Notes from the Sand: The 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro Lives Up to Its Name

[ WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS GRANT ]

When the final autographs had been signed and the tents were beginning to come down, I sat in my car and wrote the following post on Facebook:

“We’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and would have thought a surf contest would be the last place we’d find refreshment. How wrong we were. Watching hundreds of young girls cautiously approach their favorite pro surfers only to be welcomed with graciousness, smiles and thoughtful words was not only heart-warming, but it was extremely inspirational as well. The ear-to-ear smiles, the sparkling eyes of youth, and the skips down the beach clutching a newly autographed hat or piece of paper would have warmed the heart of even the most grumpy, anti-contest surfer.

Hearty congrats to the comp winner, Malia Manuel, and to Supergirl for putting on such an amazing event. From what I saw from my vantage point on the beach, the surfers didn’t only showcase the current state of women’s high performance surfing, they also inspired an entire generation of girl groms who no doubt are dreaming of riding waves of their own one day soon. Very, very well done!”

It’s been a week since the Supergirl Pro wrapped up and I wanted to share a couple of observations from one of the most important contests on the women’s circuit.


The Kids
Like all surf contests, ratings points were at stake, money was up for grabs, and the prized Supergirl cape was going to be awarded to the winner. Indeed, all of those things happened but what I remember most were the kids, the thousands of kids that made this event so special. At the end of each heat they’d be waiting at the water’s edge for a photo, an autograph, or a smile from every single one of the Supergirl competitors. What warmed my heart the most was seeing that this was far from a one-way street as the surfers appeared to enjoy the exchanges as much as the kids did themselves. It’s difficult to sum up in one photo but the image of Bruna Schmitz below does it for me. 100% pure stoke and respect in every direction.

Bruna Schmitz shares a moment with two surf-stoked kids at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Bruna Schmitz shares a moment with two of the thousands of surf-stoked kids in attendance at the Supergirl Pro.


Bethany Hamilton
The debacle that followed the US Open earlier this summer didn’t have anything to do with the surfers or surfing as the mayhem was caused by kooks just looking for trouble. Nevertheless, even after the porta-potties were turned right-side-up and the broken glass was swept from the streets, surfing itself received another black eye in the press and elsewhere. We need heroes, not jerks, and when Bethany Hamilton walked onto the sand at Oceanside for the first time, it was living proof of that fact. The energy she brought to the Supergirl Pro was contagious and her surfing was inspirational, if not mind-blowing. My favorite part of the Bethany story at the Supergirl Pro was when beach announcer David Stanfield asked the crowd, “Who’s here to watch Bethany Hamilton surf?” Hundreds of cheers and hands were raised up and down the beach and as I glanced out to sea I also saw my good friend, the always classic Bec Woods, raise hers as well—while she was still out in her heat.

Unbelievable lines for the Bethany Hamilton signing at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: The incredible line to get Bethany Hamilton’s autograph snaked under the pier, up the ramp, back around, and then extended all the way to Pacific Street.


Alessa Quizon
I first saw Alessa Quizon surf at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. back in 2011 and immediately became a fan of her casual yet progressive style of surfing. She reminded me so much of my good friend, Shea Hodges, also a crazy-good Hawaiian goofyfoot, that I immediately contacted Shea after the event to tell her I saw what looked to be her surfing twin doing the same layback snaps and fins-free surfing that she was doing. Fast forward to the Supergirl Pro and Alessa absolutely blew minds from her first heat onward. She didn’t hold back at all and her surfing throughout the event was on-edge, risky, and go-for-broke (including the flip pictured below that she was very close to pulling). Her luck ran out in the semifinals but it was clear to me that this particular Supergirl doesn’t need a cape to fly.

Ultra-progressive surfing courtesy of Hawaii's Alessa Quizon at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: You could feel the entire beach collectively hold its breath as Alessa grabbed, rotated, and pushed women’s performance surfing another leap forward.


Nikki Van Dijk
As radical as Alessa was, halfway through the event I was convinced that Nikki Van Dijk would be one of the surfers on the winner’s podium. While Oceanside Pier delivers punchy peaks much of the year, a big south swell in June created a big deep spot between the inside and outside sections requiring an approach that is typically used in Huntington Beach. After pulling a move or two on the outside, a surfer is forced to either “Huntington Hop”, kick out, or weave cutbacks to make it to the inside section. While many surfers were getting stuck in the deep spot, Nikki weaved effortlessly from section to section with absolutely zero loss of speed before throwing some explosive finishing moves in the shorebreak. Nikki fell just short in the quarterfinals but her last wave with only seconds on the clock was one of the highlights of the event to me. The score was a touch less than she needed but the last ditch effort was a show of high performance heat surfing at its best.

Australia's Nikki  Van Dijk, one of the strongest competitors throughout the week at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Australia’s Nikki Van Dijk, a standout all weekend long, consistently finished her waves with a flourish.


Tatiana Weston-Webb
She lost out in a stacked heat when she came unglued on a late lip blast but make no mistake, Tatiana Weston-Webb is a surfer to watch closely in the very near future. The World Junior Champion throws big hooks both frontside and backside and had it not been for that fall, quite possibly could have found herself on the podium.

She didn't win this year but Tatiana Weston-Webb was one of the strongest competitors at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Throughout the event, Tatiana Weston-Webb, the current World Junior Champion, threw several solid hooks on the outside sandbar.


The South American Contingent
The most enthusiastic crew of surfers at the Supergirl Pro were from South America and it was awesome to see them both on the beach as well as at Marina Zawisza’s Latin America-based surf film, “3 Killas y un Kiwi” which premiered at Linksoul on Friday night. Silvana Lima, Dominic Barona, Anali Gomez, Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Rosanny Alvarez, Adriana Cano, and Bruna Schmitz all shredded and it was fun to hear loud cheering throughout the event coming from their stretch of beach.

I should probably leave well enough alone, but Silvana Lima riding a virtually sponsorless board? Come on brands, if you truly are “surf” companies, why not back a surfer who’s one of the best on the planet. Ask any number of people standing on the beach during the Supergirl, in terms of pure progression, Silvana stands atop a very short list of surfers. It’s time one of you takes a stand. A surfer standing up on a board plastered with your logos who can barely do a turn doesn’t do anything for the authenticity of your brand. Sponsor Silvana and bring some legitimacy back to your image. Trust me, you need it.

Silvana Lima displays nice edge work on a set wave at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Brasil’s Silvana Lima displays nice edge work on the final day of the Supergirl Pro.


Pre-Heat Warm-Ups
While 3.8 million people have watched Anastasia Ashley’s pre-heat warm-up on YouTube, the one I enjoyed the most was Dimity Stoyle, shown here leaping almost as high as she is tall. The explosive Australian is currently ranked 2nd on the ASP Women’s World Rankings and looks to be a solid addition to next year’s World Championship Tour. Watch Dimity surf here.

Dimity Stoyle's pre-heat ritual at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Dimity Stoyle’s pre-heat warm-up as NOT seen on YouTube.


Malia Manuel: Supergirl
Like so many stories that were played out during the Supergirl Pro, Malia Manuel’s had a great ending as well. The 3x runner-up surfed virtually flawless heats throughout the event and used her spray-throwing backside snaps to nail down the title this year. Even through the late afternoon glare, you could see her smile a mile away as she walked onto the beach with her arms held high in the air. As the spray settled and the crowds parted, the young Hawaiian was 3,500 points stronger in the ASP Women’s World Rankings, $8,000 richer, and most importantly, the newest owner of the beloved, pink Supergirl cape.

The moment of victory for Malia Manuel at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Malia Manuel, 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro Champion.

Final Scribbles…
While it’s impossible to mention everything, I want to thank Supergirl and all their sponsors for bringing this amazing event to Oceanside each year. Nowhere else in North America provides a venue for so many international pros and young shredders to compete on the same playing field. The Supergirl Pro gave a talented, underground, California local like Demi Boelsterli the opportunity to advance through round after round on a world stage and it provided a tiny but formidable Hawaiian 14-year-old by the name of Kahanu Delovio the chance to give people a glimpse into surfing’s future. Thank you to all the surfers who put on such amazing performances and a special congratulations to Paige Hareb, the Supergirl Pro runner-up, who ripped her way to yet another deserving Finals appearance. To the general public who came out in droves this year to support the women, you have our hearty appreciation. Along with the surfers, sponsors, lifeguards, police, event organizers, and the City of Oceanside, you made the 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro truly, truly super.

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Ornella Pellizzari stars in Marina Zawisza's new film, 3 Killas y un Kiwi. Photo by Marina Zawisza.

“3 Killas y un Kiwi” Premieres Friday, August 2, in Oceanside. Marina Zawisza’s Film Stars Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Simone Zea, and Paige Hareb.

3 Killas y un Kiwi - a Latin American surf film by Marina Zawisza  starring Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Simone Zea, and Paige Hareb.

If you’re in the Oceanside area Friday night, come check out Marina Zawisza’s new surf film, “3 Killas y un Kiwi.” The film stars Sofia Mulanovich (Peru), Ornella Pellizzari (Argentina), Simone Zea (Venezuela) and Paige Hareb (New Zealand) and is the first film to focus on Latin American female surfers. Shot on location in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, California, and Hawaii, 3 Killas y un Kiwi features stunning visuals and locations not normally seen in typical surf films. Surfers attending the Oceanside premiere include Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Paige Hareb, Anali Gomez, and Mimi Barona.


3 Killas y un Kiwi Premiere Details:

Where: Linksoul Lab, 530 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, California
When: Friday, August 2, 2013. Doors open at 7:30pm; Film starts at 8:30pm
Cost: $10 donation includes free beer, juice, water, and a raffle ticket. For the raffle, we have one surfboard, hats, shorts, tees, DVD, 72 free t-shirt print from Psylo Graphics, and autographed artwork. All profits will be donated to Granito de Arena.



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2013 Ford Supergirl Pro Presented by Paul Mitchell - event poster

2013 Ford Supergirl Pro Presented by Paul Mitchell – Oceanside Pier, August 2-4, 2013

2013 Ford Supergirl Pro Presented by Paul Mitchell - event poster

FORD SUPERGIRL PRO FACTS

Background:
For the past 7 years, the Supergirl Jam Series has been the only large-scale all-girls action sports competition and lifestyle series. Developed as a celebration of female empowerment, the Supergirl Jam features the top female athletes in skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding competing as well as a variety of girl-power activities at three events.

Date/Venue:
August 2-4, 2013 at the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, CA

TV Coverage:
Six (6) hours of national television coverage on Fox Sports Net (FSN)

Digital:
The event will be live streamed across several action sports and surfing web sites. In addition, clips from the event will be distributed to a number of industry and general market sites.

Attendance:
25,000

Talent:
One Hundred (100) of the world’s top female pros will compete in the largest field of any female surfing event in the world. Some of the world-class pros expected to appear include Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, Courtney Conlogue, Lakey Peterson, Malia Manuel, Alana Blanchard, Laura Enever, Sage Erickson, Sofia Mulanovich, Paige Hareb, Bethany Hamilton and many more.

History:
2013 is the 7th year of the Supergirl Jam series.

Sanction:
The event is part of the ASP World Tour and will be the only 6-Star Women’s event in North America.

Festival:
Includes a surf industry and sustainability village, live music, seminars, yoga, fashion, fitness, autographs from the pros, free hair styling by Paul Mitchell, and other female-oriented activities.

Cause Partner:
The event supports several eco-awareness and women’s organizations, such as the Surfrider Foundation, Girls Inc, and Boarding 4 Breast Cancer.



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Ford Supergirl Pro Heading to Oceanside August 2-4 for 6-Star Event

FORD SUPERGIRL PRO HEADS TO OCEANSIDE, CALIF. AUG. 2 – 4 FOR ONLY ASP 6-STAR FEMALE EVENT IN NORTH AMERICA

Bethany Hamilton, Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson and Alana Blanchard Among 100+ Pros Competing in World’s Largest Female Surf Event

Ford Supergirl Pro, Oceanside, California - Supergirl Event Sponsors

Los Angeles, Calif. (July 9, 2012) – ASA Entertainment announced today that the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro presented by Paul Mitchell will take place for the second consecutive year at the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, Calif. from August 2-4, 2013. Admission to the event is free.

The Ford Supergirl Pro will serve as the lone women’s ASP qualifying event scheduled in North America for the 2013 season and plays a critical role for surfers looking to solidify their position on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT).

“With the Ford Supergirl Pro currently representing the only women’s qualifying event in America, this contest is extremely important in the girls’ qualification process for next year’s WCT,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, ASP Women’s Tour Manager said. “Since this event falls towards the end of the women’s qualifying season, results at the Ford Supergirl Pro could be make-or-break for girls on the qualifying bubble.”

In addition to being the only Women’s Star event in North America, the Ford Supergirl Pro will also be the largest female contest in the world with 100 of the world’s top female pros committed to compete. Some of the world-class surfers participating in the 2013 event include Bethany Hamilton (Lihue, HI), Carissa Moore (Honolulu, HI), Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, CA), Coco Ho (Oahu, HI), Laura Enever (Sydney, Australia), Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), Paige Hareb (New Plymouth, NZ), Sofia Mulanovich (Lima, Peru), Sage Erickson (Malibu, CA) and Alana Blanchard (Kauai, HI).

“I am so excited about competing in the Ford Supergirl Pro,” said Pro Surfer Bethany Hamilton, the subject of the hit movie, Soul Surfer. “Women’s surfing is really exciting at the moment, and to be part of such an important event in the US for women’s surfing is awesome!”

Ford’s Fiesta has signed on as the title sponsor for the 2013 contest, as part of the “Fiesta Movement” – an innovative campaign that puts 100 social influencers in new 2014 Fiestas to help showcase the car’s unique personality and attributes.
“We’re very excited about the Ford Supergirl Pro competition,” said Keith Koeppen, Ford advertising and media manager. “To us, this is more than just a sponsorship; it’s a way for us to work together to support the sport.”

The event marks the sixth year of Supergirl’s support of women’s surfing. Prior to becoming a 6-Star event in 2012, the Supergirl Pro Junior was one of the world’s largest Pro Junior competitions. Several of today’s top WCT pros are former Supergirl Pro Junior finalists, including Courtney Conlogue, Coco Ho, Carissa Moore, Malia Manuel, Lakey Peterson and Sage Erickson.

“We are really excited about the expansion of the Ford Supergirl Pro in 2013 and the record-breaking field of women participating,” said Rick Bratman, CEO of ASA Entertainment, the event’s management company and one of the leading producers of action sports event and television programming in the US. “We have been supporting women’s surfing for many years, and with tremendous partners like Ford, Paul Mitchell, GoBank and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, we are expecting 2013 to be the best Supergirl event ever as well as a building block for future women’s events in the US.”

The Ford Supergirl Pro will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net (FSN) Friday, October 18 at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. There will be a live webcast from the event on Sunday, August 4, that will be shown on several surf industry web sites.

“The Supergirl Jam series is the living embodiment of female empowerment, bringing together an amazing group of female athletes across multiple sports,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “The strength, style, and skill these athletes bring to the event is such an inspiration to young women everywhere and we’re thrilled to have the Supergirl S-Shield at the forefront once again.”

In addition to presenting the best female surfing on the planet, the event supports an eco-awareness platform that will feature more than 10 sustainability organizations as well as a surf industry village, live music, seminars, yoga, fashion, autographs from the pros, free hair styling by Paul Mitchell and other female-oriented activities.

The event will run on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, August 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ford Supergirl Pro presented by Paul Mitchell is the second event of the 2013 Supergirl Jam Series, the action sports industry’s largest all-female competition and lifestyle series, featuring more than 150 female pros in surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. For more detailed information on the Ford Supergirl Pro, please visit www.SupergirlJam.com or www.asaentertainment.com.

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About ASA Entertainment:
Founded in 1994, ASA Entertainment Group, LLC is an action sports event, television and content production agency focused on creating and executing customized, turn-key marketing programs that range in scale from grassroots to global. ASA’s events, featuring skateboarding, freestyle BMX, inline skating, freestyle motocross, snowboarding, surfing and music, are broadcast domestically on eight networks (including CBS and Fox Sports Net), and distributed to more than 700 million HH globally via 30 international broadcast partners. ASA’s productions span the spectrum from large, international competitions such as the ASA Action Sports World Tour, the World Championships of Freestyle Motocross, The Supergirl Jam Series and the ASA Big-Air Triples to amateur contests, lifestyle and branded entertainment events, demonstrations, exhibitions, school programs and mobile tours. After 17 years as a leader in action sports, ASA Entertainment regularly connects brands to consumers through its platform of premium action sports and lifestyle content. For more information, visit ASAentertainment.com or ActionSportsTour.com.

About ASP:
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

About Ford Motor Company:
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 175,000 employee and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products:
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Comics:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

SUPERGIRL and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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Media Contacts:
Jennifer Chidester
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Bobby Shadley
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)
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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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Ice, Ice, Baby: An Icelandic Surf Journey
Pauline Ado, Amandine Sanchez, Sofia Mulanovich, Jessi Miley-Dyer & Lee-Ann Curren

Iceland photos with Pauline Ado, Amandine Sanchez, Sofia Mulanovich, Jessi Miley-Dyer, and Lee-Ann Curren.

Description:
“I never thought I’d be in such a beautiful place. If you want to see pure beauty and feel like you’re part of something bigger, then you should go to Iceland. I feel like this trip is the end of something but also the start of something better.” Join five great friends as they travel to Iceland to enjoy a truly unique surfing experience with landscapes that can’t be experienced anywhere else on earth.

Film Edit:
Lee-Ann Curren

Audio:
1 – “Iceland Video Theme” – Performed by Lee-Ann Curren
2 – “So Long To All The People” – Performed by Charphill
3 – “Television” – Performed by Betty The Shark – bettytheshark.com
4 – “Party Baer” – Performed by Hermigervill
5 – “End Of The Road” – Performed by Lee-Ann Curren


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

For Immediate Release

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


2012 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro – Oceanside Pier, August 9-11. Free to attend, no ticket required.

2012 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, Oceanside Pier, August 9-11, 2012

EVENT OVERVIEW:
For the past six years, the Supergirl Jam Series has been the only large-scale all-girls action sports competition and lifestyle series. Developed as a celebration of female empowerment, the Supergirl Jam features the top female athletes in surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding competing at three events.

In 2012, the Supergirl Jam is expanding with the launch of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, the ONLY 6-Star Women’s Tour Surf Contest in North America. It will feature the largest field of professional surfing talent of any event in the world with more than 80 top pros competing.

DATE:
August 9-11, 2012

VENUE
Oceanside Pier (South Side), Oceanside, California

COMPETITIONS
There are three days of surfing heats that lead to head-to-head competition between the world’s best female surfers. The event is an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star event so it offers valuable points for surfers to qualify into the Women’s Championship Tour in 2013.

TICKETS
The event is free to attend and no ticket is required.

SCHEDULE
Day 1: Thursday, Aug 9, 8:00a – 4:00p
– Round 1 (4 Heats @ 20 Min; 1.33 hours)
– Round 2 (6 Heats @ 20 Min; 2 hours)
– Round 3 (6 Heats @ 20 Min; 2 hours)
– Round 4 (6 Heats @ 25 Min; 2.5 hours)

Day 2: Friday, Aug 10, 10:30a – 3:30p

– Round 4 (6 Heats @ 25 Min; 2.5 hours)
– Round 5 (6 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 2.5 Hours)

Day 3: Saturday, Aug 11, 11:00a – 4:00p

– Round 6 (4 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 1.66 Hours)
– Quarter-Finals (4 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 1.66 Hours)
– Semi-Finals (2 Heats @ 25 Minutes; .83 Hours)
– Final (1 Heat @ 30 Minutes; .5 Hours)

TV COVERAGE

The event features a minimum of eleven (11) hours of television coverage in the US:

• 6 hours of coverage on Fox Sports Net
• 5 hours of coverage on Fuel TV

INTERNET

There will be a live stream hosted at several sites TBA

Information about the event can be obtained at www.supergirljam.com

COMPETING PROS

The event features eighty (80) of the top professional female surfers in the world, including 13 of the top 16 ranked pros. It is the largest field of talent of any female surfing event in the world.

Following is a partial list of the top pros that have registered to compete in this international field of talent, including ASP World Tour stars Tyler Wright (New South Wales, AU), Laura Enever (Sydney, Australia), Carissa Moore (Honolulu, HI), Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), Coco Ho (Oahu, HI), Rebecca Woods (New South Wales, AU), Paige Hareb (New Plymouth, NZ), Sofia Mulanovich (Lima, Peru), Pauline Ado (Bayonne, France), Justine Dupont (Lacanau, France) and Sage Erickson (Malibu, CA) as well as other favorites such as Alana Blanchard, Bruna Schmitz and Erica Hosseini.

AUTOGRAPHS
There will autograph signings and numerous chances for surf fans to meet their favorite pros throughout the weekend.

HISTORY
This is the 1st year of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro and the 6th year of the Supergirl Jam Series.

EVENT MANAGER
The event is owned and managed by ASA Entertainment.


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.


3 Killas y Un Kiwi. A Marina Zawisza Film Starring Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Simone Zea & Paige Hareb. Film Trailer.

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3 Killas y Un Kiwi is the first video of its kind, an introduction of Latin American female surfing to the world. Surfing world champion Sofia Mulanovich from Peru, Simone Zea from Venezuela, and Ornella Pellizzari from Argentina lead an army of shredders that carve their way through waves and life.

Even though Sofia Mulanovich paved the way for Latin American girls, it is still a tough road to follow. Since most of the talent goes unnoticed we decided it was time to share their skills with the rest of the world. Latin America is not the only place were female surfing has not received the international recognition it deserves. Paige Hareb from New Zealand is one of the few women who surfs in her country, therefore we decided to add a little sweet and tasty flavor to our mix and invite a Kiwi to participate in this adventure. With their strength, talent and beauty these women will be a great inspiration to any young girl watching. Shot on great locations such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, California and Hawaii the diversity of images is a gift to the eye.

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Es un video único, una introducción del surf femenino latinoamericano al mundo. Campeona mundial Sofia Mulanovich de Perú, Simone Zea de Venezuela y Ornella Pellizzari de Argentina guían a un ejercito de mujeres que dibujan sus vidas sobre miles de olas al rededor del planeta.

Aún cuando Sofia abrió una buena vía para el resto de las latinas el camino a seguir no es nada fácil. Como la mayoría del talento en nuestros países pasa por desapercibido, nosotras decidimos que ya era el momento de compartir las habilidades de estas chicas con el resto del mundo. América Latina no es el único lugar que no recibe el reconocimiento internacional que se merece. Paige Hareb de Nueva Zelanda es una de las pocas mujeres que surfea en su país, por esta razón decidimos agregar un poquito de sabor extranjero a nuestro menjurje e invitamos a este kiwi a participar en nuestra aventura. Con su fuerza, talento y belleza estas mujeres se convierten en una inspiración para cualquier chica que las vea. Filmado en locaciones fantásticas como Mexico, Costa Rica, Perú, Panamá, Puerto Rico, California y Hawaii la diversidad de imagenes es un regalo para nuestros ojos.

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Hawaiian Coco Ho Wins Legendary Pacific Coast Pro at Merewether Beach

Coco Ho, winner of the 2011 Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / BartlettPictured: Coco Ho, winner of the 2011 Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Bartlett.

Hawaii’s Coco Ho wins Legendary Pacific Coast Pro

Legendary Pacific Coast Pro winner, Coco Ho, in early round action. Photo © ASP / Larkman.HAWAII’S COCO HO has won the Association of Surfing Professionals ASP) 6 Star Women’s World Tour Legendary Pacific Coast Pro in association with Commonwealth Bank held in excellent 1.5m (4 to 5 feet) surf at Merewether Beach today.

The 19 year-old Hawaiian took control in the final early when she opened with a strong scoring 7.33 ride which was the finals top scoring and decisive winning ride.

Final scores for their top two scoring rides saw Coco Ho on 11.83 to Courtney Conlogue on 10.00.

“Fantastic to win here and the waves have been awesome for the girls– a six star event is really important to all of us and it feels like we’ve been treated to the best conditions all week” said Ho after her win.

“I focused on trying to select a good wave early – the waves shift about out there and you need to be selective – the strategy worked as my first wave was easily my best and I think that won the final for me.”

“It’s a good start the year for me – 5th on the Gold Coast was OK and winning here is a bonus – I’ll go back to Hawaii now and really freshen up before I return for Bells – I’ll go home feeling good after today’s win!”

Ho surfed great all day and took out current world number two ranked surfer Sally Fitzgibbons in the semi finals earlier today.

Coco Ho at the Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Larkman. Courtney Conlogue wailing on the closeout at the Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Larkman.

Sally Fitzgibbons ripped into a third place finish in the Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Larkman. 2004 World Champion starts off the year with a solid semifinal finish in the 2011 Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Larkman.

Top to bottom, left to right. Coco Ho; Courtney Conlogue; Sally Fitzgibbons; Sofia Mulanovich Credits: © ASP / Larkman

Conlogue (18 years/California/Santa Ana) was also in spectacular form today – her quarter final heat win over Australian young gun Tyler Wright included an almost perfect 9.97 ride, the events highest scoring ride to date.

“I’ve had a great day, could have been better in the final but I didn’t quite get the waves needed to win but overall I’m feeling great – It’s been an enjoyable event and the waves have been good to us!”

The Burton Toyota Pro Men’s number one seed Taj Burrow put on a display for the large Newcastle crowd who are turned out to see the current world number 2 ranked surfer in action.

Burrow flared with some of his typically critical above the lip turns along with his fast and super fluid style to easily dispose of Indonesia’s top ranked surfer Dede Suryana.

“I felt great out there, the waves are really good providing you chose the right wave – I can’t remember surfing Merewether before – I think I have once but it was a long time ago and it felt really good out there” said Burrow.

Burrow’s final turn in the heat was so committed it snapped his board in two and with seven minutes remaining he had established such a lead he elected not to paddle back out and left Suryana in the line-up along chasing a 9.33 to try and beat him.

“My boards feel great at the moment – that board that snapped was the one I won the Breaka Pro on at Burleigh – my back up board here is the one I finished second to Slater on at the Quiksilver Pro – that’s a special board that I’m sort of saving for Bells – it’s wrapped in cotton wool and I don’t want to ride it just yet so I’ll source a few back up boards over night for tomorrow’s finals here.”

In tomorrow’s round of 16 Taj will face exciting Gold Coast youngster Thomas Woods who earlier today shut down the last of the local hopes in Jake Sylvester who resides at near-by Bar Beach in Newcastle.

A full day of action tomorrow in the Burton Toyota Pro and to win the event the champion will be required to surf through four gruelling heats.

The action will begin at 8:00am at Merewether and the waves are again forecast to be really good.

Legendary Pacific Coast Pro Women’s Results -

Final: 1st Coco Ho (Hawaii) 2nd Courtney Conlogue (USA)

Semi Final 1: 1st Coco Ho (HAW), 2nd Sally Fitzgibbons (AUST)

Semi Final 2: 1st Courtney Conlogue (USA), 2nd Sofia Mulanovich (Peru)

The event is live webcast via www.aspaustralasia.com/live/2011/surfest and all results and heat draws across both men’s and women’s can be found on this site.

Fitzgibbons, Lima & Mulanovich Gear Up for Roxy Pro Gold Coast

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, 2010 ASP Women's World Runner-Up, will kickstart her 2011 ASP Women's World Title campaign at the upcoming Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover. Photo: ASP / Cestari.
Pictured: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, 2010 ASP Women’s World Runner-Up, will kickstart her 2011 ASP Women’s World Title campaign at the upcoming Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover. Photo Credit: © ASP / CESTARI



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ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) INTERNATIONAL

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover
ASP World Title Event No. 1 of 11
Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover
ASP Women’s World Title Event No. 1 of 7
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
February 26 – March 9, 2011

Sally Fitzgibbons, Silvana Lima and Sofia Mulanovich Gear Up for Roxy Pro Gold Coast

GOLD COAST, Queensland/Australia (Tuesday, February 22, 2011) –The ASP Top 17 will spring back into action this weekend for the opening event of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover.

Boasting a waiting period of February 26 through March 9, 2011, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast will feature the world’s best female surfers as they start their respective campaigns for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title.

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, 2010 ASP Women’s World Runner-Up, is keen to get back into the competition singlet following an off season spent traipsing up and down the Eastern seaboard of Australia.

“I’ve really enjoyed my off season at home,” Fitzgibbons said. “It seemed to fly by so fast and now we are already gearing up for the Roxy Pro. I managed to get all my wisdom teeth pulled out in my time off and spent some time at Snapper when the cyclone swells hit. I surfed and trained up and down the South Coast and I taught one of my heroes, tennis star Martina Navratilova, how to surf.”

Fitzgibbons will be honoured as the ASP Women’s World Runner-Up at the ASP World Surfing Awards on the Gold Coast this Thursday.

“I had a really exciting year in 2010 and learned so much,” Fitzgibbons said. “I came close to a few wins throughout the year, so I now know the things I have to do to take that extra step and win. I was happy with my consistency last year and finishing at World Number 2 is something to be proud of. I will carry the confidence from that into the upcoming season. I will keep pushing to improve my performance throughout the 2011 World Tour.”

Coming off a banner year in 2010, Fitzgibbons will look to firmly cement her reputation as and ASP Women’s World Title contender this season.

“My motivations to start the season are as always: that I love competing and surfing with the World’s Best and that I want to be World Champion,” Fitzgibbons said. “My goals will be to keep improving my surfing through the year, to win a few events would be amazing and soak up all the excitement that comes with being on the World Tour. I want to enjoy my travels and explore along the way, I’m hoping to find some waves that I haven’t yet surfed. I’m really excited for the upcoming event as I like watching everyone and the new rookies and seeing who’s switched on for a great year.”

Fitzgibbons will face rookie Laura Enever (AUS), 19, and replacement surfer Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), 28, in Round 1 of the Roxy Pro.

Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, former ASP Women’s World Runner-Up, spent the off season recharging at home in Brazil, but the progressive Brazilian is keen to return to competition to take on the new generation of talent.

“Staying home with family is very good,” Lima said. “I trained hard and I have some new equipment and I’m very excited to get the new season.Last year, I didn’t start very well. After a few events, Iimproved, but the beginning of the year hurt me with a better result this year will not repeat the same mistake, I will give my best to accomplish my big dream. I’m anxious to see the new generation. It excites me greatly. I want to see radical surfing.”

Limabattles Rebecca Woods (AUS), 26, and Pauline Ado (FRA), 20, in the opening round of competition.
Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 27, former ASP Women’s World Champion, was another South American to capitalize on her native waves during the break, refining her abilities and working on her fitness.

“I have been home all my off season,” Mulanovich said. “The waves have been amazing here, there has no been a flat days. I have also been doing a bit of physical training and a lot of meditation and Tai Chi. It feels really good and I feel good for this year. My goal is to improve my surfing and hopefully that gives me good results.”

“Snapper is one of the most high-performance waves on tour so it is one of the funnest to surf,” Mulanovich said. “Everyone loves snapper and I am sure all the girls are pumped to surf it. For sure, the ASP Women’s World Champ is always the one to watch, but all the girls on tour are amazingly talented surfers and I think this year the level of women’s surfing will be through the roof.”

Mulanovich will take on Paige Hareb (NZL), 20, and Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 31, in the opening heat of the Roxy Pro.

The Roxy Pro Gold Coast will run from February 26 through March 9, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via http://www.quiksilverpro.com

Running in conjunction with the women’s event will be the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover, the opening event in the ASP World Title season.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1:
Heat 1:Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Paige Hareb (NZL), Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Tyler Wright (AUS), TBA
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 6: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Courtney Conlogue (USA)

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1:
Heat 1:Adrian Buchan (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Bobby Martinez (USA), Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS), Fredrick Patachia (HAW), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), TBA
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), TBA
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Brett Simpson (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 11: Chris Davidson (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 12: Jadson Andre (BRA), Damien Hobgood (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT)