Local SUP surfers take top places at first ever RSSS to offer a division for women only
By Andrea Swayne
Midway through this year’s 7th annual four-contest Revolt Summer Surf Series, at the August 17 event in Mission Beach, a tight-knit group of female stand-up paddle surfers found a new venue in which to compete. And local women swept the podium.
Mel Wygal, Alleanna Clark and Diane Wenzel, all from San Clemente, claimed the top three spots in the new division, respectively. The trio’s podium sweep was also celebrated in Dana Point, as all three are team riders for the Dana Point-based Infinity Surfboards.
Although the RSSS has included men’s and juniors’ SUP surf divisions for the past couple of years, a low number of registrations did not warrant the addition of a women’s division.
That changed when a determined group of Southern California-based women got together and presented a sufficient number of competitors to form a full division. Contest officials said they would add the division upon the sign-up of at least five women. The group’s efforts brought 11 entries, enough for two preliminary heats.
“We had to rally a group to pre-register in order for our own division to be added,” Wenzel said. “We were thrilled to have a new venue and would like to thank Revolt for adding a place for us in their series.”
Wenzel said she and her fellow female competitors are happy to see that as time passes more and more opportunities to compete in women-only SUP surf keep opening up and they are committed to growing their corner of the sport, just as the women of traditional surfing did in the past.
“It was a really fun event for the whole SUP community because it finally brought all of us together. We are already a tight group, but the addition of our own division brought the whole ‘family’ together,” said Wenzel. “Everyone, including the folks who produced the event, seemed stoked to have a women’s SUP surf division. It just seemed to round out the event. It felt complete.”
The next RSSS event is set for October 5 at Crystal Pier in San Diego.
For more information on the RSSS, including full results and standings, log on to www.revoltsurfseries.com.