wanning Mayor Zhang Mei Wen is proud to once again showcase the culture, surf and sights that his community has to offer, and is looking forward to again welcoming the world’s best longboarders to his hometown for the 2013 Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning.

“The city of Wanning is really proud to again be hosting 2013 SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA and the Riyue Bay ASP Men’s World Longboard Championship, namely the fourth Wanning International Surfing Festival, Hainan, China,” said Wanning Mayor Zhang Mei Wen. “On behalf of the Wanning People’s Government and Wanning’s People, I would like to thank the ASP, sponsors and media for supporting for the development of surfing industry in Wanning!”

Kelia Moniz (HAW), reigning ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion stole the show at last year’s Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning. The young Hawaiian surfed with style and grace, all the way to the podium where she accepted her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. She’ll be the one to watch at this year’s event, heading to China with a near-perfect record after claiming top spot at last year’s Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, and runner-up the year before.

“It’s exciting looking back on last year’s win,” Moniz said. “It doesn’t feel like it’s been almost a year! Thinking about China again makes me real fired up to go back and do it all over again! Hopefully this year with a bit more surf. China, or Hainan to be specific is a really special place. The culture there runs so deep and is still so raw and real. It’s beautiful for me to see all the people, the fishing villages, the farming, all that gives me a little taste of what Hawaii was probably like once upon a time. It makes me appreciate everything God has blessed me with. It’s also great to experience all the love from every volunteer who helps out at the event site. They are the ones who make our experience unforgettable!”

Kassia Meador (USA) is world renowned for her free-surfing and style, but these skills also make her a threat in competition as she’s always in the mix for the ASP Women’s World Longboard Title and will once again be one of the favourites at this year’s Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning.

“It’s great to have a chance to surf with some of the best female longboarders in the world,” Meador said. “I think one of the things I like most about going to China to surf is it’s a place I never thought surfing would take me, and every time we go it’s a beautiful experience. For women’s longboarding the Swatch Girls Pro China is the premier global event. Swatch really goes above and beyond to take care of us, and make sure we have the best surf conditions to compete in. Not to mention it’s just super fun to be there with everyone in China. I can wait for this year’s event.”

Chelsea Williams (AUS) has proven to be one of the form surfers over the past two year’s at the Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, winning the inaugural event in 2011 and finishing runner-up to Moniz last year. Coming close to winning the ASP World Longboard Title on multiple occasions continues to spur Williams on to keep fighting for the sport’s highest honour.

“Coming so close to winning the ASP World Longboard Title so many times proves that I have what it takes to win,” Williams said. “This year I will be putting 110 percent into it. I still feel like an underdog at times which I think motivates me more and throws more fuel on the fire. Swatch really looks after us at this event. It’s a professional event and you are made to feel like a top rated athlete while you’re there. It’s a great contest and one I always look forward to going to. The set up is great and when there are waves there’s no better place to be competing and spectating.”

Darci Liu (CHN) is at the forefront of the growing surf culture on Hainan, taking to the water to surf or teach others as often as possible and has been awarded a wildcard into the Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning for the third straight year.

“In two years I’ve seen surfing grow tremendously and appreciate what the Wanning Government and Swatch are doing to promote and encourage Chinese to learn more about surfing,” said Darci. “I’m really looking forward to having Swatch and the friends I’ve made at the event return this year to join us all in Wanning for the Swatch Girls Pro China.”

SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2013 HOSTED BY WANNING
ASP WOMEN’S WORLD LONGBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP
20-24 NOVEMBER 2013
WANNING, HAINAN ISLAND, CHINA

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Photo Friday with Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark and Bruna Schmitz

Surf Photo Friday – Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz

Last November when Kelia Moniz won the ASP Women’s Longboard World Title for the first time, it really didn’t come as a surprise to us. The day before she headed over to China, we had the opportunity to meet up with her and good friends, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark and Bruna Schmitz. The day started off well enough with perfect offshore peelers, but Kelia and crew got stuck in the worst of LA traffic before we met up. By the time it cleared, the onshore winds had begun to gust and a bit of fog rolled in for good measure. Long story short, our session ended up in tiny dribblers, and it was probably a good send-off for Kelia who took the title in even tinier China surf.

This was the first time we had the opportunity to meet these four surfers and it was fun to watch the contrast of styles. Kelia, of course, can ride a longboard with the graceful skills befitting a world champion. Megan Godinez, riding a board borrowed from Kelia, is such a powerful surfer and it would be incredible to see her in quality waves. The surfer who set up this meeting, Geodee Clark, is an ambassador of aloha and it was great to hear a few stories from her home in Hawaii. Her smile lit up the lineup and although I was somewhat embarrassed by the hideous conditions compared to what she’s used to, she told me over and again that these little waves were really fun. The only non-Hawaiian in the group was Brasil’s Bruna Schmitz. While I’ve had the chance to shoot photos of Bruna in contests, this is the first time I’ve been on the beach while she was freesurfing. She’s such an amazing surfer and in my opinion, very underrated. She wraps turns like few others and we’d love to see her shredding in good surf.

While none of these photos will be gracing a surf magazine cover, it’s these oddball, onshore, ugly days that often end up being the most memorable ones. Watching these four amazing surfers was a gift I’ll remember for quite some time.

Kelia Moniz cross-stepping in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Kelia Moniz' singlefin on the beach in Oceanside. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.

All smiles with Kelia Moniz in Oceanside. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Two surfers, two surfboards. Megan Godinez and Bruna Schmitz. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Megan Godinez with a powerful backside off the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Bruna Schmitz blasts the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Geodee Clark cross-stepping in  Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Geodee Clark and Oceanside's boat traffic. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Noseriding with Geodee Clark. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Good times with Geodee Clark in Oceanside. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Bruna Schmitz banks one off the foam in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Great friends are priceless. Bruna Schmitz and Megan Godinez. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Megan Godinez, Bruna Schmitz and Geodee Clark say goodbye to Oceanside. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

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Salt and Soul Fitness Presents Rising Surfer Training Camp with Lindsay Steinriede

Salt & Soul Fitness Presents:
Rising Surfer Training Camp with Lindsay Steinriede
2011 ASP Women’s Longboard World Champion; M.A. Physical Education; B.S. Kinesiology; Certified Personal Trainer; 200hr RYT.

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Training Dates/Time: Wed. June 19th-­‐ Fri. June 28th. MWF 7am-­‐8am.
Location: Sycamore Creek Trail, Dana Point.
Cost: $100/Surfer

“It is my objective to give these up and coming surfers a competitive edge by teaching them a variety of training methods that will improve their surfing ability.” -Lindsay Steinriede

Trainings will include:
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    ** 5 comprehensive training sessions with a highly qualified trainer and ASP world champion for only $100! **

    To register: Download the form, then cut, complete, and return the bottom portion of the flyer with a check (made out to Lindsay Steinriede for $100) to:

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    Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo © S. Thomas

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview. Presented by Toes on the Nose. (Part Two of a Two-Part Series)

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview, Part Two | Presented by Toes on the Nose

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview - Presented by Toes on the Nose. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Photos by S. Thomas and Chris Grant

    Lindsay Steinriede surfing at San Onofre. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre
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    Part Two of our interview with the current ASP Women’s Longboard World Champion goes deeper into Lindsay’s story and touches a great deal on her beloved dad who passed away in October 2010. Faced with that heartbreaking loss, she managed to work through the pain by using the lessons that her father taught her from a young age. Today, Lindsay Steinriede has not only taken up rank with the best female longboarders in surf history, she also continues to follow her dad’s inspiration by using her vast skill set to benefit the world around her.

    Lindsay Steinriede is a champion of surfing. More importantly though, Lindsay is a champion in life. –Chris Grant

    Janna Irons from Surfer Magazine talks about her good friend Lindsay Steinriede.Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo by S. ThomasLindsay Steinriede. Photo: S. Thomas.

    Jettygirl: A few years back you told us a story about a magic epoxy board of yours? Could you fill in the details on the journey it took from comp to used board rack to wall hanger to the podium once more?
    Lindsay: Oh yah…I made the change to ride Ryan’s boards the day before we left for the 2006 Duke Fest in Waikiki. Since that was not enough time for him to shape a board for me, he went into Infinity, whom he was shaping for at the time, and grabbed a 9’0 high-performance epoxy tri-fin for me. I took it out for three waves the day before the event and it was on from there…that board felt like magic under my feet. I ended up winning that event, and followed it up with a big win at the 2006 Roxy Jam Cardiff Reef to claim my first North American title. With Ryan shaping me some new custom boards, I didn’t think twice about trading that board in. However, my dad thankfully thought otherwise and wanted to keep it as a piece of memorabilia on his wall so he went and bought it back from the shop. My new boards were great and I still found success on them, but as the 2007 Roxy Jam Cardiff Reef approached again something just didn’t feel right. Mental or not, I knew I needed that magic board again. I ran home that stormy afternoon before the event, grabbed it off the wall, waxed it up, did what became my three wave ritual in some Sano slop, and was ready to rock again. With that magic board under my feet again, I took home 2nd place at the event, and returned the board safely to my dad the next day with one more result on it. ;)

    Lindsay Engle, Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comJettygirl: When I first heard that story, one of the underlying themes was your dad’s pride in your accomplishments. From seeing you ride your first wave to watching you succeed in every aspect of life as an adult, he must have been so pleased with you. Did thoughts of your father cross your mind when you won your World Title? He most assuredly must have been smiling down from heaven.
    Lindsay: Yes. Not to be a downer, but to be honest, all I could think about for months following the win, with all the congrats coming in and celebrations, was that I didn’t really care about any of it. I did pretty good about faking a lot of happiness, but all I really wanted at the time was to have my dad back. While the title was something I had wanted for a while, it just doesn’t even compare to the pain of wanting somebody you love back. However, I definitely find happiness in knowing how proud he is of me, and that’s one thing that has kept me on track and moving forward in life.

    Jettygirl: From all the accounts we’ve heard, your dad was an amazing and generous man who left his mark on family, friends, students and the community around him. What is the most important lesson or piece of advice he gave you during your lifetime?
    Lindsay: From a young age, my father instilled powerful life concepts in our minds. He always encouraged us to follow our hearts and try our best. He constantly reminded us that life is precious, short, and he led by example that it should be lived to the fullest. He was also one of the funniest human beings I’ve ever known and always kept everybody around him laughing or with huge smiles on their faces. Even his last days in the hospital he managed to crack a couple jokes that had nurses and doctors laughing. One of the last things he told me in regards to losing a loved one, as he had been through some of the worst losses already, is that, “It is possible to find happiness.” I’ve been replaying those words in my mind daily since his passing to help me find strength and courage.


    Dana Point officials unveil the Bill Steinriede Dana Point Memorial for all the pioneering efforts Bill put forth during his lifetime to improve the water quality at local beaches for present and future generations.

    Jettygirl: Was your dad one of the main inspirations for you becoming a teacher and coach yourself? Did he give you any career advice?
    Lindsay: Definitely. I grew up watching his teaching and coaching career lifestyle, and as I mentioned, quickly realized that work and play could co-exist with some hard work and love for what you do. It also didn’t hurt that he always had summers off to take us to the beach daily. I had my mind made up about following in his foot-steps early on, and he of course was a great mentor for me that helped me every step of the way. There have been many times since entering into the beginning stages of my career that I wish I could ask him so many questions. Thankfully we were so close that I generally know what his advice would be. As for all the logistics, I have been very fortunate to find help from fellow co-workers, some new connections, and many of which actually worked with my dad at some point. And I must say, in addition to having a very intelligent husband, I am also very fortunate to have a great step-mom and in-laws that I can turn to for advice on grown-up type-decisions I never knew I’d have to make.

    Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede, Oceanside noseride. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Lindsay Engle, Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Lindsay Engle, Oceanside, California. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Jettygirl: You fit a crazy amount of activities into each day but you seem like a very relaxed person in general. Have both the teaching of and practicing of yoga helped you keep things in balance in your daily life? When a student sees Lindsay Steinriede on their class schedule, what type of experience should they expect in class?
    Lindsay: Yoga has been extremely beneficial to me on many levels. Originally I started Yoga to aid in recovering from some physical injuries and chronic pains, which it continues to do, but once I progressed into Yoga and started diving into more of the mental and spiritual aspects of it, I fell in love with Yoga and decided it was something I wanted to be able to pass on to others. As for what students can expect from my class, it depends which class they sign up for. For example, from my Pilates classes, they can expect an energetic, total body workout, with plenty of focus and concentration, but also a lot of laughs mixed in to make working out fun. Then depending on the style of Yoga I am teaching in the class, students can expect anything from a calm, rejuvenating class with guided meditations, to a more dynamic flow mixed with challenging balancing postures, yet always ending with time for much-needed relaxation. And whatever the class may be, as I teach many other activity classes throughout the semesters, I strive to create a very non-judgmental, self-improving, fun, effective class.

    For me personally, I love being on the move, squeezing in as many fun activities as I can into one day which also helps me relax when its time to chill with some friends, or take some alone time for myself. To conclude on your original question, It truly is all about balance, and Yoga continues to help me maintain balance the best I can on all levels: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.

    Lindsay Steinriede, ASP Women's Longboard World Champion and Yoga Instructor Lindsay Engle, Yoga Instructor and World Champion Surfer Lindsay Steinriede, Yoga instructor and world champion surfer. Lifestyle photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Lindsay Engle,  Yoga Instructor. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

    Jettygirl: Did yoga play a part of your ASP World Title?
    Lindsay: Absolutely. Yoga helped me crawl out from my depths and began bringing calmness and clarity back into my life. Yoga is a very healing practice on all levels as I stated above. It brings a sense of overall awareness to your body-mind-spirit, helps you clear your head, gain a true perspective on reality, thus allowing you to act in an honest manner. The best example I give to my students, which I was taught in my yoga training, involves a snow globe. When your life and your mind are all shaken up and cluttered like a snow globe, you can not see what is truly inside, you therefore have a false perspective on reality or for example that object in the globe. However, if you take the time to let things settle and create a state of calmness and clarity, like when the snow falls to the bottom of the globe, you will be able to clearly see what the object in the globe is, or in essence, gain a clear perspective on reality. This concept is what changed my perspective about competing in France, and even to this day. It’s what allowed me to acknowledge what’s important in life and how traveling for competition and the experiences gained along the way are true blessings. Remember that at the end of the day, if the worst thing that happens is not advancing to the next round, then what a great day it still could be.

    Jettygirl: What would your perfect day look like?
    Lindsay: On a perfect day, the rays from the sunrise would beam through an open tent occupied by Ryan and I in some deserted paradise. I’d enjoy some Yoga overlooking the ocean while Ryan made some campfire french press coffee. We’d sip some joe watching perfect empty waves roll through until we were ready to catch some for ourselves. Once we couldn’t paddle any more we’d come in for some fresh grinds, rejuvenate, then depending where we were we’d set off on another adventure; either playing some amazing golf course, hiking to hot springs, or something spontaneous that the day brings. Once we returned from our activity, we’d give what energy we had left to catch a few more waves, get out of the water just in time to watch the last bit of sunset and enjoy a blazing campfire. And if i really wanted to make it a perfect day, an ice cream truck would magically appear just in time for dessert…just saying.

    Diina Eudaly of Sea Hippie talks about her good friend Lindsay Steinriede.
    Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede, Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

    Jettygirl: When you’ve ridden that last wave decades and decades from now and you look back on your life, how would you like to be remembered?
    Lindsay: I’d like to be remembered as somebody that never gave up. Somebody that saw their dreams through and didn’t let anybody stand in the way. I strive to be a hard-working, fun-loving spirit that lives life to the fullest. I hope I can be seen as an inspiration to others as a strong independent woman that isn’t afraid to ask for help when needed. And I’d like to be thought of as a loyal and loving wife, daughter, sister, and friend. May seem like a lot, but that’s honest and that’s the kind of person I’m striving to be.

    Jettygirl: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with us Lindsay. I hope you’ll forgive us for this long delayed interview. Any parting thoughts…?
    Lindsay: I’d just like to thank again all of those that have supported me, and continue to support me, not only in my surfing career but in my life in general. My family and friends that have been there to help me through the hardest of times, and those that are genuinely happy for any of my success. I know I have probably said this multiple times throughout the interview, but I can’t stress enough how short life is, how important it is to realize what is actually important in life, to follow your dreams, never stop believing, and to make the most out of every situation. And as the greatest man in the world once told me, “It is possible to find happiness!” JettyGirl Icon



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    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview, Part One



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    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview. Presented by Toes on the Nose. (Part One of a Two-Part Series)

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview | Presented by Toes on the Nose

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview. Presented by Toes on the Nose. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Photos by S. Thomas and Chris Grant

    Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre
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    One year ago this week, Dana Point’s Lindsay Steinriede, won her first ASP Women’s Longboard World Title. At that point I had never met her but I knew that she’d be a great subject for a Jettygirl interview. Our schedules seemed to jive a bit at the beginning of the process but it’s been a struggle ever since …foot surgeries, stitches, sting ray hits, transportation issues, catastrophic hard drive crashes, and about a dozen other things seemingly conspired against this feature ever getting off the ground. We don’t give up easily around here though and it goes without saying that Lindsay never backs down from a challenge either.

    During the past twelve months I have been blessed to get to know this incredibly gifted human being and if there is anyone I’ve ever met who could actually be a superhero, Lindsay would be the one. She gets more things accomplished in one day than most people complete in a week. Even her World Title, something that would be the pinnacle of many other people’s lives, seems like it could have been an item on her to-do list, nestled somewhere between teaching classes at college and sinking a hole-in-one on the golf course. Whether she’s winning another World Title or simply helping one of her yoga students achieve balance in their life, Lindsay is a champion in every sense of the word and we’re stoked for the opportunity to team up with her on this feature. Enjoy! –Chris

    Jettygirl: First off, congratulations for winning the ASP Women’s Longboard World Title! This is quite possibly the longest delayed interview in surfing world title history but now that several months have passed since you held the ASP World Champion trophy overhead, what has the accomplishment meant to you? When you think back to that day, is there any moment that sticks out in your mind more than the others?
    Lindsay Steinriede: I think the longer it has been since I won the title, the more it has come to mean to me. Initially, I mostly thought about all the years of hard work and dedication in surfing, and in all the other sports I trained day in and day out for, that I strongly believe contributed to my surfing success, and had finally come together to claim me a title I had been chasing. But as time has passed, I realize it means so much more to me. I’ve always believed I could do anything I set my mind to, but after claiming the title following the loss of my dad; struggling through the toughest time in my life, it proved to me that with a clear perspective on reality, and the will and courage to follow your heart, I (and anybody for that matter) can accomplish anything they set out for.

    As for any moments that stuck out to me, it was actually during the win in France that meant the most to me. I almost didn’t attend the Biarritz contest because I was at the lowest point in my life, and didn’t know if I could handle leaving the comfort of my husband, family, and friends. But recalling a very specific conversation with my dad in which he expressed how much he would love to see me compete for the world title again, I decided not only to attend, but promised him I would do my best to win because that’s all he ever asked of me–to do my best. Thus, one of the moments I replay the most, took place while riding the white wash in after the final horn blew. I just remember completely losing it for a moment in emotions of relief that it was over, sadness knowing I would never get to see or hear my dad’s reaction, but also happiness knowing how proud he would be of me.

    Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo © S. Thomas http://www.photossthomas.comLindsay Steinriede. Photo: S. Thomas.Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre  noseride. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Diina Eudaly of SeaHippie talks about Lindsay Steinriede winning Roxy Pro Biarritz in France.

    Jettygirl: After your dominating performance in the Roxy Pro Biarritz put you rated at number one in the world, could you almost taste the world title or did you try to put that thought out of your mind between contests? Did you do any training prior to the China event?
    Lindsay: I went to France with a different perspective on life and on competing in such surf contests. What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world, surf with one other person out, and likely the worst that is going to happen is not advancing to the next round yet still being in some foreign country with experiences you’ll remember forever. In comparison to some of the realities of life, competing in surf contests isn’t so tough and it’s a time in our lives to cherish.

    With that in mind, I tried to keep these thoughts as China approached, and while I was able to do so the majority of the time, in all honesty it was a little easier said than done. Being the frontrunner to win the world title, and to have so many people supporting and rooting for me, I definitely felt a little more pressure to perform than I had in France. So when I lost my heat in the quarterfinals of the China event, and knew there was a chance I would not win the world title, I did have a brief moment of disappointment. However, by the time I reached the shore I had reassured myself that I gave my best in the conditions, I just wasn’t the better surfer in that heat, I would claim the title if it was meant to be, and at the end of the day if all my friends and family were healthy and happy, then it would still a good day. And that’s the truth!

    Jettygirl: Did you miss not having a contest in France this year? As a fan of competitive surfing, it was a bummer to see the contest replaced with an invitation-only expression session. With the China contest labeled as “tentative” on the ASP website, what do you think is going on with the state of women’s longboard pro surfing?
    Lindsay: Oh man, I think this is one of my least favorite questions to answer for multiple reasons. For one, I must admit I do not keep up much with what is happening on the political side of surfing. It’s not necessarily that I don’t care, it’s just that competitive surfing has never been a priority to me. Knowing the difficulties of making it in women’s surfing, longboarding specifically, I’ve always had my eye set on my teaching and coaching career. Therefore, most of my focus recently and during the last decade has been on schooling and advancing in my career at the community colleges. That being said, I am truly disturbed by the loss and reasoning of the Biarritz contest, and the “tentative” state of the China event, for the sake of competitive women’s longboarding and my friends, fellow competitors, and the young up-and-comers it negatively effects. The main reason I have enjoyed competitive surfing, is the people I have met, the places it has taken me, and the amazing experiences it has created over the years. I can only hope competitive longboading rises again so that many more can enjoy the same opportunities.

    [ *Special note since this interview was conducted several weeks back: The Swatch Girls Pro China is scheduled for November 21-25, 2012. Lindsay is attending the contest to defend her ASP World Title. ]

    Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre. Photo © Chris Grant - Jettygirl.com Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Lindsay Steinriede noseride, San Onofre, California. Photo by Chris Grant - Jettygirl.com
    Lindsay Steinriede, Toes on the Nose at Old Man's, San Onofre. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre noseride. Surfboard by Ryan Engle. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com

    Jettygirl: The state of women’s professional surfing, longboarding in particular, seems to often be in a state of flux. It seems as though you made a choice early on to participate in a variety of sports and activities as opposed to putting all your effort into a pro surfing dream. As a young surfer, did you realize the limited opportunities in women’s pro surfing? What advice would you give a young girl who may be looking at a pro surf career?
    Lindsay: I did realize early on that a lasting career in women’s longboarding were far and few in between. While there are of course the few that have found their way, and I would never try and stop anybody from following their dreams, I also had other dreams besides being a professional surfer. I was raised mostly by my dad who was a great high school PE teacher and coach. So seeing his joyful and fulfilling lifestyle where work and play collided, I knew from a young age that was a path I wanted to follow. I also enjoyed playing many other sports and knew they too could take me places I wanted to go and help me accomplish goals as well. I strongly believe my training in various sports brought different strengths to my surfing and helped in my success. I also had soccer that lead me to my college of choice with an athletic scholarship to UCSB. I was able to balance school, sports, fun, family and friends, which I think is the key to success in life!

    To all the young girls advancing into competitive surfing and looking to compete professionally, I would like to tell them first and most importantly, to follow their hearts and believe in themselves enough to accomplish anything they set their minds on. I’d like to imprint on them that they can only control themselves and to always do the best they can, and if they truly have found the courage to give it their all, to be able to find satisfaction knowing they’ve done their best under all circumstances. I dare them to continue their studies and trainings in various passions in hopes that they will realize how successful they may be in multiple aspects of their lives. And I would like to reiterate that with hard work, dedication, and will, anything is possible!

    Jettygirl: Speaking of outside sports, word on the street is that you’ve excelled at soccer, volleyball, and track and field and that you quite enjoy a bit of tennis and golf. Have you had any personal “world title moments” in any of those activities?
    Lindsay: I have had many “world title” moments in my sports careers. Whether it was beating a tough opponent or a personal best, playing your best in a game, or pulling together as a team to win a tough game or title, for me anytime you accomplish a goal you have been pouring your heart and soul into, it’s like winning a world title! On the other hand, it doesn’t happen often, but, anytime I can beat my husband in a game of tennis, a hole on the golf course, or even in something as small as thumb wrestling, it’s like winning a world title or world war for that matter. We make a great team in any sport, but at one point we had to stop playing tennis against each other because it was causing arguments during what should have been fun quality tennis time. Haha!

    Christian Wach and Tyler Warren share a few thoughts about Lindsay Steinriede.Jetty Rats - Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Steinriede. Jetty Rats - Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Steinriede. Jetty Rats - Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Steinriede.

    Jettygirl: In some of our conversations about your childhood, a few topics keep coming up …Doheny and the lifelong friends you’ve referred to as jetty rats. What was it that made that time so special to you?
    Lindsay: Growing up on the Jetty was the best!!! Getting dropped off in the early mornings by our parents (usually a few would hang around each day to keep an eye out), surfing all day, wrestling in the grass, creating skateboard race tracks or heading to “the wall” for a skate sesh, playing water football on the sandbar at extreme low tides, jumping off the jetty rocks at high tide, mobbing the local surf shops to post up in their beach chairs and watch their surf videos on flat days, getting .99 cent bean and cheese burritos from A’s burgers followed by .25 cent serve your self frozen yogurt at AM/PM, and any other adventures we created throughout the day until we got picked up at dark. What more could a kid ask for?! Actually, we ran the show down there until our late teens and then upon receiving our driver’s licenses started adventuring out for bigger waves and even more fun together. What makes it so special, is that the majority of our generation of jetty rats (spanning a decade) are still very close friends and enjoy many of the same activities together on a regular basis. Only food prices have gone up, we do have responsibilities, and we are little more cautious of potential injuries and dangers. We have truly been like a family over the last 15 years; helped each other through the hard times, supported each other along different avenues, and celebrated each other successes.

    Jettygirl: Growing up in an area so rich with longboard tradition, did you have the opportunity to surf with many legends? Was there any surfer or surfers who you looked up to as you were developing your skills?
    Lindsay: I have been very fortunate to have grown up in an area full of legendary surfers, but probably have not begun fully realizing their influence on the culture and lifestyle I live until recently. I was more than blessed to have a legend of a father in many aspects of life that has shaped me into the person I am today. And my main surf influences didn’t come from an accomplished surfer, but instead the friends I grew up surfing with at Doheny; most of which I believe will be labeled as legends of the sport in time. And of course reconnecting with my now husband during a time when I was most dedicated to my surfing career, that brought my confidence and surfing to the next level, and whom I am certain will become known as a legendary shaper.

    Jettygirl: When and where did you experience your first noseride? What board were you riding at the time? Did the ride change your life?
    Lindsay: Well I couldn’t tell you specifically the details of my first noseride, so I can assume it was not life changing, but I can guess it took place at doho on one of my dad’s old boards or a friend’s, all of which were life changing. :)

    Lindsay and Ryan Engle sharing a wave at Doheny. Surf photo by Chris Grant - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Lindsay and Ryan Engle sharing a wave at Doheny. Surf photo by Chris Grant - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay and Ryan Engle sharing noserides at Doheny. Surf photo by Chris Grant - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Ryan and Lindsay Engle. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Ryan and Lindsay Engle checking out a fisherman's bucket. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Ryan Engle talks about his wife, Lindsay. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Jettygirl: In what could only be seen as a perfect situation for a surfer, you married your best friend and one of the most talented shapers around, Ryan Engle. Growing up in the same area, was he in your jetty rat crew or did you strike up a friendship later on? Any “remember when…” humorous stories that happened between you two before you became a couple?
    Lindsay: Ryan is four and a half years older than me, so while his younger brother was in our jetty rat crew, he was the generation ruling the waters there just before us. My best friend growing up, lived across the street from where Ryan lived, so we really did known each other from a very young age, but it wasn’t until I returned home during a break from my freshman year in college that we reconnected surfing Church. As the story goes, he had been toying with the idea of returning to competitive surfing at the Ron Jon Easter Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and once he saw me surfing that day at Church and found out I was going to compete in the event, he couldn’t resist. Haha. That’s at least how I like to start the story …but long story short, we hit it off in Florida, kept it casual until I returned for summer break, fell in love, and the rest is history.

    As for a humorous story, my favorite took place when I was probably a sophomore in high school, and he was in college. My friends and I loved going skinny dipping at Salt Creek when the water was warm, so as usual we ran down the hill, stepped out of our clothes and into our birthday suits, and hit the water. When we finally came in, all of our clothes were missing! We crawled around the beach looking for them and eventually made the decision we’d have to run to the car covering what we could …thankfully we came across our clothes at the bottom of the cement hill and were able to dress before charging on. At some point along the way back to the car we saw Ryan and a couple of his buddies but they denied having anything to do with it. We let it go, eventually forgetting they had even been there that night. Years later after we had started dating, I was telling that story to somebody, and after all that time that had passed, he finally confessed to having stolen our clothes and hiding them from us. Pretty classic really.

    Jettygirl: Aside from the World Title-winning longboards that Ryan shapes you, what is your next favorite board from his lineup and why?
    Lindsay: Got to be the Los Dos. It’s a modern performance twin fin that shreds! It’s super fun, perfect for summer south swells, and catches waves like a dream. I also LOVE the West Coast offense! It’s a step-down shortboard that is easy to ride in anything and makes you feel like a pro.

    Lindsay Streinriede with Nation Surfboards Los Dos model shaped by Ryan Engle. Available at http://nationmfg.com/ Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Lindsay Streinriede with Nation Surfboards Los Dos model shaped by Ryan Engle. Available at http://nationmfg.com/ Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
    Lindsay Streinriede with Nation Surfboards Los Dos model shaped by Ryan Engle. Available at http://nationmfg.com/ Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Lindsay Streinriede with Nation Surfboards Los Dos model shaped by Ryan Engle. Available at http://nationmfg.com/ Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

    Continue to Part Two: Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview, Part Two



    Please visit Lindsay's sponsor, Toes on the Nose at http://www.toesonthenosewomens.com


    Photo Credits: S. Thomas, Photos: S. Thomas | Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com



    Additional Resources:
    Toes on the Nose – Toes on the Nose Women’s first appeared in 2009 with a distinctively fresh take on classic swimwear. Our California contemporary swimwear collection embraces the active lifestyle and brings a new level of comfort, trend-setting functionality, and flattering coverage to this category. Toes on the Nose Women’s is a timeless brand with a focused sense of style and relevance. Our mission is to create swimwear that speaks to the souls of those who wear it.
    Nation Surfboards – Shaped in Southern California by Ryan Engle
    Coral Reef Wetsuits – Custom wetsuits made in America by surfers for surfers



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    ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion To Be Crowned in China For Second Consecutive Year

    Lindsay Steinriede (USA) on her way to her maiden ASP Women's World Longboard Title. Photo © ASP/Will H-S.

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    Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)

    ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion To Be Crowned in China For Second Consecutive Year

    COOLANGATTA, QLD/Australia (Wednesday, October 10, 2012) – The world’s best female longboarders are preparing to compete for the coveted ASP Women’s World Longboard Title for the second year in a row at the SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 hosted by Wanning. Last year’s event saw the athletes take on the long left handers at Riyuewan Bay, Hainan Island at the historic first ever ASP event in China. This year’s SWATCH Girls Pro China will be the standalone event on tour for the women’s longboarders with the event winner being crowned ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion.

    Lindsay Steinriede (USA) clinched the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion at the SWATCH Girls Pro China last year after finishing equal 5th in a hard fought final day of surfing and she’s focused on going back-to-back.

    “I don’t feel any added pressure right now going into the event as the defending ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion,” Steinriede said. “I’m ready to compete and will try to back up my title with another one. Last year’s event was an awesome experience. It was exciting going to a place I knew nothing about and I think we were all pleasantly surprised by the island’s beauty and with how well we were taken care of. I’m looking forward to heading back to China soon!”

    Marco Vaccari, SWATCH Head of International Marketing told the ASP that they’re proud to once again host the SWATCH Girls Pro China.
    “We’re thrilled to return to Hainan, China again in 2012 for the second SWATCH Girls Pro China,” Vaccari said. “Last year’s event was a huge success, with great surf, the crowning of the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion and showcasing what fantastic athletes these women are. Hainan is a beautiful part of the world and the ideal location for SWATCH to host a world-class event.”

    Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia’s General Manager and SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 Contest Director is excited to return to China to once again to crown the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion on the sands of Riyuewan Bay.

    “I’m really looking forward to returning to China for the SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 hosted by Wanning,” Jordan said. “Last year’s SWATCH Girls Pro China was an historic event and it was fantastic to see the interest in surfing from the local people and media. Swatch always put on world-class events and the level of surfing from the women is exceptional, so we’re expecting another standout event and great battle for the ASP Women’s World Longboard Title.”

    More info – www.aspworldtour.com & www.swatchgirlspro.com


    Jettygirl School of Sick Tricks: Fin First Takeoffs with Jennifer Smith

    Jen Smith, Cardiff, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazineJettygirl School of Sick Tricks:
    Fin-first Takeoffs with Jennifer Smith

    (2009) It’s time for a new edition of JettyGirl’s School of Sick Tricks and who better to provide a lesson than 2007 ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion, Jennifer Smith. It’s no surprise why Jen has achieved so much in her surfing career. Not only is she driven, but she is a masterful technician. Look at any sequence of Jen and examine how her head, shoulders and arms never move from a balanced position. In this “Sick Tricks” segment, Jen shares the secrets of the fin-first takeoff. Enjoy! Check the video too! –Chris Grant

    One of my favorite sequences of Jen Smith. She says this is easy but then again, she IS the 2007 ASP Women's World Longboard Champion. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Fin-first takeoffs are one of my favorite “tricks” to do on a longboard. It’s the ideal move to try on a crummy day when you need a little something to stoke you out and/or just want to challenge yourself. At first this trick may seem impossible. You may be sent flying a few (or few hundred) times before you stick it. Once this maneuver is in your bag of tricks though, it will be there forever. When you are learning this move it’s best to try it on smaller, less steep faces.

    The first step is getting into the wave. You want to have your fins in front, slightly out of the water …so scoot back just a bit while paddling. Once you have caught the wave and are riding with your fins out in front, you need to lean slightly in the direction you want the board to spin. As soon as the water catches the fins the board will automatically start to turn under you. I usually get pretty low and sometimes drag my hand for extra control.

    When you feel the board start to spin you are basically just guiding it with your feet and body. I use my back leg to push the nose end around under me. It is a similar motion to a pop shuv-it on a skateboard. Letting the board spin under you until the nose end is facing forward, you want to adjust your stance midway through and “catch” the board with your feet. There will be a split second where only one foot is touching your board. Sometimes you come off completely as the board swings under you. As you adjust your stance and are getting ready to stick this maneuver, think about finishing with a stance you can ride away in. I usually set my front foot first then make sure my back foot plants itself far enough back to be stable and in control.

    At first the main goal is to get the board around under your feet and ride away any way possible. Once you can pull the fin-first take off you can start thinking about coming out of it and riding down the line. When you are in this stage you basically just have to catch your board under your feet and set your line before the wave passes you by.

    One more tip for this sick trick …the best way to be in control of this move is to keep your body positioned above your board and fully commit to pulling the maneuver. Don’t lean too far back and don’t hesitate. if anything, lean forward so your momentum will be moving forward.

    One of the secrets of advanced maneuvers is "quiet" body movements. Jen's board is spinning but her head and shoulders don't budge. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Bird's eye view of the Jennifer Smith fin-first takeoff. This one's also on video below for those who learn by watching. Happy spinning! Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.



    Jennifer Smith fin-first takeoff on video. Jettygirl surf video by Chris Grant.Photo Credits: CHRIS GRANT/JETTYGIRL.COM

    Need more Jen Smith info? Check out her interview on Liquid Salt.

    Jennifer Smith is sponsored by Roxy and Sector 9.

    Jettygirl Surf Video Clip! 3x Women’s Longboard World Champion, Cori Schumacher, Surfing in Cardiff, California

    While the 2011 ASP Women’s Longboard World Title was being decided in the faraway land of China, Jettygirl met up with three-time women’s longboard world champion Cori Schumacher at her home break in Cardiff, California. Cori already surfs with beautiful style but add a special single fin surfboard shaped by Ashley Lloyd and it adds a whole new dimension to Cori’s surfing.

    Filmed by Chris Grant for Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Music: “Mistral” by More Human Than Human. Download music and learn about More Human Than Human at www.morehuman-thanhuman.com


    Additional Resources:

    Cori Schumacher
    Ashley Lloyd Surfboards
    More Human Than Human