Hey wats up? Ive just returned home from Sydney and my recent win in the Manly Beachley Classic! Theres been some fun waves at Snapper and Dbah since ive been home, which has been great as I havnt been able to surf here all that much this busy year, and i leave again soon so im lapping it up!

Going back to my travels over seas, In August I competed in Itacare, Bahia Brazil where i notched up a third place which is a pretty decent result it will be a keeper, i was then the ratings leader by myself which felt pretty damn good! Straight to the next stop, the tour headed to Santander in Spain for the Ripcurl Girls Festival. The waves didnt get over 2ft throughout the entire event and so it was quite frustrating to lose in round three to Rosanne Hodge but thats competition. I then dropped back into fourth on the ASP womens world tour ratings, which took some pressure off so it was kinda a win win situation for me. After Spain i headed over to California for the Surfer Poll Awards. Its a Poll run by Surfer Magazine in the US that lets the public, or the readers vote for their favourite surfers. Its a pretty big deal for any professional surfer and This was my first time at the awards. I came in 2nd place behind Sofia Mulanovich!! That was an incredible night and its great to know that I must have some fans out there somewhere, stoked on my surfing.

Straight from California, i had heard a rumour that the ASP womens world tour may have an extra event thrown into the mix at last minute in Peru, so i decided to jetset down to Lima then back up to Mancora and catch a glimpse and also gain some local knowledge of the wave for the proposed event. It was a great little spontaneous trip and although i was only there for 5 days i scored some pretty fun waves and got to hang out with Sofias extremely hospitable family! I came home for a week or so and was straight back into action down in Manly for the NAB beachley Classic. I think doing that trip to Peru and just being adventurous really refreshed my focus and going into Manly i was so pumped up i was ready to take everyone out.

After a long week of absolutely NO waves, they moved the event from Queenscliff to Curl Curl. The last two days of the event were probably some of the best and biggest waves we've had at any stop on the whole tour this year, so all the girls energies were high and some kick ass surfing was going down, especially from Silvana Lima, Jessi Miley Dyer and Sofia Mulanovich. For me, I was out to defend my title and get a hold of those 20% extra ratings points to get back into the race for this world title and i just so happened to do that.

Im now back in the lead of the ratings with Silvana coming in 2nd only 80points behind me. Its still so so close and theres three events left so its still anyones game. The event in Peru was also confirmed and will take place from Oct 30th to Nov 4th right before Hawaii.

Bring on Peru!!

Steph:) ___________________________________________