Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China

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Chelsea Williams claimed her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Today Gold Coast surfer Chelsea Williams (AUS) claimed her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China WANNING, Hainan/CHINA (Tuesday, December 9, 2014) - Chelsea Williams (AUS) has defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) to claim her maiden ASP Women’s World Longboard Title at the GoPro World Longboard Championships, China hosted by Wanning (WLC). Near perfect 3 to 4 foot surf provided the perfect canvas for the world’s best longboarders to fight for the sport’s ultimate prize, but it was Williams, the form surfer of the event who was the last one standing. Remarkably Moniz and Williams have met in the final of the GoPro WLC four years in a row, proving that these two athletes really are on top of world at the moment. Their friendly rivalry sees them now at two wins a piece in the Final in China.   Chelsea Williams dominating the Riyue Bay point to claim her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Chelsea Williams dominating the Riyue Bay point to claim her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Williams’ win today was a long time coming after finishing runner-up to the ASP World Longboard Title four times. In the first half of today’s Final Williams was struggling to adapt to the conditions and it seemed her fifth runner-up finish was minutes away, but the Gold Coast surfer struck and did some of the best nose riding of the whole event mixed with rail carves. Moniz caught a last minute wave, but just missed out on the required score, leaving Williams out the back to ride her wave in as an ASP World Longboard Champion. “Did that just happen? I can’t believe it!” Williams said. “I’ve wanted to win a World Longboard Title since I found out it existed. For a long time people have been telling me I deserve to win, now I finally believe them. I’m so happy and thankful for the support of my family, friends and sponsors. It was an awesome Final, Kelia (Moniz) is so good, we have a fun rivalry going and I’m glad that I got her back.”   Kelia Moniz on her way to a runner-up finish. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Kelia Moniz on her way to a runner-up finish. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Moniz is a two-time ASP World Longboard Champion after winning this event the past two years and today after losing by a mere 0.02 *** she was gracious in defeat. Moniz finished the event with the highest wave score, and highest heat total from her Round 1 heat, and hinted that her and Williams’ rivalry wasn’t over yet. “If it wasn’t me winning there’s no one I’d rather see win than Chelsea (Williams),” Moniz said. “She’s a great surfer, she scored a 9 in the final and deserved to win. I’m not too disappointed, it would have been nice to win again — Chelsea and I can just meet in the Final again next year.”   Lindsay Steinriede with her toes on the nose. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) with her toes on the nose. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 2011 ASP World Longboard Champion used her graceful and polished brand of surfing to advance into the Semifinals where she ran into a rampaging Williams. Steinriede was the last natural footed surfer left in the draw when she won her Quarterfinal and advanced into the Semis and leaves the 2014 GoPro WLC ranked equal 3rd in the world. “That was the most fun I’ve ever had in a heat and I lost!” Steinriede said. “I’ve got so much respect for Chelsea’s surfing and who she is as a person, with either one of us getting into the Final I was happy. I’m really happy to have made the Semifinals and to get that far in the event the fact that we had really good waves also feels good.”   Chloe Calmon and her trademark stylish carve. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Chloe Calmon (BRA) and her trademark stylish carve. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Chloe Calmon (BRA) lost out in an action packed Semifinal against Moniz meaning the young Brazilian exits the event ranked equal 3rd in the world. Calmon has worked extremely hard and has improved on her 5th place finish from last year. She was one of the most interesting and exciting surfers to watch all event long, but she let her nerves get the best of her in the Semifinals. “I had an incredible event, but I still wanted to go further,” Calmon said. “I improved on my position from last year which was my goal so I’m happy, but losing so close to the Semifinal did make me a little sad after the heat — I’m happy now. It just wasn’t my time to be in the final and I’m going to try and come back and go bigger and better next year.” It’s highly likely that the men’s 2014 ASP World Longboard Champion will be crowned tomorrow.
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 For more information, log on to www.aspworldtour.com
Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb and Jenna Balester. Photographed by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Throwback Thursday with Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb & Jenna Balester

Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb, Jenna Balester in Newport Beach So blessed to answer the phone each summer and hear accents from around the world. This crew is awesome! I hope the girl groms in the background are taking notes. Pictured from left to right: Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb, and Jenna Balester. * Read comments from the original Jettygirl Facebook post here >> Additional Resources: Throwback Thursday with Julie Cox and an Explosion of Light Throwback Thursday with Alana Blanchard and a Baby Opossum Throwback Thursday with Summer Romero: Few long boarders I've ever met... Throwback Thursday with Alexa Frantz: Her eyes reflect... Throwback Thursday with Dimity Stoyle: Dear Surf Industry...
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Chelsea Williams Wins SWATCH Girls Pro China. Lindsay Steinriede Claims ASP Women’s World Longboard Title.


For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International Williams Wins SWATCH Girls Pro China Steinriede Claims ASP Women's World Longboard Title
SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011 event winner, Chelsea Williams and 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion, Lindsay Steinriede. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.Chelsea Williams (left) wearing her crown and Lindsay Steinriede (right) with her ASP Women's World Longboard Champion cup. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Thursday, 27 October, 2011) - Two Champions were crowned at the historic first ever ASP event in China today. Chelsea Williams won the SWATCH Girls Pro China and Lindsay Steinriede (USA) has taken out the 2011 ASP Women's World Longboard Title. [frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Williams066SGPC11WHS-150x100.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Williams066SGPC11WHS.jpg"]Chelsea Williams (AUS)[/frame_left] Chelsea Williams (AUS) was without a doubt the standout performer of the SWATCH Girls Pro China, so it was only fitting to see her crowned the winner. Williams defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) in an action packed Final with the conditions turning on for the 2 best surfers of the day. Both surfers notched big scores, but it was Williams who continued her dominating run to claim her maiden ASP Women's World Longboard Tour win. "I'm so happy to win the first ASP event in China," Williams said. "It feels amazing to be here and surf against everyone, they were all surfing really well. Fortunately for me it was on a left-hander which rarely ever happens, so I was just stoked to show what I can do on my forehand. I think this has been a longtime coming, I've come close to winning so many times so it feel amazing to finally win one." [frame_right src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Steinriede062SGPC11WHS-1-150x100.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Steinriede062SGPC11WHS-1.jpg"]Lindsay Steinriede (USA)[/frame_right] Despite losing in the Quarterfinals to eventual event winner Chelsea Williams (AUS), Steinriede had amassed enough points to take the crown after winning the first event on the ASP Women's World Longboard Tour in France and coming 5th here in China. "I feel awesome!" Steinriede said. "I knew I didn't have control of the outcome so I was just letting it happen, and it just went my way so I'm really happy. One of the first things I came in and said to my husband after I lost was that I've had a lot worse things happen to me, I was just trying to stay positive. To be able to still be in the Title race was awesome and to actually win it, well it's just sinking in and I think I'm going to cry." Steinriede surfed fantastic all event, putting her full repertoire and smooth style on display for the Chinese crowds on the beach, but couldn't get past the standout surfer of the event Chelsea Williams. Steinriede won the ASP Women's World Longboard Title when the last contender standing, Kassia Meador (USA) lost to young Hawaiian Kelia Moniz (HAW) in the Semifinals. "I was devastated because I didn't want to leave it to chance, but I was more devastated because I didn't get that wave I wanted," Steinriede said. "My emotions are still up and down because I really wanted to be in the Final, but that's ok, I'll take the ASP World Title!" [frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Moniz057SGPC11WHS-150x100.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Moniz057SGPC11WHS.jpg"]Kelia Moniz (HAW)[/frame_left] Kelia Moniz (HAW) finished 6th on the ASP Women's World Longboard Tour ratings after her 2nd place finish at the SWATCH Girls Pro China today. This is a breakout event for the 18-year-old Hawaiian who's already looking forward to the 2012 ASP Women's World Longboard Tour. "It felt great to make the final, and beat Jen (Smith) and Kassia (Meador), that's a big accomplishment for me," Moniz said. "Then to surf with Chelsea (Williams) in the final was great. As much as I wanted to win, there's always next year, I'm already looking forward to coming back here and to France. China has been amazing, the community and the event volunteers have been great, they've treated us like royalty and we're so grateful." [frame_right src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador055SGPC11WHS-150x100.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador055SGPC11WHS.jpg"]Kassia Meador (USA)[/frame_right] Kassia Meador (USA) finished equal 3rd today at the SWATCH Girls Pro China, cementing her spot as runner-up to the ASP Women's World Title. If Meador had won the event she would have won the title, but she fell short against the young Hawaiian Moniz in the Quarterfinals. "I feel great, I'm not much of a contest surfer so the fact that I came close to the ASP World Title is fantastic," Meador said. "I'm just stoked to be in China surfing with all the girls, and to lose to Kelia (Moniz), there's not many people I'd rather lose to, she's like a little sister to me. It was such a fun heat, you do what you can and I fell short, but I'm so happy to make the finals. I'm so stoked that Chelsea (Williams) won! She's always the in-form surfer at these events so it was due time that she won." For more event info on the SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, photos, video highlights and your chance to win SWATCH Touch Eventwatches check out www.swatchgirlspro.com For more information log on to www.aspworldtour.com
SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA RESULTS: FINAL: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 15.33 def. Kelia Moniz (HAW) 12.36 SEMIFINALS: SF1: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.00 def. Summer Romero (USA) 8.40 SF2: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 10.90 def. Kassia Meador (USA) 9.75 QUARTERFINALS: QF1: Summer Romero (USA) 12.00 def. Miku Uemura (HAW) 9.90 QF2: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.85 def. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 9.25 QF3: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 10.25 def. Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 6.75 QF4: Kassia Meador (USA) 12.40 def. Karina Abras (BRA) 7.10
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SWATCH Girls Pro China Opens Professional Surfing in China with Style

SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lindsay Steinriede. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lindsay Steinriede. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) winning her opening heat at the inaugural SWATCH Girls Pro China today. Steinriede earned one of the day's highest wave scores, an 8.25 (out of a possible of 10). Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith
For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International SWATCH Girls Pro China Opens Professional Surfing in China with Style WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Wednesday, 26 October, 2011) - The SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning launched professional surfing in China today with the world's best female longboarders taking to the waves at Riyuewan Bay, Hainan Island. The 2 - 3 foot (1.5 meter) surf was ideal for the surfers to unleash their full bags of tricks with competitors mixing modern and traditional moves much to the delight of the hundreds of fans on the beach. The SWATCH Girls Pro China is the second of two events on the ASP Women's World Longboard Tour and the event that will decide the 2011 ASP Women's World Longboard Champion. The Title race is wide open, making this not only an historic event, but an exciting one too. Kaitlin Maguire (USA) won the first ever ASP heat in China in the opening heat of the inaugural SWATCH Girls Pro China over Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN). "It feels amazing!" Maguire said. "It was pretty stressful out there, I'm happy for it to be over and finish on top. It's so good to be here and experience the different culture. The wave looks like it has a lot of potential so I'm looking forward to the rest of the event." [frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Ah-Kouen-SwatchGPChina11WHS031-150x100.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Ah-Kouen-SwatchGPChina11WHS031.jpg"]Ophelie Ah-Kouen[/frame_left] Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) won a nail-biter of a heat against Isabele Braly (AUS). Both surfers put some solid scores on the board but it was Ah-Kouen who took the heat by less than 1 point. "I feel good because I won, but it was a very difficult heat," Ah-Kouen said. "I was very nervous, but now I feel ok, hopefully I will do better in the next round. It's so good to be here in China, Hainan is a beautiful island and the waves are good." [frame_right src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/WilliamsSwatchGPChina11WHS032-150x100.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/WilliamsSwatchGPChina11WHS032.jpg"]Chelsea Williams[/frame_right] Chelsea Williams (AUS) was the standout performer of the day earning a near perfect 18.80 out of a possible 20. Williams looked right at home on the long left runners, carving and nose-riding bigger and longer than anyone else. Williams will now face Leah Dawson (USA) in the next round. "I'm pretty surprised I won, I couldn't hear the announcers out in the water," Williams said. "I had no idea how I was going until I came into the shore and heard that I'd won. The wave is fun, it's a little soft left-hander. I love going left because it's my forehand and I don't get the chance to go left very often. China is really cool, it's tropical and not like we expected." Lindsay Steinriede (USA) showed why she's the number one seed at the SWATCH Girls Pro China, easily defeating Taiwanese trials winner Wen Ling Chou (TWN). Steinriede will now face Frenchwoman Coline Menard (FRA) in Round 2. "I was a little nervous because I know the conditions can be tough out there," Steinriede said. "On my first wave I was definitely a little jittery, I'd been waiting a while and was excited to get out there. It's also a while between events and I have a full-time job so you have to switch competition mode off for a little bit, but it doesn't take long to turn it back on." Darci Lui (CHN), the first ever Chinese national to compete at an ASP event, lost her heat against an in-form 2 x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith. Lui lost the battle, but did the locals proud with hundreds cheering everytime she got to her feet. "It's been a great opportunity for me to surf against these girls," Lui said. "Even though I lost I'm so happy! This is such a great event for China, I'm so proud to have this event here." [frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador042SGPC11WHS-150x100.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador042SGPC11WHS.jpg"]Kassia Meador[/frame_left]Kassia Meador (USA) the number 3 seed had a tough start to her SWATCH Girls Pro China campaign. Meador pulled off some big moves but was unable to link them together on one wave and snuck through to the next round with a couple of small scores. "I felt really shaky out there," Meador said. "It's been a long day, maybe I'm dehydrated. I couldn't really find my feet out there. Hopefully I got all my falling off out of the way for the rest of the event." A call will be made at 7am tomorrow for a possible 7:30 start, there's a chance that the SWATCH Girls Pro China will finish tomorrow and that a new ASP Women's World Longboard Champion will be crowned. The SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning will run from 26 - 30 October. For more event info, photos, video highlights and your chance to win SWATCH Touch Eventwatches stay tuned to www.swatchgirlspro.com For more information log on to www.aspworldtour.com
SWATCH Girls Pro China Round 1 Results: Heat 1: Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 9.25 def. Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) 7.45 Heat 2: Summer Romero (USA) 13.85 def. Roxy Towill (ZAF) 8.40 Heat 3: Miku Uemura (HAW) 13.00 def. Estitxu Estremo (ESP) 6.96 Heat 4: Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 12.25 def. Isabele Braly (AUS) 11.60 Heat 5: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 18.80 def. Amy Trujillo (USA) 9.40 Heat 6: Leah Dawson (USA) 13.35 def. Candice O'Donnell (GBR) 5.85 Heat 7: Coline Menard (FRA) 9.50 def. Rosie Locke (AUS) 5.75 Heat 8: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.85 def. Wen Ling Chou (TWN) 8.90 Heat 9: Jennifer Smith (USA) 10.75 def. Darci Lui (CHN) 3.75 Heat 10: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 14.10 def. Megan Godinez (HAW) 7.25 Heat 11: Melissa Combo (AUS) 10.15 def. Kelly Nicely (USA) 9.00 Heat 12: Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 6.85 def. Cristiana Pires (USA) 6.70 Heat 13: Kassia Meador (USA) 9.60 def. Nicole Trickett (ZAF) 5.25 Heat 14: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 12.50 def. Geodee Clark (HAW) 8.00 Heat 15: Justine Dupont (FRA) 13.25 def. Hatsumi Ui (JPN) 8.00 Heat 16: Karina Abras (BRA) 7.70 def. Rachel Barry (USA) 6.75
SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Competitors. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Summer Romero noseride. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lineup. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Surfers' area. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Yuko Shimajiri. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Beach statues. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.Photos from above left. Opening ceremonies; Summer Romero; SWATCH Girls Pro China lineup; Competitors' area; Yuko Shimajiri; Beach statues. Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith
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Jess Grimwood of Shelly Beach Wins Brian Hilton RA Surf Show and Gives Prize Money to Flood Appeal

RA Girls Surf Show Winner Jessica Grimwood poses with groms and event organizers Amee Donohoe & Bec Woods ©Sarah Beardmore PRESS RELEASE COPACABANA BEACH, January 28, 2011 - Happy to just help out behind the scenes, Jess Grimwood came through to steal the spotlight with a win in the final of the Brian Hilton RA Girls Surf Show. The event was held at Copacabana Beach on the Central Coast of Australia over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of January 2011. Organiser's Rebecca Woods and Amee Donohoe had to convince the 22 year old Grimwood to compete in the event in which she managed to take out the highly competitive field of international surfers in the Open Pro division. "I wasn't thinking about competing- I was just happy to help out with odd jobs" she said. "So I was pretty shocked. It was very cool!" In a close and hotly contested final, Grimwood defeated Dimity Stoyle of the Sunshine Coast, followed by Laurina McGrath and Kim Wooldridge who finished third and fourth respectively. Grimwood was generous enough to donate her $1500 winner's cheque to the Queensland flood appeal. "It was a very touching moment and amazing thing for her to do." Donohoe said. Jess Van Der Meer from the Northern Beaches, Sydney was an in form surfer all event and took out what could be the biggest win in her career placing first in the U/21 division and taking home the $1000 cheque to help her on her way in the professional surfing world. Alyssa Lock, 10, from Tweed Heads was another strong competitor who displayed a surfing maturity well beyond her years. Lock took out not only the U/12 division but also the Open B division defeating surfers up to three times her age! Coco Beeby of Scotts Head won the U/16 division in a close battle with Steph Single from Lennox Head. There was a fantastic showcase of surfing throughout the whole event and this up and coming division was certainly no exception. As well as making the Open Pro final, Kim Wooldridge of Woolongong managed to win the Masters division. Along with winners of the U/12 (Lock) and U/16 division (Beeby), Wooldridge took home a custom made surfboard from DBurge. Other winners include Nicole Fleming of the South Coast in the Bodyboard division and Chelsea Williams from Tweed Heads, in the Longboard with both girls taking home cheques of $500. Last year Donohoe (Macmasters) and Woods' (Copacabana) were not only working long and hard with the preparation and execution of the Brian Hilton RA Girls Surf Show but were also juggling their own surfing careers as they were competitors of the Women's World Tour. Displaying altruism in its purest form, the event was aimed to support the many up and coming female surfers as well as give back to the local communities of the Central Coast that have shown great support throughout their own surfing careers. The Brian Hilton RA Surf Show was a huge success; it was not just a surfing event but like a mini festival with market stalls on both the Saturday and Sunday, food and drinks available at night with an alfresco outdoor cinema, live music and entertainment as well as VIP area for sponsors overlooking the latter. Copacabana Surf Club was filled with around 200 people for the presentation and raffle draw! The support was amazing with the local community behind Bec and Amee all the way and it doesn't happen very often but the water was cleared for the entire weekend in which competitors got to surf Copacabana Point three foot and glassy by themselves. Woods comments on the reasons to the success of the event 'It is due to the fact the Amee and I grew up in one of the most supportive communities and amazing places in Australia which created an amazing vibe and fun atmosphere". Both Woods and Donohoe are looking to make it a bigger and better event next year. A big thank you to the local community, Copacabana Surf club and the major sponsors of the event, Brian Hilton, Bendigo Bank, Mc Donald's Kincumber, Flint and Midori. http://www.ragirls.com Open-Pro -- B Grade -- Masters -- Under 21 years 1st : Jess Grimwood -- Alyssa Lock -- Kim Wooldridge -- Jess Van Der Meer 2nd : Dimity Stoyle -- Karen Myers -- Sandra English -- Skye Burgess 3rd : Lauren McGrath -- Jesse Buchan -- Sharon Briety -- Dimity Stoyle 4th : Kim Wooldridge -- Karen Witt -- Michelle James -- Sage Erickson Under 16 years -- Under 12 years -- Longboard -- Bodyboard 1st : Coco Beeby -- Alyssa Lock -- Chelsea Williams -- Nicole Fleming 2nd : Steph Single -- Macy Callaghan -- Rachel Pinsak -- Kaitlin Murphy 3rd : Eve Edwards -- Tyla O'Toole -- Debbie Allen -- Emma Cobb 4th : Brittany Hutchings -- Isabelle Wheatley -- April Charles -- Lilly Pollard