Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China

Media Release from the Association of Surfing Professionals
Chelsea Williams claimed her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Today Gold Coast surfer Chelsea Williams (AUS) claimed her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China WANNING, Hainan/CHINA (Tuesday, December 9, 2014) - Chelsea Williams (AUS) has defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) to claim her maiden ASP Women’s World Longboard Title at the GoPro World Longboard Championships, China hosted by Wanning (WLC). Near perfect 3 to 4 foot surf provided the perfect canvas for the world’s best longboarders to fight for the sport’s ultimate prize, but it was Williams, the form surfer of the event who was the last one standing. Remarkably Moniz and Williams have met in the final of the GoPro WLC four years in a row, proving that these two athletes really are on top of world at the moment. Their friendly rivalry sees them now at two wins a piece in the Final in China.   Chelsea Williams dominating the Riyue Bay point to claim her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Chelsea Williams dominating the Riyue Bay point to claim her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Williams’ win today was a long time coming after finishing runner-up to the ASP World Longboard Title four times. In the first half of today’s Final Williams was struggling to adapt to the conditions and it seemed her fifth runner-up finish was minutes away, but the Gold Coast surfer struck and did some of the best nose riding of the whole event mixed with rail carves. Moniz caught a last minute wave, but just missed out on the required score, leaving Williams out the back to ride her wave in as an ASP World Longboard Champion. “Did that just happen? I can’t believe it!” Williams said. “I’ve wanted to win a World Longboard Title since I found out it existed. For a long time people have been telling me I deserve to win, now I finally believe them. I’m so happy and thankful for the support of my family, friends and sponsors. It was an awesome Final, Kelia (Moniz) is so good, we have a fun rivalry going and I’m glad that I got her back.”   Kelia Moniz on her way to a runner-up finish. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Kelia Moniz on her way to a runner-up finish. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Moniz is a two-time ASP World Longboard Champion after winning this event the past two years and today after losing by a mere 0.02 *** she was gracious in defeat. Moniz finished the event with the highest wave score, and highest heat total from her Round 1 heat, and hinted that her and Williams’ rivalry wasn’t over yet. “If it wasn’t me winning there’s no one I’d rather see win than Chelsea (Williams),” Moniz said. “She’s a great surfer, she scored a 9 in the final and deserved to win. I’m not too disappointed, it would have been nice to win again — Chelsea and I can just meet in the Final again next year.”   Lindsay Steinriede with her toes on the nose. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) with her toes on the nose. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 2011 ASP World Longboard Champion used her graceful and polished brand of surfing to advance into the Semifinals where she ran into a rampaging Williams. Steinriede was the last natural footed surfer left in the draw when she won her Quarterfinal and advanced into the Semis and leaves the 2014 GoPro WLC ranked equal 3rd in the world. “That was the most fun I’ve ever had in a heat and I lost!” Steinriede said. “I’ve got so much respect for Chelsea’s surfing and who she is as a person, with either one of us getting into the Final I was happy. I’m really happy to have made the Semifinals and to get that far in the event the fact that we had really good waves also feels good.”   Chloe Calmon and her trademark stylish carve. Photo credit: ASP / Will H-SPhoto: Chloe Calmon (BRA) and her trademark stylish carve. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.   Chloe Calmon (BRA) lost out in an action packed Semifinal against Moniz meaning the young Brazilian exits the event ranked equal 3rd in the world. Calmon has worked extremely hard and has improved on her 5th place finish from last year. She was one of the most interesting and exciting surfers to watch all event long, but she let her nerves get the best of her in the Semifinals. “I had an incredible event, but I still wanted to go further,” Calmon said. “I improved on my position from last year which was my goal so I’m happy, but losing so close to the Semifinal did make me a little sad after the heat — I’m happy now. It just wasn’t my time to be in the final and I’m going to try and come back and go bigger and better next year.” It’s highly likely that the men’s 2014 ASP World Longboard Champion will be crowned tomorrow.
Tory Gilkerson's Snapshots from China during the Swatch Girls Pro China

Tory Gilkerson’s Snapshots from China during the Swatch Girls Pro

Tory Gilkerson's Snapshots from China - surfing in China at the Swatch Girls Pro China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray
Monday, November 18, 2013
"We just got in and I am so stoked! It's beautiful and tropical and we have an amazing view from the hotel. We may not get to surf today as there's only a little swell. It should be three to four feet for the contest though." Tory Gilkerson boards a bus in China then jumps for joy at the amazing view from her hotel on Hainan Island, China. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
"Today we got to free surf before the event that starts tomorrow. The surf was super fun and offshore with 3 to 5 foot waves. It was fun to practice with all the girls and get ready for the event. We also had an opening ceremony last night. They put on an amazing show with dance performers and speakers for us. It was an awesome experience and I am so excited to see the event unfold tomorrow." Tory Gilkerson hangs ten in China shortly before the beginning of the Swatch Girls Pro China opening ceremony. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tory Gilkerson © Poullenot - full image size at swatchgirlspro.com"Today was so sick! I am so stoked to have won the first round heat and move straight into Round Three. The conditions cleaned up and provided us with some 4 to 5 foot glassy surf all day. The wave is a left hand point break that hits a couple of steep sections and is super fun. [ Photo: Swatch/Poullenot - click image to jump to full size at swatchgirlspro.com ] Tory Gilkerson is stoked on the conditions for Day One of the Swatch Girls Pro China.Tory Gilkerson, post heat interview after her Round One win at the Swatch Girls Pro China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Tory Gilkerson on video at the Swatch Girls Pro China.line of blue and gray
Friday, November 22, 2013
"I had an amazing day at the contest yesterday. I had a super fun Round Three heat with one of the Brazilian girls and won to move to Round Four. I was edged out in Round Five by one of the French girls. Overall it was a very fun contest and the camaraderie amongst the American girls is great, we all hung together and rooted each other on. I am excited to go explore this tropical paradise and find some new waves! This beachfront hotel is amazing and there's a fun little beach break right in front. The food is great--we get buffet style breakfast and dinner and they really try to give us some American food options, thankfully 😉 ." Tory Gilkerson reflects on the Swatch Girls Pro China line of blue and gray
Saturday, November 23, 2013
"Today we went up into a temple in the mountains and it was beautiful. We took a rattly ski lift up the mountain that was so scary, then hiked down and saw some beautiful Buddhist temples and statues. We went to a tourist attraction and turned into the attraction ourselves. After taking a photo with this lady, several Chinese tourists lined up to take photos with Karina and me." Tory Gilkerson and Karina Rozunko become tourist attractions in China. Tory and Mike Stidham visit a Buddhist temple in the mountains. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray
Sunday, November 24, 2013
"To finish off the trip, I had an awesome time with my bud, Karina Rozunko, surfing a secret spot in China!" Tory Gilkerson and Karina Rozunko surf a secret spot in China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray Tory Gilkerson, San Onofre. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazineNotes from the jetty... Tory Gilkerson is on Hainan Island, China getting ready to compete in the upcoming Swatch Girls Pro that is scheduled for November 20-24. The 20-year-old goofyfoot was the 3x USA Under-18 Longboard Champion and recently starred in Birdman Media's all-women longboard film, "Say No More" which debuted earlier this year. We often run into her while surfing Oceanside Harbor so we asked the talented surfer if she'd want to share some of her experiences in China this year. We hope you check back often as this page will be continuously updated as her journey unfolds. We wish the best of luck to Tory and all the women competing in China for the World Title this year.
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