Lindsey Steinriede © Chris Grant/Jetty Girl

Friday, 2 November 2012

From - Jetty Girl

During the past twelve months we've had the opportunity to get to know this talented dynamo who gets more things accomplished in one day than most people complete in a week.

Even her World Title, something that would be the pinnacle of many other people's lives, seems like it could have been an item on her to-do list, nestled somewhere between teaching classes at college and sinking a hole-in-one on the golf course. Whether she's winning another World Title or simply helping one of her yoga students achieve balance in their life, Lindsay is a champion in every sense of the word and we're stoked for the opportunity to team up with her on this feature.

Jettygirl: First off, congratulations for winning the ASP Women's Longboard World Title! This is quite possibly the longest delayed interview in surfing world title history but now that several months have passed since you held the ASP World Champion trophy overhead, what has the accomplishment meant to you? When you think back to that day, is there any moment that sticks out in your mind more than the others?

Lindsay Steinriede: I think the longer it has been since I won the title, the more it has come to mean to me. Initially, I mostly thought about all the years of hard work and dedication in surfing, and in all the other sports I trained day in and day out for, that I strongly believe contributed to my surfing success, and had finally come together to claim me a title I had been chasing.

But as time has passed, I realize it means so much more to me. I've always believed I could do anything I set my mind to, but after claiming the title following the loss of my dad; struggling through the toughest time in my life, it proved to me that with a clear perspective on reality, and the will and courage to follow your heart, I (and anybody for that matter) can accomplish anything they set out for.

As for any moments that stuck out to me, it was actually during the win in France that meant the most to me. I almost didn't attend the Biarritz contest because I was at the lowest point in my life, and didn't know if I could handle leaving the comfort of my husband, family, and friends.

But recalling a very specific conversation with my dad in which he expressed how much he would love to see me compete for the world title again, I decided not only to attend, but promised him I would do my best to win because that's all he ever asked of me–to do my best. Thus, one of the moments I replay the most, took place while riding the white wash in after the final horn blew.

I just remember completely losing it for a moment in emotions of relief that it was over, sadness knowing I would never get to see or hear my dad's reaction, but also happiness knowing how proud he would be of me.

Jettygirl: After your dominating performance in the Roxy Pro Biarritz put you rated at number one in the world, could you almost taste the world title or did you try to put that thought out of your mind between contests? Did you do any training prior to the China event?

Lindsay: I went to France with a different perspective on life and on competing in such surf contests. What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world, surf with one other person out, and likely the worst that is going to happen is not advancing to the next round yet still being in some foreign country with experiences you'll remember forever. In comparison to some of the realities of life, competing in surf contests isn't so tough and it's a time in our lives to cherish.


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