HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — June 5, 2003 — San Diego’s Pacific Beach Pier plays host to the second leg of the Foster’s Pro Surfing Tour women’s division, the Queen of Surf, on June 7, 2003. An all-star lineup of America’s top rising professional surfers highlight the one-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event including current WQS ratings leader Melanie Bartels (Hawaii), Holly Beck (Palos Verdes) and Julia Christian (Carlsbad).
The only stand alone women’s event on the 2003 Foster’s Pro Surfing Tour, the second annual Queen of Surf offers a $5,000 prize purse and leadership of the prestigious tour. With Foster’s Pro Surfing Tour leader Serena Brooke (Australia) withdrawing due to a hand injury, runner-up Beck, number three Bartels and number four Lauren Sweeney (Carlsbad) each have an opportunity to move into the overall lead in the race to become the 2003 Foster’s and U.S. Champion.
Among the other women competing in the field of 32 are former World Championship Tour (WCT) star Prue Jeffries (Australia), Jodi Nelson (Surfside) and WCT rookie Christian, the first Californian to qualify for the international Grand Prix circuit in 15 years.
As is the case with each Foster’s Pro Surfing Tour event, the Foster’s Cup will feature a series of promotions at area restaurants where surf fans can meet some of the sport’s biggest stars in person. Information on dates and locations is available at www.surfline.com.
Sponsored by SG Surf Snow Skate Girls magazine, this unique, day-long event offers something for every level of surf enthusiast with professional and amateur competition and surf instruction from Op Girls Learn to Ride. The day’s festivities also include a “hot guy contest” for the magazine’s “Babewatch” section and charity fundraising for the Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation (B4BC).
“We (SG) are excited to offer a surf contest of this caliber just for the girls,” said Robyn Lass, SG’s editor. “Dedicated to providing coverage of professional and amateur female athletes, our goal at SG is to continue to grow the sports of surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding though our ‘Queen of’ series.”
The Foster’s Pro Surfing Tour incorporates all WQS-rated events in North America and is the stepping stone to the Association of Surfing Professionals’ (ASP) elite World Championship Tour. This year’s circuit includes stops in Florida, California, New Jersey and North Carolina. The Foster’s Pro Surfing Tour is sanctioned and administered by Huntington Beach-based Surfing America, the nonprofit governing body for amateur and professional surfing in America.