Avalon, a beautiful beach in northern Sydney dripping with surf history, is a tough place for your average surfer to stand out, but Chelsea Hedges is anything but your average surfer. She began surfing at the age of 13 and competed in her first event the next year, finishing third. By then, the word was already out about this extraordinarily gifted surfer. Soon after, this soft spoken goofy-footer was discovered by four-time world champion Lisa Anderson while surfing in Avalon, an opportunity which lead to Chelsea’s sponsorship from Roxy.
In 2002, Chelsea Hedges made it though the WQS grind and qualified for the WCT (World Championship Tour) on her first try. On the elite world stage Chelsea is now regarded as one of the few women who will charge when the waves get big and serious. Her surfing is very sharp and committed, and she has a particularly strong backhand attack.
A photo of Chelsea Hedges charging a solid 10-foot Cloudbreak at the 2005 Roxy Pro in Fiji splashed into the pages of major magazines all over the globe. The image has been hailed as one of the best ever of a female surfer and 2005 marked the best year ever for her as she earned her first world title at the last tour event of the year in Maui. The battle for the world champion spot has been a story between two best friends, Chelsea and 2004 world champion Sofia Mulanovich, who continued to challenge each other’s level of surfing at every event throughout the year.
As Chelsea Hedges continues to charge the world’s most dangerous waves, she also continues to climb the ratings since her WTC debut, finishing 8th in 2002, 4th in 2003 and 3rd in 2004. Since qualifying for the WTC in 2002, Chelsea has won seven WCT events – the 2003 Roxy Pro France, the 2004 Billabong Maui Pro, the 2005 Billabong Pro Tahiti, the 2005 Rip Curl Pro France, the 2005 Roxy Pro Hawaii and the 2005 Billabong Pro Tahiti.
She impresses everyone everywhere with her smooth style and progressive maneuvers and on December 16, 2005 all her hard work paid off as she stood on the podium in Maui, holding up her first world title cup for all to see. Not only did she cinch her world title here, but also won the WTC event that day and the women’s Triple Crown of Surfing, something no one has ever done before, Chelsea was on fire that day and it is a day that the world will never forget.
When not globe trotting to events or winning world titles, Chelsea loves to hang out at home (preferably with her favorite hip-hop tunes bumping through her stereo system). She now lives in Tweed Heads on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she spends her time perfecting her gift at perfect pointbreaks and enjoying life with her husband Jason, friend and of course her dog "Meeah".