Carissa Moore Claims Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Takes ASP Women’s World Title Rankings

Carissa Moore claims Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP 2011/ Kirstin Scholtz
Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, is your 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast champion! Credit: © ASP / KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ

ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) INTERNATIONAL

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover
ASP World Title Event No. 1 of 11
Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover
ASP Women’s World Title Event No. 1 of 7
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
February 26 – March 9, 2011

Carissa Moore Claims 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Takes ASP Women’s World Title Rankings Lead

Carissa Moore, winner of the 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP 2011 / KirstinSNAPPER ROCKS, Queensland/Australia (Tuesday, March 8, 2011) – Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, has taken out the opening event of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover, in an electric final over Tyler Wright (AUS), 16.

The primary venue of Snapper Rocks produced the goods for the final day of women’s competition, as the world’s best female surfers collectively announced a new standard of high-performance surfing.

Moore proved the form surfer of the event, consistently notching the highest scores of the round and surfing with unparalleled speed, power and progression.

“It’s been an amazing finish to the event and the waves were so good for us today,” Moore said. “If I didn’t have priority and hadn’t dropped in on Tyler (Wright) on that wave, then she probably would have gotten the score and won the heat. It’s been an incredible event for me and I’m excited for the year ahead.”

The young Hawaiian’s victory today, her fourth elite win of her career, can be taken as a fierce declaration of her plans for the year, clearly eyeing her maiden ASP Women’s World Title.

“It’s still early in the season but the ASP Women’s World Title is definitely a goal,” Moore said. “I’m just happy to be surfing the way I am and getting results. I’m riding a Mayhem Matt Biolis shape. It’s a 5’9” and I love it, it’s kind of a magic board, so I’m stoked. Luckily I have a couple just like it so I’m trying to take care of them.”

Now sitting in the driver’s seat in the hunt for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title, Moore looks towards the next event and pushing the now unbridled progression of women’s surfing.

“All the girls are surfing amazing and we really saw it at this event,” Moore said. “It’s going to be an exciting year on tour. I just can’t wait to see what happens.”

Tyler Wright at the 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP 2011 / Kirstin.   Sally Fitzgibbons, Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Landrover. Photo © ASP 2011 / Kirstin.

Laura Enever at Snapper Rocks. Photo © ASP 2011 / Kirstin.   Go Sally! Sally Fitzgibbons fans at the 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP 2011 / Kirstin.

Top to bottom, left to right. Tyler Wright; Sally Fitzgibbons; Laura Enever; Go Sally! Credits: © ASP / KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ

Wright, who is into her first full year as an ASP Women’s World Title campaigner, blew people away with her performances throughout the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, and came up just shy of taking down the event.

“In every heat I think you can learn something, pull something out of it that’s positive,” Wright said. “I won’t change too much, I’ll do my own thing and hopefully I can catch a couple of waves. We’ve got snapper with only one other person out and I love this wave. Congrats to Carissa (Moore) – she surfed amazing. It was incredible to be out there in waves like that and I can’t wait for the rest of the season.”

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, 2010 ASP Women’s World Runner-Up, was part of the select few to consistently break the boundaries of women’s surfing at the event, but the young natural-footer couldn’t stop a rampaging Moore in their Semifinal clash.

“It’s always disappointing coming up short in a contest,” Fitzgibbons said. “I’m happy with the way I’m surfing, but it just didn’t go my way in the Semifinals. It’s been a great off season though. I had a month at home and you can’t complain about that. Just have to buckle down and focus on the next one.”

Laura Enever (AUS), 19, 2011 ASP Top 17 rookie, had a sensational run at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, taking down a bevy of high-profile names before falling to Wright in the Semifinals. For her efforts, Enever finished Equal 3rd in her first event as an ASP Women’s World Title campaigner.

“Being in the water with these girls has been amazing,” Enever said. “I’m just happy to make the Semifinals in my first World Tour event. It’s going to be an exciting year and I can’t wait to have fun around the world.”

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, has consistently held the ASP Women’s No. 1 position since August 2008. However, the iconic natural-footer was unable to overtake a rampaging Enever in her Quarterfinal bout.

“Laura (Enever) and I went out with different game plans for that heat and hers obviously paid off,” Gilmore said. “It’s disappointing for sure, but she was surfing really well and things worked out for her. For me, this event was about trying to find my feet and I think I did a little bit. Hopefully I can recover a bit more between now and the next event.”

Highlights from the Roxy Pro Gold Coast will be available via http://www.roxypro.com.au

The next stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season will be the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach in Victoria from April 19 – 25, 2011.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.34
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.37

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.53 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 11.84
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.50

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.77 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.44
QF 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.67 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.50
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 19.20 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.50
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.37 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 11.83

ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE TOP 5 (After Roxy Pro Gold Coast)
1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 10,000
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 8,000 points
3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 5,200 points
3. Laura Enever (AUS) 6,500 points
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5,200 points
5. Silvana Lima (BRA) 5,200 points
5. Coco Ho (HAW) 5,200 points
5. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 5,200 points

2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Preview

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As the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour kicked off with the Roxy Pro Gold Coast late last week, we thought we had blown our opportunity to get this “preview” online before the event had completed. Luckily for us, the ocean stopped delivering waves to Snapper Rocks which gave us a chance to put the feature together. We mixed it up this year and asked a panel of surfers who they thought would finish in the Top 5 at year’s end. As predictions poured into the office, we were surprised how similar the majority of them were. Overwhelmingly, our panel of world champions and past, present and future superstars gave the nod to Stephanie Gilmore as over 70% of them predicted that she would win her fifth straight world title. Which surfers could be standing in the way of Steph achieving another world title? Read on and see… -Chris Grant


1. Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 1 – www.stephgilmore.blogspot.com

Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP / Cestari
4X ASP Women’s World Champ, Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP / Cestari

“It’s hard to go past Steph for number 1. She is an amazing surfer who excels in all conditions. I think she will be challenged more the ever for her title this year especially from Tyler Wright who I did consider has the ability to potentially knock her off the perch. But Steph has that valuable experience, beautiful style and I reckon she will flare more then ever to hold onto that number #1 spot.” - Amee Donohoe

“Steph Gilmore is an unstoppable machine. No other girl surfs with her power, fluidity, and maturity.” – Bo Stanley

“Steph Gilmore’s immeasurable, too much style to document and so much more than just a one dimensional tour surfer. No one comes close to her.” – Jessica Grimwood

“It would be just awesome if Steph wins her 5th world title …in her 5th year on tour!!!!” – Valeria Sole’

“What stands out mostly about Steph is her speed… That is one of the main differences between the men and the women, but Steph surfs fast, with power and flow. She will be on top until one of the girls steps it up a notch. Big or small, Steph is consistent with no bobbles in her surfing… smooth… and always my number one pick.” – Paige Alms

“My gut reaction is not put Stephanie Gilmore any lower than number one. No one else has proven that they can remain psychologically strong throughout the entire year. On the other hand, I want to place her second or third for this year and am hopeful that someone will break the very thick ice that has set in over the past four years. I heard a funny rumour that Steph was pissed at my power rankings on Surfline because I ripped some of the girls pretty hard. The funny thing is she did the same in the water and seems to have no qualms with that. Well, good on ya Steph. I am still putting you #1 for the fifth year running. Even though airs are the future, women’s surfing is still struggling with stylistic consistency and flowing maneuvers and Steph’s got both in spades. (And btw, the rumours that I can’t surf aren’t true. Sorry I know it’s easier to believe that the critic’s a kook, but not this time).” – Di Mattison


2. Carissa Moore (Hawaii) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 3 – www.carissamoore.com

Carissa Moore. Photo © ASP / Cestari
With two wins on the 2010 World Tour, Carissa Moore looks to be a serious threat to take it all in 2011. Photo © ASP / Cestari

“Carissa’s beginning to put her talent and game together.” – Rochelle Ballard

“Carissa Moore! Kaisers and Bowls pride right here!! I grew up watching Carissa surf all my South Shore spots. She is such an awesome girl inside and out and obviously is going to take over the world of women’s surfing sooner than later. Sista is mind boggling! Need I say more…” – Shea Hodges

“She’s Carissa Moore.” – Sara Taylor

“Carissa will win the world title in 2012. Slight chance she’ll even win this year. She’s got the whole package for sure. New Zealand and Portugal were clear signs of her ascendancy. Oh and two tour wins in a rookie season is not too shabby either. The key to Carissa’s final result is going to be wave selection. She has the tricks, the power, the style, and she’ll just need waves to execute. So yeah 2nd place, but just barely.” – Di Mattison

“Carissa Moore’s a fan favorite who rarely dissapoints. However, she is young and her inexperience might leave her one spot short of number one. She will for sure be ripping but may get distracted by all the bright lights.” – Lauren Sweeney


3. Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 2 – www.sallyfitzgibbons.com

Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo © ASP / Robertson
Currently second in the world, Sally Fitzgibbons will be looking to secure her maiden CT victory in 2011. Photo © ASP / Robertson


“This guestimating stuff is so difficult because I really want to see Sally take a world title, but my prophetic powers suggest that it won’t be this year. She’ll stay at the top with the way she’s able to drop multiple high scores in every heat. I also have a secret notion that she read my power rankings and made stylistic adjustments per my recommendations, because I felt that there was so much more flow going on in her turns in 2010. Now that the style and flow have mixed with the power and amp, peaking before the final remains her Achilles heal. All champions figure out how to do this and so will Sally before she becomes one.” – Di Mattison

“Sally will soon be unbeatable.” – Wini Paul

“2010 was a great year for Sally, quite a few runner-ups and semis. This year I foresee her first CT win, no doubt. Sally will definitely be in the top 5 at every contest, she is a very consistent competitor and will go out and get a 9 while everyone else is getting 6’s…” – Paige Alms

“Sally and Courtney, I cant really decide between these two. Personally, I think they carry the same components …both great all-around athletes with high levels of consistency which will have to put them on the upper side of the ladder. They’re both able to perform in poor wave conditions so having some new not-so-high-performance wave destinations wont faze them. Both definitely have the ability to take a win, just need to add the flare at the right time.” – Amee Donohoe

“Because Sally is strong and was close last year …this is her year.” – Nicole Grodesky


4. Silvana Lima (Brazil) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 4 – www.silvanalima.com.br

Silvana Lima. Photo © ASP / Kirstin
Although better known for her air assault, Silvana Lima charges the big stuff as well. Photo © ASP / Kirstin

“This is going to be the year that Silvana turns on the afterburners and blows people away. She doesn’t really have a choice but to rip, tear, and lacerate her way to the top seeing that the young guns on tour this year are going to be chomping at the bit. Can’t wait to see her shred the gnar!” -Lauren Sweeney

“With so much new school focus, credit is always due to those who have stamped their position. Silvana would have to be the most progressive surfer in there. Landing airs daily, always a title contender with that bag of tricks, how could she not be? You would have to be stupid to discount this Brazilian at being more than an arm’s length away from that trophy.” – Amee Donohoe

“Silvana’s a bad ass!” – Rochelle Ballard

“She’ll hold off the rest of the rookies. Always a threat for the title. Consistency has dogged her the past few years. She posts 10s and then 1s. Huge talent. Amazing style. Amazing barrel rider. I’d actually really like to see Silvana prove this whole list wrong and come out on top, but like I constantly repeated in the year I did the power rankings, she’s got to pull those airs and nuts barrels in nearly every heat, and especially in the semis and finals. Her career trajectory actually reminds me a lot of Taj Burrow, who talent-wise is certainly world-title worthy, but just can’t seem to string the event wins together at the right point in the season. Here’s hoping against the odds.” – Di Mattison

“Silvana Lima because she slays it! Besides Melanie Bartels and Courtney Conlogue the only other girl surfer that surfs like a guy. SO powerful, charges, and boosts!!!” – Shea Hodges

“Silvana Lima just plain rips and surfs with so much risk and aggression. Sick to watch.” – Sara Taylor


5. Tyler Wright (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: Rookie – www.ripcurl.com.au

Tyler Wright. Photo © ASP / Kirstin
A stellar 2010 Hawaiian season put the world on notice that Tyler Wright is a very well-rounded surfer. Photo © ASP / Kirstin

“Tyler Wright, the best surfer I’ve seen.” – Rochelle Ballard

“Tyler has it I think. She’s going to be a big threat. She’s young, talented, athletic, driven and froths to surf and push her level of surfing more then most. She’s not the least bit fazed about any of her rivals and knows how to win consistently. As we have all seen before its only a matter of time before she jumps a spot.” – Amee Donohoe

“Tyler’s fresh, aggressive, focused and rides for Powerbase fins like her bro Owen (I work for them too so I gotta support the team!).” – Jessica Grimwood

“Tyler’s my “bolter” depends on which high seed she catches in the 3rd round, and if she can handle everything that comes along being so young and on tour.” – Kim Wooldridge

“It’s only Tyler’s first year on the tour and she’s only 16 but that’s why I think she’ll do well. After watching her at the Triple Crown this year she’s shown that she has the drive to succeed.” – Emily Wratschko


6. Coco Ho (Hawaii) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 7

Coco Ho. Photo © ASP / Robertson“Always a strong surfer in all conditions. Coco’s throw tails on her forehand and backhand are mind boggling even for some of the boys. I see Coco doing well this year from the start at Snapper… Pull those airs Cokes ‘n you’d be unstoppable!” – Paige Alms

7. Courtney Conlogue (United States) – 2010 ASP Ranking: Rookie

Courtney Conlogue. Photo © ASP / Robertson“Courtney Conlogue is definitely making a statement slowly but surely. If you’re paying attention you cant miss her exciting backhand snap 360s or getting spit out of a nuts heaving barrel in Indo somewhere. Again… if politics weren’t involved we would see a lot more of her smooth reverses and spitting barrels in some hipsteresqe, sepia colored, techno filled surf segment. Instead she’s training all day to pull into bigger barrels than you!” – Shea Hodges


8. Melanie Bartels (Hawaii) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 8

Melanie Bartels. Photo © ASP / Rowland“#1 stunna in my eyes is Bartels! Ya Mel may not be as good of a contest surfer as Steph or Silvana, but when she’s got a travel fund, the politics aren’t involved, and that bag of tricks opens up she’ll wax everyone! 96792!” – Shea Hodges


9. Chelsea Hedges (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 6

Chelsea Hedges. Photo © ASP / Morris“Chelsea is my pick for number 3 …if she does the whole tour. She has no sponsor or cash, and is totally ripping in everything, would love to see it big and barrelling for her. Damn, where’s Chopes for the girls?” – Kim Wooldridge


10. Laura Enever (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: Rookie

Laura Enever. Photo © ASP / Kirstin“In my humble opinion, a wild card pick for Top 5.” – Nicole Grodesky




Special thanks to the following surfers for participating in our 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Preview:

Paige Alms, Jamie Baittinger, Rochelle Ballard, Wendy Botha, Serena Brooke, Chloe Buckley, Meah Collins, Shelby Detmers, Amee Donohoe, Jessica Grimwood, Nicole Grodesky, Bethany Hamilton, Shea Hodges, Alexia Jeri, Di Mattison, Kim Mearig, Wini Paul, Lakey Peterson, Marissa Shaw, Jolene Smith, Valeria Sole’, Bo Stanley, Lauren Sweeney, Sara Taylor, Valentina Vitale, Kim Wooldridge, and Emily Wratschko.

*Click the link to check out the Complete List of Our Top 5 ASP Picks as chosen by all of the surfers named above.

ASP Top 17 Determined for 2011 Season

For Immediate Release

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International – ASP Women’s World Tour 2011

Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, one of the new faces you’ll be seeing on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour. Credit: © ASP / CESTARI
Pictured: Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, one of the new faces you’ll be seeing on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour. Credit:© ASP / CESTARI

ASP Top 17 Determined for 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Season

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, January 2, 2011) –The 2011 ASP Top 17 have been determined, ushering in one of the most exciting fields of women surfers in the history of the sport.

With the allocation of the ASP Wildcard (going to Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 24), the ASP Top 17 has been set, comprised of the Top 10 finishers from the 2010 ASP World Tour, the top six finishers on the ASP Women’s World Rankings and the ASP wildcard.

“With the allocation of the ASP Wildcard, the 2011 ASP Top 17 have been finalized with the seed list below,” Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, said. “We have an excellent field of girls on tour and a solid schedule. We’re excited for a big year in 2011.”

1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
3. Carissa Moore (HAW)
4. Silvana Lima (BRA)
5. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
6. Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
7. Coco Ho (HAW)
8. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
9. Paige Hareb (NZL)
10. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
11. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) * ASP Wildcard
12. Laura Enever (AUS)
13. Tyler Wright (AUS)
14. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
15. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
16. Pauline Ado (FRA)
17. Alana Blanchard (HAW)

The first stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Roxy Pro Gold Coast from February 26 through March 9, 2011.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

An Afternoon with Serena Brooke, Pt One

Serena Brooke at Cardiff Reef, surf photo by Chris Grant

An Afternoon with Serena Brooke, Part One of Two
JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine’s Interview with a Living Legend

Serena Brooke surf photo by Chris GrantIn the mid-90’s I went for a mid-morning surf at Lowers when a nicely directed head-high swell snuck into the famous Southern California pointbreak. About an hour into the session I saw a girl surf waves like I had never seen them surfed before. Wave after wave she’d drive into flawless figure-8 roundhouse cutbacks followed by extended tail-drop floaters. I actually got out of the water to watch, soon learning that the surfer was none other than Australia’s Serena Brooke.

Fast forward a decade and a half and over the past couple of weeks I finally had the opportunity to work with Serena. Spend a day with her and you’re left with no doubt why she’s been one of the most beloved surfers of the past few generations. When you mix talent with good looks, quick wit, intelligence and a dash of mischief, it makes for an unforgettable individual. However, while Serena’s every bit a superstar, she’s also as down-to-earth as a good friend you’ve known forever …and that’s what I admire most about her. We’re honored and humbled to bring you this interview with a living legend. Enjoy! –Chris Grant

JettyGirl: You’ve been in California for a while now. What will you be up to for the rest of the year?
Serena Brooke: I’ve been in California for a couple months but I’m actually heading home tonight. I’m possibly going to be doing a trip to China for a surfing expedition and then I’m headed to Hawaii for the Triple Crown and to do Bud Light promos. I’ve actually also got a trip to the Bahamas on a cruise ship with Bud Light Lime. Then, I’m going back to Hawaii after that.

JG: You were part of a group of women who seemed to have it all …mainstream women’s surf magazines, all-girl surf movies and a good deal of sponsorship opportunities. Just this morning we picked up a random sampling of fifteen surf magazines from the late 1990’s/early 2000’s and discovered that you were in over thirty full-page and double-page ads. Do you ever feel like you were part of a “golden age” in women’s surfing?
SB: Yes, I definitely feel like I was part of a golden age. There was the whole 90’s boom in the surf world. There was the Hollywood aspect with Blue Crush. There was the women’s boardshort revolution with Roxy. The world was thriving also at that point …there were a lot of girls-only surfing magazines as well. We started getting standalone events on the World Championship Tour. The world economically was doing great and everything was booming at that point. I’m super grateful to have been a part of it. It’s definitely a little different these days. There’s nowhere near the amount of coverage available in the magazines and there simply aren’t many publications either. At the time there was Surf Girl, Surfing Girl, Wahine …probably five magazines that were just dedicated to women’s surfing that aren’t even in publication anymore.

Serena Brooke backside floater in Cardiff, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

JG: Nowadays, it seems like there’s more money for a few girls but less opportunity for the majority of them. A couple of girls on Tour are making a great living yet others can barely scrape together enough pennies to get to the next stop. With more young surfers than ever hoping to make the Tour someday, do you think female professional surfing is still a viable career path?
SB: I think female professional surfing is a great career path but it’s true that just a select few girls make a lot of money doing that. You know you’ve either got to be a real standout competitively like a Stephanie Gilmore, just winning everything or you need to be able to market yourself in some way that’s outside of the box and be very savvy with always being in the media …you know maybe someone like Claire Bevilacqua who’s got Bevo’s Backwash and who’s always getting herself out there and shooting a lot of photos. I definitely think it’s still possible …it’s just you have to put hard work into it. That’s always been the same really but right now there doesn’t seem to be the amount of spots that there used to be. However, if there’s a will, there’s a way …and if you want to put in the dedication and the hard work and you surf really well, you can definitely do that.

A lot of girls that don’t even surf that well can make money and a really good career out of the surf world by pursuing modeling, surfing and that whole thing. There are definitely opportunities, it’s just how you want to approach it and what you’re willing to sacrifice of yourself. Some people don’t want to go down the mainstream path of wearing the tiny bikini and doing the photo shoots and acting a little bit like a bimbo to get attention. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that if that’s what you’re into but that’s not for everyone either. It seems like there is a little bit of a narrow doorway when it comes to making it. It’s not really a broad spectrum like it is on the men’s side of things. You can be crazy and not the prettiest surfer boy but if you surf great, you can have an attitude and that’ll work for you and you can build upon that. However, that doesn’t really cross over to women’s surfing. They want the girls that fit a certain mold …it’s limiting and one dimensional which I don’t think it should be. We’re all different. It would be boring if all the girls were exactly the same. I think that the surfing world could definitely learn from the rest of the world and other sports and the reality of what is …which is that we’re not all exactly the same blonde haired, stereotyped surfer girl. We have a lot of characters…

“You can be crazy and not the prettiest surfer boy but if you surf great, you can have an attitude and that’ll work for you and you can build upon that. However, that doesn’t really cross over to women’s surfing.”



JG: At the 1999 WCT event at Teahupo’o, you suffered a serious concussion but got right back out there anyway, pushing through to the semis. At a place like that, are you even thinking about the other competitors or does the wave itself simply demand all of your attention?
SB: I would say at a place like Teahupo’o you’re obviously aware of what’s going on in the heat and the scores you need but there’s so much more going on. I remember my heats in Teahupo’o when it was six foot and ugly and not even breaking well, it was more that you stuck together with your competitor. I had a heat with Chelsea Hedges out there and in the heat before Lisa Anderson had almost drowned and had been pulled up by her hair and basically rescued. Chelsea took a wave in my heat and cut her hip and had a big gash which required numerous stitches to close. That was right before I got hit on the reef. It was more like we were checking on each other. I was like, “Are you ok? You’re bleeding…are you good?” Obviously you want to get through your heat and you do your best to jockey for position and get the waves but it’s not really like other places where you’re just focused on what the other person in your heat is doing. Some of the heats out there when it’s big and onshore and not even a good direction and it’s shutting down nearly every wave …it’s more about just giving all of your attention to the wave itself, the set coming or where you’re positioned. It’s quite a bit different than surfing heats in less dangerous places.

JG: Is the Tour less relevant for no longer having stops like Teahupo’o on the schedule?
SB: I would say yes. We had a lot of quality waves at the events back through that 90’s boom I was just speaking about. Along with Teahupo’o, we had Jeffrey’s Bay and Cloudbreak which is a big challenging left on Tavarua in Fiji. There were definitely waves that pushed the level up a notch. It wasn’t just about groveling around in beachbreaks. We had the Teahupo’o event replaced with an event at a closeout beachbreak in Brazil in Itacare. There’s just no comparison (laughs) …a closeout little beachbreak compared to Teahupo’o. There were a lot of politics that went into that decision. I heard that there were legalities or some girls didn’t want to surf it or something like that. But you know …if you don’t want to surf it, don’t show up and let the alternate go and surf it. I got really hurt there but I still think it was a great event. I was just there in May and if run in the right conditions, Teahupo’o is definitely doable. It’s a really challenging wave but that’s how you grow the sport.


Photo Credits: CHRIS GRANT/JETTYGIRL.COM

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