Although the waves weren’t what one would call epic, they were none-the-less contested as if they were by talented and dedicated girls and women alike who were there simply to enjoy the camaraderie of the day and to support an organization that at it’s heart is for and about supporting women.
The contest wasn’t like many with big prize monies to be won, huge scaffolding, media blitz or points to be earned. It was instead held solely as a tribute to the women of the area and for the sport itself.
There were young girls competing that like many hold the dream of one day turning pro or surfing at the highest levels of the sport. There are also long time competitors who still hold onto the thrill of pulling on a jersey and competing with old friends and new friends alike in a sport that has meant so much to them throughout their lives.
There is certainly a competitive nature to the competition and in the end some contestants walk away feeling the thrill of victory and others who walk away with slightly crushed egos but in the end like I have noticed in many woman’s competitions it’s always more about being with your friends and family, cheering each other on and feeling the stoke that seems to always run heavy in the contest.
It’s also about the volunteers who devote their time and talents for only the reward of helping others and being part of something special and bigger than them.
At the end of one of the heats a young girl came up to me with a huge smile on her face and said, “Thanks for judging my heat”. I have never heard such a remark in all of my years of judging and I’m sure it has never happened after any pro heat. Taken back by it all I could do was smile and say, “And thank you for competing in it”. The young girl smiled then ran off with some of her friends who she competed with and who for all I know may have bested her in their heat.
Now that’s what I call sportsmanship, something I’m sure we would all like to see more of out of other athletes.
Thanks again to Sister’s of The Sea for allowing me to be a part of the event and for all they do in support of the sport and the girls and women of the area.
GO GIRL POWER!
Aloha and thanks for checking in. I’ll see you next week.