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

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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.”

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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.”

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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=”×100.jpg” href=””]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

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SWATCH Girls Pro China Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 9.25 def. Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) 7.45
Heat 2: Summer Romero (USA) 13.85 def. Roxy Towill (ZAF) 8.40
Heat 3: Miku Uemura (HAW) 13.00 def. Estitxu Estremo (ESP) 6.96
Heat 4: Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 12.25 def. Isabele Braly (AUS) 11.60
Heat 5: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 18.80 def. Amy Trujillo (USA) 9.40
Heat 6: Leah Dawson (USA) 13.35 def. Candice O’Donnell (GBR) 5.85
Heat 7: Coline Menard (FRA) 9.50 def. Rosie Locke (AUS) 5.75
Heat 8: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.85 def. Wen Ling Chou (TWN) 8.90
Heat 9: Jennifer Smith (USA) 10.75 def. Darci Lui (CHN) 3.75
Heat 10: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 14.10 def. Megan Godinez (HAW) 7.25
Heat 11: Melissa Combo (AUS) 10.15 def. Kelly Nicely (USA) 9.00
Heat 12: Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 6.85 def. Cristiana Pires (USA) 6.70
Heat 13: Kassia Meador (USA) 9.60 def. Nicole Trickett (ZAF) 5.25
Heat 14: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 12.50 def. Geodee Clark (HAW) 8.00
Heat 15: Justine Dupont (FRA) 13.25 def. Hatsumi Ui (JPN) 8.00
Heat 16: Karina Abras (BRA) 7.70 def. Rachel Barry (USA) 6.75

SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Competitors. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Summer Romero noseride. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lineup. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Surfers' area. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Yuko Shimajiri. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Beach statues. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.Photos from above left. Opening ceremonies; Summer Romero; SWATCH Girls Pro China lineup; Competitors’ area; Yuko Shimajiri; Beach statues. Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

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Film Trailer for OCEANIDES. A Surf Movie About Women and Oceans.

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Directed by Lorène Carpentier | Presented by The Keep A Breast Foundation

OCEANIDES is a poetic vision of surfers, nymphs, along Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Caribbean, Coral, and Tasmanian Seas… these places become the theatre of marine and submarine visions of light and life.

Margaux Arramon-Tucco, Rochelle Ballard, Jodie Barsby, Claire Bevilacqua, Hélène Chabeaud, Melissa Combo, Julie Cox, Lee Ann Curren, Leah Dawson, Pandora Decoster, Charlotte Hand, Rosie Locke, Kassia Meador, Coline Ménard, Candice O’Donnell, Jen Smith and friends.

Film Tour Dates:
July: France | October: California | November: Mexico & Hawaii

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Jensen and Smith Claim All-American Victory at Malfunction Surf Festival

KINGSCLIFF / AUSTRALIA (Sunday 27th March, 2011): American surfers Taylor Jensen (Oceanside), 27, and Jennifer Smith (San Diego) , 25, upstaged their Australian counterparts to win the respective ASP Australasia Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) Cancer Institute NSW men’s and women’s divisions.

Californian carver Jensen, who has placed 2nd in the LQS men’s division at the Malfunction for the past two years, finally etched his name onto the event’s winner’s list, beating Buderim’s Mitch Surman, former ASP Men’s World Longboard Champion Josh Constable and Currumbin’s Jackson Close in an entertaining final.

“It feels pretty good to finally win this event,” said Jensen, who claimed US $2000 and 250 rating points.

“I started off really slow. I couldn’t get a wave, fell on my first one and wasn’t feeling great. But I finally lucked into a couple smaller ones which ran along the bank.”

The lanky natural foot accruing a 9.33 and an 8.82 to finish in the numero-uno position on 18.16 points (out of a possible 20).

Despite his third placing in the day’s blue ribbon final, Constable heads the men’s LQS ratings ahead of Jensen, with Surman, Jared Neal (Coffs Harbour) and Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach) rounding out the top 5. The final event of the Australasian LQS is the Whalebone Classic, which starts on July 16.

Smith, the two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard champion (2007 and 2009), was in a class of her own in the 30-minute finale, schooling Melissa Combo (Ballina), Emma Webb (Victoria) and Jodie Barsby (Crescent Head) with a combined two-wave total of 14.14, which included a 6.47 on her opening ride and an even stronger 7.67.

Smith, who claimed a second place at the Noosa Festival, said she was eager to taste victory in the LQS women’s division during her time in Australia.

“It’s been good,” she said. “Getting second at Noosa was the main reason I came to the Malfunction. I wasn’t going to do it and coming so close in Noosa I wanted to do better. I haven’t done well in Australia over the past few years, so it feels good to win.”

Following today’s result, Smith leads the LQS women’s ratings ahead of Chelsea Williams (Kingscliff), Combo, Webb and Bianca Anstiss (Currumbin).

In the Greenline SUP Pro final, Kingscliff’s Justin Holland defeated former ASP World Tour competitor Luke Egan (Coolangatta), Currumbin’s Jackson Close and Noosa’s Dane Wilson.

After a slow start, Holland unloaded a bevy of big forehand moves to notch a 5.73 and a 7.43 to finish with a two-wave combined total of 13.16 (out of a possible 20).

2011 Malfunction Full Results:

LQS Men’s
1 Taylor Jensen
2 Mitch Surman
3 Josh Constable
4 Jackson Close

LQS Women’s
1 Jennifer Smith
2 Melissa Combo
3 Emma Webb
4 Jodie Barsby