Bianca Valenti to defend her Pipeline title
Surf n Sea Pipeline Womens Pro
Presented by San Lorenzo Bikinis
ASP 1-Star Pro Junior Women's event
Banzai Pipeline, Oahu Hawaii
12 - 22 March 2013
This year marks the 24th year in a row of the contest
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 March, 2013 : - - This season's Surf n Sea Pipeline Womens Pro presented by San Lorenzo Bikinis will be held on the best three days of the holding period, March 12-22, 2013. This years event will feature a Womens open, Womens rated Bodyboard, Womens Open Longboard, ASP Jr. Mens Pro and ASP Jr. Womens Pro. Organizers are working together to help Hawaii's Junior Men competitors to also have a rated event at Pipeline.
This event marks the 24th year in a row, the longest running wave event for women in the world. "I am looking forward to this year, it is always amazing to see the progression of the Women out at Pipeline", commented Betty Depolito, Contest Director. "It will be interesting to see who will ride the best tube!" Some athletes will be competing in all divisions and the best athlete wins the gold ring from Windward Jewelers!
In the Womens division defending champion Bianca Valenti, from California, will be on hand to try and repeat. Melanie Bartels, Hawaii, won the longboard division last season, she is in and Karla Costa Taylor took the bodyboarding event, she is hoping for another title.
"Liam McNamara, co-director and I are working together to be sure Hawaii's youth have events here at Pipe", said Betty Depolito. "That includes the Jr. Women and Men. Last year was the first year we tried it and it was great to mix everyone up. We shared the time period and it was a win win."
"The men's and women's junior event at Pipe last year was a major help in elevating the future of Hawaiian surfing as a whole", said McNamara. "Surfing competition starts with the amateurs, then you have pro juniors and then the world tour! Hawaii was missing the second step in making it to the top in the competition world!"
This is the second ASP event for the Jr. competitors, the first was at Sunset Beach. Ian Crane from California won that event with Seth Moniz, Hawaii in second and Keanu Asing in third. Hawaii's Moana Jones took the ladies, with Mahina Maeda and Brissa Hennessey in second and third. All girls are from Hawaii. At Pipe it will be Connor Coffin, Ca. and Aleesa Gonzalves defending their Jr. titles.
Pipeline is one of the most revered places in the world. It is located on the "seven mile miracle", the North Shore of Oahu. This area of surf is famous internationally. The surf spot is difficult to ride and just picking the right day is also a skill. Pipeline is best on a west swell so that the left breaks. The waves break over a very shallow reef that cascades into a perfect breaking tube to ride.
The rights, called Backdoor Pipeline, also offer up some of the best rides ever. Pipeline is located north of Haleiwa on Kamehameha highway across from Sunset Beach School. Look for Ehukai Beach Park where all the competitors gather. Call 808-596-7873 for updates and forecasts.
Source: Betty Depolito
Author: The Editors
Tags: Bianca Valenti, Pipeline Women's Pro, Banzai Betty