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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 aEUR" 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 aEUR" 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

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"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



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

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North Narrabeen, Australia (Sat. Jan 6, 2007) aEUR" 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 aEUR" the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

It was red letter day for the future of womenaEUR(tm)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.

aEURoeIaEUR(tm)m just feeling relief at the moment! I canaEUR(tm)t describe how good it feels,aEUR said a jubilant Atherton. aEURoeI donaEUR(tm)t think itaEUR(tm)s hit me yet. IaEUR(tm)m just glad that itaEUR(tm)s over and I did it and have got that thing off my back! IaEUR(tm)m a world champion [laughs]aEUR| 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!aEUR

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.

aEURoeBronte is a tiny beach yet we tend to breed a lot of good surfers,aEUR said Atherton. aEURoeItaEUR(tm)s a small environment which in turn develops some good rivalries. Plus weaEUR(tm)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.aEUR

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 GomezaEUR(tm)s relative anonymity.

aEURoeAnali is an amazing surfer,aEUR said Atherton. aEURoeNot many people know about her, yet she is capable of throwing down some 9.0 ridesaEUR| IaEUR(tm)ve seen her go mental on her backhand beforeaEUR| sheaEUR(tm)s a fantastic surfer and a great friend.aEUR

As for her being on stage at the ASP World Champions Banquet in just over a monthaEUR(tm)s timeaEUR|

aEURoeI didnaEUR(tm)t know I had to do that!aEUR squealed Atherton. aEURoeIaEUR(tm)m going to be a mumbling mess when I have to stand on stage with Layne Beachley and Kelly Slater!aEUR

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.

aEURoeIaEUR(tm)m so happy,aEUR said Gomez who speaks little English. aEURoeI would like to say congratulations to NicolaaEUR| she did so well. Thank you very much AustraliaaEUR| I love it here.aEUR

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.

aEURoeI was just floating around out there,aEUR said Gilmore. aEURoeI 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.aEUR

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.

aEURoeI really enjoyed coming here,aEUR said Ho. aEURoeAnd hopefully next time IaEUR(tm)ll be a little stronger and will do a little better.aEUR

Of the menaEUR(tm)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.

aEURoeI was watching for a while before the heat and saw that the rights were better,aEUR said Wilkinson. aEURoeI 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 havenaEUR(tm)t peaked too early!aEUR

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

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WomenaEUR(tm)s Final results:


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

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

MenaEUR(tm)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)


North Narrabeen, Australia (Fri. Jan 5, 2007) aEUR" 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 aEUR" a 9.17 aEUR" 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 aEUR" 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 or 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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