Top female surfers compete in showcase for women in action sports

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Some of the world’s best female surfers are in Oceanside competing in the 15th annual Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro, including members of the first-ever USA Olympic Surfing Team. 

“That was my first time competing in a very long time, so I was a little nervous, but I’m so happy to get a buzzer beater,” pro surfer Tia Blanco said. “It’s like the most exciting way to make a heat.”

The free, three-day weekend event that started Friday and runs through Sunday is now back open to the public after being limited last year due to the pandemic. It’s all about female empowerment – offering some mentorship to young girls. 

“I was not expecting this big of a turnout,” said Krislyn Barton who stopped by to watch. “I’m surprised Bethany Hamilton is out here. I didn’t even know she was going to be out here today, so I’m like stoked.”

It’s the only event in the world of its size solely focused on all-women action sports of many kinds, and also the third year in a row the event featured adaptive surfing. 

“When there’s hesitation, just try it,” Paralympic athlete and surfer Alana Nichols said. “After I broke my back and became paralyzed, I spent two years really hesitating not having any fun, not being active. And then it was like just try just give it a shot and then that’s what really opened up doors for me and created opportunities.” 

In addition to the surfing, the Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro festival village opens from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, featuring LIVE concerts, by Kira Kosarin, Austin Mahone, and Plain White T’s, plus fitness classes, sponsor booths, interactive exhibits, special female leadership panel with Dr. Jen Welter, 1st female coach in NFL History, Mary Fitzgerald, Netflix’s “Selling Sunset,” Major Lauren Olme, F16 Fighter Pilot, Allyson Witherspoon, CMO of Nissan USA.

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