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Miss Malibu Pro takes over Surfrider Beach

Kaitlin Maguire surfs a wave on Aug. 10 during the Miss Malibu Pro Women’s Longboarding Invitational at Surfrider Beach. Photos submitted
Makayla H. Smith surfs a wave at Surfrider Beach.
Makayla H. Smith (left) and Kaitlin Maguire smile together after the Miss Malibu Pro Women’s Longboarding Invitational.
The competitors of the Miss Malibu Pro Women’s Longboarding Invitational pose together at Surfrider Beach.
Miss Malibu Pro Women’s Longboarding Invitational judge Kim Hamrock (left to right), Sophia Tiare Bartlow, winner of the most inspirational surfer award, and Kirra Kehoe, Miss Malibu producer, smile together.
Staff Report
3:36 pm PDT August 18, 2014

The Miss Malibu Pro Women’s Longboarding Invitational debuted at Surfrider Beach in Malibu  Aug. 9-10. 

The first-place title of Miss Malibu Pro was awarded to Kaitlin Maguire of Oceanside, California. Maguire not only won the final, but also earned the Wave of the Day award and cash prize from Jericho Poppler for scoring a perfect 20 in her semi final. 

Runner-up was awarded to Makayla H. Smith.

“[Makayla] proved to all her passion for surfing is graceful and there is no doubt she belongs right here representing North America with the rest of the women on tour,” a press release for the event stated. 

The Most Inspirational Surfer award, in memory of Diane Sanders, was given to Sophia Tiare Bartlow, “For her joy and love of Malibu, spreading aloha amongst all who walk in her path,” the release stated. 

The women had practice sessions, 30-minute heats, double non-elimination rounds, one-on-one heats from the quarter finals on and a one hour final.

The event featured women who compete on the ASP World Tour, ASP WQS Tour, Western Surfing Association, NSSA, ESA, HSA, Surfing America and  Coalition of Surfers, as well as local women and those looking to become professional surfers.

“This venue allowed these women to showcase world-class surfing at a world-class break,” the release stated 

The event partnered with Sustainable Surf, a nonprofit focused on changing surf culture. The Miss Malibu Pro invitational met the qualifications to be “a deep blue surfing event, certified by nonprofit Sustainable Surf,” alongside the Vans US Open of Surfing and the Volcom Pipe Pro. 

Expression sessions occurred with local Dogtown legends Jeff Ho, Alan Sarlo, Jim Muir and Ronnie Jay. A special appearance by the organization, A Walk On Water, brought out surf legends Joel Tudor, Evan Caples and Vince Felix. 

The RVCA surf/skate team put on a performance which included their team captain, Mike Brophy, and teamriders, Curren Caples, Kalani David, Greyson Fletcher and Shane Borland. 

For more information on the Miss Malibu Pro Longboarding Invitational, visit www.missmalibupro.com.