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    On July 28, friends, family and fellow lifeguards held a massive memorial paddle out to celebrate the life of Chloe Buckley, a well-known San Diego lifeguard and professional surfer. As a surfer, Buckley was listed on World Surf League’s qualifying series at No. 76 in 2011. She was 27-years-old at the time of her death in a car accident. To donate to her Go Fund Me page, visit gofundme.com/chloe-buckley-memorial-fund.  PHOTO BY JOHN COCOZZA
    On July 28, friends, family and fellow lifeguards held a massive memorial paddle out to celebrate the life of Chloe Buckley, a well-known San Diego lifeguard and professional surfer. As a surfer, Buckley was listed on World Surf League’s qualifying series at No. 76 in 2011. She was 27-years-old at the time of her death in a car accident. To donate to her Go Fund Me page, visit gofundme.com/chloe-buckley-memorial-fund. PHOTO BY JOHN COCOZZA
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    La Jolla college student launches vegetarian cooking workshops La Jolla resident and viral food blogger, Erica Barry, has launched a new community initiative called SweetRoots Kitchen, which will feature a new workshop series to help girls ages 8 to18 explore the benefits of vegetarian cooking for nutrition, health, and leadership. Barry is not new to the innovative food space. Her recipes and photographs have been featured by Martha Stewart Online, BuzzFeed, Food 52, The Kitchn, The Huffington Post, and Fox News Magazine. Her first free workshop, “Totally Raw-some: Raw Vegan Recipe Workshop” will take place at the La Jolla Riford Library on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. “This is going to be one “raw-some” event that you won’t want to miss,” said Barry. Those interested in attending can register at sweetroots kitchen.org. In the upcoming workshop series, girls ages 8-18 will learn fundamental culinary techniques and concepts, taste a wide variety of ingredients and dishes, and explore a range of topics including the environmental and health benefits of a vegetarian diet. “ We believe that within each girl exists a confident leader, gracious team player, brilliant entrepreneur, and creative chef,” said Barry. This month’s workshop focuses on raw, vegan snacks. Fudge brownie energy bites, zesty lemon hummus, and raw granola go far beyond celery and carrot sticks. Mayor Faulconer, Bry reopen Doyle Community Park Continuing his commitment to put neighborhoods first, on Aug. 6, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined by City Council president pro tem Barbara Bry and community leaders to reopen Doyle Community Park in University City. This followed a period of much-needed equipment upgrades and park enhancements. For the first time since it opened in 1993, the park received improvements to replace obsolete children’s playground equipment, rubberized surfacing, accessible play equipment and walkways to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, new picnic and tennis tables and a unique expression swing for parents and children to interact face to face. The total project cost is approximately $255,000 funded in partnership with the Doyle Park and Recreation Council.  Documentary on Fish surfboard design Joseph Ryan – Freeway Project – will present the documentary “FISH” at the Ocean Beach Historical Society 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Water's Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. “FISH” is a look at the origin and impact of the Fish surfboard design and how it would influence surf culture 40 years later. The presenter will be Cher Pendarvis, surfer, artist and author. The Fish surfboard design was innovated in Ocean Beach/Point Loma by Steve Lis in 1967. Local surfers who are passionate about the fish surfboard are interviewed and seen surfing in the film, including Lis, Skip Frye, Jeff Ching, Stanley Pleskunas, Bird Huffman, Pendarvis, Mitchell Peligrin, Trevor Neilsen, Cory Edging and others. There will be appearances by surf greats Mark Richards, David Rastovich and others.  For more information, visit obhistory.org.  La Jolla named one of ‘America’s 25 Best Beach Towns’ by Fodor’s Travel “In a state made for beaching, La Jolla (derived from 'joya,' the Spanish word for ‘jewel’) offers the whole package,” the list read. “There are beautiful white-sand beaches, to be sure, but its tiny village is filled with seafood restaurants, upscale boutiques, sophisticated cafés, art galleries, and even a playhouse co-founded by actor Gregory Peck back in 1947. “Stroll along Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, peeking into Warwick’s(an indie bookstore), Legends Gallery (with paintings by Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss), and other one-of-a-kind shops. Be sure to time it so you catch the sunset from shimmering La Jolla Cove (where you’ll also find the ubiquitous seals and sea lions).” Athenaeum Jazz at TRSI: John Scofield and other major acts The Athenaeum’s fall jazz program at The Auditorium at TSRI features rare local performances by some of the leading artists in jazz: master guitarist John Scofield in his newest band, brilliantly inventive cornetist Ron Miles at the head of a trio featuring Bill Frisell and Brian Blade, and the return of Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza. Seating is limited and early reservations are advised. For tickets, visit  ljathenaeum.org/jazz-at-tsri or call 858-454-5872. The fall series opens on Friday, Oct. 19, with a return by iconic Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Scofield, who teams up with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart in Combo 66, a new band that builds upon Scofield’s long legacy of masterful improvisation and stylistic diversity. Since the late 1970s, Scofield has been a major influence on jazz, continuously finding new and exciting avenues to reinvent himself as an artist. In recent years, Scofield won two consecutive Best Jazz Album Grammy Awards for Past Present and Country for Old Men —for which he also won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo—and has received resounding critical acclaim for his 2017 release Hudson. UC San Diego names Addy Royal as track and field assistant coach The University of California San Diego cross country and track and field programs are pleased to announce the addition of Addy Royal as new assistant coach beginning in 2018-19. Royal previously served as assistant coach at Southern Oregon University, where she helped guide the men's team to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 NAIA National Championships, as well as leading the women's team to seventh place at the 2016 NAIA Championships. In addition, Royal had a role in the development of six NAIA All-Americans during her two seasons with the Raiders. "We are very excited to have Addy join our program," said UC San Diego cross country head coach Nate Garcia. SD Coastkeeper, volunteers to clean up Tourmaline Beach On Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m., join SD Coastkeeper for a cleanup at Pacific Beach – Tourmaline Surf Park. Tourmaline Surf Park is a great spot to surf and find gypsum crystals along the cliffs. Meet next to the public restrooms in the parking lot. Driving directions: From I-5 North or South: Exit Balboa/Garnet Ave/Grand Ave. Merge onto Mission Bay Drive. Head west on Garnet Ave. Turn right onto Mission Blvd. Turn left onto La Jolla Blvd. Turn left onto Tourmaline St. Park in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill. • Meet at the location described, and look for the blue Coastkeeper pop-up tent. That’s where you’ll start your morning by signing in and borrowing cleanup supplies. • Please wear comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes and sunscreen. All volunteers (individuals as well as groups) are welcome to participate and must sign this liability waiver. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the beginning of the cleanup to sign a liability waiver before the minor can participate. • Registration is not required unless a group is larger than 25 people – to register please contact cleanups@sdcoastkeeper.org. • As a volunteer, you play an active role in determining the sources of trash on our beaches. During the cleanup, please be prepared to fill out a data card detailing the types of trash that you collected, and make sure to have your trash weighed when you return to the registration table at the end of the cleanup. If it is lightly raining, they will hold the cleanup. If there are heavy rains, they will cancel the cleanup. To check the status of a cleanup, please see the San Diego Coastkeeper events calendar or visit them on social media. For additional information, contact cleanups@sdcoastkeeper.org Revolt Summer Surf Series to host PB surf contest Revolt Summer Surf Series (RSSS) will host their second surf competition this summer at Pacific Beach Drive on Saturday, Aug. 11. If you wish to compete, categories range from: Men’s and women’s open (18 and older), as well as men’s and women’s longboard, masters and women’s pro-am. For the juniors and groms, categories will include junior women’s and men’s (17 and under), or grom boys’ and girls’ division (12 and under). RSSS sponsors for this event are Ekzo, Kicker, SoulR, The Mavin Group West, Rock & Roll San Diego and The Hitmark Group. For more information, or to sign up, visit revoltsurfseries.com.
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    San Diego Humane Society photo fundraiser creates calendar of testimonies
    by VICTORIA DAVIS
    Aug 08, 2018 | 14097 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Hurry and Fidget from last year's calendar.
    Hurry and Fidget from last year's calendar.
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    Lola and Nixon from last year's calendar.
    Lola and Nixon from last year's calendar.
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    Chewy from last year's calendar.
    Chewy from last year's calendar.
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    It takes about two minutes walking along the Pacific Beach Boardwalk, Sunset Cliffs, and passing the sea-side restaurants along Ocean Beach to realize San Diego is an above-average pet-friendly community. People will bring their parrots on coffee dates and their dogs to art studios. The beach communities love their animals, and San Diego Humane Society’s annual giving and corporate partnership manager, Bobbie Barnes, sees this year’s photo fundraiser as a chance for local pet owners to brag about their furry, feathered and scaled friends. “As pet-lovers, we tend to take a lot of photos of our animals,” said Barnes. “This fundraiser is a great way for us to reach out to the community and have people share photos and stories of their beloved pets with us.” For the past 25 years, the San Diego Humane Society photo fundraiser has not only helped raise money for homeless animals, but has also served as a way for the community to come together, get involved with the shelter and receive information on the nonprofit’s work. Participants go online, submit a photo of their pet with a donation, and the shelter will select photos to be featured in their annual calendar. This year, the event has already raised more than $41,000. The goal is to raise $100,000. But, for Humane Society employees, there’s a more nostalgic factor that comes with each bio submitted alongside a photo. “Part of the entry is about giving people the option to tell us their pet’s story and it’s really great to read about how our past adopters found their pet,” said Dariel Walker, communications specialist for San Diego Humane Society. “People come into our shelter every day to adopt animals and a lot of times we never hear from them again. “Our staff really loves the animals here and we get to know them so well, so I think that’s something fun about the calendar. Whether it’s an animal adopted from us or another shelter, it’s great to hear people’s stories of how this pet became a real part of their family.” Last year, there were more than 900 photo submissions, and for the 2017 calendar there were more than 1,100. While the majority of the photos are of dogs and cats dressed in hats and sunglasses riding sidecars and bicycles, there are handfuls of less-traditional pets, such as Hortense the chicken and Jackie the donkey. Previous calendars have also featured “odd couples” like Pete “the wonder cat” riding a family horse, along with a tortoise and his long-time rabbit pal. “I do spend a lot of time in the evenings after work combing through the photos, just to take a look at some of the entries,” said Barnes. “Every year, I’m equally tickled by these photos and the stories of these animals. These owners are giving us updates on the ways these animals have changed their lives and it’s super impactful and inspiring.” The fundraiser ends Friday, Aug. 31 and photos can be submitted at gogophotocontest.com/sdhumane2019. Winners will be awarded tickets to San Diego Humane Society’s annual gala, the Fur Ball, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 6. Calendars will be available for purchase by late October or early November through the SD Humane Society website, sdhumane.org.
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    Bry, Council working to regulate dockless transport
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Aug 07, 2018 | 2782 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A pile of discarded, yet completely functional, dockless bikes in front of the public restrooms near La Jolla Cove. BLAKE BUNCH/VILLAGE NEWS
    A pile of discarded, yet completely functional, dockless bikes in front of the public restrooms near La Jolla Cove. BLAKE BUNCH/VILLAGE NEWS
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    Bikes can be found on sidewalks throughout La Jolla. Near the Shores boardwalk, an Ofo bike awaits a morning rider. BLAKE BUNCH/VILLAGE NEWS
    Bikes can be found on sidewalks throughout La Jolla. Near the Shores boardwalk, an Ofo bike awaits a morning rider. BLAKE BUNCH/VILLAGE NEWS
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    A tug of war continues over the need to curb dockless bikes following a recent 6-3 City Council vote scuttling an emergency ordinance prohibiting motorized scooters on boardwalks. On the one hand, a City subcommittee chaired by First District Councilmember Barbara Bry is considering toughening dockless bike rules, including instituting fees for enforcement. Conversely, heavily amended legislation, AB 2989, is ongoing at the state level to loosen some restrictions on motorized scooters. The state bill would allow motorized scooters on highways with speed limits up to 35 mph (rather than the current 25 mph), as well as on highways with higher speed limits if the scooter is operated within a class II or class IV bikeway. It also removes the helmet requirement for riders 18 years old or older. Meanwhile, a San Diego Police Department crackdown enforcing motorized scooter safety, especially in Pacific Beach and Mission beaches, will continue this summer - targeting violators. Bry chairs a Council working group charged with finding solutions to emerging dockless problems. Since their February rollout, mortised scooters and other vehicles have proliferated throughout town to the point where some consider them not only a nuisance but a public safety hazard. “I walked from my downtown office almost to the train tracks the other day and saw 10 people riding scooters without helmets, and two cases of moms and daughters on the same scooter riding on sidewalks (all violations),” said Bry.  Bry said existing dockless companies — Bird, LimeBike, MoBike and Ofo — were joined by Uber and Lyft, both entering the dockless market, to discuss improving safety with the city. “We’re (city) going to be moving ahead with a more vigorous public service educational campaign where we can focus on safety for both riders and pedestrians: It’s a two-way issue,” Bry said. “We can do that right now. We don’t need apps of any kind.” Bry said Bird has also offered to give the city money from collected funds to be used for information gathering. “We need more data because we’re going to be investing in infrastructure, and we need information on how and where dockless bikes are used so we can put them in protected lanes and in bike corrals so people will know where to leave them,” the councilwoman said.  “We are going to do an end-of-summer media event on the number of tickets that have been issued (to dockless),” reported Lorie Zapf’s District 2 Council office adding, “It’s been crazy for the SDPD writing tickets — so many violations.”  The city’s decision not to more severely restrict dockless vehicles on ocean boardwalks has been greeted with mixed reviews by Pacific Beach residents. “The scooters should be limited to 8 mph on the boardwalk using GPS fencing technology,” said Henish Pulickal, chair of Pacific Beach Planning Group. “Additionally, riding one of these around town really shows how poor our bike or scooter infrastructure is.  No safe places to ride them, roads are in really poor condition and not enough good places to park them.”  “My biggest concern is young children riding E-scooters, risking injury or death,” said PB activist Marcie Beckett. ... I believe parents are under the wrong impression that these E-Scooters are safe for kids.” Beckett said, during a recent 15-minute period on the Baywalk at Sail Bay on July 25, she witnessed seven “very dangerous” E-scooter riding situations with young kids and adults. “None of the riders was wearing a helmet as required,” she said.   “Some were double riding, which is illegal. And kids were riding, which is illegal. … It is only a matter of time until someone dies.  It is only a matter of time until someone sues the City for millions.”  Eco-district proponent Kristen Victor had a somewhat different take on dockless. “I propose a three-tiered solution to the dockless bike and scooter revolution supporting safety on our shared pathways in the City of San Diego,” said Victor. “Collaborate with the dockless companies to utilize existing technology to reduce speed to 8 mph on the shared pathways. Engage CONVIS and the Hotel/Motel Association to create an educational strategy for visitors. Collaborate with the City of San Diego on Wayfinding and Safety Strategy.”
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    August 08, 2018
    It's time to take on the BigTech robber barons. This parasite seeks to corrupt the State legislature into enabling electric personal transportation devices at great speeds without safety devices. Their cousins at the alien Uber and California Lyft have sabotaged transportation management and decimated the taxi industry protected against local regulation. Their cousins at Bozos' Amazon have decimated brick and mortar companies and parasitized the U.S. Postal Service. Their cousins at AirBnB and fellow travelers are busy undermining democracy to enslave all residential zones to STVR overlords. I say REVOLT! Organize! Expose them! Boycott them! Protest their CEOs in their neighborhoods and clubs! Sue them for unlawful business practices!
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    August 08, 2018
    If dockless vehicles are a transportation solution then why would you allow them on walkways? Its pure insanity. however, the real problem is the piles of them all over the place. these companies are using our public and, in some cases, private properties as their retail store space, their warehouse and their garbage dump. rental car agencies aren't allowed to leave their rentals on sidewalks, alleys, public parks or front yards. why would this be different? BRING BACK THE DOCKS!
    Nicole Kay Clark – entrepreneur, model and ultimate ‘cool girl’
    by PAIGE FULFER
    Aug 05, 2018 | 19689 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Cool Girl Connection works with both local and global brands. Here, Nicole models Volcom's sustainable swimwear in collaboration with ISHINE365. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Cool Girl Connection works with both local and global brands. Here, Nicole models Volcom's sustainable swimwear in collaboration with ISHINE365. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Cool Girl Connection collaborates with various brands that promote women empowerment and self confidence, such as this collaboration with She Emerges. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Cool Girl Connection collaborates with various brands that promote women empowerment and self confidence, such as this collaboration with She Emerges. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Nicole Kay Clark and Ricardo De Jesus founded Cool Girl Connection.
    Nicole Kay Clark and Ricardo De Jesus founded Cool Girl Connection.
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    Nicole Kay Clark brings her fresh Southern California vibe to each and every collaboration, like the collab seen here with GypSea Dreams (an accessories line). / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Nicole Kay Clark brings her fresh Southern California vibe to each and every collaboration, like the collab seen here with GypSea Dreams (an accessories line). / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Nicole Kay Clark couldn’t be happier to now call Ocean Beach her home. “For years I had bounced between Florida, New York, and California while working in the entertainment industry,” she says.  After settling in Florida during school at Daytona State College, she was ready to make one final move.  “I had lived in Los Angeles in the past but it was too overpopulated for my liking. My mother had been living in San Diego, and offered to help me make the move so I took the opportunity and went for it! San Diego was my last shot at California. I absolutely love it here,” Clark says. Since moving to the west coast, Clark has blossomed to take the social media and branding worlds by storm. On top of modeling and participating in brand collaborations on her own, she even co-founded her creative agency called Cool Girl Connection.  “Photographer/ videographer Ricardo De Jesus (co-founder) and I work together as a team specializing in photo/ video production, social media management, and branding strategies. Our client list is as unique as we are and ranges from fashion to food brands,” Clark says. It was Clark’s 10-plus years modeling and acting that led her to change course and open her own agency. She decided to merge her knowledge from working at modeling agencies with her experience as a model/ actress to “come up with a game plan.” “Cool Girl Connection was born out of my desire to inspire girls to be themselves. Industry standards weren’t making room for ‘real’ girls so I decided to create a space that encouraged people not to be ‘models’ but to be ‘cool.’ The world needs more people that believe in the power of being themselves and we’re here to help encourage it,” urges Clark.  Cool Girl Connection is making quite the name for itself in sunny San Diego, recently working with brands including Reef, Dickies Girl, Skull Candy, Volcom, Billabong, Rocket Dog, and Tipsy Elves.  Clark even works with companies that allow her to travel in order to fulfill creative branding activations. For example, she recently traveled to Costa Rica for a collaborative shoot for Dang Foods, and is currently in Puerto Rico with De Jesus shooting new content. She constantly works on building her content and presence on social media. Between emails, photoshoots, and editing, Clark manages to remind herself to embrace the beautiful beach city she is lucky enough to call home.  “Most days at 10 a.m., I take a walk to the beach to give my eyes a break from the computer screen and allow for creative thoughts to flow. Once I get home, I write down the ideas that came to mind and start putting forth the effort to put my thoughts into action,” says the entrepreneur. Want to know more? If your company is in need of photo/ video content or social media management, Nicole Kay Clark can be reached at coolgirlconnection@gmail.com. Visit nicolekayclark.com and follow on Instagram @nicolekayclark, @coolgirlconnection for more information.
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    August 06, 2018
    Hey, she could be Jewell caliber!
    Carissa Moore claims her first Supergirl Pro title
    Jul 30, 2018 | 30579 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Johanne Defay (FRA) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Johanne Defay (FRA) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Caroline Marks (USA) lost to Carissa Moore (HAW) in the final. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Caroline Marks (USA) lost to Carissa Moore (HAW) in the final. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Malia Manuel (HAW) lost to Caroline Marks (USA) in the semi-final. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Malia Manuel (HAW) lost to Caroline Marks (USA) in the semi-final. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Coco Ho (HAW) defeated Philippa Anderson (AUS) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Coco Ho (HAW) defeated Philippa Anderson (AUS) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Johanne Defay (FRA) lost to Carissa Moore (HAW) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Johanne Defay (FRA) lost to Carissa Moore (HAW) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Alessa Quizon (HAW) lost to Caroline Marks (USA) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Alessa Quizon (HAW) lost to Caroline Marks (USA) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) lost to Philippa Anderson (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) lost to Philippa Anderson (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Brisa Hennessy (HAW) defeated Keely Andrew (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Brisa Hennessy (HAW) defeated Keely Andrew (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Philippa Anderson (AUS) defeated Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Philippa Anderson (AUS) defeated Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Caroline Marks (USA) in the final to win Supergirl Pro. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Caroline Marks (USA) in the final to win Supergirl Pro. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Hawaiian Carissa Moore bested an incredibly deep field of top-ranked competitors to top the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro podium for the first time, earning first place and the coveted contest cape in Oceanside. Moore took the clean, inconsistent two-to-three foot swell in brilliant fashion to overcome 16-year-old phenom, Caroline Marks (USA), in the gritty finals bout. After six attempts at the prized cape, Moore took first, Marks came in a close second, and Supergirl Pro podium vets, Coco Ho (HAW) and Malia Manuel (HAW), came in third. “I’m so excited to have my first cape!” Moore said. “I had a great time competing in front of the crowd and the energy was great. This is such a great win, which I haven’t been able to get all season, so winning this one is huge for my confidence! I don't think winning can ever get old, especially because this win, and this cape, is brand new for me.” The highly anticipated Final kept spectators anxiously awaiting the opening exchange, and it was fireworks from the beginning. Moore opened up with her signature power surfing and earned an outstanding 7.67 (out of a possible 10) to start, which Marks nearly matched with a 7.00 of her own. But, the Hawaiian added a 6.17 and put the pressure on. Marks came close with a 6.10, but needed a 6.85 to steal the victory from Moore. Moore showed her veteran experience throughout the day, taking down fellow CT competitors Bronte Macaulay (AUS) in Round 5, Johanne Defay (FRA) in the Quarterfinals and, one of Supergirl Pro’s most consistent competitors, Malia Manuel (HAW), in the Semifinals.  Marks' Final appearance continues a 2018 season that is the best in QS history – already amounting 22,200 points. Blasting through finals day with incredible performances over Alessa Quizon (HAW) in Round 5 and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) in the Quarterfinals, Marks then faced a heavyweight bout with former Supergirl Pro winner Coco Ho (HAW) before the Final.  “I have an amazing family behind me, and I'm just having fun," Marks said. “That’s been the most important thing. I was really close in that heat, but sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t, and I was really happy with the way I surfed so I’ll carry that confidence into the rest of the season.”  “To have a heat with Carissa is great, She’s one of my idols, and now I’m trying to beat her, which is crazy,” Marks added. “This whole event’s been so much fun and she’s an incredible surfer to compete against.” Nearly all the pieces fell together for Ho, a three-time Supergirl champion, to capture yet another Supergirl cape. A strong start in her Semifinal match was met by an overpowering, in-form, Marks who eventually took the win. Ho’s impressive run started with a massive win over current CT No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA) in Round 5 before taking on one of the QS’s top threats Philippa Anderson (AUS). Now, the North Shore, Oahu, native is ready to keep the momentum going as she now sits at No. 2 on the QS rankings. “To compete against someone like Caroline is exciting, I’m just happy to be a part of this event, and I am grateful to have made it to the semifinals," Ho said. "This was a heavy contest with so many of the top pros.  Being in the water with amazing women like Lakey [Peterson] and Steph [Gilmore] made everyone surf even harder -- it makes a third-place feel that much better." Manuel’s track record at the Supergirl Pro is one of the event’s finest alongside Ho, earning a finals day appearance every year she’s competed – with win in 2013. It was an all-Hawaiian battle as Manuel and Moore went wave-for-wave in a tight Semifinal bout, with Manuel finding herself on the wrong side of a .23 difference. But, the Kauai, Hawaii, native put together a brilliant run to her day that included big wins over fellow Hawaii surfer Brisa Hennessy (HAW) and upcoming talent Mahina Maeda (JPN). "It’s funny to be reminded of how many Finals I’ve made here, which I think plays into being so consistent out here," Manuel said. "It was nice to get that Semifinal, even though the Final and another cape would’ve been great."  BEYOND THE SURF The weekend was packed with action in and out of the water, including live performances by Madison Beer, Drake Bell and Cody Simpson, a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) exhibition esports tournament with the top-ranked female professional gamers like Stephanie "missharvey" Harvey at Supergirl Gamer Pro, and even a car giveaway with Nissan awarding a Super Fan with a brand-new 2018 Nissan Kicks crossover. U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, the first female combat fighter pilot, was an inspiration to the young audience as she participated in the Female Empowerment Panel and then conducted the Oath of Enlistment, officially swearing in 25 young men and women into the Air Force. General Leavitt also proudly presented Moore with her cape at the awards ceremony.  For more detailed information on the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, visit supergirlpro.com. Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Final Results: 1 -  Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.84    6,000 points 2 -  Caroline Marks (USA)  13.10 4,500 points Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Semifinal Results: SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.23 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.20 SF 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.33 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.10 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Quarterfinal Results: QF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.66 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.40 QF 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.83 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 6.00 QF 3: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.57 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 10.03 QF 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 13.67 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 9.44 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Round 5 Results: Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.60 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 7.67 Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.33 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.67 Heat 3: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 13.90 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 6.94 Heat 4: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.66  def. Mahina Maeda (JPN) 10.80 Heat 5: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.27 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.03 Heat 6: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 14.17 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.14 Heat 7: Caroline Marks (USA) 17.37 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.03 Heat 8: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.27 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 0.13 Updated Women’s Qualifying Series Rankings: 1. Caroline Marks (USA) 22,200 2. Coco Ho (HAW) 13,700 3. Keely Andrew (AUS) 12,850 3. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 12,850 5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 12,300 6. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11,580
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