Saltwater GIRL magazine teams up with ROXY

Top ranked women surfers from all over SA will be waiting patiently to be called out to the most innovative women’s surf event of the year, The 2007 ROXY Invitational.

With women’s surfing growing in leaps and bounds, it is no wonder that more and more surf events in South Africa are being held exclusively for women. Each surf event in SA has its own unique ethos, however up until now there has been no other event where women are personally invited to compete outside of the usual ’CT rankings.

Bryony McCormick, SWG Assistant Editor, comments that, “The ROXY Invitational is a groundbreaking step for women’s surfing in South Africa. Together with ROXY, Saltwater GIRL have huge plans to take women’s surfing to a new level, to break barriers and to set new standards. This compo really raises the bar, and shows the genuine support we have for the future of girls’ surfing in this country. It’s positive and it’s exciting and Saltwater GIRL, as the exclusive media partner, couldn’t be more stoked to be a part of it. It’s contests like this that really put South African surfing on the map, and give our girls experience that can only stand them in better stead when it comes to qualifying for the World Tour.”

The event consists of a five-month waiting period, starting from 1 February to 30 June 2007. When the siren signals, 10 of the best will travel up to a perfect right-hand break in Mozambique for six days of non-stop surfing action. And the cherry on top – the astounding R15000 prize purse being put up by ROXY.

“We are very excited to be doing something different and taking an alternate avenue with women’s surfing. This event will really push and test the cream of women’s surfing and is a perfect channel to showcase the talent that South African women’s surfing offers,” comments Dane Patterson, Quiksilver Marketing Manager.

The 10 invited surfers include the likes of Rosy Hodge, Stacey Guy, Tammy Lee Smith, Nikita Robb, Heather Clark, Michelle Hill, Chatelle Rautenbach, Sarah Maritz, Tasha Mentasti and Tamarys De Maroussem, while the seven alternates who are waiting enviously on the sideline are Sarah Baum, Penny Robarts, Kirsty Delport, Nicole Annells, Heidi Palmboom, Telana Flanagan and Tammy Robarts.

“The Roxy Invitational is a first of its kind in SA for women’s surfing. It is not only a surf contest but an amazing adventure that offers girls the opportunity to surf great waves and gain maximum exposure,” says Natasha Hurst, Roxy Marketing & Team manager.

This is one event not to be missed - an event all about serious waves and not to forget, serious surfing.

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CHILE’S FEMALE SURFERS

(February 5, 2007) Women surfers are on the rise in Chile, making their presence known on the waves and in national competitions and rapidly gaining the respect of their male counterparts throughout Latin America.

As recently as the mid-1990’s, women were generally unrecognized as a significant part of Chile’s surf community, and were virtually non-existent within the professional competition circuit. Juliette Anderson, a California came to Chile in 1994 and became the first female surfer to place in a national surf competition. Males surfers at the Region IV competition in Totoraillio were initially anxious about sharing the surf with a woman – and were shocked when Anderson finished third. Sponsors and organizers were dismayed that a woman beat nearly all of the male-only competition and asked Anderson to officially accept fourth place to avoid embarrassing her male counterparts. “I told them it wouldn’t be a problem”, said Anderson, “but since then I have dedicated myself to encouraging more women to surf and to professionally compete in Chile”. The efforts of women surfers like Anderson have paid off over the past 13 years - women surfers are now recognized as a force to be reckoned with on the Chilean competition circuit.

Ignacio Vargas, an instructor at the Lobos del Pacifico surf school in the region VI town of Pichilemu (widely recognized as one of Chile’s best surfing beaches), says that the presence of female surfers on Pichilemu’s waves has increased significantly in recent years. Vargas thinks that women surfers are often more dedicated the sport than their male counterparts: “In general, they don’t party as much…they are highly interested in the sport, and are practicing because it is their passion, not because it’s in style”. Vargas believes that Anderson, and her daughter Jessica, are greatly responsible for the increasing popularity of surfing among women - for years, the two Anderson women spent every Sunday on the beaches of Pichilemu, teaching women how to surf.

As the number of women riding Chile’s waves has increased, so has female presence in national and Latin American surf competitions. In 2005, the newly founded Chilean Surf Federation officially created a women’s category in national competitions.

Sofia Bórquez is one of the hottest figures in the Chilean surf world at the moment – the 17 year-old was named the Latin American champion at the last international competition in Mar del Plata. Bórquez began surfing in her Region I hometown of Arica at the age of 13, at a time when the waves were dominated by men. Of her native surf community, Bórquez says, “There is a good vibe, but it’s better to be a woman because some men leave the better waves for you, and are very supportive”. Bórquez is currently training six hours a day and has her sights set on becoming an international champion.

Another pioneer on the Chilean surf scene, Maria del Mar Pacheco, recently created the first Chilean website dedicated to promoting female surfing – www.surfchicas.cl.

SOURCE: LA TERCERA
By Laura Gillis (editor@santiagotimes.cl)

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Hot Jugz: a portable shower

Hotjugz portable shower

On any given day in Southern California, you’ll find surfers with professional jobs who hit the waves at daybreak before heading off to their offices. Some of them even change into their work clothes in the parking lot. For these types, a Hot Jugz portable shower is a must. After all, what better way to clean up in the morning when a hot shower at home is not an option. A HotJugz portable shower uses no batteries or propane and does not require supports for hanging. With a two-gallon capacity, the HotJugz shower can run for up to sixteen minutes with only fifteen to twenty pumps. Insulation keeps hot or cold water on temperature, and the extendable shower wand allows for easy maneuvering. Even if you’re not a surfer ,you’ll find that the HotJugz can be a lifesaver when camping or engaging in other sports activities. For any of those times you might want a hot shower, but are not be able to take one in the usual way, this portable shower will make a great substitute.

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Women brave wild waves, buck male surfer scrutiny

By Elliott Almond, MEDIANEWS STAFF

It’s supposed to be the emblem of minivan-driving soccer moms, not big-wave charging surfers. Yet, there was Naomi Gerhardt, tucked beneath four millimeters of neoprene, in the belly of mother Sarah last February at the infamous break Mavericks near Half Moon Bay.
“You are the youngest surfer to ever catch a wave at Mavericks,” Gerhardt told 3-month-old Naomi recently. “What do you think about that?”

Naomi probably won’t know for a few years. But some young female surfers think plenty about Gerhardt and what she means to their future as serious waterwomen.

The Cabrillo College chemistry professor has helped inspire a new wave of women to paddle into the once-male sanctuary of extreme surfing. Only about 20 women worldwide venture into super-sized surf — waves that measure more than 20 feet on their faces.

And though there are few big-wave career opportunities for even the men, more and more women are being drawn to the dangerous sport because of the exploits of such adrenaline junkies as Gerhardt and fellow Santa Cruz surfers Jenny Useldinger and Jamilah Star.

Central Coast teenagers Savannah Shaughnessy, 17, and Sierra Partridge, 18, lack the necessary experience to try Mavericks this winter but want to join the exclusive club someday.

“It’s a pretty macho atmosphere, but these girls have worked their way up the ranks,” said Evan Slater, an accomplished Mavericks rider and editor of Surfing Magazine. “They are used to dealing with a bunch of big-wave manly men.”

That so many hail from Santa Cruz is a testament to the city’s reputation as a big-wave Mecca; nine of the 24 contestants of the Mavericks Surf Con-test come from Santa Cruz.

But until Gerhardt arrived in 1998, no woman had attempted to conquer the monster waves that break a half mile offshore near Half Moon Bay. Her feats inspired Useldinger, 21, who now gets her big-wave fix in Hawaii most of the year.

“We spend our whole lives with the boys telling us we can’t,” said Useldinger, the first woman to surf a treacherous break called Dungeons in South Africa. “When you see another female doing it, it’s like, ‘Oh, I can do that.’”

Most surfers tackle giant swells for the amusement-park thrill ride or for bragging rights. Gerhardt, 32, did it to escape.

Surfing transported her “to a totally peaceful world,” where she could forget the difficulties of caring for her mother, who used a wheelchair, while growing up in Pismo Beach.

After graduating high school she made a pilgrimage to Hawaii to sample her first big waves. She embraced the challenge and for the next three years juggled classes at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo with surfing in Hawaii.

Word of a big wave at Half Moon Bay led Gerhardt to move to Santa Cruz. She paddled out to Mavericks in fall 1998.

“When I finally got there I didn’t know if I could make it out and didn’t know what I would find,” said Gerhardt, who earned a doctorate at UC-Santa Cruz.

She discovered she wasn’t mentally ready that first time in the lineup because of the demands at school. “Do I really want this?” Gerhardt wondered.

When Gerhardt caught a wave her third time out, all the men cheered in support, she recalled.

“Big waves help me know what I value most, what my priorities are, what I will settle for,” said Gerhardt, who says she can’t wait to return to the lineup after taking time off to have Naomi.

As the subject of the documentary film, “One Winter Story,” she shares those lessons with other women interested in big-wave surfing. Gerhardt tells them it takes years of seasoning to overcome the fear of facing walls of water six stories high.

Her proteges, Partridge and Shaughnessy, have prepared for Mavericks by surfing big waves on Oahu’s North Shore this winter. Gerhardt also took Shaughnessy to Mavericks last year for a test run. Although the Scotts Valley teen paddled out, it was for research only.

“I wasn’t being silly,” said Shaughnessy, a Cabrillo college freshman. “I wanted to know how far behind I am before I go out there to try to catch waves.”

Partridge, whose twin Hailey also is a promising Santa Cruz surfer, wants to find out, too.

“Just the rush that you get,” she said of her attraction to it.

Some surfers are wired for mainstream contests, where stringing together a succession of maneuvers, typically in smaller surf, is the goal. Others prefer specializing in aerial tricks, with a chance of going on far-flung trips to shoot magazine spreads.

The handful of big-wave riders? “We’re another breed,” said Dustin Tester, one of the few women to surf “Jaws,” Maui’s outer reef break that surfers can only ride using a personal watercraft and a tow rope. “It takes people who are almost desensitized to the extreme environment.”

Places such as Waimea Bay in Hawaii and Todos Santos Island in Baja were popularized as big-wave spots in the ’80s. But the big-wave revolution really began in the early 1990s when Mavericks was unveiled to the world. Later that decade came the advent of “tow-in” surfing, which uses watercraft to reach fast-charging waves far from shore.

Now surfers such as Useldinger track winter storms across the globe to hunt for massive swells at places such as Cortes Banks far off the coast of San Diego, Ghost Tree off Pebble Beach and Dungeons. Their pursuit has spawned a women’s category in the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards, a lucrative competition to see who gets photographed riding the winter’s biggest wave. Jamilah Star, who like Useldinger lives in Hawaii most of the time, is the two-time defending champion for her conquests at Mavericks.

For many from Santa Cruz to San Francisco and beyond, the nasty break at Half Moon Bay is surfing’s premier proving ground.

Here, the Force isn’t with you; it’s against you. Frigid temperatures, a long, arduous paddle, a jagged bottom and frequent great white shark sightings make Mavericks one of the world’s most dangerous waves.

Useldinger learned the hard way last winter after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, a knee injury that kept her out of the water for seven months.

It happened after she paddled over the lip of a rogue wave that pulled her and her nine-foot surfboard backward into the pit of a good 20-foot Mavericks wave.

“There was an explosion on my knee,” Useldinger said. “Basically, it blew it to pieces. I told myself, ‘Forget about the knee. Just survive.’ It is so dark and black” in the undertow, or what Mavericks surfers call the “Cauldron.” “It’ll let you up halfway and then push you down again.”

The experience humbled Useldinger, who for the first time had asked fellow surfers for help.

No one surfed Mavericks until 1975 when Jeff Clark, a Half Moon Bay teenager, went out on a medium-sized day. He rode the break alone until 1990 when a handful of Santa Cruz surfers joined him. Now as many as 50 regularly ride the place named after a local surfer’s dog, though it normally doesn’t break more than a dozen times each winter.

About half of those Santa Cruz surfers are invitees or alternates in the 2007 Mavericks Surf Contest, which will be held sometime before March 31 — when Clark and his fellow organizers deem the conditions just right. Gerhardt’s husband Mike is a veteran of the contest. Sarah Gerhardt herself was the first female to be invited, though as an alternate, in 2001.

Might there eventually be a women’s-only contest at Mavericks? The leaders of the charge say that’s not an immediate priority.

“What’s next is guys not being leery of us on big waves,” said Useldinger, whose mother Anne Bayly was a professional surfer two decades ago.

Although it takes confidence and aggression to handle roaring surf, Useldinger says she doesn’t want to lose her femininity in the water. Useldinger likes that she stands out.

“It is almost more fun to be feminine, because my whole world is surrounded by a macho industry,” she said.

Useldinger doesn’t welcome every woman to the big-wave lineup because of the serious commitment it takes. Her preparation includes running underwater in the ocean carrying a large rock, long-distance swimming and paddling heavy surfboards. She also mixes in yoga and singing as ways to train her lungs for long holddowns.

Useldinger encourages only the ones who have a deep desire to challenge themselves.

“I don’t want to be responsible for their injuries or deaths,” she said.

Useldinger believes she was meant to surf because her mother rode waves until a week before she was born. Like Naomi Gerhardt, she was on board with the ocean long before she even entered this world. Someday she’ll probably be able to exchange big-wave stories with Naomi.

“It has a huge part to do with my life,” Useldinger said. “It will play a huge part with Naomi’s life as well.”

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Blue Crush Review

Here is a tidbit:

“The quickest way to summarize Blue Crush is that it is nothing more than a guilty pleasure. There are very few redeeming qualities about this movie, which is utterly familiar in it’s plot and themes, but the filmmakers did a nice job of making it fun (albeit trashy fun) to watch. It is similar in tone to Coyote Ugly, another film that revels in the throes of girl power (and empowerment). This time, the girls are not bartenders, they are surfers. Chief among them is Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth, Remember the Titans, The Horse Whisperer), a one time rising star in the world of women’s surfing. A near death accident three years ago scarred her emotionally. She stopped competing professionally and now balks at any wave that is remotely dangerous. Still, she entered the Piper Masters contest, which will take place in eight days on the north shore of Oahu. Of course, the waves are extremely dangerous, and Anne Marie is ill prepared to win (dum dum dum!)”

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Nicole Atherton Claims Billabong ASP World Jr. Women’s Crown

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ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) INTERNATIONAL

Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
(January 1-8 2007)

See the event LIVE on www.aspworldtour.com or www.billabongpro.com

NICOLA ATHERTON CLAIMS BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR WOMEN’S CROWN

North Narrabeen, Australia (Sat. Jan 6, 2007) – After a putting a on a tremendous performance in the one metre (three foot) Narrabeen beach-breaks Nicola Atherton (AUS) has taken out the girls division of the most prestigious junior professional surfing event on the planet – the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

It was red letter day for the future of women’s surfing as the performance bar was raised dramatically as the two finalists went blow for blow, displaying that with their complete range of new school tricks and old school power carves they are in fact the real deal and will go on to conquer great heights.

For Atherton, who finished runner up to Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) in the inaugural event last year it was a well deserved win as she notched up an 8.17 for throwing down some major turns.

From there she never looked in doubt as her foe Anali Gomez of Peru struggled to find a wave that would allow her to let loose.

“I’m just feeling relief at the moment! I can’t describe how good it feels,” said a jubilant Atherton. “I don’t think it’s hit me yet. I’m just glad that it’s over and I did it and have got that thing off my back! I’m a world champion [laughs]… I set out to do this and have been thinking about it for six months. It is my last junior event and what a way to cap it off!”

By taking the win Atherton follows in the footsteps of her good friend and current world number four Jessi Miley-Dyer who claimed victory here last year.

Both hail from the small Sydney beach of Bronte and Atherton claims that their upbringing and their rivalry has been the driving force behind their success.

“Bronte is a tiny beach yet we tend to breed a lot of good surfers,” said Atherton. “It’s a small environment which in turn develops some good rivalries. Plus we’re surrounded by all the guys who always talk to us about our surfing, which amps us up. Jessi has always been an inspiration for me so to follow her in taking out this title feels amazing.”

Of her fellow finalist Atherton was fully aware that she had to be on her toes right throughout the 30-minute affair.

Having surfed against Gomez in other events she expected the going to be tough despite Gomez’s relative anonymity.

“Anali is an amazing surfer,” said Atherton. “Not many people know about her, yet she is capable of throwing down some 9.0 rides… I’ve seen her go mental on her backhand before… she’s a fantastic surfer and a great friend.”

As for her being on stage at the ASP World Champions Banquet in just over a month’s time…

“I didn’t know I had to do that!” squealed Atherton. “I’m going to be a mumbling mess when I have to stand on stage with Layne Beachley and Kelly Slater!”

For Gomez, the runner-up finish is a career highlight and despite going so close but yet so far to getting a win she was overwhelmed with her result.

“I’m so happy,” said Gomez who speaks little English. “I would like to say congratulations to Nicola… she did so well. Thank you very much Australia… I love it here.”

Finishing in equal third was event favourite Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Hawaiian up and comer Coco Ho.

Both surfed exceptionally well throughout the early rounds and at the end of the day showed that if the waves had gone their way they were definitely title contenders.

Gilmore in particular was emotional about the semifinal defeat but was philosophical that in the end it would only make her hungrier for success.

“I was just floating around out there,” said Gilmore. “I was undecided about whether to sit on the left or the rights so I sat in the middle like an idiot. But at the end of the day this will just me hungrier.”

Ho meanwhile enjoyed her experience and with a few more years left in junior competition will no doubt gain confidence and in future go all the way.

“I really enjoyed coming here,” said Ho. “And hopefully next time I’ll be a little stronger and will do a little better.”

Of the men’s today Matt Wilkinson (AUS) stood the event on its ear with his demolition of fellow Aussie Mitch Coleborn.

Locking in three scores over 9.0 after launching some huge aerial turns he put on the standout performance of the event to date scoring a total of 18.37 out of 20.

“I was watching for a while before the heat and saw that the rights were better,” said Wilkinson. “I picked off a 9.0 to start with and gained plenty of confidence from it and just went on from there. I just hope I haven’t peaked too early!”

The men’s division round four will be completed today and tomorrow it is expected that the quarterfinals will hit the water at around 8am.

Stay tuned to www.aspworldtour.com or www.billabongpro.com for all the updates.

For transcribed athlete quotes, audio downloads and all the results head to the media centre of the above sites.

Women’s Final results:

Quarterfinals:

Heat 1: Anali Gomez (PER) 11.50 def Alize Arnaud (FRA) 8.24
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.17 def Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.10
Heat 3: Nicola Atherton (AUS) 11.47 def Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 9.00
Heat 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 9.43 def Leila Hurst (HAW) 9.00

Semifinals:
Semifinal 1: Anali Gomez (PER) 9.84 def Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.73
Semifinal 2: Nicola Atherton (AUS) 10.67 def Coco Ho (HAW) 9.67

Final: Nicola Atherton (AUS) 11.84 def Anali Gomez (PER) 9.50

Men’s Round Four Results (at time of going to press):

Heat 1: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 16.83 def Hideyoshi Tanaka (JPN) 14.00
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 18.37 def Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 12.50
Heat 3: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 17.17 def Heitor Pereira (BRA) 15.50
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.76 def Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.90

Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs jean Sebastien (FRA)
Heat 6: Dion Atkinson (AUS) vs Pierre-Valentin Lombard (FRA)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs Torrey Meister (HAW)
Heat 8: TJ Barron (HAW) vs Mason Ho (HAW)

GILMORE STAKES A VICTORY CLAIM AT BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

North Narrabeen, Australia (Fri. Jan 5, 2007) – Budding women’s surfing super star Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) stole the show at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships as she put on a phenomenal display in impish one metre (three foot) waves at North Narrabeen today.

Locking in the highest wave score of the day for both men’s and women’s – a 9.17 – Gilmore romped home in front of her counterpart from Japan, Sayuri Hashimoto, to book a berth in the women’s quarterfinals and looks to be in devastating form and on target for an event win.

On her “killer” wave Gilmore linked together a series of hard-edged turns and had the crowd hooting with appreciation.

“I managed to get a nice little wave that allowed to link together more turns that I expected,” said Gilmore. “And the judges obviously liked what I did!”

Yet despite the victory looking like it came to her easily, Gilmore indicated that she had to be on her toes right throughout the heat.

“Sayuri wasn’t to be underestimated at all,” said Gilmore. “If she had better waves she could have won for sure. I was just stoked I managed to grab a few little waves and come home with a win.”

Gilmore, who has qualified for the ASP Women’s World Tour in 2007, returned to the junior ranks for this event in the hope of winning so she could lay claim to world title status and stand alongside Layne Beachley (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA) at the ASP World Champions Banquet coming up in just over a month’s time.

Plus she indicated that a victory here would be a great way to start off what she hopes will be a stellar 2007.

“You can’t turn down an invitation for a world title,” said Gilmore. “Especially since the event is only in its second year. I’d really love to be up there at the ASP Banquet alongside Layne Beachley and Kelly Slater. That would be a real honour. Plus it would be a huge confidence boost and a great start to the year to claim a win here.”

Gilmore also gained praise from her fellow competitors with last year’s runner-up Nicola Atherton (AUS), who also won through to round four today, claiming that she will be the one to beat.

“Steph was amazing today,” said Atherton. “To get the score that she did today was incredible. She is definitely the one to watch.”

In the men’s division Mitch Coleborn (AUS) and Matt Wilkinson (AUS) headed the list of standouts with both executing some incredible aerial and tail sliding turns on their way to their respective heat wins.

Coleborn, who had to fight his way through the trials to make the main event, looked dangerous and indicated that he is confident he can go all the way.

“There’s still a lot of big names in the event,” said Coleborn. “And the next couple of days will be solid. But I’m feeling confident and hopefully I’ll get to the final and then look to taking it out.”

Wilkinson however will have other ideas as the two are now scheduled to meet in the next round.

The man they call “Wilko” was all over everything today and came home with a resounding win over Mexican surfer Angelo Lozano.

He did indicate though that at times throughout the heat he felt worried that the waves were not going to cooperate.

“The waves stopped breaking for a while and I got a bit worried,” said Wilkinson. But luckily I managed to get a few away and make it through.”

Wilkinson realises now that he has his work cut out for him in the next round against Coleborn but he was philosophical, pitching that whatever the result at least one Australian will make the event’s quarterfinals.

“Having Mitch Coleborn next will be hard,” said Wilkinson. “But every heat here is hard so it doesn’t matter who you draw. It sucks that I’m surfing against another Aussie but by the same token at least one Aussie will make the quarters.”

Of the internationals the number one seed Adriano de Souza (BRA) stood tall as he held off a spirited challenge from a 14-year-old Tahitian Tamaroa McComb.

Staying in the race right until the final hooter McComb showed he has plenty of potential and de Souza was full of praise.

“Yeah he did really well,” said de Souza. “I was lucky to get those waves and come home with a win.”

Hank Gaskell from Hawaii was also one to impress as he smoothly tore apart numerous righthand-breaking waves to inch through to the next round.

“It’s small and inconsistent but every now and again there are a few that line up where you can get some turns in, said Gaskell. “I don’t surf the lefts very well here as they tend to run away from you but I love the little rights with the wedges along the way – it’s a lot like home.”

Competition will be called off at the end of men’s heat 12 and will resume tomorrow after contest director Luke Egan assesses the early morning conditions.

Stay tuned to www.aspworldtour.com or www.billabongpro.com for all the updated information.

Today’s results at time of going to press:

Women’s Round Three Heat Results:

Heat 1: Alize Arnaud (FRA) 12.16 def Nikita Robb (ZAF) 11.84

Heat 2: Anali Gomez (PER) 11.00 def Nao Omura (JPN) 5.33
Heat 3:Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.50 def Airini Mason (NZL) 8.97
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.20 def Sayuri Hashimoto (JPN) 9.17
Heat 5: Nicola Atherton (AUS) 10.47 def Kirstie Jones (AUS) 9.76
Heat 6: 1. Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 11.66 def Marina Werneck (BRA) 7.57
Heat 7: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.50 def Sage Ericson (USA) 7.10
Heat 8: 1. Leila Hurst (HAW) 11.67 def Erica Hosseini (USA) 8.03

Men’s Round Three Heat Results:

Heat 1: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 15.66 def Rory Beach (ZAF) 9.47
Heat 2: Hideyoshi Tanaka (JPN) 15.00 def Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 9.36
Heat 3: Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 15.16 def Luke Cheadle (AUS) 6.13
Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.33 def Angelo Lozano (MEX) 8.33
Heat 6: Heitor Pereira (BRA) 16.44 def Granger Larson (HAW) 10.50
Heat 7: Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.90 def Marc Lacomare (FRA) 8.77
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) def Tamarao McComb (PYF)
Heat 9: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.67 def Bernado Martins (BRA) 9,84
Heat 10: Jean Sebastien (FRA) 10.66 def Eric Geiselman (USA) 10.43

Remaining heats:

Heat 11: Dion Atkinson (AUS) vs Brandon Jackson (ZAF)
Heat 12: Dylan Graves (PRI) vs Pierre Valentin (FRA)
Heat 13: Sam Page (AUS) vs Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 14: Gavin Gillette (HAW) vs Torrey Meister (HAW)
Heat 15: TJ Barron (HAW) vs Wade Goodall (AUS)
Heat 16: Mason Ho (HAW) vs Casey Brown (HAW)

Women’s Quarterfinals:

Heat 1: Alize Arnaud (FRA) vs Anali Gomez (PER)
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) vs Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Heat 3: Nicola Atherton (AUS) vs Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 4: Coco Ho (HAW) vs Leila Hurst (HAW)

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New Surfing Site for Moms

Friday, December 15, 2006

Surfing Mums Press Release

Statistically at least 90% of all women who surf will at some stage become a mother. Being a mother and a surfer yields its own unique set of challenges. Mums are committed to a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week job. There is no time to surf before a job or after, they can’t jump in for a quick surf while the baby is asleep or sneak off while they are playing contentedly on the sand. The double drama is as a surfer they all tend to be beach people so suddenly mums are down on the beach while the surf is perfect and can’t go for a surf. Suddenly mums have so much more time than they did before and they can’t use it to surf! So surfing mums have to come up with some creative ways to make sure they still get plenty of water time while still being full time careers of their children. They often have many friends who surf but don’t have children; they need other surfing mums who understand their needs as a surfer and as a mum. They need a mum that wants to surf as much as they did before they had kids. A partnership that makes sure instead of the occasional surf, they surf everyday. Mothers who can swap ‘beach sitting’ times with the kids on the beach while one of them get to surf, and vis versa. So surfing mums was born! Surfing mums is a network of mums who surf that can call on each other during the week and set up beach sitting sessions with the kids. The group meets once a month to make new friends and to get to know each other while the web page provides a space where meeting times can be posted and group news shared. At the moment surfing mums exists only in Byron Bay, Australia but the dream of the founder Vanessa Thompson is for there to be a surfing mums network in every place where mums surf. The webpage www.surfingmums.com has been set up so that each location can advertise their group meetings and mums can share news about the distinctive challenges of being a surfing mum. Please contact vanessa@surfingmums.com if you are interested in setting up a group in your area.

Surf Mom says Girls Surf Better Then Boys

See this great post from a surfer mom:

No surfing is not just for guys and there is increasingly more woman who take pleasure in and even excel at surfing. Those women who practice this amazing activity say that it is a magnificent means for relaxation, for getting in touch with their inner self and reconnecting with their spirituality. Riding the waves also makes one feel that they are one with nature. Let me say here when you are waiting on and watching the colossal waves from a hurricane that is perhaps over 100 miles distant you will totally recognize the supremacy of Mother Nature.(Note here she is called Mother Nature, not Father Nature)

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