$5,000 O’Neill Island Girl Junior Pro At Pk’s On Sunday Winner Gets Wildcard Entry Into Triple Crown Event Trials




POIPU, KAUA’I, Sept. 16, 2005 — Register now for Rochelle Ballard’s First Annual O’Neill Island Girl Junior Pro Supported By Reef, scheduled to go off on Sunday, Sept. 18 at PK’s! The winner will get a wildcard entry into the trials of the Roxy Pro at Hale’iwa, the first jewel of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to help these girls make the leap to professional surfing, says Rochelle, who worked with O’Neill to conceive Hawai’i’s first-ever, all-female Junior Pro. Hawai’i’s world championship tour (WCT) surfers Keala Kennelly, Megan Abubo, and Melanie Bartels will also join Rochelle to support the girls at PK’s. With a $5,000 purse and the wildcard into a Triple Crown trials event, the Island Girl Junior Pro ups the ante for all the aspiring pros.

According to contest director Miguel Graham, “The whole idea of this contest is to create opportunities for the young, up and coming, very talented women surfers around Hawai’i. Since Rochy is from Poipu, Kauai, having this event at her home break really fits.

“The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) format gives the women surfers who want to move on to the next level a chance to familiarize themselves with how a pro event is run, Graham adds. Already entered into the event are amateur standouts Bethany Hamilton, Leilani Gryde, and Coco Ho.

“It’s clear that the girls are taking surfing to a whole new level at a younger age, and the time is right for a Junior Pro in Hawai’i, says Karin Moran, the Juniors’ Marketing Manager for O’Neill, which has sponsored Rochelle Ballard Surf Camps for the past five years.

The O’Neill Island Girl Junior Pro is limited to 64 competitors between the ages of 8 and 21. Register at Nukumoi Surf Co. or call (808) 651-6024. Beach entries will also be accepted at 7:30 am at PK’s. The first heat will be called at 7:30, and the starting horn will blow at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $35. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the International Women’s Surfing (IWS) and Boarding for Breast Cancer. For more information, visit oneill.com or rochelleballard.com.

O’Neill is the world’s original surf brand. The family-owned and operated company distributes its products to 85 countries, including more than 2,000 specialty wetsuit and clothing retailers in the U.S. Consumer information is available at www.oneill.com.

Media Inquiries: Catharine Lo (Hawai’i)Amanda Culver (O’Neill)(808) 782-3733(949) 428-2834catharine.lo@gmail.comaculver@oneillclothing.com