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Saltwater sisters shred the waves

Annual female surf competition will take place in Cayucos on March 20



SURF QUEEN :  Miranda Joseph took home the trophy as the all-around winner of the 2009 contest. - PHOTO BY JEREMIAH SERPA
  • SURF QUEEN : Miranda Joseph took home the trophy as the all-around winner of the 2009 contest.
Female surfers will converge at the Cayucos pier on Saturday, March 20 to compete in the Third Annual All Girls Contest, hosted by local surf shop Good Clean Fun. An after-party and award ceremony in the shop’s warehouse will follow the surfing and feature art and craft booths from the local collective Craftinista with live music by The Ragged Jubilee.

 For several years, shop owner Steve Hennigh had arranged annual contests focused on men’s surfing and featured a small women’s competition. Three years ago, he decided it was time for girls and women to have their own event.

“A lot of times, the guys take themselves too seriously,” said Hennigh. “The girls are serious, too, but there’s more camaraderie, more fun. A lot of these riders say this is the most fun event they’d ever been in.”

One of those riders is Annette Reder. She’s been surfing for five years and competes in several other contests. She’s ridden in both of the previous All Girls Contests.

“I’m really stoked about this contest,” she said. “It’s unique in the way everyone’s welcome. The whole family comes to hang on the beach. It’s always had gorgeous weather, cool chicks, and a lot of fun.”

Reder described the difference between this all-female event and other competitions with an anecdote from last year’s contest. Everyone shows up a little early to paddle out and warm up before the battle. She was out there, bobbing on the waves with the other competitors, chatting with friends, when they looked around and suddenly fell silent.

“There was this really cool realization that there was no testosterone out there,” she said. “No one was wanting to snake waves and put other competitors down. We all wanted to push each other to do better.”

Surfers will be judged in several categories including best move, longest ride, and even best effort. There’s a mother-daughter pairing, where families wear matching colors and some surfers are as young as six. The winner won’t receive money but will earn bragging rights and a fine trophy hand crafted by local glass artist Ted Emerick. For more information call Good Clean Fun at 995-1993.

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