With under a month to go until the historic SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2012 hosted by Wanning gets underway, the finest female longboard riders in the world are making their final preparations before heading to the Far East to contest the 2012 ASP Women’s Longboard World Title. Among them, one of the hot favourites will be defending ASP WLT World Champion Lindsay Steinriede
, 29 (USA), who was crowned at the inaugural edition of the event in 2011 at the international unveiling of the classy point-break set-up of Wanning’s Riyuewan Bay.
While the incredible surfing potential of the Wanning coastline was being revealed to the surfing world, Lindsay was experiencing the defining moment of her career thus far. “It was so amazing to win the world title in China,” admits the California regular-foot. “With the pioneering nature of being the first pro event over there, the incredible buzz of discovery about the region and the wave, and just the awesome vibe among us competitors and the crowd, it all made winning the World Title that much more special. My husband was with me supporting me, and while losing out and watching my fate unfold at the hands of others wasn’t the easiest way to win, when I realized my achievement I couldn’t have been more stoked, it was just an unforgettable moment.”
With this year’s event being a winner-takes-all encounter, it will be the winning finalist that claims the 2012 ASP WLT World Title
, and Lindsay knows what a task it will be to successfully defend her crown and be atop the podium in China once more. “The level the girls are surfing at these days means I’m going to have my work cut out,” reflected the American, “The performance was super-impressive last year and I think pretty much the same girls will be in contention once again. Chelsea (Williams) will be hard to beat as the defending event champion and on her forehand, as will Kassi (Swatch Proteam rider Kassia Meador). But I’m not really thinking too much about the other girls, everyone knows the field is really strong so I’ll just be focusing on trying to surf and express myself as best I can in my heats. I have some great boards and feel in great shape to put on a strong defense of my crown in front of that awesome Chinese beach crowd.”
The SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA
hosted by Wanning 2012 will take place on the left hand pointbreak of Riyuewan Bay on the Wanning coast, which receives consistent northeast swells from the South China Sea from October through to March. With the swell season already getting underway and reports of some fun days already hitting the contest venue, stay tuned for official surf forecasts, updates, news and interviews: www.swatchgirlspro.com