A historic leap for female athletics, the Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour has invited eight of the top big wave surfers to compete in their first ever Women’s Super Heat during Wednesday’s Dive N’ Surf Oregon Pro. The competitors will brave the lineup at Nelscott Reef together, which is a gnarly paddle out thus they will have jet ski assists, and then have one hour to surf the biggest wave they can, with their top ride score doubled. BWWT judges will be on the beach and in the water to determine the score of each ride.
The Women’s Super Heat will be LIVE STREAMING from 9:00am PST here on TheSurfChannel.com, and via the Xpreshon App for Windows 8 and Xbox Live. For the first time ever, highlights will be broadcast on Universal Sports Network. Television coverage begins at 4:30pm PST tomorrow.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to showcase for the very first time the world’s top female athletes as they battle Nelscott Reef and each other for the Women’s Super Heat Title,” said Xpreshon founder Christian Spadnardi.
Now… meet the Big Wave World Tour women! Invited competitors are as follows:
PAIGE ALMS (Maui, HAW)
Born in 1988, Paige Alms is regarded as one of the best big-wave female surfers in the world. Paige continues to live her dream, traveling the world in search of perfect waves and continuing her pursuit of riding the biggest wave ever by a woman in her own backyard, Jaws.
She holds Billabong XXL Awards from 2011, 2012, and Billabong XXL Women’s Performance nomination.
Her favorite big wave board is her 10’2″ SOS. She says her worst wipeout was probably the one that dislocated and fractured her shoulder, south of the border in Mexico. In addition to surfing, her hobbies include: working out, making projects out of recycled wood, organic gardening, cooking, rock running and dancing.
KEALA KENNELLY (Kauai, HAW)
Born and raised in Kauai alongside the Irons Brothers, Keala turned professional at age 17. In 2003, she took multiple wins on the circuit won her Surfing’s Triple Crown.
In 2005, Keala was the first woman ever to tow into a wave in Teahupoo, Tahiti. During “Teahupoo Code Red Swell” in 2011 Keala was surfing in the Andy Irons Memorial heat when she received a severe gash on her face due to the shallow reef. She came back later that year with a win at the Billabong XXL.
In addition to surfing Keala has pursued a career in acting, appearing in such films as “Blue Crush” and in a recurring role on the HBO series “John From Cincinnati.” She has also has become a top DJ, having preformed shows around the globe.
In 2013 Keala received inductions into the Surfing Walk of Fame & the Actions Sports Hall of Fame.
Mercedes Maidana (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
A city girl from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mercedes surfed for the first time on a trip to Brazil. Soon after, she skipped the city to be closer to the waves. Settling on the North Shore of O’ahu, she fell in love with the art of big wave surfing. Today, she’s a well-respected female charger.
“The ocean,” Mercedes says, “gives me so much joy.” First woman to surf El Buey, Chile. She took third place in the Women’s Big Wave Exhibition, an expression session at Nelscott Reef in 2010.
She was nominated for Billabong XXL Girl’s Performance Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
WRENNA DELGADO (New Jersey, USA)
At 6’2″ tall, Wrenna says she started surfing right when she was born in New Jersey. She moved to the north shore at age 19. This is where she “fell truly, madly, and deeply with Hawaiian waters.” She paddled out to Waimea Bay at age 21 and she knew there was no where else she was supposed to be.
“It’s one of those passions that sleeps in your heart until it wakes up and consumes you. In a good way. The excitement, the thrill, the purity it’s all a part of it. I love this journey and all the anticipation, adventure, and learning that comes with it. Wherever you go, go with all you heart and go, go, go!”
Her favorite big waves are the big Outer reef lefts. Her favorite big wave board is a Lyle Carlson Special.
JAMILAH STAR (Santa Cruz, USA)
From Santa Cruz, California known for surfing Mavericks in only a bikini, Jamilah now resides in Hanalei, Kauai. She started surfing as a child in cold water and no wetsuit, inspired by her father, Reve Fuse – an avid Santa Cruz cold water surfer. Jamilah is now a celebrated and award winning big wave rider, decorated ocean lifeguard and successful competitive professional surfer.
Some of her accomplishments include a world record ride at Waimea Bay and multiple XXL nominations including the first ever Women’s XXL Award (2005).
When she is not training for big waves, she loves to sing with her band, the Mermen. She has also been names as the Ambassitor of SC World Surfing Reserve. She also loves to cook for her son named Waimea, but her favorite thing in the world is to surf with her dad and her son.
“God is my motivation! Pele helps me a lot. My heros are Jay, Flea and Waimea.”
SAVANNAH SHAUGHNESSY (Santa Cruz, USA)
Savannah grew up in Scotts Valley, a small town just north and inland of Santa Cruz. She graduated from UCSC in 2010 with a B.S. in biology. She is currently working towards her long term goal of being a Nurse Practitioner as a full time student at Cabrillo College, finishing up prerequisite courses to apply to nursing programs.
“My love for surfing, the natural environment, my close friends and family have made growing up in Central California such an important part of who I am.”
While school is her focus, Savannah’s passion is surfing big waves. She first paddled out to Mavericks when she was 16, and began surfing there regularly by the time she was 18. In the fall 2010 she placed 2nd in the first women’s big wave exhibition at the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic in Oregon. One of her biggest accomplishments was being the only female to compete in the first Coco Nogales Mexican Pipeline Tube Ride Invitational 2011.
Each summer she travels to Puerto Escondido for the big wave season there, and she enjoys surfing Mavericks in the winter time. She was nominated for Billabong’s XXL Girl’s Performance Awards for the 2009/2010 and 2011/2012 seasons.
BIANCA VALENTI (Dana Point, USA)
Born in Dana Point and currently residing in San Francisco, Bianca Valenti is a water woman. She enjoys riding longboards, shortboards, fun boards and body surfing. Surfing is Bianca’s passion and the essence of her existence. Growing up in Southern California, Bianca did not have much big wave experience until she started venturing north while attending UCSB. After a brutal beating during a long period perfect swell at Ocean Beach in San Francisco she decided to move further north after graduating from school and challenge herself with the Northern California’s best big waves. Bianca enjoys competing in events with good waves. She has elite level results in both ASP shortboard and longboard events.
Bianca’s also has many interests outside of the water. She is an all round athlete and passionately committed philanthropist connected to several local non-profits that serve the environment and the greater good of humanity including Sustainable Surf, 5 Gyres, and Surfrider Foundation. In addition to athletics Bianca also loves people and gallivanting around the city of San Francisco exploring food and wine when she is not working at one of the best Bay Area’s most elite Italian restaurants Valenti and Co. where she is a partner.
ANDREA MOLLER (BRA)
Andrea was born in Brazil and was raised on the small island of Ilhabela. Growing up in her family’s marina, she was exposed to ocean sports from the time she could walk and always had her family’s full support to be the best competitive athlete that she could be. While in Brazil, she was a top medalist in swimming, biking and windsurfing.
In 1998, Andrea followed her dream and moved to Maui where she became a paramedic and professional water athlete. She dedicated her life to many water sports, focusing her biggest passion on surfing big waves, paddling outrigger canoes and SUP. She began paddling in 1999 to keep herself physically trained, took the sport seriously, and became internationally recognized as a proficient water woman.
Aside from all these ocean sports, Andrea Möller is a Big Wave surfer at heart. Charging 40-foot plus waves at Peahi, also known as “Jaws,” is at the root of Andrea’s passion and is the truest expression of her power as an athlete. Today she’s dedicated to surfing the biggest waves on Maui and throughout the world. She has been tow-in surfing “Jaws” since 2004 and became the pioneering woman as a jet ski operator, making rescues in high surf conditions, while also surfing left and right waves. What’s even more impressive, Andrea is the first woman to paddle in at Jaws.