Surfing World Tour Rookie Karina Petroni

With the 2008 Billabong Girls Pro Rio moved from June to September, the ladies of the ASP Top 17 are getting a bit of a competitive respite before the upcoming ASP WQS legs and their subsequent return to the Dream Tour with the Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle in France. We catch up with Florida’s Karina Petroni, 20, to see how her first year on tour is panning out so far…

Two events down this season, how has your experience on the Dream Tour been so far?
For me so far has not been that dreamy, I didn’t kickstart the year as I would have liked to, but that’s all part of the game – so excited to be on the Dream Tour, it’s a good time!

What’s the best thing about being on the ASP Women’s World Tour?
The best thing being about being on the tour, I would have to say, is the traveling to unbelievable countries, experiencing new cultures and most of all the crazy group of people you get to hang out with, between the Men’s tour, the Women’s tour and all the amazing people who run ASP, it is a blast!

What’s the worst thing about being on the ASP Women’s World Tour?
The worst thing being on tour would hve to be the pressure that you put on yourself. Defeat is never fun – the training and the mental battle to stay sane while competing and traveling and being somewhere dfferent every couple weeks, but in the big scheme of things, it’s not that bad being on tour.

What is something unexpected that you’ve found since you’ve become a member of the ASP Top 17?
Everything with me is unexpected! ha!

Do you have a pre-heat routine?
It depends on how I’m feeling a lot of the time, but most of the time, I will do some all around body quick stretches. I’m definitely not the serious type before heats – I like to keep things light, smile, crack jokes and go into my heats like I’m going for a really fun free surf. I’m just going out to have a good time because that’s how I got there in the first place!! Thats my pre-heat routine kids! Yew!

What do you do when you get some time off?
Dancing, laughing, piano, cooking, baking, eating and enjoying good times.


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