Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China

Media Release from the Association of Surfing Professionals

Chelsea Williams claimed her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Today Gold Coast surfer Chelsea Williams (AUS) claimed her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
 
Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China

WANNING, Hainan/CHINA (Tuesday, December 9, 2014) – Chelsea Williams (AUS) has defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) to claim her maiden ASP Women’s World Longboard Title at the GoPro World Longboard Championships, China hosted by Wanning (WLC). Near perfect 3 to 4 foot surf provided the perfect canvas for the world’s best longboarders to fight for the sport’s ultimate prize, but it was Williams, the form surfer of the event who was the last one standing.

Remarkably Moniz and Williams have met in the final of the GoPro WLC four years in a row, proving that these two athletes really are on top of world at the moment. Their friendly rivalry sees them now at two wins a piece in the Final in China.

 
Chelsea Williams dominating the Riyue Bay point to claim her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Chelsea Williams dominating the Riyue Bay point to claim her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
 
Williams’ win today was a long time coming after finishing runner-up to the ASP World Longboard Title four times. In the first half of today’s Final Williams was struggling to adapt to the conditions and it seemed her fifth runner-up finish was minutes away, but the Gold Coast surfer struck and did some of the best nose riding of the whole event mixed with rail carves. Moniz caught a last minute wave, but just missed out on the required score, leaving Williams out the back to ride her wave in as an ASP World Longboard Champion.

“Did that just happen? I can’t believe it!” Williams said. “I’ve wanted to win a World Longboard Title since I found out it existed. For a long time people have been telling me I deserve to win, now I finally believe them. I’m so happy and thankful for the support of my family, friends and sponsors. It was an awesome Final, Kelia (Moniz) is so good, we have a fun rivalry going and I’m glad that I got her back.”

 
Kelia Moniz on her way to a runner-up finish. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Kelia Moniz on her way to a runner-up finish. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
 
Moniz is a two-time ASP World Longboard Champion after winning this event the past two years and today after losing by a mere 0.02 *** she was gracious in defeat. Moniz finished the event with the highest wave score, and highest heat total from her Round 1 heat, and hinted that her and Williams’ rivalry wasn’t over yet.

“If it wasn’t me winning there’s no one I’d rather see win than Chelsea (Williams),” Moniz said. “She’s a great surfer, she scored a 9 in the final and deserved to win. I’m not too disappointed, it would have been nice to win again — Chelsea and I can just meet in the Final again next year.”

 
Lindsay Steinriede with her toes on the nose. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) with her toes on the nose. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
 
Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 2011 ASP World Longboard Champion used her graceful and polished brand of surfing to advance into the Semifinals where she ran into a rampaging Williams. Steinriede was the last natural footed surfer left in the draw when she won her Quarterfinal and advanced into the Semis and leaves the 2014 GoPro WLC ranked equal 3rd in the world.

“That was the most fun I’ve ever had in a heat and I lost!” Steinriede said. “I’ve got so much respect for Chelsea’s surfing and who she is as a person, with either one of us getting into the Final I was happy. I’m really happy to have made the Semifinals and to get that far in the event the fact that we had really good waves also feels good.”

 
Chloe Calmon and her trademark stylish carve. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Chloe Calmon (BRA) and her trademark stylish carve. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.

 
Chloe Calmon (BRA) lost out in an action packed Semifinal against Moniz meaning the young Brazilian exits the event ranked equal 3rd in the world. Calmon has worked extremely hard and has improved on her 5th place finish from last year. She was one of the most interesting and exciting surfers to watch all event long, but she let her nerves get the best of her in the Semifinals.

“I had an incredible event, but I still wanted to go further,” Calmon said. “I improved on my position from last year which was my goal so I’m happy, but losing so close to the Semifinal did make me a little sad after the heat — I’m happy now. It just wasn’t my time to be in the final and I’m going to try and come back and go bigger and better next year.”

It’s highly likely that the men’s 2014 ASP World Longboard Champion will be crowned tomorrow.

Jettygirl's "Say No More" Surf DVD Giveaway. A women's longboard surf film by Taylor Larison and Birdman Media.

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This week, Birdman Media is teaming up with Jettygirl to give away three DVD copies of Say No More, a women’s longboard surf film by Taylor Larison. Scroll down for the entry form and enter the giveaway using any or all of the methods listed. No purchase necessary to play. The Say No More Surf Movie Giveaway begins Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 5pm PST and ends Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5pm PST. The three randomly selected winners will be notified via email within 48 hours of the closing deadline. Official Terms and Conditions are linked on the entry form below.

Best of luck to you! And if you don’t win this week, check back for more giveaways on Jettygirl throughout the year.

Jettygirl's "Say No More" Surf DVD Giveaway. A women's longboard surf film by Taylor Larison and Birdman Media. Enter today for your chance to win one of three DVDs from Birdman Media. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5pm PST.

Say No More from Bird Man Media on Vimeo.

About “Say No More” – A Women’s Longboard Surf Film by Taylor Larison of Birdman Media
Birdman Media presents, “Say No More,” an all-women’s longboard surf film showcasing some of Southern California’s finest female wave riders gliding through their favorite breaks. Starring: Lindsay Steinriede-Engle, Makala Smith, Erin Ashley, Tory Gilkerson, Karina Rozunko, and Stephanie Vigiano.

Jettygirl’s take on the film…
We met Taylor Larison on the beach months ago as he was filming early footage for Say No More and he was so amped on the project. Despite the huge population of women surfers that grace virtually every break on the planet nowadays, female-focused surf films are still pretty rare. Say No More premiered in Carlsbad on July 26 and it’s easy to see why the theatre was packed. From Erin Ashley’s timeless noserides to Lindsay Steinriede-Engle’s powerful carves, we found every surfer’s segment unique and entertaining. With a mixture of eclectic tunes and footage from some of Southern California’s most famous surf spots, Say No More is a surf film well worth having in your DVD or digital collection.

If you don’t happen to win the Say No More DVD Giveaway, head over to Birdman Media and purchase a copy. At only $10 for a DVD (shipping included), it’s an absolute steal! For digital downloads, head to TheSurfNetwork.com to rent or buy the film.

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Lindsay Steinriede filming for Birdman Media's women's longboard film, "Say No More" - surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

“Say No More” Women’s Longboard Film Premieres on July 26th in Carlsbad, CA

Say No More from Bird Man Media on Vimeo.

On July 26, 2013 a truly rare event is scheduled to go down in Carlsbad, California, when a brand new all-women’s longboard surf film premieres at the historic Carlsbad Village Theatre. Birdman Media’s “Say No More” stars California surfers Tory Gilkerson, Karina Rozunko, Makala Smith, Lindsay Steinriede-Engle, Erin Ashley, and Stephanie Vigiano. Screenings at 7pm and 9pm. Purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines at the ticket booth. Mark your calendars and come support independent filmmaking and women’s longboarding.

And now a few words from the surfers themselves…

Erin Ashley filming for Birdman Media's women's longboard surf film, "Say No More" - photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

“While we still seem to be living in a world where we’re showing the youth (via ads) that image is more important that substance, it’s great to see that someone still believes in the idea that women as athletes can stand on their own. Taylor Larison has gotten together an eclectic group of female longboarders–from high performance to traditional loggers and all are doing their own thing.” – Erin Ashley


Tory Gilkerson filming for Birdman Media's all-women surf film, "Say No More" - portrait by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

“The making of ‘Say No More’ has been an awesome adventure of surfing good waves with good friends and great support. I am stoked to be a part of the film and can’t wait to see the final product!” – Tory Gilkerson


Lindsay Steinriede Engle filming for Birdman Media's new longboard film, "Say No More" - portrait by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

“We may not have traveled to exotic locations with perfect empty waves and tropical, crystal clear seas, but we have been dedicated to showcasing what we female longboarders do day in and day out for the love of the sport. Outlets and recognition for women’s longboarding are so few and far between that I am very grateful to be a part of an all-female longboard film that highlights some of my favorite waves around my hometown and Southern California. – Lindsay Steinriede


Stephanie Vigiano filming with Taylor Larison for the new women's longboard film, "Say No More" - photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

“I am so super excited to be a part of “Say No More!” When Bird told me he was making the film, the first thing I did was say thank you! There aren’t enough women’s surf films, and hardly any of strictly women’s longboarding in this world. I love that he is really trying to help progress the sport and expose unknown surfers to the community. It’s been a great experience being in the film and getting to know Bird. I see many more great films being created by BMM in the future!” – Stephanie Vigiano


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Salt & Soul Fitness Presents:
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2011 ASP Women’s Longboard World Champion; M.A. Physical Education; B.S. Kinesiology; Certified Personal Trainer; 200hr RYT.

ONLY 5 SPOTS AVAILABLE!!!

Training Dates/Time: Wed. June 19th-­‐ Fri. June 28th. MWF 7am-­‐8am.
Location: Sycamore Creek Trail, Dana Point.
Cost: $100/Surfer

“It is my objective to give these up and coming surfers a competitive edge by teaching them a variety of training methods that will improve their surfing ability.” -Lindsay Steinriede

Trainings will include:
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    ** 5 comprehensive training sessions with a highly qualified trainer and ASP world champion for only $100! **

    To register: Download the form, then cut, complete, and return the bottom portion of the flyer with a check (made out to Lindsay Steinriede for $100) to:

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    *Registration is based on first 5 participants that get their registration information and fee in.*
    Upon receiving registration form and fee, you’ll receive a confirmation call and package to complete and bring to our first training.

    Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo © S. Thomas

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview. Presented by Toes on the Nose. (Part Two of a Two-Part Series)

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview, Part Two | Presented by Toes on the Nose

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview - Presented by Toes on the Nose. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Photos by S. Thomas and Chris Grant

    Lindsay Steinriede surfing at San Onofre. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre
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    Part Two of our interview with the current ASP Women’s Longboard World Champion goes deeper into Lindsay’s story and touches a great deal on her beloved dad who passed away in October 2010. Faced with that heartbreaking loss, she managed to work through the pain by using the lessons that her father taught her from a young age. Today, Lindsay Steinriede has not only taken up rank with the best female longboarders in surf history, she also continues to follow her dad’s inspiration by using her vast skill set to benefit the world around her.

    Lindsay Steinriede is a champion of surfing. More importantly though, Lindsay is a champion in life. –Chris Grant

    Janna Irons from Surfer Magazine talks about her good friend Lindsay Steinriede.Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo by S. ThomasLindsay Steinriede. Photo: S. Thomas.

    Jettygirl: A few years back you told us a story about a magic epoxy board of yours? Could you fill in the details on the journey it took from comp to used board rack to wall hanger to the podium once more?
    Lindsay: Oh yah…I made the change to ride Ryan’s boards the day before we left for the 2006 Duke Fest in Waikiki. Since that was not enough time for him to shape a board for me, he went into Infinity, whom he was shaping for at the time, and grabbed a 9’0 high-performance epoxy tri-fin for me. I took it out for three waves the day before the event and it was on from there…that board felt like magic under my feet. I ended up winning that event, and followed it up with a big win at the 2006 Roxy Jam Cardiff Reef to claim my first North American title. With Ryan shaping me some new custom boards, I didn’t think twice about trading that board in. However, my dad thankfully thought otherwise and wanted to keep it as a piece of memorabilia on his wall so he went and bought it back from the shop. My new boards were great and I still found success on them, but as the 2007 Roxy Jam Cardiff Reef approached again something just didn’t feel right. Mental or not, I knew I needed that magic board again. I ran home that stormy afternoon before the event, grabbed it off the wall, waxed it up, did what became my three wave ritual in some Sano slop, and was ready to rock again. With that magic board under my feet again, I took home 2nd place at the event, and returned the board safely to my dad the next day with one more result on it. ;)

    Lindsay Engle, Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comJettygirl: When I first heard that story, one of the underlying themes was your dad’s pride in your accomplishments. From seeing you ride your first wave to watching you succeed in every aspect of life as an adult, he must have been so pleased with you. Did thoughts of your father cross your mind when you won your World Title? He most assuredly must have been smiling down from heaven.
    Lindsay: Yes. Not to be a downer, but to be honest, all I could think about for months following the win, with all the congrats coming in and celebrations, was that I didn’t really care about any of it. I did pretty good about faking a lot of happiness, but all I really wanted at the time was to have my dad back. While the title was something I had wanted for a while, it just doesn’t even compare to the pain of wanting somebody you love back. However, I definitely find happiness in knowing how proud he is of me, and that’s one thing that has kept me on track and moving forward in life.

    Jettygirl: From all the accounts we’ve heard, your dad was an amazing and generous man who left his mark on family, friends, students and the community around him. What is the most important lesson or piece of advice he gave you during your lifetime?
    Lindsay: From a young age, my father instilled powerful life concepts in our minds. He always encouraged us to follow our hearts and try our best. He constantly reminded us that life is precious, short, and he led by example that it should be lived to the fullest. He was also one of the funniest human beings I’ve ever known and always kept everybody around him laughing or with huge smiles on their faces. Even his last days in the hospital he managed to crack a couple jokes that had nurses and doctors laughing. One of the last things he told me in regards to losing a loved one, as he had been through some of the worst losses already, is that, “It is possible to find happiness.” I’ve been replaying those words in my mind daily since his passing to help me find strength and courage.


    Dana Point officials unveil the Bill Steinriede Dana Point Memorial for all the pioneering efforts Bill put forth during his lifetime to improve the water quality at local beaches for present and future generations.

    Jettygirl: Was your dad one of the main inspirations for you becoming a teacher and coach yourself? Did he give you any career advice?
    Lindsay: Definitely. I grew up watching his teaching and coaching career lifestyle, and as I mentioned, quickly realized that work and play could co-exist with some hard work and love for what you do. It also didn’t hurt that he always had summers off to take us to the beach daily. I had my mind made up about following in his foot-steps early on, and he of course was a great mentor for me that helped me every step of the way. There have been many times since entering into the beginning stages of my career that I wish I could ask him so many questions. Thankfully we were so close that I generally know what his advice would be. As for all the logistics, I have been very fortunate to find help from fellow co-workers, some new connections, and many of which actually worked with my dad at some point. And I must say, in addition to having a very intelligent husband, I am also very fortunate to have a great step-mom and in-laws that I can turn to for advice on grown-up type-decisions I never knew I’d have to make.

    Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede, Oceanside noseride. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Lindsay Engle, Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Lindsay Engle, Oceanside, California. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Jettygirl: You fit a crazy amount of activities into each day but you seem like a very relaxed person in general. Have both the teaching of and practicing of yoga helped you keep things in balance in your daily life? When a student sees Lindsay Steinriede on their class schedule, what type of experience should they expect in class?
    Lindsay: Yoga has been extremely beneficial to me on many levels. Originally I started Yoga to aid in recovering from some physical injuries and chronic pains, which it continues to do, but once I progressed into Yoga and started diving into more of the mental and spiritual aspects of it, I fell in love with Yoga and decided it was something I wanted to be able to pass on to others. As for what students can expect from my class, it depends which class they sign up for. For example, from my Pilates classes, they can expect an energetic, total body workout, with plenty of focus and concentration, but also a lot of laughs mixed in to make working out fun. Then depending on the style of Yoga I am teaching in the class, students can expect anything from a calm, rejuvenating class with guided meditations, to a more dynamic flow mixed with challenging balancing postures, yet always ending with time for much-needed relaxation. And whatever the class may be, as I teach many other activity classes throughout the semesters, I strive to create a very non-judgmental, self-improving, fun, effective class.

    For me personally, I love being on the move, squeezing in as many fun activities as I can into one day which also helps me relax when its time to chill with some friends, or take some alone time for myself. To conclude on your original question, It truly is all about balance, and Yoga continues to help me maintain balance the best I can on all levels: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.

    Lindsay Steinriede, ASP Women's Longboard World Champion and Yoga Instructor Lindsay Engle, Yoga Instructor and World Champion Surfer Lindsay Steinriede, Yoga instructor and world champion surfer. Lifestyle photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Lindsay Engle,  Yoga Instructor. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

    Jettygirl: Did yoga play a part of your ASP World Title?
    Lindsay: Absolutely. Yoga helped me crawl out from my depths and began bringing calmness and clarity back into my life. Yoga is a very healing practice on all levels as I stated above. It brings a sense of overall awareness to your body-mind-spirit, helps you clear your head, gain a true perspective on reality, thus allowing you to act in an honest manner. The best example I give to my students, which I was taught in my yoga training, involves a snow globe. When your life and your mind are all shaken up and cluttered like a snow globe, you can not see what is truly inside, you therefore have a false perspective on reality or for example that object in the globe. However, if you take the time to let things settle and create a state of calmness and clarity, like when the snow falls to the bottom of the globe, you will be able to clearly see what the object in the globe is, or in essence, gain a clear perspective on reality. This concept is what changed my perspective about competing in France, and even to this day. It’s what allowed me to acknowledge what’s important in life and how traveling for competition and the experiences gained along the way are true blessings. Remember that at the end of the day, if the worst thing that happens is not advancing to the next round, then what a great day it still could be.

    Jettygirl: What would your perfect day look like?
    Lindsay: On a perfect day, the rays from the sunrise would beam through an open tent occupied by Ryan and I in some deserted paradise. I’d enjoy some Yoga overlooking the ocean while Ryan made some campfire french press coffee. We’d sip some joe watching perfect empty waves roll through until we were ready to catch some for ourselves. Once we couldn’t paddle any more we’d come in for some fresh grinds, rejuvenate, then depending where we were we’d set off on another adventure; either playing some amazing golf course, hiking to hot springs, or something spontaneous that the day brings. Once we returned from our activity, we’d give what energy we had left to catch a few more waves, get out of the water just in time to watch the last bit of sunset and enjoy a blazing campfire. And if i really wanted to make it a perfect day, an ice cream truck would magically appear just in time for dessert…just saying.

    Diina Eudaly of Sea Hippie talks about her good friend Lindsay Steinriede.
    Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede, Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

    Jettygirl: When you’ve ridden that last wave decades and decades from now and you look back on your life, how would you like to be remembered?
    Lindsay: I’d like to be remembered as somebody that never gave up. Somebody that saw their dreams through and didn’t let anybody stand in the way. I strive to be a hard-working, fun-loving spirit that lives life to the fullest. I hope I can be seen as an inspiration to others as a strong independent woman that isn’t afraid to ask for help when needed. And I’d like to be thought of as a loyal and loving wife, daughter, sister, and friend. May seem like a lot, but that’s honest and that’s the kind of person I’m striving to be.

    Jettygirl: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with us Lindsay. I hope you’ll forgive us for this long delayed interview. Any parting thoughts…?
    Lindsay: I’d just like to thank again all of those that have supported me, and continue to support me, not only in my surfing career but in my life in general. My family and friends that have been there to help me through the hardest of times, and those that are genuinely happy for any of my success. I know I have probably said this multiple times throughout the interview, but I can’t stress enough how short life is, how important it is to realize what is actually important in life, to follow your dreams, never stop believing, and to make the most out of every situation. And as the greatest man in the world once told me, “It is possible to find happiness!” JettyGirl Icon



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    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview, Part One



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    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview. Presented by Toes on the Nose. (Part One of a Two-Part Series)

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview | Presented by Toes on the Nose

    Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview. Presented by Toes on the Nose. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Photos by S. Thomas and Chris Grant

    Lindsay Steinriede. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre
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    One year ago this week, Dana Point’s Lindsay Steinriede, won her first ASP Women’s Longboard World Title. At that point I had never met her but I knew that she’d be a great subject for a Jettygirl interview. Our schedules seemed to jive a bit at the beginning of the process but it’s been a struggle ever since …foot surgeries, stitches, sting ray hits, transportation issues, catastrophic hard drive crashes, and about a dozen other things seemingly conspired against this feature ever getting off the ground. We don’t give up easily around here though and it goes without saying that Lindsay never backs down from a challenge either.

    During the past twelve months I have been blessed to get to know this incredibly gifted human being and if there is anyone I’ve ever met who could actually be a superhero, Lindsay would be the one. She gets more things accomplished in one day than most people complete in a week. Even her World Title, something that would be the pinnacle of many other people’s lives, seems like it could have been an item on her to-do list, nestled somewhere between teaching classes at college and sinking a hole-in-one on the golf course. Whether she’s winning another World Title or simply helping one of her yoga students achieve balance in their life, Lindsay is a champion in every sense of the word and we’re stoked for the opportunity to team up with her on this feature. Enjoy! –Chris

    Jettygirl: First off, congratulations for winning the ASP Women’s Longboard World Title! This is quite possibly the longest delayed interview in surfing world title history but now that several months have passed since you held the ASP World Champion trophy overhead, what has the accomplishment meant to you? When you think back to that day, is there any moment that sticks out in your mind more than the others?
    Lindsay Steinriede: I think the longer it has been since I won the title, the more it has come to mean to me. Initially, I mostly thought about all the years of hard work and dedication in surfing, and in all the other sports I trained day in and day out for, that I strongly believe contributed to my surfing success, and had finally come together to claim me a title I had been chasing. But as time has passed, I realize it means so much more to me. I’ve always believed I could do anything I set my mind to, but after claiming the title following the loss of my dad; struggling through the toughest time in my life, it proved to me that with a clear perspective on reality, and the will and courage to follow your heart, I (and anybody for that matter) can accomplish anything they set out for.

    As for any moments that stuck out to me, it was actually during the win in France that meant the most to me. I almost didn’t attend the Biarritz contest because I was at the lowest point in my life, and didn’t know if I could handle leaving the comfort of my husband, family, and friends. But recalling a very specific conversation with my dad in which he expressed how much he would love to see me compete for the world title again, I decided not only to attend, but promised him I would do my best to win because that’s all he ever asked of me–to do my best. Thus, one of the moments I replay the most, took place while riding the white wash in after the final horn blew. I just remember completely losing it for a moment in emotions of relief that it was over, sadness knowing I would never get to see or hear my dad’s reaction, but also happiness knowing how proud he would be of me.

    Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo © S. Thomas http://www.photossthomas.comLindsay Steinriede. Photo: S. Thomas.Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre  noseride. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Diina Eudaly of SeaHippie talks about Lindsay Steinriede winning Roxy Pro Biarritz in France.

    Jettygirl: After your dominating performance in the Roxy Pro Biarritz put you rated at number one in the world, could you almost taste the world title or did you try to put that thought out of your mind between contests? Did you do any training prior to the China event?
    Lindsay: I went to France with a different perspective on life and on competing in such surf contests. What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world, surf with one other person out, and likely the worst that is going to happen is not advancing to the next round yet still being in some foreign country with experiences you’ll remember forever. In comparison to some of the realities of life, competing in surf contests isn’t so tough and it’s a time in our lives to cherish.

    With that in mind, I tried to keep these thoughts as China approached, and while I was able to do so the majority of the time, in all honesty it was a little easier said than done. Being the frontrunner to win the world title, and to have so many people supporting and rooting for me, I definitely felt a little more pressure to perform than I had in France. So when I lost my heat in the quarterfinals of the China event, and knew there was a chance I would not win the world title, I did have a brief moment of disappointment. However, by the time I reached the shore I had reassured myself that I gave my best in the conditions, I just wasn’t the better surfer in that heat, I would claim the title if it was meant to be, and at the end of the day if all my friends and family were healthy and happy, then it would still a good day. And that’s the truth!

    Jettygirl: Did you miss not having a contest in France this year? As a fan of competitive surfing, it was a bummer to see the contest replaced with an invitation-only expression session. With the China contest labeled as “tentative” on the ASP website, what do you think is going on with the state of women’s longboard pro surfing?
    Lindsay: Oh man, I think this is one of my least favorite questions to answer for multiple reasons. For one, I must admit I do not keep up much with what is happening on the political side of surfing. It’s not necessarily that I don’t care, it’s just that competitive surfing has never been a priority to me. Knowing the difficulties of making it in women’s surfing, longboarding specifically, I’ve always had my eye set on my teaching and coaching career. Therefore, most of my focus recently and during the last decade has been on schooling and advancing in my career at the community colleges. That being said, I am truly disturbed by the loss and reasoning of the Biarritz contest, and the “tentative” state of the China event, for the sake of competitive women’s longboarding and my friends, fellow competitors, and the young up-and-comers it negatively effects. The main reason I have enjoyed competitive surfing, is the people I have met, the places it has taken me, and the amazing experiences it has created over the years. I can only hope competitive longboading rises again so that many more can enjoy the same opportunities.

    [ *Special note since this interview was conducted several weeks back: The Swatch Girls Pro China is scheduled for November 21-25, 2012. Lindsay is attending the contest to defend her ASP World Title. ]

    Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre. Photo © Chris Grant - Jettygirl.com Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Lindsay Steinriede noseride, San Onofre, California. Photo by Chris Grant - Jettygirl.com
    Lindsay Steinriede, Toes on the Nose at Old Man's, San Onofre. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede, San Onofre noseride. Surfboard by Ryan Engle. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com

    Jettygirl: The state of women’s professional surfing, longboarding in particular, seems to often be in a state of flux. It seems as though you made a choice early on to participate in a variety of sports and activities as opposed to putting all your effort into a pro surfing dream. As a young surfer, did you realize the limited opportunities in women’s pro surfing? What advice would you give a young girl who may be looking at a pro surf career?
    Lindsay: I did realize early on that a lasting career in women’s longboarding were far and few in between. While there are of course the few that have found their way, and I would never try and stop anybody from following their dreams, I also had other dreams besides being a professional surfer. I was raised mostly by my dad who was a great high school PE teacher and coach. So seeing his joyful and fulfilling lifestyle where work and play collided, I knew from a young age that was a path I wanted to follow. I also enjoyed playing many other sports and knew they too could take me places I wanted to go and help me accomplish goals as well. I strongly believe my training in various sports brought different strengths to my surfing and helped in my success. I also had soccer that lead me to my college of choice with an athletic scholarship to UCSB. I was able to balance school, sports, fun, family and friends, which I think is the key to success in life!

    To all the young girls advancing into competitive surfing and looking to compete professionally, I would like to tell them first and most importantly, to follow their hearts and believe in themselves enough to accomplish anything they set their minds on. I’d like to imprint on them that they can only control themselves and to always do the best they can, and if they truly have found the courage to give it their all, to be able to find satisfaction knowing they’ve done their best under all circumstances. I dare them to continue their studies and trainings in various passions in hopes that they will realize how successful they may be in multiple aspects of their lives. And I would like to reiterate that with hard work, dedication, and will, anything is possible!

    Jettygirl: Speaking of outside sports, word on the street is that you’ve excelled at soccer, volleyball, and track and field and that you quite enjoy a bit of tennis and golf. Have you had any personal “world title moments” in any of those activities?
    Lindsay: I have had many “world title” moments in my sports careers. Whether it was beating a tough opponent or a personal best, playing your best in a game, or pulling together as a team to win a tough game or title, for me anytime you accomplish a goal you have been pouring your heart and soul into, it’s like winning a world title! On the other hand, it doesn’t happen often, but, anytime I can beat my husband in a game of tennis, a hole on the golf course, or even in something as small as thumb wrestling, it’s like winning a world title or world war for that matter. We make a great team in any sport, but at one point we had to stop playing tennis against each other because it was causing arguments during what should have been fun quality tennis time. Haha!

    Christian Wach and Tyler Warren share a few thoughts about Lindsay Steinriede.Jetty Rats - Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Steinriede. Jetty Rats - Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Steinriede. Jetty Rats - Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Steinriede.

    Jettygirl: In some of our conversations about your childhood, a few topics keep coming up …Doheny and the lifelong friends you’ve referred to as jetty rats. What was it that made that time so special to you?
    Lindsay: Growing up on the Jetty was the best!!! Getting dropped off in the early mornings by our parents (usually a few would hang around each day to keep an eye out), surfing all day, wrestling in the grass, creating skateboard race tracks or heading to “the wall” for a skate sesh, playing water football on the sandbar at extreme low tides, jumping off the jetty rocks at high tide, mobbing the local surf shops to post up in their beach chairs and watch their surf videos on flat days, getting .99 cent bean and cheese burritos from A’s burgers followed by .25 cent serve your self frozen yogurt at AM/PM, and any other adventures we created throughout the day until we got picked up at dark. What more could a kid ask for?! Actually, we ran the show down there until our late teens and then upon receiving our driver’s licenses started adventuring out for bigger waves and even more fun together. What makes it so special, is that the majority of our generation of jetty rats (spanning a decade) are still very close friends and enjoy many of the same activities together on a regular basis. Only food prices have gone up, we do have responsibilities, and we are little more cautious of potential injuries and dangers. We have truly been like a family over the last 15 years; helped each other through the hard times, supported each other along different avenues, and celebrated each other successes.

    Jettygirl: Growing up in an area so rich with longboard tradition, did you have the opportunity to surf with many legends? Was there any surfer or surfers who you looked up to as you were developing your skills?
    Lindsay: I have been very fortunate to have grown up in an area full of legendary surfers, but probably have not begun fully realizing their influence on the culture and lifestyle I live until recently. I was more than blessed to have a legend of a father in many aspects of life that has shaped me into the person I am today. And my main surf influences didn’t come from an accomplished surfer, but instead the friends I grew up surfing with at Doheny; most of which I believe will be labeled as legends of the sport in time. And of course reconnecting with my now husband during a time when I was most dedicated to my surfing career, that brought my confidence and surfing to the next level, and whom I am certain will become known as a legendary shaper.

    Jettygirl: When and where did you experience your first noseride? What board were you riding at the time? Did the ride change your life?
    Lindsay: Well I couldn’t tell you specifically the details of my first noseride, so I can assume it was not life changing, but I can guess it took place at doho on one of my dad’s old boards or a friend’s, all of which were life changing. :)

    Lindsay and Ryan Engle sharing a wave at Doheny. Surf photo by Chris Grant - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Lindsay and Ryan Engle sharing a wave at Doheny. Surf photo by Chris Grant - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay and Ryan Engle sharing noserides at Doheny. Surf photo by Chris Grant - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Ryan and Lindsay Engle. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Ryan and Lindsay Engle checking out a fisherman's bucket. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Ryan Engle talks about his wife, Lindsay. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

    Jettygirl: In what could only be seen as a perfect situation for a surfer, you married your best friend and one of the most talented shapers around, Ryan Engle. Growing up in the same area, was he in your jetty rat crew or did you strike up a friendship later on? Any “remember when…” humorous stories that happened between you two before you became a couple?
    Lindsay: Ryan is four and a half years older than me, so while his younger brother was in our jetty rat crew, he was the generation ruling the waters there just before us. My best friend growing up, lived across the street from where Ryan lived, so we really did known each other from a very young age, but it wasn’t until I returned home during a break from my freshman year in college that we reconnected surfing Church. As the story goes, he had been toying with the idea of returning to competitive surfing at the Ron Jon Easter Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and once he saw me surfing that day at Church and found out I was going to compete in the event, he couldn’t resist. Haha. That’s at least how I like to start the story …but long story short, we hit it off in Florida, kept it casual until I returned for summer break, fell in love, and the rest is history.

    As for a humorous story, my favorite took place when I was probably a sophomore in high school, and he was in college. My friends and I loved going skinny dipping at Salt Creek when the water was warm, so as usual we ran down the hill, stepped out of our clothes and into our birthday suits, and hit the water. When we finally came in, all of our clothes were missing! We crawled around the beach looking for them and eventually made the decision we’d have to run to the car covering what we could …thankfully we came across our clothes at the bottom of the cement hill and were able to dress before charging on. At some point along the way back to the car we saw Ryan and a couple of his buddies but they denied having anything to do with it. We let it go, eventually forgetting they had even been there that night. Years later after we had started dating, I was telling that story to somebody, and after all that time that had passed, he finally confessed to having stolen our clothes and hiding them from us. Pretty classic really.

    Jettygirl: Aside from the World Title-winning longboards that Ryan shapes you, what is your next favorite board from his lineup and why?
    Lindsay: Got to be the Los Dos. It’s a modern performance twin fin that shreds! It’s super fun, perfect for summer south swells, and catches waves like a dream. I also LOVE the West Coast offense! It’s a step-down shortboard that is easy to ride in anything and makes you feel like a pro.

    Lindsay Streinriede with Nation Surfboards Los Dos model shaped by Ryan Engle. Available at http://nationmfg.com/ Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Lindsay Streinriede with Nation Surfboards Los Dos model shaped by Ryan Engle. Available at http://nationmfg.com/ Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
    Lindsay Streinriede with Nation Surfboards Los Dos model shaped by Ryan Engle. Available at http://nationmfg.com/ Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Lindsay Streinriede with Nation Surfboards Los Dos model shaped by Ryan Engle. Available at http://nationmfg.com/ Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

    Continue to Part Two: Clear Perspective: The Lindsay Steinriede Interview, Part Two



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    Single Wave Thursday with Lindsay Steinriede. One ride, no music, just ocean.

    Current ASP Women’s Longboard World Champion, Lindsay Steinriede, surfing a glassy little right in Oceanside, California. Single Wave Thursday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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    Surf Girls of Summer. An Ongoing Surf Photo Gallery from May through August. Free to attend, no ticket required.

    We know what you’re thinking. Mid-May is certainly not summer …yet a trip to the beach earlier today sure felt like summer, so much so that we’ve decided to kick off Jettygirl’s annual summer photo feature a bit early this year. The water’s warming up, the sun’s out and there’s no May Gray to be seen. We’ll be adding regularly to this photo feature over the next four months so check back often. We hope that all of you have a wonderful summer and for those of you on the globe who are entering winter shortly, we hope these images will keep you inspired as you’re pulling on your 4/3 fullsuits. Enjoy!

    Alana Blanchard and the mythical saltwater opossum. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Alana Blanchard – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    August 7, 2012 – Alana Blanchard takes a moment to guide a baby opossum up to dry sand after he found himself going for an unexpected ocean swim.



    Kyla Langen with a spirited foam blast at a spot her and her family call home.
    Kyla Langen – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    August 1, 2012 – Kyla Langen spends much of her time up north these days but it’s always a treat when she’s in town. Spirited foam blast at a spot her and her family call home.


    Lauren Sweeney, frontside air in Carlsbad, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Lauren Sweeney – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    July 16, 2012 – I met Lauren Sweeney five years ago on the morning this photo was taken. Her first ride was a backside air. This was her second wave. Five minutes into the session and she already had a fan for life. After getting to know her over the years, I’ve found her to be one of the most well-rounded individuals I’ve ever come across.


    While visiting Southern California a while back, Peru's Alexia Jeri enjoyed some afternoon lefts at one the best summer spots on our coast.
    Alexia Jeri – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    July 8, 2012 – A while back I was swimming around in the channel when a ripping goofyfoot from Peru paddled out a snagged a bunch of fun lefts to herself. Alexia Jeri hooks one off the top at one of Southern California’s few remaining secret spots.


    Florida's Haley Watson at Oceanside Pier. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Haley Watson – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    July 6, 2012 – Haley Watson is one of the few people we know who’d both surf in an event, then do the Reef bikini contest afterward. The current Miss Flagler County dons an evening gown as easily as she gets her hands dirty organizing events and raising money for the MayDay Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit she founded in loving memory of her mother, Dollie Sue Watson, that raises awareness and funds to fight heart disease in women.


    Coco Ho, Nike US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Coco Ho – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    July 5, 2012 – We still think it’s lame that the World Tour doesn’t end in Hawaii again this year. Deciding the World Title in Huntington Beach just doesn’t seem right. Nevertheless, the HB shorebreak still tests boards, bodies and commitment. Knees bent and ready to absorb the shore dump, Coco Ho stamps the end of her ride with an exclamation point.



    Claire Bevilacqua at Trestles. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    July 3, 2012 – This post will be short and sweet. We miss Claire and wish she was here. Today, tomorrow and always, she will be one of our all-time favorites.



    Day in, day out you can find Lulu Erkeneff ripping her local left. Surf photo by Mark Simon - http://simonphotography.smugmug.com
    Lulu Erkeneff – Photo: Mark Simon / simonphotography.smugmug.com
    June 30, 2012 – Day in, day out you can find Lulu Erkeneff ripping this local left. Earlier today, Lulu put in some solid rail work at one of California’s most competitive surf spots.



    Danny Dean, Oceanside, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Danny Dean – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    June 25, 2012 – It’s always wise to check for stingrays during the summer, but the influx in Oceanside this year is simply ridiculous. You’re usually in the clear when the only parts of you in saltwater are a couple of toes. In the Summer of 2012 however, there are so many out there that it’s worth it to check back and make sure they’re not following you onto the sand. Danny Dean, Oceanside, California.


    Nikki Viesins hucking spray in onshore Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Nikki Viesins – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    June 23, 2012 – Some of Nikki Viesins’ turns were so similar to Sally Fitzgibbons that I did a few double-takes yesterday. On a messy onshore day where many of the locals left the water shaking their heads at how bad it was, Nikki shredded wave after wave to the beach. I wish she would visit North County more often.



    Frothy waves require both power and finesse. Kaleigh Gilchrist surfing in South Orange County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Kaleigh Gilchrist – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    June 21, 2012 – I dig watching power surfers and Kaleigh Gilchrist is no exception. This particularly windy day featured tricky, frothy rights and with textbook style, Kaleigh applied both power and finesse on wave after wave.



    Alexa, Kelsey and Mallory walk up the beach after an exhausting session of non-stop paddling, currents and closeout sets. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com.
    Alexa Frantz, Kelsey Harris & Mallory Eberlin – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    June 11, 2012 – These three surfers had just finished a completely solo session and were back at the car when a complete stranger walks up and says, “My friend has this boat. Do you want to go wakeboarding with us?” After an incredibly awkward minute of silence, the guy bailed but once again I was left bewildered at the lame lines I hear on Jettygirl shoots. I’m pretty sure that bikinis are just bikinis, not invitations.


    World Champion Lindsay Steinriede at home in California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Lindsay Steinriede – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    June 10, 2012 – Far from the prying eyes of a hundred media cameras, the current ASP Women’s Longboard World Champion, Lindsay Steinriede, makes her way to the water’s edge at a break that’s always been dear to her heart.


    Alexa Frantz, La Jolla. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Alexa Frantz – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    June 8, 2012 – Somewhat of a secret outside of San Diego, Alexa Frantz is definitely on the short list of surfers I like to shoot with. Her choice of beach attire turns heads most everywhere she goes but it’s what she does in the water that I appreciate. The powerful regularfoot has a variety of fin-throwing turns and she never plays it safe. Alexa takes the polar-opposite of “3 to the beach” approach and that’s one of the reasons why we like her surfing so much.



    Singlefin Love. While visiting from Japan, Ryoko Maruyama shows her board some much deserved appreciation before paddling out at a secret reef in Cardiff. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Ryoko Maruyama – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    June 6, 2012 – With a quiet gesture that would surely warm the heart of any surfboard shaper, Ryoko Maruyama, shows her board some much deserved appreciation before paddling out at a secret reef in Cardiff. Singlefin love from Japan.



    Dana Hills High School star, Danielle Wyman, ripping one off the top in local waters. Surf photo by Mark Simon - http://simonphotography.smugmug.com
    Danielle Wyman – Photo: Mark Simon / simonphotography.smugmug.com
    June 5, 2012 – On one of those “sunny-but-still-fullsuit” weather days, 3-time ISF State Champion and Dana Hills High School star, Danielle Wyman, whips a nice turn off the top at her local spot. As a standout at one of Southern California’s most competitive surf spots, watch for Danielle to continue to make waves in coming years.



    Current women's Pipeline champion, Bianca Valenti, was in town this weekend for the Bud Light Lime Surf Series and enjoyed some warm water sessions far from her home in Marin County.
    Bianca Valenti – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    June 4, 2012 – Far from her homebreak in Marin County, current women’s Pipeline champ, Bianca Valenti, was in town for the Bud Light Lime Surf Series event in Oceanside held over the weekend. The waves weren’t great but I’m sure it was refreshing for Bianca to ditch her fullsuit and booties for a couple of days in a spring suit.



    Kassia Meador testing out her early wetsuit designs at Cardiff Reef. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Kassia Meador – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    May 26, 2012 – A few summers back I had the chance to work with Kassia for a three-day stretch while she was working on some of her early wetsuit designs. A few things stick out in my mind from the sessions …on the negative side, no sun and a fried wide angle lens; on the bright side, it was the first time I was able to meet the amazing Sofia Mulanovich and of course the extended opportunity to watch Kassia rip on everything from her prized alaia to a pristine singlefin noserider.



    On the long rocky walk back after being chased out of a secret spot, Taylor Pitz found a nice place to cool her toes.
    Taylor Pitz – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    May 24, 2012 – After being chased from a secret spot last summer, we had to walk for an hour over sharp, rocky terrain. Judging by Taylor’s virtual jog over sharp rocks, she’d have no problem walking over hot coals. She probably grew weary of hearing me say, “Ooh, ouch!” a thousand times during the journey. On the way back Taylor discovered a natural pool and took a moment to cool her feet.



    Shea Hodges, late afternoon slice. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Shea Hodges – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    May 23, 2012 – Late afternoon slice by Shea Hodges. The water in San Diego is beginning to warm which suits this Hawaiian goofyfoot fine. While others are breaking out their bikinis, Shea’s happily transitioning to a 3/2mm full. Warm and shredding in the sun’s last light, Cardiff, California.


    Kulia Doherty - surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Kulia Doherty – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    May 21, 2012 – It may not look like it but on this summer day the water was freezing. If I recall, Kulia’s dad Mike (may he rest in peace) said he’d give her $10 if she braved the sub-60 degree cold for a couple of waves. I wasn’t on the beach to see her collect her payday but she earned every cent on the couple of rights she ripped to the beach.



    Chloe Buckley off the bottom at Scripps. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Chloe Buckley – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    May 17, 2012 – A painful example of May and June in California …cloudy over here, sunny over there. Chloe Buckley eyes a section down the line on one of those overcast-but-warm mornings.



    Claire Bevilacqua navigating the jump-off point during a south swell in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
    Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    May 16, 2012 – With south swell lines pushing into the jetty a few seasons back, our good friend Claire Bevilacqua makes her way to the jump-off spot.



    Hayley Conant, summer surf session at Oceanside Pier, 2007. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
    Hayley Conant – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
    May 15, 2012 – This photo was taken in 2008 but we wanted to post it in honor of Hayley Conant, who as of a few hours ago gave birth to her first child. While Hayley might not be surfing anytime soon, her summer will no doubt be an amazing one. Congratulations Hayley!

    Chelsea Williams Wins SWATCH Girls Pro China. Lindsay Steinriede Claims ASP Women’s World Longboard Title.



    For Immediate Release

    Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

    Williams Wins SWATCH Girls Pro China Steinriede Claims ASP Women’s World Longboard Title

    SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011 event winner, Chelsea Williams and 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion, Lindsay Steinriede. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.Chelsea Williams (left) wearing her crown and Lindsay Steinriede (right) with her ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion cup. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

    WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Thursday, 27 October, 2011) – Two Champions were crowned at the historic first ever ASP event in China today. Chelsea Williams won the SWATCH Girls Pro China and Lindsay Steinriede (USA) has taken out the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Title.

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    Chelsea Williams (AUS) was without a doubt the standout performer of the SWATCH Girls Pro China, so it was only fitting to see her crowned the winner. Williams defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) in an action packed Final with the conditions turning on for the 2 best surfers of the day. Both surfers notched big scores, but it was Williams who continued her dominating run to claim her maiden ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour win.

    “I’m so happy to win the first ASP event in China,” Williams said. “It feels amazing to be here and surf against everyone, they were all surfing really well. Fortunately for me it was on a left-hander which rarely ever happens, so I was just stoked to show what I can do on my forehand. I think this has been a longtime coming, I’ve come close to winning so many times so it feel amazing to finally win one.”

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    Despite losing in the Quarterfinals to eventual event winner Chelsea Williams (AUS), Steinriede had amassed enough points to take the crown after winning the first event on the ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour in France and coming 5th here in China.

    “I feel awesome!” Steinriede said. “I knew I didn’t have control of the outcome so I was just letting it happen, and it just went my way so I’m really happy. One of the first things I came in and said to my husband after I lost was that I’ve had a lot worse things happen to me, I was just trying to stay positive. To be able to still be in the Title race was awesome and to actually win it, well it’s just sinking in and I think I’m going to cry.”

    Steinriede surfed fantastic all event, putting her full repertoire and smooth style on display for the Chinese crowds on the beach, but couldn’t get past the standout surfer of the event Chelsea Williams. Steinriede won the ASP Women’s World Longboard Title when the last contender standing, Kassia Meador (USA) lost to young Hawaiian Kelia Moniz (HAW) in the Semifinals.

    “I was devastated because I didn’t want to leave it to chance, but I was more devastated because I didn’t get that wave I wanted,” Steinriede said. “My emotions are still up and down because I really wanted to be in the Final, but that’s ok, I’ll take the ASP World Title!”

    [frame_left src=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Moniz057SGPC11WHS-150×100.jpg” href=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Moniz057SGPC11WHS.jpg”]Kelia Moniz (HAW)[/frame_left]
    Kelia Moniz (HAW) finished 6th on the ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour ratings after her 2nd place finish at the SWATCH Girls Pro China today. This is a breakout event for the 18-year-old Hawaiian who’s already looking forward to the 2012 ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour.

    “It felt great to make the final, and beat Jen (Smith) and Kassia (Meador), that’s a big accomplishment for me,” Moniz said. “Then to surf with Chelsea (Williams) in the final was great. As much as I wanted to win, there’s always next year, I’m already looking forward to coming back here and to France. China has been amazing, the community and the event volunteers have been great, they’ve treated us like royalty and we’re so grateful.”

    [frame_right src=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador055SGPC11WHS-150×100.jpg” href=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador055SGPC11WHS.jpg”]Kassia Meador (USA)[/frame_right]
    Kassia Meador (USA) finished equal 3rd today at the SWATCH Girls Pro China, cementing her spot as runner-up to the ASP Women’s World Title. If Meador had won the event she would have won the title, but she fell short against the young Hawaiian Moniz in the Quarterfinals.

    “I feel great, I’m not much of a contest surfer so the fact that I came close to the ASP World Title is fantastic,” Meador said. “I’m just stoked to be in China surfing with all the girls, and to lose to Kelia (Moniz), there’s not many people I’d rather lose to, she’s like a little sister to me. It was such a fun heat, you do what you can and I fell short, but I’m so happy to make the finals. I’m so stoked that Chelsea (Williams) won! She’s always the in-form surfer at these events so it was due time that she won.”

    For more event info on the SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, photos, video highlights and your chance to win SWATCH Touch Eventwatches check out www.swatchgirlspro.com

    For more information log on to www.aspworldtour.com


    SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA RESULTS:

    FINAL:
    Chelsea Williams (AUS) 15.33 def. Kelia Moniz (HAW) 12.36

    SEMIFINALS:
    SF1: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.00 def. Summer Romero (USA) 8.40
    SF2: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 10.90 def. Kassia Meador (USA) 9.75

    QUARTERFINALS:
    QF1: Summer Romero (USA) 12.00 def. Miku Uemura (HAW) 9.90
    QF2: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.85 def. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 9.25
    QF3: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 10.25 def. Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 6.75
    QF4: Kassia Meador (USA) 12.40 def. Karina Abras (BRA) 7.10


    All Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith


    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-SwatchGPChina11WHS031-150×100.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/WilliamsSwatchGPChina11WHS032-150×100.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-150×100.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

    All Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

    2011 Swatch Girls Pro China Hosted by Wanning $10,000 Noserider Division

    Jen Smith, Swatch Girls Pro China, Wanning, Hainan Island, China, Women's World Longboard Championship, October 26-30, 2011

    With under one week to go until the SWATCH GIRLS PRO China hosted by Wanning commences on the idyllic, tropical shores of Hainan Island, the lineup has been announced for a $10,000 prize purse specialty Noserider division.

    In another first for the groundbreaking SWATCH GIRLS PRO China hosted by Wanning (along with being the historic debut of international competition in China), the Noserider division will be a unisex event, pitting the skills of male and female surfers against each other.

    An eclectic 10-surfer field of some of the very finest purveyors of longboard finesse vying for $3,500 first place in the Noserider division includes the likes of Endless Summer 2 star ‘Wingnut’ Weaver (USA), surfer/model Crystal Dzigas (HAW), surfer/artist Christian Wach (USA), leading European pro longboarder Sam Bleakley (UK) as well as top contenders from the main event like Lindsay Steinreide (USA) and Kassia Meador (USA).

    While westerners may be sometimes referred to in Chinese colloquialism as the ‘Chang Bizi’ (long noses), it will be their skills regarding the other kind of nose, the ones of the front of their performance longboards, that these surfers will be hoping to impress the judges with in the South China Sea.

    Event sponsors Swatch have also announced that Swatch ProTeam rider and 2008 ASP World Junior Champ Pauline Ado (FRA) will be attending the groundbreaking event, as well as Anne-Flore Marxer, Swatch snowboard pro rider and reigning Freeride World Champion.

    This event marks the second partnership between women’s surfing and Swatch, which already sponsors the SWATCH GIRLS PRO France, ASP 6-star women’s event.

    For more information go to: www.swatchgirlspro.com


    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