Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China

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

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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