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Being a young aspiring female athlete today is full of great opportunities. I was just checking through my mail this morning and came across an update from Roxy about the latest Champ Camp held by Lisa Anderson. The camp was about helping up and coming female surfers take their surfing to the next level.
From camping in Cardiff to Costa Rica, some of the best amateur girl surfers from Latin America and the US came together for a Lisa Andersen Champ Camp at Playa Negra to push each other and learn from the best.
4x World Champion Lisa Andersen identified the top surfers from a selection of online video entries and gave these “future champs” a one of a kind experience. Special guest Sofia Mulanovich—Latin American legend and previous World Champ—joined Lisa Andersen in Costa Rica to provide hands on coaching, instruction, and video analysis that helped advance the girls’ surfing.
Living the life of a professional surfer seems like a dream come true, however like all things in life nothing is given and these girls had to work hard at the Champ camp. The waves were perfect keeping the stoke high, which is what you need to get up at 5am, get out in the surf for 6am followed by video and one-on-one coaching from Lisa and Sofia. Breakfast didn’t come until 9, and was followed with more surfing and technical analysis and feedback. In the afternoon came cross-training—the future champs practiced yoga and learned the importance of stretching and surf exercises. The daily video review allowed Lisa Andersen to break down everything for the girls and play-back waves and help critique the girls’ surfing. Lisa and Sofia also provided the future champs with media training and interviewing, preparing them for their career as a professional surfer.
The camp was a great success with Nikki Viesins (FL), claiming 2nd place at the East Coast Surfing Championships in the women’s pro division shortly after the Champ Camp and Leilani McGonagle, claiming two national titles in Costa Rica just 5 days after the camp! Plus keep your eyes out for Tatiana Weston-Webb (HI) Surfing America National Champion, Lucia Cosoleto (Argentina), Melanie Guina and Vania Torres who surf for the Peruvian National Team, Leilani Aguirre (Peru), Adela Recordon (Chile) all looking for spots on the tour in the near future.
Whether it is surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking or any other action sport the girls are taking center stage and showing the guys that we are stepping it up. These up and coming girls are holding their own and laying down tricks that the average guy would love to be able to do!! With more Champ camps being held and the older girls providing opportunities for the younger girls I am excited to be apart of the future of Women's Action Sports!
Sick photo from Roxy of their team rider Alisha Gonzalves winning the SeaHawaii Women’s Jr. Pro at Pipeline!
Congratulations Alisha! For more on the competition go to the Roxy Blog
Check out this great video of Carissa leading up to her first competition with the boys at the Reef Hawaiian Pro last week at Haleiwa.
She did awesome, although she did not get through her first heat it was not due to her lack of skill or ability! It was all about getting the few good waves coming through and unfortunatly she was not able to get one to show the judges what she could do! Here is the footage from her heat.
Carissa is up again in the second competition of the Triple Crown, the Vans World Cup keep an eye out for her in Heat 14, Round of 96 - Watch it Live here
HONOLULU, Hawaii (November 10, 2011) - Assigning a coveted wildcard for the most prestigious men’s pro surfing series on Earth to a woman could be viewed as contentious, but not if that woman is reigning ASP world surfing champion Carissa Moore. After all, Carissa has been competing against the world’s best women since she was 11 years of age – about the same time she was competitively mixing it up with her male peers like John John Florence and Kolohe Andino in a bid to push her performance level higher.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, which starts this Saturday*, has granted Moore wildcards into the $145,000 Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa (Nov. 12-23), and the $250,000 Vans Hawaiian Pro at Sunset Beach (Nov.25-Dec.6). She is the first woman in history to be given the honor. Each of these events will showcase the talents of more than 120 of the world’s leading male surfers… and the world’s best woman. It’s quite likely that Carissa will find herself shredding the waves and center-stage with old friends Florence and Andino again.
Before the ASP women’s World Tour hit its final stop in Huntington Beach California back in August, Moore had already been crowned world champ. She totally dominated the 5.5-month, 7-event tour with three wins and six finals to become Hawaii’s first female world champion in 30 years. She was also the youngest women’s world surfing champion in history at 18. Anyone who ever paid attention to her surfing knew it was coming, and sooner rather than later.
Carissa returned home from the tour in August to the news that there were no rated events to support the women’s Vans Triple Crown series this year, and therefore nowhere to perform for her home crowd. It was a true disappointment and a lost celebration for Vans, too. A tough economy and a slow period in the women’s surf market saw sponsors of the Hawaii events fall away. Vans offered to put on a paid series of three specialty events for a select group of ladies, but the women’s tour opted against it, stipulating rated events or nothing.
“It was 1981 when Hawaii’s last world champion, Margo Oberg, raised the trophy here – years before we ever had a women’s Triple Crown,” says Vans Triple Crown Executive Director, Randy Rarick. “This was to be Carissa’s year… Hawaii’s year… and it was devastating for us to realize that there would be no stage for her. So after the ladies declined the specialty series, we realized our last card was a wildcard, and we were truly ecstatic to make that genuine offer to Carissa.”
With wisdom and wits to match her talent on the waves, Moore is aware of the double-edged sword she has been handed:
“Everyone will have a different perspective and I’ve definitely heard some mixed reviews,” says Moore of the talk about her wildcard. “But I’m excited and looking forward to it and hopefully that shows. I want to drive home that if there were events for the girls, I wouldn’t be surfing in the guys events. But I think if a woman can (compete with the men) in a very respectful way, then it’s appropriate. And if Kelly (Slater) would like to surf in one of our events, we’d welcome him,” she says with a smile.
“I don’t mind if I lose out there at Sunset or Haleiwa in a heat, I just want to surf there. I won the world title but I won it away from home and would love to have finished it here. The waves in Hawaii bring a different element to your surfing. You have to step it up with the different variables and bigger waves. I’m just excited to surf in front of a home crowd.
“These opportunities to surf with the best surfers are really important. That’s how our sport evolves – by watching and being inspired by your peers. I love the challenge of surfing, of riding a wave and pushing yourself. It’s important as an athlete to be in that environment, to strive to be better.
“It will definitely be cool to share waves with some of the guys I surfed with from our mini grom days – John John (Florence), Kolohe (Andino), and all those guys who I’ve looked up to since I was little.”
And if you think she’s going to be out of her league, think again. At 12 years of age, in a post-heat interview at Haleiwa during the women’s Triple Crown of 2004, after losing to some of the world’s best women of the time, she was far from daunted:
“I’m only 12, I’ve got more years to keep trying,” she said, still visibly disappointed in herself for losing. “It wasn’t that different to other contests really, the girls were just bigger.”
Perhaps it won’t be Carissa who will be nervous next week…
From: ASP International
All ASP News » Coco Ho Wins Oakley World Pro Junior Bali
October 10, 2011 | Will Hayden-Smith
Coco Ho (HAW) won the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali in a hard fought Final over Dimity Stoyle (AUS). The women were rubbing their hands together with delight when they were sent out in the clean 3 – 4 foot (1.5 – 2 meters) surf at Echo Beach, Canggu today. There was plenty of impressive performances throughout the Quraterfinals, Semifinals and Final, but in the end it was Coco Ho who was the last woman standing.
Paige Hareb (Tara) has regained the billing as New Zealand's top ranked female surfer after placing fifth at an international event held in Spain over the weekend. The 21 year old surfer now sits in sixth place - two spots clear of Mason and well within the hunt to qualify for the 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour.
Sarah Mason Climbs World Rankings After Third Placing
Sarah Mason - Image ASP / Will Hayden-Smith
Sarah Mason has rocketed up the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women's World Rankings to fifth after placing third at the Sri Lankan Airlines Pro completed at Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka yesterday (Sunday 4th September).
Mason jumped up five places on the rankings and now has a serious chance of qualifying for the 2012 ASP Women's World Title Tour as a spritely 16-year-old surfer. Should Mason qualify she will become the second youngest surfer ever to qualify for the tour behind Tyler Wright (AUS) who qualified this year also as a sixteen year old.
Mason steamrolled her way through an impressive line up of international surfers at the six-star event that was held in Sri Lanka. It was the first time the ASP Women's World Tour had frequented Sri Lanka with Arugam Bay providing a perfect right hand point break wave which clearly suited the young goofy foot surfer.
Mason was eliminated in the semifinals by American surfer Lakey Peterson 12.75 vs 10.20. Peterson went on to place second to Courtney Conlogue (USA) in the final.
Before her loss, Mason eliminated ASP World Title Tour surfer Jessi Miley - Dyer (AUS) in the quarterfinals.
"It was kind of slow so I knew I had to get the right waves," Mason said. "I'm trying not to think about the semis, I just want to keep going under the radar" added Mason before her narrow loss to Peterson.
Early in the event Mason also defeated 2004 ASP World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER), event wildcard Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and young French upstart Alize Arnaud. She also beat Peterson in the early rounds of the event but the two surfers progressed through to the next round and later met up in the semifinals where Peterson exacted revenge for her earlier defeat.
The result secures back-to-back third placings for Mason, her last being at the Swatch Girls Pro in France held during June. Mason also placed ninth at an event in Australia earlier in the year.
Paige Hareb (Tara) also contested the Sri Lankan event placing 13th after being defeated by Nage Melamed (HAW) and Lakey Peterson. Hareb is now ranked eighth on the Women's World Rankings and is also well in contention to requalify for the 2012 ASP Women's World Title Tour.
There are two further events to contest before the end of year rankings will be finalised. The Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro will be contested from the 15th of September. The Billabong Azores Island Pro is scheduled to take place from the 26th of September.
Mason and Hareb need to finish inside the top six surfers on the rankings to qualify for the 2012 ASP Women's World Tour.
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LA GRANDE PLAGE, Biarritz/France (Friday, July 15, 2011) – Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, has just made ASP history as the youngest ever ASP Women’s World Champion, clinching her maiden title today at the Roxy Pro Biarritz.
“I dreamed of surfing at this level my whole life since I was a little kid and I don’t think you can ever expect or anticipate the feeling,” Moore said. “It is amazing. There is no place I would rather be right now.”
The clinching came when then-reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, dispatched of the remaining title contender Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, in the Semifinals of competition.
“I’m not really feeling anything right now I am just so happy,” Moore said. “It was really stressful watching that last heat and I was trying to just listen to my songs and zone out. It is kind of weird to win on the beach. I have always visualized and imagined winning the Final or a heat and coming in and winning but I’m so happy and excited. I have been thinking about this for a long time since I was a little girl and just to be here right now and being world champ is pretty crazy.”
In only her second year competing amongst the world’s best, Moore has had a stellar run, making the Finals in every event thus far and scalping three wins along the way.
“I have had this goal written on my door and it has been waiting there for a long time to be ticked off so I can’t wait to go home and cross it out,” Moore said.
2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WIN
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: Runner-Up
Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival New Zealand: Runner-Up
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic: WIN
Billabong Rio Pro: WIN
Roxy Pro Biarritz: Runner-Up
Nike US Open of Surfing: TBD
This year’s stellar run set another record for the youngster as the only ASP World Champion in history to make the Finals in every event this season, and sees Moore as the first Hawaiian ASP Women’s World Champion since Margo Oberg (HAW) in 1981.
“I definitely first and foremost want to thank my little sister Cayla, thank you so much,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t be here without you. There are way too many people to thank but my Dad, he has been here every step of the way and I could not have done this without him. It is so much sweeter having him part of my team. I want to thank my sponsors Nike, Target and Red Bull I couldn’t do it without them. My family, my uncles and aunts and my grandparents.”
The next and final stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season will be the Nike US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach from August 1 – 6, 2011.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
What an amazing week at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. Team Roxy enjoyed everything there was to enjoy about the quaint French town and surfed and swam their hearts out! Lily Wood and the Prick and the Sounds played a free concert for the town and over 6,000 people came to boogie down!
Team rider Jennifer Smith finished Runner-up on the World Longboard Event as she took down her fellow team rider Kassia Meador in the semi-final in 2-3 foot surf at the Cote d’ Basques.
For some other exciting highlights straight from the ROXY PRO in Biarritz, France take a peek at these ROXY PRO PODCASTS:
Check out this ROXY ART backstage clip and fall in love with the world of Surf throughout the generations. (pretty cool stuff!)
Wishing ROXY a very HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY is Lisa Andersen in this short clip (HAPPY BIRTDHAY ROXY)!
For some silly clips of the surfers (produced by LeeAnn and friends) have a look at the ROXY PRO X-TRAS
Last but not least, we’d like to share a big congratulations to Carissa Moore, who was crowned the 2011 Women’s World Champion during the event!
Cant wait until next year!
The 6th annual Heritage Gromtest presented by Quiksilver is gearing up once again and taking place on Sunday, August 21st at 37th street beach Sea Isle City, New Jersey. Top surfers have always come out of this region and with Brian Heritage at the helm its sure to be a great Gromtest/Slamfest. Following the Gromtest, don’t miss out on a fun filled evening with a Quiksilver Movie Premiere “Moments” which will be held on the south side of Heritage Surf & Sport 3700 Landis Ave. Sea Isle City, NJ. “Heritage Surf & Sport has always been proactive in cultivating young talent in the region, “owner Brian Heritage states. “Along with Quiksilver’s support we will continue to offer a platform for young up and coming surfers to test their mettle and see what they’re made of. This allows companies like Quiksilver and our stores to keep an eye out for future prospects while providing a really fun contest atmosphere.”
If you’re 18 and under, be sure to sign up at the Heritage website
Limited to 64 entries!
Juniors 16-18. Boys 13-15. Runtz 12 & Under. Girls 18 & under – Sponsored by Roxy.
To check on your entry after you submitted, call Heritage Gromtest Hotline (609) 263-3033 ext. 4
Get after it Grom’s! Don’t be late to sign up!
For more information on Heritage Surf & Sport and the incredible story of this family business see http://heritagesurf.com/about
A shakedown in women’s surfing is happening now..we’re shakin’ people, Sally Fitzgibbons and Carissa Moore are battling out points in a race to the finish of the Women’s World Tour. With only 2 events left on the schedule the competition is heating up! In all five event’s of the Women’s Tour this year it has been either Fitzgibbons or Moore that have taken the event title. The two girls have met each other in three Finals so far, and Sally has taken Carissa out on two of those occasions. Total event win tally this season: Carissa: 3, Sally: 2.
The Battle now moves on to the Roxy Pro Biarritz, France and one of the biggest stories in modern women’s surfing will again be at the forefront of surfing news. If Sally can manage to hold Carissa off the winner’s podium, the race will end in 2 weeks at the last stop in Huntington Beach, California. GO SALLY!!
Here is the breakdown of possible outcomes:
If Carissa gets 1st in France, she clinches the World Title.
If Carissa gets 2nd or 3rd in France, Sally needs to win to still be in the running and World Title in Huntington Beach
If Sally gets 2nd she is still in the running for a World Title
If Carissa gets 5th in France, Sally needs a 2nd or better to still be in the running.
If Carissa gets 9th in France, the title decision goes to the US Open.
Tune in to the Roxy Pro Biarritz event live on Monday to CHEER ON SALLY!!!