Sophie McCulloch - Photo © WSL / John Ferguson

Internationals Decimate Opening Day, Locals Thrive at Florida Pro

- Australia's McCulloch, French competitors Bulard and Lartigue Lead Opening Day Charge - Stuart, Florida's Benedetto Topples Top-Seeded Pauline Ado - Defending Champ Marks Comes Out Firing
Neis Lartigue - Photo © WSL / John Ferguson

Neis Lartigue (FRA) surfing her Round 1 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

SEBASTIAN INLET, Florida/USA (Tuesday, January 15, 2019) – The World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) got action underway at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 after Monday’s lay day and steamed through Round 1, as well as Round 2 Heats 1 – 8, at Sebastian Inlet. Building swell filled into the inlet throughout the day, providing two-to-four foot windswell and some of the top QS competitors made their debuts in stunning fashion. Men’s competition was called off for the day as the women took over the lineup and delivered inspiring performances.
Round 1’s top performance belonged to Biarritz, France, native Neis Lartigue with a brilliant 15.26 (out of a possible 20) heat total. Lartigue locked in one of the highest single-wave score of a 7.93 (out of a possible 10) en route to her debut win and had fellow competitors in a combination situation -- meaning they needed two new scores to total Lartigue’s. Now that the nerves are out of the way, the Frenchwoman will be up first when Round 2 resumes.
“It was tricky at the beginning of the heat and I wasn’t stressed, but I felt weird on my first few waves,” Lartigue said. “I told myself to calm down and just surf my way. I prefer to go right, but my scores came on my lefts so I was just trying to stay busy. It’s always a little nerve-racking to get the season started but I can relax today after getting a good heat total like that.”
Canelle Bulard - PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Canelle Bulard (FRA) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

But, it was her French compatriot Cannelle Bulard of Reunion Island that topped Lartigue with an excellent 8.33 after freefalling from attacking the wave’s lip. Bulard went on to earn the day’s highest heat total of a 15.66 in her outstanding debut. Though, the 25-year-old knows it’s just the beginning and there’s plenty of work to be done.
“It’s really good to get off to a start like that in the first event of the year,” Bulard said. “I would love to continue this kind of momentum. I watched the contest last year and it looked so cold, I was debating on coming but my friends talked me into it and I’m glad I did. It’s great traveling with friends I’ve known for a very long time to have that comfort and I think it showed in my heat.”
Sophie McCulloch - Photo © WSL / John Ferguson

Sophie McCulloch (AUS) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Australian newcomer Sophie McCulloch started the day’s competition in-form with a solid 12.67 heat total in Round 1 Heat 1 and carried that fire into Round 2 for a second victory. The Alexandra Headland, Queensland, native drew from her Florida Pro experience last year and turned into success early on to start building momentum. McCulloch’s terrific Pro Junior career, earning multiple wins around the world, is behind her and now the 19-year-old only has one goal in mind this season.
“I was super keen on coming back after last year and I don’t think the cold gave it the best impression, but I’m loving it this time,” McCulloch said. “It was pretty important to get busy and settle the nerves right away. I got my groove and started finding those better scores, but it looked completely different even this afternoon [for my second heat]. My goal this year is to qualify. I think rather than focus on looking at the end result I’m just going to try and surf how I freesurf. Nerves got the better of me last year so my coach this year just said to me go out and just surf how you know how.”
Zoe Benedetto - PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Zoe Benedetto (USA) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Early shockwaves were sent through the event as local wildcard Zoe Benedetto (Stuart, Fla.) helped eliminate former Championship Tour (CT) competitor Pauline Ado (FRA) in Round 2 Heat 5. The 13-year-old smashed a closeout section and rode out clean to earn a near-excellent 7.67, catapulting her from fourth to first place. Benedetto had her expectations set coming into this event, but now boasts a win over one of the sport’s elite.
“First event of the year and I beat a real professional surfer, I can’t believe that,” Benedetto said. “I knew if she got a good wave she would crush it so that was crazy. I wasn’t really nervous about the people in my heat, but more so the waves because they were breaking ten feet from the shoreline at times. It feels good to win with my family and everyone here, and especially with me and my friends just wanting to beat each other all the time. I don’t want to lose here or have a bad performance being the wildcard after losing first round getting it from WSL last year -- you want to earn that and prove yourself.”
Caroline Marks - PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Caroline Marks (USA) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

The day concluded with defending event champion Caroline Marks (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) returning to her native home state victorious in Round 2 Heat 8. The 16-year-old looked sharp in her debut and came out of the water wanting more despite garnering a 14.90 heat total. Marks is eager to defend her title among the talented field on hand and will look to improve moving forward.
“It’s awesome to start the year off at home and I felt really good in the water, I just wanted to catch more waves,” Marks said. “I’m such a frother and just want more and more every time, but I think that was a good first heat to start with. There’s a lot left in the tank which is good and I felt like that was just a warm-up. It’s so fun to surf heats again. I love competing and I’m really excited about the points on offer, as well as a lot of talented girls here so it’s not going to be easy.”
Coral Schuster - Photo © WSL / John Ferguson

Coral Schuster (USA) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Also advancing, Coral Schuster (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) won her Round 1 Heat 11 bout and Rachel Presti's (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) buzzer-beater earned her a spot into Round 3 to represent for their hometown support groups.
Event organizers will convene tomorrow morning and make a 7:30 a.m. EST call for a possible 8:00 a.m. EST start to finish Round 2 of the women before moving into men’s Round 1 action.
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The Florida Pro Women's QS 3,000 and Men's QS 1,500 will run in the best conditions from January 14 - 20 at Sebastian Inlet, Florida.
Women's Florida Pro QS 3,000 Round 1 Results: Heat 1: Sophie McCulloch (AUS) 12.57, Eva Woodland (CRI) 7.94, Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 7.60, Rosina Neuerer (DEU) 1.24 Heat 2: Tiare Thompson (USA) 9.33, Chiasa Maruyama (USA) 9.03, Nina Reynal (FRA) 6.17, Alexxa Elseewi (USA) 5.23 Heat 3: Kloee Openshaw (USA) 6.00, Rubiana Brownell (CRI) 5.64, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 5.57, Nakia Fleuren (AUS) 2.56 Heat 4: Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 8.40, Serena Nava (USA) 6.60, Charlotte Lange (USA) 4.96 Heat 5: Olivia Pessanha (USA) 8.60, Molly Kirk (USA) 5.00, Maddy Malizia (RUS) 4.83, Abigail Dixon (USA) 1.44 Heat 6: Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 10.17, Makena Burke (USA) 5.13, Paulina Summers (CRI) 6.83, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 11.04 Heat 7: Rachel Wilson (USA) 6.27, Brooke Young (USA) 6.17, Taylor Green (USA) 5.37, Natsuki Suda (JPN) 2.53 Heat 8: Melania Diaz (CNI) 13.10, Cassidy McClain (USA) 5.40, Emily Currie (GBR) 5.00 Heat 9: Neis Lartigue (FRA) 15.26, Brooke Daigneault (USA) 5.50, Maile Davis (USA) 3.10 Heat 10: Eveline Hooft (NDL) 12.00, Kayla Durden (USA) 4.10, Sarah Abbott (USA) 2.83, Morgan Iglay (USA) 0.83 Heat 11: Coral Schuster (USA) 10.13, Uhaina Joly (FRA) 5.46, Izzi Gomez (USA) 4.80, Sophie Falzone (USA) 1.60 Heat 12: Julie Nishimoto (JPN) 10.66, Maddie Garlough (USA) 8.33 Audrey Presti (DEU) 3.67, Jasmine Gailey (USA) 2.57
Women's Florida Pro QS 3,000 Round 2 (H1-8) Results: Heat 1: Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 11.27, Marion Philippe (PYF) 4.43, Autumn Hays (USA) 3.43, Eva Woodland (CRI) 1.84 Heat 2: Sophie McCulloch (AUS) 12.33, Josefina Ane (ARG) 9.63, Chiasa Maruyama (USA) 3.43, Melanie Giunta (PER) 1.84 Heat 3: Tiare Thompson (USA) 7.70, Zoe McDougall (HAW) 6.93, Vahine Fierro (PYF) 6.34, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 1.80 Heat 4: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 13.10, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 6.50, Rubiana Brownell (CRI) 5.40, Juliette Lacome (FRA) 4.37 Heat 5: Zoe Benedetto (USA) 11.04, Nao Omura (JPN) 7.10, Pauline Ado (FRA) 5.20, Serena Nava (USA) 3.94 Heat 6: Cannelle Bulard (FRA) 15.66, Olivia Pessanha (USA) 9.30, Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 8.90, Dominica Barona (ECU) 6.83 Heat 7: Tia Blanco (PRI) 9.57, Rachel Presti (DEU) 8.00, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 5.44, Molly Kirk (USA) 4.14 Heat 8: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.90, Carol Henrique (PRT) 9.30, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 4.07, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 3.00
Remaining Women’s Florida Pro QS 3,000 Round 2 (H9-16) Matchups: Heat 9: Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Emily Nishimoto (JPN), Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW), Brooke Young (USA) Heat 10: Minori Kawai (JPN), Meah Collins (USA), Rachel Wilson (USA), Melanie Suarez-Diaz (CNI) Heat 11: Summer Macedo (HAW), Camilla Kemp (PRT), Cassidy McClain (USA), Neis Lartigue (FRA) Heat 12: Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Sara Wakita (JPN), Ava McGowan (USA), Brooke Daigneault (USA) Heat 13: India Robinson (AUS), Maud Le Car (FRA), Havanna Cabrero (PRI), Kayla Durden (USA) Heat 14: Kobie Enright (AUS), Leticia Canales Bilbao (ESP), Eveline Hooft (NDL), Uhaina Joly (FRA) Heat 15: Alyssa Spencer (USA), Samantha Sibley (USA), Julie Nishimoto (JPN) Heat 16: Mahina Maeda (JPN), Brianna Cope (HAW), Freya Prumm (AUS), Maddie Garlough (USA)
About the WSL The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world's best surfing on the world's best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The organization, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
The WSL has been championing the world's best surfing since 1976, annually running more than 180 global events across the Men's and Women's Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport's rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours.
Showcasing the world's best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport.
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Keely Andrew - Photo: © WSL / Sloane

World Surf League (WSL) News: Quarterfinal Carnage as Top Seeds Bow Out of Roxy Pro Gold Coast

QUARTERFINAL CARNAGE AS TOP SEEDS BOW OUT OF ROXY PRO GOLD COAST
- ANDREW ELIMINATES 6X WORLD CHAMPION GILMORE - PETERSON EYES VICTORY AFTER OVERCOMING REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION WRIGHT - MANUEL TAKES DOWN 3X WORLD CHAMPION MOORE
Location: Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia Event window: March 11 - 22, 2018 Today's call: Women's Round 2, 3 & Quarterfinals complete Conditions: 3 - 4 foot (1 - 1.2 meter)
  Keely Andrew - Photo: © WSL / Sloane Keely Andrew of Australia advanced into Round 3 after winning Heat 5 of Round 2 at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane
COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Monday, March 12, 2018) - The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Stop No. 1 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), continued today with the women’s Semifinalists decided in clean three-to-four foot (1 - 1.2 metre) waves. With the conditions holding up all day, event officials decided to run through Rounds 2, 3, and the Quarterfinals. Now only four surfers remain in contention for the 2018 Roxy Pro Gold Coast title.
In what was undoubtedly the upset of the entire event, six-time Roxy Pro Gold Coast event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) was taken down by fellow Queenslander Keely Andrew (AUS). Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore looked in good touch throughout the day but fell victim to a slow ocean in Quarterfinal 4 waiting with priority until the final minutes, only to find a midrange score. Needing to improve her situation in the dying seconds, Andrew took off on a smaller wave and got to work, tagging it all the way down the point to post a 6-point ride and progress into the Semifinals. Gilmore finishes her home event in a respectable Equal 5th position.
“I’m a bit shocked right now,” Andrew said. “Surfing out here against Steph [Gilmore] at her home break was incredible. The waves looked fun all day, but it slowed down a lot in our Quarterfinal. I was so nervous because she only needed a small score, and I only found out that I’d won when I got back to the surfer’s area. I’ve worked really hard in the offseason and it feels so good to know that the hard work has paid off.”
Lakey Peterson - Photo: © WSL / Sloane Lakey Peterson of USA advanced into Round 3 after winning Heat 4 of Round 2 at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane
2017 Roxy Pro Gold Coast runner-up Lakey Peterson (USA) was in ominous form today. The Californian posted excellent scores all the way to the Quarterfinals where she eventually eliminated reigning WSL Champion and current World No. 1, Tyler Wright (AUS). Peterson’s trademark frontside arcs sent a shot over the bow of her fellow competitors as she hunts for her first CT Victory since 2012.
“It’s crazy -- it’s only two days into the season and I’m into the Semis,” Peterson said. “We’ve had perfect, quintessential Snapper today with long perfect waves and sunshine. Tyler [Wright] is a two-time World Champion for a reason and she’s someone I look up to, but I always feel like I surf my best against the best. The only option I had to beat her was for me to surf my best, so I couldn’t hold back. There was nothing I could do to change her surfing, so I just focused on mine and it worked out in the end.”
Malia Manuel - Photo: © WSL / Sloane Malia Manuel of Hawaii advanced into Round 3 after winning Heat 1 of Round 2 at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane
After an injury-plagued 2017 season, Hawaii’s Malia Manuel comes into 2018 with the aim of involving herself heavily in the World Title conversation from the start of the season. The stylish natural-footer has already achieved this with an amazing display at Snapper Rocks. Manuel’s best performance came in Quarterfinal 2 where she posted one of the highest heat totals of the event, a 15.83 (out of a possible 20), to overcome three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW), who leaves in Equal 5th place.
“I’ve met Carissa [Moore] in the Quarters a couple of times here in the past and she’s beaten me every single time,” Manuel said. “I remember some of those matchups and they were a bit slow and hard to choose what waves to take, but today we had so many waves and this is exactly what you want from your first event of the year. This will be my first Semi at Snapper and it’s a great start to the year for me. Hopefully, I can use this momentum as it’s a long year ahead.”
Sally Fitzgibbons - Photo: © WSL / Cestari Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) advances to the Quarterfinals of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast after placing second in Heat 4 of Round 3 at Snapper Rocks, QLD, Australia.
Current World No. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) looked destined to end up in the Semifinals as she tore through the field at Snapper Rocks. In Quarterfinal 3, she had the tough task of challenging 2018 CT Rookie Caroline Marks (USA) -- who had been taking down the big names all day -- with an impressive display of backhand surfing. Marks’ run came to an end at the hands of Fitzgibbons who was on fire, posting the highest heat total of the entire event, a 16.57 (out of a possible 20).
“It feels so good to be out there on a dreamy day like this,” Fitzgibbons said. “The waves have this perfect shape to them. I was out there in my own world enjoying surfing and I’ve found myself in the Semis. It’s been an exciting day to watch. There’s been a lot of excellent surfing and fins being thrown and I really enjoy the progressive side of the sport. I’ve been having so much fun in my freesurfs, and I’ve been trying to bring some of that into my heat surfing.”
Although Marks was unable to overcome Fitzgibbons, she finishes her first CT event as a rookie in Equal 5th after taking down some of surfing's biggest names including Sage Erickson (USA), Silvana Lima (BRA), and Gilmore.
“I think a few years ago, I would have been star-struck and not sure of what to do out there,” Marks said. “But now, even though they’re my idols, I really want to beat them and go and out and perform and win. Today wasn’t my day, but I just need to focus on the positives.”
Event officials will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. AEST for a potential 7:00 a.m. start.
 
Surfline, WSL forecast partner, is calling for:
Mid period, mid size E swell from former Cyclone Hola will likely build in through Tuesday. Confidence is increasing that a new low/tropical cyclone will set up larger ENE to E swell Wed-Thu, easing slowly into and over the weekend as the swell direction shifts more ESE/SE. Long range guidance points to more mid size ESE/SE swell around the last couple days of the event window.
 
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Results: Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.06 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 8.10 Heat 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 12.33 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 11.16 Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.17 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.40 Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.17 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.80 Heat 5: Keely Andrew (AUS) 15.33 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.50 Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.76 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.27
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Results: Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.26, Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.76, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 8.64 Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.96, Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.04, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.86 Heat 3: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.17, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.40, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.76 Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 14.97, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.16, Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.53
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Results: Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.23 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.67 Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.83 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.60 Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.57 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 13.77 Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.87 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.83
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Matchups: Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW) Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Matchups: Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS) Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Michael February (ZAF) Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA) Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) Heat 6: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW) Heat 9: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA) Heat 10: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA) Heat 11: Joan Duru (FRA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA) Heat 12: Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
 
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The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
The WSL has been championing the world's best surfing since 1976, annually running in excess of 180 global events across the Men's and Women's Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport's rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.
Showcasing the world's best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.
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The Philippine Wahine Classic is the result of Carla Rowland’s vision to empower Filipina surfers and is the first to unite and highlight Filipina lady sliders of all abilities. Sponsored by the Philippines’ pioneer action sports brand and retailer, STOKEDinc, this inaugural event showcased some of the best female surfers currently in the Philippines, as well as those quickly coming up the ranks. “We were honored to have been asked by Carla Rowland to be part of this event,” says STOKEDinc Managing Director JV Borromeo, “and we’re even more stoked for the lucky ladies who’ll get to win a couple of world class Zamora surfboards, shaped by the California-based Filipino shaper Ian Zamora. Our Stoked Girls will, without a doubt, articulate their love of life, the beach, the seas, and the ocean riding these beautiful surfboards fluently.” Carla Rowland - The 1st STOKEDinc Philippine Wahine Classic Celebrates Filipina Surfer Girls Having spent many years herself in competition, Rowland found it disheartening and eventually put herself on the other side of the judges’ table. “I’ve spent a number of years working behind the scenes in contests, learning what it takes to put on a really good event. This was my opportunity to put all that practice to the test! I think I passed!” Filipinas from all over the country who came to participate in this maiden occasion experienced fun 2 to 5 foot surf with some bigger sets witnessed on Saturday. The ladies battled it out in four-woman heats, in four divisions: Malihini (novice) Shortboard, Malihini (novice) Longboard, Open Longboard, and Open Shortboard. Malihini Shortboard finalist, Kimpot Ritual, expressed in a note to Rowland after the event, “Thank you so much for the happiest weekend ever here in Baler… It was a memorable experience for me and to all the other wahines who participated… Super thank you!” After the awards ceremony, Rowland had a moment to reflect on the weekend. “It was really amazing to see all these women come together to partake in this special event,” she said of her first spearheaded production. “I am just so pleased with the turnout and to see all the happy faces… Well, it just makes me feel like I’ve definitely done something right!” It was no surprise that Filipina powerhouse, Daisy Valdez from La Union, took both open divisions, securing herself not one, but two surfboards handcrafted by Filipino-born, California-raised, Ian Zamora, of Zamora Surfboards. The Malihini shortboard division saw controlled maneuvering from famous travel blogger Lois Yasay (www.wearesolesisters.com), who took the top place in that division, and smooth transitions from Malihini Longboard champion, Melai Karaan of La Union; both of which won their own personal surf training devices from NoHo Surf. Special awards were given to local girl, Zhainaday Tena of Baler, for scoring the best wave of the weekend in her open shortboard round 1 heat where she averaged a 6.5. Jam Choa of Venezuela City received the Wahine of the Weekend award for her positive spirit and Baler local, SweetLyka De La Torre was honored with the Mags Martin Memorial Award for her exemplary display of risk-taking and tenacity. Last, but certainly not least, Mitch Sayoc of Quezon City, a Malihini Longboard finalist, secured the coveted Worst Wipeout award for her near decapitation of her own head in one of her early round heats. Alongside the competition, the weekend was host to Surfing Philippines GoSurPH! initiative where people received free surf lessons from local instructors. Surfing Philippines co-founder, Gerard Sison and GoSurPH! Campaign Director Joncy Sumulong were all smiles welcoming all the participants. “Seeing all the girls totally stoked on catching their first wave gets us totally amped to take our GoSurPH! campaign to many more destinations, and giving many more free surf lessons,” says Gerard Sison, “the spirit of surfing is really for everyone.” Aliya Surf Resort owner Roy Angara, affectionately called The Fresh Prince of Baler, has played a vital role in the Baler community and has been involved in the surf scene there for many years. “This was one of the best competitions we have seen here at Aliya. Everything went so smoothly and all the competitors really enjoyed themselves. We can’t wait to do it again!” RESULTS: Open Longboard 1. Daisy Valdez 2. Daizy Nazol 3. Winnie Fuller 4. Jam Choa Open Shortboard 1. Daisy Valdez 2. Laarnie Ritual 3. Winnie Fuller 4. Zhainaday Tena Malihini Longboard 1. Melai Karaan 2. Mitch Sayoc 3. Nics Mandilag 4. Mayleine Olfindo Malihini Shortboard 1. Lois Yasay 2. Kimpot Ritual 3. Mayleine Olfindo 4. Camille Pilar
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Ford Supergirl Pro Presented by Paul Mitchell 2013 - Oceanside Pier, August 2-4, 2013

Ford Supergirl Pro Announces Schedule of Events Including New Surf & Sustainability Village, Bethany Hamilton Autograph Signing. August 2-4, Oceanside Pier.

Ford Supergirl Pro Presented by Paul Mitchell 2013 - Oceanside Pier, August 2-4, 2013 FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS INCLUDING NEW SURF & SUSTAINABILITY VILLAGE, BETHANY HAMILTON AUTOGRAPH SIGNING Free Event, August 2 - 4, Includes 100 of the World’s Top Surfers, Free Paul Mitchell Hair Styling, Live Bands, Fitness Classes, Autograph Signings & More! Los Angeles, CA (July 31, 2013) -- ASA Entertainment announced today the lineup of events for the much-anticipated Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro presented by Paul Mitchell. The event will be held at the Oceanside Pier August 2 - 4 and features the largest field of female surfers ever assembled, including Bethany Hamilton, Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Coco Ho, Laura Enever, Malia Manuel, Sage Erickson, Alana Blanchard and more. Admission to the event is free. The event has expanded this year to include a new Surf & Sustainability Village at the iconic Oceanside Bandshell Stage, adjacent to the contest venue. The village is open to the public from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily and includes free hairstyling by Paul Mitchell; autograph signings with the pros, including a Bethany Hamilton signing at the GoBank booth on Saturday; Surfset fitness classes; a sustainability seminar; Zumba with Anna; Yoga with Yoga Body Oceanside; a Q & A with Nancy Spooner (author of "The Surf Date Book"); performances by the San Diego B-girls; speed art and a live concert with Tribal Theory at 4p on Saturday. EVENT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: [one_third]Fri., Aug 2, 8A– 4P Session 1 8 am - 9:20 am: Round 1 (Round of 96) 9:20 am - 10:40 am: Round 2 (Round of 88) 10:40 am – 12 pm: Round 3 (Round of 80) 12 pm – 2 pm: Round 4 (Round of 72) 2 pm - 2:30 pm: Pro Surfer Autograph Signing 2 pm – 4 pm: Round 5 (Round of 60) [/one_third] [one_third]Sat., Aug 3, 8A– 4 P Session 2 8 am - 1:15 pm: Round 6 (Round of 48) 1pm - 1:30pm: Pro Surfer Autograph Signing 1:15 pm – 4 pm: Round 7 (Round of 24) 4 pm – 5 pm: Live Concert with Tribal Theory *4 pm - 4:30 pm: Bethany Hamilton Autograph Signing [/one_third] [one_third_last]Sun., Aug 4, 10A – 3P Session 3 10 am - 11:40 am: Round 8 (Round of 12) 11:45 am - 1:25 pm: Quarterfinals 1 pm - 1:25 pm: Pro Surfer Autograph Signing 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm: Semi-finals 2:25 pm - 2:55 pm: Finals 3 pm: Awards Ceremony 3:30: Top 4 Autograph Signing [/one_third_last] The Ford Supergirl Pro presented by Paul Mitchell is the only ASP 6-star female event in North America. It's 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. The event will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net (FSN) Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. The event will be livestreamed at www.supergirlpro.com on Sunday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST. For more information on the Ford Supergirl Pro, please visit www.supergirljam.com.
Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro Recap - 2012
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Socal Native Heather Jordan Joins Team Calavera. NSSA College Division Surfer Joins Ranks of the Water Warriors.

Calavera Swimwear SO-CAL NATIVE HEATHER JORDAN JOINS TEAM CALAVERA - NSSA College Division Surfer Joins Ranks of the Water Warriors - (December 6, 2012)—Calavera is excited to announce the newest addition to the Calavera Team, Heather Jordan. Heather, a native of Southern California, chose to postpone a shot at a full time career in surfing in order to pursue a higher education. Currently a senior at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Heather is successful both in and out of the water and demonstrates the strength, focus and determination it takes to be a Calavera ”water warrior.” “We are delighted to have Heather join the Calavera crew. She is not only a ripping surfer, but she embodies the fearless and the feminine qualities that Calavera is all about. The other Calavera girls and I are so stoked to add her to the group and are excited to work and play together over the next few years!” said Calavera founder Anna Jerstrom. At just 22 years old, Heather is no stranger to swell. She has been surfing for over a decade and has traveled to some of the world’s greatest surfing hot-spots: Hawaii, El Salvador, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Calavera’s birthplace, Costa Rica. She currently surfs on the UCLA Women’s Team and took 4th place in the College Women’s division at the NSSA National Championship. In addition, she holds multiple West Coast Championship titles in the WSA, Open Women's Division. [frame_center src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/heather_calavera_newport_pr-600x400.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/heather_calavera_newport_pr.jpg"]Heather Jordan - Photo: Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com[/frame_center] “What I love about Calavera is their genuine and central goal to advance women in their sport,” said Heather of why she’s stoked to join the Calavera team. “Calavera is distinctive because they uphold their mission to support female athletes, and they have the results to prove it.” Through her studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is currently a senior, and surfing the NSSA Division, Heather is able to combine her passion for surfing with her desire for a higher education. Having developed an appreciation for world travel, she is pursuing a degree in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and a minor in Environmental Systems. Team Calavera is made up of professional female athletes: WQS surfer Jordan Hundley, UK Champion Evie Johnstone Ami Berg and flowboarder World Champion Amy Stevens. These fiercely talented femmes span the globe from California to Costa Rica and beyond, competing with the best of the best in their fields. Each of these women has the heart of a champion, fearlessly pushing their limits both on and off the board.
About Calavera Started by Swedish investment banker-turned-surf obsessed swimwear designer Anna Jerstrom, Calavera is a technically driven, stylish triumph. Built for riding Kauai's curls, beachside yoga in Bali, sunning in Santorini and everything in between, these bathing suits don't budge. In creating Calavera, Jerstrom has applied design innovations to fill a large gap in the marketplace: performance swimwear for women that can handle the most rigorous environments yet is feminine and flattering enough for the most relaxed. For more information please visit our website or find us on Facebook and Pinterest. ### Media Contact: Taylor Walker/LLR Consulting 901-315-0006 Taylor@LLRConsulting.com

ASP International Approves ASP WCT Status For Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. Full 2013 World Tour Schedule To Be Released This Week.

For Immediate Release MARGARET RIVER, Western Australia (Monday, November 12, 2012) – In a major sporting coup for Western Australia, Premier Colin Barnett has announced that the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has been granted World Championship Tour (WCT) status by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). “This is a fantastic outcome for WA and in particular the Margaret River region, as it will drive visitation and provide priceless international exposure,” Mr Barnett said. “ASP WCT status guarantees that the top 34 ranked male and top 17 ranked female surfers in the world will compete at Margaret River, with the competition expanding to 12 days from the current seven. National and international media coverage is also expected to at least double to an estimated media equivalency value of $50 million. The State Government supported Surfing WA’s bid for ASP WCT status through its events arm Eventscorp and with additional funding from Royalties for Regions’ Regional Events Program. Tourism Minister, Dr Kim Hames said ASP WCT status confirmed the reputation of Margaret River’s Surfers Point as a world class surfing destination. “Even as a Prime rated event, the sport’s second tier tour, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has been an outstanding success, especially in recent years. But WCT status will elevate Margaret River to the elite level alongside iconic surf locations like Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline and Teahupoo in Tahiti,” Dr Hames said. ASP WCT status for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro will kick in next year for the women’s event and in 2014 for the men’s. Both ASP WCT licences extend until 2017. “ASP is very pleased to announce the sanctioning of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro as a WCT event in the coming years,” Renato Hickel, ASP WCT Manager, said. “Margaret River is a long-standing event on the ASP World Tour and a favourite stop for many of the world’s top men’s and women’s surfers already. We are pleased to add such a quality event and location to our elite World Championship Tour.” Yallingup local and perennial ASP World Title contender, Taj Burrow, will lead the world’s best surfers to his home region, beginning in 2014. “This is an exciting time for Margaret River,” Burrow said. “The waves in the region are world class and to bring the ASP WCT-level surfers here is going to be big for the region. I get jealous of Mick (Fanning) and Joel (Parkinson) every year for having an event at their home and the advantage of getting to sleep in their beds and surf their local spots. I’m sure all the kids out West will be excited to see the world’s best surfers in their backyard.” The ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, led five five-time ASP World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore, will commence sanctioning of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro this coming season in 2013. Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls said the elevation of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro to WCT status would facilitate a multitude of regional development outcomes, in fitting with the goal of Royalties for Regions. “Events make a valuable contribution towards building strong sustainable regional communities that are desirable places to live because they improve the social amenity, add excitement, attract visitation and bolster local economies,” Mr Grylls said. “The WCT upgrade also links perfectly with the $4million upgrade of facilities at Surfers Point funded by Royalties for Regions’ Supertowns initiative.” ASP International will release a full 2013 schedule this week. For more information, log onto to www.ASPWorldTour.com

Malia Manuel Renews Contract with Sticky Bumps. Lands Cover of Transworld Surf.

For Immediate Release June 20, 2011 - Sticky Bumps, a division of Wax Research Inc., is proud to announce the re-signing of Kauai's Malia Manuel onto its Elite World Team. She joins other Sticky Bumps Elite riders Dave Rastovich, Alana Blanchard, Dylan Goodale, Bethany Hamilton, Coco Nogales, Christian Wach as well as Stand Up Paddlers Chuck Patterson, Brian Haag and Darian Boyle. Malia landed the August 2011 cover of Transworld Surf, the second woman surfer to appear on the cover in TW Surf's 10 plus years of print. She is one of the six featured female surfers in the upcoming Nike 6.0 surf film "Leave a Message "and is featured in a segment of their commercial " Chosen". "I'm delighted to be re-signing with Sticky Bumps." says Malia. "Everyone has been so supportive over the years. Mahalo for your great products and good vibes!." "Win or lose, Malia is everything we look for in team rider", said John Dahl President of Wax Research. She's been with Sticky Bumps for over five years and we've watched her evolve from an amazing young surfer into a phenomenal presence in the surfing community." About Wax Research: Wax Research is recognized by the international surfing community as one of the original surf accessory companies. It was founded in 1972 by John Dahl with the purpose of manufacturing surf and ski waxes and accessories. Wax Research brands include Sticky Bumps, Ransom and WEND, and are sold by distributors worldwide. Its headquarters are located in Carlsbad, California, USA. www.stickybumps.com