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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