HUNTINGTION BEACH, California/USA (Monday, July 18, 2011) - The first stop of the 2011 ASP Women's World Longboard Tour saw a dominant performance by the Californian contingent with Lindsay Steinriede (Dana Point), CA), 28, defeating two-time ASP Women's World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (San Diego, CA), 23, to win the Roxy Pro Biarritz and establish herself as the frontrunner among the world's best female longboarders.
The 2011 ASP Women's WLT consists of two events with the final event unfolding at the Swatch Girls Pro in China.
Steinriede put on a stellar performance while taking her first major elite ASP victory and built momentum throughout the day before earning the event's highest single-wave score of an 8.65 in the final to secure her victory over Smith.
"It feels amazing, I don't think it has really set in yet and it is slowly starting to," Steinriede said. "Champagne in the face kind of wakes you up more. (laughs). I think I am still in shock right now. I was in the final and I won and now it is all over. It is just crazy."
Steinriede was consistent throughout the final day of competition and earned two of the highest-heat totals before topping her compatriot in the Final and is now the woman to be in the hunt for the 2011 ASP Women's World Longboard Title.
"I started out with such a hard heat in my quarter-final so I knew that I had to be on top of my game and just do what I can," Steinriede said. "She (Smith) is always someone hard to beat in the final or in any heat. She is a great competitor and there wasn't any bad blood out there so it was a fun final."
Smith ousted fellow American standouts Kassia Meador and Kelly Nicely in her Semifinals and Quarterfinals heats, but was unable to find the scores needed in the Final's tricky conditions to surpass Steinriede.
"I had no pressure, at least not any more than in my past finals here but the waves turned off and it wasn't easy," Smith said. "I am so proud of Lindsay (Steinriede), she deserves to win after getting such good scores the whole event."
Smith, who has won two Roxy Pro Biarritz titles, now sits at No. 2 on the ASP Women's WLT rankings and is still in excellent position to potentially clinch a third ASP WLT Crown entering the final event of the season.
Kassia Meador was also a strong addition on the California front at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. The iconic longboarding talent marched to an equal 3rd place result in France when she fell to eventual runner-up, Smith, in the Semifinals.
"It is my best result this year, I have had a great time and if I am going to lose to anybody I want it to be Jennifer (Smith)," Meador said. "I tried as hard as I could and I am stoked. I am looking forward to China, it's going to be a whole new vibe. I'm looking forward to a new place and a whole new culture and waves and of course coming back here to France next year. I always love coming here, great waves and parties and can't wait for it."
The 2011 ASP Women's WLT Champion will be crowned at the inaugural Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning.