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Rip Curl Women Take On Hawaii
Join the very best of the Rip Curl Women as they descend on Hawaii’s North Shore, ready to take on the Seven Mile Miracle.
At Rip Curl we are proud to have the world’s best surf team. Over the past 11 years we have won 11 World Titles – an unmatched record – and have supported some of the greatest of all time, from the beginning of their careers through to the tail end.
In today’s surfing world we are proud to say that we continue to foster young talent and spur forward those who have already made their claim. That is why, each year, we take the world’s best female surf team on a surf trip of a lifetime.
In 2020, the Rip Curl Women are coming together to surf their way through the Seven Mile Miracle, commonly known as the North Shore of Oahu. Bethany Hamilton, Brisa Hennessy, Alyssa Spencer, Leah Thompson, Leilani McGonagle, Melania Suarez, Molly Picklum and Rosy Hodge will descend on this stunning stretch of coastline and do their best to take on the lineup, from Off The Wall through to Pipeline, Sunset and Rocky Point.
Over the course of the next 10 days you’ll be seeing these women charge hard, explore and enjoy everything that Hawaii has to offer. Stay tuned, as we’ll be coming in with fresh updates right here, every day.
Swell is Building… The Women are Ready
20th January 2020
It’s been a big two days here at the Rip Curl House on the North Shore of Oahu!
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It’s been a big two days here at the Rip Curl House on the North Shore of Oahu! Rosy Hodge, Brisa Hennessy, Alyssa Spencer, Leah Thompson, Leilani McGonagle, Melania Suarez, Molly Picklum, Ewe Wong and Erin Brooks have taken on the challenge of surfing every day, chasing the best conditions and trying to find gold on the sandy stretch they call the Seven Mile Miracle. Lucky for them, swell is on the horizon and has already begun to fill in.
The Rip Curl Women woke up this morning to see Off The Wall breaking at a solid six feet, and only two other surfers in the lineup. Without thinking twice, the team was out there, manoeuvring incoming swell and shifting sand over the infamous reef. The sun was shining, the women were catching waves and only a few lucky ladies copped beatings – one of whom happened to be Hawaiian local Ewe Wong, who turned 15 today. No better way to celebrate than a good old five-wave hold down.
Over the next week the forecast for swell holds strong, with solid waves on tap each day… so stay tuned as the Rip Curl Women take on the North Shore.
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Broken Boards, Waimea Bay and Mason Ho.
23rd January 2020
Another day, another broken board, another new wave on the North Shore...
The North Shore is one of those places where you’ll always find waves… big, small and everywhere in between. The trick is though, you need a local to show you where to find those diamonds in the rough. Lucky for the Rip Curl Women, Hawaiian legend Mason Ho decided to swing by the house and let the girls in on a secret – where he was paddling out.
With a solid NNW swell pulsing through the Pacific, Mase scoured the Seven Mile Miracle to find the best winds and the biggest waves – Pinballs, found just on the inside of Waimea Bay on those larger NNW swells. The sun was shining, the bombs were breaking, and Mason showed the women just how much the North Shore can turn on in the winter.
Leah Thompson, who’s known to “go” on some of the biggest waves each session, was surfing next to Mason when solid set came in. Like a gentleman, Mason called her into it – turns out, however, it was one of the biggest closeout sets of the day. Leah popped up with a broken board and made her way into the shore – followed by Mase shortly after.
A day to remember on the North Shore for the Rip Curl Women. Good thing Leah brought five boards in her quiver, because there’s swell on the way and the women are ready!
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The Rip Curl Women Take on Hawaii, Episode One: Welcome to Paradise
23rd January 2020
Welcome to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, where the Rip Curl Women take on the very best of the North Shore of Oahu.
Welcome to the tropical paradise that is Hawaii… swaying palms, sunny skies, warm sand, blue water… and perfect waves. For the past few days, this is where the Rip Curl Women have found themselves – situated in one of the most iconic houses on one of the most wave-rich stretches of sand in the world. The Rip Curl House at Off The Wall, smack dab in the middle of Oahu’s North Shore.
The women are here with one goal – to take on everything that The North Shore throws their way. So far the Pacific Ocean has been a mixed bag, with changing swells and strong winds making it tricky to find those diamonds in the rough. But the women were up for the challenge, and between the protected corners of Freddyland through to the daunting and shallow break at Off The Wall, the ladies found gold.
With the help of fellow Rip Curl team rider Rosy Hodge, and local legend Rip Curl Hawaiian Team Manager Kekoa Bacalso, the ladies had a crack and dug deep on their first days of the trip.
In this episode of Rip Curl Women Take on Hawaii, you’ll get to meet the ladies and learn a bit about the surfers that make up the Rip Curl Women’s team. Stay tuned, because swell is on the way and we’ll be dropping a new episode very, very soon.
Rip Curl Women Take on The North Shore: Episode Two, Women in the Water
27th January 2020
From Off The Wall to the Waimea shore break the Rip Curl Women have been putting on a show this week.
The North Shore has offered up the extremes its most known for – beautiful sunny days and powerful building swell – and the women have taken full advantage. With special guest Bethany Hamilton they've been put through their paces both on land and in the water.
Throughout this next episode of Rip Curl Women Take on the North Shore, we explore what it really means to be women in the water, taking on some of the world's heaviest waves as a pack of ladies pushing the boundaries of surfing.
Coming up in the next few days we’ll have 2x World Champion Tyler Wright flying in to surf and explore all that the North Shore has to offer, alongside the rest of the Rip Curl Women.
Rip Curl Women Take on The North Shore: Episode Three, The Next Generation
30th January 2020
Our final dispatch from the North Shore, as the Rip Curl Women prove to us that the future of female surfing is in very good hands.
The future of female surfing is in very good hands. In our final dispatch from the North Shore of Oahu, the Rip Curl Women prove to us that The Next Generation is filled with talent, drive and personality. From newly-signed house grom Erin Brooks to Hawaii’s own Eve Wong, surfing has a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
Throughout this episode we see the full gamut of Hawaiian surf – huge third-reefing swell rendering the Seven Mile Miracle un-surfable, fun and playful West Side point breaks through to North Shore perfection at Rockies.
The Rip Curl Women searched hard and surfed harder, reaping the rewards of getting to know the lineup in Hawaii.
Watch, enjoy and rest easy knowing that this is the future of surfing… this is The Next Generation.