OCEANSIDE — The 26th annual Oceanside Longboard Surf Club Contest, 10th annual Pro Noseriding and Pro Open events, and the third annual Supergirl Pro Junior short board contest, teamed up for a weekend of fun and fierce competition Aug. 13 to Aug. 15.
Events started Aug. 13 with the popular Pro Noseriding competition and first heats of the Pro Open sponsored by pro surfer, shaper and Oceanside Longboard Surf Club board member Guy Takayama of Oceanside. Each event offered $2,500 to the winner.
On Aug. 14, the Supergirl Pro Junior, sponsored by the Association of Surfing Professionals of North America, was held. The event featured top 20 years old and younger female short boarders.
Nineteen-year-old Coco Ho of Oahu, Hawaii, took the Supergirl Pro Junior win and $10,000 in prize money.
Flat waves made it a challenge for surfers to show off their best. “I didn’t surf like I normally do,” Ho said. “It was a matter of being at the right place at the right time.”
The short board competition was one of three Supergirl Pro events held this summer. Other Supergirl Pro events test girls’
skills in skateboarding and
snowboarding on trucked in snow.
“It’s about empowering young women,” Denise Abbott, Supergirl spokeswoman, said. “Honoring those young women who do really well in their sport.”
The Supergirl Pro series rewards female athletes with big prize money. “The level of women’s talent has risen in last decade and especially in the last few years,” Bobby Shadley, media officer of the Association of Surfing Professionals of North America, said.
Also on Aug. 14, Pro Open Finals, Oceanside Longboard Surf Club longboard heats and Stand Up Paddle contests were held.
Longboarders competed in 11 different age categories from Menehune girls and boys to Legends 60 years old and older. “It’s all ages, from babies to those ready to exit,” Phyllis Jessek, Oceanside Longboard Surf Club secretary, said.
Conditions picked up for longboard competitors later in the day Aug. 14. “It was rough this morning,” Takayama said. “I made it through the heat. The next heat will have better waves, from 3:30 (p.m.) on.”
The final day of the competition on Aug. 15 ended with the crowd-pleasing Tandem competition.
All through the three days of competition the Oceanside Longboard Surf Club End of Summer Festival was held at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater with surf bands, Polynesian dancers, raffles, surf gear vendors and food booths. The festival celebrates surfing and the California beach lifestyle. “It’s lots of friends and family getting together with tourists mixed in,” Jessek said.