Rip Curl Proudly Announces The Inaugural Rip Curl Malibu Pro – The First Ever Stand Alone Womens World Championship Tour Surf Event On Mainland Usa Soil
Malibu, California – International action sports brand Rip Curl is proud to announce the inaugural Rip Curl Malibu Pro to the women’s professional surfing tour taking place October 2-10, 2004 in Malibu, California.
The Rip Curl Malibu Pro stands alone as the first ever women’s stand alone World Championship Tour event on American mainland soil and promises to showcase an awesome spectacle of women’s professional surfing at one of the world’s most quality point breaks.
Enshrined in American folklore, Malibu is a place that offers miles of magical, south facing coastline, a history rich in Hollywood film making, and a footprint that boasts the birthrights to what America calls it’s true surfing culture today. From Gidget to Micky Dora, Malibu has been home to some of America’s most influential surfers.
“Fall is a beautiful time of year in Southern California, the south swells combining with crisp offshore morning conditions, tailor made for the world’s best to strut their stuff, said ASP International’s (Association of Surfing Professionals) President Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew. “Everything about Malibu is classic, congratulations to Rip Curl for bringing Women’s surfing back to the heartland.
The Rip Curl Malibu Pro will use Malibu as headquarters and the main event base, but will also remain mobile with access to the hidden right point of Leo Carillo some 15 minutes north, and further north again into Ventura County to the infamous right hand lines of C-Street.
The Rip Curl Malibu Pro draws 18 of the top ranked women professional surfers to compete for a prize purse worth $62,500 USD. Rip Curl Team Riders Jacqueline Silva (Brazil), Bethany Hamilton (Hawaii), and Marie Pierre Abgrall (France) will be pursuing the opportunity to capture the crown of the inaugural Malibu Pro. Six times defending World Champion Layne Beachley must win this historic event to have any chance of a 7th Title, and with a characteristic home stretch surge on the cards, Malibu presents the perfect arena to stake her claim. Hawaiian world #2 Rochelle Ballard is also having a strong year, 2004 offering the best chance for the tour veteran to clinch a maiden World Title. Riding hard on the heels of tour leader Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) will be Chelsea Georgeson (Australia), Jacqueline Silva and Lauren McGrath (Australia), three of the tour’s young achievers all seeking future fame.
The Rip Curl Wetskin Trials will also be staged as a one day prelude to the main event on Friday October 1, with sixteen invitees competiting in a round robin format to select one lucky wildcard who will gain automatic entry into the main event. Bethany Hamilton will be among the contestants in the Trials, side by side with Rip Curl team riders and Surfing America WQS selectees.
Intertwined with the Women’s WCT will be the Rip Curl Celebrity Surf Bout that will take place on Sunday, October 3rd at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach. The stage is set for celebrity actors and musicians to take on international rock stars in a tag team surf event that will proclaim end-all bragging rights of who’s toughest. More than 5,000 spectators are expected to witness their favorite celebrities battle it out in Malibu’s infamous right-hand point break. The Rip Curl Celebrity Surf Bout will be open to the public and all proceeds will benefit the Heal the Bay Foundation.
“We welcome the world’s best female surfers to Malibu in early October for this year’s inaugural event, and all the magic that the surrounding Hollywood area has to offer. We can’t wait for the event to begin added Rip Curl VP of Sales & Marketing Adam Sharp.”