We are a few days from the Puerto Escondido Cup 2018, a big wave event and one of the most spectacular in the world due to the magnitude of the waves that develop on the Zicatela Beach in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mèxico, ranging from 6 to 20 meters in height.
Despite the fact that surfing is very well positioned among men, women have done their job and have won surf competitions since the 60’s. such as Australian Phyllis O’Donnell who won a world title in Manly, Australia in 1964.
And now they are gaining ground in international big wave competitions; 6 female surfers from around the world have been invited to the Puerto Escondido championship:
Paige Alms (Hawaii)
Keala Kennelly (Hawaii)
Justine Dupont (France)
Bianca Valenti (USA)
Felicity Palmateer (Australia)
Laura Never (Australia)
Michaela Fregonese (Brazil)
Nicole Pacelli (Brazil)
Polly Rally (Guatemala)
Emily Erickson (USA)
Raquel Heckert (Brazil)
Isabelle Leonhardt (Mèxico)
Surfing is a sport that requires a lot of training, where the mixture of strength, endurance, and concentration are the main ingredients. The women, in addition to consistent surfing, also cross train at the gym to be fit, gain muscle, and have strength in their arms, legs, and core; this is often partnered with yoga, stretching, spinning and swimming.
Breath training, known as apnea, develops the ability to stay underwater longer without taking a breath. Something imperative to surfing bigger waves. This training works the lungs, a muscle just like other organs. Big wave surfers train to stay calm in uncomfortable situations, since entering into panic wastes energy and oxygen.
Californian competitors Bianca Valenti has trained to hold a static breath between 4-5 minutes.
In Puerto Escondido, the waves can be very dangerous because the sand is shallow, in such a way that the wave breaks with great force. Therefore, many surfers use impact vets during the larger swells, which reduce the severity of wipeouts and reduce risk.
About the Surf Open League
A platform that promotes surfers, professional surfing and the sports industry in Mexico with events and the most spectacular surfers in the world; with the vision of positioning Mexico as The surfing capital in Latin America.
The league annually promotes different big wave competitions and professional surfing, including World Surf League events with the big starts. Also has camps and surf clinics in Paradise of Mexico with special prices.
The Puerto Escondido Cup has evened the prize purse amongst the male and female competitors based on 24 men and 6 women surfers. This is a big win for women’s surfing to be included, and also have equal pay for equal play. The first #PuertoEscondidoCup female champion will be crowed this weekend in solid 12-15 ft beachbreak barrels.
Tune in Sunday, livestream will be shown here: Facebook.com/surfopenleague