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Fresh Faces on Tour

Three rookies will join the ASP Women's World Tour ranks in 2014

| posted on September 25, 2013

With all the 2013 Women’s WQS events completed and just one World Tour stop left (Sally Fitzgibbons just won the seventh of eight events in France) the 2014 Tour roster is close to finalized. The results at the last event will determine the final spots on Tour, but three rookies have already solidified their positions—Alessa Quizon, Dimity Stoyle, and Nikki Van Dijk. Below are the basics (and a few opinions) from the new members of the Top 17.

NIKKI VAN DIJK
Age: 18
Current Residence: Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Hometown: Phillip Island
Years Competing on the ‘QS: 2
Best Result in 2013: 1st Pantin Classic QS (Spain)
Self-Professed Strength: “My composure and determination.”
Self-Professed Weakness: “It can be something different from day to day.”
Thoughts on Joining the Tour:
“The best part will be surfing against the best women surfers in the world and showing the world how I can surf. And of course traveling the world, learning, and growing. I think I’ll be a fun a new face to the Tour.”
Proposed Addition to the Women’s World Tour Schedule:
“Keramas. It is such a perfect wave and the quality of all the girls’ surfing would be crazy, which is be so exciting for everyone to watch.”
Thoughts on the Current Direction of Female Surfing:
“I think that most of the girls keep it pretty classy. There have probably been a couple of ridiculous little moments, but whatever. It’s not a big deal to me, I do actually think that the talent of the girls’ surfing is the leader in all of this, we just have fun with it too. Surfing is a unique sport and lifestyle, and I think its kind of hard to hide the ‘sexiness’ of surfing, for both men and women. It’s cool that we are able to express ourselves freely, and why not play around and have fun with it?”

Former Women's Junior Champion and wildcard to the Bells World Tour event, Nikki has the competitive experience to succeed on Tour. Photo: Shield

Former Women’s Junior Champion and wildcard to the Bells World Tour event, Nikki has the competitive experience to succeed on Tour. Photo: Shield

ALESSA QUIZON
Age: 19
Current Residence: San Clemente, CA
Hometown: Makaha, Hawaii
Years Competing on the ‘QS: 2
Best Result in 2013: Semis at SuperGirl Pro in Oceanside and Pantin 6-Star
Self-Professed Strength: “Pointbreaks.”
Self-Professed Weakness: “Beachbreaks.”
Thoughts on Joining the Tour:
“The best part I think will be competing at better surf locations like Snapper. I’m so excited! Surfing on the ‘QS can take you to some pretty gutless surf spots. I just want to be bring the best of me to the World Tour. I would love to be a person who also represents the more feminine side of surfing to the World Tour as well.”
Proposed Addition to the Women’s World Tour Schedule:
“I would be bring back the Women’s Triple Crown in Hawaii. To have Hawaii back as a contest venue would be amazing for women’s surfing.”
Thoughts on the Current Direction of Female Surfing:
“I think women should represent them self in a beautiful and respectable way. A little bit of sexiness is really good, but of course talent has to stand behind it. Let your surfing speak for itself. I think women’s surfing should be more feminine and that they are slowly figuring out their way to the right direction.”

Alessa, one of Hawaii's most dominant Junior surfers, also competed in a Tour event as a wildcard at Honolua in 2009. Photo: Heff

Alessa, one of Hawaii’s most dominant Junior surfers, also competed in a Tour event as a wildcard at Honolua in 2009. Photo: Heff

DIMITY STOYLE
Age: 21
Current Residence: Sunshine Coast, Australia
Hometown: Sunshine Coast, Australia
Years Competing on the ‘QS: 2
Best Result in 2013: 1st place 6-Star WQS in Newcastle, Australia
Self-Professed Strength: “Patience. I like to try and get the best waves.”
Self-Professed Weakness: “Hassling. I just want to surf and take turns…but that doesn’t work in competition.”
Thoughts on Joining the Tour:
“I look forward to the locations and getting to surf the best waves, plus the competition and always getting to surf against the best girls in the world. Every heat is going to be like a final. I also love the format and priority—no hassling!”
Proposed Addition to the Women’s World Tour Schedule:
“New York. It has waves! And I haven’t been there yet, but I really want to go…what a great excuse to go to NY.”
Thoughts on the Current Direction of Female Surfing:
“A little sexiness is okay…but sometimes people forget that the girls actually surf well. All the publicity just goes towards their sex appeal, when really the girls’ surfing performance now is better than ever.”

Fun fact about Dimity Stoyle: aside from being incredibly competitively adept, she can also ride just about any kind of board and shapes her own surfboards. Photo: Pierce

Fun fact about Dimity Stoyle: aside from being incredibly competitively adept, she can also ride just about any kind of board and even shapes her own. Photo: Pierce

In other news, it was announced last week that next year’s Tour will include a Women’s event at Lowers.

  • Lei

    Raaaaaaaaaaaad to read. Thanks for posting this.

  • lookin out

    “Thoughts on the Current Direction of Female Surfing” why was ‘sexy’ in every response? what question phrasing was given that the readers missed?