Surf Girls Who Smashed 2016
With 2016 drawing to a end and everyone slowly beginning to wind down for the festive season we thought we would reflect on what an amazing year it’s been for women’s surfing across the globe. We’ve seen some big changes in the industry, some amazing come backs and a new generation of surfer girls blossom. We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for women’s surfing but for now here are the surf girls who smashed 2016 for us.
1. Tyler Wright winning the World Surf League title
This obviously had to be top of our highlights list and something we really want to celebrate! Tyler has undoubtedly had her best competitive year yet and showcased her powerful surfing through every event on the tour. Making seven finals out of the ten events on the tour it’s was clear to see from the start of the year that Tyler had the title in her sights and wasn’t going to let anyone get in her way. She surfed with her heart and soul and made her family proud. We can’t wait to see what Miss Wright has in store for the 2017 tour!
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2. Women’s Big Wave Tour
Every year women’s surfing gains more and more recognition and this year saw the launch of the first ever Women’s Big Wave World Tour. The Tour kicked off in Hawaii at the world famous Jaws. The Pe’ahi Challenge was won by Paige Alms who put on an amazing show surfing solid waves, some over 40ft. The fact that there’s now a women’s only big wave world tour is ground breaking. It’s so exciting to see the worlds best pushing their limits and proving yet again women’s surfing is just as important as mens.
3. Bethany Hamilton, the comeback queen
Bethany Hamilton is one of the most inspirations surfers in the world and this year she has reinforced not only that but she has also proved that she is one of the worlds best surfers. Her wild card entry into the Fiji Pro gained her surfing even more recognition. The shark attack survivor unleashed powerful snaps and perfect polished surfing to defeat world champion Stephanie Gilmore. Bethany is an unstoppable force and we’re excited to see what the future has in store for this inspirational surfer.
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4. Ellie Turner putting the UK on the map
If you haven’t heard of Ellie Turner where have you been! This 15 year old British surfer is one of (if not the) brightest prospect in European girls surfing. Making the final at the ISA World Junior Championships Ellie well and truly put the UK on the map. Recently joining the Rip Curl family she will be in good company with World Tour Champions and some of the world surfing elite. Ellie is going from strength to strength and we’re eager to see where her surf career takes her. Could she be the first UK female to make it on to the world tour?
5. Frankie Harrer for just generally charging
This isn’t the first time Frankie has dominated the headlines after charging the world famous Teahpoo; 2016 saw Frankie grace our computer screens yet again, towing into some chunky Tahitian waves. At only 18 years of age we can’t believe the courage she has to surf these waves. Hats off to you Frankie and any other big wave surfers out there! Check out the video of her charging Teahpoo HERE