It’s summer time, and for most of the male readership of this blog, that means thoughts of fun in the sun, and girls at the beach in skimpy bikinis! Well, there is plenty of that in this post, but hopefully, for the females reading this piece there are also many examples of what women are capable of achieving at the highest levels of performance in women’s surfing. The first and best of the feminine role models presented here is Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore who has just won pro surfing’s ultimate prize, the title of ASP Women’s World Champion for the 5th time! Congratulations Steph!
Yes, indeed! This Saturday at the Roxy Pro 2012 held at La Grande Plage in Biarritz, France, Stephanie ‘Happy’ Gilmore wrote another page in the surfing history books by besting fellow Australian, Tyler Wright in the final of the second to last event on tour, with a two wave total of 18.53 out of 20 points possible. In doing so, she claimed her 5th world title, and moved up to number 3 on the list of all-time world title winners behind the 7-time Women’s World Champion, Layne Beachley, and the 11-time Men’s World Champion, Kelly Slater. Quite an accomplishment!
Kassia Meador is another inspirational surfer to men and women alike, but not due to her competitive achievements. In surfing, style matters, and Kassia is one of the most stylish human being to have ever set foot on a surfboard. She is also a very creative individual who is not content to just pose for the cameras perched on the nose of her longboard hanging ten! Her latest project is producing a film called ‘Frequencies’:
“Longboard icon Kassia Meador utilizes surfing in this visual meditation to illustrate the parallels between navigating the ocean, and navigating life in this film project from Director Bruce Muller, Producer Kassia Meador, and Cinematographer/Producer Sonny Miller.”
Kassia and her two male cohorts are releasing four short clips to promote the project prior to its release. This is the third of the four, entitled ‘Dissonance’.
Dimity Stoyle is short, blond, sassy and a sensational surfer on whatever kind of board she decides to paddle out on. ‘Riding Hearts’ is her latest little clip shot around her home on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. It’s an arty and inspiring piece put together by Andrew Cox that showcases Dimity’s surfing on a longboard, a shortboard and a finless alaia board. Most of the men out there wish they could surf half as well as she does on any of the above! Go get ‘em, Dimmi!
Laura Enever didn’t ease her way into a spot amongst the elite ranks of women’s pro surfing. She kicked down the door. After only 2 years competing, she won the ASP Women’s Pro Junior World Title in 2010 and is currently sitting in 6th place on the World Tour ratings list. She’s made such an impact on the world of women’s sport that she has already featured in a Nike commercial alongside mainstream women’s sports stars. Surfline recently asked Derek Reilly to put together a little piece to give us all a taste of what it’s like to live a day in the life of Laura Enever. To complement that, I’ve dug up a little video of Laura surfing at home in preparation for her recent Quarter Final finish at the Roxy Pro in Biarritz.
Bianca’s Euro Romp
Bianca Buitendag is South Africa’s greatest hope to bring a world title back to her homeland since Wendy Botha’s crowning in 1987. If her competitive record up to this point is anything to go by, then Bianca definitely has a better chance than many. She won the last event on the World Pro Junior Tour in 2011, and has taken the title at the first two pro junior events in Europe this season! To celebrate those victories, the girls at Roxy decided to put together a little keepsake clip of her European vacation!
Maya’s Birthday Suit
Maya Gabeira surfs waves that most surfers, male or female, will only experience in their worst nightmares. She is so proficient in the scary stuff, she has won the Girls Best Performance Award at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards a total of 5 times! However, Maya doesn’t just surf when the swell is pumping, as is evident from this piece put together by the gentlemen at ASL on the topic of Maya’s appearance in the ESPN Body Issue. What’s the big deal you ask? Well, other than one of America’s major sports publications doing a piece on a female surfer from Brazil, she is featured surfing in the nude. I admit that I slipped this one in here for the guys in the audience, but ladies you should still click on the link. There’s a surprise at the end of the article for you too!