Surf City will be the temporary home of the women's World Qualifying
Series as the $20,000 Hello Kitty Boardfest hits the shores on the
south side of the Huntington pier tomorrow through Sunday.
The field will include 64 of the top women surfers trying to cash
in on some valuable four-star points and prizes. Some big names are
entered, like series points leader Sofia Mulanovich, U.S. Open winner
Chelsea Georgeson and Hawaiian shredder Rochelle Ballard, plus West
Coast standouts Julia Christian from Carlsbad, Palos Verde's
surfer-TV star Holly Beck and Surfside's Jodie Nelson.
Women from the U.S., Australia, France, Hawaii, South America and
New Zealand will be competing in the three-day event.
Hello Kitty is celebrating its 30-year anniversary by bringing the
surf festival here to feature women's surfing.
There's also some other fun stuff, like sandcastle building, a
tug-of-war contest, crab walk races, hula hoop and a beach obstacle
course, to name a few. Top female skateboarders Cara-Beth Burnside
and Sasha La Rochelle will demonstrate their talents, give tips and
signing autographs. Singer Lisa Loeb will be performing live on
stage. Finally, Beck will headline a daily surf clinic to educate and
instruct gals of all ages on how to take their surfing skills to the
Sounds like fun, and for all you gals into surfing, ya better get
on down there and check it out.
The World Championship Tour's Billabong Pro in Spain has been on
hold since round three with dropping swells, but the surf was
expected to pick up today through Saturday.
During the break, world champ Andy Irons won the Expression
Session by busting a massive front-side air!
The U.S. surfers are still hanging tough with A.I. and Kelly
Slater leading the way. Taylor Knox, Timmy Curran, C.J. and Damien
Hobgood, Pat O'Connell, Cory Lopez and Shane Beschen are still in and
ripping. Some of the Aussies posting some good scores were Taj
Burrow, Joel Parkinson and Dean Morrison. Some big name vets losing
out were Mark "Occy" Occhilupo, Hawaiians Sunny Garcia and Bruce
Irons and Aussie Mick Campbell. Should be some killer lefts off the
point when the swell hits at that classic historical break.
Surf Night at the Surf Theater tonight will feature the hot new
surf flick "State of S" at the Mann's Pierside Pavilion at 7 and 9
p.m. The movie is a documentary showing the beginning of the short
board revolution till today's rip roaring action. It's 30 years of
time with interviews of some of the great surfers of their eras. From
Tom Curren to Mick Fanning and even some footage of Huntington
resident Peter Townend and former resident Brad Gerlach. The
soundtrack includes Pearl Jam and some new up-and-coming bands.
There's been a couple of fun days out in the water here lately --
hope you're getting them -- and the water temp is still nice. I'm
loving it. See ya in the lineup, Fig over and out.
* RICK FIGNETTI is an nine-time West Coast champion, has
announced the U.S. Open of Surfing the last 11 years and has been the
KROQ-FM surfologist for the last 18 years, doing morning surf
reports. He owns a surf shop on Main Street. You can reach him at