2012 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro – Oceanside Pier, August 9-11. Free to attend, no ticket required.

2012 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, Oceanside Pier, August 9-11, 2012 EVENT OVERVIEW: For the past six years, the Supergirl Jam Series has been the only large-scale all-girls action sports competition and lifestyle series. Developed as a celebration of female empowerment, the Supergirl Jam features the top female athletes in surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding competing at three events. In 2012, the Supergirl Jam is expanding with the launch of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, the ONLY 6-Star Women’s Tour Surf Contest in North America. It will feature the largest field of professional surfing talent of any event in the world with more than 80 top pros competing. DATE: August 9-11, 2012 VENUE Oceanside Pier (South Side), Oceanside, California COMPETITIONS There are three days of surfing heats that lead to head-to-head competition between the world’s best female surfers. The event is an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star event so it offers valuable points for surfers to qualify into the Women’s Championship Tour in 2013. TICKETS The event is free to attend and no ticket is required. SCHEDULE Day 1: Thursday, Aug 9, 8:00a – 4:00p - Round 1 (4 Heats @ 20 Min; 1.33 hours) - Round 2 (6 Heats @ 20 Min; 2 hours) - Round 3 (6 Heats @ 20 Min; 2 hours) - Round 4 (6 Heats @ 25 Min; 2.5 hours) Day 2: Friday, Aug 10, 10:30a – 3:30p - Round 4 (6 Heats @ 25 Min; 2.5 hours) - Round 5 (6 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 2.5 Hours) Day 3: Saturday, Aug 11, 11:00a – 4:00p - Round 6 (4 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 1.66 Hours) - Quarter-Finals (4 Heats @ 25 Minutes; 1.66 Hours) - Semi-Finals (2 Heats @ 25 Minutes; .83 Hours) - Final (1 Heat @ 30 Minutes; .5 Hours) TV COVERAGE The event features a minimum of eleven (11) hours of television coverage in the US: • 6 hours of coverage on Fox Sports Net • 5 hours of coverage on Fuel TV INTERNET There will be a live stream hosted at several sites TBA Information about the event can be obtained at www.supergirljam.com COMPETING PROS The event features eighty (80) of the top professional female surfers in the world, including 13 of the top 16 ranked pros. It is the largest field of talent of any female surfing event in the world. Following is a partial list of the top pros that have registered to compete in this international field of talent, including ASP World Tour stars Tyler Wright (New South Wales, AU), Laura Enever (Sydney, Australia), Carissa Moore (Honolulu, HI), Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), Coco Ho (Oahu, HI), Rebecca Woods (New South Wales, AU), Paige Hareb (New Plymouth, NZ), Sofia Mulanovich (Lima, Peru), Pauline Ado (Bayonne, France), Justine Dupont (Lacanau, France) and Sage Erickson (Malibu, CA) as well as other favorites such as Alana Blanchard, Bruna Schmitz and Erica Hosseini. AUTOGRAPHS There will autograph signings and numerous chances for surf fans to meet their favorite pros throughout the weekend. HISTORY This is the 1st year of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro and the 6th year of the Supergirl Jam Series. EVENT MANAGER The event is owned and managed by ASA Entertainment.

Stephanie Gilmore Claims 5th ASP Women’s World Title at Roxy Pro Biarritz

For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International Roxy Pro Biarritz ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Event No. 6 of 7 Biarritz, France July 10 – 14, 2012 Stephanie Gilmore Claims 5th ASP Women’s World Title at Roxy Pro Biarritz Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, has claimed her 5th ASP Women's World Title today, posting a big win at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. Photo © ASP / Poullenot Pictured: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, has claimed her 5th ASP Women’s World Title today, posting a big win at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. Credit: © ASP / POULLENOT GRANDE PLAGE, Biarritz/France (Saturday, July 14, 2012) – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, has claimed her 5th ASP Women’s World Title today, winning the Roxy Pro Biarritz over Tyler Wright (AUS), 18. “I woke up this morning and thought it wouldn’t happen today,” Gilmore said. “But as the day progressed, and things fell into place, I began to believe it could happen. France is such a special place and having so many people on the beach watching us surf today is really emotional. I think I’m going to cry.” Gilmore set an ASP record by being the first surfer ever to win four titles from four attempts (2007 – 2010), but fell back to ASP Women’s World No. 3 in 2011. Today’s emotional win is a reassertion of her dominance as one of the greatest icons in women’s sports. “This year for me was all about improving my consistency and having fun with my surfing,” Gilmore said. “From when I started five years ago to where we are now, women’s surfing has improved so much. It’s an honor to be back up top as these girls push me everyday and are all incredible surfers.” Today’s incredible achievement puts the young natural-footer in an elite class of surfers to win five or more ASP World Titles, overtaking women’s records set by Freida Zamba (USA), Wendy Botha (AUS) and Lisa Andersen (USA). The only other two surfers in history to claim five or more titles are Kelly Slater (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS). “I have an amazing support team between my family, friends, my shaper Darren Handley, my sponsors and all the people at Quiksilver,” Gilmore said. “To be able to do what we do and make a life out of surfing is a really blessed thing. Surfing is what motivates me to wake up each day and attempt to better myself.” 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Results: Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WINNER Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: Runner-Up TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival : WINNER Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic: Equal 5th Billabong Rio Pro: Equal 5th Roxy Pro Biarritz: WINNER Nike US Open of Surfing: TBD Fellow finalist Wright put on an impressive display of surfing throughout the Roxy Pro Biarritz, besting Courtney Conlogue (USA), 19, and Coco Ho (HAW), 19, en route to today’s Finals. Unfortunately for Wright, her momentum didn’t transcend into the Final bout against Gilmore, but the tour sophomore was happy with her performance nonetheless. "I feel pretty good,” Wright said. “I was so excited for Steph (Gilmore). She was ahead of me the whole time and with five minutes to go I was like, 'you've done it!' It's incredible – she ripped the whole contest and didn't lose one heat, she was shredding!" Today’s Runner-Up finish at Grande Plage is a season best for Wright and vaults her from 5th to 3rd on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour rankings. "I'm happy with how that season went,” Wright said. “I'm just enjoying myself! I feel it's funner when I just messing around rather than be too serious. You know I love surfing and that's about it." Carissa Moore (HAW) 19, was stopped in her effort to send the ASP Women’s World Title race to the final event in California by eventual winner and newly-crowned Champion Stephanie Gilmore in a very exciting Semifinal that saw the lead change hands several times before the Australian managed to find two high-scoring rides, putting a nail in Moore's coffin. The Hawaiian placing third in Biarritz has reduced the gap between her and the second place on the ASP Women's World Championship Tour rankings and she looking forward to the last event of 2012. "I'm pretty happy,” Moore said. “Obviously I would have loved to surf another final but it's still pretty good. I think the women's level has come a long way, but honestly today it was more a matter of being in the right spot and getting in a good rythmn and it's tough if you don't get to find the good opportunities and another person does. I'm always looking forward to competing so I'm really looking forward to going to the US Open and hopefully I'll get a good performance there." Coco Ho (HAW) 21, was responsible for the biggest upset today when she defeated Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, in this morning’s Quarterfinals. Ho was later stopped by runner-up Tyler Wright in the semis, not able to find the highest scoring rides in a wind affected line-up. Finishing equal third in Biarritz, Ho confirms her newly found rythmn after a brilliant second place in the previous event in Brazil. "I'm stoked it feels good to be able to get through those tough first rounds and be able to back up my last good result", Ho said. "It was close but I'm stoked with the overall result. We're really lucky the conditions came together for us today, 'Grande Plage' offered us some really good potential and it was just a matter of positioning so we're stoked we're really lucky." After a slow start to her fourth season at the elite level, Ho recently regrouped and started showing consistence placing fifth in Sydney, second in Rio and third today in France improving on her quarter-final result in the same event last year. "Starting this year I had two 13th and I never even had that result before so it was pretty frustrating. I think it kind of just woke me up, made me put my head down and really fight for it!" Highlights from the Roxy Pro Biarritz will be available via http://roxylive.com/roxyprobiarritz/2012/ The next stop on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour will be the Nike US Open of Surfing from July 30 – August 5, 2012. For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com ROXY PRO BIARRITZ FINAL RESULTS: 1 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.53 2 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.10 ROXY PRO BIARRITZ SEMI-FINALS RESULTS: SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.66 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 9.37 SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.50 ROXY PRO BIARRITZ QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS: QF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.37 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.53 QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.60 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 8.76 QF 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.57 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.00 QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.33 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 12.07 ROXY PRO BIARRITZ ROUND 4 RESULTS: Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.40 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.50 Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.67 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.77 Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.10 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.16 Heat 4: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.13 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8.66 CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WCT TOP 5 (After Roxy Pro Biarritz): 1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 48,400 pts 2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 42,100 pts 3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 36,700 pts 3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 36,700 pts 5. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 34,800 pts

Dark Wave Rider Speaks! Di Mattison Previews the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour.

By Di Mattison First of all, let me say how stoked I am that Chris Grant asked me to do this. It has been a long time since I’ve written anything power-rankings-esque and as a student and fanatic of the sport of surfing I have to say I miss it. Truth be told, I’m writing these things in my head already regardless of whether they get published or not. The saddest thing is that Surfline cut me off right when the tour started to get interesting. That said, this has to be the most dynamic lineup of female surfers we’ve seen to date. I do not mean to take anything away from Lisa or Layne or Margo or Frieda or Wendy or Pauline or Jodie or Pam or Kim (Mearig) because they all distinctively killed it (and still do no doubt), but this lineup of talent, like the lineup on the men’s side, is one step above anything we’ve seen before. We now have four women solidly capable of pulling airs in heats (Carissa, Silvana, Malia, and Lakey). Those less apt in the air are brutal on the lip and have proven that women’s surfing can be both radical and stylish at the same time (Sally, Steph, Tyler, Sofia, Courtney, Pauline, Laura, Sage, et. al.). Now that I think about it, the saddest thing is not that Surfline stopped running women’s power rankings but that with the deepest talent pool women’s surfing has ever seen there are only seven events for the ladies this year and once again NO HAWAII. Sad face emoticon. This year the girls will start off with steady Australian leg at Snapper then at Bells. Thank god for Australia and its continued support of all things surfing. No other country except maybe Brasil has this kind of cultural acceptance and support for our sport. With only one goofyfoot remaining on tour, Paige Hareb, you can bet a regular footer is going to win Snapper (not because Paige does not have what it takes, but because regularfoots dominate the Australian leg and she’s severely outnumbered). (Ahhemm: Calling all goofyfoots: QUALIFY PLEASE!) If last year’s performance and her recent win at Manly says anything, the money’s on Sally Fitz. But there are too many variables to really call it this early. Carissa is defending champ (in more ways than one) and will be looking to get to another solid start. Steph’s hungry after finishing 3rd last year and is on home turf. Tyler showed herself a force to be reckoned with last year. Silvana and her speedy smooth attack is always a threat, and then there’s the bevy of new talent waiting at the gates frothing to break through. These are all ingredients for a stupendous start to 2012 — let’s just hope the waves show up to the party. As for the remaining five contests, well, the girls better like two things: 1. the southern hemisphere; 2. beachbreak. The girls only have two events in the northern hemisphere — France and Huntington — and four out of the seven events are to be held at beachbreaks (Taranaki, Rio, France, and Huntington), the remainder at Australian right handers (Snapper, Bells, and Dee Why). All of this beachbreak action mixed with the most Californian girls that have been on tour simultaneously in a long time (Courtney, Lakey, and Sage) could equal a title challenge from a normally dormant sector. The Hawaiians, Carissa, Coco, and Malia, however, have all shown that they have what it takes in all conditions, and are looking like one of the most formidible island contingents yet to grace the tour. Jacqueline and Silvana are our only Brazilians this year. Bad surf could favor them, and in Silvana’s case, so could heaving barrels and a grip of landed aerial maneuvers. 2012 also sees two French women, Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado, on the tour. Pauline made some strides last year and from what I’ve seen of Justine, a few surprise upsets could come from the French quarter. And then there’s the frothing Aussies — Sally, Tyler, Steph, Laura, and Rebecca — the largest showing by any single country. I don’t think that Laura and Rebecca have what it takes to make a run for the title, but they are sure to take down some names while their fellow countrywomen attempt to bring the title back to Oz. All of this compatriotism makes Sofia the Peruvian and Paige the Kiwi the darkhorses this year. Both excel at lefts, so any beachbreak that offers up a more consistent left sandbar could spell victory for either one. Game on.
# 1 - Carissa Moore - Hawaii - carissamoore.com We know she can pump out combination maneuvers on her forehand like Hawaii pumps out pineapples and macadamia nuts, but can she keep the juice flowing for another title? Right points and punchy beachbreak air-section wedges favor Carissa again. It’s all psychology at this point. In order to be the next Slater she’ll need to amplify her psyching powers (and maybe bic her head). Video

ASP World No. 1 Carissa Moore. Photo © ASP/Cestari. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Current world champion, Carissa Moore, hucking spray in Huntington Beach. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Portrait © ASP/Cestari. Current world champion, Carissa Moore, hucking spray in Huntington Beach. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 2 - Sally Fitzgibbons - Australia - sallyfitzgibbons.com Her ability to pull carving reverses at will in addition to her stronger, smoother, faster style put Sally on the accelerated track to perennial world-title-contender-dom. Sally is a woman who has the maxim “8s or lates” firmly entrenched in her heat strategy. If she doesn’t win the title she’ll end up in the top three again, having been beaten by someone who consistently threw down 9s and 10s against her (as Carissa did last year). Video

ASP World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Sally Fitzgibbons takes a vertical approach to Huntington Beach's famed shorebreak. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Portrait © ASP/Kirstin. Sally Fitzgibbons takes a vertical approach to HB's famed shorebreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 3 - Stephanie Gilmore - Australia - stephgilmore.com The wrist rattled Steph last year. As someone who has formerly broken a wrist I can totally identify with this. It’s perhaps one of the worst parts of the body for a surfer to injure. Hopefully she has regained both her strength and her wits. Also, I do not care if Steph never does a single air. She’s one of those surfers like Tom Curren who does not need to launch to win events. Smooth rail to rail power surfing shall never die and when done at Steph’s level is a thing both of beauty and high scores. Variety of turns and consistency will be the keys if she wants to unlock the door to another title. Video

ASP World No. 3 Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Stephanie Gilmore gliding effortlessly from section to section. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Stephanie Gilmore, smooth and effortless from section to section. Photo © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 4 - Tyler Wright - Australia What can I say? She kills it. What I’d like to see: no pumping ever. Her strength is on the rail. She’ll need to mix up the patented layback — maybe tweak it into an inverted slide or take it above the lip. Not sure if she’s title-ready, but she’s definitely in the mix. Video

ASP World No. 4 Tyler Wright. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Fins out the back at the US Open of Surfing, Tyler Wright. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Portrait © ASP/Kirstin. Fins out the back at the US Open of Surfing, Tyler Wright. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 5 - Silvana Lima - Brazil - silvanalima.com.br When I wrote the power rankings for Surfline I never stopped singing Silvana’s praises. A few Brazilians got mad when I put Sally ahead of her, but look where Sal finished last year. I hate to say it, but I am rarely wrong. Maybe a little snide or crass or harsh, but not dead wrong. That said, Silvana is one of my favorite surfers. I love her speed and her casual approach. Every time she’s in a heat I want her to win. But as I used to tell my buddy Shea when we did contests, “No pull no points.” In freesurfing it’s different — we all like to see air attempts, but in contests airs need to be landed to score. If and when Silvana starts punctuating rides with huge frontside lofts and clearing sections with spinners instead of floaters she will be untouchable. May that time be now. Video

ASP World No. 5 Silvana Lima. Photo © ASP/Cestari. 2012 Surfer Profiles : Woman ASP World Tour Silvana Lima flying in Southern California. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Cestari. Silvana Lima flying somewhere in Southern California. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 6 - Coco Ho - Hawaii - coco-ho.com My claim to fame is beating a 70 lb Coco Ho at heaving Newport Beach in the semi-finals of the 2005 VQS championships. I scored an 8 for a backside layback barrel that I never should have made it out of. Fast forward seven years. I teach fashion history and theory at Parsons and predominantly ride a retro fish except when Jersey is 4-6 and ramping. Coco is on tour hucking fins at will. Clearly that semifinal had no bearing on either of our futures. Depite the pure pedigree, I do not see her as a title contender, but rather a title upsetter. She’ll continue to make semis, finals, and win the occasional event or two, and she will most certainly ruin others’ runs in the process. Video

ASP World No. 6 Coco Ho. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Coco Ho in the US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Coco Ho floats the shorebreak at the US Open of Surfing. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 7 - Sofia Mulanovich - Peru - sofiamulanovich.com Never count her out. Her pscyhology is basically unassailable. If they could figure out a way to clone Sofia’s brain chemistry we might be able to find a cure for chronic depression and low self esteem. And like I said in the overall preview, if the beachies manage to produce solid lefts Sof could have a victory or two in her this season. Video

ASP World No. 7 Sofia Mulanovich. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Sofia Mulanovich, early morning snap at Lowers, California. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Sofia Mulanovich, early morning snap at Lowers. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 8 - Courtney Conlogue - United States Rookie shakes last year, but she showed glimpses of more great things to come. Proof that you can never count California out even when the future seems exceptionally bleak for the Golden State. If a majority of the venues see larger surf Courtney could become a massive threat to any premature rushes for the gold. I’m calling that she will also claim her maiden tour victory this year. Video

ASP World No. 8 Courtney Conlogue. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. California's top ranked surfer, Courtney Conlogue, smashes a small Lowers section. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinenPortrait © ASP/Griggi. California's top ranked surfer, Courtney Conlogue, smashes a small left. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 9 - Pauline Ado - France - paulineado.fr Well of course the first thing that pops to mind when we see her name is the not-so-witty “much ado about....” So much ado about what? About forehand hacks it seems. Despite said hacks, however, Pauline is going to have to pump up the volume in both the strength and variety of repetoire categories if she wants to finish higher than 9th this year. Video

ASP World No. 9 Pauline Ado. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Pauline Ado on a surprisingly empty day at Lowers. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Griggi. Pauline Ado on a surprisingly empty day at Lowers. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 10 - Laura Enever - Australia Laura Enever has career security no matter how well she fares on tour. With her outrageous personality and image, there is no doubt she’ll be hosting sports and fashion awards and becoming a general celebrity for years to come. And maybe it is this kind of security that will actually enable Laura to continue to push through heats. Video

ASP World No. 10 Laura Enever. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Preview. Laura Enever at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Laura Enever at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 11 - Malia Manuel - Hawaii - maliamanuel.com She won the US Open at 15. We have seen the video clips of her tail high fin chucks and effortless roundhouse cutbacks. Definitely already in contention for rookie of the year based on expectation alone. I am excited to see how she deals with surfing against the more experienced girls. Video

ASP World No. 11, Malia Manuel © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour. Fin throw at Lowers, Malia Manuel. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com. An afternoon to remember, Lowers fin throw by Malia Manuel. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 12 - Lakey Peterson - United States - lakeypeterson.com Pretty much ditto for everything said about Malia Manuel plus we know she has got an air game. One of the first female surfers I have ever seen pull a clean air reverse in competition. It was at Trestles and she scored a 10. If she can put that type of surfing together with consistency California might have it’s first world champ since Tom Curren. Video

ASP World No. 12 Lakey Peterson. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's Profiles. Lakey Peterson hitting the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Griggi. Lakey Peterson hits the lip during an evening session in Oceanside. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 13 - Sage Erickson - United States - midlength.blogspot.com Another golden girl from Cali. I haven’t seen much of Sage’s surfing except in stills. She’s got a wicked forehand slash and from what I understand can be quite formidable in right points and in beachbreak, which bodes well for this year’s list of events. The jury is out. Video

ASP World No. 13 Sage Erickson. Photo © ASP/Griggi. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Sage Erickson slicing a fun right at Lowers. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comPortrait © ASP/Griggi. Sage Erickson, frontside snap at a local pointbreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 14 - Rebecca Woods - Australia - becwoods.com The return of the quarterfinals queen. I said it in the Power Rankings and I will say it here again: Rebecca Woods needs to push past the quarters. She has the ability and the flow, but requires wave selection. She will need to channel the “8s or lates” maxim and manifest that in her heats if she wants to keep up with all the new blood on tour. Video

ASP World No. 14 Rebecca Woods. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles One of the best in the Huntington shorebreak, Rebecca Woods slams an exclamation point. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Portrait © ASP/Kirstin. Rebecca Woods stamps an exclamation point in the Huntington shorebreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 15 - Paige Hareb - New Zealand - paigehareb.co.nz Despite any reservations I may have about her ability to win heats I am pulling for Paige on pure goofyfooted alliance. I hope she finishes in the top five to prove that goofyfooted surfing is not dead and that she knocks a bunch of regularfoots off the tour in the process. It would also be nice if all the girls who qualify next year are goofyfoots. The imbalance is absolutely devastating. On the guy’s side of things the goofy men, still outnumbered by their right-footed brethren, are stepping up. The same needs to happen on the girls’ side and with Chelsea Hedges off tour, Paige is going to have to carry the torch. Video

ASP World No. 15 Paige Hareb. Photo © ASP/Kirstin. 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Surfer Profiles Paige Hareb lights up a Southern California left. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Kirstin. Paige Hareb lights up a Southern California left. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 16 - Justine Dupont - France Darkhorse rookie of the year. I just watched her “I Surf Because” video on Youtube and am sold on her style and approach. She understands the nature of competitive surfing and is as confident as one needs to be to take down her heroes. May she do for France what fashion, butter, and democracy have! Video

ASP World No. 16, Justine Dupont (FRA). Photo © ASP/Aquashot. 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Profiles. Justine Dupont setting up combinations in the Huntington Pier shorebreak. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © ASP/Aquashot. Justine Dupont setting up combinations in the Huntington Pier shorebreak. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

# 17 - Jacqueline Silva - Brazil - jacquelinesilva.com.br The stalwart. As long as her competitors continue to make stupid wave choice and priority errors Jacqueline will continue to capitalize upon them. What she lacks in talent she makes up for in smarts, which equals a very well rounded and experienced contest surfer. In a sense she’s like Slater in that no mistake goes unpunished. I am essentially giving all of the other girls advice for beating Jacquie: don’t make mistakes. I repeat: if you make one mistake against her, she will destroy you. Video

ASP Wildcard Jacqueline Silva. Photo © ASP/Cestari. 2012 Surfer Profiles : Woman ASP World Tour Jacqueline Silva floats a sandy one In Huntington Beach. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Portrait © ASP/Cestari. Jacqueline Silva floats a sandy section in Huntington Beach, California. © Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

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Author: Di Mattison
Di Mattison, Newport Beach. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com.About me... 31 years old. Teaching fashion history and theory at Parsons the New School for Design. PhD candidate in philosophy with an emphasis in aesthetics at the New School for Social Research. Surfing for 25 years. Surf instructor for 8 years. Quick wit. Barrel master.
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4th Annual Supergirl Pro Junior Surf Contest Rides the Waves in Oceanside, CA, August 13

Coco Ho, Winner of the 2010 Supergirl Pro Junior in Oceanside, California 4th ANNUAL SUPERGIRL PRO JUNIOR SURF CONTEST RIDES THE WAVES IN OCEANSIDE, CA, AUGUST 13 World's Top Pros Gather for the Only 6-Star ASP Pro Junior Contest in North America LOS ANGELES, CA (July 22, 2011) – The 4th Annual Supergirl Pro Junior surf contest will hit the waves in Oceanside, CA, on August 13, with one of the biggest contests in Pro Junior history. Sixteen of the best 20-year-old-and-under female surfers in the world will be competing for the coveted Supergirl cape in the only 6-Star Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Pro Junior contest in North America. With one of the largest prize purses on the Circuit, the Supergirl Pro Junior has attracted a world-class field of surfing talent, including three of the top ten female surfers on the ASP Women’s World Tour. Superstar Coco Ho (Oahu, HI), currently ranked 6th in the world, will be back to defend her title against 7th ranked and 2009 Supergirl Pro Junior Champion, Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA) and 10th ranked Laura Enever (Sydney, Australia). 2010 Supergirl Pro Junior silver medalist and former Women’s U.S. Open Champion, Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), the world’s 2nd ranked junior, Leila Hurst (Kauai, HI), the 5th ranked junior and Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, CA), currently 7th on the Women’s World Rankings, add to a deep field of top pros. The Supergirl Pro Junior is the first event of the 2011 Supergirl Jam series, the action sports industry’s largest all-female competition and lifestyle series, featuring more than 100 female pros in surfing, skateboarding, inline skating and snowboarding. The second event will be held in Venice, CA, on August 21, and will include both skate and snow contests on the world-famous Venice Beach boardwalk. "I am really excited to be competing in the Supergirl Pro Junior again,” said top pro Coco Ho. “It’s an amazing field of surfers competing this year, and as the defending champion, I know the other girls will be gunning to get my pink cape." Courtney Conlogue, 2009 US Open of Surf Champion and Billabong pro surfer, added, “The event is always super fun and the whole Supergirl Jam series sends out such a positive message about female empowerment. I am really happy to be a part of the contest and all that it stands for.” The 2011 Supergirl Jam series will be broadcast nationally in October via three hours of coverage on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and five hours of coverage on Fuel TV. Stay tuned to www.SupergirlJam.com or www.actionsportstour.com for more show times and dates. The Supergirl Jam is run by ASA Entertainment, one of the leading producers of action sports event and television programming in the US, in conjunction with Warner Bros Consumer Products. The Supergirl Pro Junior surf contest will begin at 11:15am on August 13 at the Oceanside Pier and will feature a series of head-to-head heats with the finals scheduled for 2:15pm. Admission to the event is free. For more detailed information on the Supergirl Pro Junior, the Supergirl Jam event series or the television programming please visit www.Supergirljam.com. # # # About ASA Entertainment: Founded in 1994, ASA Entertainment Group, LLC is an action sports event, television and content production agency focused on creating and executing customized, turn-key marketing programs that range in scale from grassroots to global. ASA’s events, featuring skateboarding, freestyle BMX, inline skating, freestyle motocross, snowboarding, surfing and music, are broadcast domestically on eight networks (including CBS and Fox Sports Net), and distributed to more than 700 million HH globally via 30 international broadcast partners. ASA's productions span the spectrum from large, international competitions such as the ASA Action Sports World Tour, the World Championships of Freestyle Motocross, The Supergirl Jam Series and the ASA Big-Air Triples to amateur contests, lifestyle and branded entertainment events, demonstrations, exhibitions, school programs and mobile tours. After 17 years as a leader in action sports, ASA Entertainment regularly connects brands to consumers through its platform of premium action sports and lifestyle content. For more information, visit ASAentertainment.com or ActionSportsTour.com. About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the Foster’s ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world's best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America. About Warner Bros. Consumer Products: Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world. About DC Entertainment: DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. SUPERGIRL and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

Hawaiian Coco Ho Wins Legendary Pacific Coast Pro at Merewether Beach

Coco Ho, winner of the 2011 Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / BartlettPictured: Coco Ho, winner of the 2011 Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Bartlett. Hawaii's Coco Ho wins Legendary Pacific Coast Pro Legendary Pacific Coast Pro winner, Coco Ho, in early round action. Photo © ASP / Larkman.HAWAII’S COCO HO has won the Association of Surfing Professionals ASP) 6 Star Women's World Tour Legendary Pacific Coast Pro in association with Commonwealth Bank held in excellent 1.5m (4 to 5 feet) surf at Merewether Beach today. The 19 year-old Hawaiian took control in the final early when she opened with a strong scoring 7.33 ride which was the finals top scoring and decisive winning ride. Final scores for their top two scoring rides saw Coco Ho on 11.83 to Courtney Conlogue on 10.00. “Fantastic to win here and the waves have been awesome for the girls– a six star event is really important to all of us and it feels like we’ve been treated to the best conditions all week” said Ho after her win. “I focused on trying to select a good wave early – the waves shift about out there and you need to be selective – the strategy worked as my first wave was easily my best and I think that won the final for me.” “It’s a good start the year for me – 5th on the Gold Coast was OK and winning here is a bonus – I’ll go back to Hawaii now and really freshen up before I return for Bells – I’ll go home feeling good after today’s win!” Ho surfed great all day and took out current world number two ranked surfer Sally Fitzgibbons in the semi finals earlier today. Coco Ho at the Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Larkman. Courtney Conlogue wailing on the closeout at the Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Larkman. Sally Fitzgibbons ripped into a third place finish in the Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Larkman. 2004 World Champion starts off the year with a solid semifinal finish in the 2011 Legendary Pacific Coast Pro. Photo © ASP / Larkman. Top to bottom, left to right. Coco Ho; Courtney Conlogue; Sally Fitzgibbons; Sofia Mulanovich Credits: © ASP / Larkman Conlogue (18 years/California/Santa Ana) was also in spectacular form today – her quarter final heat win over Australian young gun Tyler Wright included an almost perfect 9.97 ride, the events highest scoring ride to date. “I’ve had a great day, could have been better in the final but I didn’t quite get the waves needed to win but overall I’m feeling great – It’s been an enjoyable event and the waves have been good to us!” The Burton Toyota Pro Men’s number one seed Taj Burrow put on a display for the large Newcastle crowd who are turned out to see the current world number 2 ranked surfer in action. Burrow flared with some of his typically critical above the lip turns along with his fast and super fluid style to easily dispose of Indonesia’s top ranked surfer Dede Suryana. “I felt great out there, the waves are really good providing you chose the right wave – I can’t remember surfing Merewether before – I think I have once but it was a long time ago and it felt really good out there” said Burrow. Burrow’s final turn in the heat was so committed it snapped his board in two and with seven minutes remaining he had established such a lead he elected not to paddle back out and left Suryana in the line-up along chasing a 9.33 to try and beat him. “My boards feel great at the moment – that board that snapped was the one I won the Breaka Pro on at Burleigh – my back up board here is the one I finished second to Slater on at the Quiksilver Pro – that’s a special board that I’m sort of saving for Bells – it’s wrapped in cotton wool and I don’t want to ride it just yet so I’ll source a few back up boards over night for tomorrow’s finals here.” In tomorrow’s round of 16 Taj will face exciting Gold Coast youngster Thomas Woods who earlier today shut down the last of the local hopes in Jake Sylvester who resides at near-by Bar Beach in Newcastle. A full day of action tomorrow in the Burton Toyota Pro and to win the event the champion will be required to surf through four gruelling heats. The action will begin at 8:00am at Merewether and the waves are again forecast to be really good. Legendary Pacific Coast Pro Women’s Results - Final: 1st Coco Ho (Hawaii) 2nd Courtney Conlogue (USA) Semi Final 1: 1st Coco Ho (HAW), 2nd Sally Fitzgibbons (AUST) Semi Final 2: 1st Courtney Conlogue (USA), 2nd Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) The event is live webcast via www.aspaustralasia.com/live/2011/surfest and all results and heat draws across both men’s and women’s can be found on this site.

2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Preview

Patagonia SwimwearPresented by InsuranceSurfers.com As the 2011 ASP Women's World Tour kicked off with the Roxy Pro Gold Coast late last week, we thought we had blown our opportunity to get this "preview" online before the event had completed. Luckily for us, the ocean stopped delivering waves to Snapper Rocks which gave us a chance to put the feature together. We mixed it up this year and asked a panel of surfers who they thought would finish in the Top 5 at year's end. As predictions poured into the office, we were surprised how similar the majority of them were. Overwhelmingly, our panel of world champions and past, present and future superstars gave the nod to Stephanie Gilmore as over 70% of them predicted that she would win her fifth straight world title. Which surfers could be standing in the way of Steph achieving another world title? Read on and see... -Chris Grant
1. Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) - 2010 ASP Ranking: 1 - www.stephgilmore.blogspot.com
Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP / Cestari 4X ASP Women's World Champ, Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP / Cestari "It's hard to go past Steph for number 1. She is an amazing surfer who excels in all conditions. I think she will be challenged more the ever for her title this year especially from Tyler Wright who I did consider has the ability to potentially knock her off the perch. But Steph has that valuable experience, beautiful style and I reckon she will flare more then ever to hold onto that number #1 spot." - Amee Donohoe "Steph Gilmore is an unstoppable machine. No other girl surfs with her power, fluidity, and maturity." - Bo Stanley "Steph Gilmore's immeasurable, too much style to document and so much more than just a one dimensional tour surfer. No one comes close to her." - Jessica Grimwood "It would be just awesome if Steph wins her 5th world title ...in her 5th year on tour!!!!" - Valeria Sole' "What stands out mostly about Steph is her speed... That is one of the main differences between the men and the women, but Steph surfs fast, with power and flow. She will be on top until one of the girls steps it up a notch. Big or small, Steph is consistent with no bobbles in her surfing... smooth... and always my number one pick." - Paige Alms "My gut reaction is not put Stephanie Gilmore any lower than number one. No one else has proven that they can remain psychologically strong throughout the entire year. On the other hand, I want to place her second or third for this year and am hopeful that someone will break the very thick ice that has set in over the past four years. I heard a funny rumour that Steph was pissed at my power rankings on Surfline because I ripped some of the girls pretty hard. The funny thing is she did the same in the water and seems to have no qualms with that. Well, good on ya Steph. I am still putting you #1 for the fifth year running. Even though airs are the future, women’s surfing is still struggling with stylistic consistency and flowing maneuvers and Steph’s got both in spades. (And btw, the rumours that I can’t surf aren’t true. Sorry I know it’s easier to believe that the critic’s a kook, but not this time)." - Di Mattison
2. Carissa Moore (Hawaii) - 2010 ASP Ranking: 3 - www.carissamoore.com
Carissa Moore. Photo © ASP / Cestari With two wins on the 2010 World Tour, Carissa Moore looks to be a serious threat to take it all in 2011. Photo © ASP / Cestari "Carissa's beginning to put her talent and game together." - Rochelle Ballard "Carissa Moore! Kaisers and Bowls pride right here!! I grew up watching Carissa surf all my South Shore spots. She is such an awesome girl inside and out and obviously is going to take over the world of women's surfing sooner than later. Sista is mind boggling! Need I say more..." - Shea Hodges "She's Carissa Moore." - Sara Taylor "Carissa will win the world title in 2012. Slight chance she’ll even win this year. She’s got the whole package for sure. New Zealand and Portugal were clear signs of her ascendancy. Oh and two tour wins in a rookie season is not too shabby either. The key to Carissa’s final result is going to be wave selection. She has the tricks, the power, the style, and she’ll just need waves to execute. So yeah 2nd place, but just barely." - Di Mattison "Carissa Moore's a fan favorite who rarely dissapoints. However, she is young and her inexperience might leave her one spot short of number one. She will for sure be ripping but may get distracted by all the bright lights." - Lauren Sweeney
3. Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) - 2010 ASP Ranking: 2 - www.sallyfitzgibbons.com
Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo © ASP / Robertson Currently second in the world, Sally Fitzgibbons will be looking to secure her maiden CT victory in 2011. Photo © ASP / Robertson - Kim Wooldridge "This guestimating stuff is so difficult because I really want to see Sally take a world title, but my prophetic powers suggest that it won’t be this year. She’ll stay at the top with the way she’s able to drop multiple high scores in every heat. I also have a secret notion that she read my power rankings and made stylistic adjustments per my recommendations, because I felt that there was so much more flow going on in her turns in 2010. Now that the style and flow have mixed with the power and amp, peaking before the final remains her Achilles heal. All champions figure out how to do this and so will Sally before she becomes one." - Di Mattison "Sally will soon be unbeatable." - Wini Paul "2010 was a great year for Sally, quite a few runner-ups and semis. This year I foresee her first CT win, no doubt. Sally will definitely be in the top 5 at every contest, she is a very consistent competitor and will go out and get a 9 while everyone else is getting 6's..." - Paige Alms "Sally and Courtney, I cant really decide between these two. Personally, I think they carry the same components ...both great all-around athletes with high levels of consistency which will have to put them on the upper side of the ladder. They're both able to perform in poor wave conditions so having some new not-so-high-performance wave destinations wont faze them. Both definitely have the ability to take a win, just need to add the flare at the right time." - Amee Donohoe "Because Sally is strong and was close last year ...this is her year." - Nicole Grodesky
4. Silvana Lima (Brazil) - 2010 ASP Ranking: 4 - www.silvanalima.com.br
Silvana Lima. Photo © ASP / Kirstin Although better known for her air assault, Silvana Lima charges the big stuff as well. Photo © ASP / Kirstin "This is going to be the year that Silvana turns on the afterburners and blows people away. She doesn't really have a choice but to rip, tear, and lacerate her way to the top seeing that the young guns on tour this year are going to be chomping at the bit. Can't wait to see her shred the gnar!" -Lauren Sweeney "With so much new school focus, credit is always due to those who have stamped their position. Silvana would have to be the most progressive surfer in there. Landing airs daily, always a title contender with that bag of tricks, how could she not be? You would have to be stupid to discount this Brazilian at being more than an arm's length away from that trophy." - Amee Donohoe "Silvana's a bad ass!" - Rochelle Ballard "She’ll hold off the rest of the rookies. Always a threat for the title. Consistency has dogged her the past few years. She posts 10s and then 1s. Huge talent. Amazing style. Amazing barrel rider. I’d actually really like to see Silvana prove this whole list wrong and come out on top, but like I constantly repeated in the year I did the power rankings, she’s got to pull those airs and nuts barrels in nearly every heat, and especially in the semis and finals. Her career trajectory actually reminds me a lot of Taj Burrow, who talent-wise is certainly world-title worthy, but just can’t seem to string the event wins together at the right point in the season. Here’s hoping against the odds." - Di Mattison "Silvana Lima because she slays it! Besides Melanie Bartels and Courtney Conlogue the only other girl surfer that surfs like a guy. SO powerful, charges, and boosts!!!" - Shea Hodges "Silvana Lima just plain rips and surfs with so much risk and aggression. Sick to watch." - Sara Taylor
5. Tyler Wright (Australia) - 2010 ASP Ranking: Rookie - www.ripcurl.com.au
Tyler Wright. Photo © ASP / Kirstin A stellar 2010 Hawaiian season put the world on notice that Tyler Wright is a very well-rounded surfer. Photo © ASP / Kirstin "Tyler Wright, the best surfer I've seen." - Rochelle Ballard "Tyler has it I think. She's going to be a big threat. She's young, talented, athletic, driven and froths to surf and push her level of surfing more then most. She's not the least bit fazed about any of her rivals and knows how to win consistently. As we have all seen before its only a matter of time before she jumps a spot." - Amee Donohoe "Tyler's fresh, aggressive, focused and rides for Powerbase fins like her bro Owen (I work for them too so I gotta support the team!)." - Jessica Grimwood "Tyler's my "bolter" depends on which high seed she catches in the 3rd round, and if she can handle everything that comes along being so young and on tour." - Kim Wooldridge "It's only Tyler's first year on the tour and she's only 16 but that's why I think she'll do well. After watching her at the Triple Crown this year she's shown that she has the drive to succeed." - Emily Wratschko
6. Coco Ho (Hawaii) - 2010 ASP Ranking: 7
Coco Ho. Photo © ASP / Robertson"Always a strong surfer in all conditions. Coco's throw tails on her forehand and backhand are mind boggling even for some of the boys. I see Coco doing well this year from the start at Snapper... Pull those airs Cokes 'n you'd be unstoppable!" - Paige Alms
7. Courtney Conlogue (United States) - 2010 ASP Ranking: Rookie
Courtney Conlogue. Photo © ASP / Robertson"Courtney Conlogue is definitely making a statement slowly but surely. If you're paying attention you cant miss her exciting backhand snap 360s or getting spit out of a nuts heaving barrel in Indo somewhere. Again... if politics weren't involved we would see a lot more of her smooth reverses and spitting barrels in some hipsteresqe, sepia colored, techno filled surf segment. Instead she's training all day to pull into bigger barrels than you!" - Shea Hodges
8. Melanie Bartels (Hawaii) - 2010 ASP Ranking: 8
Melanie Bartels. Photo © ASP / Rowland"#1 stunna in my eyes is Bartels! Ya Mel may not be as good of a contest surfer as Steph or Silvana, but when she's got a travel fund, the politics aren't involved, and that bag of tricks opens up she'll wax everyone! 96792!" - Shea Hodges
9. Chelsea Hedges (Australia) - 2010 ASP Ranking: 6
Chelsea Hedges. Photo © ASP / Morris"Chelsea is my pick for number 3 ...if she does the whole tour. She has no sponsor or cash, and is totally ripping in everything, would love to see it big and barrelling for her. Damn, where's Chopes for the girls?" - Kim Wooldridge
10. Laura Enever (Australia) - 2010 ASP Ranking: Rookie
Laura Enever. Photo © ASP / Kirstin"In my humble opinion, a wild card pick for Top 5." - Nicole Grodesky

Special thanks to the following surfers for participating in our 2011 ASP Women's World Tour Preview: Paige Alms, Jamie Baittinger, Rochelle Ballard, Wendy Botha, Serena Brooke, Chloe Buckley, Meah Collins, Shelby Detmers, Amee Donohoe, Jessica Grimwood, Nicole Grodesky, Bethany Hamilton, Shea Hodges, Alexia Jeri, Di Mattison, Kim Mearig, Wini Paul, Lakey Peterson, Marissa Shaw, Jolene Smith, Valeria Sole', Bo Stanley, Lauren Sweeney, Sara Taylor, Valentina Vitale, Kim Wooldridge, and Emily Wratschko. *Click the link to check out the Complete List of Our Top 5 ASP Picks as chosen by all of the surfers named above.

Five Minutes with Courtney Conlogue

HSS rider, Courtney ConloguePresented by InsuranceSurfers.com It's been thirteen years since Lisa Anderson won her last World Title. As the 2011 ASP Women's World Tour gets underway in a few short weeks, the mainland looks to have a contender that could bring the trophy back to America ...it may not be this year, or the next, but in my heart of hearts I'm convinced it will happen for this talented young woman. Of all the surfers I know personally, not one has worked harder to get into this position than Courtney Conlogue and when you see her drop into a wave, it's easy to see that she means business. Courtney's style is based on power and her highly technical bottom turns and blistering direction changes testify of her commitment to the rail. I've seen her drive straight up and smash lips on WAY overhead waves that hardly any surfers, male or female, want a part of. If the Tour lucks into solid waves this season, Courtney is going to be one to watch. As the ASP's live feed lights up our computer monitors throughout the year, we'll be sitting in the office waving little American flags for the California girl with the dream of one day being World Champion, Courtney Conlogue. -Chris Grant JettyGirl: We're so excited to see a new American surfer make the Tour and nobody is more deserving than you with all the hard work you've put into it. With surf contests going on virtually every weekend throughout the mainland, why do you think there has been such a long drought without a US-mainland surfer on Tour? Are other countries (along with Hawaii) doing something that we're not doing here to prepare surfers for the big show? Courtney Conlogue: The Australian and Hawaiian surfers outnumber us I think. When I'm in the line-up at home many times I'm the only woman in the water. I've never understood it really. The Australian and Hawaiian women surfers are recognized a lot and hopefully I can bring more of that to the USA. Surfers are incredible athletes and should get that recognition. Australia has the support of their country for surfing. They have wonderful surf clubs at every beach and high performance training camps too. I was raised with several camps that used to be available such as the "Serena Brooke Day" or the "Rochelle Ballard Camps" back in the day. They no longer exist. I was trained through NSSA contests too. I could count on the NSSA events to run year after year as scheduled. Surfing America came along and I've been a part of their program since I was 11 years old. Their program gave me access to the international competition that I didn't have at home. I attended everything I could and loved all of it. However, these camps and contests didn't offer what the Surfing Australia High Performance Center does for their athletes. My parents gave me the best they could with well-rounded and balanced support for my goals and dreams. I've had a lot of individual support from my sponsors too. It has been a lot of work but fun too. Courtney Conlogue, winner of the 2009 Supergirl Pro Junior in Oceanside, California Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Courtney Conlogue sequence by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com JG: Kelly had Andy. Curren had Occy. Is there anyone on Tour that you're particularly looking forward to competing against? CC: With this new crop of rookie athletes on the tour I think there will be many that will give me solid competition. I can't really pick one right now. JG: We've heard rumors (and seen evidence) that you've been taking to the air lately. Do you think airs are going to play a bigger role in heats this year on the women's tour? Why or why not? CC: I don't think airs will ever replace great solid, carving, power surfing. It's important though to bring new and innovative moves to a heat if the wave offers it. I know with the judging rules they want risk involved with our maneuvers. It's just another thing added to my cookie jar. JG: Which breaks are you most looking forward to surfing on tour this year and which waves do you think match best with your style of surfing? CC: I don't want to sound like I'm not giving details but I'm really just looking forward to surfing the tour! I've never surfed any of these locations before so it's going to be a lot of fun just figuring out everything the first year. I know I'll be in Australia for a lot of the tour competing on the WQS and WCT. JG: Nobody makes the Tour without solid boards underfoot. Tell us a little bit about your shaper and your boards (without revealing any secrets). How many boards do you think you'll go through while on Tour this year? CC: My boards have been going through some changes lately. I've worked with several shapers and I'm still learning about my equipment. I really don't know what to expect this year. JG: At the end of 2011, how will you define success? CC: I'll define my success by learning and overcoming the tour's challenges, making new friendships, creating a global family of support, and not falling off the tour! Courtney Conlogue surrounded with young fans. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.comJG: Last year at the US Open, I saw dozens of little kids, both girls and boys, following you up and down the beach and generally looking up in awe at you. Do you take the title of "role model" seriously? CC: I completely take the role model thing seriously! I was one of those little girls reading the mags, watching the surf videos, getting the autographs of the pros when I could. I know how important it is to inspire a young person. I live approximately 20 miles inland, went to a school without a surf team and none of my friends at school surfed until I went to high school at Sage Hill in Newport Coast. I've always been called the underdog, the weekend warrior, the Rocky Balboa of surfing, and I don't really know if anyone thought I'd ever keep going towards my heartfelt goals and dreams. But here I am because of the people that inspired and supported me when I was that little girl. Courtney gets a pre-heat pep talk from her sister, Charleen.JG: We know you're just about to take off for Australia shortly, but in closing we wish you our heartiest congratulations and hope for all the best for you in your rookie season. Are there any people you'd like to thank who helped you get to where you are now and who played a large part in the realization of your childhood dream to make the World Tour? CC: I want to thank my family and friends for all their support. My dad, mom, brother and sister for always being there in so many ways. Thank you to all the individuals that run the NSSA, ISA, WSA, ASP, and Surfing America events. You helped to bring me this far. Thank you to my coaches throughout the years that have given me guidance. Thank you to the many sponsors old and current that supported me. Thank you to all of you that supported and helped the girl with the dream.
Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com One of the keys to good surfing is flexibility. Courtney Conlogue stretches before paddling out. Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant
Courtney Conlogue - JettyGirl Surf Video ClipPhoto Credits: CHRIS GRANT/JETTYGIRL.COM • Courtney Conlogue surf video clip on JettyGirl's YouTube Channel • Courtney also visited with us in 2008 for one of our first episodes of "Five Minutes with..." . Check out what Courtney was up to back then: Five Minutes with Courtney Conlogue (2008)

Groundbreaking “Women On Waves” Exhibit Closing in Two Weeks, Special Discount Offer for California Surf Museum Visitors

Patagonia - Try Swimwear that Stays PutPresented by InsuranceSurfers.com "One of the most rewarding projects I've ever been involved in, the "Women On Waves" exhibit at the California Surf Museum is ending in less than one month. Come check it out if you haven't already. Men/women, surfers/non surfers alike, you'll enjoy it." -Julie Cox, Operations Manager, California Surf Museum, January 2011. When I read Julie's Facebook post above, it hit me like a ton of bricks that the Women On Waves exhibit would be closing down shortly. The California Surf Museum has put together one of the most extensive and significant collection of women's surf history ever housed under one roof. If you have not seen it yet, I encourage you to do so now because there is a very real possibility that nothing like Women On Waves will ever happen again in our lifetimes. You need to act quickly too because the exhibit will only be showing for a few more weeks. The California Surf Museum has offered up a generous discount to JettyGirl readers until the closing of Women On Waves. Simply mention "JETTYGIRL" at the admissions desk and you'll receive a 2-for-the-price-of-1 discount admission. For questions, directions and museum hours, please visit surfmuseum.org --Chris Grant
JettyGirl: At last year's ribbon-cutting for the Women On Waves exhibit, many of the most famous female surfers in history showed up for the grand opening. Does anything particularly special stick out in your mind from that night? Julie Cox: We had a ribbon cutting in March and a Gala in June. Each event was really really special... With the ribbon cutting we were working up to the wire, pulling 16 hour days to get everything installed, and hanging photos a few minutes before cutting the ribbon. Once the exhibit opened, everyone really liked it, so that was a relief. So many amazing women in the exhibit showed up to help cut the ribbon... Gidget, Linda Merrill, Linda Benson, Joyce Hoffman, Prue Jeffries, Kristy Murphy, Jennifer Smith, Jeannette Prince, Cori Schumacher, Debbie Beacham, Cher Pendarvis, Ashley Lloyd, Carla Rowland, Eve Fletcher, Donna Matson, just to name a few! It was fun watching the different generations talking, meeting each other, and taking photos together. Women featured in the exhibit brought family members along, it was a proud moment for many. My mom was there too, helping set-up, taking photos, etc. My co-worker, Sam played vintage vinyl on the turntables, the energy was amazing. Speaking with Joyce Hoffman that day was a highlight for me. Hearing about the first time she surfed Pipeline and hearing about her competitive side back then. Meeting her parents and seeing her smile when she saw her section of the exhibit was a great feeling. You could tell she was proud and had a good time seeing everyone. The 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala was awesome, again, because so many of the legends of today and yesterday were at the museum. I am here everyday, but to have all of the people I look up to and admire come to me, was killer! Lisa Andersen, Frieda Zamba, Maya Gabiera, Courtney Conlogue, Keala Kennelly, Kassia Meador along with many of the ladies who were at the ribbon cutting came for a night to re-celebrate the exhibit. Linda Merrill, Eve Fletcher, Donna Matson, Debbie Beacham and Courtney Conlogue. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.
Group photo of legendary female surfers. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.  Maya Gabeira, Courtney Conlogue, Gidget and Keala Kennelly. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. JG: There's an Ashley Lloyd-shaped board in the exhibit that's been signed by the best of the best in women's surf history. When the exhibit closes, what will happen to that board? JC: The California Surf Museum board of directors agreed to commission Ashley to shape a special Women On Waves exhibit surfboard to auction at our fundraising Gala, but once we began acquiring signatures, we decided it was too special to let go of. CSM will keep it for our permanent collection to display again in the future and continue getting autographs. JG: Since you've walked the halls of the exhibit virtually everyday for the past year, you surely must have a favorite item or two. What would the item(s) be and why? JC: First, the Mary Jane beaver tail wetsuit from the 1960s. The style is so cute, I wish someone would make something like that today. Second, there is a 1950's balsa board made custom for a woman named Donna Matson. I got to pick it up from her house in LA when we interviewed her and the board felt so at home under my arm. Finally, we have one of Rell Sunn's boards on display. She chose the cloth that is inlayed in the glass and had it made into a single fin after it was a 2+1. That board is very special and is one of my favorite things in the exhibit. There are many photos that I really like in the exhibit too. Bethany Hamilton exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.JG: When you overhear visitors talking as they walk about the exhibit, is there one particular item that visitors seem to gravitate towards? JC: When visitors first enter the exhibit, they gravitate toward the first swim suit examples on display. The first suit from the early 1900's is cumbersome, heavy, and looks very hard to surf or swim in. They love the cute suits from the 1930's and 1940's. But as soon as visitors see the shark bitten chunk out of Bethany Hamilton's board, they are drawn to that and can't believe they are looking at the actual board. JG: Which era represented in the exhibit was the most difficult to gather items for and why do you think that is? JC: We are lucky to have an enormous network of surfers and collectors who helped make the hunt for items go smoothly. But we really wanted to show the evolution of the women's swim suit fashion and our 1900's, 1930's and 1940's were weak. I just think we never came across the earlier suits and never expressed the need for them until this exhibit. Roxy helped us by allowing us to buy 5 vintage suits we found online. Once the exhibit is over, the suits will go into the Roxy archives. JG: If you could time travel to any era represented in the exhibit, which one would it be and why? JC: I'd like to have surfed in the late 1950's- 1960's. It would have been fun to be a part of the surfing boom when spots were being discovered, opportunities for surfers were just beginning, and boards were getting lighter and better. Surfing was still a rebel's sport and lifestyle and the culture was really being shaped. Linda Benson exhibit for Women On Waves. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Rell Sunn exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.Lisa Anderson exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Wahines. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. JG: It's quite possible that there will never be a collection of women's surf history in one place like this again. Do you have any plans for the exhibit to live on in some form? JC: We researched and thought hard about having the WOW exhibit travel, but decided against it because of the precious items we have on loan, the cost it would take to insure the items, and the time and cost in manpower to oversee the operation. We're going to make a book out of it instead. So much of the hard work is already done, it would be irresponsible of us to let it all disappear. JG: What's up next for the California Surf Museum? JC: The board of directors have at least 4 exhibits in the works which will be installed late February through May in different phases. We're working on a 25 years of the California Surf Museum exhibit which will showcase some of the items that have been donated over the past 25 years. We're going to do an exhibit about the transition years 1966-72 when longboards went short. We'll integrate politics, culture, music, etc from that time period. To compliment surfing's transition years, we'll do an exhibit about skateboarding's transition years which were the early 1970's to circa 1975. We'll include some clothing and shoes as well-it is always fun to include a bit of fashion and style. We're also installing a permanent exhibit which will showcase 100 years of surfing and include examples of the prominent boards, fashions, and figures of each era. I will help out where I can in all of this but the lead is really being taken by Larry Balma, Guy Motil, Dale Smith, Jim Kempton, Tara Torburn, Jane Schmauss, and Ric Riavic. Debbie Beacham, Jericho Poppler, Cher Pendarvis and Jane Schmauss. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Carla Rowland. Photo courtesy of California Surf Museum. Jane Schmauss and third grade class field trip. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Debbie Beacham, Frieda Zamba, Keala Kennelly, Jennifer Smith. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Linda Merrill. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Margo Oberg exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Lisa Anderson signs the Women On Waves exhibit surfboard. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Joyce Hoffman exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Frieda Zamba signing the Women On Waves exhibit board. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Early days. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Donna Matson. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Big wave exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Keala Kennelly signing the Women On Waves exhibit board. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Gidget and Linda Benson. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.
Photo Credits: IMAGES COURTESY OF THE CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM Special Thanks: Props to Julie Cox for her assistance with this story and for her dedication to the promotion of women's surfing through her work at the California Surf Museum. For those of you who may not be aware of this, Julie has collaborated with talented shaper, Jed Noll, on a line of surfboards specifically designed for female surfers. Check out the Jule Collection of surfboards here!

Billabong Girls Surf Series, Episode 1/2

One thing we appreciate about Billabong is that when they release new product lines with video promos such as this one, they include legit surfing footage. Billabong Girls Surf Series Episode One features a bunch of riders from around the globe enjoying life under the hot Tahitian sun. Featured surfers include Silvana Lima, Paige Hareb, Courtney Conlogue, Felicity Palmateer, Ellie-Jean Coffey and Catherine Clark. Video courtesy of Billabong Girls. More Billabong Girls videos on Vimeo.

ASP Top 17 Determined for 2011 Season

For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International - ASP Women’s World Tour 2011 Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, one of the new faces you’ll be seeing on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour. Credit: © ASP / CESTARI Pictured: Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, one of the new faces you’ll be seeing on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour. Credit:© ASP / CESTARI ASP Top 17 Determined for 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Season HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, January 2, 2011) –The 2011 ASP Top 17 have been determined, ushering in one of the most exciting fields of women surfers in the history of the sport. With the allocation of the ASP Wildcard (going to Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 24), the ASP Top 17 has been set, comprised of the Top 10 finishers from the 2010 ASP World Tour, the top six finishers on the ASP Women’s World Rankings and the ASP wildcard. “With the allocation of the ASP Wildcard, the 2011 ASP Top 17 have been finalized with the seed list below,” Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, said. “We have an excellent field of girls on tour and a solid schedule. We’re excited for a big year in 2011.” 1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 4. Silvana Lima (BRA) 5. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 6. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 7. Coco Ho (HAW) 8. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 9. Paige Hareb (NZL) 10. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 11. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) * ASP Wildcard 12. Laura Enever (AUS) 13. Tyler Wright (AUS) 14. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 16. Pauline Ado (FRA) 17. Alana Blanchard (HAW) The first stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Roxy Pro Gold Coast from February 26 through March 9, 2011. For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

An Afternoon with Serena Brooke, Pt Two

Serena Brooke photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine An Afternoon with Serena Brooke, Part Two of Two JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine's Interview with a Living Legend (If you missed Part One of An Afternoon with Serena Brooke, click here.) JettyGirl: The Serena Brooke Days back in the early 2000's inspired hundreds of young girls to follow their passion for surfing. Do you ever run into surfers who were first introduced and/or encouraged to surf due to participating in your events? Serena Brooke: Definitely. There were a lot of young girls that came to the events back then. I remember Courtney Conlogue, Anastasia Ashley, Karina Petroni and lot of other girls that I've met since that I didn't even remember because they were little groms up in Huntington when I'd go up to the US Open. They had started surfing and would come to my Days up there. It's really cool. It’s something to be proud of and to look back to. Hopefully I put good positive spin on helping some young girls get the encouragement and confidence to start surfing and do what they love. Once you get into surfing, it speaks for itself but those days were really good because they put a lot back into the younger girls and into women's surfing. They were really fun to run. ( JG: We asked a couple of surfers who participated in Serena Brooke Days to share their experiences from back when they were groms. Check below to see what Courtney Conlogue, Anastasia Ashley and Amy Nicholl have to say about Serena Brooke Days. )
"Serena Brooke Day was at 9th Street (Taco Bell Reef) in Huntington Beach, CA. I will never forget Serena Brooke Day. It was very special for me. This was actually the first surfing event and contest I had ever done. I was only 9 years old. I remember being stunned when I saw Serena driving up in her yellow Ford truck to the event. The event was so much fun and there were a lot of girls participating too. My mom joined in and participated in the surf clinic. The surf that day had so much current and some good waves. I wanted to perform the best that I could because I wanted to get on the podium to have Serena Brooke hand me my trophy. Mike Morgan was also the announcer for the event and that's where I met him for the first time. I ended up winning my division and getting Overall Best Performance. I still have the trophies. After this day I wanted to become a World Champion! The day left a big impression on me and I'm currently trying to qualify for the WCT and competing in all the WQS contests this year. Thank you Serena! " -Courtney Conlogue
"Serena Brooke Day was the best day ever! I remember when Serena Brooke Day would come along every year and it was the contest I would look forward to the most. There were great prizes, a fun atmosphere, and it was really empowering for women's surfing. It represented what surfing was about, having fun at the beach, and showing that female surfers are the future. Serena Brooke was someone I looked up to. She was a pioneer for women's surfing. She is beautiful with a polished surfing style and a great personality...she is the complete ultimate package. Serena showed that you could be a beautiful girl both inside and out, and still rip just as hard as the guys. That was inspiring. Serena Brooke Day also showed how much Serena gave back to women's surfing and how much time and energy she put into the event so that young girls could really have one day at the beach. Serena helped push women's surfing to the forefront to where it is now." -Anastasia Ashley
"2002 was the year I went to Serena Brooke Day and I was twelve. I think it was in Cocoa Beach or St. Augustine FL. I won the little girls division. I remember the waves were one foot and really glassy and I got Serena to sign my surfboard. My board had a slightly rounded nose, pink with colorful hibiscus flowers up the rails. LOL. It was a big deal seeing a pro in town since Lisa had already moved away. I was super excited, and I also won a $500 scholarship which has come in handy! The experience definitely gave me inspiration and I made an awesome friend that day who I still keep in touch with. I think that same year Rochelle Ballard had her surf camp too, so the influences really helped my surfing. I am sure I blushed when they gave me the award. And by the way, I still have the trophies!" -Amy Nicholl

Serena Brooke surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine JG: In addition to the legions of young surfers you encouraged during Serena Brooke Days, you also used the events to reach out to the community …giving thousands of dollars to local non-profits like youth shelters and child abuse prevention centers. Do you recall any particularly touching moments that resulted from you reaching out to the community like that? SB: Yes, there were a lot of really good and touching memories from donating and putting back into shelters and those types of organizations. I went to some of the shelters and met some of the girls. A lot of them were really timid and shy and I'd just have them come down to the beach and even if they didn't want to surf but just hang out and watch, I'd give them a pack and things like that. For me it was just good to see them smile and get them stoked for a day. There are definitely a lot of memories for me that made it all worth it. To me those types of charities are really things in the community that you want to give back to because they are defining the next generation. Many of those women are probably going to be mothers themselves one day and they're going to continue the cycle in either a good way or negative way. The direction they take will determine whether there's going to be some kid who has a mother with a lot of problems or a mother that had some problems but got over them and moved on. JG: Since you have sisters who surf, when you were at the height of your professional career and would return home for a visit, did your family treat you any differently than when you were a regular grom? SB: I didn't spend a lot of time at home when I was going back in between trips because I have five sisters and they're spread out all over the country. Not really, no, they were exactly the same. They say things like, "Um, you're never here. Where are you? Where have you been?" I remember more so when I first started getting in the paper all the time and I was a young girl, my sisters were like, "People want to be my friend because I'm your sister so screw you!" type of thing (laughs). I had to weave through that side of life …being treated differently in school or by my sisters' friends and things like that but none of that stuff ever bothered me. I was just the same. JG: In your Firsthand on Fuel, Megan Abubo mentioned that while on tour you'd pull random pranks like pouring honey outside their door. Growing up with surfing sisters, did you ever soap each other's wax or anything like that? SB: Oh, we did pranks all the time. Growing up with my sister Christine we'd play tricks on each other continuously. Putting stuff in wax, vegemite in the hair while you're sleeping or drawing on people. I did all that stuff growing up. I thought it was rather funny to play pranks and do silly stuff and that continued on in my first season on tour. There was a lot of craziness overseas. Growing up and being in different countries and learning about the different cultures and incorporating those into pranks was pretty fun actually. Serena Brooke at Cardiff Reef, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine JG: Which is most memorable …the first time you stood up on a surfboard, the first time you got barreled, or the first professional surf contest you won? SB: Probably the first contest I won because it was from the trials to the main event and it was unexpected. I surprised myself. JG: Which event was that? SB: The 1996 Rip Curl Pro in Hossegor, France. I had only been on tour one year and everyone that I was competing against were my idols. I'd have a heat with Pauline Menczer, or Neridah Falconer, or Pam Burridge or whoever it ended up being and when I beat them, I was like, "Wow, I beat my idol" type of thing and it kept rolling on from there. It was pretty special. I was stoked! JG: When you stood on stage that first time, was it surreal? SB: It was definitely surreal just standing on stage at that first pro contest I won. I remember getting sprayed with champagne and holding the trophy above my head, just being super stoked and people congratulating me. I definitely took it all in. If I look at photos of it now, it's hilarious. I don't think women's boardshorts had come out yet. I had these long boardshorts on and it's just funny. I just laugh when I look at it. I was a grom. Yes, I was pretty happy with the whole thing. JG: Regarding your equipment, do you prefer the tried-and-true or do you like to experiment with different boards and fin setups? Do you have a favorite all-time board? SB: I'm not as experimental as a lot of people are. I don't really go for the big twin fin, massive fish tail type boards. I still ride fairly conventional equipment, a little bit of a fishy board but it still has the thruster setup even if it's a 5'4" with a rounded nose. I do like trying different boards but I generally stick to a thruster or something that I can still get speed and do a bunch of turns because I like to turn. If I want to cruise I'll ride a Mal, or a longboard or whatever you call it here. Yes, I've had a magic board. The best board I ever had was a Rusty. I got a bunch of photos on it. I snapped it in Indonesia after one of the longest barrels I had ever got in my life at Lance's Right. The very next wave I snapped it clean in half. Oh well, at least I scored that wave before. JG: In this awesome April 2000 Surfing Girl cover shot that I'm holding right here, you’re wearing a one-piece swimsuit and in all the other photos we've seen of you over the years, you primarily wear modest bikinis. Do you think the current trend of 'wear a thong, get the shot run' is detrimental to women’s surfing? SB: I feel like it's an individual's choice. If a girl is choosing to wear one because she feels comfortable in that and she's not wearing it because that's the only way she can get a shot or attention, then great, go ahead. I think it's detrimental to the girl herself if she's wearing it for any other reason than that she thinks it's totally comfortable and that's what she really does want to surf in. Regarding it being detrimental to the whole of women's surfing ...it should all come down to an individual thing where it's what each person chooses. If it becomes where society is expectant on every girl wearing a g-string because one girl likes wearing a g-string, that's where I think it becomes detrimental. JG: In one particular double page ad a decade ago, it looks like you're surfing a gnarly reef pass while wearing red trunks, a long-sleeve rash guard, a face full of zinc and even reef booties. It seems like there was a little more freedom back then to look however you liked or wear whatever you wanted. Would the girls be able to get away with that today? SB: I definitely don't think they'd run a photo of a girl in a long-sleeve red rash vest, long boardies and booties (laughing). I don't think that would be as accepted today because there is more emphasis on wearing the thong, the two-piece or the sexy bikini. We did go through phases where they tried to tell us that we couldn't wear sunscreen while we were on an Indo boat trip because the magazine didn't want there to be any zinc or sunscreen in the photos. We were like, "Pfffff! Fine, don't take the photos then. Hello, we're surfing on the equator. As if we're not going to wear zinc." That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. So that didn't last long. (laughter) There definitely isn't the freedom to wear what you would have worn then. I mean, I had a bowl cut and was wearing boys' boardshorts but that was pretty cool back then. It's a different world today that we're living in. It should be the same, like if you want to wear long boardies and booties and if you're doing a rad turn, then they should run it. But I don't think there's really the freedom to do that like there used to be which is a shame. Serena Brooke surf video clip by JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine JG: Big subject change …let's close this out with something light and simple. Since you've become a recent fan of Bull Taco, we have to ask …is there good Mexican food in Australia? SB: Awww, the old Mexican food in Australia question. Everyone pays out Australia so bad about our Mexican food. There's not good Mexican food in Australia …we're a long way from Mexico. It's like Mexican food Australian style. It's not authentic and a lot of the food is not real Mexican style. I know a lot of Californians come over and are like, "Are you kidding?" We have great Thai food though (laughs). We have more Thai restaurants than Thailand I think. JG: Thank you Serena! Any parting thoughts or shout-outs? SB: Really, just have fun and don't take life too seriously. I think we're here to have fun and enjoy life and not feel guilty about it. Everyone just have fun and keep surfing.
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