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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Lindsay Steinriede Beats Jennifer Smith to Win Roxy Pro Biarritz

Champagne flying over the Roxy Pro awards' ceremony, newly crowned champion Lindsey Steinriede (California, USA) enjoying her win in front of a cheering crowds. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme Champagne flying over the Roxy Pro awards' ceremony, newly crowned champion Lindsey Steinriede (California, USA) enjoying her win in front of a cheering crowds. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme Lindsay Steinriede (California, USA), relaxed and focused. Photo ©ASP/BonnarmeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America BIARRITZ, France (Monday, July 18, 2011) – The first stop of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour saw a dominant performance by the Californian contingent with Lindsay Steinriede (Dana Point), CA), 26, defeating two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (San Diego, CA), 23, to win the Roxy Pro Biarritz and establish herself as the frontrunner among the world’s best female longboarders. The 2011 ASP Women’s WLT consists of two events with the final event unfolding at the Swatch Girls Pro in China. Steinriede put on a stellar performance while taking her first major elite ASP victory and built momentum throughout the day before earning the event’s highest single-wave score of an 7.5 in the final to secure her victory over Smith. “It feels amazing, I don’t think it has really set in yet and it is slowly starting to,” Steinriede said. “Champagne in the face kind of wakes you up more. (laughs) . I think I am still in shock right now. I was in the final and I won and now it is all over. It is just crazy.” Steinriede was consistent throughout the final day of competition and earned two of the highest-heat totals before topping her compatriot in the Final and is now the woman to be in the hunt for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Title. “I started out with such a hard heat in my quarter-final so I knew that I had to be on top of my game and just do what I can,” Steinriede said. “She (Smith) is always someone hard to beat in the final or in any heat. She is a great competitor and there wasn’t any bad blood out there so it was a fun final.” Lindsay Steinriede (USA) showing classic longboarding skills requires arms and body balance for a superb result. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme  Californian Jennifer Smith (USA) putting herself in a critical walling-up section and hanging five with style. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme Kassia Meador (California, USA) warming-up and standing next to her classic single-fin longboard before her Semifinal bout with Jennifer Smith (USA). Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme  Roxy Pro underdog and ASP Europe representative Ophelie Ah-Kouen (Reunion, FRA) putting the contest rashguard on before her Semifinal heat. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme Clockwise from upper left: Lindsay Steinriede, Roxy Pro Champion; Jennifer Smith, Runner-Up; Ophelie Ah-Kouen, 3rd Place; Kassia Meador, 3rd Place. All photos ©ASP/Bonnarme. Smith ousted fellow American standouts Kassia Meador and Kelly Nicely in her Semifinals and Quarterfinals heats, but was unable to find the scores needed in the Final’s tricky conditions to surpass Steinriede. “I had no pressure, at least not any more than in my past finals here but the waves turned off and it wasn’t easy,” Smith said. “I am so proud of Lindsay (Steinriede), she deserves to win after getting such good scores the whole event.” Smith, who has won two Roxy Pro Biarritz titles, now sits at No. 2 on the ASP Women’s WLT rankings and is still in excellent position to potentially clinch a third ASP WLT Crown entering the final event of the season. Kassia Meador was also a strong addition on the California front at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. The iconic longboarding talent marched to an equal 3rd place result in France when she fell to eventual runner-up, Smith, in the Semifinals. “It is my best result this year, I have had a great time and if I am going to lose to anybody I want it to be Jennifer (Smith),” Meador said. “I tried as hard as I could and I am stoked. I am looking forward to China, it’s going to be a whole new vibe. I’m looking forward to a new place and a whole new culture and waves and of course coming back here to France next year. I always love coming here, great waves and parties and can’t wait for it.” The 2011 ASP Women’s WLT Champion will be crowned at the inaugural Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning. For Roxy Pro Biarritz highlights log on to http://roxylive.com/ For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com ROXY PRO LONGBOARD RESULTS FINAL 1st, Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 12.40 2nd, Jennifer Smith (USA), 5.60 SEMIFINALS Heat 1 : Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.75 def. Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 9.15 Heat 2 : Jennifer Smith (USA) 11.85 def. Kassia Meador (USA) 11.40 QUARTERFINALS Heat 1 : Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 7.60 def. Amy Trujillo (USA) 5.45 Heat 2 : Lindsay Steinreide (USA) 15.40 def. Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 11.25 Heat 3 : Kassia Meador (USA) 11.25 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 7.50 Heat 4 : Jennifer Smith (USA) 11.00 def. Kelly Nicely (USA) 10.25 *All photos above ©ASP/Bonnarme