The world of sports is constantly in search of the next super-star. A relentless game of “who was, who is and who will be.” In Basketball, it was Micheal Jordan, it is Kobe Bryant and it will be Lebron James… or so the debate continues. In the competitive dog eat dog fight that is women’s surfing it was Layne Beachley and her 7 world titles, it is Stephanie Gilmore and her current 4 world titles, and then theres the question of… who’s next? The 2012 Women’s Tour is stacked with amazing young talent. Leading the pack, with 1 world title already under her belt, 19 year-old Carissa Moore is an obvious favorite, although just one of many Carissa finds herself competing right alongside the ripping-likes of Coco Ho, Laura Enever, Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Manuel, Courtney Conlogue and Tyler Wright. And yet still another name emerges, as 17 year-old Lakey Peterson qualifies to the 2012 Women’s World Tour and steps-up against the best in the world. Introduced to surfing in Manly Beach, Australia at age 5, Lakey didn’t actually start taking surfing seriously until age 11. Three short years later the virtually unknown 14 year old competed in her NSSA Open Women’s Division debut, landing the first-ever air in a women’s contest, Lakey made surf history to claim top honors and garner industry-wide attention. Jump three more years and the now 17 year-old Lakey is competing against the best 17 women in the world. Only time will tell what will happen in the next three years and who among all these amazing talents will rise to the top to create their legacy. In the meantime, check out PART 1 of Lakey’s 2012 ASP photo-journal below, from the second stop on the World Tour in Bells Beach Australia, and stay tuned for PARTS 2 & 3 to drop shortly.
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