Stephanie Gilmore: taking on Kiwi right handers

Stephanie Gilmore has won the TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival's blue ribbon event, the Dow AgroSciences Pro in clean three foot (1.5 meters) surf over Carissa Moore, at Taranaki, New Zealand.

Stop No. 3 of 7 on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival offers vital points in the race for the ASP Women’s World Title. This year the event scored the best waves and also witnessed the biggest performances in its three year history, with classic waves on offer for the duration of the competition.

Gilmore, four-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP Women’s World No. 1, finished 9th at the TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival both in 2011 and 2010, but today took top honours in an exciting Final. Gilmore and Moore were extremely evenly matched opponents, with both surfers trading excellent scores, going back and forth, finishing the 35 minute duel separated by only 0.70.

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Shane Dorian: surfing waves since you were a kid

Shane Dorian is the "Waterman of the Year" by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), in 2012. The big wave surfer turned up in the surf media map in the late 80s and has since won a Hawaiian state title and pushed the paddle-in limits on the North Shore's outer reefs.

Dorian is known as one of the most influential names in big-wave riding today. He helped spearhead the "New School" of surfing, contended for a world title, towed in at spots like Jaws and continues to be on the frontier of cutting-edge, high-performance surfing.

"As one of the most universally respected big-wave surfers, Shane Dorian is a pioneer in the world of surfing who is constantly chasing the dream of surfing the world's biggest wave," said Doug Palladini, SIMA President.

"As a well-seasoned athlete, Shane's skill level, methodical planning and long-term goals for big-wave surfing are all qualities that are constantly pushing the sport of surfing to grow. A true waterman, it is an honor to call Shane this year's Waterman of the Year."

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Maya Gabeira: big waves are her daily menu

Maya Gabeira is delicate, pretty, calm and serene. She had the inner characteristics for being an architect, executive, engineer or doctor, but she decided to dedicate her life to extreme big wave surfing.

Gabeira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1987. His father founded the Green Party, in her country, but she wouldn’t take the path of politics. When Maya started surfing at the age of 14, she felt that water is a really good place to work.

As years passed by, the Brazilian surfer felt she could raise the bar. In the last decades, Maya Gabeira's attitude towards huge walls of water started to shift from fear to challenge.

When boys are pursuing the biggest waves in the world, she might be the only girl in the block. Chasing swells is now her daily job, alongside with Carlos Burle, her trainer and tow-in partner.

Maya Gabeira has been opening hidden doors for women in the extreme surfing territory where not all men dare to enter. Award after award, trophy after trophy, the Brazilian collected the fearless medals delivered by the world's biggest wave arenas.

In 2009, Gabeira's infamous 45-foot wave ride at Dungeons, in South Africa, was considered the biggest wave ever surfed by a female.

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