Ingrid Larouche

Santa Cruz & Pistol River

After spending most of her winter working and playing in the snow or dirt up in Oregon, Ingrid’s home base, she ventured to California towards the end of May, a week before the 1st stop of the AWT, The Santa Cruz Goya festival.

“Going early paid off, I scored a great south swell for the days leading up to the contest! Unfortunately, the swell was mostly gone by the time the event started. The competition ran in smaller, and more challenging, on-shore wind-swell conditions. Nonetheless we had a great battle between the ladies and I took first in the single and double elimination against talented riders like Fiona Wylde and Miho Tanaka.  This was my 3rd year in a row winning here at Waddell Creek and I was excited to have such a great start to the season!”

Photos Santa Cruz: Mike Archer

The 2nd stop of AWT, the Pistol Wave bash, in Southern Oregon was in mid-June. Usually, when you head down to Pistol, you bring the smallest gear you own, and the warmest clothes you got. But this year, Pistol turned out to be relatively warm and light, with just enough wind to complete a single elimination. 7 ladies competed, but what was low in numbers, wasn’t in skills!

“The girls are really stepping it up! It is so nice to have international ladies showing up to these events. This time around, Katie McAnena came from Ireland, Kate Barker from Australia, and once again, Miho Tanaka from Japan. The waves were small and hard to find, and the competition was very close. During the final, Fiona Wylde seemed to catch the best waves out there. I believe she out-scored me on wave-riding and my loops are really what helped me defend my 1st place spot. This was my 4th win at the Pistol wave bash but I can see how holding on to the title will be even harder in the years to come”

Photos Pistol River: Si Crowther


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