Started on a wing and a prayer, today marks the first day of the holding period of the 2oth Annual Women’s Pipe contest.  Founded in 1990 it has been held annually as a women’s bodyboard contest for most of it’s years…Having been held in one form or another for the past 20 years it is without a doubt the most important women’s surfing contest in the world..and it’s longest running.  One day when time permits I will share the details of it’s history, including it’s hero’s and villains…
Watch it live here!
Women’s Pipeline Pro

Pipeline Surf Break Hawaii
31 March – 14 April 2009

The Historic Culturalization Pipeline Tidal 9 Women’s Pro

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 March, 2009 : – – 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.

WHAT: Women’s Pipeline Pro featuring shortboarders, longboarders, bodyboarders and SUP expression session.
WHEN: March 31 – April 14 2009, Opening prayer 7:30 am March 31, Ehukai Beach Park. After Party TBA.
WHERE: Pipeline surf break on Oahu’s North Shore, Ehukai Beach Park. Meeting place Breakers Restaurant, Haleiwa.
WHY: To benefit the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i and the ‘greening’ of their Camp Paumalu` on Oahu’s North Shore.
Women’s Bodyboarding Celebrates 20 Years at Pipeline

About Our Sponsor
This surfing event is sponsored by Culturalization as part of it’s outreach program into the North Shore Community. It’s major focus this year is advocacy for the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i’s ‘Leadership through Stewardship’ program. Founded by entrepreneur Peter Koziol, Culturalization supports the notion that wise stewardship of resources is synonymous with strong, effective, and prudent leadership.

Open spaces, camping and the ‘Greening’ of Camp Paumalu` The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i, in collaboration with Culturalization, is currently undertaking the ‘Greening’ of Camp Paumalu` project. Camp Paumalu`, owned by Girl Scouts of Hawai`i since 1951 is a 135 acre wooded rustic campsite nestled in the uplands of the North Shore of Oahu.The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i’s intention is to enhance and preserve this amazing resourse to ensure its survival for generations to come.

How we ALL can help…Time has proven that the maintenance and development of Camp Paumalu` requires more than just Girl Scouts of Hawai`i’s efforts. It takes involvement and support of the community to make it sustainable from an economic, eccological, and programmatic standpoint. With the on-going disappearence of open space for public use, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for the youth to make direct connections with nature.

By working to restore and preserve Camp Paumalu’s natural habitat and beauty, Culturalization believes the camp can offer relevant environmental and educational programs respectful of Hawai`i’s host culture. Please come to our Girl Scouts of Hawai`i/Culturalization tent in the beach park to find out more about our project and how you might help bring this project to fruition.

Being ‘Green’ On the beach we are going ‘green’ with our three R’s, Reuse, Recycle and Respect. There will be organic t-shirts, recyclable consumables, and natural products where possible! All contributors to this tournament have demonstrated their support of the local community or environment. Their contributions can be found in the official Pipeline Tidal 9 Program Guide.

Keala Kennelly “I love Pipe, its one of my favorite waves in the world. I have been surfing it a lot this winter, and I am just stoked that there is a 4 star event for women there this year.” Claudia Ferrari, World Champion Bodyboarder “I am very happy to be a part of this year’s event. We are celebrating 20 years of Women’s Bodyboarding at Pipeline. I have competed in all 20 years and I think this year will be the best ever. This events creates awareness of our environment, I love it.”

Kawehi Whitford, Hawaii Longboarder, “If you can dream the dream, then you can live the dream” Rochelle Ballard, Pro Surfer, “We have the opportunity to inspire people with conscious living. I’m working to have recycling at the event, organic Tshirt’s, promoting the Farmers market at Sunset Beach elementary, using our resources rather than wasting them. Showing the next generation how easy it is to be green, its just a matter of habit.”

Artist HEATHER BROWN signs on for the cause! Heather Brown, graduate of the University of Hawai`i-Manoa is this year’s featured artist. She will be painting LIVE at the contest site and there will be a silent auction, proceeds of which will be donated to the Girls Scouts of Hawai`i.