Female Pros, Aspiring Surfers Descend On Ditch Plain For Roxy Montauk Classic

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On a beautiful summer weekend in Montauk, Roxy—a line of women’s surf apparel and beach wear—hosted an amateur surf contest at the legendary Ditch Plain beach. The event was free for both spectators and participants and was open to girls age six and up.

There were multiple competition groups: Teenie Wahines (ages 6 to 10); Junior Queen (ages 15 to 19), who could opt to compete in either longboard or shortboard divisions; Queens (ages 20 to 29); and Royals (ages 30 and above). Queens and Royals competed only in the shortboard division.

The event in Montauk was new this year and is modeled on similar events the company has sponsored around the globe.

In addition to the competition, which took place over two days, there were exhibitions by World Longboard Champion Kelia Moniz; artist, pro surfer and Roxy wetsuit designer Kassia Meador; Brazilian pro surfer Bruna Schmitz; and the pioneer of women’s surfing and four-time world champ Lisa Andersen, as well as autograph signings with the professional surfers on both days.

Preliminary heats took place on Saturday with those with the best score advancing the finals on Sunday. An awards ceremony took place on the beach on Sunday afternoon. Results are at http://www.leonikengineering.com/2013RoxyMC/results.htm.

Roxy is a line of clothing from the company Quiksilver who, according to its website, “recognized the increasing influence of women in surfing early in the ’80s.” The company created Roxy, the first dedicated female surf brand in 1990.

A large crowd of spectators packed the always crowded beach to cheer on the participants as well as take advantage of free hairstyle creations from Paul Mitchell and participate in raffles and games.

–RICHARD MOREY

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