13 Badass Pro Surfer Girls You Need to Follow on Instagram
We’re right in the middle of this year’s Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, a huge competition with surfers from all around the world gathering in Huntington Beach, California, to show off their wave-riding skills.
The female surfers competing this year are total badasses, and a lot of them are outscoring the men in their divisions. So we picked out some of our fave surf baddies and their dope af Instagrams, because who doesn’t love a beach babe?
1. Tatiana Weston-Webb
This native Hawaiian babe is currently ranked at #6 for the World League of Surf and was the only rookie on the World Championship Tour in 2016. Tatiana also just placed first in her heat for the Open and is moving on to the next round.
2. Anastasia Ashley
Anastasia Ashley just finished fourth in heat five of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro last week. She grew up surfing in California, and was the Triple Crown Rookie of the year in 2003. As of September 8, 2014, Ashley is ranked 59th in the 2014 Women’s Qualification Series.
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3. Rochelle Ballard
Rochelle was the runner up to the World Title in 2004, and she holds the World Record for scoring two 10s in a single heat. She moved from California to Hawaii when she was only 6 months old, and Rochelle started surfing when she was 12. In 2012, she was the Surfing Champion in the Women’s division of the ISA World Masters. She now runs and owns a yoga studio in Hawaii.
Surfing the #northshore this weekend, for a Canadian nature show, brought me back to the days when @boobs808 and I would surf maxing vland until it washed out and then take a drive into #haleiwa for lunch @haleiwajoes one of my favorite places to eat and share good times with friends. Mahalo for the awesome #bikini @naiabikinis. Trying out a brand new #zeus 5’6″ 183/8 x 21/4. Thanks @cisurfboards! Mahalo @seanmichaelreilly for the photo and swimming in the water with the @GoPro! @nukumoisurf
4. Tyler Wright
Currently at #2 in the world, Tyler is competing in the Open where she won first in her heat. She is from Australia, and won the Oi Rio Women’s Pro in May, beating the #1 girl in surf Courtney Conlogue in the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro back in April.
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5. Malia Manuel
This year, Malia has 8 titles from her competitions and won first in the first heat of the Open and is moving onto the second. When she was only 14 in 2008, this Hawaiian babe won the U.S. Open, becoming the youngest to ever win it. She is ranked at #8 and won second in the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro this weekend.
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6. Sally Fitzgibbons
Sally is #5 in the world right now, with almost a million dollars in winnings from her competitions. She won her first titles when she was only 14 by winning the ASP Pro Junior. The Australian athlete placed second in the first heat yesterday and is competing in the second heat of the Open today.
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7. Lakey Peterson
Lakey is currently ranked at #17 worldwide, and is competing in this years Open. She placed first in her heat, and will move on to the next heat. Lakey learned how to surf when she was little, but really got into the sport when she was 12 and started competing. At age 16, Lakey was surfing on the ASP World Qualifying Series, and qualified for the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.
8. Bethany Hamilton
Most obviously known from the “Soul Surfer” movie that was made after she lost her arm during a shark attack, Bethany is still competing. She is currently ranked at #19 and just competed in the Fiji Women’s Pro and finished third.
STOKED to be moving on to the Semifinals at the Women’s #FijiPro against @johannedefay!! I love seeing all these amazing women RIP in this competition! Our heat kicks off in about an hour (~3:20pm PST). Check out all the awesome surfing at worldsurfleague.com. @wsl 📷 @edsloanephoto #surfslikeagirl
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9. Courtney Conlogue
She started surfing at age 4, and since then has gone on to become the #1 female competitor in the World Surf League Championship Tour right now. The California girl is also scoring higher in points than any of the guys competing in the same league.
There’s beauty in being strong and having purpose. In order to conquer your dreams you need to master your craft. Life isn’t about finding yourself but creating yourself. One of the many shots for the ESPN #bodyissue link is in my bio 😊 📷 @stevenlippman
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10. Justine Dupont
This French surfer is currently ranked 14th in the World, and she started surfing at age 11. She was World Champion of longboard in 2007 and in 2011 she won her second ASP European Championship title. She also broke a record for surfing the largest wave ever at Belharra, and the wave was 15 meters.
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11. Lindsey Jacobellis
Not only is she a pro-surfer, she’s also an Olympic Snowboarder. Lindsey is from Vermont, but spends her days shredding on any wave or slope she can find. She just competed in the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro this past weekend.
13. Silvana Lima
You may have heard of Silvana not because she’s been named the best surfer in Brazil eight times, but from stories that have been going around about what a hard time she’s had getting sponsors. So there’s really no better way to support her than double-tapping her Instagram posts to show brands she’s capable of bringing in a massive audience too, right? Right.
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