Pictured 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
Pictured above: Gabriel Medina of Brazil wins the 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP/Kelly Cestari
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A few days into the 2013 Hurley Pro at Lowers, an official announcement was made from the booth declaring that the ASP Women’s World Tour would be joining the men at the same event in 2014. Immediately, our hearts leapt with joy as one of our dreams over the years has been to see the women get the opportunity to surf a spot like Trestles in a World Tour competition. Within seconds of the announcement, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets were buzzing with the news as posts were made from both fans and World Tour members alike.
In the warm-up sessions that took place in the days before this year’s Hurley Pro, we had the opportunity to swim around with the world’s best surfers from the Men’s ASP World Tour. While we didn’t hear every conversation going down, the topic we heard discussed most was how incredibly fun the waves at Lowers are. The lineup was crazy-competitive and ultra-crowded with everyone from Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow to ex-WCT’ers like Chris Ward who consistently picked off the best waves of the day. Floating in the channel with a camera, it felt like we were sitting at a surf movie witnessing the best that progressive surfing has to offer. Come 2014, the women will get in on it too.
If the swell cooperates at the event next September, we believe that the performances put on by the current members of the ASP Top 17 will be a watershed moment in women’s professional surfing. There won’t be hopping, groveling, or rolling the dice on which onshore peak to surf like some spots on the Tour schedule. Instead, there will be Lowers, a perfect pointbreak that’s as close to high-performance heaven as we have in Southern California. The wave has something for every type of surfer on Tour and offers a canvas that is as equally friendly to the air game as it is to committed rail work.
Lowers is our favorite wave on the coast and we’re so excited that the women will get the chance to surf it in 2014. We’re not the only ones amping though. We asked a bunch surfers on the current ASP Women’s World Tour to share their thoughts on the event and we also received feedback from some of the US mainland and Hawaii’s best amateurs, many of whom hope to be joining the Tour themselves in the future. We’ll step aside now and kick it off with our current World Champion, Carissa Moore.
“An event at Lowers for the women is such exciting news. It is such a high performance wave that I think will really suit the women and allow for next level surfing. It is so encouraging to see Hurley and the ASP make the effort to get us such an amazing venue for the 2014 season.” – Carissa Moore instagram.com/rissmoore10
“The news of the Lowers event being locked in for our 2014 tour was really exciting to hear. With the talent level on the Women’s World Tour at an all-time high, it is a perfect time to introduce a high performance wave like Trestles. It will be an awesome atmosphere to compete in alongside the Men’s Tour event and I’m predicting that all the heats will be extremely close. I’m looking forward to putting together a great performance there. I can’t wait for September to roll around again next year and give it everything I’ve got to lift the inaugural Hurley Pro Trestles trophy.” – Sally Fitzgibbons instagram.com/sally_fitz
“I’m looking forward to surfing a location such as Lowers on the World Tour because it’s a wave that allows high performance progressive surfing. It’s a move in the right direction for the Women’s World Tour.” – Courtney Conlogue instagram.com/courtneyconlogue
“Going into 2014 there are going to be a lot of positive changes for the Women’s tour. That gave me motivation to want to re-qualify so I can be a part of such an awesome time for the sport of women’s surfing. So far, I’m most excited about the added event at Trestles. Lowers is the skatepark of surfing and I’m looking forward to finally getting to compete again at that prestigious venue.” – Malia Manuel instagram.com/maliamanuel
“I know there used to be a women’s event at Trestles a long time ago. Ever since I knew that, I’ve been wishing that we would get it back and now it’s here! I’m so thankful to still be on tour and to be able to get the chance to surf this fun, world class wave with one other lady in the water, eeek I’m getting excited just thinking about it!” – Paige Hareb instagram.com/paigehareb
“Too little too late for me as I won’t be on your next year. But I am stoked to say that Trestles will definitely be one event I will tune into next year for the women. To be able to showcase their ability in actual waves instead of having tactical beach break conditions will be really exciting. Congrats to the ASP for getting that one on the schedule. Wish I could of hung on long enough to be there!” – Bec Woods instagram.com/becwoods
“I was so excited when I heard the news of Lowers! Next year is going to be my first year on tour and the timing could not have been better! I have surfed that wave a few times before and it is the most perfect wave! The crowd is insane, so just being out in the water with one other girl out is going to be so dreamy!” – Dimity Stoyle instagram.com/dimity
“Lowers is an incredible wave obviously and I am so so excited to compete there next year. It’s going to be exciting for us to show everyone our best surfing in perfect waves. It’s definitely a huge step forward in women’s surfing.” – Nikki van Dijk instagram.com/nikkivandijk
“The dream tour aptly named. It’s a perfect wave, and the girls will be able to show their finest surfing!” – Johanne Defay instagram.com/johannedefay
“I heard rumors of Lowers being an upcoming event for the 2014 Women’s World Tour when I was in France and Spain, and I was already freaking out about the rumor. When the ASP made the announcement I couldn’t stop imagining how amazing it would be for the women to get to perform at such a perfect wave! The next thing I thought was this is definitely the next step to competitive surfing for women because Lowers is one of the most prestigious waves and it’s a really big deal that the Hurley Pro wants to include women in the event! Many women on Tour will get a lot more publicity because of it!” – Tatiana Weston-Webb instagram.com/tatiwest
“I think it will be a great venue. Lowers is a world class wave, and you can pretty much count on it to produce swell. I think it gives the women a fair chance to demonstrate their talent and prove themselves. It’s a great location, and I am really looking forward to watching the event. Hopefully one day I’ll be right up there with them.” – Nikki Viesins instagram.com/viesins
“I am overly excited to see that the women’s tour has made its way to lowers. I have experienced heats there the past couple of years and it is one of the best places to have a contest. Lowers is such an amazing wave. The girls this year are so talented and I believe everyone has been waiting for this opportunity for them to surf such a rippable wave. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to join them!” – Tia Blanco instagram.com/tiablanco
“When I heard about the new World Tour event for the Women at Lower Trestles, I was shocked. I think it’s amazing that they are holding it at a world-class wave, and it gets to show the truth of about women’s surfing. Over the years we’ve been less prioritized and we should be treated as one with the boys, because every woman out there has the potential to do a man’s job. If there’s an amateur event at Lowers, why isn’t there a pro event? Lowers is a rippable wave, and I’m excited to see my favorite surfers be out there for next year’s season, and hoping I get to surf in that event sometime in the future. I’ve won a couple of National Titles there, and hoping to win a World Tour event at that same spot.” – Mahina Maeda instagram.com/mahinamaeda
“When I heard the news about the Women’s tour having a stop at Lowers I was ecstatic! I couldn’t really even believe it. Lowers is one of the most perfect waves in the world. In my opinion it’s the closest thing to a wave pool! This event is going to show the true potential of all the women on the tour. Hopefully one day I’ll be surfing in it! Thank you Hurley for the amazing opportunity for the women. They’re going to prove themselves ;)” – Dax McGill instagram.com/dax_mcgill
“I think the Women’s World Tour coming to Lowers is something that has taken too long to happen! Everyone loves watching the guys shred one of the best waves in Southern California, but it’s only fair to let the girls have their fair share of fun too! I’m stoked to see that girl surfers are getting more opportunities just like the boys.” – Kylie Loveland instagram.com/kylieloveland
“I think that it’s an amazing opportunity for the girls to really show off their competition strategies and skills. And it also represents the growth and uprising of women’s surfing. I believe Lowers is a magical wave that will bring out the most talent in a contest and it is a big step for women’s surfing to be a part of that.” – Malia Ward instagram.com/malia_ward
Final Note: Thank you to the ASP, Paul Speaker, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Pat O’Connell, Bob Hurley, the Hurley brand, IMG, California State Parks and whoever else played an integral part in taking the ASP Women’s World Tour to Trestles next year. With this move you have fulfilled dreams and undoubtedly stoked the imaginations of young athletes the world over who will get to witness the best female surfers competing in a truly, world-class venue.
Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com | Photo of Carissa Moore © Red Bull Media House
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FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS INCLUDING NEW SURF & SUSTAINABILITY VILLAGE, BETHANY HAMILTON AUTOGRAPH SIGNING
Free Event, August 2 – 4, Includes 100 of the World’s Top Surfers, Free Paul Mitchell Hair Styling, Live Bands, Fitness Classes, Autograph Signings & More!
Los Angeles, CA (July 31, 2013) — ASA Entertainment announced today the lineup of events for the much-anticipated Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro presented by Paul Mitchell. The event will be held at the Oceanside Pier August 2 – 4 and features the largest field of female surfers ever assembled, including Bethany Hamilton, Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Coco Ho, Laura Enever, Malia Manuel, Sage Erickson, Alana Blanchard and more. Admission to the event is free.
The event has expanded this year to include a new Surf & Sustainability Village at the iconic Oceanside Bandshell Stage, adjacent to the contest venue. The village is open to the public from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily and includes free hairstyling by Paul Mitchell; autograph signings with the pros, including a Bethany Hamilton signing at the GoBank booth on Saturday; Surfset fitness classes; a sustainability seminar; Zumba with Anna; Yoga with Yoga Body Oceanside; a Q & A with Nancy Spooner (author of “The Surf Date Book”); performances by the San Diego B-girls; speed art and a live concert with Tribal Theory at 4p on Saturday.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
[one_third]Fri., Aug 2, 8A– 4P
8 am – 9:20 am: Round 1 (Round of 96)
9:20 am – 10:40 am: Round 2 (Round of 88)
10:40 am – 12 pm: Round 3 (Round of 80)
12 pm – 2 pm: Round 4 (Round of 72)
2 pm – 2:30 pm: Pro Surfer Autograph Signing
2 pm – 4 pm: Round 5 (Round of 60) [/one_third]
[one_third]Sat., Aug 3, 8A– 4 P
8 am – 1:15 pm: Round 6 (Round of 48)
1pm – 1:30pm: Pro Surfer Autograph Signing
1:15 pm – 4 pm: Round 7 (Round of 24)
4 pm – 5 pm: Live Concert with Tribal Theory
*4 pm – 4:30 pm: Bethany Hamilton Autograph Signing [/one_third]
[one_third_last]Sun., Aug 4, 10A – 3P
10 am – 11:40 am: Round 8 (Round of 12)
11:45 am – 1:25 pm: Quarterfinals
1 pm – 1:25 pm: Pro Surfer Autograph Signing
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm: Semi-finals
2:25 pm – 2:55 pm: Finals
3 pm: Awards Ceremony
3:30: Top 4 Autograph Signing [/one_third_last]
The Ford Supergirl Pro presented by Paul Mitchell is the only ASP 6-star female event in North America. It’s the second event of the 2013 Supergirl Jam Series, the action sports industry’s largest all-female competition and lifestyle series, featuring more than 150 female pros in surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. The event will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net (FSN) Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The event will be livestreamed at www.supergirlpro.com on Sunday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST.
For more information on the Ford Supergirl Pro, please visit www.supergirljam.com.
Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro Recap – 2012
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Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America
Vans US Open of Surfing
ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Event
ASP Men’s Prime Rated Event
ASP Men’s and Women’s 4-Star Pro Junior
Huntington Beach, California, USA
July 20 – 28, 2013
Carissa Moore Wins Vans US Open of Surfing, Takes ASP WCT Rankings Lead
Pictured: Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, your Vans US Open of Surfing Champion and current ASP WCT No. 1. Credit: ASP/ROWLAND
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, July 28, 2013) – Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, has won the Vans US Open of Surfing over local favorite Courtney Conlogue (USA), 20, in peaky one-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Huntington Beach Pier, taking the No. 1 position on the ASP Women’s World Title Race.
Stop No. 6 of 8 on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT), the Vans US Open of Surfing plays both a crucial role in deciding the 2013 Women’s World Champion and qualification for next season’s ASP Top 17.
Moore got off to a dominant start in her final clash, earning an 8.17 and 7.83 to launch out to an early lead. The talented Hawaiian would hold on to the win despite a late-heat rampage from Conlogue, solidifying her third ASP Women’s WCT event win this year.
“To be honest I’m a little shocked right now because I thought Courtney (Conlogue) won when the crowd erupted on that last wave,” Moore said. “I let her go and I had priority and it was a bad decision, but I’m stoked that it worked out in my favor. I was happy to be in the final and Courtney’s in the title race and I had fun, but I was definitely nervous at the end of that heat. It’s such an honor to win this event in front of this big crowd. I feel amazing!”
Conlogue put in an amazing showing in front of her hometown crowd, besting then ratings’ leader Tyler Wright (AUS), 19, in the Semifinals. The regular-footer would fight hard to surpass Moore in the back half of the heat with her best two rides coming in the last five minutes. Unfortunately for the Californian, she was unable to surpass Moore’s opening heat efforts, finishing runner-up overall.
“It was definitely an amazing heat and Carissa (Moore), she’s been surfing really well,” Conlogue said. “With everyone screaming and the crowd on the pier I was definitely wanting to win. I was trying to be progressive and surfing the best that I could.”
Conlogue, who now sits at No 3 on the ASP Women’s WCT, is hoping to carry her momentum in to the final two events of the season in an attempt to rally for the 2013 ASP Women’s World Title.
“It feels really good to get second and I’m looking forward to going back to Europe,” Conlogue said. “Going to Hossegor is going to be exciting so it’s nice to get a result here and I’m looking forward to it.”
Tyler Wright (AUS), 19, was dominant throughout the Vans US Open of Surfing, earning her career-best result in Huntington Beach. The talented Australian’s run would end in the Semifinals, as she was stopped short by in-form local Courtney Conlogue, finishing equal 3rd overall.
“I did the best I could with what I had out there and Courtney (Conlogue) caught the best waves,” Wright said. “A 3rd is the best result I’ve ever had here at the US Open and I’m happy with that.”
Pauline Ado (FRA), 22, matched her career-best result and crucial points towards her requalification campaign with an equal 3rd place finish. Ado put in a stellar performance throughout the Vans US Open of Surfing, but was unable to surpass Moore in their Semifinals heat. Ado now sits No. 10 among the ASP Top 17 due to her efforts.
I’m a bit disappointed with my heat today,” Ado said. “I couldn’t find any good waves and feel like I didn’t surf my best, but I’m stoked on the result overall. I’ve had a great week at this event and a 3rd is putting me in a better position before the last two events in Europe.”
For Vans US Open of Surfing highlights log on to www.vansusopenofsurfing.com.
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S FINAL RESULT:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00
2 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.27
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.07 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.33
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.70 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.23
ASP Women’s WCT Top 5 Following the Vans US Open:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 48,200 points
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 46,500 points
3 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 40,100 points
4 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 39,400 points
5 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 30,450 points
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FORD SUPERGIRL PRO FACTS
For the past 7 years, the Supergirl Jam Series has been the only large-scale all-girls action sports competition and lifestyle series. Developed as a celebration of female empowerment, the Supergirl Jam features the top female athletes in skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding competing as well as a variety of girl-power activities at three events.
August 2-4, 2013 at the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, CA
Six (6) hours of national television coverage on Fox Sports Net (FSN)
The event will be live streamed across several action sports and surfing web sites. In addition, clips from the event will be distributed to a number of industry and general market sites.
One Hundred (100) of the world’s top female pros will compete in the largest field of any female surfing event in the world. Some of the world-class pros expected to appear include Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, Courtney Conlogue, Lakey Peterson, Malia Manuel, Alana Blanchard, Laura Enever, Sage Erickson, Sofia Mulanovich, Paige Hareb, Bethany Hamilton and many more.
2013 is the 7th year of the Supergirl Jam series.
The event is part of the ASP World Tour and will be the only 6-Star Women’s event in North America.
Includes a surf industry and sustainability village, live music, seminars, yoga, fashion, fitness, autographs from the pros, free hair styling by Paul Mitchell, and other female-oriented activities.
The event supports several eco-awareness and women’s organizations, such as the Surfrider Foundation, Girls Inc, and Boarding 4 Breast Cancer.
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FORD SUPERGIRL PRO HEADS TO OCEANSIDE, CALIF. AUG. 2 – 4 FOR ONLY ASP 6-STAR FEMALE EVENT IN NORTH AMERICA
Bethany Hamilton, Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson and Alana Blanchard Among 100+ Pros Competing in World’s Largest Female Surf Event
Los Angeles, Calif. (July 9, 2012) – ASA Entertainment announced today that the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro presented by Paul Mitchell will take place for the second consecutive year at the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, Calif. from August 2-4, 2013. Admission to the event is free.
The Ford Supergirl Pro will serve as the lone women’s ASP qualifying event scheduled in North America for the 2013 season and plays a critical role for surfers looking to solidify their position on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT).
“With the Ford Supergirl Pro currently representing the only women’s qualifying event in America, this contest is extremely important in the girls’ qualification process for next year’s WCT,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, ASP Women’s Tour Manager said. “Since this event falls towards the end of the women’s qualifying season, results at the Ford Supergirl Pro could be make-or-break for girls on the qualifying bubble.”
In addition to being the only Women’s Star event in North America, the Ford Supergirl Pro will also be the largest female contest in the world with 100 of the world’s top female pros committed to compete. Some of the world-class surfers participating in the 2013 event include Bethany Hamilton (Lihue, HI), Carissa Moore (Honolulu, HI), Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, CA), Coco Ho (Oahu, HI), Laura Enever (Sydney, Australia), Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), Paige Hareb (New Plymouth, NZ), Sofia Mulanovich (Lima, Peru), Sage Erickson (Malibu, CA) and Alana Blanchard (Kauai, HI).
“I am so excited about competing in the Ford Supergirl Pro,” said Pro Surfer Bethany Hamilton, the subject of the hit movie, Soul Surfer. “Women’s surfing is really exciting at the moment, and to be part of such an important event in the US for women’s surfing is awesome!”
Ford’s Fiesta has signed on as the title sponsor for the 2013 contest, as part of the “Fiesta Movement” – an innovative campaign that puts 100 social influencers in new 2014 Fiestas to help showcase the car’s unique personality and attributes.
“We’re very excited about the Ford Supergirl Pro competition,” said Keith Koeppen, Ford advertising and media manager. “To us, this is more than just a sponsorship; it’s a way for us to work together to support the sport.”
The event marks the sixth year of Supergirl’s support of women’s surfing. Prior to becoming a 6-Star event in 2012, the Supergirl Pro Junior was one of the world’s largest Pro Junior competitions. Several of today’s top WCT pros are former Supergirl Pro Junior finalists, including Courtney Conlogue, Coco Ho, Carissa Moore, Malia Manuel, Lakey Peterson and Sage Erickson.
“We are really excited about the expansion of the Ford Supergirl Pro in 2013 and the record-breaking field of women participating,” said Rick Bratman, CEO of ASA Entertainment, the event’s management company and one of the leading producers of action sports event and television programming in the US. “We have been supporting women’s surfing for many years, and with tremendous partners like Ford, Paul Mitchell, GoBank and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, we are expecting 2013 to be the best Supergirl event ever as well as a building block for future women’s events in the US.”
The Ford Supergirl Pro will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net (FSN) Friday, October 18 at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. There will be a live webcast from the event on Sunday, August 4, that will be shown on several surf industry web sites.
“The Supergirl Jam series is the living embodiment of female empowerment, bringing together an amazing group of female athletes across multiple sports,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “The strength, style, and skill these athletes bring to the event is such an inspiration to young women everywhere and we’re thrilled to have the Supergirl S-Shield at the forefront once again.”
In addition to presenting the best female surfing on the planet, the event supports an eco-awareness platform that will feature more than 10 sustainability organizations as well as a surf industry village, live music, seminars, yoga, fashion, autographs from the pros, free hair styling by Paul Mitchell and other female-oriented activities.
The event will run on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, August 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ford Supergirl Pro presented by Paul Mitchell is the second event of the 2013 Supergirl Jam Series, the action sports industry’s largest all-female competition and lifestyle series, featuring more than 150 female pros in surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. For more detailed information on the Ford Supergirl Pro, please visit www.SupergirlJam.com or www.asaentertainment.com.
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2011 ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore takes her surfing to an even higher level of performance in this video clip presented by Hurley.
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For Immediate Release
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International
ASP Top 17 Surfers Determined for 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour
COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Monday, October 1, 2012) – With the culmination of the women’s qualifying season, ending with the ASP 6-Star SATA Airlines Azores Pro last weekend, the ASP Top 17 have been confirmed for 2013.
The 2013 ASP Top 17 will be comprised of the top 10 finishers on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings, the next six finishers from ASP Women’s World Rankings and the ASP Wildcard.
The 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, won by now-reigning five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, and ending in August at the Nike US Open of Surfing, ranked surfers based off their best six results from seven events.
TOP 10 QUALIFIERS FROM 2012 ASP WOMEN’S WCT RANKINGS:
– Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
– Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
– Carissa Moore (HAW)
– Tyler Wright (AUS)
– Courtney Conlogue (USA)
– Malia Manuel (HAW)
– Lakey Peterson (USA)
– Laura Enever (AUS)
– Coco Ho (HAW)
– Paige Hareb (NZL)
Full 2012 ASP Women’s WCT rankings can be found HERE
The ASP Women’s World Rankings rate surfers based on their top five results for the 2012 season from all ASP Star events.
TOP 6 QUALIFIERS FROM ASP WOMEN’S WORLD RANKING:
– Sage Erickson (USA)
– Bianca Buitentag (ZAF)
– Pauline Ado (FRA)
– Rebecca Woods (AUS)
– Alana Blanchard (HAW)
– Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Full ASP Women’s World Rankings can be found HERE
The final position for the ASP Top 17 will be the ASP Wildcard, to be determined in the coming weeks.
The 2013 will first contest one another at the season-opening Roxy Pro Gold Coast next February.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
For the past six years, the Supergirl Jam Series has been the only large-scale all-girls action sports competition and lifestyle series. Developed as a celebration of female empowerment, the Supergirl Jam features the top female athletes in surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding competing at three events.
In 2012, the Supergirl Jam is expanding with the launch of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, the ONLY 6-Star Women’s Tour Surf Contest in North America. It will feature the largest field of professional surfing talent of any event in the world with more than 80 top pros competing.
August 9-11, 2012
Oceanside Pier (South Side), Oceanside, California
There are three days of surfing heats that lead to head-to-head competition between the world’s best female surfers. The event is an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star event so it offers valuable points for surfers to qualify into the Women’s Championship Tour in 2013.
The event is free to attend and no ticket is required.
Day 1: Thursday, Aug 9, 8:00a – 4:00p
– Round 1 (4 Heats @ 20 Min; 1.33 hours)
– Round 2 (6 Heats @ 20 Min; 2 hours)
– Round 3 (6 Heats @ 20 Min; 2 hours)
– Round 4 (6 Heats @ 25 Min; 2.5 hours)
Day 2: Friday, Aug 10, 10:30a – 3:30p
– Round 4 (6 Heats @ 25 Min; 2.5 hours)
– Round 5 (6 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 2.5 Hours)
Day 3: Saturday, Aug 11, 11:00a – 4:00p
– Round 6 (4 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 1.66 Hours)
– Quarter-Finals (4 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 1.66 Hours)
– Semi-Finals (2 Heats @ 25 Minutes; .83 Hours)
– Final (1 Heat @ 30 Minutes; .5 Hours)
The event features a minimum of eleven (11) hours of television coverage in the US:
• 6 hours of coverage on Fox Sports Net
• 5 hours of coverage on Fuel TV
There will be a live stream hosted at several sites TBA
Information about the event can be obtained at www.supergirljam.com
The event features eighty (80) of the top professional female surfers in the world, including 13 of the top 16 ranked pros. It is the largest field of talent of any female surfing event in the world.
Following is a partial list of the top pros that have registered to compete in this international field of talent, including ASP World Tour stars Tyler Wright (New South Wales, AU), Laura Enever (Sydney, Australia), Carissa Moore (Honolulu, HI), Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), Coco Ho (Oahu, HI), Rebecca Woods (New South Wales, AU), Paige Hareb (New Plymouth, NZ), Sofia Mulanovich (Lima, Peru), Pauline Ado (Bayonne, France), Justine Dupont (Lacanau, France) and Sage Erickson (Malibu, CA) as well as other favorites such as Alana Blanchard, Bruna Schmitz and Erica Hosseini.
There will autograph signings and numerous chances for surf fans to meet their favorite pros throughout the weekend.
This is the 1st year of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro and the 6th year of the Supergirl Jam Series.
The event is owned and managed by ASA Entertainment.
For Immediate Release
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Roxy Pro Biarritz
ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Event No. 6 of 7
July 10 – 14, 2012
Stephanie Gilmore Claims 5th ASP Women’s World Title at Roxy Pro Biarritz
GRANDE PLAGE, Biarritz/France (Saturday, July 14, 2012) – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, has claimed her 5th ASP Women’s World Title today, winning the Roxy Pro Biarritz over Tyler Wright (AUS), 18.
“I woke up this morning and thought it wouldn’t happen today,” Gilmore said. “But as the day progressed, and things fell into place, I began to believe it could happen. France is such a special place and having so many people on the beach watching us surf today is really emotional. I think I’m going to cry.”
Gilmore set an ASP record by being the first surfer ever to win four titles from four attempts (2007 – 2010), but fell back to ASP Women’s World No. 3 in 2011. Today’s emotional win is a reassertion of her dominance as one of the greatest icons in women’s sports.
“This year for me was all about improving my consistency and having fun with my surfing,” Gilmore said. “From when I started five years ago to where we are now, women’s surfing has improved so much. It’s an honor to be back up top as these girls push me everyday and are all incredible surfers.”
Today’s incredible achievement puts the young natural-footer in an elite class of surfers to win five or more ASP World Titles, overtaking women’s records set by Freida Zamba (USA), Wendy Botha (AUS) and Lisa Andersen (USA). The only other two surfers in history to claim five or more titles are Kelly Slater (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).
“I have an amazing support team between my family, friends, my shaper Darren Handley, my sponsors and all the people at Quiksilver,” Gilmore said. “To be able to do what we do and make a life out of surfing is a really blessed thing. Surfing is what motivates me to wake up each day and attempt to better myself.”
2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WINNER
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: Runner-Up
TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival : WINNER
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic: Equal 5th
Billabong Rio Pro: Equal 5th
Roxy Pro Biarritz: WINNER
Nike US Open of Surfing: TBD
Fellow finalist Wright put on an impressive display of surfing throughout the Roxy Pro Biarritz, besting Courtney Conlogue (USA), 19, and Coco Ho (HAW), 19, en route to today’s Finals. Unfortunately for Wright, her momentum didn’t transcend into the Final bout against Gilmore, but the tour sophomore was happy with her performance nonetheless.
“I feel pretty good,” Wright said. “I was so excited for Steph (Gilmore). She was ahead of me the whole time and with five minutes to go I was like, ‘you’ve done it!’ It’s incredible – she ripped the whole contest and didn’t lose one heat, she was shredding!”
Today’s Runner-Up finish at Grande Plage is a season best for Wright and vaults her from 5th to 3rd on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour rankings.
“I’m happy with how that season went,” Wright said. “I’m just enjoying myself! I feel it’s funner when I just messing around rather than be too serious. You know I love surfing and that’s about it.”
Carissa Moore (HAW) 19, was stopped in her effort to send the ASP Women’s World Title race to the final event in California by eventual winner and newly-crowned Champion Stephanie Gilmore in a very exciting Semifinal that saw the lead change hands several times before the Australian managed to find two high-scoring rides, putting a nail in Moore’s coffin. The Hawaiian placing third in Biarritz has reduced the gap between her and the second place on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour rankings and she looking forward to the last event of 2012.
“I’m pretty happy,” Moore said. “Obviously I would have loved to surf another final but it’s still pretty good. I think the women’s level has come a long way, but honestly today it was more a matter of being in the right spot and getting in a good rythmn and it’s tough if you don’t get to find the good opportunities and another person does. I’m always looking forward to competing so I’m really looking forward to going to the US Open and hopefully I’ll get a good performance there.”
Coco Ho (HAW) 21, was responsible for the biggest upset today when she defeated Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, in this morning’s Quarterfinals. Ho was later stopped by runner-up Tyler Wright in the semis, not able to find the highest scoring rides in a wind affected line-up. Finishing equal third in Biarritz, Ho confirms her newly found rythmn after a brilliant second place in the previous event in Brazil.
“I’m stoked it feels good to be able to get through those tough first rounds and be able to back up my last good result”, Ho said. “It was close but I’m stoked with the overall result. We’re really lucky the conditions came together for us today, ‘Grande Plage’ offered us some really good potential and it was just a matter of positioning so we’re stoked we’re really lucky.”
After a slow start to her fourth season at the elite level, Ho recently regrouped and started showing consistence placing fifth in Sydney, second in Rio and third today in France improving on her quarter-final result in the same event last year.
“Starting this year I had two 13th and I never even had that result before so it was pretty frustrating. I think it kind of just woke me up, made me put my head down and really fight for it!”
Highlights from the Roxy Pro Biarritz will be available via http://roxylive.com/roxyprobiarritz/2012/
The next stop on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour will be the Nike US Open of Surfing from July 30 – August 5, 2012.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
ROXY PRO BIARRITZ FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.53
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.10
ROXY PRO BIARRITZ SEMI-FINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.66 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 9.37
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.50
ROXY PRO BIARRITZ QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.37 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.53
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.60 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 8.76
QF 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.57 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.00
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.33 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 12.07
ROXY PRO BIARRITZ ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.40 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.50
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.67 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.77
Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.10 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.16
Heat 4: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.13 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8.66
CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WCT TOP 5 (After Roxy Pro Biarritz):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 48,400 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 42,100 pts
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 36,700 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 36,700 pts
5. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 34,800 pts
First of all, let me say how stoked I am that Chris Grant asked me to do this. It has been a long time since I’ve written anything power-rankings-esque and as a student and fanatic of the sport of surfing I have to say I miss it. Truth be told, I’m writing these things in my head already regardless of whether they get published or not. The saddest thing is that Surfline cut me off right when the tour started to get interesting. That said, this has to be the most dynamic lineup of female surfers we’ve seen to date. I do not mean to take anything away from Lisa or Layne or Margo or Frieda or Wendy or Pauline or Jodie or Pam or Kim (Mearig) because they all distinctively killed it (and still do no doubt), but this lineup of talent, like the lineup on the men’s side, is one step above anything we’ve seen before.
We now have four women solidly capable of pulling airs in heats (Carissa, Silvana, Malia, and Lakey). Those less apt in the air are brutal on the lip and have proven that women’s surfing can be both radical and stylish at the same time (Sally, Steph, Tyler, Sofia, Courtney, Pauline, Laura, Sage, et. al.). Now that I think about it, the saddest thing is not that Surfline stopped running women’s power rankings but that with the deepest talent pool women’s surfing has ever seen there are only seven events for the ladies this year and once again NO HAWAII. Sad face emoticon.
This year the girls will start off with steady Australian leg at Snapper then at Bells. Thank god for Australia and its continued support of all things surfing. No other country except maybe Brasil has this kind of cultural acceptance and support for our sport.
With only one goofyfoot remaining on tour, Paige Hareb, you can bet a regular footer is going to win Snapper (not because Paige does not have what it takes, but because regularfoots dominate the Australian leg and she’s severely outnumbered). (Ahhemm: Calling all goofyfoots: QUALIFY PLEASE!) If last year’s performance and her recent win at Manly says anything, the money’s on Sally Fitz. But there are too many variables to really call it this early. Carissa is defending champ (in more ways than one) and will be looking to get to another solid start. Steph’s hungry after finishing 3rd last year and is on home turf. Tyler showed herself a force to be reckoned with last year. Silvana and her speedy smooth attack is always a threat, and then there’s the bevy of new talent waiting at the gates frothing to break through. These are all ingredients for a stupendous start to 2012 — let’s just hope the waves show up to the party.
As for the remaining five contests, well, the girls better like two things: 1. the southern hemisphere; 2. beachbreak. The girls only have two events in the northern hemisphere — France and Huntington — and four out of the seven events are to be held at beachbreaks (Taranaki, Rio, France, and Huntington), the remainder at Australian right handers (Snapper, Bells, and Dee Why).
All of this beachbreak action mixed with the most Californian girls that have been on tour simultaneously in a long time (Courtney, Lakey, and Sage) could equal a title challenge from a normally dormant sector. The Hawaiians, Carissa, Coco, and Malia, however, have all shown that they have what it takes in all conditions, and are looking like one of the most formidible island contingents yet to grace the tour. Jacqueline and Silvana are our only Brazilians this year. Bad surf could favor them, and in Silvana’s case, so could heaving barrels and a grip of landed aerial maneuvers.
2012 also sees two French women, Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado, on the tour. Pauline made some strides last year and from what I’ve seen of Justine, a few surprise upsets could come from the French quarter. And then there’s the frothing Aussies — Sally, Tyler, Steph, Laura, and Rebecca — the largest showing by any single country. I don’t think that Laura and Rebecca have what it takes to make a run for the title, but they are sure to take down some names while their fellow countrywomen attempt to bring the title back to Oz. All of this compatriotism makes Sofia the Peruvian and Paige the Kiwi the darkhorses this year. Both excel at lefts, so any beachbreak that offers up a more consistent left sandbar could spell victory for either one. Game on.
# 1 – Carissa Moore – Hawaii – carissamoore.com
We know she can pump out combination maneuvers on her forehand like Hawaii pumps out pineapples and macadamia nuts, but can she keep the juice flowing for another title? Right points and punchy beachbreak air-section wedges favor Carissa again. It’s all psychology at this point. In order to be the next Slater she’ll need to amplify her psyching powers (and maybe bic her head). Video
# 2 – Sally Fitzgibbons – Australia – sallyfitzgibbons.com
Her ability to pull carving reverses at will in addition to her stronger, smoother, faster style put Sally on the accelerated track to perennial world-title-contender-dom. Sally is a woman who has the maxim “8s or lates” firmly entrenched in her heat strategy. If she doesn’t win the title she’ll end up in the top three again, having been beaten by someone who consistently threw down 9s and 10s against her (as Carissa did last year). Video
# 3 – Stephanie Gilmore – Australia – stephgilmore.com
The wrist rattled Steph last year. As someone who has formerly broken a wrist I can totally identify with this. It’s perhaps one of the worst parts of the body for a surfer to injure. Hopefully she has regained both her strength and her wits. Also, I do not care if Steph never does a single air. She’s one of those surfers like Tom Curren who does not need to launch to win events. Smooth rail to rail power surfing shall never die and when done at Steph’s level is a thing both of beauty and high scores. Variety of turns and consistency will be the keys if she wants to unlock the door to another title. Video
# 4 – Tyler Wright – Australia
What can I say? She kills it. What I’d like to see: no pumping ever. Her strength is on the rail. She’ll need to mix up the patented layback — maybe tweak it into an inverted slide or take it above the lip. Not sure if she’s title-ready, but she’s definitely in the mix. Video
# 5 – Silvana Lima – Brazil – silvanalima.com.br
When I wrote the power rankings for Surfline I never stopped singing Silvana’s praises. A few Brazilians got mad when I put Sally ahead of her, but look where Sal finished last year. I hate to say it, but I am rarely wrong. Maybe a little snide or crass or harsh, but not dead wrong. That said, Silvana is one of my favorite surfers. I love her speed and her casual approach. Every time she’s in a heat I want her to win. But as I used to tell my buddy Shea when we did contests, “No pull no points.” In freesurfing it’s different — we all like to see air attempts, but in contests airs need to be landed to score. If and when Silvana starts punctuating rides with huge frontside lofts and clearing sections with spinners instead of floaters she will be untouchable. May that time be now. Video
# 6 – Coco Ho – Hawaii – coco-ho.com
My claim to fame is beating a 70 lb Coco Ho at heaving Newport Beach in the semi-finals of the 2005 VQS championships. I scored an 8 for a backside layback barrel that I never should have made it out of. Fast forward seven years. I teach fashion history and theory at Parsons and predominantly ride a retro fish except when Jersey is 4-6 and ramping. Coco is on tour hucking fins at will. Clearly that semifinal had no bearing on either of our futures. Depite the pure pedigree, I do not see her as a title contender, but rather a title upsetter. She’ll continue to make semis, finals, and win the occasional event or two, and she will most certainly ruin others’ runs in the process. Video
# 7 – Sofia Mulanovich – Peru – sofiamulanovich.com
Never count her out. Her pscyhology is basically unassailable. If they could figure out a way to clone Sofia’s brain chemistry we might be able to find a cure for chronic depression and low self esteem. And like I said in the overall preview, if the beachies manage to produce solid lefts Sof could have a victory or two in her this season. Video
# 8 – Courtney Conlogue – United States
Rookie shakes last year, but she showed glimpses of more great things to come. Proof that you can never count California out even when the future seems exceptionally bleak for the Golden State. If a majority of the venues see larger surf Courtney could become a massive threat to any premature rushes for the gold. I’m calling that she will also claim her maiden tour victory this year. Video
# 9 – Pauline Ado – France – paulineado.fr
Well of course the first thing that pops to mind when we see her name is the not-so-witty “much ado about….” So much ado about what? About forehand hacks it seems. Despite said hacks, however, Pauline is going to have to pump up the volume in both the strength and variety of repetoire categories if she wants to finish higher than 9th this year. Video
# 10 – Laura Enever – Australia
Laura Enever has career security no matter how well she fares on tour. With her outrageous personality and image, there is no doubt she’ll be hosting sports and fashion awards and becoming a general celebrity for years to come. And maybe it is this kind of security that will actually enable Laura to continue to push through heats. Video
# 11 – Malia Manuel – Hawaii – maliamanuel.com
She won the US Open at 15. We have seen the video clips of her tail high fin chucks and effortless roundhouse cutbacks. Definitely already in contention for rookie of the year based on expectation alone. I am excited to see how she deals with surfing against the more experienced girls. Video
# 12 – Lakey Peterson – United States – lakeypeterson.com
Pretty much ditto for everything said about Malia Manuel plus we know she has got an air game. One of the first female surfers I have ever seen pull a clean air reverse in competition. It was at Trestles and she scored a 10. If she can put that type of surfing together with consistency California might have it’s first world champ since Tom Curren. Video
# 13 – Sage Erickson – United States – midlength.blogspot.com
Another golden girl from Cali. I haven’t seen much of Sage’s surfing except in stills. She’s got a wicked forehand slash and from what I understand can be quite formidable in right points and in beachbreak, which bodes well for this year’s list of events. The jury is out. Video
# 14 – Rebecca Woods – Australia – becwoods.com
The return of the quarterfinals queen. I said it in the Power Rankings and I will say it here again: Rebecca Woods needs to push past the quarters. She has the ability and the flow, but requires wave selection. She will need to channel the “8s or lates” maxim and manifest that in her heats if she wants to keep up with all the new blood on tour. Video
# 15 – Paige Hareb – New Zealand – paigehareb.co.nz
Despite any reservations I may have about her ability to win heats I am pulling for Paige on pure goofyfooted alliance. I hope she finishes in the top five to prove that goofyfooted surfing is not dead and that she knocks a bunch of regularfoots off the tour in the process. It would also be nice if all the girls who qualify next year are goofyfoots. The imbalance is absolutely devastating. On the guy’s side of things the goofy men, still outnumbered by their right-footed brethren, are stepping up. The same needs to happen on the girls’ side and with Chelsea Hedges off tour, Paige is going to have to carry the torch. Video
# 16 – Justine Dupont – France
Darkhorse rookie of the year. I just watched her “I Surf Because” video on Youtube and am sold on her style and approach. She understands the nature of competitive surfing and is as confident as one needs to be to take down her heroes. May she do for France what fashion, butter, and democracy have! Video
# 17 – Jacqueline Silva – Brazil – jacquelinesilva.com.br
The stalwart. As long as her competitors continue to make stupid wave choice and priority errors Jacqueline will continue to capitalize upon them. What she lacks in talent she makes up for in smarts, which equals a very well rounded and experienced contest surfer. In a sense she’s like Slater in that no mistake goes unpunished. I am essentially giving all of the other girls advice for beating Jacquie: don’t make mistakes. I repeat: if you make one mistake against her, she will destroy you. Video
31 years old. Teaching fashion history and theory at Parsons the New School for Design. PhD candidate in philosophy with an emphasis in aesthetics at the New School for Social Research. Surfing for 25 years. Surf instructor for 8 years. Quick wit. Barrel master.
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