Women to compete in top surfing contest in 2014

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SAN ONOFRE, Calif. — Top female surfers will compete at the famed Lower Trestles surf spot in San Onofre for the first time next year, according to the Association of Surfing Professionals.

The women’s competition will be in conjunction with the annual men’s Hurley Pro surfing event in September 2014, according to the association announcement.

High Surf Expected Along San Diego Beaches“Lower Trestles is one of the most high-performance waves on the planet and we’re absolutely thrilled that the world’s best female surfers will be here in 2014,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, ASP women’s tour manager, said.

“The addition of this venue to the women’s schedule is indicative of ASP management’s commitment to enhancing the women’s tour and placing these women in excellent waves,” Miley-Dyer said. “I’m excited to see what the ASP Top 17 do out here in 2014.”

Exact dates have not been determined and organizers are looking for a sponsor for the women’s competition. This year’s men’s event is underway — through Saturday.

Pat O’Connell, Hurley’s vice president of marketing, said, “Trestles is a tremendously rippable wave and I think the world’s best female surfers are going to really turn heads out there next year.”

Carissa Moore, the 2011 ASP women’s world champion, told the Los Angeles Times that women’s surfers have been campaigning for better venues with higher-quality waves. They have also protested racy advertisements that focus more on the bodies of the surfers than their ability.

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