another year starts on the ASP Women's World
Championship Tour it is incredibly hard
not to sound like a broken down record about
this year's tour being the biggest and best
ever for surfing performance and competition.
It seems it is said at the start of every
new year. It is encouraging, however, that
I do find I am repeating this thought. It
is testament to the continuous progression
and growth of women's surfing. If I wasn't
repeating myself, we should all be concerned
about where the sport would be going.
seems to be the year of the grommet rookie
attack. Five of the Top 17 are under 20
years old and they are all WCT rookies.
World Champ Steph Gilmore at 22 might have
snuck in and grabbed a couple of world titles
before the rest of the new school actually
got out of school, she may find things shifting
pretty fast even for her. It seems Steph
was the tip of a pretty hefty "take
no prisoners approach to surfing" iceberg.
Not only that, there are previous World
Champions on tour in Sofia and Chelsea,
not to mention loose cannon performers like
Melanie and Silvana.
I firmly believe about this year, is that
whoever ends up with a world title, will
earn it from a pretty hefty drawn out and
down-to-the-wire battle. There will be no
walkover results with this new group on
board." --Prue Jeffries
I would like to thank Prue Jeffries for
writing down her thoughts about the ASP
Women's World Tour again this year. Prue
is an avid supporter of women's professional
surfing and also generously gives of her
time to support grassroots projects like
JettyGirl. Thank you Prue :) --Chris