The First-Ever All-Women Big-Wave Surf Contest Comes to Waimea Bay for Red Bull Queen of the Bay

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30 of the best women in surfing will gather to challenge the most famous big wave in the world

HALEIWA, HawaiiNov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — During the holding period beginning Oct. 1-Nov. 21, 2017Red Bull Queenof the Bay will bring the first-ever all-women big-wave surf competition to Waimea Bay. The inaugural event honors Hawaiian female surfer Queen Ka’ahumanu, the first Kuhina Nui, and other powerful Hawaiian women. Queen Ka‘ahumanu was known to be the first to sit at the table with men. “That’s pretty much what we’re doing at Waimea — we’re eating at the same table as the men,” says Guatemalan surfer Polly Ki Ralda.

“Waimea Bay is where the passion begins for many big-wave riders,” says event co-director Wrenna Delgado. “Finally, the women will have an opportunity to show their dedication and skill at the most famous big wave in the world.”

This event will take place on Oahu on a weather-dependent date in October or November. The North Shore is ground zero for not only big-wave surfing but for the entire surf world – Waimea Bay is its grandstand. “It’s really important to me and some of the other girls to show what we can do. I have a lot of respect for Waimea Bay and the history of women’s surfing,” says Hawaiian surfer Makani Adric. “You do get an adrenaline rush and it’s a dream to be surfing there.”

The contest will feature many of the top, most recognizable names in professional women’s surfing from around the world including contestants from AustraliaBrazilChileFranceGuatemalaIrelandPortugalSouth AfricaUSA and Hawai’i-based pro-surfers:

  1. Makani AdricHawaii
  2. Paige Alms, Hawaii
  3. Jessica AndersonChile
  4. Joana Andrade, Portugal
  5. Justine DupontFrance
  6. Emily EricksonHawaii
  7. Michaela FregoneseBrazil
  8. Sarah Gerhardt, USA
  9. Brittany Gomulka, USA
  10. Claudia GoncalvesBrazil
  11. Tayla HanakAustralia
  12. Raquel HeckertBrazil
  13. Keala KennellyHawaii
  14. Sheila LeeUSA
  15. Blake LefkoeUSA
  16. Andrea MollerBrazil
  17. Remi NealonHawaii
  18. Kelta O’RourkeHawaii
  19. Nicole PacelliBrazil
  20. Felicity PalmateerAustralia
  21. Emilia PerryHawaii
  22. Polly RaldaGuatemala
  23. Gypsy Ann RussUSA
  24. Momo SakumaJapan
  25. Kiyomi SheppardJapan
  26. Tammy Lee SmithSouth Africa
  27. Jamilah StarUSA
  28. Jenny UseldingerUSA
  29. Bianca ValentiUSA
  30. Shakira Westdorp, AUS

Contest director Betty Depolito says, “We are designing this contest as a historical Hawaiian event to bring light to facts about Hawaiian female surfers from days’ past. There are many hula chants about the big wave Hawaiian women surfers and we want to preserve these stories in the image of the modern-day female big wave rider through Red Bull Queen of the Bay.”

“I’m super excited to be involved in a women’s event at Waimea,” says Paige Alms, current Big Wave World Champion and XXL Big Wave Champion. “It will be an amazing opportunity to have another big wave event in Hawaii and I look forward to seeing all of the girls charge!”


Contest Director Betty “Banzai” Depolito has made an impact charging big waves all over the world, including Waimea Bay, since 1979. “Banzai Betty” is a pioneer of women’s surfing videos, reporting, media and production. Depolito also has produced and directed many surf competitions like The North Shore Tow-In and The Pipeline Women’s Pro. She also produces the FlHi Girls Surfing & Sports TV show.

Co-Director Wrenna Delgado’s mission is to create opportunities to showcase the beauty in the strength of women who ride big waves, and to create positive role models that keep pushing the limits of the next generation into the realm of possibility. Wrenna has tested her surf skills competitively and noncompetitively at iconic surf spots including Mavericks, Peahi and Puerto Escondido.

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