Join the celebration of Kelly Slater’s 10th ASP world title at http://www.facebook.com/quiksilver. Footage courtesy of Taylor Steele, Alan Gibby/Zone 57, Bruce Walker, Woodshed Films and the ASP.
I was fortunate to meet Kelly last year at the Triple Crown of Surfing. He stood for hours after his final surf heat to meet fans and pose for photos. What impressed me was he was gracious and kind to each person. Congratulations Kelly for being such a classy person and true example of aloha for all surfers.
- Kelly Slater wins 10th world title at Rip Curl Search, Puerto Rico (sports.espn.go.com)
The 2010 event was held in the largest waves ever surfed at Nelscott Reef. Buoy readings peaked at 24.6’@16 seconds producing some 50 foot faces. Sunny and glassy conditions persisted all day. Making it to the finals were Kohl Christensen, Peter Mel, Jamie Sterling, Rusty Long, Chris Bertish, Kealii Mamala.
The women’s event, which was the World’s first, ran the next morning and included Keala Kennelly, Savannah Shaughnessy, and Mercedes Maidana. Keala Kennelly won and dedicated the win to close friend Andy Irons, who passed away the day before.
It may not be as big of a deal as women’s suffrage, but it was certainly historic for today’s women surfers. The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic, one of the stops on the Big Wave World Tour, included women for the first time–by way of the very first female heat.
The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is held annually on the Oregon coast, but until this year’s event, even big-wave-riding females have been excluded. HA, that is funny.
Women already are surfing big waves, including Tahiti’s infamous Teahupoo. Some of the women who have ridden waves such as these were at Nelscott Reef last week. The 32-year-old Hawaiian surfer Keala Kennelly, who was actually the first female to ride Teahupoo, won against her two female competitors at Nelscott Reef on Wednesday. You so rock Keala!!
The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic this year produced some of the biggest waves in its history–with some 50 foot faces.
“… the women surfers stared down wave faces four and five times their body length and a breaking point that shifted around the reef and had them skittering out of the way and struggling to set up on waves.”
At the end of this year’s event, the surfers, regardless of gender, reportedly agreed that it’s high time women had their own big wave tour.
We’ll see what happens, but here’s hoping!
Much Aloha, Auntie Colleen
“The best surfer in the world is the one who’s having the most fun”
With Oahu’s North Shore as the picturesque backdrop, HIGHWATER focuses on the last 3 events of surfing’s pro tour, the Vans Triple Crown, and examines the heart-stopping action, triumph, and tragedy of the worlds most heralded waves. Pretty amazing!
Surfrider presents ‘Highwater’ Film Premiere at Ward Theaters
Honolulu, HI (August 20, 2010)The Surfrider Foundation and Outsider Pictures invite you to the premiere of Dana Brown’s new film “Highwater” on Thurs., Aug. 26, 8:00 pm, at Consolidated Theaters’ Ward Stadium. Seats are limited, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ward Box Office or online at http://www.ConsolidatedTheatres.com. All the proceeds from the opening night show will benefit the Surfrider Foundation and their programs to protect our coastlines.
Any beautiful ocean girls interested?
Highwater chronicles the Triple Crown at a notable milestone, the Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters’ 35th anniversary. From the start, Pipeline Masters contests drew attention from national media, including the likes of the New York Times and CBS. ABC’s Wide World of Sports covered the event for nearly a decade, and a network popularity poll ranked the event only behind Olympic figure skating and ski jumping. More and more surfers journeyed forth to the North Shore, attendance grew, tourists and enthusiasts followed.
Women’s Surfing has also grown considerably over the past decade and the Triple Crown offers a women’s title, showcasing the world’s top pro female surfers concurrently with the men’s Series. The Roxy Pro at Haleiwa and the Billabong Pro offer prizes of over $120,000. These two events determine the women’s ASP World Champion and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion, as well as the WCT lineups for the next season’s circuit.
The Triple Crown has also grown into a major corporate party, attracting the top surf industry corporations: Van’s , Rip Curl, Billabong, Quicksilver, Roxy, Red Bull, Foster’s and virtually every action sports apparel manufacturer on earth; exemplifying the growing clout and mess of the surfing industry and it’s lure.
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. There are four Surfrider Chapters in Hawaii focusing on water quality, beach access, plastic marine debris and responsible coastal stewardship. For more information about Surfrider Oahu, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, we are putting together a ocean girl group membership!
What advice do you have for new surfer girls?
Smile and keep the vibe friendly in the line up – north shore artist heather brown
Heather Brown does not just use the ocean as a subject for her cool paintings she exhibits in galleries around the world, she lives in it. The 36-year-old artist from California has called Hawai‘i home for 10 years, has surfed for nine and is a bona fide scuba dive master, she also worked as a boat captain, and aquarium maintenance diver in a life knitted together by an abiding love for the ocean and the environment. Heather rocks!!
becausewesurf Ocean Girl Project surf girls have been fans of Heather for many years and she shared with us some of her thoughts and advice for surfer girls.
becausewesurf: what’s the best advice you ever got about surfing in Hawaii?
heather : the three no no’s
don’t surf at dusk
dont’ surf near a river mouth
dont’ surf in bad visibility
becausewesurf:what is your definition of a soul surfer?
heather: a soul surfer is one who has an undying obsessive love for catching waves.
becausewesurf: surfing is pretty hard, why did you start?
heather: because it looked like so much fun.
Thank you Heather for being such a wonderful surfer girl example, strong, truly compassionate, and honoring the planet with your sustainable work and art.