Roxy Jam Cardiff begins friday
The 3rd annual Roxy Jam Cardiff featuring the Linda Benson Women’s World Longboard Pro will be held September 19-21 in Cardiff, California. ASP World Qualifying Series WQS 6-Star event marks the biggest event for professional women’s longboarders in North America.
Jen Smith (Pacific Beach, CA), 22, the 2007 ASP Women’s World Longboarding Champion, won the event last year and will be back to defend her title against the field of international longboarding talent in this year’s event. The San Diego based longboarder hopes the conditions on offer this year will mirror last year’s excellent conditions.
Smith’s victory at the Roxy Jam Cardiff capped off an amazing season for the young talent. Claiming a victory at the ASP WQS 6-Star event alongside the ASP North America Women’s Longboarding Title was a confidence booster for the young surfer’s career and she hopes to have a repeat performance this year.
Lindsay Steinriede (Dana Point, CA), 23, finished 2nd behind Smith in last year’s event and won the Roxy Jam Cardiff in 2006. Steinriede will be out to claim a second event title against the stacked field of international surfing talent at this year’s contest.
Kassia Meador (Oceanside, CA), 26, is another standout longboarder to emerge from Southern California. Meador finished 5th in last year’s event and is looking forward to competing in the uniquely tailored women’s longboarding contest this year. Meador has been longboarding competitively for over a decade now and been a contributor to the progression of the sport. Meador feels that events like the upcoming Roxy Jam Cardiff have allowed longboarders to progress on a competitive level.
“Women’s lonbgoarding has changed a great deal,” Meador said. “In the past three years the ASP and Roxy got involved with Linda Benson and have really changed the face of Women’s competitive longboarding. We now have a world championship and a few other events with money in them. It has helped push the sport in the past few years and I hope one day we will have a legitimate tour like the shortboarders.”
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The Oakley Newport Beach Pro completed the first two rounds of competition today in peaky two-to-four foot (1 metre) surf. The ASP World Qualifying Series 2-Star event is the seventh of nine held in North America, with each contest offering ratings points towards qualification for the ASP World Tour.
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