In its 3rd year, the women will come to the North Shore and push the level of Women's surfing. | Photo Courtesy: Waterman League
OAHU, Hawaii - Now in its third year, the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro has provided a spectacular opening event for the Women’s World Tour, as the best of the best step up to do battle here on Oahu’s fabled North Shore. The ideal right hand pointbreak on tap in front of Turtle Bay’s ‘the Point Sunset and Pool Bar’ provides not only great surf sheltered from any trade winds by the Resort itself, but an unparalleled viewing platform for the sport, as the world’s best women will kick off their 2015 World Title campaigns.
The event will kick off with an Opening event on Friday 6th at 5pm at the Point, with action set to kick off on Saturday 7th. This year will see a Trials event integrated into the program given the extent of women participation, with the Top 3 from the Trials advancing through to the Main event, and as with the men, wildcards will be awarded to the leading Hawaii and international women that aren’t seeded directly into the Main event, with the final list to be announced on Monday.
The women’s fleet in 2015 promises to be the most competitive yet, as we see talent emerging from all four corners of the world to do battle here at Stop 1 of the 2015 Stand UP World Tour. Izzi Gomez (Starboard) finished the year off dominantly in 2014, with 4 out of 5 wins and securing her first World Title. However right behind her was 2013 World Champion Nicole Pacelli (FCS), who is also the 2 time winner of the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro, and feels right at home here on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore.
This year’s Contenders will put on a show, as the competition intensifies on Tour. | Photo Courtesy: Waterman League
Candice Appleby has long been a standout on Tour, and is one of the most driven athletes, so will be looking to make 2015 her year as she sets her sights on a World Title this year, but she is not alone, as Iballa Moreno (Starboard) from the Canary Islands, Aline Adisaka (New Advance / 27N) from Brazil and the American talent Sophia Bartlow will be looking to make their presence felt in 2015.
However, as with the men, there is a local talent pool to contend with such a Mariko Strickland (Naish), Halie Harrison and Vanina Walsh (Starboard), but also a wealth of new international talent stepping up to do battle in 2015. Watch out too for the prestigious exhibition heat of the Top 4 from this Turtle Bay Women’s Pro that will go out during the Men’s event at Sunset Beach. Make sure to watch it all go down LIVE at watermanleague.com