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Surf Photo Friday – Kelly Nicely and the Pelican Session

Pelican feeding frenzy in Oceanside, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf Photo Friday - Kelly Nicely and the Pelican Session When it comes to favorite animals, birds in particular, the choice nearest my heart is the pelican. The awkward bird glides along waves with a grace that's without rival, but when she dives for a meal, she does so with the elegance of a falling sack of potatoes. One morning not long ago while driving up and over the bridge that parallels the San Luis Rey, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw what looked to be a hundred surfers bobbing up and down in the water at South Jetty. As I drove closer I realized just how much I need glasses--there wasn't a single surfer in the lineup, but the break was packed with several hundred pelicans. I didn't have any particular plans to shoot that morning but upon seeing the frenzy in the water, I knew it was time for a swim. The waves were pretty tiny so I called one of my best friends, North Carolina's Kelly Nicely, who I knew owned a beautiful, bright yellow Takayama single fin that would work perfectly in the shin-high peelers. I was curious if the birds would hang out there with us if we paddled out amongst them. Sadly, by the time we got all our gear together, the feeding frenzy had subsided and most of the flock had flown away. Undeterred, Kelly paddled out in front of the remaining pelicans posted up on the jetty and scored a few noserides before we called it a day. I'm not sure if it's the timeless single fin, my favorite birds, or hanging with my good friend, but whatever the reason, this session is one I'll always remember. Pelican feeding frenzy in Oceanside, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Checking the surf with Kelly Nicely. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Pelican taking off from the jetty in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Kelly Nicely and her yellow Donald Takayama single fin surfboard. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Kelly Nicely and her longboard toes. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Paddling into a wave with Kelly Nicely. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Kelly Nicely sets up the inside section with some classic cross-stepping. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Little right peelers in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Kelly Nicely cross-stepping in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. North Carolina's Kelly Nicely is one of the best noseriders on the planet. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Paddling out with Kelly Nicely. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Kelly Nicely waits for a set wave in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Kelly Nicely's backside noseride. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Kelly Nicely walking across wet sand in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Reflections of North Carolina's Kelly Nicely. Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Kelly Nicely's yellow Donald Takayama single fin. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Wary pelican eyes the photographer. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
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TWENTY-ONE QUESTIONS WITH CARISSA MOORE. The ASP World Champion answers questions from former world champs, tour veterans, young fans & surfing legends.

[frame_right src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/redbull.carissa.moore_-300x200.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/redbull.carissa.moore_.jpg"]© Jason Kenworthy/Red Bull Content Pool[/frame_right] Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com In Carissa Moore's first full year on Tour, she accomplished what so many have predicted for her over the years of her young life, an ASP World Title. It's difficult to imagine the kind of pressure she was under to accomplish the goal. While most surfers are given a number of years to find their footing in the pro ranks, you could almost feel the industry's expectations that anything short of a world title would be a letdown. But there would be no slip-ups, no letdown, no unfulfilled goals ...Carissa charged through the Tour schedule, pushed performance boundaries in a groundbreaking film and did so with Hawaiian grace and style. After Carissa won her World Title, we planned to interview her as quickly as possible ...but so did every other surf media outlet on the planet. By the time our turn came around, all my questions had been asked numerous times. Instead of rehashing what had already been said, we asked a group of former world champions, legends, filmmakers, industry folks, free surf pioneers and local groms to post up some questions for the new World Champ. I don't think this has ever been done before ...so thank you to all who participated. You have my deepest appreciation! --Chris 1. Asked by Heather Hudson, Executive Producer of The Women and the Waves Heather Hudson: If you could go back to any era in surfing history and surf with anyone, who would you want to surf with and why? Carissa Moore: I would probably want to go back two years and have a surf session with Andy (Irons) or go back to the early 90's and surf with Rell (Sunn). Both people are great ambassadors to our sport and role models to me. 2. Asked by Kelly Nicely, Current #13 on the ASP Women's Longboard World Rankings Kelly Nicely: How has the tour changed for women in the past few years and how do you think the future of the women’s tour is headed as far as equality with men and women? Carissa: I think the talent on the women's tour has come so far the past few years. The girls are definitely pushing the limits of their performance. Unfortunately, the state of our tour is in what seems to be the worst it has ever been. I can only hope that one day we will have the same kind of following that the men have and we will gain more support and events. 3. Asked by Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP Women's World Champion Kim Mearig: Since you've won the world title so young, are you content or do you want to beat Kelly's record? Carissa: Haha, I don't know if I will ever beat Kelly's record or even come close but I would love to give the world title a run every year I am on tour. 4. Asked by Serena Brooke, ASP legend & owner of Serena Sportswear Serena Brooke: What type of diet and training do you do to keep in shape, do you think it is important to your surfing? Carissa: I think it is so important to eat right and train to perform at your best. You definitely could just surf and be amazing but for the overall package and piece of mind it's great to be on top of those things as well. 5. Asked by Sara Taylor, freesurfer & video star of Circus Tricks, Illegal Turns, and Hayley Gordon's Empty Lowers Sara Taylor: If there was something you could change about the tour what would it be? Carissa: If there was something that I could change about the tour it would be to have more events at amazing venues! 6. Asked by Cori Schumacher, Writer & 3x Women's Longboard World Champion Cori Schumacher: Within the realm of surfing, the sponsorship dynamic is one of the most influential socializing agents for young surfers. How old were you when you were first sponsored and can you remember if how you felt about yourself changed then? If so, how? When you made the shift from being sponsored by endemic surf companies to your current sponsors, did you feel a shift in yourself as well? If so, what did that feel like for you? Carissa: I was very lucky and got sponsored when I was seven by Roxy. I was very naive and didn't think much of it, just how cool it was to get a box of clothes every month! Also, when I made the shift from being sponosred by endemic surf companies to my current sponsors I didn't really make a big deal of it. I think my family did a really good job of keeping things simple on the sponsorship end so I could just enjoy surfing. [frame_center src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/moore.carissa.2520-600x400.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/moore.carissa.2520.jpg"]Frontside carve at the US Open in Huntington Beach. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com[/frame_center] 7. Asked by Kassia Meador, photographer, longboard stylist & current #2 on the ASP Women's Longboard World Rankings Kassia Meador: What is your favorite post shred snack? Carissa: I love a nice green smoothie. 8. Asked by Shea Hodges, Hawaiian freesurfer & star of Shea Hodges: Freedom in Motion Shea Hodges: It's apparent that in the last few years the level of women's surfing has increased dramatically. The widespread use of the internet and social media has helped create more of a "do it yourself" attitude for the aspiring surfer that doesn't have the means to travel the tour and compete. Do you feel that women (like men) should have the option to be professional free-surfers and not only Tour surfers? Carissa: Yea, I definitely think that women should have the option to be a professional free surfer. 9. Asked by Hayley Gordon, filmmaker & owner of Leashless.tv Hayley Gordon: What was your greatest or funniest misadventure/disaster on your surf travels? Carissa: Funniest misadventure was .... 10. Asked by Di Mattison, blogger, surfer & surf instructor extraordinaire Di Mattison: What do you think about the "marketing image" available to women professional surfers? Why do you think it is that the guys are able to be marketed with a wide range of types - jock; punk; gangsta; artist; hippy; intellectual - and that there's only one type for women: happy, sporty, beach babe? I do see that Steph plays her guitar and Sally is really into sports, but I don't see their overall image(s) being far from the mark that the surf industry has set for women (image-wise). Carissa: I know. I think it's crazy that guys seem to be way more marketable when women are the ones who are way more into fashion and the way they look. I think all the women on tour have awesome personalities and something unique and special about them and just need to be marketed in the right way. 11. Asked by Lauren Otonicar, owner & creator of Tonic Haircare Lauren Otonicar: What is your animal amalgamation? (If you could be a combination of 2 animals what would you be and why?) Carissa: Bird and dolphin so I can fly and swim underwater for long periods of time. 12. Asked by Ashley Beeson, middle school shredder in the Western Surfing Association Ashley Beeson: Do you have any tips on how to do those “sliding 360’s” frontside and backside? I want to learn how to do them myself. Carissa: Just keep messing around with it and eventually you'll figure it out. It is a shift of weight from the front to back to front again. The key to spinning is getting the fins out of the water. To get the movement down, take the back center fin out, that's what I did in the beginning, shhhh. 13. Asked by Kim Wooldridge, 14-year veteran of the ASP Women's World Tour Kim Wooldridge: Which women surfers did you look up to or were inspired by when you first started surfing? Carissa: Layne Beachley, Rochelle Ballard, Megan Abubo... 14. Asked by Amee Donohoe, ASP Women's World Tour veteran and contest director of the annual RA Girls Surf Show Amee Donohoe: Being the most progressive female surfer ever and inspiring generations, how are you keeping yourself inspired to continue to push your level of surfing? I watch your free surfing and your contest surfing and you go big with such flare but are you secretly attempting "sex change varials" now that the judges know what they are? Carissa: Haha, well thank you, I am so flattered. My dad is definitely the one to thank for pushing my level of surfing. He is the one who helps me think out of the box, challenges and encourages me to go bigger. Also working with guys like Shane Beschen, Myles Padaca and Pancho Sullivan have inspired me so much. Being around their male energy is so new and exciting. 15. Asked by Lola Blake, President & CEO of Chick Sticks by Lola Lola Blake: Do you have a pre-heat ritual that you do or think to yourself before your competitions? Carissa: I always sit down and have a quick chat with my dad before paddling out, listen to some Eminem and Bieber and say a little prayer. Carissa Moore at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach Pier. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Carissa Moore towards the pier in Huntington Beach. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com. Carissa Moore banks off the foam at the US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Carissa Moore at the US Open of Surfing. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine2011 ASP Women's World Champ, Carissa Moore, ripping onshore peaks in HB. Photos © Chris Grant/ Jettygirl.com 16. Asked by Cori Schumacher, writer & 3x Women's Longboard World Champion Cori Schumacher: How important has your heritage as a Hawaiian been in your approach to surfing and what is the most important aspect of this heritage for you? Carissa: It's definitely motivated me to want to do my best to represent my heritage. The most important part is being able to do something I love and having fun everyday. A lot of hardwork but it's all worth it. 17. Asked by Jessi Miley-Dyer, ASP Tour veteran & 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Manager Jessi Miley-Dyer: You're one of the only girls on tour I've seen donate their prize money to charity. We used to donate our time to various causes when we have been overseas but I've never given money (would love to but not exactly rolling in it, haha). Do you think that we should do more community work around the contests that we go to? Would you like to see more of it? Carissa: I think we definitely should and I would love to see more of it. As professional surfers we get to travel the world and do something we love, how lucky are we?! I think it is important to give back to the communities that aren't as fortunate but have given so much to us. 18. Asked by Margaux Arramon-tucoo, French artist, longboard stylist. Star of Hayley Gordon's film, "This is Margaux" Margaux Arramon-tucoo: Does surfing for a living, traveling, now being world champ and all that comes with it, inspire you in other areas of your life? Carissa: Yes of course! I realize that my life is amazing and in order to keep it I just have to keep working hard at everything. It is all so worth it. 19. Asked by Savannah Fliers, local ripper & huge fan of Carissa Moore Savannah Fliers: Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Carissa: I hope raising a family, married, a teacher or a coach and of course still surfing! 20. Asked by Savannah Fliers, local ripper & huge fan of Carissa Moore Savannah Fliers: What advice would you give to girls who want to catch more waves when surfing in a lineup surrounded by wave-hungry guys? Carissa: Patience and time. If you put your time in at any spot and are respectful you will gain respect yourself and will catch waves. And as you improve the guys will want to watch you rip! 21. Asked by Bilandra Chase, Mom, installation engineer & the better half of NK Surfboards shaped by Raz Bilandra Chase: You two have worked so closely for so many years. What did your dad say to you when you won the world title? Carissa: My dad and I are best friends and seriously there is no person in the world that I would have wanted to share that journey with than my dad. He was stoked. When I won in France he gave me a huge hug and then said, "Knuckles. You did it!" Pretty awesome moment. One for the memory books for sure.
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Additional Resources: Carissa Moore's Red Bull Profile Carissa Moore - Official Website, Biography, Surfing Photos & Videos Carissa Moore on Twitter

Summer Time. A collection of surf photos from our favorite season at JettyGirl.

As we embark on another season of sunshine, we feel that there's no better way to celebrate summer than to showcase a few photos from our favorite time of year. Our goal here (more or less) is to post an image or two every few days so check back often to see what's new. We wish you all the best of times this summer and for those of you on the globe who are entering winter right now, I hope these will keep you stoked as you're pulling on your fullsuits. Enjoy! Leila Hurst, Newport Beach. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com. Leila Hurst - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com August 9 - A clean turn on a glassy wave will always be a timeless move. Leila Hurst recently moved from the warmth of Hawaii to the every-once-in-a-while sunny skies of California. The highly ranked Pro Jr is a most welcome addition to our shores and I'm hopeful that you'll be seeing more of the stylish regularfoot in JettyGirl in coming weeks and months.
Claire Bevilacqua barreled in Newport Beach, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com August 8 - This Western Australian loves to punt airs but even more, she relishes the chance to pull in. I wish I could she Claire in action at Backdoor this winter but for now, some thin-lipped Newport barrels need to suffice. A terror in the air and an absolute maestro in the green room, Claire Bevilacqua.
Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst in Newport Beach, photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com August 7 - Yes, this is summer. Our brief season of warm water arrived then disappeared before our June gloom fullsuits ever had a chance to completely dry out. This August morning was gray and drizzling but even the dullest of mornings brightens up when you're among friends. Longtime friends Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst run to greet each other in Newport Beach.
Jasset Umbel, late afternoon Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Jasset Umbel - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 29 - The Trestles area responds differently to each swell. While Lowers can seem like top-to-bottom paradise, some swell directions call for a more lateral approach. Florida's Jasset Umbel spends quite a bit of time at the famous pointbreak and knows when to hit the gas pedal to get speed for the sections setting up down the line. Jasset takes the high line on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.
Kelly Nicely with 4-Eyed Clyde...before Clyde's last ride. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com Kelly Nicely - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 22 - Four-Eyed Clyde's last ride. Tonight I met up with Kelly Nicely who had just returned from France after competing in the Roxy Pro. While she usually just sells her boards in Europe to save in airline fees, Four-Eyed Clyde was so special to her that she paid $300 to get the board back to California. Exactly one hour after this photo was taken, Four-Eyed Clyde was broken in two pieces by a shallow, double-up. Rest in Peace Clyde 🙁
Shea Hodges, evening surf. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com Shea Hodges - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 14 - Tonight I had the opportunity to meet up with a good friend who happens to be one of the best surfers I've ever seen, Hawaii's Shea Hodges. We don't get to shoot as much as when she lived up here in Oceanside but I'm always stoked when we can meet up. Our evening session was small, really small, but as she always does, Shea took apart the mini-lefts running across the inside bank. Looking forward to many more sessions with the stylish Hawaiian throughout the summer...
Marissa Shaw rotating at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Marissa Shaw - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 13 - A few years ago I was shooting with Claire Bevilacqua at one of Southern California's busiest point breaks. On this particular day, many of America's top female amateur surfers were splitting peaks with Claire. When she exited the water she asked me the name of the young regularfoot who launched airs on every wave. It was none other than San Clemente's Marissa Shaw. Fast forward to last week at the same spot and there was Marissa, punting at every opportunity and even tweaking it into rotations when the opportunity presented itself. A shredding surfer, gnarly athlete, busy lifeguard and dedicated college student, there's pretty much nothing Marissa Shaw can't do.
Alexa Frantz surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Alexa Frantz - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 12 - Summer is in full force but still some gray days remain. I don't know anybody that loves bikinis as much as Alexa Frantz. It could be freezing ...as shown here by the dudes in the fullsuits ...and there will be Alexa, throwing buckets like it's the hottest day of summer. There's no doubt that Alexa turns heads as she walks down the beach carrying her hot pink boards but it's the manner in which she hucks spray that I appreciate. Her heart of gold? ...that's pretty cool too!
Ornella Pellizzari visiting San Diego from Argentina. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Ornella Pellizzari - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 9 - Overhead, nasty onshores, and river-like currents...all part of Oceanside during a south swell. It was refreshing to see a pro surfer paddle out in WAY less than ideal conditions, all the while smiling and laughing while taking off on ugly bombs. There weren't many hittable sections but this right had one and Argentina's Ornella Pellizzari launched into a nice backside air. So stoked that Ornella will be in town for a while 🙂
Stephanie Schechter surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine. Stephanie Schechter - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 5 - It's always interesting to meet new surfers and discover their unique personalities. My wife and I often joke that I have both the gift of perception and misperception in equal parts. I love guessing with each new person I meet how their on-land style will translate once they hit the water. Stephanie Schechter is a case in point. My assumption was that her larger than life, gregarious personality on land would translate into an energetic style of waveriding. In contrast, Stephanie's surfing style is about as calm, cool and collected as can be. Stephanie, relaxed on the nose in Oceanside.
Julie Cox, late afternoon surf session. Surfboard by Dane Perlee with artwork by Thomas Campbell. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com. Julie Cox - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 3 - I've always loved this shot of Julie Cox...the late afternoon hues, the sunlight bouncing off her wetsuit and the beautiful surfboard shaped by Dane Perlee and painted by Thomas Campbell. As Julie dedicates more of her daylight hours to the California Surf Museum where she serves as Operations Manager, I'm sure she appreciates those extra hours of sunlight that each summer afternoon brings.
Heather Jordan. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Heather Jordan - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 2 - While not a fan of the marine layer, I do like those mornings that are "bright" gray if that makes sense. In the half-dozen years I've known Heather Jordan, one thing's for certain, I have absolutely no idea when or where our paths will cross but I'm always stoked when they do. On this morning Heather ventured far from her homebreak and ended up getting some of the best waves of the day. Intelligent and hard-working, Heather will be making her way up to UCLA this fall...meeting up with fellow Bruins, Taylor Pitz and Chandler Parr in what looks to be a formidable surf team in the women's division.
Kyla Langen surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine. Kyla Langen - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com July 1 - Brains, beauty, soul, and the versatility to charge barrels and draw flawless arcs, my friend Kyla Langen enjoying her favorite local spot. Preparation is key in early summer as the tricky and changing water temps could find you in a fullsuit in the morning and a bikini just a few hours later.
Jenna Balester at Huntington Beach Pier. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Jenna Balester - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com June 29 - Intimate knowledge of your local break pays off when faced with summertime crowds. While the masses were being swept up the coast in Huntington Beach's Colorado River-like current, Jenna Balester out-positioned the pack and scored one of the better rights of the morning...delivering a beautiful backhand turn on a special quad shaped by her dad, Tom Balester.
Brittani Nicholl surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Brittani Nicholl - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com June 22 - Even at California's most crowded summertime pointbreak there are occasional moments of solitude. Photo-friendly lighting is long gone by lunch hour but that doesn't mean the waves are done. Brittani Nicholl paddled out for some midday fun and I was lucky enough to join her and her mom for one last session before they left for home last summer. Unfortunately, Brittani like so many of my Australian friends, won't be coming to America this summer thanks to the ridiculous decision to "upgrade" the US Open to a World Tour event this year. Since the same family of companies basically controls both events, my vote is to return the US Open to its former WQS status and make real progress by adding a Women's World Tour event to the Hurley Pro at Lowers in September. Sadly though, I don't get a vote...
Claire Bevilacqua in color. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com. Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com June 21 - In a world of desaturated images, cell phone one-click recipes, bogus light leaks and every other type of digital treatment (some of which were applied here), pure color sometimes takes a back seat to its trendy counterparts. Unlike photos though, colorful personalities like Claire's never fade into the background. Reaching out to feel the arc she's created, Claire paints another masterpiece.

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