Roxy team rider, Kelia Moniz (HAW), claimed the ASP Women’s World Longboard Title in China yesterday after defeating Chelsea Williams (AUS) at the Swatch Girls Pro. Just last year, Williams took home the honors in China against Moniz, but the young hawaiian battled it out to come out on top in 2012. With excellent scores posted all event, Moniz deserved to stand high on the winner’s podium after dominating the final heat. She rode the nose with style and grace, executed ciritical turns and read the shifty line-up to perfection.
“We couldn’t hear the scores so after the heat I didn’t know what to think,” Moniz said. “Then Chelsea (Williams) looked at me and said ‘good job grom’ and I was pretty stoked. Then I looked in and all the Hawaiian boys on the beach were screaming and I had an immediate smile on my face. It was bizarre to be in the final with Chelsea again, this morning I looked at the heat draw and I saw that we could possibly be in the final again. Then when we were practicing before the contest I told her that I’d see her in the final. I was just joking because I didn’t really expect to make the final, but I did and I won and I’m really ecstatic about it.”
Moniz adds her name to a prestigious list of ASP World Champions and will be officially crowned on the Gold Coast, Australia in February at the annual ASP World Surfing Awards.
Williams surfed well through out the event but wasn’t able to pull through in the finals.
“It feels good to make the final again,” Williams said. “Kelia (Moniz) surfed really good and I didn’t find any good waves. I won last year, but didn’t win the ASP Women’s World Longboard Title, she won this year and did, so she is the real winner.”
USA’s Summer Romero had an excellent result with an equal 3rd for the second year in a row. Romero held the lead in her semi-final heat against Williams until the last 28 seconds when she dangled 10 toes over the nose and threw some stylish carves.
“I almost made the finals so I feel good,” Romero said. “I’m stoked, it’s always a goal of mine to at least make the semifinals. Last year I had Chelsea (Williams) and this year Kelia (Moniz), I love them both and they deserve to be in the final. I was thinking about it all night and hoping that there would be waves, and it’s been awesome today.”
Karina Rozunko (USA) made a name for herself early in the event by defeating Lindsay Steinriede (USA), the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion. Rozunko finished her first semifinal in an ASP Women’s World Longboard Championship event by eliminating Justine Dupont (FRA) and Tory Gilkerson (USA).
“My goal was to get first but I’m stoked to have made it this far,” Rozunko said. “It feels great, I can’t even explain how good this feels. The waves were amazing today, it was a perfect way to finish the event. The only other place I’ve traveled to is Mexico, so to come to China and finish third has been a great experience for me.”
The top 18 ranked surfers after the SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 automatically re-qualify for next year’s ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships, the rest of the Top 34 are determined through regional ASP Longboard Qualifying events.
SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2012 FINAL RESULT: 1st – Kelia Moniz (HAW) 16.05 def. Chelsea Williams (AUS) 9.50
SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2012 SEMIFINAL RESULTS: SF 1: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 17.20 def. Karina Rozunko (USA) 9.65 SF 2: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 12.80 def. Summer Romero (USA) 12.50
SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2012 QUARTERFINAL RESULTS: QF 1: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 16.30 def. Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) 8.25 QF 2: Karina Rozunko (USA) 12.85 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 8.65 QF 3: Summer Romero (USA) 12.25 def. Georgia Young (AUS) 9.55 QF 4: Kelia Moniz (HAW) 15.75 def. Jennifer Smith (USA) 14.90
SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2012 ROUND 5 RESULTS: HEAT 1: Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) 12.50 def. Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) 8.25 HEAT 2: Karina Rozunko (USA) 12.00 def. Tory Gilkerson (USA) 10.75 HEAT 3: Georgia Young (AUS) 15.60 def. Chloe Calmon (BRA) 12.25 HEAT 4: Jennifer Smith (USA) 18.90 def. Atalanta Nascimento (BRA) 8.50
SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2012 ROUND 4 RESULTS: HEAT 1: 1st – Chelsea Williams (AUS), 2nd – Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN), 3rd – Tory Gilkerson (USA) HEAT 2: 1st – Justine Dupont (FRA), 2nd – Karina Rozunko (USA), 3rd – Yuko Shimajiri (JPN) HEAT 3: 1st – Summer Romero (USA), 2nd – Georgia Young (AUS), 3rd – Atalanta Nascimento (BRA) HEAT 4: 1st – Kelia Moniz (HAW), 2nd – Jennifer Smith (USA) 3rd – Chloe Calmon (BRA)