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EDP Cascais Girls Pro 13

EDP Cascais Girls Pro 13

It's fair to say the Women's World Surfing Tour was in a pretty poor state over the last few years. Despite some big companies coming in to sponsor individual events, it struggled to put together a full season of competition.

However, with the  blanket sponsorship of Samsung Galaxy, and renewed individual events, the world tour will finish in Hawaii where it rightfully should.

Carissa Moore 2013 World Champion Video:

Roxy Pro Gold Coast 2013

Roxy Pro Gold Coast 2013

The RoxyPro has run parallel to the men's tour and kicked off the women's for the last eight years on the WCT. As with the men, the dredging sand points of Queensland have been a place to lay down a marker as to who will be in contention for the world title.

The contest site is split between two venues in the town of Coolangatta, Snapper Rocks is most consistent of the two picking up almost all of the swell. A dredging take off with the potential for deep tubes races off into long right handers with further tube and air sections.

If the swell gets too big for Snapper then the event moves down the point to the legendary wave at Kirra. Kirra is a tube riders wave and winning here is all about how long you can stay in the pit.

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Who to watch?

Tyler Wright is the reigning champion out here and she rips in all conditions, a future world champ surely, and she will be one to watch to defend that crown.

But it's hard to look past current world champ Carissa Moore and multiple champion Steph Gilmore, they both rip in sucky right handers and will be wanting to get out of the blocks fast. Also keep an eye out for Sally Fitzgibbons, she has come close to a world title for the last couple of years and will be hungry to get off to a good start.

Roxy Pro 2013 Video:

How to watch?

The whole fo the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.

The Goldcoast is GMT +10, so that means you need to get the coffee on for a long late night. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.

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As with the men, The Drug Aware Pro in Margaret river in Western Australia has been a qualifying series event for the last few years. This year it upgrades and gives the women a chance to go head to head in some solid surf.

The wave, known as Main Break, is a left and right peak with the left hander provinding longer rides but the right often a solid end section for punting airs. The wave is exposed to swells which come roaring out of the Indian Ocean, which means conditions change quickly, and it's not uncommon for contests to be held one day in head high surf and the next in triple overhead.

It's this potential for such a diverse range of conditions that makes this event so exciting and unpredictable.

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Who to watch out for?

Carissa Moore took this event out last year and it really kicked her campaign off towards becoming world champ for the second time. She will be a big threat but Steph Gilmore is formidable as the surf gets bigger, as will be Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright and Lakey Peterson. It's a hard one to predict like the conditions.

How to watch?

The whole of the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.

West Australia is GMT +8, so that means you need to get the coffee on for a long late night. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.

[part title="Rip Curl Women's Pro, Bells Beach, Australia 16-27 April"]

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Like the men's event, the women's Rip Curl Bells event has been a solid part of their tour for several years, and is one of the classics to win.

The wave its self is a classic long right reef, not super hollow but totally ripable, and the whole beach provides a natural amphitheatre for surf.

To the world the beach became famous in the movie Point Break when Patrick Swayze's character Bodhi paddled out for his last wave. It doesn't actually get that big, but it is capable of throwing up huge surf for the contest which makes for challenging conditions.

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Who to watch?

As with the men's event it is a regular footers arena out at Bells, and you need to look no further than Carissa Moore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Steph Gilmore as to who is likely to be in the final, or even more likely to ring that bell.

Moore won the last event, with Sally the two before that and Gilmore the one before, so you can see the three of them have it pretty locked down.

Rip Curl Pro 2013 Video:

How to watch?

The whole of the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.

Victoria is GMT +10, so that means you need to get the coffee on for a long late night. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.

Laura Enever (AUS)

Laura Enever (AUS)

After football and driving cars very fast Surfing is Brazil's national obsession. The beach culture associated with its most iconic city, Rio, makes it the obvious place for a tour stop.

Some say the changeable beachbreak conditions are not worthy of the 'Dream Tour' but  the electric Brazilian crowds and open competition make it one of the most exciting stops.

The wave is a standard beachbreak so it is totally sandbar and swell development, someyears it's been all about barrels other times it's all about turns and airs, it's the variety of condiditons that make it exciting.

Billabong Pro Rio 2012

Billabong Pro Rio 2012

Who to watch?

This is one of the most open events of the year. The shifting beach break conditions really mix things up. The top four of Moore, Fitzgibbons, Gilmore and last years champ Tyler Wright are ones to watch, but it's anyone of the top 16's for the taking.

 Billabong Rio Pro 2013 Video:

How to watch?

The whole of the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.

Rio is GMT -3, so for us in Europe it's a pretty easy watch. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.

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It's been eight years since the women's world tour last went to the dreamy right handers of Fiji. If you think 'Dream Tour' this is probably the most dreamy location.

Based on the exclusive resort island of Tavarua, the contest is held at either the legendary reef pass Cloud Break, or if the swell gets too big or the wind is wrong, the equally legendary Restaurants.

These two left hand freight train barrels are amongst the very best waves in the world. They are shallow, powerful and throw out huge tubes, jeopardy is high out there, and injury is not uncommon, but is without doubt one of the best events to tune into.

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Who to watch?

This is a tricky one as none of the girls have form out here. Obviously you'd have to back the top four contenders  Moore, Fitzgibbons, Gilmore and Wright, but you shouldn't rule out chargers like Coco Ho and Laura Enever, this one is pretty much wide open so will be exciting to see it thrown into the mix.

Sofia Mullanovich at the last Fiji event:

[part title="Vans US Open of Surfing"]

Vans US Open of Surfing

Vans US Open of Surfing

The Vans US Open of Surfing is the biggest surf contest on the planet. Tens of thousands of fans crowd to the beach to watch the men's and women's event.

Unlike the men's, the women's event is a full WCT event held in front of the stands and next to the iconic Huntington Beach pier. The waves tend to be fairly average but are totally smashable, and with the added atmosphere of the big crowd it really gets competitors fired up.

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Who to watch?

This is a real arena for fierce competitors, the intensity of the atmosphere combined with having to scrap for average surf really plays to the hungry. Carissa Moore is a real scrapper in these conditions and the reigning champ will be hard to beat, but the field is wide open, so you shouldn't write anyone off.

Carissa Moore at the 2013 Vans US Open Video:

How to watch?

The whole of the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.

California is  GMT -8. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), EDP Cascais Girls Pro 13

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), EDP Cascais Girls Pro 13

Another new addition to the women's world tour is the super high performance wave at Lower Trestles. It's the skate park of surfing, and just happens to be in the middle of Orange County at the heart of the surf industry.

A split peak, over cobblestones, the rippable lefts and rights mean that it opens up a playing field for all sorts of surfers.

Tube rides are rarer though and the wave is generally more about turns, airs and waves with solid combinations of both. It occurs at a pivotal point in the calendar with only three events remaining so it can define a world championship campaign.

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Who to watch?

So many of the girls train here when they are based out of California that it makes it a very even playing field. The lefts and rights suit pretty much every girl in the top 16 do it will be fascinating to see who can rise to the occasion. Like the men though it will most likely be who gets on the best roll and builds confidence and momentum that will decide the champion.

Carissa Moore at Trestles Video:

How to watch?

The whole of the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.

California is GMT -8. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.

Roxy Pro 2012

Roxy Pro 2012

Hossegor returned to the Women's world tour last year after a change of venue from Biarittz and it is a welcome return. Known for some of the finest beachbreaks in the world, the little French seaside town is the hub of European surfing.

The venue is mobile over about five miles of golden sand, and will move depending on swell, tide and wind conditions.

The contest can take place in heaving barrels at the famous La Gravierre or the rippable shorebreak at Seignosse, either way it is one of the most exciting contests on tour.

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Who to watch?

France is a tough one to call, if it's in heaving barrels, then you have to look at the experience of Fitzgibbons, Moore and Gilmore plus chargers like Coco Ho. But if the swell is small you have another Trestles situation on your hands and it becomes a really open contest.

The Roxy Pro 2013 Video:

How to watch?

The whole of the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.

France is  GMT +1. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.

[part title="Cascais Pro, Portugal, 1-7 October"]

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Cascais an outlying suburb of Lisbon is renowned for its punchy, consistent beach break surf. It is the ideal place for an event as it almost always has waves all year round except in the middle of summer.

It's a welcome stop on the Women's world tour, and provides a second solid European spot as the girls battle for the title. It could all be won here, but with the close competitiveness of the current crop of talent it is more likely to go to Hawaii.

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Who to watch?

Whenever the tour gets to the business end of the year you've got to be looking at the title contenders to be the people to back no matter what the surf.

World Champ Carissa Moore won here last year and with her closest competitors looking to be Gilmore, Fitzgibbon and Wright again this year you'd have to back these guys to be the ones to watch.

Carissa Moore in 2013 Video:

How to watch?

The whole of the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.

Portugal is  GMT +1. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.

[part title="Maui Women's Pro, Maui, Hawaii, 24Nov - 6 Dec"]

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Finishing the tour in Hawaii again is massive for the Women's world tour. For years instead of finishing with the men at Pipeline the women came to the perfect right handers of Honulua Bay, and this year they make a welcome return.

The wave is one of Hawaii's best, surfable from three to thirty feet (if you want to), it is the ideal venue to  decide a world champion.

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Who to Watch?

Hawaiians Carissa Moore and Coco Ho are big favourites in the heavy right hander, they have a wealth of experience and are fearless. But if a world title is on the line then Fitzgibbon, Gilmore and Wright are all more than capable of taking down the heavy right hander. If the swell is small it just throws it even wider open.

Billabong Maui Pro Video:

How to watch?

The whole of the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.

Hawaii is GMT +10, it's a late night to watch Pipe bt worth it. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.