It was a monumental day for the sport, and for women everywhere. California native Bianca Valenti became the first ever female Big Wave World Tour Champion after her victory in the 2014 Dive N’ Surf Oregon Pro against fellow big wave waterwomen. Since female competitors had never been invited to an event on the BWWT prior to this, history was made at Nelscott Reef – a huge statement for female big wave surfers around the world.
Helping expose the talented female chargers is filmmaker Dayla Soul, directing her next project called, It Ain’t Pretty – a documentary film about the brave female surfers of Ocean Beach in the chilly Northern California waters of San Francisco.
This week’s legendary guests on Off the Lip Radio Show are a group of female surfers who ride the rugged waves of Ocean Beach, San Francisco, including Big Wave Champion Bianca Valenti who will be in studio. Tune in to KSCO 1080AM radio in the Bay Area from 7-8 PM PST on Tuesday night, or watch live from the studio right here on TheSurfChannel.com:
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Here’s a preview of It Ain’t Pretty – a documentary film about women who surf the cold waters of Ocean Beach:
The world’s first female Big Wave World Tour Champion, Bianca Valenti competed in the Dive N’ Surf Oregon Pro against fellow big wave waterwomen: Andrea Moller (BRA), Keala Kennelly (HAW), Jamilah Star (USA), Savannah Shaughnessy (USA), Paige Alms (HAW), Wrenna Delgado (USA) and Mercedes Maidana (ARG).
28-year-old Bianca Valenti locked down a high score of an 8.50 and backed it up with a 6.83 to solidify her win at the prestigious event. Check the recap:
Nelscott Reef is located in Lincoln City, just off the coast of Oregon where 5/4 wetsuits, booties, and gloves are a must. Despite the harsh conditions, the eight women invited were the first to paddle without hesitation that day to kick off the event.
The waves were glassy, and the eight women caught the best waves of the event as the men faced incoming side-shore winds. Ladies first….
A $5,000 prize purse was divided amongst the finalists.
Off the Lip Radio Show features legendary surfers and skateboarders in their Santa Cruz, California studio. You can listen in on 1080AM radio in the Bay Area every Tuesday evening starting from 7PM PST. Now, you can watch the YouTube Live stream from inside the studio right here on TheSurfChannel.com!