Surf Photo Friday featuring Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California

Surf Photo Friday featuring Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont, early morning surf session. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.
Surf Photo Friday – Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California

One of our favorite things about surfing is how the love of riding waves brings so many of us together regardless of country, culture or language. On the last morning that French surfers Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado spent in California, we made plans for a quick session before they jumped on the freeway to catch a flight from LAX later that afternoon. We were greeted by a bit of drizzle and zero sun, but we were also blessed with uncrowded, glassy rights.

It was such a pleasure to watch Pauline and Justine’s different approaches to the same lineup. A surf coach could write a “how-to” textbook after watching Pauline surf. Her combination of speed, power, flow, and clean rail work left no doubt why she continues to be an annual threat on the Women’s ASP World Tour. Justine Dupont took the the polar opposite approach. Where Pauline would go top to bottom as the wave lined up, Justine would routinely skip a section or two to build up crazy amounts of speed before launching a big air or fin-throw. Her surfing is electric and futuristic.

After an hour of shredding, the surfers headed up the trail and out of sight …until next summer when we hope to do it all again.

Thank you for dropping by for another installment of Surf Photo Friday. Have a great weekend everyone …and as always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl.

Justine Dupont fin throw. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado, frontside carve. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont, frontside air. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont, frontside air. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado throws spray on a nice frontside snap. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado throwing spray. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont frontside rotation. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont above the lip. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Justine Dupont throws her fins. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado, frontside snap. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Frontside snap by Justine Dupont. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont heading home. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont leave the beach after their final surf session in California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont heading home to France. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont heading home to France. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Role Models, Why They Still Matter | Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

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Single Wave Thursday featuring Pauline Ado on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. One ride, no music, just surfing.

Pauline Ado – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Single Wave Thursday featuring Pauline Ado on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. One ride, no music, just surfing.

Pauline Ado – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Right before hopping a plane to return home to France, I had the opportunity to meet up with Pauline Ado for a quick early morning session. Her clean, powerful style was a fantastic match to the fun, bending rights that were breaking that day. On this particular wave, Pauline displays perfect flow and technique as she drives into four solid turns down the line. We love watching surfers who move water and Pauline is throwing buckets of spray on every turn. Stoked on this ride!

Film: Chris Grant | Sound: Pacific Ocean and a trusty Canon camera
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CoCoco Ho (HAW), 22, advanced to the Round of 12 at the Ford Supergirl Pro. Photo credit: ASP/SHADLEY

Top Seeds Advance Among Upsets at ASP 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro

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Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America

Ford Supergirl Pro
ASP 6-Star Women’s Event
Oceanside Pier, California, USA
August 2-4, 2013

Top Seeds Advance Among Upsets at ASP 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro

CoCoco Ho (HAW), 22, advanced to the Round of 12 at the Ford Supergirl Pro. Photo credit: ASP/SHADLEYPictured: Coco Ho (HAW), 22, advanced to the Round of 12 at the Ford Supergirl Pro. Credit: ASP/SHADLEY

OCEANSIDE, California/USA (Saturday, August 3, 2013) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro returned to building two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Oceanside Pier today, with several ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) surfers dominating their heats despite a shock elimination from current ASP World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), 20.
Malia Manuel (HAW), 19, took out two heat wins today with a hard-fought effort despite the day’s tricky conditions while earning the event’s highest scores. The Hawaiian belted a single-wave score of 9.60, finishing with a combined effort of a 17.60 heat total in the final minutes of her Round of 24 campaign.

“This morning I came down early and had a practice surf and as the tide was filling in my first heat got really slow,” Manuel said. “I had to wait 15 minutes to get my second score and I just had to trust my instincts. This Round of 24 heat was fun, there were a lot more flurries of waves with lots of peaks and I like a little wind. I got some fun waves.”

Manuel, current ASP World No. 12, has lost some close heats throughout her 2013 ASP Women’s WCT season, and hopes a result a the Ford Supergirl Pro will mark a momentum swing for her year.

“I just want to get some heat wins and carry it in to the rest of the year,” Manuel said. “This beginning of the year was totally different from my rookie year. I had such a good start and made a few Quarterfinals, so it was a whole different mindset. This year, I had to reevaluate what was going on. I was confident in my boards and my surfing and it was a couple things that I had to twist with heats and I know anything can happen with one result.”

Pauline Ado (FRA), 22, fresh off of a 3rd place result at the US Open of Surfing, advanced through two heats today with impressive wave selection, punctuating her Round of 12 berth by defeating Carissa Moore in their Round of 24 affair.

“I didn’t surf that well this morning and came second, and I guess I had a harder heat this afternoon,” Ado said. “Carissa (Moore) just won the US Open and Dimity (Stoyle) won the last QS, so it was a pretty tough heat. I only got two fives, but it was enough to win. I was stressing out until the end.”

Silvana Lima, past ASP World Title threat, looked at home in the peaky beachbreak conditions, unloading fins-free turns and powerful combinations to solidify her position in the Round of 12.

“I’m so confident in these conditions and I have a new board that feels really good,” Lima said. “The waves are fun out there and I’m really happy to get through.”

Lima, current No. 14 on the ASP Women’s WCT, has struggled to find a rhythm among the ASP Top 17 this season following a severe knee injury but feels her performances are improving as the year progresses.

“This does a lot for my confidence,” Lima said. “When I got injured, I wasn’t able to surf at all for two years. It feels good to just surf now. My knee doesn’t hurt anymore and I feel 100 percent. I’m trying to get some good results on the QS and the WCT to requalify for next year.”

Paige Hareb (NZL), 23, last year’s Ford Supergirl Pro runner-up, would contribute to the day’s upsets, defeating defending event champion Sage Erickson (Ventura, CA), 22, in a rematch of last year’s Final while securing a spot in the Round of 12.

“Sage (Erickson) has beaten me a few times now and it was good to get one back on her,” Hareb said. “I’m the lone Kiwi, so it was nice to see an Aussie get through the heat with me as well. I feel good out here event though it’s a tricky wave. It seems to change everyday and every tide and I’m just trying to be on to it and have fun out there.”

The Ford Supergirl Pro will return tomorrow at 10am local time and crown a champion by day’s end. Watch the webcast LIVE via www.supergirlpro.com

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org

FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 24 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 17.60, Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.43, Leila Hurst (HAW) 9.63, Frankie Harrer (USA) 5.34
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.03, Anali Gomez (PER) 9.96, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 9.10, Carissa Moore (HAW) 2.34
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.27, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.00, Demi Boelsterli (USA) 7.94, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 6.84
Heat 4: Bethany Hamilton (USA) 13.67, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.40, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 9.80. Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 7.77
Heat 5: Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.23, Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 12.20, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.20, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 8.93
Heat 6: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.66, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 7.00, Laura Enever (AUS) 4.23, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 3.83

FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 48 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Leila Hurst (HAW) 12.20, Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.53, Alize Arnaud (FRA) 8.90, Naomi Stevic (AUS) 6.90
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.17, Anali Gomez (PER) 9.47, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 7.76, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 6.87
Heat 3: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 14.43, Justine Dupont (FRA) 13.60, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.50, Keely Andrew (AUS) 9.37
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.60, Frankie Harrer (USA) 12.40, Quincy Davis (USA) 9.90, Nage Melamed (HAW) 8.70
Heat 5: Rosanne Hodge (AUS) 12.10, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 11.70, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.60, Laura Macaulay (AUS) 7.20
Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.27, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 11.10, Nikki Viesens (USA) 9.14, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 7.76
Heat 7: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.27, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.04, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 8.23, Skye Burgess (AUS) 6.17
Heat 8: Coco Ho (HAW) 13.27, Demi Boelsterli (USA) 10.23, Freya Prumm (AUS) 7.57, Brittani Nicholl (UAS) 6.67
Heat 9: Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 9.57, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 8.76, Dominic Barona (ECU) 8.57, Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 8.40
Heat 10: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.10, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.06, Ornella Pellizzari (ARG) 6.87, Chandler Parr (USA) 5.74
Heat 11: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.67, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.37, Maud Le Car (FRA) 6.90, Kahanu Delovio (HAW) 4.20
Heat 12: Laura Enever (HAW) 9.50, Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 8.17, Reika Noro (JPN) 7.83, Nao Omura (JPN) 6.37

ICE, ICE, BABY. An Icelandic Surf Journey Featuring Pauline Ado, Amandine Sanchez, Sofia Mulanovich, Jessi Miley-Dyer, and Lee-Ann Curren.

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ASP Top Surfers Determined for 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour

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ASP Top 17 Surfers Determined for 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, reigning five-time ASP Women's World Champion, welcomes the 2013 ASP Top 17 to the elite level of competition.  Photo: © ASP

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Monday, October 1, 2012) – With the culmination of the women’s qualifying season, ending with the ASP 6-Star SATA Airlines Azores Pro last weekend, the ASP Top 17 have been confirmed for 2013.

The 2013 ASP Top 17 will be comprised of the top 10 finishers on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings, the next six finishers from ASP Women’s World Rankings and the ASP Wildcard.

The 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, won by now-reigning five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, and ending in August at the Nike US Open of Surfing, ranked surfers based off their best six results from seven events.

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS FROM 2012 ASP WOMEN’S WCT RANKINGS:
– Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
– Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
– Carissa Moore (HAW)
– Tyler Wright (AUS)
– Courtney Conlogue (USA)
– Malia Manuel (HAW)
– Lakey Peterson (USA)
– Laura Enever (AUS)
– Coco Ho (HAW)
– Paige Hareb (NZL)

Full 2012 ASP Women’s WCT rankings can be found HERE

The ASP Women’s World Rankings rate surfers based on their top five results for the 2012 season from all ASP Star events.

TOP 6 QUALIFIERS FROM ASP WOMEN’S WORLD RANKING:
– Sage Erickson (USA)
– Bianca Buitentag (ZAF)
– Pauline Ado (FRA)
– Rebecca Woods (AUS)
– Alana Blanchard (HAW)
– Sofia Mulanovich (PER)

Full ASP Women’s World Rankings can be found HERE

The final position for the ASP Top 17 will be the ASP Wildcard, to be determined in the coming weeks.

The 2013 will first contest one another at the season-opening Roxy Pro Gold Coast next February.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com


Dark Wave Rider Speaks! Di Mattison Previews the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour.

By Di Mattison

First of all, let me say how stoked I am that Chris Grant asked me to do this. It has been a long time since I’ve written anything power-rankings-esque and as a student and fanatic of the sport of surfing I have to say I miss it. Truth be told, I’m writing these things in my head already regardless of whether they get published or not. The saddest thing is that Surfline cut me off right when the tour started to get interesting. That said, this has to be the most dynamic lineup of female surfers we’ve seen to date. I do not mean to take anything away from Lisa or Layne or Margo or Frieda or Wendy or Pauline or Jodie or Pam or Kim (Mearig) because they all distinctively killed it (and still do no doubt), but this lineup of talent, like the lineup on the men’s side, is one step above anything we’ve seen before.

We now have four women solidly capable of pulling airs in heats (Carissa, Silvana, Malia, and Lakey). Those less apt in the air are brutal on the lip and have proven that women’s surfing can be both radical and stylish at the same time (Sally, Steph, Tyler, Sofia, Courtney, Pauline, Laura, Sage, et. al.). Now that I think about it, the saddest thing is not that Surfline stopped running women’s power rankings but that with the deepest talent pool women’s surfing has ever seen there are only seven events for the ladies this year and once again NO HAWAII. Sad face emoticon.

This year the girls will start off with steady Australian leg at Snapper then at Bells. Thank god for Australia and its continued support of all things surfing. No other country except maybe Brasil has this kind of cultural acceptance and support for our sport.

With only one goofyfoot remaining on tour, Paige Hareb, you can bet a regular footer is going to win Snapper (not because Paige does not have what it takes, but because regularfoots dominate the Australian leg and she’s severely outnumbered). (Ahhemm: Calling all goofyfoots: QUALIFY PLEASE!) If last year’s performance and her recent win at Manly says anything, the money’s on Sally Fitz. But there are too many variables to really call it this early. Carissa is defending champ (in more ways than one) and will be looking to get to another solid start. Steph’s hungry after finishing 3rd last year and is on home turf. Tyler showed herself a force to be reckoned with last year. Silvana and her speedy smooth attack is always a threat, and then there’s the bevy of new talent waiting at the gates frothing to break through. These are all ingredients for a stupendous start to 2012 — let’s just hope the waves show up to the party.

As for the remaining five contests, well, the girls better like two things: 1. the southern hemisphere; 2. beachbreak. The girls only have two events in the northern hemisphere — France and Huntington — and four out of the seven events are to be held at beachbreaks (Taranaki, Rio, France, and Huntington), the remainder at Australian right handers (Snapper, Bells, and Dee Why).

All of this beachbreak action mixed with the most Californian girls that have been on tour simultaneously in a long time (Courtney, Lakey, and Sage) could equal a title challenge from a normally dormant sector. The Hawaiians, Carissa, Coco, and Malia, however, have all shown that they have what it takes in all conditions, and are looking like one of the most formidible island contingents yet to grace the tour. Jacqueline and Silvana are our only Brazilians this year. Bad surf could favor them, and in Silvana’s case, so could heaving barrels and a grip of landed aerial maneuvers.

2012 also sees two French women, Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado, on the tour. Pauline made some strides last year and from what I’ve seen of Justine, a few surprise upsets could come from the French quarter. And then there’s the frothing Aussies — Sally, Tyler, Steph, Laura, and Rebecca — the largest showing by any single country. I don’t think that Laura and Rebecca have what it takes to make a run for the title, but they are sure to take down some names while their fellow countrywomen attempt to bring the title back to Oz. All of this compatriotism makes Sofia the Peruvian and Paige the Kiwi the darkhorses this year. Both excel at lefts, so any beachbreak that offers up a more consistent left sandbar could spell victory for either one. Game on.


# 1 – Carissa Moore – Hawaii – carissamoore.com
We know she can pump out combination maneuvers on her forehand like Hawaii pumps out pineapples and macadamia nuts, but can she keep the juice flowing for another title? Right points and punchy beachbreak air-section wedges favor Carissa again. It’s all psychology at this point. In order to be the next Slater she’ll need to amplify her psyching powers (and maybe bic her head). Video

ASP World No. 1 Carissa Moore. Photo © ASP/Cestari. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Current world champion, Carissa Moore, hucking spray in Huntington Beach. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Portrait © ASP/Cestari. Current world champion, Carissa Moore, hucking spray in Huntington Beach. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 2 – Sally Fitzgibbons – Australia – sallyfitzgibbons.com
Her ability to pull carving reverses at will in addition to her stronger, smoother, faster style put Sally on the accelerated track to perennial world-title-contender-dom. Sally is a woman who has the maxim “8s or lates” firmly entrenched in her heat strategy. If she doesn’t win the title she’ll end up in the top three again, having been beaten by someone who consistently threw down 9s and 10s against her (as Carissa did last year). Video

ASP World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Sally Fitzgibbons takes a vertical approach to Huntington Beach's famed shorebreak. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Portrait © ASP/Kirstin. Sally Fitzgibbons takes a vertical approach to HB’s famed shorebreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 3 – Stephanie Gilmore – Australia – stephgilmore.com
The wrist rattled Steph last year. As someone who has formerly broken a wrist I can totally identify with this. It’s perhaps one of the worst parts of the body for a surfer to injure. Hopefully she has regained both her strength and her wits. Also, I do not care if Steph never does a single air. She’s one of those surfers like Tom Curren who does not need to launch to win events. Smooth rail to rail power surfing shall never die and when done at Steph’s level is a thing both of beauty and high scores. Variety of turns and consistency will be the keys if she wants to unlock the door to another title. Video

ASP World No. 3 Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Stephanie Gilmore gliding effortlessly from section to section. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Stephanie Gilmore, smooth and effortless from section to section. Photo © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 4 – Tyler Wright – Australia
What can I say? She kills it. What I’d like to see: no pumping ever. Her strength is on the rail. She’ll need to mix up the patented layback — maybe tweak it into an inverted slide or take it above the lip. Not sure if she’s title-ready, but she’s definitely in the mix. Video

ASP World No. 4 Tyler Wright. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Fins out the back at the US Open of Surfing, Tyler Wright. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Portrait © ASP/Kirstin. Fins out the back at the US Open of Surfing, Tyler Wright. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 5 – Silvana Lima – Brazil – silvanalima.com.br
When I wrote the power rankings for Surfline I never stopped singing Silvana’s praises. A few Brazilians got mad when I put Sally ahead of her, but look where Sal finished last year. I hate to say it, but I am rarely wrong. Maybe a little snide or crass or harsh, but not dead wrong. That said, Silvana is one of my favorite surfers. I love her speed and her casual approach. Every time she’s in a heat I want her to win. But as I used to tell my buddy Shea when we did contests, “No pull no points.” In freesurfing it’s different — we all like to see air attempts, but in contests airs need to be landed to score. If and when Silvana starts punctuating rides with huge frontside lofts and clearing sections with spinners instead of floaters she will be untouchable. May that time be now. Video

ASP World No. 5 Silvana Lima. Photo © ASP/Cestari. 2012 Surfer Profiles : Woman ASP World Tour Silvana Lima flying in Southern California. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Cestari. Silvana Lima flying somewhere in Southern California. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 6 – Coco Ho – Hawaii – coco-ho.com
My claim to fame is beating a 70 lb Coco Ho at heaving Newport Beach in the semi-finals of the 2005 VQS championships. I scored an 8 for a backside layback barrel that I never should have made it out of. Fast forward seven years. I teach fashion history and theory at Parsons and predominantly ride a retro fish except when Jersey is 4-6 and ramping. Coco is on tour hucking fins at will. Clearly that semifinal had no bearing on either of our futures. Depite the pure pedigree, I do not see her as a title contender, but rather a title upsetter. She’ll continue to make semis, finals, and win the occasional event or two, and she will most certainly ruin others’ runs in the process. Video

ASP World No. 6 Coco Ho. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Coco Ho in the US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Coco Ho floats the shorebreak at the US Open of Surfing. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 7 – Sofia Mulanovich – Peru – sofiamulanovich.com
Never count her out. Her pscyhology is basically unassailable. If they could figure out a way to clone Sofia’s brain chemistry we might be able to find a cure for chronic depression and low self esteem. And like I said in the overall preview, if the beachies manage to produce solid lefts Sof could have a victory or two in her this season. Video

ASP World No. 7 Sofia Mulanovich. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Sofia Mulanovich, early morning snap at Lowers, California. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Sofia Mulanovich, early morning snap at Lowers. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 8 – Courtney Conlogue – United States
Rookie shakes last year, but she showed glimpses of more great things to come. Proof that you can never count California out even when the future seems exceptionally bleak for the Golden State. If a majority of the venues see larger surf Courtney could become a massive threat to any premature rushes for the gold. I’m calling that she will also claim her maiden tour victory this year. Video

ASP World No. 8 Courtney Conlogue. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. California's top ranked surfer, Courtney Conlogue, smashes a small Lowers section. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinenPortrait © ASP/Griggi. California’s top ranked surfer, Courtney Conlogue, smashes a small left. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 9 – Pauline Ado – France – paulineado.fr
Well of course the first thing that pops to mind when we see her name is the not-so-witty “much ado about….” So much ado about what? About forehand hacks it seems. Despite said hacks, however, Pauline is going to have to pump up the volume in both the strength and variety of repetoire categories if she wants to finish higher than 9th this year. Video

ASP World No. 9 Pauline Ado. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Pauline Ado on a surprisingly empty day at Lowers. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Griggi. Pauline Ado on a surprisingly empty day at Lowers. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 10 – Laura Enever – Australia
Laura Enever has career security no matter how well she fares on tour. With her outrageous personality and image, there is no doubt she’ll be hosting sports and fashion awards and becoming a general celebrity for years to come. And maybe it is this kind of security that will actually enable Laura to continue to push through heats. Video

ASP World No. 10 Laura Enever. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Preview. Laura Enever at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Laura Enever at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 11 – Malia Manuel – Hawaii – maliamanuel.com
She won the US Open at 15. We have seen the video clips of her tail high fin chucks and effortless roundhouse cutbacks. Definitely already in contention for rookie of the year based on expectation alone. I am excited to see how she deals with surfing against the more experienced girls. Video

ASP World No. 11, Malia Manuel © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour. Fin throw at Lowers, Malia Manuel. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com. An afternoon to remember, Lowers fin throw by Malia Manuel. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 12 – Lakey Peterson – United States – lakeypeterson.com
Pretty much ditto for everything said about Malia Manuel plus we know she has got an air game. One of the first female surfers I have ever seen pull a clean air reverse in competition. It was at Trestles and she scored a 10. If she can put that type of surfing together with consistency California might have it’s first world champ since Tom Curren. Video

ASP World No. 12 Lakey Peterson. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's Profiles. Lakey Peterson hitting the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Griggi. Lakey Peterson hits the lip during an evening session in Oceanside. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 13 – Sage Erickson – United States – midlength.blogspot.com
Another golden girl from Cali. I haven’t seen much of Sage’s surfing except in stills. She’s got a wicked forehand slash and from what I understand can be quite formidable in right points and in beachbreak, which bodes well for this year’s list of events. The jury is out. Video

ASP World No. 13 Sage Erickson. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Sage Erickson slicing a fun right at Lowers. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Griggi. Sage Erickson, frontside snap at a local pointbreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 14 – Rebecca Woods – Australia – becwoods.com
The return of the quarterfinals queen. I said it in the Power Rankings and I will say it here again: Rebecca Woods needs to push past the quarters. She has the ability and the flow, but requires wave selection. She will need to channel the “8s or lates” maxim and manifest that in her heats if she wants to keep up with all the new blood on tour. Video

ASP World No. 14 Rebecca Woods. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles One of the best in the Huntington shorebreak, Rebecca Woods slams an exclamation point. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Portrait © ASP/Kirstin. Rebecca Woods stamps an exclamation point in the Huntington shorebreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 15 – Paige Hareb – New Zealand – paigehareb.co.nz
Despite any reservations I may have about her ability to win heats I am pulling for Paige on pure goofyfooted alliance. I hope she finishes in the top five to prove that goofyfooted surfing is not dead and that she knocks a bunch of regularfoots off the tour in the process. It would also be nice if all the girls who qualify next year are goofyfoots. The imbalance is absolutely devastating. On the guy’s side of things the goofy men, still outnumbered by their right-footed brethren, are stepping up. The same needs to happen on the girls’ side and with Chelsea Hedges off tour, Paige is going to have to carry the torch. Video

ASP World No. 15 Paige Hareb. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Paige Hareb lights up a Southern California left. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Paige Hareb lights up a Southern California left. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 16 – Justine Dupont – France
Darkhorse rookie of the year. I just watched her “I Surf Because” video on Youtube and am sold on her style and approach. She understands the nature of competitive surfing and is as confident as one needs to be to take down her heroes. May she do for France what fashion, butter, and democracy have! Video

ASP World No. 16, Justine Dupont (FRA). Photo © ASP/Aquashot. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Justine Dupont setting up combinations in the Huntington Pier shorebreak. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Aquashot. Justine Dupont setting up combinations in the Huntington Pier shorebreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com



# 17 – Jacqueline Silva – Brazil – jacquelinesilva.com.br
The stalwart. As long as her competitors continue to make stupid wave choice and priority errors Jacqueline will continue to capitalize upon them. What she lacks in talent she makes up for in smarts, which equals a very well rounded and experienced contest surfer. In a sense she’s like Slater in that no mistake goes unpunished. I am essentially giving all of the other girls advice for beating Jacquie: don’t make mistakes. I repeat: if you make one mistake against her, she will destroy you. Video

ASP Wildcard Jacqueline Silva. Photo © ASP/Cestari. 2012 Surfer Profiles : Woman ASP World Tour Jacqueline Silva floats a sandy one In Huntington Beach. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Portrait © ASP/Cestari. Jacqueline Silva floats a sandy section in Huntington Beach, California. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com


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Author: Di Mattison

Di Mattison, Newport Beach. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com.About me…
31 years old. Teaching fashion history and theory at Parsons the New School for Design. PhD candidate in philosophy with an emphasis in aesthetics at the New School for Social Research. Surfing for 25 years. Surf instructor for 8 years. Quick wit. Barrel master.


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Competition Intensifies at the Australian Open of Surfing. Video Highlights!

Laura Enever, Day 5 of the Australian Open of Surfing. Photo © ASP/Dunbar
Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW/AUS) scored a trip to the Semifinals with a last second victory over Pauline Ado (FRA). © ASP/Dunbar

Day 5 of the Australian Open of Surfing – Men’s Round 1 & 2 plus Women’s Quarterfinals




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Competition Intensifies at the Australian Open of Surfing

MANLY, NSW/Australia (Wednesday, 15 February, 2012) – The Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach presented by Hurley and Billabong was treated to another exciting day full of surf action. Today saw the completion of the opening round of the Men’s ASP 6-Star division, and three heats of round two featuring some of the event’s top seeds. The Women’s field has been whittled down to just four surfers after a thrilling round of Quarterfinals this afternoon.
Laura Enever (AUS) was looking like exiting the event with a 5th place finish in her Quarterfinal against Pauline Ado (FRA), she was left needing a decent score as the ocean went flat in the last five minutes. But Enever waited patiently and with a mere 14 seconds on the clock she stood up on a nice looking left-hander and launched into a series of sharp turns, easily netting the required score.

“There was a part of me thinking this might be the end,” Enever said. “But then I thought – it’s never over, you can catch a wave with one second on the clock and get the score. I knew I had to find something and when that wave popped up and I though this is it, this is the one. I’m excited to be into the Semis and to be able to surf on Finals day this weekend.”

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) faced off against Lakey Peterson (USA) in Quarterfinal 2, which was a rematch of the Final of the US Open in August last year. Fitzgibbons took the heat on both occasions and will now match-up against Laura Enever (AUS) in the Semifinals this weekend.

“It’s a good feeling to be through to the Semis for the first event of the year,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s exciting to be here at the first Australian Open, and to be able to compete so close to home, I’ve got all my friends and family up here supporting me. I busted up my wrist just before Christmas and I’m just getting back in the water now, I’ve got a wrist guard on for support, but it doesn’t hinder me too much.”

Malia Manuel (HAW) and Joanne Defay (FRA) finished Quarterfinal 3 tied on 11.67 (out of a possible 20) for their two wave heat total. When there’s a tie the surfer with the highest single wave score wins, and in this case it was Manuel who won with a 6.67 (out of a possible 10) to Defay’s 6.00.

“That was too close for comfort right there,” Manuel said. “She needed a 6.01 right at the end and got a 6.00, it was so close! Halfway through the heat a rip popped up right in the middle of the lineup and it made it hard for me to get a back-up score. I really admire the European surfers, they’re such a tight-knit crew and they’re all surfing great.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), runner-up to the 2011 ASP World Title took out the opening heat of the round of 96 and progressed to the next round alongside Sydney up-and-comer Cooper Chapman (AUS) who finished second. The lead changed multiple times between the four surfers in the heat, but it was the veteran ‘Parko’ and the young gun Cooper who progressed.

“It’s been a while since I’ve surfed a four man heat, so I was nervous,” Parkinson said. “I was expecting to hear ‘Parkinson you’re in fourth place’ over the loud speaker. But it’s a good feeling to go out there and catch a few waves. I’ve been waiting all week for my heat and it’s good to get it out of the way, and start 2012 with a heat win.”

Evan Geiselman (USA) and fellow American Kolohe Andino (USA) took top honours in the last two heats of the day thanks to a couple of massive aerials. Both surfers scored waves in the 9-point-range and are looking good heading into the round of 48.

Tomorrow the Australian Open Of Surfing will see both Men’s and Women’s ASP 6-Star action and will also feature skating competitions and demos, music concerts, athlete signing sessions and much more. The event is free for the public to view in person and live on the internet via australianopenofsurfing.com

IMPORTANT EVENT INFO

The cigarette and alcohol-free event is expected to welcome more than 100,000 people to Manly, the location of the very first World Surfing Championships in 1964 and the first Australian beach to legalise day-time swimming in 1904.

Destination NSW, along with major event partners Hurley and Billabong, expect the Australian Open of Surfing to inject more than $6 million into the local community.

The Australian Open of Surfing is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Destination NSW, Events NSW, Manly Council, Sony, Blackberry, Monster Energy, Fuel TV, Channel [V], The Manly Daily, Surfing World, Reef, Skullcandy, ASP Australasia and Surfing NSW.


Follow Pauline Ado, Episode 5, Biarritz. Surf video series presented by Rip Curl.

Follow Pauline Ado, Episode 5, Biarritz – Presented by Rip Curl

After 4 months on the road, Pauline Ado was finally back at home for the 6th event of the ASP Women Tour. With her 9th place at the ASP ranking and only 10 girls keeping their spot on the tour, this event was a unique opportunity to secure her qualification for next season.

Despite this real stressful situation, Pauline managed to get the best result of her young career on a WT event with an amazing 3rd place which almost assures her to be part of the WT in 2012. After defeating Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) in Round4 and Silvana Lima (BRA) in quarter-finals, Pauline couldn’t stop Carissa Moore (HAW) on her way to her first ASP World Title.

Surrounded by her family, her friends and her coaches, Pauline is about to be the first European women to be qualified on the WT two years in a row. A performance which is not official yet but Pauline’s never been so close to her main objective. If one of those 2 scenarios happens in Huntington, Pauline Ado will be qualified for the WT 2012:

• Pauline makes it through Round 3
• Laura Enever (AUS) and Paige Hareb (NZL) don’t get qualified for the final

Enjoy her performance on the 5th episode of “Follow Pauline” and see you in Huntington next month!

Check out Pauline’s adventures at http://ripcurl.eu/?followpauline

* Video courtesy of Rip Curl Europe

Stephanie Gilmore Wins Roxy Pro Ahead of Freshly Crowned ASP Women’s World Champion, Carissa Moore

A 19th career win for Roxy Pro winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), a maiden ASP Women's World title for youngest surfer ever to clinch it, Carissa Moore (HAW). A day that will be remembered in Biarritz, France. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme
A 19th career win for Roxy Pro winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), a maiden ASP Women’s World title for youngest surfer ever to clinch it, Carissa Moore (HAW). A day that will be remembered in Biarritz, France. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme

For Immediate Release

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

Roxy Pro
Stop No. 6 of 7 on the Women’s ASP World Title Tier
Stop No. 1 of 2 on the Women’s ASP World Longboard Title Tier
Côtes des Basques, Biarritz – France
July 11-17, 2012

Gilmore Wins Roxy Pro ahead of Freshly Crowned ASP Women’s World Champion Moore

BIARRITZ – France (Friday, July 15, 2011) – Stephanie Gilmore (Gold Coast, AUS), 23, won the Roxy Pro in Biarritz today, the charismatic champion clinching her first victory of the season ahead of freshly crowned 2011 ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore (Oahu, HAW), 18, in good quality three-foot (one meter) waves and finding the only clean barrel of the event en route to victory.

With no pressure and having enjoyed the week of action where she posted three of the event’s top-five wave scores, Gilmore managed to take the final’s lead after a series of waves, the four-time ASP champion adding a 19th event win to her brilliant career with a solid 17.27 point heat result, the event’s third highest one.

“Today was unbelievable because so much has gone down,” Roxy Pro winner Gilmore said. “In my perfect world somebody would be crowned world champ and I would take the win and that is what I dreamt about. It feels so good. I missed it so much this year. I am so happy right now.”

Gilmore, who was ousted from the ASP Women’s World title race after event No. 5 in Brazil, came to Biarritz relaxed, bringing her stylish forehand attack, on-the-rail cutback and vertical top-turn lethal weapons to make her way through to the final and win the event, a win with a special taste ahead of wunderkid and favorite Moore.

“Her turns out there were really strong and I thought she was surfing better than me but I got a little head dip and it was the excitement of everything,” Gilmore added. “It feels good to beat her and she has definitely raised the bar for all the girls this year. She is definitely the strongest of everyone this whole year and she has been in every single final and that is a new record. To beat the freshly crowned world champ is pretty cool.”

Following her ASP Women’s world champion crowning, Carissa Moore (Oahu, HAW), 18, led the battle for fifteen minutes netting an 8.00 point score on her third wave thanks to her custom-made upside-down turns and 360° reverses. Showing great consistency and mental strength during the nerve-racking world title showdown all week, Moore came short of only 1.77 points finishing her Biarritz run as runner-up.

“It’s been a great event and I was just smiling during the whole final,” an ecstatic Moore said. “It’s probably the heat I’ve spoken in most in my career and we were just enjoying our time out there with Stephanie. The waves were fun and I am just super stoked to be here in Biarritz.”

Surfing a sixth final in six events, a premiere in the ASP history, youngest ever ASP Women’s World champion Moore adds another record to her already outstanding young career and will be celebrating the first world title for a Hawaiian in 30 years, since Margo Oberg’s crowning in 1981.

“It feels amazing to make all these finals and win the title,” Moore said. “I have been thinking about this for a long time since I was a little girl. Just to be here right now and being world champ is pretty crazy, and Roxy put-up a great event. I dreamed of surfing at this level my whole life since I was a little kid and I don’t think you can ever expect or anticipate the feeling.”

Placing equal 3rd in the event and consequently letting go her chances to counter Moore’s world title assault, Sally Fitzgibbons (New South Wales, AUS) still added another solid result and continues the 2011 season as ASP World No. 2 and heading to the final event hungry for a win.

“It’s been a fantastic year, I’ve enjoyed the highs and lows but it’s a bit devastating to lose the world title,” Fitzgibbons said. “I am stoked to see my good friend Carissa (Moore) win the title and it was a great finish to see Stephanie take down the event win. There is still another event and I’ll try and finish there with a strong result.”

Fitzgibbons, who was the last world title contender, remains one of women’s surfing favorites towards the supreme ASP crown in a near future, and contributed to making this year’s ASP Women’s World title race one of the most exciting ever.

“It’s surfing and sometimes it’s difficult to win when world titles are on the line,” Fitzgibbons said. “I am stoked with my performance this year and can’t wait for next year.”

Securing her best result in her ASP Women’s World title rookie season, Pauline Ado (Hendaye, FRA) pleased her home crowds by reaching the Semifinals of the event, the 20-year-old mutli ASP European women’s champion continuing her 2011 run efficiently and now seriously in reach of requalifying for next year’s elite ASP Women’s tour.

“I would have loved to make the final but I am super happy with my result and it feels even better to secure it here at home,” Ado said. “I was really relaxed going into that heat and I knew I had nothing to lose against Carissa (Moore). The waves were good, I did my thing and I am happy with this run in Biarritz. Looking forward to the final event in California.”

By placing 3rd in Biarritz, Ado’s chances to requalify now depend on fellow rookie Laura Enever (USA) and Paige Hareb’s (NZL) results at the final event next month in California, both girls needing to make the final to keep Ado back from requalifying.

The Roxy Pro will continue tomorrow with the ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour division set to wrap-up, event officials meeting at 8 AM Saturday.

The Roxy Pro is webcast LIVE at http://www.roxylive.com/

ROXY PRO FINAL
1st, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.27
2nd, Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.50

ROXY PRO SEMIFINALS
Heat 1 : Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.27 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.67
Heat 2 : Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.30 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)

ROXY PRO QUARTERFINALS
Heat 1 : Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.50 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.23
Heat 2 : Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.34 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.50
Heat 3 : Sally Fitzgibons (AUS) 14.37 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.67
Heat 4 : Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.30 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 15.87

ROXY PRO ROUND 4
Heat 1 : Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.16 def. Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) 12.34
Heat 2 : Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.94 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 7.97
Heat 3 : Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.00 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 4.60
Heat 4 : Coco Ho (HAW) 12.40 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.30

For more information log onto www.aspworldtour.com

A Year of Wonders in Store for the Rip Curl Women’s Team

February 2, 2011 – With three of the world’s top-ten surfers in the team, Rip Curl is a world leader of women’s surfing. From youngster, Tyler Wright, to glamour-icon, Alana Blanchard, via France’s talented Pauline Ado, the only European on the ASP World Tour, Rip Curl can pride itself on a team packed with character, style and professionalism.

Also in the team, we have the incredible Bethany Hamilton, who after losing her arm in a shark-attack in 2003, made a legendary comeback to become a major contender among the elite of world surf.

With Tyler, Alana, Pauline, and Bethany on board, 2011 is set to be Rip Curl’s year!

Australia’s Tyler Wright’s 5-year contract extension with Rip Curl

Rip Curl is proud to announce that the young and talented, 16-year-old Australian surfer, Tyler Wright has signed a 5-year extension to her Rip Curl contract.

Tyler, the youngest sister of “Rookie Of The Year 2010” Owen Wright – also a member of the Rip Curl International team – had an excellent season in 2010, finishing 3rd on the WQS circuit of the ASP and qualifying for the 2011 Women’s World Tour. She is the youngest woman in the history of the sport to qualify for the elite competition and is 2 years younger than the second youngest on the Tour, the Hawaiian Carissa Moore (18).

The “natural footed“ Tyler scored her second victory on the Tour, the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, in December 2010 at Sunset Beach (Hawaii).

At the tender age of 16, Tyler Wright has not only won 2 ASP competitions but also stacked up comfortable victories against the world’s most prestigious women’s surfers like Gilmore, Ho, Fitzgibbons, Lima or Mulanovich – the 2004 World Champ. For Rip Curl, these auspicious beginnings leave no doubt as to the teenager’s huge potential and the significant progression she is set to make.

The young Tyler Wright will represent the brand’s surfwear, wetsuit, and watches, bags and accessories sectors throughout the year and throughout the world!

The Hawaiian Alana Blanchard, a great start on the 2011 ASP WT

Born in Kauai 20 years ago, Alana Blanchard is as comfortable before a camera lens as she is surfing a 12-foot pipeline. Alana has been Rip Curl’s figurehead ambassador for several years, and her feminine charms and raw talent make her as skilled on a board as she is before the cameras. Her angel-face and mermaid’s allure contrast starkly with her wicked cutting-edge, no-holds-barred surf style.

Her entry on the WT circuit has been no surprise and Rip Curl will endeavour to make the most of her free-time to set up fresh photo-shoots and Search events so eagerly awaited by her many admirers. On the silver screen,she will also be playing herself alongside Bethany Hamilton in the Hollywood blockbuster, Soul Surfer, telling Bethany’s incredible story, set for release in the US in April 2011.

France’s Pauline Ado: a dangerous outsider with a cool-head

Pauline does not come from a surfing family. It was by sheer chance that she started surfing at the age of eight when she signed up for a free learner’s course in her hometown Hendaye on the south-west coast of France. Pauline instantly fell in love with the sport and the ease with which she took to it and her love of competition did not escape Rip Curl’s attention and we’ve been sponsoring her since the age of 10.
Ever since, success has never stopped coming and she has scored major victories at the European and world levels. A 2006 ISA World Championship at the age of 15 sent her soaring into the big-time.

Cool-natured Pauline is a modest soul with a great strategic vision and she has proved more than once that still waters run deep. Today her ASP Pro Tour rivals are only too alive to the very huge threat she poses.

Bethany Hamilton: A true story

When Bethany Hamilton lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003 while surfing with her talented neighbour Alana Blanchard, she shot to world stardom. The courage and determination that not only put her back on the board but also sent her battling for her place among the world elite have been extensively documented in print and on the screen. The Hollywood blockbuster recounting this incredible story, Soul Surfer, is set for release in the USA in April and stars Anna Sophia Robb in the role of Bethany, in a cast that includes Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood. All surf scenes, meanwhile, will be played by Bethany Hamilton and Alana Blanchard themselves. The European release dates have not yet been confirmed.

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ASP Top 17 Determined for 2011 Season

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Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, one of the new faces you’ll be seeing on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour. Credit: © ASP / CESTARI
Pictured: Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, one of the new faces you’ll be seeing on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour. Credit:© ASP / CESTARI

ASP Top 17 Determined for 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Season

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, January 2, 2011) –The 2011 ASP Top 17 have been determined, ushering in one of the most exciting fields of women surfers in the history of the sport.

With the allocation of the ASP Wildcard (going to Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 24), the ASP Top 17 has been set, comprised of the Top 10 finishers from the 2010 ASP World Tour, the top six finishers on the ASP Women’s World Rankings and the ASP wildcard.

“With the allocation of the ASP Wildcard, the 2011 ASP Top 17 have been finalized with the seed list below,” Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, said. “We have an excellent field of girls on tour and a solid schedule. We’re excited for a big year in 2011.”

1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
3. Carissa Moore (HAW)
4. Silvana Lima (BRA)
5. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
6. Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
7. Coco Ho (HAW)
8. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
9. Paige Hareb (NZL)
10. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
11. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) * ASP Wildcard
12. Laura Enever (AUS)
13. Tyler Wright (AUS)
14. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
15. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
16. Pauline Ado (FRA)
17. Alana Blanchard (HAW)

The first stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Roxy Pro Gold Coast from February 26 through March 9, 2011.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com