For the last four years, women’s surfing has been dominated by one character; Steph Gilmore. She hit the world tour in 2006 at the age of 18 and blew the socks off the surfing community. Steph was considered an anomaly, a freak of a talent. She now has the accolades to proove it, with four consecutive world titles under her belt at the age of 23.
Fast forward to mid way through the women’s tour in 2011 and Steph is a measly fourth with no competition wins in five events. You would assume the inevitable has happened and Gilmore has finally hit a blip in form, however this is not the case. She is being outperformed and outsurfed by the new power in women’s surfing; teenagers.
Here is evidence of that – the current standings on the world tour after five of seven events:
1st (by some way): Carissa Moore. Age:18
2nd: Sally Fitzgibbons. Age:19
3rd: Tyler Wright. Age:17 (just)
Of the seventeen girls on the elite tour nine are under the age of 21, and six of them are in the top ten. For most of them it’s their first or second year on tour. Gone are the days of turning off your live event webcast for the womens event, the renewed level of competition in this sport is making it just as exciting as the mens.
Another new power in surfing; Nike, have just released a free online full feature film called “Leave a Message”. Watch it and you’ll understand what we’re talking about…
Leave a Message Full Movie by Nike6.0 from FreestyleTV.NET on Vimeo.
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Tourism Fernie have just put together this video to show off the beauty of Fernie in the summer time.
It’s a great quality production and well worth a look. Also, keep your eye out for NONSTOP’s own Dave Richards and family hiking through the woods!
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The Fernie Trail Crew has been out the past few weeks preparing Porky Blue Trail for the TransRockies Race on August 9th. The trail is brushed out and soon to be ready for cycling. Porky Blue is designed for cross country riders (moderate difficulty) and boasts 10 kilometers of single-track that drops 1000 vertical meters down to the Coal Discovery Trail from Coal Creek Summit. … Read more
In a recent visit to Chamonix in the French Alps I was lucky enough to experience a tandem parapent. After living in Chamonix for a long while, it’s something that has always been a temptation, as on most sunny days you can look up to skies and see a swarm of parapenters floating around the sides of the valley. With such a big vertical difference between the lift accessed areas and the valley floor and such stunning scenery, it is the ideal place for it. … Read more
“I came for the winter and stayed for the summer”
Over the past eight years of visiting Fernie I’ve probably heard over a hundred locals repeat this phrase, and when you spend a large chunk of your winter in Fernie it can get a bit annoying to hear that you’ve come in the “second best” season! But… … Read more