The ASP Women's World Tour at Lowers: A Watershed Moment in Women's Pro Surfing. Carissa Moore photo © Red Bull Media House

The ASP Women’s World Tour at Lowers. A Watershed Moment in Women’s Pro Surfing.

A few days into the 2013 Hurley Pro at Lowers, an official announcement was made from the booth declaring that the ASP Women’s World Tour would be joining the men at the same event in 2014. Immediately, our hearts leapt with joy as one of our dreams over the years has been to see the women get the opportunity to surf a spot like Trestles in a World Tour competition. Within seconds of the announcement, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets were buzzing with the news as posts were made from both fans and World Tour members alike.

In the warm-up sessions that took place in the days before this year’s Hurley Pro, we had the opportunity to swim around with the world’s best surfers from the Men’s ASP World Tour. While we didn’t hear every conversation going down, the topic we heard discussed most was how incredibly fun the waves at Lowers are. The lineup was crazy-competitive and ultra-crowded with everyone from Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow to ex-WCT’ers like Chris Ward who consistently picked off the best waves of the day. Floating in the channel with a camera, it felt like we were sitting at a surf movie witnessing the best that progressive surfing has to offer. Come 2014, the women will get in on it too.

If the swell cooperates at the event next September, we believe that the performances put on by the current members of the ASP Top 17 will be a watershed moment in women’s professional surfing. There won’t be hopping, groveling, or rolling the dice on which onshore peak to surf like some spots on the Tour schedule. Instead, there will be Lowers, a perfect pointbreak that’s as close to high-performance heaven as we have in Southern California. The wave has something for every type of surfer on Tour and offers a canvas that is as equally friendly to the air game as it is to committed rail work.

Lowers is our favorite wave on the coast and we’re so excited that the women will get the chance to surf it in 2014. We’re not the only ones amping though. We asked a bunch surfers on the current ASP Women’s World Tour to share their thoughts on the event and we also received feedback from some of the US mainland and Hawaii’s best amateurs, many of whom hope to be joining the Tour themselves in the future. We’ll step aside now and kick it off with our current World Champion, Carissa Moore.

Solid frontside air by the 2013 ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool. © Red Bull Media House
“An event at Lowers for the women is such exciting news. It is such a high performance wave that I think will really suit the women and allow for next level surfing. It is so encouraging to see Hurley and the ASP make the effort to get us such an amazing venue for the 2014 season.” – Carissa Moore   instagram.com/rissmoore10

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Sally Fitzgibbons fin throw at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“The news of the Lowers event being locked in for our 2014 tour was really exciting to hear. With the talent level on the Women’s World Tour at an all-time high, it is a perfect time to introduce a high performance wave like Trestles. It will be an awesome atmosphere to compete in alongside the Men’s Tour event and I’m predicting that all the heats will be extremely close. I’m looking forward to putting together a great performance there. I can’t wait for September to roll around again next year and give it everything I’ve got to lift the inaugural Hurley Pro Trestles trophy.” – Sally Fitzgibbons   instagram.com/sally_fitz

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California's top-ranked female pro surfer, Courtney Conlogue, gets one last hit off a foamy section at Lower Trestles. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“I’m looking forward to surfing a location such as Lowers on the World Tour because it’s a wave that allows high performance progressive surfing. It’s a move in the right direction for the Women’s World Tour.” – Courtney Conlogue   instagram.com/courtneyconlogue

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Hawaiian pro surfer, Malia Manuel, testing out new boards on a clean afternoon at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“Going into 2014 there are going to be a lot of positive changes for the Women’s tour. That gave me motivation to want to re-qualify so I can be a part of such an awesome time for the sport of women’s surfing. So far, I’m most excited about the added event at Trestles. Lowers is the skatepark of surfing and I’m looking forward to finally getting to compete again at that prestigious venue.” – Malia Manuel   instagram.com/maliamanuel

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New Zealand pro surfer, Paige Hareb, hits the lip and projects down the line on a solid wave at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“I know there used to be a women’s event at Trestles a long time ago. Ever since I knew that, I’ve been wishing that we would get it back and now it’s here! I’m so thankful to still be on tour and to be able to get the chance to surf this fun, world class wave with one other lady in the water, eeek I’m getting excited just thinking about it!” – Paige Hareb   instagram.com/paigehareb

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Australian surfer, Bec Woods, hits the lip in Carlsbad, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“Too little too late for me as I won’t be on your next year. But I am stoked to say that Trestles will definitely be one event I will tune into next year for the women. To be able to showcase their ability in actual waves instead of having tactical beach break conditions will be really exciting. Congrats to the ASP for getting that one on the schedule. Wish I could of hung on long enough to be there!” – Bec Woods   instagram.com/becwoods

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Australian pro surfer and new member of the 2014 ASP Women's World Tour, Dimity Stoyle gets her fins free at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“I was so excited when I heard the news of Lowers! Next year is going to be my first year on tour and the timing could not have been better! I have surfed that wave a few times before and it is the most perfect wave! The crowd is insane, so just being out in the water with one other girl out is going to be so dreamy!” – Dimity Stoyle   instagram.com/dimity

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2014 ASP Women's World Tour member, Nikki Van Dijk, hooks one backside on a clean afternoon left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“Lowers is an incredible wave obviously and I am so so excited to compete there next year. It’s going to be exciting for us to show everyone our best surfing in perfect waves. It’s definitely a huge step forward in women’s surfing.” – Nikki van Dijk   instagram.com/nikkivandijk

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French surfer, Johanne Defay, hits the closeout on a sunny, Southern California afternoon. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“The dream tour aptly named. It’s a perfect wave, and the girls will be able to show their finest surfing!” – Johanne Defay   instagram.com/johannedefay

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Hawaiian surfer, Tatiana Weston-Webb, hooks a turn on an afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“I heard rumors of Lowers being an upcoming event for the 2014 Women’s World Tour when I was in France and Spain, and I was already freaking out about the rumor. When the ASP made the announcement I couldn’t stop imagining how amazing it would be for the women to get to perform at such a perfect wave! The next thing I thought was this is definitely the next step to competitive surfing for women because Lowers is one of the most prestigious waves and it’s a really big deal that the Hurley Pro wants to include women in the event! Many women on Tour will get a lot more publicity because of it!” – Tatiana Weston-Webb   instagram.com/tatiwest

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Current USA Surf Team member, Nikki Viesins, hits the lip vertically at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“I think it will be a great venue. Lowers is a world class wave, and you can pretty much count on it to produce swell. I think it gives the women a fair chance to demonstrate their talent and prove themselves. It’s a great location, and I am really looking forward to watching the event. Hopefully one day I’ll be right up there with them.” – Nikki Viesins   instagram.com/viesins

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Tia Blanco gouges a fun Lowers left during the 2013 Surfing America USA Championships. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“I am overly excited to see that the women’s tour has made its way to lowers. I have experienced heats there the past couple of years and it is one of the best places to have a contest. Lowers is such an amazing wave. The girls this year are so talented and I believe everyone has been waiting for this opportunity for them to surf such a rippable wave. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to join them!” – Tia Blanco   instagram.com/tiablanco

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Hawaiian surfer, Mahina Maeda, drives hard off the bottom of a solid Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“When I heard about the new World Tour event for the Women at Lower Trestles, I was shocked. I think it’s amazing that they are holding it at a world-class wave, and it gets to show the truth of about women’s surfing. Over the years we’ve been less prioritized and we should be treated as one with the boys, because every woman out there has the potential to do a man’s job. If there’s an amateur event at Lowers, why isn’t there a pro event? Lowers is a rippable wave, and I’m excited to see my favorite surfers be out there for next year’s season, and hoping I get to surf in that event sometime in the future. I’ve won a couple of National Titles there, and hoping to win a World Tour event at that same spot.” – Mahina Maeda   instagram.com/mahinamaeda

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Hawaiian surfer, Dax McGill, punts a nice frontside air on a fun afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“When I heard the news about the Women’s tour having a stop at Lowers I was ecstatic! I couldn’t really even believe it. Lowers is one of the most perfect waves in the world. In my opinion it’s the closest thing to a wave pool! This event is going to show the true potential of all the women on the tour. Hopefully one day I’ll be surfing in it! Thank you Hurley for the amazing opportunity for the women. They’re going to prove themselves ;)” – Dax McGill   instagram.com/dax_mcgill

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USA Surf Team member, Kylie Loveland, hooks a nice backside turn at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“I think the Women’s World Tour coming to Lowers is something that has taken too long to happen! Everyone loves watching the guys shred one of the best waves in Southern California, but it’s only fair to let the girls have their fair share of fun too! I’m stoked to see that girl surfers are getting more opportunities just like the boys.” – Kylie Loveland   instagram.com/kylieloveland

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Malia Ward throws down a nice layback snap on an overcast day at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
“I think that it’s an amazing opportunity for the girls to really show off their competition strategies and skills. And it also represents the growth and uprising of women’s surfing. I believe Lowers is a magical wave that will bring out the most talent in a contest and it is a big step for women’s surfing to be a part of that.” – Malia Ward   instagram.com/malia_ward

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Final Note: Thank you to the ASP, Paul Speaker, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Pat O’Connell, Bob Hurley, the Hurley brand, IMG, California State Parks and whoever else played an integral part in taking the ASP Women’s World Tour to Trestles next year. With this move you have fulfilled dreams and undoubtedly stoked the imaginations of young athletes the world over who will get to witness the best female surfers competing in a truly, world-class venue.

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com | Photo of Carissa Moore © Red Bull Media House



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

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Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

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


Stephanie Gilmore Claims 5th ASP Women’s World Title at Roxy Pro Biarritz

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Roxy Pro Biarritz
ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Event No. 6 of 7
Biarritz, France
July 10 – 14, 2012

Stephanie Gilmore Claims 5th ASP Women’s World Title at Roxy Pro Biarritz

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, has claimed her 5th ASP Women's World Title today, posting a big win at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. Photo © ASP / Poullenot
Pictured: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, has claimed her 5th ASP Women’s World Title today, posting a big win at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. Credit: © ASP / POULLENOT

GRANDE PLAGE, Biarritz/France (Saturday, July 14, 2012) – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, has claimed her 5th ASP Women’s World Title today, winning the Roxy Pro Biarritz over Tyler Wright (AUS), 18.

“I woke up this morning and thought it wouldn’t happen today,” Gilmore said. “But as the day progressed, and things fell into place, I began to believe it could happen. France is such a special place and having so many people on the beach watching us surf today is really emotional. I think I’m going to cry.”

Gilmore set an ASP record by being the first surfer ever to win four titles from four attempts (2007 – 2010), but fell back to ASP Women’s World No. 3 in 2011. Today’s emotional win is a reassertion of her dominance as one of the greatest icons in women’s sports.

“This year for me was all about improving my consistency and having fun with my surfing,” Gilmore said. “From when I started five years ago to where we are now, women’s surfing has improved so much. It’s an honor to be back up top as these girls push me everyday and are all incredible surfers.”

Today’s incredible achievement puts the young natural-footer in an elite class of surfers to win five or more ASP World Titles, overtaking women’s records set by Freida Zamba (USA), Wendy Botha (AUS) and Lisa Andersen (USA). The only other two surfers in history to claim five or more titles are Kelly Slater (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

“I have an amazing support team between my family, friends, my shaper Darren Handley, my sponsors and all the people at Quiksilver,” Gilmore said. “To be able to do what we do and make a life out of surfing is a really blessed thing. Surfing is what motivates me to wake up each day and attempt to better myself.”

2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WINNER
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: Runner-Up
TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival : WINNER
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic: Equal 5th
Billabong Rio Pro: Equal 5th
Roxy Pro Biarritz: WINNER
Nike US Open of Surfing: TBD

Fellow finalist Wright put on an impressive display of surfing throughout the Roxy Pro Biarritz, besting Courtney Conlogue (USA), 19, and Coco Ho (HAW), 19, en route to today’s Finals. Unfortunately for Wright, her momentum didn’t transcend into the Final bout against Gilmore, but the tour sophomore was happy with her performance nonetheless.

“I feel pretty good,” Wright said. “I was so excited for Steph (Gilmore). She was ahead of me the whole time and with five minutes to go I was like, ‘you’ve done it!’ It’s incredible – she ripped the whole contest and didn’t lose one heat, she was shredding!”

Today’s Runner-Up finish at Grande Plage is a season best for Wright and vaults her from 5th to 3rd on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour rankings.

“I’m happy with how that season went,” Wright said. “I’m just enjoying myself! I feel it’s funner when I just messing around rather than be too serious. You know I love surfing and that’s about it.”

Carissa Moore (HAW) 19, was stopped in her effort to send the ASP Women’s World Title race to the final event in California by eventual winner and newly-crowned Champion Stephanie Gilmore in a very exciting Semifinal that saw the lead change hands several times before the Australian managed to find two high-scoring rides, putting a nail in Moore’s coffin. The Hawaiian placing third in Biarritz has reduced the gap between her and the second place on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour rankings and she looking forward to the last event of 2012.

“I’m pretty happy,” Moore said. “Obviously I would have loved to surf another final but it’s still pretty good. I think the women’s level has come a long way, but honestly today it was more a matter of being in the right spot and getting in a good rythmn and it’s tough if you don’t get to find the good opportunities and another person does. I’m always looking forward to competing so I’m really looking forward to going to the US Open and hopefully I’ll get a good performance there.”

Coco Ho (HAW) 21, was responsible for the biggest upset today when she defeated Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, in this morning’s Quarterfinals. Ho was later stopped by runner-up Tyler Wright in the semis, not able to find the highest scoring rides in a wind affected line-up. Finishing equal third in Biarritz, Ho confirms her newly found rythmn after a brilliant second place in the previous event in Brazil.

“I’m stoked it feels good to be able to get through those tough first rounds and be able to back up my last good result”, Ho said. “It was close but I’m stoked with the overall result. We’re really lucky the conditions came together for us today, ‘Grande Plage’ offered us some really good potential and it was just a matter of positioning so we’re stoked we’re really lucky.”

After a slow start to her fourth season at the elite level, Ho recently regrouped and started showing consistence placing fifth in Sydney, second in Rio and third today in France improving on her quarter-final result in the same event last year.

“Starting this year I had two 13th and I never even had that result before so it was pretty frustrating. I think it kind of just woke me up, made me put my head down and really fight for it!”

Highlights from the Roxy Pro Biarritz will be available via http://roxylive.com/roxyprobiarritz/2012/

The next stop on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour will be the Nike US Open of Surfing from July 30 – August 5, 2012.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

ROXY PRO BIARRITZ FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.53
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.10

ROXY PRO BIARRITZ SEMI-FINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.66 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 9.37
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.50

ROXY PRO BIARRITZ QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.37 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.53
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.60 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 8.76
QF 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.57 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.00
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.33 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 12.07

ROXY PRO BIARRITZ ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.40 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.50
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.67 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.77
Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.10 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.16
Heat 4: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.13 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8.66

CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WCT TOP 5 (After Roxy Pro Biarritz):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 48,400 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 42,100 pts
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 36,700 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 36,700 pts
5. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 34,800 pts


A Two Wave Total. Starring Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Laura Enever, Tyler Wright, Rebecca Woods & Nikki Van Dijk. Presented by Surfing Australia.

A TWO WAVE TOTAL – Presented by Surfing Australia

Directed and Edited by Curtis Redden

A Two Wave Total follows Australia’s leading female surfers as they chase glory on the Australian leg of the ASP World Tour. Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Laura Enever, Tyler Wright, Rebecca Woods and junior star Nikki Van Dijk put it all on the line in front of their home fans at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney.

A Two Wave Total is a behind the scenes look at Australia’s elite female surfers and their bid for the 2012 ASP World Title. A new initiative by the Australian Sports Commission to increase the exposure and reach of women’s sport in Australian media. This program will ensure that more Australians get to see wider coverage of exciting women’s surfing.

If I could summarize this beautifully put together 43-minute film, it would be that Australian surfing will be on top for years to come while American competitive surfing (current WT stars excluded) will continue to lag behind. A momentary glimpse of top pros like Steph Gilmore and Tyler Wright explaining strategy and technique to a room full of wide-eyed Australian girl groms is proof enough that we’re way behind our counterparts down under when it comes to teamwork, training and support for young athletes. A Two Wave Total is a polished, sometimes raw, and wonderful movie for fans of women’s professional surfing. We have our fingers crossed for a follow-up covering the back half of the 2012 Tour. Well done Surfing Australia! -Chris Grant

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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.


World’s Best Female Surfers Light Up Manly Beach at the Australian Open of Surfing Presented by Hurley & Billabong

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Laura Enever is off to a flying start at the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly scoring two excellent rides of a 9.1 and an 8.5 in her opening round heat win today. Photo © ASP/Dunbar
Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW/AUS) is off to a flying start at the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly scoring two excellent rides of a 9.1 and an 8.5 in her opening round heat win today. © ASP/Dunbar





World’s Best Female Surfers Light Up Manly Beach at the Australian Open Of Surfing

MANLY, NSW/Australia (Monday, 13 February, 2012) – Today the Australian Open Of Surfing at Manly Beach presented by Hurley and Billabong saw the world’s best female surfers hit the water and put on an impressive show for the revellers on the beach and online. With critical points and prize money on offer the competition was fierce for the opening round of the women’s ASP 6-Star division.

Laura Enever (AUS), the Sydney Northern Beaches local showed that a six month break from competition hasn’t slowed her down, posting a massive 17.60 (out of a possible 20) in her opening heat of 2012. Enever finished 10th in the world in her rookie year competing for the ASP Women’s World Title last year, and has been working hard in the off season to improve on that for 2012.

“These are the best waves I’ve ever had at Manly!” Enever said. “It’s been a long time since my last heat last year, so I started to prepare early this year because I remember how fast it all goes. I guess that preparation has paid off because I felt good, I had a clear mind and felt like I was surfing well, so I’m stoked to start the year off that way. It’s also great to have the hometown support with friends and family here on the beach.”

Lakey Peterson (USA) went from 4th place to first in the last 5 minutes of her opening round heat at the ASP Women’s 6-Star Australian Open Of Surfing today, thanks to two impressive rides. This was Peterson’s first heat since her Runner-Up finish at the US Open in August last year.

“This is actually where I leant to surf when I was 5-years-old at Manly Surf school,” Peterson said. “I love coming back here because it’s where I stood up on my first wave and it brings back great memories. That heat was scary, I was never in the right spot, but I’m stoked to get the score. I’m just hoping I’ve had my bad start, and that it’s all up from here.”

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), runner-up to the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title was on point for her first heat of 2012. Surfing with an injured left wrist didn’t hamper her performance, as she posted the highest heat total of the day – 17.83 (out of a possible 20).

“It’s great to be here in Sydney for the Australian Open!” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in the water because of my wrist, so it’s great to be getting back into it. This is a great warm-up for the first ASP Women’s World Title event on the Gold Coast. The wrist is feeling good, I’ve got a little guard on it to help stand-up and duck dive. It’s mending slowly and I’m expecting that it should be alright by the Roxy Pro.”

Coco Ho (HAW) used her powerful and stylish approach to claim an easy win in her opening heat at the Australian Open Of Surfing today. Ho is excited to be back in Australian for the start of the 2012 ASP World Tour leg.

“It feels amazing to be here and have our first event of the year be one of this magnitude, it’s huge!” Ho said. “I’m so excited for this first event, my adrenaline is going and I’m psyched for the whole year. I’m lucky that during the downtime a lot at the action was at home in Hawaii, I also took some time off to go snowboarding. But since then I’ve been training and working hard to get ready for 2012.”

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) caused the upset of the day eliminating Tyler Wright (AUS), 2011 ASP Women’s Rookie Of The Year Tyler Wright. Buitendag scoured the line-up and found the best waves of the heat and surfed smooth and sharp.

“The conditions were quite tricky in that heat,” Buitendag said. “The tide is really high right now, the waves looked great earlier, but they’re a bit of a gamble at the moment. This is my first year competing after finishing school and I’m looking forward to just surfing my brains out and trying to get some good results.”

Bethany Hamilton (Kauai, Hawaii) was eliminated in a tight heat this morning. Hamilton surfed strong, but was out of sync with the ocean and was unable to find the waves that offered the most scoring potential.

Tomorrow the Australian Open Of Surfing will see the start of the Men’s ASP 6-Star rated event 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.


Lee-Ann Curren and Sally Fitzgibbons’ tennis lesson with Bethanie Mattek-Sands

As fans of surfing AND tennis, we couldn’t help but post this clip of Lee-Ann Curren and Sally Fitzgibbons getting a quick tennis lesson from American tennis player, Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Awesome tennis court location…atop a shopping mall in France!

More Bethanie Mattek-Sands video clips at Xperia Hot Shots YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/xperiahotshots


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

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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

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ASP Int’l Confirms Roxy Pro in Biarritz to ASP Women’s World Title Schedule

For Immediate Release

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

Roxy Pro Biarritz
ASP Women’s World Title Event 6 of 7
Biarritz, France
July 11 – 17, 2011

Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP / ROBERTSON
Pictured: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, will continue her 2011 campaign at the newly-minted Roxy Pro in Biarritz. Credit: © ASP / ROBERTSON

ASP International Confirms Roxy Pro in Biarritz to ASP Women’s World Title Schedule

VILLA BELZA, Biarritz/France (Thursday, April 28, 2011) –ASP International and Roxy are proud to confirm that the ASP Women’s Longboard World Title (WLT) event that traditionally comes to Biarritz during July will be joined this year by the ASP Top 17 as well as wildcard Lee-Ann Curren (FRA), 20, for the sixth event of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season, the Roxy Pro Biarritz.

The newly-minted event offers a dream line-up, including reigning four-time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, current ASP Women’s World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, 2010 ASP Women’s World Runner-Up Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, lethal rookie Tyler Wright (AUS), 17, as well as the remainder of the ASP Top 17.

The world’s best female surfers will surf alongside the some of the world’s best noseriders, including Jennifer Smith (USA) double World Champion and icon of the discipline, Kassia Meador (USA).

The two competitions will be run during the same period. The Roxy Jam will be renamed the Roxy Pro for this occasion. On the longboard side, the girls will compete in the first of two legs of the ASP Women’s World Longboard Circuit in Biarritz on the Cote des Basques, whilst the surfers will compete in their penultimate event of the season at nearby Villa Belza, or at one of neighboring spots, which will have a mobile structure to have the best wave conditions.

The Roxy Pro, July 11th – 17th July in Biarritz:
· First of two legs of the ASP Women’s World Longboard Championship 2011.
· Sixth and penultimate event of the ASP World Shortboard Championship 2011.

The Roxy Pro in Biarritz will be webcast LIVE via www.roxy.com

The Roxy Pro in Biarritz will exist as the penultimate event on the current 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season:

- Roxy Pro Gold Coast (won by Carissa Moore)
- Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach (won by Sally Fitzgibbons)
- Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival in New Zealand
- Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney
- Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil
- Roxy Pro in Biarritz
- US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach

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