Georgeson, Chelsea


Level-headed Australian goofyfoot pro surfer; world champion and Triple Crown of Surfing winner in 2005. Georgeson was born (1983) in Sydney, and as a pre-teen was an avid basketball and soccer player. At 13, she moved with her family to northern Sydney's Avalon Beach, and soon began surfing with her older brothers. Reining world champion Lisa Andersen had a house at Avalon; Georgeson, at 14, caught Andersen's eye, and in short order was signed up with Roxy, and entering her first competition, where she placed 3rd. In 1998, Georgeson was the juniors division winer in the Australian National Titiles the Australian Junior. Smooth, polished, and light on her feet, Georgeson rode in a low, balanced crouch, uncoiling for beautiful drawn-out top turns, as well progressive tailslides and aerial maneuvers; she was praised by Surfline as a "barrel connessieur who won't flinch in heavy surf."

Georgeson qualified for the ASP World Tour in 2002 and was quickly a standout in hollow, powerful waves, twice winning the Maui Pro (2004, 2005) in dream surf at Honolua Bay. When Georgeson defeated Brazilian Jaqueline Silva in the finals of the 2005 Maui Pro, she became the first woman to win the ASP World Tour and the Triple Crown in the same year.

Along with Quiksilver teammate and rival Sofia Mulanovich, who won the 2004 World Championship, Georgeson's career has at times been overlooked by the surf media, lost amidst the multiple championships won by Layne Beachley (1998-2003, 2006) and Stephanie Gillmore (2007-2010).

Georgeson married surfboard shaper Jason Hodges in 2006, took a year off in 2008 to raise her newborn daughter, and rejoined the tour the following season. She often arrived at tour events toting daughter Meika, who played happily in the sand while her mother competed just offshore. Injuries derailed Georgeson's 2011 campaign, and she failed to qualify for the 2012 World Tour.

In 2003, Georgeson was a cast member on the WB Network reality show Boarding House: North Shore. In 2009 she won the Surfer Magazine Poll Award's Best Female Performance category for her section in Thomas Campbell's The Present.