Red Bull Queen of the Bay Opens with Ceremony at Waimea Bay

Red Bull Queen of the Bay Opens with Ceremony at Waimea Bay

The female big-wave community gather to ring opening bell for the first ever women’s only big-wave surf contest

Red Bull: HONOLULU, HI – (October 1, 2019) – Red Bull Queen of the Bay returns with a waiting period of October 1 through November 21, 2019 as the world’s best big-wave surfers set their sights on the 2019 Women’s Waimea Bay Championship. The event, which honors powerful women who have worked to break down barriers in surfing, was first founded in 2010 by Betty Depolito and partnered with Red Bull in 2017. Postponed in 2017 and 2018 due to a lack of swell in the bay, the ladies joined at Waimea’s Beach Park with optimism for a more favorable outcome in 2019.

“Red Bull Queen of the Bay will help women have a day at Waimea where they can really go for it and test their skills,” says 2018 Big Wave World Champion Keala Kennelly. “There are so many more women surfing now and many young women coming up that want to get to that level. This will be very empowering when it happens.”

The North Shore is the mecca for not only big-wave surfing, but for the entire surf world and Waimea Bay serves as its grandstand. The contest will feature the top, most recognizable names in professional women’s surfing from around the world.

INVITED ATHLETES

  • Andrea Moller, Brazil
  • Bianca Valenti, United States
  • Blake Lefkoe, United States
  • Brittany Gomulka, Hawaii
  • Emi Erickson, Hawaii
  • Felicity Palmateer, Australia
  • Izzi Gomez, United States
  • Jamilah Star, Hawaii
  • Justine Dupont, France
  • Kaya Waldman, Hawaii
  • Keala Kennely, Hawaii
  • Kelta O’Rourke, Hawaii
  • Kiomi Shepard, Japan
  • Laura Enever, Australia
  • Makani Adric, Hawaii
  • Michaela Fregonese, Brazil
  • Momo Sakuma, Japan
  • Nicole Pacelli, Brazil
  • Paige Alms, Hawaii
  • Paulia Raldo, Guatemala
  • Raquel Heckert, Brazil
  • Remi Nealon, United States
  • Sarah Gerhardt, United States
  • Shakira Westdorp, Australia
  • Silvia Nambuco, Brazil
  • Siri Masterson, Hawaii
  • Skylar Lickle, Hawaii
  • Wrenna Delgado, Hawaii

“We are honored to be bringing this big wave event to our community,” said contest director Betty Depolito. “We are remembering women who changed the perspective of what women should be. Through their memory we celebrate the current women big-wave surfers at Red Bull Queen of the Bay.”

For more information on this historic event, please visit redbull.com/queenofthebay.

WATCH THE ACTION

Red Bull Queen of the Bay will be livestreamed on Red Bull TVRed Bull Surfing YouTube and on the Red Bull Surfing Facebook page.

ABOUT BETTY DEPOLITO

Contest Director, Betty “Banzai” Depolito, has made an impact charging big-waves all over the

world, including Waimea Bay, since 1979. “Banzai Betty” is a pioneer of women’s surfing videos, reporting, media and production. Depolito also has produced and directed many surf competitions like The North Shore Tow-In and The Pipeline Women’s Pro. She also produces the FlHi Girls Surfing & Sports TV show.

ADDITIONAL QUOTES

“The opportunity to have Waimea Bay for just the women will be a historic event. I really hope the ocean provides, it’s a huge honor to be invited and I’m really looking forward to it.”

– Paige Alms

“I’m very excited that Red Bull Queen of the Bay is coming back. Fingers crossed we get the weather and waves we need to bring this to life at Waimea.”

– Emily Erickson

“It’s really important to me and the other girls to show what we can do. I have a lot of respect for Waimea Bay and the history of women’s surfing. You get an adrenaline rush and it’s a dream to be surfing there.”

– Makani Adric

The Red Bull Queen of the Bay is a historic event. It’s the first ever all women’s big wave event that we’ve ever had, and we’re having it right here at the most prestigious surfing location, Waimea Bay.

– Betty Depolito

“In this spirit, we wish to sit at the table, to humbly showcase the raw beauty found in the giant surf of Waimea Bay, and to demonstrate the strength and grace of the women who ride her waves.”

– Betty Depolito

“Waimea Bay is where the passion begins for many big-wave riders. Finally, the women will have an opportunity to show their dedication and skill at the most famous big wave in the world.”

– Wrenna Delgado

WATCH THE ACTION

Red Bull Queen of the Bay will be livestreamed on Red Bull TVRed Bull Surfing YouTube and on the Red Bull Surfing Facebook page.

ABOUT BETTY DEPOLITO

Contest Director, Betty “Banzai” Depolito, has made an impact charging big-waves all over the

world, including Waimea Bay, since 1979. “Banzai Betty” is a pioneer of women’s surfing videos, reporting, media and production. Depolito also has produced and directed many surf competitions like The North Shore Tow-In and The Pipeline Women’s Pro. She also produces the FlHi Girls Surfing & Sports TV show.

ADDITIONAL QUOTES

“The opportunity to have Waimea Bay for just the women will be a historic event. I really hope the ocean provides, it’s a huge honor to be invited and I’m really looking forward to it.”

– Paige Alms

“I’m very excited that Red Bull Queen of the Bay is coming back. Fingers crossed we get the weather and waves we need to bring this to life at Waimea.”

– Emily Erickson

“It’s really important to me and the other girls to show what we can do. I have a lot of respect for Waimea Bay and the history of women’s surfing. You get an adrenaline rush and it’s a dream to be surfing there.”

– Makani Adric

The Red Bull Queen of the Bay is a historic event. It’s the first ever all women’s big wave event that we’ve ever had, and we’re having it right here at the most prestigious surfing location, Waimea Bay.

– Betty Depolito

“In this spirit, we wish to sit at the table, to humbly showcase the raw beauty found in the giant surf of Waimea Bay, and to demonstrate the strength and grace of the women who ride her waves.”

– Betty Depolito

“Waimea Bay is where the passion begins for many big-wave riders. Finally, the women will have an opportunity to show their dedication and skill at the most famous big wave in the world.”

– Wrenna Delgado

WATCH THE ACTION

Red Bull Queen of the Bay will be livestreamed on Red Bull TVRed Bull Surfing YouTube and on the Red Bull Surfing Facebook page.

ABOUT BETTY DEPOLITO

Contest Director, Betty “Banzai” Depolito, has made an impact charging big-waves all over the

world, including Waimea Bay, since 1979. “Banzai Betty” is a pioneer of women’s surfing videos, reporting, media and production. Depolito also has produced and directed many surf competitions like The North Shore Tow-In and The Pipeline Women’s Pro. She also produces the FlHi Girls Surfing & Sports TV show.

ADDITIONAL QUOTES

“The opportunity to have Waimea Bay for just the women will be a historic event. I really hope the ocean provides, it’s a huge honor to be invited and I’m really looking forward to it.”

– Paige Alms

“I’m very excited that Red Bull Queen of the Bay is coming back. Fingers crossed we get the weather and waves we need to bring this to life at Waimea.”

– Emily Erickson

“It’s really important to me and the other girls to show what we can do. I have a lot of respect for Waimea Bay and the history of women’s surfing. You get an adrenaline rush and it’s a dream to be surfing there.”

– Makani Adric

The Red Bull Queen of the Bay is a historic event. It’s the first ever all women’s big wave event that we’ve ever had, and we’re having it right here at the most prestigious surfing location, Waimea Bay.

– Betty Depolito

“In this spirit, we wish to sit at the table, to humbly showcase the raw beauty found in the giant surf of Waimea Bay, and to demonstrate the strength and grace of the women who ride her waves.”

– Betty Depolito

“Waimea Bay is where the passion begins for many big-wave riders. Finally, the women will have an opportunity to show their dedication and skill at the most famous big wave in the world.”

– Wrenna Delgado

WATCH THE ACTION

Red Bull Queen of the Bay will be livestreamed on Red Bull TVRed Bull Surfing YouTube and on the Red Bull Surfing Facebook page.

ABOUT BETTY DEPOLITO

Contest Director, Betty “Banzai” Depolito, has made an impact charging big-waves all over the

world, including Waimea Bay, since 1979. “Banzai Betty” is a pioneer of women’s surfing videos, reporting, media and production. Depolito also has produced and directed many surf competitions like The North Shore Tow-In and The Pipeline Women’s Pro. She also produces the FlHi Girls Surfing & Sports TV show.

ADDITIONAL QUOTES

“The opportunity to have Waimea Bay for just the women will be a historic event. I really hope the ocean provides, it’s a huge honor to be invited and I’m really looking forward to it.”

– Paige Alms

“I’m very excited that Red Bull Queen of the Bay is coming back. Fingers crossed we get the weather and waves we need to bring this to life at Waimea.”

– Emily Erickson

“It’s really important to me and the other girls to show what we can do. I have a lot of respect for Waimea Bay and the history of women’s surfing. You get an adrenaline rush and it’s a dream to be surfing there.”

– Makani Adric

The Red Bull Queen of the Bay is a historic event. It’s the first ever all women’s big wave event that we’ve ever had, and we’re having it right here at the most prestigious surfing location, Waimea Bay.

– Betty Depolito

“In this spirit, we wish to sit at the table, to humbly showcase the raw beauty found in the giant surf of Waimea Bay, and to demonstrate the strength and grace of the women who ride her waves.”

– Betty Depolito

“Waimea Bay is where the passion begins for many big-wave riders. Finally, the women will have an opportunity to show their dedication and skill at the most famous big wave in the world.”

– Wrenna Delgado

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Authored by: RJ

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