World class surfers are due to come from as far afield as Australia to battle it out on the 22nd and 23rd September for the Association of Surfing Professionals sanctioned six-star event to win a prize purse worth $15,000!
The weekends fun doesn’t end there, with an amateur competition, a legends and a stand-up paddleboard expression session and beach fair. A few of the surfers include:
Jen Smith – After finishing runner-up to the talented Schyuler McFerran in 2006, Jen tasted sweet victory in 2007 when she was crowned the 2007 ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion. The Pacific Beach, Calif. native is not one to stay put for too long. She has competed in longboard events around the world, from Hawaii to Australia.
Kassia Meador A classicist longboarder, Kassia has been hugely influential in the world of women’s longboarding. She was a monumental figure in the creation of the Women’s World Longboard Championship and the development of an ASP-sanctioned women’s longboarding tour. A Roxy rider since the age of 14, Kassia is a favourite among judges, sponsors, industry leaders and friends. The Los Angeles transplant currently resides in Oceanside, Calif.
Crystal Dzigas-Born and raised on Oahu’s South Shore, Crystal found her love for surfing after renting a longboard when she was 15 years old at Waikiki. It didn’t take long for her to master the art of longboarding and become a prominent fixture in the sport. She established her pro longboarding career with a 2001 second place finish in her first pro competition in Biarritz, France. Since then she has competed in many prestigious events around the world and simultaneously earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Hawaii Pacific University. Crystal recently finished fourth in the inaugural Roxy Jam Honolulu.
Julie Whitegon– This Carlsbad, Calif. longboard veteran and three-time national champion is known for her nose-riding, floaters, and smooth-style longboarding. Her recent win at the inaugural Roxy Jam Honolulu marked her third career pro longboard win and the first event won since receiving arthroscopic knee surgery last November.
Kelia Moniz– When you grow up in a house with four brothers and your dad is a former pro surfer, you’re always trying to keep up with the boys. That’s what has helped Oahu, HAW local Kelia Moniz become so well rounded. She can gracefully transition from a longboard to shortboard and has just added stand-up paddling to her list of board sports. She recently finished in second place at the inaugural Roxy Jam Honolulu. Fellow longboarder and World Champion Jen Smith has declared her one of the sports’ future stars worthy of a world championship title.
International competitors include: Linde Logtenberg (NED), Candice O’Donnell (ENG), Wanda Smans (NED), Marie Vigne (FRA), Yoko Furuichi (JPN), Yuko Shimarjiri (JPN), Ryoko Maruyama (JPN)
The contest will take place from 7a.m. to 5p.m. on September 22 and 23 at Cardiff Reef, Calif.
For more information visit www.roxy.com/roxyjam.com