TENACIOUSLY tough, equally ambitious, motivated, occasionally controversial and always strong hearted, are just some of the terms used to describe the indomitable Trudy Todd.
The Coolangatta Girl, who owns a successful juice bar/clothing retail shop in Griffith Street, has decided to call it a day after beating the best women surfers in the world.
At California's famous Malibu point, in waves that resembled her home break of Snapper/Rainbow, Trudy clawed her way to the top, scattering the field and spoiling the women's world title race with a big win at the recent Rip Curl Pro WCT.
In round one, Trudy placed third behind current world champion Sofia Mulanovich in second, and trialist winner Stephanie Gilmore who once again showed how deadly she can be.
In the closest heat of the event, Steph came up ridiculously short by .25 of a point against Sofia Mulanovich in round three.
The fairytale win and a world title spoiler was not to be and then the unthinkable happened with both Mulanovich and Tweed Heads challenger Chelsea Georgeson, rated number one and two respectively, bundled out in the quarter finals.
Sam Cornish of Crescent Head used her home-break knowledge of point riding to defeat Sofia and in the next heat Trudy took out Chelsea, leaving the world title race unchanged between Mulanovich and Georgeson.
In the all Aussie girls final watched by a predominantly USA crowd on the beach, Trudy defeated her good friend and one-time foe, Samantha Cornish.
One of the classic battlers on tour, Trudy was on top of her game in 1998-99, winning the Billabong Pro's at Snapper Rocks, J-bay and Maui. During this period, Todd was rated third in the world and came very close to winning a world title but, like all the girls, couldn't match Layne Beachely's big wave attack and dominance.
Trudy almost dropped out of competition in 2000 with a broken back and was luckily sent an olive branch by the ASP allowing her an injured wildcard and it was game back on.
After fighting sickness this year, Trudy was back to her best form at the Bu and that is not to say that Trudes will not unsettle the girls again in Hawaii for the last two WCT events, Haleiwa and Honolua Bay in December.
FORMER National open men's short board champ, Mark Richardson and WQS/QCC charger Samba Mann are competing at Soldiers Beach, Central Coast for the Aussie open and master's titles.
The top six in the open mens will represent Australia in the 2006 World Surfing games. The second annual Quiksilver core store challenge with up to eight teams (four guys and one girl and must be surf store employees) will be competing next Tuesday at D-Bah.