What: Three-disipline surf contest at the most famous surf spot in the world, The Banzai Pipeline. Top Women shortboarders, longboarders and bodyboarders take on the tubes of the Pipeline.
When: March 31 – April 14, 2009. The best 3 days of a 15 day waiting period. 8am to 4pm
Where: Oahu, Hawaii. The surfing mecca of the world, The North Shore, at Ehukai Beach Park on Kamehameha Highway across from Sunset Beach Elementary School.
Who: The best and most extreme Women surfers and bodyboarders in the World. The three-day competition allows for 180 competitors.
Event: This inagural event brings together Pro surfers and the Girl Scouts of Hawaii in celebration of women’s leadership.
This year’s theme, courage, confidence and character, is a common bond between surfers and scouts.
This event seeks to inspire young women to lead healthy lifestyles, aspire for excellence in sports, and to be leaders in their communty.
With the help of our sponsors we hope to benefit Camp Paumalu on Oahu’s North Shore in it’s quest to be ecologically balanced.
Honoring Patsy Mink
The Women’s Pipeline Pro will be dedicated to Women leaders who helped to make surfing what it is today.
One of those women was Patsy Mink. She was a spitfire of a congresswoman from the state of Hawaii.
She was instrumental in providing equal opportunity in schools by drafting Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, now known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act.
It is more commonly known simply as Title IX. It is a United States law enacted on June 23, 1972 that states:
“No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
The implications of this were great in the area of Woman’s sports. Females were then able to get funding to play sports in school!
Bodyboarding’s 20th Year at Pipeline
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Pipeline Pro.
In 1988 five women got together and started the first Women’s contest at Pipeline. At the time there were few Women stand up surfers challenging the famous spot.
it was the “booggieboarders” charging the tubes. As time went on, Women bodyboarders gained much respect for their athletic abilities at the difficult surf spot. World Champions were named and giant tubes were ridden.
The International Bodyboarders Association , IBA, now heads up the world tour and bodyboarding continues to grow around the world.
South America is seeing a hugh growth and the Japanese contingent has always been very strong. Competitors also come from Portugal, France, Puerto Rico and South Africa, and beyond!
Good Luck to all of these history making Women!