Kelia Moniz Win's Swatch Girls Pro - ASP Title
November 25, 2012
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Kelia Moniz (HAW) has won the SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 hosted by Wanning over Chelsea Williams (AUS), claiming her maiden ASP Womenâs World Longboard Title. The pair repeated history by meeting in the Final as they did at last yearâs SWATCH Girls Pro China, where Williams won, but today it was Moniz who took top honours.
Moniz is the second ASP World Champion crowned in China and is a well deserved winner after consistently posting excellent scores all event, but the Final was her most dominant heat by far. She rode the nose with style and grace, executed critical turns and read the shifty line-up to perfection.
âWe couldnât hear the scores so after the heat I didnât know what to think,â Moniz said. âThen Chelsea (Williams) looked at me and said âgood job gromâ 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 practising before the contest I told her that Iâd see her in the Final. I was just joking because I didnât really expect to make the Final, but I did, and I won and Iâm really ecstatic about it.â
The young Hawaiian joins 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.
âIt means a lot to bring an ASP World Title back to Hawaii,â Moniz said. âPlus this is the only event that decides the world champion, and Iâve been working and training and preparing for this and it feels unbelievable. I just really want to thank my family, friends, Swatch and the Chinese locals for everything!â
Williams posted excellent scores in every heat at this yearâs SWATCH Girls Pro China and looked set to claim back-to-back event titles, but couldnât get into rhythm in the Final. An emotional Williams tried to hold back the tears as she pondered coming so close to winning the coveted ASP Womenâs World Longboard Title.
âIt feels good to make the Final again,â Williams said. âKelia (Moniz) surfed really good and I didnât find any good waves. I won last year, but didnât win the ASP Womenâs World Longboard Title, she won this year and did, so she is the real winner.â
Summer Romero (USA) finished equal 3rd at the SWATCH Girls Pro China for the second year in a row after going down to Moniz in a tight tussle. Romero was 28 seconds away from making the Final, holding a comfortable lead leaving Moniz needing a 6.50 (out of a possible 10). Moniz snared a last second wave and stole the heat win thanks to a critical hang 10 and some stylish carves.
âI almost made the final so I feel good,â Romero said. âIâm stoked, itâs 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 itâs been awesome today.â
Karina Rozunko (USA), the 16-year-old Californian who made a name for herself earlier in the event by eliminating the 2011 ASP Womenâs World Longboard Champion Lindsay Steinriede (USA) finished equal third today. Rozunko had a stellar run this morning besting Justine Dupont (FRA) and Tory Gilkerson (USA) to finish her first ever ASP Womenâs World Longboard Championship event with a Semifinal berth.
âMy goal was to get first but Iâm super stoked to have made it this far,â Rozunko said. âIt feels great, I canât event explain how good this feels. The waves were amazing today, it was a perfect way to finish the event. The only other place Iâve traveled to is Mexico, so to come to China and finish third had been a great experience for me.â
Jennifer Smith (USA), two-time ASP Womenâs World Longboard Champion was one of the in-form surfers of the SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012. In her Round 5 bout against Atalanta Nascimento (BRA) Smith posted the highest two-wave heat-total of the event, a near perfect 18.90 (out of a possible 20). She went on to lose to Moniz in the Quarterfinals by less than one point, finishing the event ranked equal 5th place.
The top 18 ranked surfers after the SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 automatically re-qualify for next yearâs ASP Womenâs World Longboard Championships, the rest of the Top 34 are determined through regional ASP Longboard Qualifying events.
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SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2012 FINAL RESULT:
1st â 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 â Chelsea Williams (AUS), 2nd â Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN), 3rd â Tory Gilkerson (USA)
HEAT 2: 1st â Justine Dupont (FRA), 2nd â Karina Rozunko (USA), 3rd â Yuko Shimajiri (JPN)
HEAT 3: 1st â Summer Romero (USA), 2nd â Georgia Young (AUS), 3rd â Atalanta Nascimento (BRA)
HEAT 4: 1st â Kelia Moniz (HAW), 2nd â Jennifer Smith (USA) 3rd â Chloe Calmon (BRA)