Girls Gone Wild: Chelsea Georgeson

Have you seen this chick surf? She’s f—king amazing! Full rail turns, backside airs, deep tube rides, and a full array of lip tricks make up Chelsea’s repertoire. The first time I ever saw Chelsea surf was at “Small Pass near Teahupo’o. At first I mistook her for Kalani Chapman (who was the only one out besides Chelsea), because she was surfing in the same powerful and smooth manner that Kalani does. I was like “How can K-Rat get a wave when I see him paddling in the channel?(So I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed) Anyways, I ended up staying at the Pension Bonjouir with Chelsea and got to know the girl behind the gouges, and she turned out to be super cool and down to earth. And true to her Aussie bloodline, the girl loves to party and have a good time, as evidenced by her table dancing at the Bonjouir.

Two years later and I’m on a boat off the Mentawais with Chelsea. She hadn’t changed a bit, except she surfed even better, and the tables were too small to dance on. One of the funnest people to hang out with (as most Aussies are) Chelsea is a legend in the making.

This is what she wrote on the bathroom on our boat in lipstick–“for a good time check Anthony Marcotti out at mentawaiislands.com and get to the best surf you’ll ever see! Just kidding, that’s just a shameless plug for a great tour company.

Chelsea Georgeson

TransWorld Surf: Where are you from Chelsea?

Chelsea Georgeson: I’m from Avalon Beach in Sydney, but now I live in Tweed Heads.

Who influenced you when you were a grom?

I used to always watch Rob Machado in Drifting and Kalani Robb and Slater in Good Times. And when Lisa Andersen would surf in Avalon at the Coke contests I would always watch her. She was probably the biggest influence from a girl I had.

How did it feel to be on a trip with Lisa Andersen?

It’s always good to watch Lisa surf. Every you go on a surf trip with her she’s doing some mad turns. She’s always been inspiring and a big influence.

Did you look up to male surfers when you were a kid?

Pretty much. I didn’t know much about surfing, but I just knew Lisa was on the cover of magazines and that’s why I looked up to her. She hung out in Avalon a lot, too. Apart from that I just watched the boys.

At what age did you start surfing?

Thirteen.

How are you doing on the tour right now?

I don’t know, maybe equal fourth. Someone said that, I haven’t really looked at the ratings (currently Chelsea is tied with Layne Beachley in fourth place).

Where do you see women’s surfing headed?

Hopefully up, that would be nice. I would like to see it as big as men’s tennis, which you always see on TV. I don’t think women’s surfing should be compared to men’s surfing because we have different styles and it’s just totally different. I just think it would be cool to watch women’s surfing on TV.

If there was one thing you could change about women’s surfing, what would it be?

Bigger crowds and more toilets.

Toilets?

Yeah more toilets, especially in France they need more toilets.

What do you see as the main difference between the boys and girls in surfing?

There’re lots of differences. Guys are more powerful and they surf better, do better maneuvers. They just have different bodies, it’s totally different.

Girls are closing the gap though right?

We’re trying, that’s the main goal right now. We want to surf more like the guys, do the same maneuvers they’re doing. It’s not like we’re trying to surf better than them, we’re just trying to surf as good as we can.

Any advice to the young surfer girls out there?

Just have fun. If you’re not having fun it’s not worth it. Keep your head up. The more you lose the more you appreciate winning and before you win you gotta learn how to lose. Have fun competing against your friends.

Thanks a lot Chelsea.

No worries mate.

You rule.

Thank you.