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July 25, 2003 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Rochelle Ballard once opened a semifinal heat at Burleigh Heads in Queensland, Australia, with a tube ride that left her covered for an astonishing 50 yards. The judges rewarded her with only the second perfect 10 given in women's pro surfing competition. She then took off on another large wave, which quickly grew steeper and pitched. She air-dropped briefly, then regained her balance and tucked even deeper into another grinding tube, from which she emerged in a spray of mist.
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December 30, 2003 | PETE THOMAS
Carissa MOORE was admittedly nervous when she paddled out against some of the world's top female surfers during the recent Roxy Pro at Haleiwa, Hawaii, on Oahu's North Shore. Conditions were stormy, and the waves were 4 to 6 feet, with 10-foot faces. "It was not a nice day at Haleiwa," recalls Moore's father, Chris. "I was ready to call the whole thing off." Yet out his daughter went, an 11-year-old girl against far more seasoned women, perhaps in over her head but confident enough to try. And off she went, tumbling from her surfboard on her first wave -- and tumbling, and tumbling.
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SPORTS
August 8, 1997 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rochelle Ballard, an experienced big-wave rider from Hawaii, was injured Thursday in the G-Shock U.S. Open of Surfing when she got caught inside the Huntington Beach Pier while riding a seven- to eight-foot wave and smashed into a concrete piling. Ballard, who emerged from the water with a large bump on her head and numerous cuts, was taken to a local hospital and later released.
SPORTS
July 25, 2003 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Rochelle Ballard once opened a semifinal heat at Burleigh Heads in Queensland, Australia, with a tube ride that left her covered for an astonishing 50 yards. The judges rewarded her with only the second perfect 10 given in women's pro surfing competition. She then took off on another large wave, which quickly grew steeper and pitched. She air-dropped briefly, then regained her balance and tucked even deeper into another grinding tube, from which she emerged in a spray of mist.
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August 9, 1997 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a collision with the pier the day before, Rochelle Ballard showed no fear Friday as she came back to win the Wahine's championship final at the G-Shock U.S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach. On Thursday, Ballard was slammed into the Huntington Beach Pier during her semifinal heat, suffering a large bump on the head and some cuts and bruises on her body. Ballard was taken to a local hospital and later released. "I just put the pier [incident] behind me," Ballard said.
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August 8, 1997 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rochelle Ballard, an experienced big-wave rider from Hawaii, is not intimidated by heavy surf. So when seven- to eight-foot waves continued to pound the Huntington Beach Pier Thursday for the G-Shock U.S. Open of Surfing, she was eager to grab her board. After successfully negotiating the surf and advancing through the morning quarterfinals of the Wahine women's division, Ballard was confident that she could handle whatever rolled in for the afternoon semifinals.
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August 2, 1999 | FRANK SCHWAB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After being eliminated in the first round of a professional surfing event in Durbin, South Africa two weeks ago, Rochelle Ballard was so fed up with her poor performances that she wanted to quit. Despite being the 10th-ranked female surfer in the world, Ballard, 28, considered retirement on the long plane trip home. "I was very close," said Ballard, lowering her head and her voice. "Very, very close."
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August 1, 1999 | FRANK SCHWAB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rochelle Ballard was more relieved than excited about winning her heat in the Gotcha Pro surfing event Saturday at Huntington Beach to advance to today's final. "About time," she said emphatically. It has been a frustrating year for Ballard. She hasn't won an event and has seen her world ranking slip from fourth at the end of 1998 to 10th coming into the Gotcha Pro. At 28 years old, it's also around the time that most surfers start to lose ground to younger competition.
SPORTS
August 9, 1997 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a scary collision with the pier the day before, Rochelle Ballard showed absolutely no fear Friday as she came back to win the Wahine's championship final at the G-Shock U.S. Open of Surfing. On Thursday, Ballard slammed into the Huntington Beach Pier during her semifinal heat and was stuck there for a few minutes, before escaping with a large bump on her head and cuts and bruises on her body. Ballard was taken to a local hospital and later released.
NEWS
December 30, 2003 | PETE THOMAS
Carissa MOORE was admittedly nervous when she paddled out against some of the world's top female surfers during the recent Roxy Pro at Haleiwa, Hawaii, on Oahu's North Shore. Conditions were stormy, and the waves were 4 to 6 feet, with 10-foot faces. "It was not a nice day at Haleiwa," recalls Moore's father, Chris. "I was ready to call the whole thing off." Yet out his daughter went, an 11-year-old girl against far more seasoned women, perhaps in over her head but confident enough to try. And off she went, tumbling from her surfboard on her first wave -- and tumbling, and tumbling.
SPORTS
August 2, 1999 | FRANK SCHWAB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After being eliminated in the first round of a professional surfing event in Durbin, South Africa two weeks ago, Rochelle Ballard was so fed up with her poor performances that she wanted to quit. Despite being the 10th-ranked female surfer in the world, Ballard, 28, considered retirement on the long plane trip home. "I was very close," said Ballard, lowering her head and her voice. "Very, very close."
SPORTS
August 1, 1999 | FRANK SCHWAB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rochelle Ballard was more relieved than excited about winning her heat in the Gotcha Pro surfing event Saturday at Huntington Beach to advance to today's final. "About time," she said emphatically. It has been a frustrating year for Ballard. She hasn't won an event and has seen her world ranking slip from fourth at the end of 1998 to 10th coming into the Gotcha Pro. At 28 years old, it's also around the time that most surfers start to lose ground to younger competition.
SPORTS
August 9, 1997 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a collision with the pier the day before, Rochelle Ballard showed no fear Friday as she came back to win the Wahine's championship final at the G-Shock U.S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach. On Thursday, Ballard was slammed into the Huntington Beach Pier during her semifinal heat, suffering a large bump on the head and some cuts and bruises on her body. Ballard was taken to a local hospital and later released. "I just put the pier [incident] behind me," Ballard said.
SPORTS
August 9, 1997 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a scary collision with the pier the day before, Rochelle Ballard showed absolutely no fear Friday as she came back to win the Wahine's championship final at the G-Shock U.S. Open of Surfing. On Thursday, Ballard slammed into the Huntington Beach Pier during her semifinal heat and was stuck there for a few minutes, before escaping with a large bump on her head and cuts and bruises on her body. Ballard was taken to a local hospital and later released.
SPORTS
August 8, 1997 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rochelle Ballard, an experienced big-wave rider from Hawaii, is not intimidated by heavy surf. So when seven- to eight-foot waves continued to pound the Huntington Beach Pier Thursday for the G-Shock U.S. Open of Surfing, she was eager to grab her board. After successfully negotiating the surf and advancing through the morning quarterfinals of the Wahine women's division, Ballard was confident that she could handle whatever rolled in for the afternoon semifinals.
SPORTS
August 8, 1997 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rochelle Ballard, an experienced big-wave rider from Hawaii, was injured Thursday in the G-Shock U.S. Open of Surfing when she got caught inside the Huntington Beach Pier while riding a seven- to eight-foot wave and smashed into a concrete piling. Ballard, who emerged from the water with a large bump on her head and numerous cuts, was taken to a local hospital and later released.
SPORTS
September 22, 1996
Shane Beschen of San Clemente dominated the competition on four-foot waves on the sixth day of the Body Glove SurfBout at Lower Trestles. Others advancing to today's quarterfinals include Shea Lopez of Dana Point, Jeff Booth of Laguna Beach and San Juan Capistrano's David Pinto, who eliminated Pat O'Connell of Laguna Niguel.
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April 30, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Basketball Lohnnie Tape of Santa Ana College has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Arizona State. The 6-foot-7 forward was the Orange Empire Conference player of the year last season and was named to the all-state team. The Esperanza graduate averaged 23.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season for the conference champion Dons. Miscellany C.T. Taylor had a score of 24.25 on three waves to win Round 5 of the surfing trials at the Surf Tour Body Glove Surfbout XI at Lower Trestles.
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