leimaloclassicvanuatuVanuatu’s first all-female competition, The Leimalo Classic, was held on Wednesday 05 October at Surfside, Pango Village.

The contest was run by women and girls from Solwota Sista, the female branch of the Vanuatu Surfing Association.

Prior to the event surfers were put through a comprehensive judging course so that all the roles on the day, from judging through to beach marshall and contest director were implemented by women and girls surfers, with assistance from the experienced members of the Vanautu Surfing Association.

The U16 division saw 24 girls battle it out for top honours with six girls securing a spot in the final and vying for the top spot.

While conditions were challenging the girls showed their smooth style and talent with results as follows; U16 division: 1st Zaridah Taleo, 2nd Charlie Donchos, 3rd Elody Kalran, 4th Raine Kalotiti, 5th Prisilla Taleo and 6th Marine Cugola.

Following the U16s the Open Women’s division consisted of twelve ladies, despite the small conditions the competitors displayed good wave selection and surfed to the best of their ability.

Sam Suendermann took out first place with Marine Cugola, Stephanie Mahuk, Stephanie Steven, Risu Kalotiti and Resmah Kalotititi in second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

The Expression Session was the highlight of the day due to the enthusiastic and fun nature of the non-competitive format and the fancy dress component.

Unlike normal surfing competitions the expression session encourages participation for those new to surf competitions and is judged by style and enthusiasm.

Taking out the best team effort award was Kirra Johnson and Stephanie Mahuk of Team Minions, Resmah Kalotiti and Florence Govant were crowned best black magic spell for their witch costumes and the Aloha award went to Sandrine Johnson, Charlie Donchos and Marie St.Hilaire. READ MORE