The SuperGirl Pro 2014 kicked off Friday morning south side of the Oceanside Pier in southern California. A high tide with 4-6ft waves welcomed the first female hopefuls who made their way through their respective rounds. The all female event is an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star event so it offers valuable points for surfers to qualify in the Women’s Championship Tour in 2015 and happens to be the largest female surf competition in the world.
The Surf Channel had a chance to chat with Johanne Defay from Reunion Island, France who recently had a quarterfinal appearance at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. This is her career’s first ASP Tour and shared with us it’s been going well.
“My favorite stop out of the tour so far has been Fiji, it was great surfing and great fun. I have been enjoying personal time with my buddy Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Pauline Ado (FRA) who are also on the WCT.” -Johanne Defay
When asked how she prepares for each competition Defay shared, “ I like to take one heat at a time, of course I like to see myself at the end but I prefer to go heat by heat to stay focused.”
We also got to meet the youngest competitor at the Supergirl Pro this year, 11-year-old Kirra Pinkerton from San Clemente, California. She will be entering the 6th grade this fall and was very gracious about spending a few minutes with us.
“If I have not been in the water for two days I start to bug my dad about taking me to the beach so I can get out there and train and do what I love which is surfing,” Kirra shared about her passion for surfing and preparation.
Kirra also shared with us that she looks up to Carissa Moore, Malia Manuel and Lakey Peterson. When asked who she would prefer to face in a heat she was not hesitant to reply, “Malia Manuel and also Caroline Marks.”
Lastly, we visited with 14-year-old Brisa Hennessy who was born in Costa Rica, but now resides on Oahu in Hawaii, and 14 year old Leilani McGonagle who was also born in Costa Rica and currently resides there.
Both buddied up around the event and practiced their spanish language skills with each other. They both shared with the Surf Channel their enthusiasm about being in Oceanside to compete: “It’s so nice to meet so many other girls that have the same dreams as us to qualify for tour next year.”
Brisa shared with the surf channel about her recent trips to Mexico with the Rip Curl team, as well as a recent experience visiting Fiji:
“I really loved Mexico but I have to admit my favorite trip so far this year was Fiji, it was magical.” She also shared her admiration for Pro’s like Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright.
Leilani looks up to Bethany Hamilton and shared, “I find her inspirational and I like that she is very competitive.” Both will be beginning their freshman years in high school this fall and plan on visiting with family after the event.