Cori Schumacher waxing up a special board designed and shaped by Ashley Lloyd. Photo by Chris Grant,

BACKBONE IN A TILTED WORLD, POSTSCRIPT. Follow-up to the Cori Schumacher Interview on

By Cori Schumacher Watching the deciding event of the Women's World Longboard Championships unfold in China from a distance was difficult. Truth be told, it was impossible. There were no live webcasts, no live interviews and very limited photographs of the event itself as it unfolded. Though live scoring was available, bans by the Chinese government on social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) made any unofficial updates nearly impossible. Additionally, it was strange to view the photos of the opening ceremony where uniformed, color coordinated crews occupied the majority of the seats in the audience. Contests are usually huge promotions for the companies that fund them. This did not seem to be the case in this situation... at least in the traditional sense. Indeed, I would argue that this may have been the least spectated event of this size in the history of the ASP and not simply from a lack of interest in women's longboarding, although this may have been a point taken into consideration.... Can you imagine the uproar from folks who could not watch Kelly Slater live from China?! Cori Schumacher waxing up a special board designed and shaped by Ashley Lloyd. Photo by Chris Grant, The point here is to highlight the censorship and propaganda that were at play throughout the event. What was being sold, supported, commodified was surf-fashion/lifestyle-in-China and Hainan-as-Hawaii as defined by the ASP and SIMA and the government of Wanning. What is not known are the details of the deal that was struck between Chinese officials and the ASP/SIMA other than that this event will be held, at least for the next two years, at this same venue. I am curious to see if the Chinese government will be footing the bill for the 32 competitors each year. A few key points I'd like to highlight: 1) In response to those who thought I did not want surfing brought to China- It doesn't take a contest to introduce surfing to China. 2) Those Chinese who were present at the contest (and not involved with it somehow) were not those who are most oppressed by the government. Hainan is being tailored for the luxury class, the upper class, the growing class of Chinese with a disposable income. A class being magnetized to the surf industry, not by a desire to surf, but through clothing that is marketed as Western and modern; as evinced by the choice to hold the bikini show rather than holding a surf clinic. 3) What of those who were pushed out of their homes in order to make room for the hotels on Hainan? This is happening in many places in China, people's land being taken from them through a Chinese version of eminent domain. Cori Schumacher quote from Backbone in a Tilted World, Postscript on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Simply leaving the hotel and wandering around the local area isn't going to expose the underbelly of Chinese society. Suppose I were to have a contest at Queens, in Waikiki and decided to take a walk around because I had heard stories about the rampant poverty in America and I wanted to "see for myself" if this was true. Would I find it? I would either have to fly over to the mainland and do some traveling or I would need a Hawaiian local who was unafraid to tell me where I could find these pockets of poverty in paradise, then take me, for example, to the tent cities on the West side of Oahu. We see this class distinction in surfing even here. While many tout the low cost of surfing as compared with other sports (the "all you really need is a plank and you are able to ride waves" mentality) the larger context of what is needed is lots of leisure time and proximity to the ocean. Many of those who might enjoy surfing don't have this leisure time because they are working. This isn't a choice, nor is it a cultural difference. They are barely scraping by, working long hours at extremely low wages to sustain even the most meager of existences in order to simply survive. I do not see China as some homogenous amalgam or judge it through the lens of the western media. Chinese Human Rights Defenders is one example of a great direct resource for human rights defense from within China. I make a distinction between the Chinese people and the Chinese government, between the central government and local governments... and always keep in mind cultural relativity. But there are some things that are universal, such as how to treat human beings and I try to make my choices based on my best knowledge of a situation. Not everyone will agree with how I made these decisions but ultimately, they are my decisions to make. In no way do I think surfing should be kept from China, but do I think that the ASP, SIMA, clothing manufacturers/corporations, etc. ought to be the ones introducing it? No way. Photo Credits: Chris Grant /
Additional Resources: Backbone in a Tilted World. The Cori Schumacher Interview. Cori Schumacher's Blog Cori Schumacher on - Champions in China and Meaning-Making Cori Schumacher on - Why I'm Boycotting
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Chelsea Williams Wins SWATCH Girls Pro China. Lindsay Steinriede Claims ASP Women’s World Longboard Title.

For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International Williams Wins SWATCH Girls Pro China Steinriede Claims ASP Women's World Longboard Title
SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011 event winner, Chelsea Williams and 2011 ASP Women's Longboard World Champion, Lindsay Steinriede. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.Chelsea Williams (left) wearing her crown and Lindsay Steinriede (right) with her ASP Women's World Longboard Champion cup. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Thursday, 27 October, 2011) - Two Champions were crowned at the historic first ever ASP event in China today. Chelsea Williams won the SWATCH Girls Pro China and Lindsay Steinriede (USA) has taken out the 2011 ASP Women's World Longboard Title. [frame_left src="" href=""]Chelsea Williams (AUS)[/frame_left] Chelsea Williams (AUS) was without a doubt the standout performer of the SWATCH Girls Pro China, so it was only fitting to see her crowned the winner. Williams defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) in an action packed Final with the conditions turning on for the 2 best surfers of the day. Both surfers notched big scores, but it was Williams who continued her dominating run to claim her maiden ASP Women's World Longboard Tour win. "I'm so happy to win the first ASP event in China," Williams said. "It feels amazing to be here and surf against everyone, they were all surfing really well. Fortunately for me it was on a left-hander which rarely ever happens, so I was just stoked to show what I can do on my forehand. I think this has been a longtime coming, I've come close to winning so many times so it feel amazing to finally win one." [frame_right src="" href=""]Lindsay Steinriede (USA)[/frame_right] Despite losing in the Quarterfinals to eventual event winner Chelsea Williams (AUS), Steinriede had amassed enough points to take the crown after winning the first event on the ASP Women's World Longboard Tour in France and coming 5th here in China. "I feel awesome!" Steinriede said. "I knew I didn't have control of the outcome so I was just letting it happen, and it just went my way so I'm really happy. One of the first things I came in and said to my husband after I lost was that I've had a lot worse things happen to me, I was just trying to stay positive. To be able to still be in the Title race was awesome and to actually win it, well it's just sinking in and I think I'm going to cry." Steinriede surfed fantastic all event, putting her full repertoire and smooth style on display for the Chinese crowds on the beach, but couldn't get past the standout surfer of the event Chelsea Williams. Steinriede won the ASP Women's World Longboard Title when the last contender standing, Kassia Meador (USA) lost to young Hawaiian Kelia Moniz (HAW) in the Semifinals. "I was devastated because I didn't want to leave it to chance, but I was more devastated because I didn't get that wave I wanted," Steinriede said. "My emotions are still up and down because I really wanted to be in the Final, but that's ok, I'll take the ASP World Title!" [frame_left src="" href=""]Kelia Moniz (HAW)[/frame_left] Kelia Moniz (HAW) finished 6th on the ASP Women's World Longboard Tour ratings after her 2nd place finish at the SWATCH Girls Pro China today. This is a breakout event for the 18-year-old Hawaiian who's already looking forward to the 2012 ASP Women's World Longboard Tour. "It felt great to make the final, and beat Jen (Smith) and Kassia (Meador), that's a big accomplishment for me," Moniz said. "Then to surf with Chelsea (Williams) in the final was great. As much as I wanted to win, there's always next year, I'm already looking forward to coming back here and to France. China has been amazing, the community and the event volunteers have been great, they've treated us like royalty and we're so grateful." [frame_right src="" href=""]Kassia Meador (USA)[/frame_right] Kassia Meador (USA) finished equal 3rd today at the SWATCH Girls Pro China, cementing her spot as runner-up to the ASP Women's World Title. If Meador had won the event she would have won the title, but she fell short against the young Hawaiian Moniz in the Quarterfinals. "I feel great, I'm not much of a contest surfer so the fact that I came close to the ASP World Title is fantastic," Meador said. "I'm just stoked to be in China surfing with all the girls, and to lose to Kelia (Moniz), there's not many people I'd rather lose to, she's like a little sister to me. It was such a fun heat, you do what you can and I fell short, but I'm so happy to make the finals. I'm so stoked that Chelsea (Williams) won! She's always the in-form surfer at these events so it was due time that she won." For more event info on the SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, photos, video highlights and your chance to win SWATCH Touch Eventwatches check out For more information log on to
SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA RESULTS: FINAL: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 15.33 def. Kelia Moniz (HAW) 12.36 SEMIFINALS: SF1: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.00 def. Summer Romero (USA) 8.40 SF2: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 10.90 def. Kassia Meador (USA) 9.75 QUARTERFINALS: QF1: Summer Romero (USA) 12.00 def. Miku Uemura (HAW) 9.90 QF2: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.85 def. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 9.25 QF3: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 10.25 def. Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 6.75 QF4: Kassia Meador (USA) 12.40 def. Karina Abras (BRA) 7.10
All Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith

Lindsay Steinriede Beats Jennifer Smith to Win Roxy Pro Biarritz

Champagne flying over the Roxy Pro awards' ceremony, newly crowned champion Lindsey Steinriede (California, USA) enjoying her win in front of a cheering crowds. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme Champagne flying over the Roxy Pro awards' ceremony, newly crowned champion Lindsey Steinriede (California, USA) enjoying her win in front of a cheering crowds. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme Lindsay Steinriede (California, USA), relaxed and focused. Photo ©ASP/BonnarmeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America BIARRITZ, France (Monday, July 18, 2011) – The first stop of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour saw a dominant performance by the Californian contingent with Lindsay Steinriede (Dana Point), CA), 26, defeating two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (San Diego, CA), 23, to win the Roxy Pro Biarritz and establish herself as the frontrunner among the world’s best female longboarders. The 2011 ASP Women’s WLT consists of two events with the final event unfolding at the Swatch Girls Pro in China. Steinriede put on a stellar performance while taking her first major elite ASP victory and built momentum throughout the day before earning the event’s highest single-wave score of an 7.5 in the final to secure her victory over Smith. “It feels amazing, I don’t think it has really set in yet and it is slowly starting to,” Steinriede said. “Champagne in the face kind of wakes you up more. (laughs) . I think I am still in shock right now. I was in the final and I won and now it is all over. It is just crazy.” Steinriede was consistent throughout the final day of competition and earned two of the highest-heat totals before topping her compatriot in the Final and is now the woman to be in the hunt for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Title. “I started out with such a hard heat in my quarter-final so I knew that I had to be on top of my game and just do what I can,” Steinriede said. “She (Smith) is always someone hard to beat in the final or in any heat. She is a great competitor and there wasn’t any bad blood out there so it was a fun final.” Lindsay Steinriede (USA) showing classic longboarding skills requires arms and body balance for a superb result. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme  Californian Jennifer Smith (USA) putting herself in a critical walling-up section and hanging five with style. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme Kassia Meador (California, USA) warming-up and standing next to her classic single-fin longboard before her Semifinal bout with Jennifer Smith (USA). Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme  Roxy Pro underdog and ASP Europe representative Ophelie Ah-Kouen (Reunion, FRA) putting the contest rashguard on before her Semifinal heat. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme Clockwise from upper left: Lindsay Steinriede, Roxy Pro Champion; Jennifer Smith, Runner-Up; Ophelie Ah-Kouen, 3rd Place; Kassia Meador, 3rd Place. All photos ©ASP/Bonnarme. Smith ousted fellow American standouts Kassia Meador and Kelly Nicely in her Semifinals and Quarterfinals heats, but was unable to find the scores needed in the Final’s tricky conditions to surpass Steinriede. “I had no pressure, at least not any more than in my past finals here but the waves turned off and it wasn’t easy,” Smith said. “I am so proud of Lindsay (Steinriede), she deserves to win after getting such good scores the whole event.” Smith, who has won two Roxy Pro Biarritz titles, now sits at No. 2 on the ASP Women’s WLT rankings and is still in excellent position to potentially clinch a third ASP WLT Crown entering the final event of the season. Kassia Meador was also a strong addition on the California front at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. The iconic longboarding talent marched to an equal 3rd place result in France when she fell to eventual runner-up, Smith, in the Semifinals. “It is my best result this year, I have had a great time and if I am going to lose to anybody I want it to be Jennifer (Smith),” Meador said. “I tried as hard as I could and I am stoked. I am looking forward to China, it’s going to be a whole new vibe. I’m looking forward to a new place and a whole new culture and waves and of course coming back here to France next year. I always love coming here, great waves and parties and can’t wait for it.” The 2011 ASP Women’s WLT Champion will be crowned at the inaugural Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning. For Roxy Pro Biarritz highlights log on to For additional ASP information log on to ROXY PRO LONGBOARD RESULTS FINAL 1st, Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 12.40 2nd, Jennifer Smith (USA), 5.60 SEMIFINALS Heat 1 : Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.75 def. Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 9.15 Heat 2 : Jennifer Smith (USA) 11.85 def. Kassia Meador (USA) 11.40 QUARTERFINALS Heat 1 : Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 7.60 def. Amy Trujillo (USA) 5.45 Heat 2 : Lindsay Steinreide (USA) 15.40 def. Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 11.25 Heat 3 : Kassia Meador (USA) 11.25 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 7.50 Heat 4 : Jennifer Smith (USA) 11.00 def. Kelly Nicely (USA) 10.25 *All photos above ©ASP/Bonnarme