Pipeline: not just for boys

The first ever Women's surfing contest, at Waimea Bay, will debut between 1st and 7th March. Banzai Productions has been granted permission by the City and County of Honolulu to run the historic competition. The competition will be called 2011 Pipeline Women's Pro.

The number of female big wave riders is growing every year. Names like Maya Gabeira (Brazil), Jamilah Star (USA), Renna Delgado (USA), Silvia Nambuco (Brazil), Emily Erickson (USA), Sarah Gerhardt (USA) and Keala Kennelly (USA) are just a few of the many girls that have been score huge waves. Some of them are pictured in magazines and XXL awards.

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Tiago Pires: with Quiksilver until 40

The Portuguese surfer Tiago Pires, 30, has signed a 10-year contract with surf sponsor Quiksilver. The European WCT talent is making the fourth season in the highest division of world surfing and is the best ever surfer in the history of his country.

" I am really grateful for the opportunity and stoked to be a part of this project. It’s going to be an exciting year! Thanks everyone for their support and happy surfing", said Pires.

The 'Tiger' is a national hero and a well-known sportsman in is local town Ericeira. Tiago Pires is rejoining Quiksilver, the brand that has sponsored him when he was a grommet.

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The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau: tradition says one must fall

"The Bay calls the Day". The motto for The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is clear enough. That is to say, when the waves reach the required 20-foot waves, the green light is on.

The swell forecast is looking very good for Thursday, 20th January, so everyone is getting prepared for an eventual call. The peak of the swell is anticipated to be early morning Thursday, so organizers need to be in place for an immediate start if the waves do measure up.

George Downing, contest director of big wave event is cautious. "Let's not forget, we are not dealing with a concrete stadium sporting event," said Downing. "Surfers and great surfing events are 100 per cent dependent upon many nuances of nature that not even the latest, greatest technology can perfectly predict. What we are saying is that the potential for 20-foot surf does exist. We might go, we might not, but we will always be ready for when the bay calls the day".

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