Tatiana Weston-Webb stars in Wish You Were Here, a film by Body Glove Entertainment and Body Glove Girl

Tatiana Weston-Webb in Tahiti – “Wish You Were Here”

 

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  Description Professional surfer, Tatiana Weston-Webb, travels to a remote island in Tahiti with pro surfers Anthony Walsh, Tika Smith, and brother Troy Weston-Webb. On an island in the middle of nowhere, Tatiana finds empty waves, crystal clear water, and a love for how simple life can be. Wish you were here…   A Film By Body Glove Entertainment   Surfers Tatiana Weston-Webb, Anthony Walsh, Moorea "Tika" Smith, Troy Weston-Webb   Cinematography Scott Smith, Greg Browning, Anthony Walsh, Brent Bielmann   Edit: Scott Smith   Music By "Wake Me Up" - Fademan & Oleg K Featuring Lime Kid "Time" - Kasket Club "Violent Young" - The Analog Affair   Frame grabs of Tatiana Weston-Webb in Wish You Were Here, a film by Body Glove Entertainment  
Silvana Lima, Brazil, returns to the winner's circle by winning the Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand. Photo © ASP / Robertson

Silvana Lima Wins Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand

Silvana Lima, Brazil, returns to the winner's circle by winning the Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand. Photo © ASP / RobertsonPictured: Silvana Lima (Brazil), back in the winner's circle at the Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand. Photo © ASP/ROBERTSON Silvana Lima Wins Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand TARANAKI, New Zealand (Sunday, 4th May, 2014) - Silvana Lima (Brazil) has torn through the star studded field to claim victory at the ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series (QS) Port Taranaki Pro on the final day of the New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival. Hundreds of surf fans lined the shores at Fitzroy Beach, Taranaki to watch a selection of the world's best female surfers battle for all-important ASP QS ranking points and prize-money in reeling three foot (1 metre) lefts and rights. Lima was sitting in 2nd place with only three minutes left of the 30 minute final, she chased down a left and unloaded a barrage of tight and technical turns, the wave scored an 8.00 and Lima stole the win from Laura Enever's grasp. Lima was on the Samsung Galaxy ASP Women's World Championship Tour for seven years until re-occurring knee injuries saw her drop off last year but the innovative Brazilian is back to her best and on track for a return in 2015 after claiming No. 1 spot on the ASP QS rankings. "I haven't been in a Final for three years because of my injured knee and it feels so good to be back," Lima said. "This has been a great event for me, I don't like the cold but I love New Zealand. I just really want to thank everyone at this event and everyone who has supported me. I'm getting closer to being back on the WCT next year, I just need to stay fit and focused." Silvana Lima, Brazil, hits the lip and wins the Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand. Photo © ASP / RobertsonPictured: Silvana Lima (Brazil), fired up and surfing with flair. Photo © ASP/ROBERTSON Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW/AUS) was on fire in her Quarterfinal and Semifinal clashes, attacking the lip with speed, power and flair and netting excellent scores for her troubles. In the Final it looked like she had the win, sitting in 1st place with only three minutes to go, but was leapfrogged by Lima. Enever had one last chance, taking off on a nice wave with four seconds remaining on the clock, she fell on her second turn and handed victory to Lima. "I've been trying to search for that competitive fire that I used to have and I feel like I found it today," Enever said. "I used to make a lot of Finals, but I lost the flair or fire and it feels so great to be posting good scores and surfing good heats again. It would have been good to come away with the win but Silvana (Lima) got me in the end." Sage Erickson (CA, USA) lost out to Lima in the Semifinals finishing the event with her second 3rd place finish on the ASP QS for 2014. Erickson now moves into fourth on the ASP QS rankings and has her eyes firmly focussed on reclaiming a spot on the ASP WCT. "It's a long season ahead, I definitely feel good about this one," Erickson said. "Semifinals is a really good result, I lost in my first heat in Manly and then made the Semis in Newcastle. It's a little bittersweet, I want to do one heat better and get into the final and I would really like to solidify that spot on the WCT for next year. I knew that Silvana (Lima) was going to be tough competition, she's just so good in beach breaks and small conditions so I knew it was going to be tough and I'll just take this one on the chin and hopefully go one better in the next event." Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii), who won the Chain Resources Pro Junior two days ago had to settle for 3rd place in the Port Taranaki Pro after she was eliminated by a red-hot Enever in the Semifinals. Weston-Webb was one of the in-form surfers of the event, consistently posting big scores with her fast and powerful brand of surfing. "I came into this event trying to have fun and that's what I did," Weston-Webb said. "I really want to make a QS final, so that's my goal for 2014. My first two events weren't too good, so this event I really wanted to try and get a good result and now I have a lot more confidence going into the other events. Hopefully I'll make the WCT but we'll see. I'm stepping in for Courtney Conlogue as an injury replacement because I finished last year as an alternate so I'm going to the Rio WCT after this." PORT TARANAKI PRO FINAL RESULT: 1st Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.17 def. 2nd Laura Enever (AUS) 13.43 PORT TARANAKI PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS: SF1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.87 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 11.50 SF2: Laura Enever (AUS) 17.26 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 8.93 PORT TARANAKI PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS: QF 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.20 def. Alize Arnaud (FRA) 14.73 QF 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 17.17 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.04 QF 3: Laura Enever (AUS) 17.46 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 14.00 QF 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.33 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 14.00 For more information log on to Surffest.co.nz & ASPWorldTour.com New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival is presented by TSB Community Trust, Venture Taranaki, ZM, Marbles Buffet, Devon Hotel
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Tatiana Weston-Webb wins Chain Resources Po Jr. in Taranaki. Photo © ASP / Robertson

Tatiana Weston-Webb Wins Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki, New Zealand

Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii) wins the Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki, New Zealand. Photo © ASP / RobertsonPictured: Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii) carving through the Chain Resources Pro Junior field. Credit: ASP/ROBERTSON For Immediate Release Tatiana Weston-Webb Wins Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki, New Zealand TARANAKI, New Zealand (Friday, 2nd May, 2014) - Hawaii's Tatiana Weston-Webb has taken out the Chain Resources Pro Junior, part of the New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival, over Chelsea Tuach (Barbados) in an exciting day of Finals surfing. The surf was inconsistent, but with peeling clean two foot (0.6 metre) waves rolling into contest site at Fitzroy beach, the decision was made to finish the women's ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series event. The Semifinals were a truly international affair with surfers from New Zealand, Barbados, Hawaii and South Africa filling the final four spots, but it was Weston-Webb who reigned supreme to claim US$1,369 prize-money. Weston-Webb, runner-up at last year's ASP World Junior Championships in Brazil started the day by getting revenge on New Zealand's Ella Williams, who defeated her in the final last October. Weston-Webb eliminated the local reigning ASP World Junior Champion and built from there, linking solid searing turns and clocking excellent scores all the way to the top step of the podium. "It was a really good day today," Weston-Webb said. "There were some tough heats with not many waves but luckily Chelsea (Tuach) and I had some really good waves in the Final. My main focus here is the 6-Star QS so there was no pressure on me in the Pro Junior, I just went out there and had fun and it seemed to work. Ever since Ella (Williams) beat me in Brazil last year I've been wanting to get her back, so I was really happy after that heat. She's surfing really well at the moment so it gave me confidence to get on a roll and win." Chelsea Tuach (Barbados) was one of the most consistent surfers at the Chain Resources Pro Junior, winning heats and posting big scores seemingly with ease. Tuach had a knack for putting herself on the best waves of the heat by out positioning her counterparts. All event long she was executing sharp and vertical snaps, but in the Final Tuach was left chasing a 9.15 that never came and was forced to settle for 2nd place. "It was tough and inconsistent at times today so I tried to get a good score as early as possible in all my heats," Tuach said. "In the final I paddled into a great wave and I don't know what happened, maybe I got too executed, but I blew it. I ended up getting a couple of okay scores, but congrats to Tatiana (Weston-Webb), she surfed great and she deserved the win." Sarah Mason was New Zealand's highest placed surfer, finished equal 3rd after being eliminated by Weston-Webb in the Semifinals. Mason was looking like the one to beat on finals day, consistently posting excellent score, but couldn't get past the in-form Hawaiian. Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, QLD/AUS) lost out in the Quarterfinals, but despite her uncharacteristically early exit she has retained the No. 1 spot on the ASP Australasia Women's JQS ranking's. Andrew will head into the final event as the favourite to claim the prestigious ASP Australasia Junior Championship. The ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series Port Taranaki Pro and the men's Chain Resources Pro Junior were called off for the day and will crown event champions over the weekend. ASP Australasia Women's JQS Top 5 1 - Keely Andrew 2 - Bronte Macaulay 3 - Sophia Bernard 4 - Holly-Sue Coffey 5 - Holly Wawn For more information log on to Surffest.co.nz & ASPWorldTour.com New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival is presented by TSB Community Trust, Venture Taranaki, ZM, Marbles Buffet, Devon Hotel
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The ASP Women's World Tour at Lowers: A Watershed Moment in Women's Pro Surfing. Carissa Moore photo © Red Bull Media House

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

A few days into the 2013 Hurley Pro at Lowers, an official announcement was made from the booth declaring that the ASP Women's World Tour would be joining the men at the same event in 2014. Immediately, our hearts leapt with joy as one of our dreams over the years has been to see the women get the opportunity to surf a spot like Trestles in a World Tour competition. Within seconds of the announcement, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets were buzzing with the news as posts were made from both fans and World Tour members alike. In the warm-up sessions that took place in the days before this year's Hurley Pro, we had the opportunity to swim around with the world's best surfers from the Men's ASP World Tour. While we didn't hear every conversation going down, the topic we heard discussed most was how incredibly fun the waves at Lowers are. The lineup was crazy-competitive and ultra-crowded with everyone from Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow to ex-WCT'ers like Chris Ward who consistently picked off the best waves of the day. Floating in the channel with a camera, it felt like we were sitting at a surf movie witnessing the best that progressive surfing has to offer. Come 2014, the women will get in on it too. If the swell cooperates at the event next September, we believe that the performances put on by the current members of the ASP Top 17 will be a watershed moment in women's professional surfing. There won't be hopping, groveling, or rolling the dice on which onshore peak to surf like some spots on the Tour schedule. Instead, there will be Lowers, a perfect pointbreak that's as close to high-performance heaven as we have in Southern California. The wave has something for every type of surfer on Tour and offers a canvas that is as equally friendly to the air game as it is to committed rail work. Lowers is our favorite wave on the coast and we're so excited that the women will get the chance to surf it in 2014. We're not the only ones amping though. We asked a bunch surfers on the current ASP Women's World Tour to share their thoughts on the event and we also received feedback from some of the US mainland and Hawaii's best amateurs, many of whom hope to be joining the Tour themselves in the future. We'll step aside now and kick it off with our current World Champion, Carissa Moore. Solid frontside air by the 2013 ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool. © Red Bull Media House "An event at Lowers for the women is such exciting news. It is such a high performance wave that I think will really suit the women and allow for next level surfing. It is so encouraging to see Hurley and the ASP make the effort to get us such an amazing venue for the 2014 season." - Carissa Moore   instagram.com/rissmoore10 line of blue and gray Sally Fitzgibbons fin throw at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "The news of the Lowers event being locked in for our 2014 tour was really exciting to hear. With the talent level on the Women's World Tour at an all-time high, it is a perfect time to introduce a high performance wave like Trestles. It will be an awesome atmosphere to compete in alongside the Men's Tour event and I'm predicting that all the heats will be extremely close. I'm looking forward to putting together a great performance there. I can't wait for September to roll around again next year and give it everything I've got to lift the inaugural Hurley Pro Trestles trophy." - Sally Fitzgibbons   instagram.com/sally_fitz line of blue and gray California's top-ranked female pro surfer, Courtney Conlogue, gets one last hit off a foamy section at Lower Trestles. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I'm looking forward to surfing a location such as Lowers on the World Tour because it’s a wave that allows high performance progressive surfing. It’s a move in the right direction for the Women’s World Tour." - Courtney Conlogue   instagram.com/courtneyconlogue line of blue and gray Hawaiian pro surfer, Malia Manuel, testing out new boards on a clean afternoon at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Going into 2014 there are going to be a lot of positive changes for the Women's tour. That gave me motivation to want to re-qualify so I can be a part of such an awesome time for the sport of women's surfing. So far, I'm most excited about the added event at Trestles. Lowers is the skatepark of surfing and I'm looking forward to finally getting to compete again at that prestigious venue." - Malia Manuel   instagram.com/maliamanuel line of blue and gray New Zealand pro surfer, Paige Hareb, hits the lip and projects down the line on a solid wave at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I know there used to be a women's event at Trestles a long time ago. Ever since I knew that, I've been wishing that we would get it back and now it's here! I'm so thankful to still be on tour and to be able to get the chance to surf this fun, world class wave with one other lady in the water, eeek I'm getting excited just thinking about it!" - Paige Hareb   instagram.com/paigehareb line of blue and gray Australian surfer, Bec Woods, hits the lip in Carlsbad, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Too little too late for me as I won't be on your next year. But I am stoked to say that Trestles will definitely be one event I will tune into next year for the women. To be able to showcase their ability in actual waves instead of having tactical beach break conditions will be really exciting. Congrats to the ASP for getting that one on the schedule. Wish I could of hung on long enough to be there!" - Bec Woods   instagram.com/becwoods line of blue and gray Australian pro surfer and new member of the 2014 ASP Women's World Tour, Dimity Stoyle gets her fins free at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I was so excited when I heard the news of Lowers! Next year is going to be my first year on tour and the timing could not have been better! I have surfed that wave a few times before and it is the most perfect wave! The crowd is insane, so just being out in the water with one other girl out is going to be so dreamy!" - Dimity Stoyle   instagram.com/dimity line of blue and gray 2014 ASP Women's World Tour member, Nikki Van Dijk, hooks one backside on a clean afternoon left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Lowers is an incredible wave obviously and I am so so excited to compete there next year. It's going to be exciting for us to show everyone our best surfing in perfect waves. It's definitely a huge step forward in women's surfing." - Nikki van Dijk   instagram.com/nikkivandijk line of blue and gray French surfer, Johanne Defay, hits the closeout on a sunny, Southern California afternoon. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "The dream tour aptly named. It's a perfect wave, and the girls will be able to show their finest surfing!" - Johanne Defay   instagram.com/johannedefay line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Tatiana Weston-Webb, hooks a turn on an afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I heard rumors of Lowers being an upcoming event for the 2014 Women's World Tour when I was in France and Spain, and I was already freaking out about the rumor. When the ASP made the announcement I couldn't stop imagining how amazing it would be for the women to get to perform at such a perfect wave! The next thing I thought was this is definitely the next step to competitive surfing for women because Lowers is one of the most prestigious waves and it's a really big deal that the Hurley Pro wants to include women in the event! Many women on Tour will get a lot more publicity because of it!" - Tatiana Weston-Webb   instagram.com/tatiwest line of blue and gray Current USA Surf Team member, Nikki Viesins, hits the lip vertically at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think it will be a great venue. Lowers is a world class wave, and you can pretty much count on it to produce swell. I think it gives the women a fair chance to demonstrate their talent and prove themselves. It's a great location, and I am really looking forward to watching the event. Hopefully one day I'll be right up there with them." - Nikki Viesins   instagram.com/viesins line of blue and gray Tia Blanco gouges a fun Lowers left during the 2013 Surfing America USA Championships. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I am overly excited to see that the women's tour has made its way to lowers. I have experienced heats there the past couple of years and it is one of the best places to have a contest. Lowers is such an amazing wave. The girls this year are so talented and I believe everyone has been waiting for this opportunity for them to surf such a rippable wave. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to join them!" - Tia Blanco   instagram.com/tiablanco line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Mahina Maeda, drives hard off the bottom of a solid Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "When I heard about the new World Tour event for the Women at Lower Trestles, I was shocked. I think it’s amazing that they are holding it at a world-class wave, and it gets to show the truth of about women’s surfing. Over the years we’ve been less prioritized and we should be treated as one with the boys, because every woman out there has the potential to do a man's job. If there's an amateur event at Lowers, why isn't there a pro event? Lowers is a rippable wave, and I'm excited to see my favorite surfers be out there for next year's season, and hoping I get to surf in that event sometime in the future. I’ve won a couple of National Titles there, and hoping to win a World Tour event at that same spot." - Mahina Maeda   instagram.com/mahinamaeda line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Dax McGill, punts a nice frontside air on a fun afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "When I heard the news about the Women's tour having a stop at Lowers I was ecstatic! I couldn't really even believe it. Lowers is one of the most perfect waves in the world. In my opinion it's the closest thing to a wave pool! This event is going to show the true potential of all the women on the tour. Hopefully one day I'll be surfing in it! Thank you Hurley for the amazing opportunity for the women. They're going to prove themselves ;)" - Dax McGill   instagram.com/dax_mcgill line of blue and gray USA Surf Team member, Kylie Loveland, hooks a nice backside turn at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think the Women's World Tour coming to Lowers is something that has taken too long to happen! Everyone loves watching the guys shred one of the best waves in Southern California, but it's only fair to let the girls have their fair share of fun too! I'm stoked to see that girl surfers are getting more opportunities just like the boys." - Kylie Loveland   instagram.com/kylieloveland line of blue and gray Malia Ward throws down a nice layback snap on an overcast day at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think that it's an amazing opportunity for the girls to really show off their competition strategies and skills. And it also represents the growth and uprising of women's surfing. I believe Lowers is a magical wave that will bring out the most talent in a contest and it is a big step for women's surfing to be a part of that." - Malia Ward   instagram.com/malia_ward line of blue and gray Final Note: Thank you to the ASP, Paul Speaker, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Pat O'Connell, Bob Hurley, the Hurley brand, IMG, California State Parks and whoever else played an integral part in taking the ASP Women's World Tour to Trestles next year. With this move you have fulfilled dreams and undoubtedly stoked the imaginations of young athletes the world over who will get to witness the best female surfers competing in a truly, world-class venue. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com | Photo of Carissa Moore © Red Bull Media House

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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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Australia's Keeley Andrew, 18, earned the highest scores on opening day of the Ford Supergirl Pro. Photo credit: ASP/SHADLEY

Opening Day of ASP 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro Completes Five Rounds of Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Ford Supergirl Pro ASP 6-Star Women’s Event Oceanside Pier, California, USA August 2-4, 2013 Opening Day of ASP 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro Completes Five Rounds of Competition Australia's Keeley Andrew, 18, earned the highest scores on opening day of the Ford Supergirl Pro. Photo credit: ASP/SHADLEYPictured: Australia’s Keeley Andrew, 18, earned the highest scores on opening day of the Ford Supergirl Pro. Credit: ASP/SHADLEY HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Friday, August 2, 2013) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro chopped the field in half on the opening day of competition, narrowing the draw down from 96 to 48 in peaky one-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Oceanside Pier. The Ford Supergirl Pro is one of five ASP 6-Star events on the 2013 Women’s ASP Qualifying Series, drawing several of the world’s best surfers in search of crucial points towards their 2014 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) Qualification campaigns. Keeley Andrew (AUS), 18, smashed the day’s high scores during her American debut, earning an 8.83 for a series of backhand turns followed up with a 7.60 on her forehand. The young Australian will face off against ASP WCT standout Malia Manuel (HAW), 19, in the Round of 48 and is looking forward to gaining the priceless experience that comes along with competing against the world’s best surfers. “I paddled out wanting to catch whatever looked like it’d have half-decent potential for scores and I was able to catch that first left,” Andrew said. “It was a good start for the rest of the heat. I just want to get heat experience and surf against the world’s best. What more can you ask for?” Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Beach, CA), 21, also started strong in her Round of 60 match up, cracking an 8.00 for one powerful forehand turn while advancing to the Round of 48. Gilchrist, a former standout on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, is looking to gain traction on the ASP Women’s Qualifying Series and is out to post a standout result at the Ford Supergirl Pro. “It’s so tough out there, I think my backup was a 2.63, so you’ve really just got to get the waves,” Gilchrist said. “That’s what makes these contest hard, sometimes it ends up being the luck of the draw and luckily for me I got that one wave. There aren’t too many women’s events around and I’ve aged out of the Juniors so it’s been awhile since I’ve had the jersey on. I’m really excited for this contest and happy to make that first heat.” Demi Boelsterli (Santa Barbara, CA), 23, displayed impressive endurance on the opening day of the Ford Supergirl Pro, advancing through four heats to solidify her position against the top seeds. The Santa Barbara native is carrying added confidence from today’s success and feels the conditions reminiscent of her hometown training grounds could work in her favor. “I’m tired, but it feels good to start from the bottom and keep pushing,” Boelsterli said. “I feel confident because I’ve spent over an hour out there getting used to this new swell and it’ll be nice tomorrow. I’ve surfed against most of those girls before, so I think these mushy conditions might be an advantage to me because I surf these conditions all of the time.” Top Seeds at the Ford Supergirl Pro including current ASP World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, Pauline Ado (FRA), 22, Coco Ho (HAW), 22, Malia Manuel (HAW), 19, former ASP World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 29, Silvana Lima (BRA), 28, ASP WCT Rookie Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 19, ASP World Junior Champion Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), 19, defending event champion Sage Erickson (USA), 22, Laura Enever (AUS), 21, and more will take to the water in the Round of 48 tomorrow. The Ford Supergirl Pro runs from August 2-4, 2013 and will be webcast on the Final day via www.supergirlpro.com For complimentary high-res images log on to http://www.aspworldtour.com/press-room/ For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 60 RESULTS: Heat 1: Naomi Stevic (AUS) 11.00, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 10.67, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 10.50, Tia Blanco (USA) 6.14 Heat 2: Keeley Andrew (AUS) 16.43, Frankie Harrer (USA) 12.50, Ella Williams (NZL) 10.20, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 9.17 Heat 3: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 13.03, Nikki Viesins (USA) 6.53, Erica Hoseini (USA) 6.03, Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF) 3.00 Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.60, Demi Bolsteri (USA) 10.13, Meah Collins (USA) 7.27, Jordan Hundley (USA) 4.46 Heat 5: Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 8.90, Chandler Parr (USA) 6.67, Alisha Gonsalves (USA) 4.16, Jasset Umbel (USA) 3.07 Heat 6: Kahanu Delovio (HAW) 9.90, Reika Noro (JPN) 9.86, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.70, Minami Takechi (JPN) 4.37 FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 72 RESULTS: Heat 1: Tia Blanco (USA) 12.34, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 11.70, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 7.67, Kallee Krebs (HAW) ns Heat 2: Ella Williams (NZL) 12.94, Nagy Bailey (HAW) 8.56, Shelby Detmers (USA) 6.54, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 5.40 Heat 3: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 11.57, Demi Boelsterli (USA) 9.57, Rina Kitazawa (JPN) 6.50, Dax McGill (HAW) 6.26 Heat 4: Meah Collins (USA) 10.67, Nikki Viesins (USA) 10.50, Malia Osterkamp (USA) 10.27 Heat 5: Chandler Parr (USA) 9.80, Kahanu Delovio (HAW) 8.17, Natalie Anzivino (USA) 8.10, Crystal Vail (AUS) 7.13 Heat 6: Reika Noro (JPN) 9.33, Jasset Umbel (USA) 7.90, Sara Taylor (USA) 6.90, Wes Noble (GBR) 3.94 FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 80 RESULTS: Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 14.10, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 5.60, Kylie Loveland (USA) 5.06, Malia Faramarzi (USA) 2.26 Heat 2: Demi Boelsterli (USA) 12.84, Ella Williams (NZL) 8.33, Brianna Cope (HAW) 7.60, Kloo Openshaw (USA) 2.30 Heat 3: Malia Osterkamp (USA) 9.43, Reika Noro (JPN) 6.67, Harley Taich (USA) 6.10, Ashley Beeson (USA) 2.09 Heat 4: Natalie Anzivino (USA) 15.90, Sarah Taylor (USA) 9.33, Sara Marineau (USA) 4.50, Lani Doherty (USA) 4.12 FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 88 RESULTS: Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.83, Ella Williams (NZL) 9.67, Asako Mizuno (JPN) 7.57, Heather Jordan (USA) 3.73 Heat 2: Demi Bolsterli (USA) 13.00, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 8.03, Avalon Johnson (USA) 7.23, Jill Hansen (HAW) 2.37 Heat 3: Harley Taich (USA) 6.50, Samantha Lamirand (USA) 5.53, Sarah Taylor (USA) 5.60, Natsuki Suda (JPN) 4.80 Heat 4: Natalie Anzivino (USA) 10.27, Malia Ostercamp (USA) 8.57, Fiona Casey (AUS) 6.40, Lea Taylor (USA) 4.70 FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 96 RESULTS: Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 11.90, Avalon Johnson (USA) 8.13, Rosanny Alvarez (VEN) 6.27, Sidney Johnson (USA) 2.43 Heat 2: Anastasia Ashley (USA) 10.73, Heather Jordan (USA) 6.03, Michaela Partin (USA) 2.74, Addie Mason (USA) 2.40 Heat 3: Samantha Lamirand (USA) 15.50, Natalie Anzivino (USA) 6.90, Adrana Cano (VEN) 1.27, Nedda Cosman (USA) ns Heat 4: Malia Osterkamp (USA) 9.40, Natsuki Suda (JPN) 5.10, Dresden Rowlett (USA) 2.23

Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo Gallery

Lakey Peterson photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.comRob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Photo Gallery Photos: Chris Grant / JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine This year marked a first for Rob Machado's annual contest, the addition of a Pro Junior event for the girls. In the challenging and shifty conditions of Seaside Reef, the pre-contest favorite, Lakey Peterson, lived up to expectations and took out the Final, defeating Hawaii's Nage' Melamed and Leila Hurst with California's Taylor Pitz rounding out the field. Here are a few moments from the event... Left: Up the beach from the competition site, Lakey Peterson paddled out into a drifting, current-filled, empty lineup and scored some nice warm-up waves before the final day commenced. Lakey Peterson with an early morning backside hook. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Lakey Peterson was on fire from the first round. Spectacular backside hook at Seaside Reef. Tatiana Weston Webb surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com Seaside Reef offered up plenty of surf. Tatiana Weston-Webb throws water as a bumpy left lines up ahead of her. Chandler Parr photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Malibu's Chandler Parr scored a last second victory on Day 1 but was starved of waves in the Quarterfinals. 13 year old Kylie Loveland projecting into a nice Seaside Reef left, surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. At only 13 years old, Kylie Loveland already knows that good surfing begins with solid bottom turns. Brianna Cope surfed strong through the entire event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl. Hawaii's Brianna Cope came up just short in the Semifinals but had some of the best rights of the contest. Haley Watson surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Special mention goes to Floridian Haley Watson who shined wearing a wetsuit in the sub-60 degree water temps. 11 year old Meah Collins barely missed the final but had one of the turns of the event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. The loudest cheers of the event went up when 11 year old Meah Collins wrapped this spray-throwing turn. Frontside gash by Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Although unlucky to miss the Final, Hawaii's Alessa Quizon was a clear standout in the event unloading on every section that presented itself. Alessa Cuizon after her quarterfinal victory at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Alessa Quizon after a blistering Quarterfinal performance. Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon and Billabong's Megan Brainard Villa at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com. One of the biggest supporters of women's surfing in the surf industry (and one of the few who will give JettyGirl the time of day), Billabong's Megan Brainard Villa, shown here with Alessa Cuizon. Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com With a spirited run in the Semis, Laguna Beach's Taylor Pitz used her formidable backside skills to make the Finals. Taylor Pitz and Tonic Haircare's Lauren Otonicar photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Taylor Pitz' camp exploded with applause when she made the Final. A smiling Taylor walks with Lauren Otonicar of Tonic Haircare, one of Taylor's sponsors. Leila Hurst, finalist at the Rob Machado Pro Junior at Seaside Reef. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl. Earlier in the week I had the honor of babysitting Leila Hurst's new board on the beach. As her Finals berth would attest, the new board works very well indeed! Leila Hurst, backside hack on the inside. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl. Hawaii's Leila Hurst ripped throughout the event and walked away with a 3rd Place finish. Nage Melamed with a backside hook in the afternoon, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com Nage' Melamed surfs really well on her backhand, routinely putting her board in unique positions in the lip. Nage' shredded into 2nd Place in the comp. Nage Melamed with a smooth frontside carve at Seaside Reef, surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com By the afternoon, the inside peak shifted and some fun rights poured through the lineup. Nage's smooth carves complimented them perfectly. Lakey Peterson surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Lakey Peterson won the Rob Machado Pro Jr largely because of her excellent backhand skills. Lakey Peterson backside drift surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine I dug this weightless, drifting re-entry...a wonderful blend of timing, speed and balance by Lakey Peterson. Lakey Peterson, winner of the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior, photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.com A stoked Lakey Peterson exits the water to be congratulated by family, friends and the press. Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Awards Presentation, photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine A jubilant Lakey Peterson, winner of the 2011 Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior.