Pro surfer Lindsay Steinriede surfing. — Courtesy of Lindsay Steinriede
Despite winning the 2011 Roxy Pro Women’s World Surfing Championship for longboarding in France this summer, Lindsay Steinriede isn’t ready to relax.
When she’s not pursuing her burgeoning teaching and coaching career, Steinriede, who lives in Dana Point, is preparing for the next Associated Surfing Professionals world championship, set for Oct. 26-30 on Hainan Island, China, in the Swatch Girls Pro hosted by Wanning.
Though she has long been a top competitor in professional women’s longboarding, the victory in Biarritz, France, was her first world title.
“It’s really nice to be recognized on a higher level,” she said. “I’ve been in like the top four (women’s longboarders) since 2002, so it’s funny when people ask me where did I come from. … That’s just women’s longboarding for you.”
She took home U.S. women’s longboarding championship in 2006 at Cardiff and was the 2010 ASP North American Regional Champion.
Her highest scoring wave in the France tournament came in waste-high surf in the quarterfinals, when she posted an 8.65 out of 10, charging down the wave’s face with noserides, turns and extending the ride by allowing the wave to break and reform. No surfer would get more points on a single wave in the remaining rounds of the competition. She defeated American surfer Jennifer Smith in the final heat with a combination of waves scoring 4.9 and 7.5.
The competition was held from July 14 to the 17.
Her winning secret? Don’t worry about it.
“This contest wasn’t really a big priority for me,” she said. “I didn’t feel as much pressure on me.”
She was able to surf well because her mentality was different, she said.
“I was surfing a ton, I just wasn’t necessarily in the competitive mindset,” Steinriede said. “I was just having fun.”
She doubts she’ll approach the China contest with as easygoing an attitude.
“I feel a little pressure now,” she said. “The worst case scenario is that I lose my heat and I’m in a beautiful other country and I’m with friends.”
Her father, who taught her to surf when she was about 7 years old, died in October last year, and she hadn’t surfed in a competition since.
“I knew he would want me to go,” she said of the Roxy Pro.
When she’s not surfing, Steinriede, who has kinesiology degree from SDSU and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, stays busy teaching yoga at MiraCosta College in Oceanside and Pilates, yoga and surfing at Saddleback College in Orange County. She also coaches the Saddleback surf team and serves as assistant coach for the women’s soccer team there.

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