The ASP Women's World Tour at Lowers: A Watershed Moment in Women's Pro Surfing. Carissa Moore photo © Red Bull Media House

The ASP Women’s World Tour at Lowers. A Watershed Moment in Women’s Pro Surfing.

A few days into the 2013 Hurley Pro at Lowers, an official announcement was made from the booth declaring that the ASP Women's World Tour would be joining the men at the same event in 2014. Immediately, our hearts leapt with joy as one of our dreams over the years has been to see the women get the opportunity to surf a spot like Trestles in a World Tour competition. Within seconds of the announcement, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets were buzzing with the news as posts were made from both fans and World Tour members alike. In the warm-up sessions that took place in the days before this year's Hurley Pro, we had the opportunity to swim around with the world's best surfers from the Men's ASP World Tour. While we didn't hear every conversation going down, the topic we heard discussed most was how incredibly fun the waves at Lowers are. The lineup was crazy-competitive and ultra-crowded with everyone from Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow to ex-WCT'ers like Chris Ward who consistently picked off the best waves of the day. Floating in the channel with a camera, it felt like we were sitting at a surf movie witnessing the best that progressive surfing has to offer. Come 2014, the women will get in on it too. If the swell cooperates at the event next September, we believe that the performances put on by the current members of the ASP Top 17 will be a watershed moment in women's professional surfing. There won't be hopping, groveling, or rolling the dice on which onshore peak to surf like some spots on the Tour schedule. Instead, there will be Lowers, a perfect pointbreak that's as close to high-performance heaven as we have in Southern California. The wave has something for every type of surfer on Tour and offers a canvas that is as equally friendly to the air game as it is to committed rail work. Lowers is our favorite wave on the coast and we're so excited that the women will get the chance to surf it in 2014. We're not the only ones amping though. We asked a bunch surfers on the current ASP Women's World Tour to share their thoughts on the event and we also received feedback from some of the US mainland and Hawaii's best amateurs, many of whom hope to be joining the Tour themselves in the future. We'll step aside now and kick it off with our current World Champion, Carissa Moore. Solid frontside air by the 2013 ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool. © Red Bull Media House "An event at Lowers for the women is such exciting news. It is such a high performance wave that I think will really suit the women and allow for next level surfing. It is so encouraging to see Hurley and the ASP make the effort to get us such an amazing venue for the 2014 season." - Carissa Moore line of blue and gray Sally Fitzgibbons fin throw at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "The news of the Lowers event being locked in for our 2014 tour was really exciting to hear. With the talent level on the Women's World Tour at an all-time high, it is a perfect time to introduce a high performance wave like Trestles. It will be an awesome atmosphere to compete in alongside the Men's Tour event and I'm predicting that all the heats will be extremely close. I'm looking forward to putting together a great performance there. I can't wait for September to roll around again next year and give it everything I've got to lift the inaugural Hurley Pro Trestles trophy." - Sally Fitzgibbons line of blue and gray California's top-ranked female pro surfer, Courtney Conlogue, gets one last hit off a foamy section at Lower Trestles. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I'm looking forward to surfing a location such as Lowers on the World Tour because it’s a wave that allows high performance progressive surfing. It’s a move in the right direction for the Women’s World Tour." - Courtney Conlogue line of blue and gray Hawaiian pro surfer, Malia Manuel, testing out new boards on a clean afternoon at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Going into 2014 there are going to be a lot of positive changes for the Women's tour. That gave me motivation to want to re-qualify so I can be a part of such an awesome time for the sport of women's surfing. So far, I'm most excited about the added event at Trestles. Lowers is the skatepark of surfing and I'm looking forward to finally getting to compete again at that prestigious venue." - Malia Manuel line of blue and gray New Zealand pro surfer, Paige Hareb, hits the lip and projects down the line on a solid wave at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I know there used to be a women's event at Trestles a long time ago. Ever since I knew that, I've been wishing that we would get it back and now it's here! I'm so thankful to still be on tour and to be able to get the chance to surf this fun, world class wave with one other lady in the water, eeek I'm getting excited just thinking about it!" - Paige Hareb line of blue and gray Australian surfer, Bec Woods, hits the lip in Carlsbad, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Too little too late for me as I won't be on your next year. But I am stoked to say that Trestles will definitely be one event I will tune into next year for the women. To be able to showcase their ability in actual waves instead of having tactical beach break conditions will be really exciting. Congrats to the ASP for getting that one on the schedule. Wish I could of hung on long enough to be there!" - Bec Woods line of blue and gray Australian pro surfer and new member of the 2014 ASP Women's World Tour, Dimity Stoyle gets her fins free at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I was so excited when I heard the news of Lowers! Next year is going to be my first year on tour and the timing could not have been better! I have surfed that wave a few times before and it is the most perfect wave! The crowd is insane, so just being out in the water with one other girl out is going to be so dreamy!" - Dimity Stoyle line of blue and gray 2014 ASP Women's World Tour member, Nikki Van Dijk, hooks one backside on a clean afternoon left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Lowers is an incredible wave obviously and I am so so excited to compete there next year. It's going to be exciting for us to show everyone our best surfing in perfect waves. It's definitely a huge step forward in women's surfing." - Nikki van Dijk line of blue and gray French surfer, Johanne Defay, hits the closeout on a sunny, Southern California afternoon. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "The dream tour aptly named. It's a perfect wave, and the girls will be able to show their finest surfing!" - Johanne Defay line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Tatiana Weston-Webb, hooks a turn on an afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I heard rumors of Lowers being an upcoming event for the 2014 Women's World Tour when I was in France and Spain, and I was already freaking out about the rumor. When the ASP made the announcement I couldn't stop imagining how amazing it would be for the women to get to perform at such a perfect wave! The next thing I thought was this is definitely the next step to competitive surfing for women because Lowers is one of the most prestigious waves and it's a really big deal that the Hurley Pro wants to include women in the event! Many women on Tour will get a lot more publicity because of it!" - Tatiana Weston-Webb line of blue and gray Current USA Surf Team member, Nikki Viesins, hits the lip vertically at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think it will be a great venue. Lowers is a world class wave, and you can pretty much count on it to produce swell. I think it gives the women a fair chance to demonstrate their talent and prove themselves. It's a great location, and I am really looking forward to watching the event. Hopefully one day I'll be right up there with them." - Nikki Viesins line of blue and gray Tia Blanco gouges a fun Lowers left during the 2013 Surfing America USA Championships. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I am overly excited to see that the women's tour has made its way to lowers. I have experienced heats there the past couple of years and it is one of the best places to have a contest. Lowers is such an amazing wave. The girls this year are so talented and I believe everyone has been waiting for this opportunity for them to surf such a rippable wave. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to join them!" - Tia Blanco line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Mahina Maeda, drives hard off the bottom of a solid Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "When I heard about the new World Tour event for the Women at Lower Trestles, I was shocked. I think it’s amazing that they are holding it at a world-class wave, and it gets to show the truth of about women’s surfing. Over the years we’ve been less prioritized and we should be treated as one with the boys, because every woman out there has the potential to do a man's job. If there's an amateur event at Lowers, why isn't there a pro event? Lowers is a rippable wave, and I'm excited to see my favorite surfers be out there for next year's season, and hoping I get to surf in that event sometime in the future. I’ve won a couple of National Titles there, and hoping to win a World Tour event at that same spot." - Mahina Maeda line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Dax McGill, punts a nice frontside air on a fun afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "When I heard the news about the Women's tour having a stop at Lowers I was ecstatic! I couldn't really even believe it. Lowers is one of the most perfect waves in the world. In my opinion it's the closest thing to a wave pool! This event is going to show the true potential of all the women on the tour. Hopefully one day I'll be surfing in it! Thank you Hurley for the amazing opportunity for the women. They're going to prove themselves ;)" - Dax McGill line of blue and gray USA Surf Team member, Kylie Loveland, hooks a nice backside turn at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think the Women's World Tour coming to Lowers is something that has taken too long to happen! Everyone loves watching the guys shred one of the best waves in Southern California, but it's only fair to let the girls have their fair share of fun too! I'm stoked to see that girl surfers are getting more opportunities just like the boys." - Kylie Loveland line of blue and gray Malia Ward throws down a nice layback snap on an overcast day at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think that it's an amazing opportunity for the girls to really show off their competition strategies and skills. And it also represents the growth and uprising of women's surfing. I believe Lowers is a magical wave that will bring out the most talent in a contest and it is a big step for women's surfing to be a part of that." - Malia Ward line of blue and gray Final Note: Thank you to the ASP, Paul Speaker, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Pat O'Connell, Bob Hurley, the Hurley brand, IMG, California State Parks and whoever else played an integral part in taking the ASP Women's World Tour to Trestles next year. With this move you have fulfilled dreams and undoubtedly stoked the imaginations of young athletes the world over who will get to witness the best female surfers competing in a truly, world-class venue. Photos: Chris Grant / | Photo of Carissa Moore © Red Bull Media House

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Bec Woods - Jettygirl Time Machine surf video clip featuring Bec, Claire Bevilacqua, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador, Rochelle Ballard, Lyndsay Noyes, Violet Kimble, Sarah Beardmore, and Megan Abubo.

Jettygirl Time Machine – July 30, 2007 – Surf Session with Bec Woods, Claire Bevilacqua, Megan Abubo, Kyla Langen, Kassia Meador, and more…

Jettygirl Time Machine - July 30, 2007 - Surf Session with Bec Woods, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador, Rochelle Ballard, Lyndsay Noyes, Violet Kimble, Sarah Beardmore, Megan Abubo, and Claire Bevilacqua Description: We've decided it's time to unlock the video vault and showcase some of the sessions that have gone down in front of our lenses over the years. The video size may be small and standard definition (*glorious 480p, haha) but the spirit of the sessions back then were most definitely high-def, vibrant and in full color. If it hadn't have been for two individuals, Kyla Langen and Kassia Meador, Jettygirl would never have become a reality. At the time, Kyla was living in Carlsbad while Kassia Meador had recently moved to Oceanside. These two homes would become the focal points as some of the best female surfers in the world would stop by and visit during the summers. Each morning I'd wake up to pre-social media text messages and phone calls about how the waves were and where the session was going to happen. It could just be the Oceanside area itself, but I see less and less of these surf sessions where groups of women get together and push the limits at one particular break. All of these surfers were complete individuals but there was enough cohesiveness as a group for people on the beach to feel the energy of women's (shortboard) surfing being pushed forward one ride at a time, even on a junky summer day like the one in this clip. Well, enough chatter on my part. I hope you enjoy the first of many Jettygirl Time Machine surf sessions ...good rides, wipeouts, smiles, and everything else that makes an average day at the beach something special. Film: Chris Grant / Music: "Fancy Nightclub Girl" - Written and Performed by HafenSabine Jettygirl Time Machine frame grabs of  Bec Woods, Megan Abubo, and Kyla Langen
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ASP Top Surfers Determined for 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour

For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International ASP Top 17 Surfers Determined for 2013 ASP Women's World Championship Tour Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, reigning five-time ASP Women's World Champion, welcomes the 2013 ASP Top 17 to the elite level of competition.  Photo: © ASP COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Monday, October 1, 2012) – With the culmination of the women’s qualifying season, ending with the ASP 6-Star SATA Airlines Azores Pro last weekend, the ASP Top 17 have been confirmed for 2013. The 2013 ASP Top 17 will be comprised of the top 10 finishers on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings, the next six finishers from ASP Women’s World Rankings and the ASP Wildcard. The 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, won by now-reigning five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, and ending in August at the Nike US Open of Surfing, ranked surfers based off their best six results from seven events. TOP 10 QUALIFIERS FROM 2012 ASP WOMEN’S WCT RANKINGS: - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) - Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) - Carissa Moore (HAW) - Tyler Wright (AUS) - Courtney Conlogue (USA) - Malia Manuel (HAW) - Lakey Peterson (USA) - Laura Enever (AUS) - Coco Ho (HAW) - Paige Hareb (NZL) Full 2012 ASP Women’s WCT rankings can be found HERE The ASP Women’s World Rankings rate surfers based on their top five results for the 2012 season from all ASP Star events. TOP 6 QUALIFIERS FROM ASP WOMEN’S WORLD RANKING: - Sage Erickson (USA) - Bianca Buitentag (ZAF) - Pauline Ado (FRA) - Rebecca Woods (AUS) - Alana Blanchard (HAW) - Sofia Mulanovich (PER) Full ASP Women’s World Rankings can be found HERE The final position for the ASP Top 17 will be the ASP Wildcard, to be determined in the coming weeks. The 2013 will first contest one another at the season-opening Roxy Pro Gold Coast next February. For more information, log onto

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 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.

A Two Wave Total. Starring Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Laura Enever, Tyler Wright, Rebecca Woods & Nikki Van Dijk. Presented by Surfing Australia.

A TWO WAVE TOTAL - Presented by Surfing Australia Directed and Edited by Curtis Redden A Two Wave Total follows Australia's leading female surfers as they chase glory on the Australian leg of the ASP World Tour. Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Laura Enever, Tyler Wright, Rebecca Woods and junior star Nikki Van Dijk put it all on the line in front of their home fans at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney. A Two Wave Total is a behind the scenes look at Australia's elite female surfers and their bid for the 2012 ASP World Title. A new initiative by the Australian Sports Commission to increase the exposure and reach of women’s sport in Australian media. This program will ensure that more Australians get to see wider coverage of exciting women’s surfing.
If I could summarize this beautifully put together 43-minute film, it would be that Australian surfing will be on top for years to come while American competitive surfing (current WT stars excluded) will continue to lag behind. A momentary glimpse of top pros like Steph Gilmore and Tyler Wright explaining strategy and technique to a room full of wide-eyed Australian girl groms is proof enough that we're way behind our counterparts down under when it comes to teamwork, training and support for young athletes. A Two Wave Total is a polished, sometimes raw, and wonderful movie for fans of women's professional surfing. We have our fingers crossed for a follow-up covering the back half of the 2012 Tour. Well done Surfing Australia! -Chris Grant A Two Wave Total - Surfing Australia
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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 - 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, Portrait © ASP/Cestari. Current world champion, Carissa Moore, hucking spray in Huntington Beach. © Chris Grant/

# 2 - Sally Fitzgibbons - Australia - 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/

# 3 - Stephanie Gilmore - Australia - 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/

# 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/

# 5 - Silvana Lima - Brazil - 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/

# 6 - Coco Ho - Hawaii - 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/

# 7 - Sofia Mulanovich - Peru - 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/

# 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/

# 9 - Pauline Ado - France - 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/

# 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/

# 11 - Malia Manuel - Hawaii - 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/ 2012 ASP Women's World Tour. Fin throw at Lowers, Malia Manuel. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazinePortrait © Chris Grant/ An afternoon to remember, Lowers fin throw by Malia Manuel. © Chris Grant/

# 12 - Lakey Peterson - United States - 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/

# 13 - Sage Erickson - United States - 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/

# 14 - Rebecca Woods - Australia - 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/

# 15 - Paige Hareb - New Zealand - 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/

# 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/

# 17 - Jacqueline Silva - Brazil - 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/

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Competition Intensifies at the Australian Open of Surfing. Video Highlights!

Laura Enever, Day 5 of the Australian Open of Surfing. Photo © ASP/Dunbar Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW/AUS) scored a trip to the Semifinals with a last second victory over Pauline Ado (FRA). © ASP/Dunbar Day 5 of the Australian Open of Surfing - Men's Round 1 & 2 plus Women's Quarterfinals
For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International Competition Intensifies at the Australian Open of Surfing MANLY, NSW/Australia (Wednesday, 15 February, 2012) – The Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach presented by Hurley and Billabong was treated to another exciting day full of surf action. Today saw the completion of the opening round of the Men’s ASP 6-Star division, and three heats of round two featuring some of the event’s top seeds. The Women’s field has been whittled down to just four surfers after a thrilling round of Quarterfinals this afternoon. Laura Enever (AUS) was looking like exiting the event with a 5th place finish in her Quarterfinal against Pauline Ado (FRA), she was left needing a decent score as the ocean went flat in the last five minutes. But Enever waited patiently and with a mere 14 seconds on the clock she stood up on a nice looking left-hander and launched into a series of sharp turns, easily netting the required score. “There was a part of me thinking this might be the end,” Enever said. “But then I thought – it’s never over, you can catch a wave with one second on the clock and get the score. I knew I had to find something and when that wave popped up and I though this is it, this is the one. I’m excited to be into the Semis and to be able to surf on Finals day this weekend.” Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) faced off against Lakey Peterson (USA) in Quarterfinal 2, which was a rematch of the Final of the US Open in August last year. Fitzgibbons took the heat on both occasions and will now match-up against Laura Enever (AUS) in the Semifinals this weekend. “It’s a good feeling to be through to the Semis for the first event of the year,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s exciting to be here at the first Australian Open, and to be able to compete so close to home, I’ve got all my friends and family up here supporting me. I busted up my wrist just before Christmas and I’m just getting back in the water now, I’ve got a wrist guard on for support, but it doesn’t hinder me too much.” Malia Manuel (HAW) and Joanne Defay (FRA) finished Quarterfinal 3 tied on 11.67 (out of a possible 20) for their two wave heat total. When there’s a tie the surfer with the highest single wave score wins, and in this case it was Manuel who won with a 6.67 (out of a possible 10) to Defay’s 6.00. “That was too close for comfort right there,” Manuel said. “She needed a 6.01 right at the end and got a 6.00, it was so close! Halfway through the heat a rip popped up right in the middle of the lineup and it made it hard for me to get a back-up score. I really admire the European surfers, they’re such a tight-knit crew and they’re all surfing great.” Joel Parkinson (AUS), runner-up to the 2011 ASP World Title took out the opening heat of the round of 96 and progressed to the next round alongside Sydney up-and-comer Cooper Chapman (AUS) who finished second. The lead changed multiple times between the four surfers in the heat, but it was the veteran ‘Parko’ and the young gun Cooper who progressed. “It’s been a while since I’ve surfed a four man heat, so I was nervous,” Parkinson said. “I was expecting to hear ‘Parkinson you’re in fourth place’ over the loud speaker. But it’s a good feeling to go out there and catch a few waves. I’ve been waiting all week for my heat and it’s good to get it out of the way, and start 2012 with a heat win.” Evan Geiselman (USA) and fellow American Kolohe Andino (USA) took top honours in the last two heats of the day thanks to a couple of massive aerials. Both surfers scored waves in the 9-point-range and are looking good heading into the round of 48. Tomorrow the Australian Open Of Surfing will see both Men’s and Women’s ASP 6-Star action and will also feature skating competitions and demos, music concerts, athlete signing sessions and much more. The event is free for the public to view in person and live on the internet via IMPORTANT EVENT INFO The cigarette and alcohol-free event is expected to welcome more than 100,000 people to Manly, the location of the very first World Surfing Championships in 1964 and the first Australian beach to legalise day-time swimming in 1904. Destination NSW, along with major event partners Hurley and Billabong, expect the Australian Open of Surfing to inject more than $6 million into the local community. The Australian Open of Surfing is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Destination NSW, Events NSW, Manly Council, Sony, Blackberry, Monster Energy, Fuel TV, Channel [V], The Manly Daily, Surfing World, Reef, Skullcandy, ASP Australasia and Surfing NSW.

Bec Woods Takes An Honest Look at the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour

By Bec Woods People tell you to live in the now. I'm living in the now, I enjoy my life, why would I not… I am a professional surfer. It can be the best job in the World! I am also in the midst of running an event for the second year in a row with my mate and Pro surfer Amee Donohoe. The local community is providing awesome support. The local businesses and media are into it and back our passion to pass onto people our love for not just female surfing but surfing in general. With 120 girls last year entered and some cool happenings this year you should come along to the RA Girls Surf Show.
Left: Bec Woods pulling into a grinding left at Teahupo'o...many tour years ago. Photo: ©ASP/Karen.
Surfing has been my life since I was 12 and I am fiercely passionate about how healthy it can be for everyone. When I paddle out at my local break I know most of the line-up and I love watching everyone having fun, it’s a community. Everywhere in the world you are sharing your passion with people you are a community. I love seeing people stoked and getting barreled with smiles on their faces just as much as I love getting barreled! I live in the now, yes ...but sometimes I look at the now and the future of 2012 for surfing and there are some things that do disappoint me about the surf industry right now. The dream of surfing the world in epic waves and pushing myself to a level that I was satified with engulfed me, surfing with the best and trying my hardest. Falling down faces in Teahupo'o and dropping ledges at Cloudbreak at 8-10 foot as a 20 year old challenged me, my heart in my mouth making a drop and doing things I wasn't sure I could do. I lived for that …I miss that. I don’t even bother surfing in big waves or training for these conditions anymore because it's not necessary.
Bec Woods, Cloudbreak, Fiji. Photo © ASP/KAREN Bec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Left: Bec Woods at Cloudbreak. ©ASP/Karen. Right: HB Pier. ©Grant. Which comp would you rather watch?
For those who don’t know, here are a few things about female World Tour surfing from last year and the upcoming year... • We have 6 events on our calendar for 2012 with our year ending in August in the amazing waves (yes, I am being sarcastic) of Huntington Beach, USA. • We have NO Hawaiian events. • We have no reef breaks or heavy barrels (Teahupo'o, Fiji and Honolua Bay are gone) so it really is a beach break tour on right handers. • How can someone be a well rounded World Champ when we surf the same conditions (2-3 foot onshore beachies)? Should the world champ be called the 2-3 foot beach break world champ? • Our prize money on the WQS hasn’t changed since the 1980′s. • Many professional surfers aren’t sponsored right now and this is a sign the companies are hurting. It costs around 40K to do the World Tour and 50K to try your luck on both tours …way more for the men who have more events.
Bec Woods, Roxy 2005 Fiji. Photo © ASP/ROBERTSON The world of competitive World Tour surfing that has been my career for the last ten years has slowly lost its glitz and glam and the business side has slowly been exposed as just that … a business. It just disappoints me that when times get tough you should just look at the Women’s World Tour as a scale of how tough because we are the first to get targeted. This is not a "poor me" story ...I just see young girls fighting for their spot on Tour and a dig at their Dream, only to get on the World Tour and realize that the WQS actually has more events and better waves. The disappointment on their faces and the hard work they put in not rewarded. I am also disappointed that our industry is selling out to bigger brands and the bigger brands are not supporting the core of the industry but just using it to make money and screw the consumer. If all our surf brands get bought out and the non-core buyers don't put on events then what happens to our sport and dream? The Women’s Tour is failing, the big brands are not putting anything back in and I think it is about time they did. Watch the Women’s Tour as a sign of what will happen to the industry as a whole. Maybe the industry has to learn a hard lesson? I know if I have kids and they are female I want them to surf for sure (one board a year and a pair of boardies) but no way will I push them to compete in an industry that doesn’t support it’s own. Education or Tennis, golf anyone?
Bec Woods paddles out at Cloudbreak, Fiji. Photo © ASP/KAREN One final thought... Seeing this left while paddling out the morning of Cloudbreak, the anticipation and excitement cannot be described. I don’t run to Huntington Beach with the same enthusiasm … sorry locals there, don't mean to offend.
Photos: ©ASP/Karen, ©ASP/Robertson, ©Chris Grant/ Additional Resources: Bec Woods Amee Donohoe Brian Hilton RA Surf Show ASP World Tour

Photo Friday: Sticking It Under Pressure with Rebecca Woods on

Presented by Although the outside section gets the lion's share of points, anyone who's either watched or participated in a surf contest at Huntington Pier knows that you have to leave an exclamation point in the shorebreak to get the crowds on their feet. Although Huntington's sandy peaks seem fairly harmless, the shorebreak is anything but easy to navigate. After hopping through the notorious Huntington Hop zone, the final section looms up quickly, often without a chance to regain speed and much of the time in only a few inches of water. It's a tough place to stick your final maneuver...and even tougher when 60,000 eyeballs are watching as is the case here with Rebecca Woods. Rebecca was on fire at this year's Nike US Open of Surfing and much of it was due to her uncanny ability to stick her landings in the dumpy conditions. While others would get bounced off, Bec would keep composed and ride out of it. I remember this turn well from my vantage point under the pier. After a clean hit off the closeout, the shorebreak explosion forced Rebecca into a difficult position, forcing her to use her lead arm to grab the opposite rail in the whitewater which is virtually impossible to pull off when you're leaning in the other direction...impossible for most people that is. Using powerful stomach muscles and a never-give-up mindset, Rebecca successfully rode out of it and continued on toward the quarterfinals. Before cutting out today, you'll notice something painfully commonplace in women's professional surfing these days, Rebecca surfs the tour without the help of a major sponsor. The surf industry is a multi-billion dollar affair yet every year at least a few of the Top 17 surf the tour without any support. How is that even possible? It's time to start asking questions, lots and lots of questions... Bec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comRebecca Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comBec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comBec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Bec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.Bec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Rebecca Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Rebecca Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Rebecca Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surfing photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Photos: Chris Grant /
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Jess Grimwood of Shelly Beach Wins Brian Hilton RA Surf Show and Gives Prize Money to Flood Appeal

RA Girls Surf Show Winner Jessica Grimwood poses with groms and event organizers Amee Donohoe & Bec Woods ©Sarah Beardmore PRESS RELEASE COPACABANA BEACH, January 28, 2011 - Happy to just help out behind the scenes, Jess Grimwood came through to steal the spotlight with a win in the final of the Brian Hilton RA Girls Surf Show. The event was held at Copacabana Beach on the Central Coast of Australia over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of January 2011. Organiser's Rebecca Woods and Amee Donohoe had to convince the 22 year old Grimwood to compete in the event in which she managed to take out the highly competitive field of international surfers in the Open Pro division. "I wasn't thinking about competing- I was just happy to help out with odd jobs" she said. "So I was pretty shocked. It was very cool!" In a close and hotly contested final, Grimwood defeated Dimity Stoyle of the Sunshine Coast, followed by Laurina McGrath and Kim Wooldridge who finished third and fourth respectively. Grimwood was generous enough to donate her $1500 winner's cheque to the Queensland flood appeal. "It was a very touching moment and amazing thing for her to do." Donohoe said. Jess Van Der Meer from the Northern Beaches, Sydney was an in form surfer all event and took out what could be the biggest win in her career placing first in the U/21 division and taking home the $1000 cheque to help her on her way in the professional surfing world. Alyssa Lock, 10, from Tweed Heads was another strong competitor who displayed a surfing maturity well beyond her years. Lock took out not only the U/12 division but also the Open B division defeating surfers up to three times her age! Coco Beeby of Scotts Head won the U/16 division in a close battle with Steph Single from Lennox Head. There was a fantastic showcase of surfing throughout the whole event and this up and coming division was certainly no exception. As well as making the Open Pro final, Kim Wooldridge of Woolongong managed to win the Masters division. Along with winners of the U/12 (Lock) and U/16 division (Beeby), Wooldridge took home a custom made surfboard from DBurge. Other winners include Nicole Fleming of the South Coast in the Bodyboard division and Chelsea Williams from Tweed Heads, in the Longboard with both girls taking home cheques of $500. Last year Donohoe (Macmasters) and Woods' (Copacabana) were not only working long and hard with the preparation and execution of the Brian Hilton RA Girls Surf Show but were also juggling their own surfing careers as they were competitors of the Women's World Tour. Displaying altruism in its purest form, the event was aimed to support the many up and coming female surfers as well as give back to the local communities of the Central Coast that have shown great support throughout their own surfing careers. The Brian Hilton RA Surf Show was a huge success; it was not just a surfing event but like a mini festival with market stalls on both the Saturday and Sunday, food and drinks available at night with an alfresco outdoor cinema, live music and entertainment as well as VIP area for sponsors overlooking the latter. Copacabana Surf Club was filled with around 200 people for the presentation and raffle draw! The support was amazing with the local community behind Bec and Amee all the way and it doesn't happen very often but the water was cleared for the entire weekend in which competitors got to surf Copacabana Point three foot and glassy by themselves. Woods comments on the reasons to the success of the event 'It is due to the fact the Amee and I grew up in one of the most supportive communities and amazing places in Australia which created an amazing vibe and fun atmosphere". Both Woods and Donohoe are looking to make it a bigger and better event next year. A big thank you to the local community, Copacabana Surf club and the major sponsors of the event, Brian Hilton, Bendigo Bank, Mc Donald's Kincumber, Flint and Midori. Open-Pro -- B Grade -- Masters -- Under 21 years 1st : Jess Grimwood -- Alyssa Lock -- Kim Wooldridge -- Jess Van Der Meer 2nd : Dimity Stoyle -- Karen Myers -- Sandra English -- Skye Burgess 3rd : Lauren McGrath -- Jesse Buchan -- Sharon Briety -- Dimity Stoyle 4th : Kim Wooldridge -- Karen Witt -- Michelle James -- Sage Erickson Under 16 years -- Under 12 years -- Longboard -- Bodyboard 1st : Coco Beeby -- Alyssa Lock -- Chelsea Williams -- Nicole Fleming 2nd : Steph Single -- Macy Callaghan -- Rachel Pinsak -- Kaitlin Murphy 3rd : Eve Edwards -- Tyla O'Toole -- Debbie Allen -- Emma Cobb 4th : Brittany Hutchings -- Isabelle Wheatley -- April Charles -- Lilly Pollard

RA Girls Surf Show, NSW, Jan 15&16

RA Girls Surf Show Central Coast January 15 & 16 The RA Girls Surf Show to be held on the Central Coast, New South Wales on the 15-16 January 2011 is going to be an action packed female surfing contest and weekend of summer fun for everyone. The RA Girls Surf Show with over $20 000 worth of cash and prizes on offer was an idea hatched and put together by two current professional female World Tour competitors being Amee Donohoe (Macmasters Beach) and Rebecca Woods (Copacabana). It aims to encourage more females to get a taste of the lifestyle that has provided them with the careers and opportunities they have enjoyed over the last decade. The event will also provide a fun and interactive mobile weekend of summer fun from Copacabana to Macmasters, with the local communities that have supported them so well. The RA Girls Surf Show has eight major divisions ranging from under 12 Girls up to Master’s (over 38’s) as well as a Bodyboarding and Longboard division. It will attract a local, national and international field from all ages with Rebecca Woods stating that "It is a great way to show off the Central Coast’s amazing beach lifestyle, get more females in the water and give back to the local community." The weekend will provide plenty of the entertainment alongside the surfing event including market stalls, skateboarding clinics, beach games, surf lessons, an alfresco cinema on the Saturday night, live music, morning yoga, Zumba lessons and a wrap up party. Amee Donohoe comments "We have five professional surfer’s on the World Tour from our region at the moment, this is more than any other region in the world and we want to make sure this continues into the future. We can also showcase how amazing our waves are to other surfer’s across the nation and globe!" For additional information, visit RA Girls Surf Show

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