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Supergirl Pro Junior surfing contest Saturday in Oceanside

August 13, 2010 | 11:23 am

Malia Manuel carves the waves and advances to the finals in the 2009 Supergirl Pro Junior in Oceanside.

The next event in the Supergirl Jam series is the Supergirl Pro Junior surf contest Saturday in Oceanside.

Sixteen of the best age 20-and-younger female surfers in the world will be vying for a portion of the $21,000 purse, including a $10,000 top prize, in this Assn. of Surfing Professionals Grade-4 contest that offers the the richest ASP Women’s Pro Junior prize purse in history. 

Expected to compete is last week's Women’s U.S. Open of Surfing winner Carissa Moore; 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year and 2008 Supergirl Pro Junior Champion Coco Ho; and 2009 Supergirl Pro Junior silver medalist and 2008 Women’s U.S. Open Champion Malia Manuel.

New to this year’s event is the Supergirl Shootout, giving those athletes who don't advance to the finals a chance to compete in a best trick contest for $1,000 in bonus prize money. 

Competition is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the award ceremony at 2:45 p.m. and an autograph session following.

Co-sponsored by ASA Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Comics, the Supergirl Jam is the industry's only large-scale, all-girls action sports competition and features more than 100 of the world's top female action sports athletes competing in skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing and inline skating.

"This series was built to inspire young women and provide opportunities for these amazing artists to showcase their skills,"  ASA Entertainment CEO Rick Bratman said. "ASA is really proud to help promote these world-class athletes and be a part of the incredible progression in female action sports."

Next up on the Supergirl Jam series schedule is the Supergirl Jam (snowboarding, skateboarding, inline skating), Aug. 22 at Venice Beach.

Additional surfing and snowboarding contests are being planned for November and December and will be announced at a later date. Admission to all of the Supergirl Jam events is free.

-- Kelly Burgess

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Photo: Malia Manuel carves the waves and advances to the finals in the 2009 Supergirl Pro Junior in Oceanside. Credit: Supergirl Jam

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