Her 16th birthday was just a few days ago and although she might’ve received all of her gifts for her “Sweet 16,” Hanalei’s Alana Blanchard would attain nothing sweeter than to defend her title at the T&C Surf Women’s Pipeline Pro.
Blanchard is the top contender going into this year’s competition after triumphing over a veteran-heavy field in the shortboard division.
“Blanchard’s surfing career has catapulted into mainstream recognition,” contest organizer Betty Depolito said in a press release.
The event is going on now through March 14.
Blanchard, who was the only Kaua’i girl named to the ISA World Junior Pro Championships, surprised the rest of last year’s field by winning the first year of the event.
“This year’s line up is going to be highly competitive,” Depolito said. “All the girls are excited to get in the water and prove themselves.”
The waiting period for the contest runs through March 14 (held on the best two of three days).
Approximately 110 of the best female surfers and bodyboarders will take on Pipeline.
For contest information, call the Surf News Network at (800) 596-7873.
The event will be aired live via the Internet at www.surfinglive.com.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.