Sea Hawai‘i Girls Who Surf Pro-Am eyes Kewalo Basin next week

Carissa Moore, Alessa Quizon and Coco Ho, some of Hawai‘i’s top Jr. surfers, will be on hand when the 3rd Annual Sea Hawai‘i Girls Who Surf contest opens Aug. 16-17 at Kewalo Basin on O‘ahu.

Presented by One Love Surf Shop, this year’s contest saw Girls Who Surf teaming up with the Association of Surfing Professionals and Banzai Productions to host an all-women pro-am contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes.

There will be a $2,500 ASP Womens Pro Jr. rated event as well as an open shortboard and longboard contest with prize money. Contest organizers are hoping to include a pro division in bodyboarding to round out the all girls event, states a press release from Surfers Village.

“This is going to be an awesome event that allows not only the pros, but the amazing amateur girls to compete in a killer spot, in a fun laid-back atmosphere,” said Girls Who Surf Co-Director Molly Mattson. “We want girls to come out, shred, and just have a good time, especially if it’s their first competition experience.”

This event precedes the Outrigger Dukes Oceanfest where a Roxy longboard pro competition is scheduled. Several of the pro girls will be on hand for the open longboard contest, including Pipeline Champion Leah Dawson and current World Champion Joy Monahan.

“I always wanted to have a surf team and sponsor a contest. Now I have this opportunity to support the women through my shop, I am excited,” said Gina Wardrop, One Love Surf Shop owner.

One Love Surf Shop is located in Historic Haleiwa on O‘ahu’s North Shore. One Love offers an eclectic variety of fashion and custom-made seashell jewelry. Owner Gina Wardrop comes from a professional surfer background and helps to promote women athletes.

For more information, or to register online, visit the Girls Who Surf Web site at www.girlswhosurf.com

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