Southern California surfer, Tory Gilkerson, recently headed back to Hainan, China to compete in the 2014 Gopro World Longboard Championships. Like her Jettygirl feature from last year, Tory agreed to keep us posted and to send us some words and photos from her journey. We hope you'll follow along again this year.
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."
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."
Wednesday, November 20, 2013"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 ]
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 😉 ."
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."
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!" Notes 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) ASP Women's World Longboard Champion To Be Crowned in China For Second Consecutive Year COOLANGATTA, QLD/Australia (Wednesday, October 10, 2012) – The world's best female longboarders are preparing to compete for the coveted ASP Women's World Longboard Title for the second year in a row at the SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 hosted by Wanning. Last year's event saw the athletes take on the long left handers at Riyuewan Bay, Hainan Island at the historic first ever ASP event in China. This year's SWATCH Girls Pro China will be the standalone event on tour for the women's longboarders with the event winner being crowned ASP Women's World Longboard Champion. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) clinched the ASP Women's World Longboard Champion at the SWATCH Girls Pro China last year after finishing equal 5th in a hard fought final day of surfing and she’s focused on going back-to-back. "I don't feel any added pressure right now going into the event as the defending ASP Women's World Longboard Champion," Steinriede said. "I'm ready to compete and will try to back up my title with another one. Last year's event was an awesome experience. It was exciting going to a place I knew nothing about and I think we were all pleasantly surprised by the island's beauty and with how well we were taken care of. I'm looking forward to heading back to China soon!" Marco Vaccari, SWATCH Head of International Marketing told the ASP that they're proud to once again host the SWATCH Girls Pro China. "We’re thrilled to return to Hainan, China again in 2012 for the second SWATCH Girls Pro China," Vaccari said. "Last year’s event was a huge success, with great surf, the crowning of the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion and showcasing what fantastic athletes these women are. Hainan is a beautiful part of the world and the ideal location for SWATCH to host a world-class event." Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia's General Manager and SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 Contest Director is excited to return to China to once again to crown the ASP Women's World Longboard Champion on the sands of Riyuewan Bay. "I'm really looking forward to returning to China for the SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 hosted by Wanning," Jordan said. "Last year's SWATCH Girls Pro China was an historic event and it was fantastic to see the interest in surfing from the local people and media. Swatch always put on world-class events and the level of surfing from the women is exceptional, so we're expecting another standout event and great battle for the ASP Women's World Longboard Title." More info - www.aspworldtour.com & www.swatchgirlspro.com