By Ben Horvath
In recent years, the dramatic improvement in the standard of women’s surfing has been plain to see.
Led by a hungry pack of young Australian surfers, the quality of surfing has been going from strength to strength.
Steph has led the way and Tyler, Sally, Laura and Nikki have been right behind her, pushing maneuvers to the next level.
This year Californian Courtney Conologue and young 18 – year-old Hawaiian Tatiana Weston Webb are expected to push Carissa and the Australian girls all the way.
As the swell goes a little flat 3 days into the waiting period in the opening event of the 2015 World Surf League (WSL), 18-year-old Tatiana Weston Webb of Kauai waxes lyrical about being the only rookie on this year’s WSL.
“I am really excited to be competing on the CT,” said Tatiana who will participate in the first CT event of the season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, held from February 28 to March 11, 2015 at Snapper Rocks.
“This year my goal is to make a final, and if I get to a final, my goal will be to win a final. This is where it all starts for me. I don’t know my future, I am just more excited to be living my dream and am looking forward to how it’s all going to pan out. I feel like this is the beginning of my life,” she added.
Earlier this year, Tatiana competed in two Qualifying Series (QS) events at the Samsung Hainan Pro in China this past January, and at the Hurley Australian Open two weeks ago in Manly Beach, Australia. At both events, Tatiana placed third earning her 7,100 points, (only 1,620 less than she earned in total in 2014). She is currently leads the QS in first place.
You can watch Tatiana compete at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, which will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.
Check out the video of Tatiana who shares her hopes for this year, while on a recent trip with Body Glove to Hawaii: