In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a changing of the guard in women’s professional surfing. Out with the old—in with the new as the saying goes. With the new crop of talented girls coming in, we (finally) say goodbye to the Layne Beachley’s of the world and usher in Alana, Bruna, Steph and crew—more talented and definitely easy on the eyes if you catch our drift. The following list, assembled after long debates and plenty of parking lot banter, was assembled following these qualifications: does she rip? And does she look good doing so? While some are more on the rip side and others on the sexy side, we feel both sides of the spectrum are represented and did our best to not come off as total sexist pigs—not the easiest thing in the world to do for this bunch. As always, we trust you’ll rip into some pretty heated debate in the comment box, just one thing, keep it clean—we don’t need any pissed off dad’s/boyfriends/sponsors beating down the door to TWS.—Justin Cote
Four-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP Women’s World No. 1, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, is en route to reclaiming the throne this season, and the final two events should prove an all-time showdown between the current frontrunner and momentum-building challenger Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21.
The Billabong Rio Pro returned to the lefthanders of Arpoador to complete Round 2 of women’s competition in challenging one-to-three foot (0.5 metre) waves.
Matt Wybenga uploaded this edit from Macaronis in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Featuring Jay Thompson, Stephanie Gilmore and Sebastian Zietz, reaping the rewards of the world class tropical lefts.
SNAPPER ROCKS, Queensland/Australia (Sunday, March 4, 2012) – The final day at the Gold Coast culminated today with perennial ASP World Title threat Taj Burrow (AUS), 33, and four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, taking the respective wins in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the primary venue of Snapper Rocks.
IndoSurfLife | 10 January, 2012 | Kuta, Bali: The 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour saw the most impressive group of female surfing talent in the sport’s history put on one amazing performance after another, proving that women’s surfing has reached new heights, without question.
Beachley inducted into sports hall of fame, Gilmore wins sportwoman award Champion Australian surfers Layne Beachley and Steph Gilmore are the toast of Australian sport this week with both earning significant accolades. Seven-time World Champion Beachley was inducted into the Australia Sport Hall of Fame and four-time World Champion Gilmore won the inaugural Women’s Health […]
“It’s daunting for female surfers to match the image of being a tan, fit beach girl in a bikini, so posing naked for these photos was liberating, and helped me stop stressing about my insecurities.” — Stephanie Gilmore