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etnies Girl Welcomes WQS Standout Leilani Gryde to the Team!

Jan 11 2007 / Thursday

leilanigrydeaction400_400 We are proud to announce the addition of top 10 rated Association of Professional Surfers (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfer Leilani Gryde to the etnies Girl team! Just 20 years old and with only two years of WQS experience under her belt, the Hawaii native has already gotten close to making the elite ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), narrowly missing the cut by just one place last year. She joins etnies Girl’s team of elite surf, skate, snow, motocross and BMX talent, who continue to build the momentum of females in action sports. Born and raised in Kona, Hawaii, and now based in Southern California, “Lei Lei” or “Grommet,” as she is affectionately known, started shortboard surfing at 11 years old while at YMCA summer camp. She became a major force on the junior circuit, with an NSSA National Championship title to her credit in 2002, as well as consistent top-four placings in numerous regional events around the globe, prior to her top seeding on the WQS. In addition to her etnies Girl sponsorship, Leilani is the only sponsored female athlete on Lost Surfboards, and is also sponsored by Oakley. Leilani joins current etnies Girl motocross standout Tarah Gieger, who was recently signed to the surf team (making her the first multisport etnies Girl athlete), as well as longboarder Mary Osborne and WCT veteran Serena Brooke. The team is rounded out by skaters Elissa Steamer, Lauren Perkins and Evelien Bouilliart, snowboarders Leanne Pelosi and Janna Meyen, motocross riders Tarah Gieger and Sarah Whitmore, and BMX riders Nina Buitrago and Stacey Mulligan. Welcome to the team, Leilani!

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