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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Kelia Moniz (HAW), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard World Champion cruising to the crown in China last year. Credit: ASP/Will H-S

Swatch Girls Pro China Set To Crown ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion This November

Kelia Moniz (HAW), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard World Champion cruising to the crown in China last year. Credit: ASP/Will H-SPictured: Kelia Moniz (HAW), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard Champion cruising to the crown in China last year. Credit: ASP/Will H-S Swatch Girls Pro China Set To Crown ASP Women's World Longboard Champion This November COOLANGATTA, QLD/Australia (Thursday, October 17, 2013) – The city of Wanning on the small island of Hainan, in the South China Sea will once again play host to the ASP World Longboard Championships this November. For the third consecutive year the ASP Women's World Longboard Champion will be crowned at the Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, with this year's event running from November 20 - 24. Wanning Mayor Zhang Mei Wen is proud to once again showcase the culture, surf and sights that his community has to offer, and is looking forward to again welcoming the world's best longboarders to his hometown for the 2013 Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning. "The city of Wanning is really proud to again be hosting 2013 SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA and the Riyue Bay ASP Men’s World Longboard Championship, namely the fourth Wanning International Surfing Festival, Hainan, China," said Wanning Mayor Zhang Mei Wen. "On behalf of the Wanning People's Government and Wanning's People, I would like to thank the ASP, sponsors and media for supporting for the development of surfing industry in Wanning!" Kelia Moniz (HAW), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard Champion stole the show at last year's Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning. The young Hawaiian surfed with style and grace, all the way to the podium where she accepted her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. She'll be the one to watch at this year's event, heading to China with a near-perfect record after claiming top spot at last year's Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, and runner-up the year before. "It's exciting looking back on last year's win," Moniz said. "It doesn't feel like it's been almost a year! Thinking about China again makes me real fired up to go back and do it all over again! Hopefully this year with a bit more surf. China, or Hainan to be specific is a really special place. The culture there runs so deep and is still so raw and real. It's beautiful for me to see all the people, the fishing villages, the farming, all that gives me a little taste of what Hawaii was probably like once upon a time. It makes me appreciate everything God has blessed me with. It's also great to experience all the love from every volunteer who helps out at the event site. They are the ones who make our experience unforgettable!" Kassia Meador (USA) is world renowned for her free-surfing and style, but these skills also make her a threat in competition as she's always in the mix for the ASP Women's World Longboard Title and will once again be one of the favourites at this year's Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning. "It's great to have a chance to surf with some of the best female longboarders in the world," Meador said. "I think one of the things I like most about going to China to surf is it's a place I never thought surfing would take me, and every time we go it's a beautiful experience. For women's longboarding the Swatch Girls Pro China is the premier global event. Swatch really goes above and beyond to take care of us, and make sure we have the best surf conditions to compete in. Not to mention it's just super fun to be there with everyone in China. I can wait for this year's event." Chelsea Williams (AUS) has proven to be one of the form surfers over the past two year's at the Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, winning the inaugural event in 2011 and finishing runner-up to Moniz last year. Coming close to winning the ASP World Longboard Title on multiple occasions continues to spur Williams on to keep fighting for the sport's highest honour. "Coming so close to winning the ASP World Longboard Title so many times proves that I have what it takes to win," Williams said. "This year I will be putting 110 percent into it. I still feel like an underdog at times which I think motivates me more and throws more fuel on the fire. Swatch really looks after us at this event. It's a professional event and you are made to feel like a top rated athlete while you're there. It's a great contest and one I always look forward to going to. The set up is great and when there are waves there's no better place to be competing and spectating." Darci Liu (CHN) is at the forefront of the growing surf culture on Hainan, taking to the water to surf or teach others as often as possible and has been awarded a wildcard into the Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning for the third straight year. "In two years I've seen surfing grow tremendously and appreciate what the Wanning Government and Swatch are doing to promote and encourage Chinese to learn more about surfing," said Darci. "I'm really looking forward to having Swatch and the friends I've made at the event return this year to join us all in Wanning for the Swatch Girls Pro China." SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2013 HOSTED BY WANNING ASP WOMEN'S WORLD LONGBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP 20-24 NOVEMBER 2013 WANNING, HAINAN ISLAND, CHINA For more information, log on to www.aspworldtour.com

SWATCH Girls Pro China Opens Professional Surfing in China with Style

SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lindsay Steinriede. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lindsay Steinriede. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) winning her opening heat at the inaugural SWATCH Girls Pro China today. Steinriede earned one of the day's highest wave scores, an 8.25 (out of a possible of 10). Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith
For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International SWATCH Girls Pro China Opens Professional Surfing in China with Style WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Wednesday, 26 October, 2011) - The SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning launched professional surfing in China today with the world's best female longboarders taking to the waves at Riyuewan Bay, Hainan Island. The 2 - 3 foot (1.5 meter) surf was ideal for the surfers to unleash their full bags of tricks with competitors mixing modern and traditional moves much to the delight of the hundreds of fans on the beach. The SWATCH Girls Pro China is the second of two events on the ASP Women's World Longboard Tour and the event that will decide the 2011 ASP Women's World Longboard Champion. The Title race is wide open, making this not only an historic event, but an exciting one too. Kaitlin Maguire (USA) won the first ever ASP heat in China in the opening heat of the inaugural SWATCH Girls Pro China over Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN). "It feels amazing!" Maguire said. "It was pretty stressful out there, I'm happy for it to be over and finish on top. It's so good to be here and experience the different culture. The wave looks like it has a lot of potential so I'm looking forward to the rest of the event." [frame_left src="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Ah-Kouen-SwatchGPChina11WHS031-150x100.jpg" href="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Ah-Kouen-SwatchGPChina11WHS031.jpg"]Ophelie Ah-Kouen[/frame_left] Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) won a nail-biter of a heat against Isabele Braly (AUS). Both surfers put some solid scores on the board but it was Ah-Kouen who took the heat by less than 1 point. "I feel good because I won, but it was a very difficult heat," Ah-Kouen said. "I was very nervous, but now I feel ok, hopefully I will do better in the next round. It's so good to be here in China, Hainan is a beautiful island and the waves are good." [frame_right src="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/WilliamsSwatchGPChina11WHS032-150x100.jpg" href="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/WilliamsSwatchGPChina11WHS032.jpg"]Chelsea Williams[/frame_right] Chelsea Williams (AUS) was the standout performer of the day earning a near perfect 18.80 out of a possible 20. Williams looked right at home on the long left runners, carving and nose-riding bigger and longer than anyone else. Williams will now face Leah Dawson (USA) in the next round. "I'm pretty surprised I won, I couldn't hear the announcers out in the water," Williams said. "I had no idea how I was going until I came into the shore and heard that I'd won. The wave is fun, it's a little soft left-hander. I love going left because it's my forehand and I don't get the chance to go left very often. China is really cool, it's tropical and not like we expected." Lindsay Steinriede (USA) showed why she's the number one seed at the SWATCH Girls Pro China, easily defeating Taiwanese trials winner Wen Ling Chou (TWN). Steinriede will now face Frenchwoman Coline Menard (FRA) in Round 2. "I was a little nervous because I know the conditions can be tough out there," Steinriede said. "On my first wave I was definitely a little jittery, I'd been waiting a while and was excited to get out there. It's also a while between events and I have a full-time job so you have to switch competition mode off for a little bit, but it doesn't take long to turn it back on." Darci Lui (CHN), the first ever Chinese national to compete at an ASP event, lost her heat against an in-form 2 x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith. Lui lost the battle, but did the locals proud with hundreds cheering everytime she got to her feet. "It's been a great opportunity for me to surf against these girls," Lui said. "Even though I lost I'm so happy! This is such a great event for China, I'm so proud to have this event here." [frame_left src="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador042SGPC11WHS-150x100.jpg" href="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Meador042SGPC11WHS.jpg"]Kassia Meador[/frame_left]Kassia Meador (USA) the number 3 seed had a tough start to her SWATCH Girls Pro China campaign. Meador pulled off some big moves but was unable to link them together on one wave and snuck through to the next round with a couple of small scores. "I felt really shaky out there," Meador said. "It's been a long day, maybe I'm dehydrated. I couldn't really find my feet out there. Hopefully I got all my falling off out of the way for the rest of the event." A call will be made at 7am tomorrow for a possible 7:30 start, there's a chance that the SWATCH Girls Pro China will finish tomorrow and that a new ASP Women's World Longboard Champion will be crowned. The SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning will run from 26 - 30 October. For more event info, photos, video highlights and your chance to win SWATCH Touch Eventwatches stay tuned to www.swatchgirlspro.com For more information log on to www.aspworldtour.com
SWATCH Girls Pro China Round 1 Results: Heat 1: Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 9.25 def. Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) 7.45 Heat 2: Summer Romero (USA) 13.85 def. Roxy Towill (ZAF) 8.40 Heat 3: Miku Uemura (HAW) 13.00 def. Estitxu Estremo (ESP) 6.96 Heat 4: Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 12.25 def. Isabele Braly (AUS) 11.60 Heat 5: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 18.80 def. Amy Trujillo (USA) 9.40 Heat 6: Leah Dawson (USA) 13.35 def. Candice O'Donnell (GBR) 5.85 Heat 7: Coline Menard (FRA) 9.50 def. Rosie Locke (AUS) 5.75 Heat 8: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.85 def. Wen Ling Chou (TWN) 8.90 Heat 9: Jennifer Smith (USA) 10.75 def. Darci Lui (CHN) 3.75 Heat 10: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 14.10 def. Megan Godinez (HAW) 7.25 Heat 11: Melissa Combo (AUS) 10.15 def. Kelly Nicely (USA) 9.00 Heat 12: Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 6.85 def. Cristiana Pires (USA) 6.70 Heat 13: Kassia Meador (USA) 9.60 def. Nicole Trickett (ZAF) 5.25 Heat 14: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 12.50 def. Geodee Clark (HAW) 8.00 Heat 15: Justine Dupont (FRA) 13.25 def. Hatsumi Ui (JPN) 8.00 Heat 16: Karina Abras (BRA) 7.70 def. Rachel Barry (USA) 6.75
SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Competitors. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Summer Romero noseride. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Lineup. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Surfers' area. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Yuko Shimajiri. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith. SWATCH Girls Pro China 2011. Beach statues. Photo © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.Photos from above left. Opening ceremonies; Summer Romero; SWATCH Girls Pro China lineup; Competitors' area; Yuko Shimajiri; Beach statues. Photos © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith
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Jensen and Smith Claim All-American Victory at Malfunction Surf Festival

KINGSCLIFF / AUSTRALIA (Sunday 27th March, 2011): American surfers Taylor Jensen (Oceanside), 27, and Jennifer Smith (San Diego) , 25, upstaged their Australian counterparts to win the respective ASP Australasia Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) Cancer Institute NSW men’s and women’s divisions. Californian carver Jensen, who has placed 2nd in the LQS men’s division at the Malfunction for the past two years, finally etched his name onto the event’s winner’s list, beating Buderim’s Mitch Surman, former ASP Men’s World Longboard Champion Josh Constable and Currumbin’s Jackson Close in an entertaining final. “It feels pretty good to finally win this event,” said Jensen, who claimed US $2000 and 250 rating points. “I started off really slow. I couldn’t get a wave, fell on my first one and wasn’t feeling great. But I finally lucked into a couple smaller ones which ran along the bank.” The lanky natural foot accruing a 9.33 and an 8.82 to finish in the numero-uno position on 18.16 points (out of a possible 20). Despite his third placing in the day’s blue ribbon final, Constable heads the men’s LQS ratings ahead of Jensen, with Surman, Jared Neal (Coffs Harbour) and Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach) rounding out the top 5. The final event of the Australasian LQS is the Whalebone Classic, which starts on July 16. Smith, the two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard champion (2007 and 2009), was in a class of her own in the 30-minute finale, schooling Melissa Combo (Ballina), Emma Webb (Victoria) and Jodie Barsby (Crescent Head) with a combined two-wave total of 14.14, which included a 6.47 on her opening ride and an even stronger 7.67. Smith, who claimed a second place at the Noosa Festival, said she was eager to taste victory in the LQS women’s division during her time in Australia. “It’s been good,” she said. “Getting second at Noosa was the main reason I came to the Malfunction. I wasn’t going to do it and coming so close in Noosa I wanted to do better. I haven’t done well in Australia over the past few years, so it feels good to win.” Following today’s result, Smith leads the LQS women’s ratings ahead of Chelsea Williams (Kingscliff), Combo, Webb and Bianca Anstiss (Currumbin). In the Greenline SUP Pro final, Kingscliff’s Justin Holland defeated former ASP World Tour competitor Luke Egan (Coolangatta), Currumbin’s Jackson Close and Noosa’s Dane Wilson. After a slow start, Holland unloaded a bevy of big forehand moves to notch a 5.73 and a 7.43 to finish with a two-wave combined total of 13.16 (out of a possible 20). 2011 Malfunction Full Results: LQS Men’s 1 Taylor Jensen 2 Mitch Surman 3 Josh Constable 4 Jackson Close LQS Women’s 1 Jennifer Smith 2 Melissa Combo 3 Emma Webb 4 Jodie Barsby