Purple Bull Magnitude is the primary large wave browsing competitors for girls
This should be an important winter for women’s big wave surfing. The skill, experience and number of women charging heavy water – combined with a movement for true equality around the world – is the ideal combination for women in sports.
Red Bull had announced Queen of the Bay – the first all women big wave event – in the famous Waimea Bay on the north coast of Oahu, which will take place on demand in the fall. A global pandemic had other plans. At the end of the summer, the event directors decided to pull the plug out for safety reasons.
Not to be put off, organizers returned to the drawing board and came back with an alternative event – Red Bull Magnitude – a submission-based competition to give the women the chance to compete in big waves this winter.
Red Bull selected two dozen female chargers and invited them to push their own boundaries with a $ 40,000 wallet and film crews stationed in Hawaii – specially on-demand to shoot the ladies when the Pacific says it’s time is.
“This is a new breed of competition that I believe is uniquely positioned to highlight the world’s best surfing talent,” says North Shore surfer Makani Adric, who has been surfing Waimea Bay since she was 16 years old . “The reality is that the limitations of traditional big wave competitions don’t really allow them to show who is surfing at the highest level for an entire season. Rather, they only show a moment and make it difficult for newbies to get them noticed. That opens everything up and changes the game. “
Well-known competitors include Keala Kennelly and Paige Alms. Kennelly is a former World Tour surfer who has pioneered surfing around the globe for the past decade, while Alms held both the biggest paddle-in of the year at the Red Bull Big Wave Awards for women and the Jaws last year Won big wave championship. But there are also a handful of underground chargers that have the ability to hit the $ 25,000 total as well as the Runner-Up, Best Driver, and Biggest Wave categories ($ 5,000 each).
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Missing from the list is Maya Gabeira, who has dedicated herself to riding superhuman waves in Nazaré, Portugal.
The judges are three-time surfer poll winner Rochelle Ballard; the first woman in history to surf the pipe, Betty DePolito; multiple XXL prize winner Mark Healey; and Elite Waterman, Kai Lenny.
Participants have time from December 1 to February 28 to hunt down the biggest drops in all of Hawaii. And massive swell in the northwest has already come to Hawaii to start the show.
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