The ASP Women's World Tour at Lowers: A Watershed Moment in Women's Pro Surfing. Carissa Moore photo © Red Bull Media House

The ASP Women’s World Tour at Lowers. A Watershed Moment in Women’s Pro Surfing.

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.

Solid frontside air by the 2013 ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool. © Red Bull Media House
“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

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Sally Fitzgibbons fin throw at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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California's top-ranked female pro surfer, Courtney Conlogue, gets one last hit off a foamy section at Lower Trestles. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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Hawaiian pro surfer, Malia Manuel, testing out new boards on a clean afternoon at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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New Zealand pro surfer, Paige Hareb, hits the lip and projects down the line on a solid wave at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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Australian surfer, Bec Woods, hits the lip in Carlsbad, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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Australian pro surfer and new member of the 2014 ASP Women's World Tour, Dimity Stoyle gets her fins free at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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2014 ASP Women's World Tour member, Nikki Van Dijk, hooks one backside on a clean afternoon left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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French surfer, Johanne Defay, hits the closeout on a sunny, Southern California afternoon. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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Hawaiian surfer, Tatiana Weston-Webb, hooks a turn on an afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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Current USA Surf Team member, Nikki Viesins, hits the lip vertically at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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Tia Blanco gouges a fun Lowers left during the 2013 Surfing America USA Championships. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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Hawaiian surfer, Mahina Maeda, drives hard off the bottom of a solid Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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Hawaiian surfer, Dax McGill, punts a nice frontside air on a fun afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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USA Surf Team member, Kylie Loveland, hooks a nice backside turn at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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Malia Ward throws down a nice layback snap on an overcast day at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“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

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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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Notes from the Sand: The 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro Lives Up to Its Name

[ WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS GRANT ]

When the final autographs had been signed and the tents were beginning to come down, I sat in my car and wrote the following post on Facebook:

“We’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and would have thought a surf contest would be the last place we’d find refreshment. How wrong we were. Watching hundreds of young girls cautiously approach their favorite pro surfers only to be welcomed with graciousness, smiles and thoughtful words was not only heart-warming, but it was extremely inspirational as well. The ear-to-ear smiles, the sparkling eyes of youth, and the skips down the beach clutching a newly autographed hat or piece of paper would have warmed the heart of even the most grumpy, anti-contest surfer.

Hearty congrats to the comp winner, Malia Manuel, and to Supergirl for putting on such an amazing event. From what I saw from my vantage point on the beach, the surfers didn’t only showcase the current state of women’s high performance surfing, they also inspired an entire generation of girl groms who no doubt are dreaming of riding waves of their own one day soon. Very, very well done!”

It’s been a week since the Supergirl Pro wrapped up and I wanted to share a couple of observations from one of the most important contests on the women’s circuit.


The Kids
Like all surf contests, ratings points were at stake, money was up for grabs, and the prized Supergirl cape was going to be awarded to the winner. Indeed, all of those things happened but what I remember most were the kids, the thousands of kids that made this event so special. At the end of each heat they’d be waiting at the water’s edge for a photo, an autograph, or a smile from every single one of the Supergirl competitors. What warmed my heart the most was seeing that this was far from a one-way street as the surfers appeared to enjoy the exchanges as much as the kids did themselves. It’s difficult to sum up in one photo but the image of Bruna Schmitz below does it for me. 100% pure stoke and respect in every direction.

Bruna Schmitz shares a moment with two surf-stoked kids at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Bruna Schmitz shares a moment with two of the thousands of surf-stoked kids in attendance at the Supergirl Pro.


Bethany Hamilton
The debacle that followed the US Open earlier this summer didn’t have anything to do with the surfers or surfing as the mayhem was caused by kooks just looking for trouble. Nevertheless, even after the porta-potties were turned right-side-up and the broken glass was swept from the streets, surfing itself received another black eye in the press and elsewhere. We need heroes, not jerks, and when Bethany Hamilton walked onto the sand at Oceanside for the first time, it was living proof of that fact. The energy she brought to the Supergirl Pro was contagious and her surfing was inspirational, if not mind-blowing. My favorite part of the Bethany story at the Supergirl Pro was when beach announcer David Stanfield asked the crowd, “Who’s here to watch Bethany Hamilton surf?” Hundreds of cheers and hands were raised up and down the beach and as I glanced out to sea I also saw my good friend, the always classic Bec Woods, raise hers as well—while she was still out in her heat.

Unbelievable lines for the Bethany Hamilton signing at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: The incredible line to get Bethany Hamilton’s autograph snaked under the pier, up the ramp, back around, and then extended all the way to Pacific Street.


Alessa Quizon
I first saw Alessa Quizon surf at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. back in 2011 and immediately became a fan of her casual yet progressive style of surfing. She reminded me so much of my good friend, Shea Hodges, also a crazy-good Hawaiian goofyfoot, that I immediately contacted Shea after the event to tell her I saw what looked to be her surfing twin doing the same layback snaps and fins-free surfing that she was doing. Fast forward to the Supergirl Pro and Alessa absolutely blew minds from her first heat onward. She didn’t hold back at all and her surfing throughout the event was on-edge, risky, and go-for-broke (including the flip pictured below that she was very close to pulling). Her luck ran out in the semifinals but it was clear to me that this particular Supergirl doesn’t need a cape to fly.

Ultra-progressive surfing courtesy of Hawaii's Alessa Quizon at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: You could feel the entire beach collectively hold its breath as Alessa grabbed, rotated, and pushed women’s performance surfing another leap forward.


Nikki Van Dijk
As radical as Alessa was, halfway through the event I was convinced that Nikki Van Dijk would be one of the surfers on the winner’s podium. While Oceanside Pier delivers punchy peaks much of the year, a big south swell in June created a big deep spot between the inside and outside sections requiring an approach that is typically used in Huntington Beach. After pulling a move or two on the outside, a surfer is forced to either “Huntington Hop”, kick out, or weave cutbacks to make it to the inside section. While many surfers were getting stuck in the deep spot, Nikki weaved effortlessly from section to section with absolutely zero loss of speed before throwing some explosive finishing moves in the shorebreak. Nikki fell just short in the quarterfinals but her last wave with only seconds on the clock was one of the highlights of the event to me. The score was a touch less than she needed but the last ditch effort was a show of high performance heat surfing at its best.

Australia's Nikki  Van Dijk, one of the strongest competitors throughout the week at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Australia’s Nikki Van Dijk, a standout all weekend long, consistently finished her waves with a flourish.


Tatiana Weston-Webb
She lost out in a stacked heat when she came unglued on a late lip blast but make no mistake, Tatiana Weston-Webb is a surfer to watch closely in the very near future. The World Junior Champion throws big hooks both frontside and backside and had it not been for that fall, quite possibly could have found herself on the podium.

She didn't win this year but Tatiana Weston-Webb was one of the strongest competitors at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Throughout the event, Tatiana Weston-Webb, the current World Junior Champion, threw several solid hooks on the outside sandbar.


The South American Contingent
The most enthusiastic crew of surfers at the Supergirl Pro were from South America and it was awesome to see them both on the beach as well as at Marina Zawisza’s Latin America-based surf film, “3 Killas y un Kiwi” which premiered at Linksoul on Friday night. Silvana Lima, Dominic Barona, Anali Gomez, Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Rosanny Alvarez, Adriana Cano, and Bruna Schmitz all shredded and it was fun to hear loud cheering throughout the event coming from their stretch of beach.

I should probably leave well enough alone, but Silvana Lima riding a virtually sponsorless board? Come on brands, if you truly are “surf” companies, why not back a surfer who’s one of the best on the planet. Ask any number of people standing on the beach during the Supergirl, in terms of pure progression, Silvana stands atop a very short list of surfers. It’s time one of you takes a stand. A surfer standing up on a board plastered with your logos who can barely do a turn doesn’t do anything for the authenticity of your brand. Sponsor Silvana and bring some legitimacy back to your image. Trust me, you need it.

Silvana Lima displays nice edge work on a set wave at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Brasil’s Silvana Lima displays nice edge work on the final day of the Supergirl Pro.


Pre-Heat Warm-Ups
While 3.8 million people have watched Anastasia Ashley’s pre-heat warm-up on YouTube, the one I enjoyed the most was Dimity Stoyle, shown here leaping almost as high as she is tall. The explosive Australian is currently ranked 2nd on the ASP Women’s World Rankings and looks to be a solid addition to next year’s World Championship Tour. Watch Dimity surf here.

Dimity Stoyle's pre-heat ritual at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Dimity Stoyle’s pre-heat warm-up as NOT seen on YouTube.


Malia Manuel: Supergirl
Like so many stories that were played out during the Supergirl Pro, Malia Manuel’s had a great ending as well. The 3x runner-up surfed virtually flawless heats throughout the event and used her spray-throwing backside snaps to nail down the title this year. Even through the late afternoon glare, you could see her smile a mile away as she walked onto the beach with her arms held high in the air. As the spray settled and the crowds parted, the young Hawaiian was 3,500 points stronger in the ASP Women’s World Rankings, $8,000 richer, and most importantly, the newest owner of the beloved, pink Supergirl cape.

The moment of victory for Malia Manuel at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Malia Manuel, 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro Champion.

Final Scribbles…
While it’s impossible to mention everything, I want to thank Supergirl and all their sponsors for bringing this amazing event to Oceanside each year. Nowhere else in North America provides a venue for so many international pros and young shredders to compete on the same playing field. The Supergirl Pro gave a talented, underground, California local like Demi Boelsterli the opportunity to advance through round after round on a world stage and it provided a tiny but formidable Hawaiian 14-year-old by the name of Kahanu Delovio the chance to give people a glimpse into surfing’s future. Thank you to all the surfers who put on such amazing performances and a special congratulations to Paige Hareb, the Supergirl Pro runner-up, who ripped her way to yet another deserving Finals appearance. To the general public who came out in droves this year to support the women, you have our hearty appreciation. Along with the surfers, sponsors, lifeguards, police, event organizers, and the City of Oceanside, you made the 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro truly, truly super.

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Throwback Thursday with Dimity Stoyle: Dear Surf Industry…

Dimity Stoyle surfing in California last Fall © Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Dear Surf Industry,

You missed one.

The girl on the virtually sticker-less purple board is one of the best surfers I’ve ever seen. If you don’t believe me, believe the legendary Jay Adams who I could hear whistling loudly after the first wave of her session featured a huge hook, a fins-free blast, a clean roundhouse, and a solid frontside air.

Next time you’re calculating budgets and going over pie charts for your lifestyle surfers, perhaps you can carve out a slice for a surfer who actually blows minds instead of kisses.

Sincerely,

A fan of Dimity Stoyle

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Photo Friday! Surf Photos with Erin Ashley, Bruna Schmitz, Ornella Pellizzari, Dimity Stoyle, Kamalehua Keohokapu, and Courtney Conlogue.

A sampling of surf photos from Jettygirl’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Have a great weekend everyone :)


Erin Ashley noseride in San Diego County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Erin Ashley – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Low tide hues of green and blue. Erin Ashley.


Bruna Schmitz. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Bruna Schmitz – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Do a Google search for Bruna Schmitz and you’ll be wading through well over one hundred images before you get to a single photo of her surfing. This fact may be hidden from the general web searcher but her fins-free blasts are equally beautiful.

Ornella Pellizzari. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Ornella Pellizzari – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
I’m not sure if they had jack-in-the-box toys in Argentina when she was growing up but my favorite human version is Ornella Pellizzari. By far.

Dimity Stoyle. Frontside air. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Dimity Stoyle – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Dear Surf Industry,

You missed one.

The girl on the virtually sticker-less purple board is one of the best surfers I’ve ever seen. If you don’t believe me, believe the legendary Jay Adams who I could hear whistling loudly after the first wave of her session featured a huge hook, a fins-free blast, a clean roundhouse, and a solid frontside air.

Next time you’re calculating budgets and going over pie charts for your lifestyle surfers, perhaps you can carve out a slice for a surfer who actually blows minds instead of kisses.

Sincerely,

A fan of Dimity Stoyle

Kamalehua Keohokapu. Smiles and aloha. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Kamalehua Keohokapu – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
When surfing is broken down to its simplest form, the common denominator we all share is that it’s fun, pure fun. Facing an onshore closeout, this happy Hawaiian chucked her board up and jumped over the falls with an aloha-filled smile that warmed this particular photographer’s heart. At this 1/1000th of a second in world history, the true meaning of surfing was never clearer. Kamalehua Keohokapu, surfer.


Courtney Conlogue rips one off the top in San Diego County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Courtney Conlogue – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Today I was able to shoot with one of Transworld SURF’s Hottest Girls in Pro Surfing. Had I known of the honor bestowed upon her by making the list, I certainly would have offered my congratulations. Then again, when stacked up against her drive and training for a world title, her amazing painting skills, her deep love of books, her selfless desire to help out with charitable causes, and the absolutely professional way she carries out her duties as an athlete and role model, I don’t think the “hottest girl” thing would rank very high on her list of accomplishments.

Courtney Conlogue, turning heads in a way that any true surfer can appreciate, by laying down a solid turn on a solid wave.

The Women Step Up At The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast

Sarah Baum, Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast. Surf photo © ASP/Dunbar
Sarah Baum (ZAF) was the day’s standout, top scoring with the day’s highest heat total of 18.53 (out of 20.00) Photo: ©ASP/Dunbar


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The Women Step Up At The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast

[frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/burleigh0306BWJ12kirstin-150x98.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/burleigh0306BWJ12kirstin.jpg"]Burleigh Heads ©ASP/Kirstin[/frame_left]BURLEIGH HEADS, Queensland/Australia (Sunday, 22 January, 2012) – Today saw a slight decrease in swell size at Burleigh Heads for Day 2 of the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast, and the call was made to run Rounds 1 and 2 of the Women’s event. The women went for it in the fun 2 foot (1 meter) surf, putting on a good show for the hundreds of onlookers lining the Burleigh Headland.

Sarah Baum (ZAF) was the talk of the town today after starring in the last heat of Round 1. The young lady from Durban, South Africa used her powerful backhand attack to post the highest heat total of the event thus far – 18.53 (out of a possible 20).

“I surf rights most of the time so I’ve got a strong backhand,” Baum said. “I also think this wave is easy to surf on your backhand because you can get right in the pocket. I was nervous going into this event, but now I’m feeling confident after that 9.93 (out of a possible 10). I was so excited when I paddled into that wave and saw it double up, it allowed me to do a big fins-free turn and that set me up for a great wave.”

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“It’s awesome surfing at Burleigh with only a couple of girls out!” Mason said. “I live on the Gold Coast, but I haven’t surfed Burleigh in a long time, so it’s good to get some nice waves out here. There was some long waits for waves, so you had to make the most of it when they did come through. I watched Matt Lewis-Hewitt’s heat online yesterday, it was great to see another Kiwi do well, I’m stoked we both got through.”

Alessa Quizon (HAW) used her sharp backhand attack to post some big scores today and skipped Round 2, advancing directly into Round 3. Quizon defeated Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Philippa Anderson (AUS) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

“I was out there just trying to focus on myself and not worry about the others,” Quizon said. “I live at Makaha on the west side of Oahu and there’s pretty much only rights, so I get to practice on my backhand all the time, so I feel really comfortable out there.”

Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) who recently relocated from Crescent Head, NSW to the Gold Coast, put her pointbreak experience to good use today after taking out her Round 1 duel with her younger sister Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) and current ASP Women’s World Junior ratings leader Joanne Defay (FRA).

“It’s good to surf against my sister, but it’s also nerve racking because if she beat me she’d never let me live it down,” Ellie-Jean Coffey said. “I’m so thankful to Billabong for giving me the wildcard into this event, I’ve got no pressure and nothing to lose, but everything to gain.”

[frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/hurst9920BWJ11kirstin-300x192.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/hurst9920BWJ11kirstin.jpg"]Leila Hurst ©ASP/Kirstin[/frame_left]Leila Hurst (HAW) is currently 2nd on the ASP Women’s World Junior ratings and is looking for a solid result here at the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast to help her claim the ASP Women’s World Junior title.

“I feel like I’ve got a bit of pressure on me at the moment, but I’m trying to keep it under control and have fun,” Hurst said. “I’ve had a lot of trouble getting waves out here over the past few days, but after spending some time in the lineup I feel like I know where to sit to get the good ones now, so that helped.”

Dimity Stoyle (AUS) put on a show for the Sunday crowd at Burleigh Heads today, catching 13 waves and posting some scores in the excellent range courtesy of her smooth style.

“I was having so much fun in that heat!” Stoyle said. “It’s only small, but it’s really good. I just caught so many waves because it’s so hard to get waves freesurfing out here. I live on the Sunshine Coast, but feel at home down here on the Gold Coast because I come down a lot to visit my grandparents a lot.”

The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast will be webcast live via www.billabongpro.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST WOMEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sarah Mason (NZL) 17.96, Nage Melamed (HAW) 12.73, Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 8.67
Heat 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.27, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.44, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.33
Heat 3: Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 12.83, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 12.03, Joanne Defay (FRA) 7.57
Heat 4: Leila Hurst (HAW) 14.73, Eden Putland (AUS) 8.00, Maud Le Car (FRA) 7.97
Heat 5: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 17.23, Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 6.33
Heat 6: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 18.53, Quincy Davis (USA) 13.43, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.50

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST WOMEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Maud Le Car (FRA) 11.90, Joanne Defay (FRA) 9.76, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 7.13
Heat 2: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13.76, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 12.33 Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 6.17

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Leila Hurst Wins the Arnette ASP Women’s World Junior Title in Rio de Janeiro


* Video courtesy of Arnette Brasil


Leila Hurst, Hawaii, is the Arnette World Junior Champion. Photo © ASP/RowlandLeila Hurst (HAW) is the new Arnette World Junior Champion! Photo ©ASP/Rowland

For Immediate Release

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

Arnette ASP World Pro Junior
Stop No. 2 of 3 on ASP World Junior Tour
Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 24 – November 2, 2011


Leila Hurst Wins Women’s Arnette ASP World Junior

PRAIA DO DIABO, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Sunday, October 30, 2011) – Leila Hurst (HAW) has won the Arnette ASP Women’s World Junior presented by Quiksilver, topping Joanne Defay (FRA) at the backup location of Praia Do Diabo after a dominant performance on the final day of competition.

Stop No. 2 of 3 on the ASP World Junior Tour, the inaugural Arnette ASP World Junior presented by Quiksilver has run at both the lefthander of Arpoador as well as the right of Praia Do Diabo, which lies on the other side of the event’s primary location.

[frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/hurst_l5693arnette_wj11rowland-150x100.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/hurst_l5693arnette_wj11rowland.jpg"]Leila Hurst (HAW)[/frame_left]Hurst was a standout throughout the event’s entirety and stormed her way through to the Final after earning a 9th place at the ASP World Junior Tour season opener, putting the Hawaiian back in contention for the elite ASP Women’s World Junior Crown.

“It was my first time in a World Junior Final and it might be my last year, so I’m so excited,” Hurst said. “I feel so blessed to be in Brazil. Everyone has been so nice and I’m just really excited. Australia is next, so who knows! Normally I get so stressed out at contests, but I just tried to relax and have fun.”

Hurst was equally efficient at both the main event location of Arpoador as well as Praia Do Diabo and was a consistent top-scorer throughout the entirety of Arnette ASP World Junior competition.

“I feel like both waves were really similar,” Hurst said. “It was really hard to control your board out there because there is so much backwash coming off of the rock.”

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Joanne Defay, who finished equal 3rd place in Bali, established herself as a frontrunner for the under-21 crown when she finished runner-up to Hurst today after topping talented Australian Phillipa Anderson in their Semifinals clash with the day’s highest score of a 9.57 (out of 10).

“I’m pretty happy to have made the final,” Defay said. “Phillipa was inside and I had the priority. I had the first nice carve and made the re-entry to get through.”

Anderson, who finished second at the ASP World Junior in Bali, was on fire in Rio de Janeiro, but was unable to find a rhythm in her Semifinals matchup against Defay and earned an equal 3rd place finish.

“I was feeling good throughout the entire event and I don’t know what happened out there in the Semifinal,” Anderson said. “I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. There were a couple of bombs out there, but I just didn’t find them.”

The result establishes Anderson along with Defay as the frontrunners for the ASP Women’s World Junior Crown.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at Arpoador at 7am local time for a possible 7:30am start to men’s competition. To watch the Arnette ASP World Junior presented by Quiksilver LIVE log on to www.brasilopenofsurfing.com.br/

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com


ARNETTE ASP WORLD JUNIOR WOMEN’S FINAL RESULT:
1 – Leila Hurst (HAW) 15.50
2 – Joanne Defay (FRA) 10.53

ARNETTE ASP WORLD JUNIOR WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Leila Hurst (HAW) 13.66 def. Monik Santos (BRA) 11.57
SF 2: Joanne Defay (FRA) 17.57 def. Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 9.83

ARNETTE ASP WORLD JUNIOR WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Monik Santos (BRA) 9.33 def. Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07
QF 2: Leila Hurst (HAW) 16.64 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 14.33
QF 3: Joanne Defay (FRA) 15.33 def. Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 9.16
QF 4: Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 10.67 def. Heidi Palmboom (ZAF) 8.73


Arnette World Junior. Leila Hurst (HAW) claims the 2011 Arnette Women's World Jr Championships! Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior Winners. Leila Hurst (HAW), Joanne Defay (FRA), Philippa Anderson (AUS) and Monik Santos (BRA). Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Philippa Anderson (AUS) was a standout throughout the event but she fell short in the semis and finished equal third. Photo ©ASP/Rowland.
Arnette World Junior. Monik Santos, Brazil, claims equal third at the Arnette World Junior. Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Frontrunner Dimity Stoyle (AUS) went down in the quarterfinal to event winner Leila Hurst (HAW). Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Juliana Meneghel, Brazil, finishes the wave off cleanly in the quarterfinals. Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Heidi Palmboom (ZAF) surfed well but couldn't get past Phillippa Anderson in the quarterfinals. Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Nao Omura, Japan, was ousted by Monik Santos (BRA) in the quarterfinals. ©ASP/Rowland.
(Clockwise from top left)Leila Hurst gets carried up the beach; Awards ceremony; Philippa Anderson; Nao Omura; Heidi Palmboom; Juliana Meneghel; Dimity Stoyle; Monik Santos.

All Photos ©ASP/Rowland


Additional Resources:

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