Huntington Beach, Calif. — Monday, Sept. 5, 2005 — In conditions that all events held at the famed Huntington Beach Pier dream of, but seldom receive, Brazil’s Jacqueline Silva defeated Australia’s Melanie Redman-Carr to win the second annual Hello Kitty Boardfest in virtually flawless four to six foot waves. Silva received a $3,500 winner’s check along with a custom-made Hello Kitty beach cruiser, while Redman-Carr pocketed $2,200. The $20,000 Boardfest is the final major qualifying event of the 2005 international professional surfing season.
Redman-Carr dropped the hammer soon after the opening horn with a 7.33 ride and followed with yet another 7.33 three waves later and looked as if she would dominate the 30 minute final. Silva, rated eighth on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) heading into the event and sitting on the World Tour bubble, answered back with a powerful 8.83 ride. Taking an overhead left hand wave heading toward the pier, she launched into an explosive backside snap followed by a critical turn on the outside, the type of maneuver that the judges are looking for.
The two surfers then remained neck-and-neck as time began to wind down. Silva found another large set wave and performed four maneuvers en route to a 7.57 score. Redman-Carr still had a chance though. With just minutes remaining she ripped off four quick turns, but wasn’t able to deliver the explosive outside maneuver that Silva did and that the judges reward so richly. The final horn sounded with Silva compiling a two-wave score of 16.40 points while Redman-Carr finished with 15.10. Most importantly for Silva, she moved to fifth on the ratings with her victory, assuring that she will re-qualify for the 2006 World Championship Tour (WCT).
“This win is very important to for me, said Silva. “I tried to be patient and select the best wave. I tried to do the big vertical maneuvers since a lot of the girls don’t. It was a good day for Huntington Beach. I’ve never seen the waves this good here. Silva then added with a smile as she pondered how to take her shiny pink and white bike back to Brazil, “It’s a great thing for Hello Kitty to be involved. All the girls love Hello Kitty!
U.S. Open champion Julia Christian (Carlsbad), who qualified for the WCT yesterday and was on fire earlier in the day winning the first semi-final, came in third place with 11.84 points. She also amassed sufficient points during Boardfest to capture the ASP North America title, symbolic of the U.S. professional championship. Florida’s Karina Petroni, a finalist at the 2004 Hello Kitty Boardfest and this year’s wildcard, came in fourth with 9.80 points.
Shenanigans and hijinx dominated the $1,000 specialty tag team event as yesterday’s fifth place team (Sarah Beardmore, Leilani Gryde, Jacqueline Silva and Karnia Petroni) tried to sabotage the team that defeated them yesterday, keeping them out of today’s final. Sneaking into the competition arena in an orange raft armed with “swimming pool noodles, they attempted to distract the blue team comprised of Caroline Sarran, Lisbeth Vindas, Yvonne Byron and Kira Sheppard, even going so far as tackling them on the beach and engaging in mock combat.
The obstacles only seemed to embolden and focus team blue. Vindas took out her anger on the waves, posting two eight point scoring rides while Sarran double whammyed a 7.00 wave. The other team members were able to fight off both the legitimate and illegitimate contenders to win the first annual winning-team-take-all prize purse.
Summer Romero was a repeat winner in the $2,000 pro-am longboarding division, taking home a check for $1,000 and a Hello Kitty television. She narrowly defeated Jayme Gee with 13.40 points to 13.33. Mary Osborne (10.76) and Kassia Meador (8.93) finished third and fourth respectively.
Sophya Bartlow won the first-ever Boardfest amateur 14-16 division while Chandler Parr was victorious in the age 13 and uunder bracket. Each received a tropical bouquet and Hello Kitty DVD player.
Thirteen year-old skateboarding phenom Lacey Baker won the Boardfest Skate Zone’s inaugural pro-am division and was rewarded with an all expense paid trip and entry to the 2006 Gallaz Skate Jam in Australia. The Boardfest Skate Zone featured daily clinics for girls of all ages and ability levels, demonstrations, a team contest for clinic participants and an amateur/open division “street competition.
About Hello Kitty Boardfest
Hello Kitty Boardfest is a surf-inspired festival featuring a family-oriented beach exposition showcasing free attractions and games, surf and skate clinics, skateboarding demonstrations, Elle Girl fashion shows and daily entertainment all anchored by a top-rated professional women’s surfing competition that may determine the sport’s national champion. Hello Kitty herself will join along with more than 100,000 kids, ‘tweens, teens and young adults expected to attend over four days. The unique event is produced by Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Boardom, Inc., boasting nearly two decades supporting women in action sports.
For “Hello Kitty Boardfest consumer information please visit www.boardfest.com or call (714) 375-1132. For media information, contact MKM, at (714) 375-2188 (not for publication).