I got to take a moment from my busy work week to go and check out the finals of the Women’s Pipe Contest, put on by the wonderful Banzai Betty. The finals were incredible. Those women have some balls and they can rip. The waves were at least 6 feet (Hawaiian) and Pipe was barreling so beautifully. I actually went down to pick a bikini from my Venezuelan friend Ruth, who designs for Wahine bikinis. She was watching her good friend Luzmarie Grande in the finals. She rocked it….and she actually won the women’s bodyboard division. I love women who can rip and aren’t afraid of anything. Luzmarie isn’t even from here and she conquered Pipe! I decided that since she is so awesome and talented that I would sponsor her and give her a pair of earrings of her choice. She chose the Makena earrings and ended up wearing them on stage at the awards ceremony!!
The vibrantly colored painting in the background was done by the infamous North Shore painter Heather Brown.
Luzmarie (aka Loli since she is from Puerto Rico) had the biggest smile on her face when they announced her the winner of the bodyboarding division. She was so grateful for all of her support and has such a great spirit.
Maybe one day I’ll have the guts to bodyboard Pipe…but for now I’ll stick to it’s neighbor at the right, my fave Ehukai