The world’s largest female surfing event recently took place in Oceanside. The competition brought thousands of individuals to watch the biggest and best surfers, including Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore and icon Bethany Hamilton.
“It’s so awesome to see these girls rip,” stated spectator Maddier Storrer, who came to Oceanside for the event from Santa Cruz. “I love Bethany Hamilton,” professional surfer Kirra Huntress stated. “We get to see, like imagine we can surf in this heat too.”
The World Surf League’s Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro celebrated its 16th year at the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, California. The event is the largest female surf contest in the world, with more than 90 of the world’s top pros scheduled to compete. Admission was free.
Established in 2007 as a showcase for women in action sports, the Super Girl Pro Series is the only large-scale all-women’s action sports, esports and lifestyle series in the world. Developed as a celebration of female strength and empowerment, the platform has grown into a series of five incredible festivals centered around providing social, athletic, cultural, educational, business, and entertainment opportunities for young women in areas where they are traditionally underrepresented. The event is a mission-based platform that includes four women’s action sports, esports and lifestyle events designed to promote female empowerment, inclusion, and equality.
Some of the biggest names in women’s surfing showed up in Oceanside to give the fans a show, including surfing icon Bethany Hamilton and former Super Girl Champions Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, Lakey Peterson, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Coco Ho, Sage Erickson, Courtney Conlogue, Caitlin Simmers (Oceanside), Alyssa Spencer (Encinitas) and Samantha Sibley (San Clemente).
The event also featured an elite-level women’s longboarding competition with 48 of the top female pros and up-and-coming stars. In addition to women’s professional surfing, the Nissan Concert Series will include 15 artists performing full live concerts, including acts such as The Offspring, Smash Mouth, Hoobastank, The Expendables, and Kira Kosarin.
What does this mean for female surfing? It’s BIG. More than 250,000 people watch these female superheroes perform live at the Super Girl events each year in addition to a national TV audience of 5 million viewers, 500+ hours of live webcasting, and tens of millions of social media impressions.
Girl Power! Similar to GFG, the series was created to celebrate the new breed of ‘Super Girl’ that can outperform most guys in their chosen pursuit, while being fun, stylish, interesting, creative, unique, fearless, and unabashedly feminine.