- 10 April 2009 | Bodyboarding
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Women's Pipeline Pro.
The Women's Pipeline Pro has welcomed hundreds of women competitors throughout the years and is considered one of the ultimate women's pro surf events.
Winds calmed and the waves were perfect. The rush was on! The wahines showed up stoked and ready to charge 4-6 feet solid Hawaiian waves.
The quarterfinals of the bodyboarding division kicked off the 2nd day of competition. The 4 heats were choke full of talent, hungry girls who wanted to advance to the next round. Claudia Ferrari-Costa, Jessica Becker, Neymara Carvalho, and Lilly Pollard were the first place contenders from the four heats; Ferrari-Costa is the only Hawaii contender still standing.
The final heat of the bodyboarding division topped off a great day. With 1500 points up for grabs there was a lot at stake for the finalists. The contest held at Pipeline is part of the IBA World Tour and a "Grand Slam" event. Seasoned veteran, Neymara Carvalho (BRS), was really "turning on the heat" for her 3 up-and-coming competitors: Jessica Becker (BRS), Luz Marie Grande Perez (PRCO), and Eunate Aguire (SPN).
The 3 were all in their first final at pipe against Carvalho, the current world champion! Aguire had two good waves at the beginning of the 30 minute final, but couldn't seem to score another good ride. Jessica Becker, currently number 2 in the world, got a sick one: She took off under the lip straight into a tube and managed to punch out!
Neymara Carvalho had a few good rides during the heat, but it was her sick ride 2 minutes before the horn that really made her a standout: she pulled in to a heaving barrel and completed the wave with a textbook "el rollo" to finish the ride!
Luz Marie Grande Perez scored the only ten point ride of the day, and what timing! A perfect ten in the finals! It was enough to seal victory.
Final results were 1st Luz Marie Grand Perez (PRC) 2nd Eunate Agirre (Spain) 3rd Neymara Carvalho (Brazil) 4th Jessica Becker (Brazil)
The girls now move to the second Grand Slam event the Katherine Melo Pro in Santa Catarina in Brazil.