Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic Draws Big Talent

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic Draws Big Talent

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Sisters of the Sea began a decade ago simply as an organization where women and girls could learn to surf without being intimidated by males. Then it grew into a fundraiser. Now it's evolving into a showcase for national stars.

Among the 105 contestants in Sept. 12's 11th annual Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic tournament at the Jacksonville Beach pier was Mallory Turner of Fleming Island.

She won the women's longboard division at the 2009 Surfing Industry Manufacturers Association Surfing America USA Championships. Turner finished second in the overall women's standings at the Aug. 25-30 tournament at the Huntington Beach Pier in California.

After that performance, Turner won the age 25-30 shortboard division and was second in the 25-30 longboard division at Saturday's Beaches contest.

Turner competed against surfers representing the Eastern Surfing Association, the Hawaii Surfing Association, the Western Surfing Association and the National Scholastic Surfing Association.

Other surfers such as Kayla Durden of Jacksonville Beach and Karina Petroni of Atlantic Beach have gone on to become accomplished wave riders after surfing in organizations such as Sisters of the Sea.

Women from as far away as San Diego and Charleston, S.C., surfed in the Sisters of the Sea tournament.

Sisters President Valerie Zevens of Jacksonville Beach said the 100-member organization is one of few non-profit all-women surf organizations in the country. She said the surf classic has raised about $40,000 for Bosom Buddies in the past 10 years. The breast cancer awareness and survivors' assistance group is based at the Women's Center of Jacksonville.

Here are the results of Saturday's classic, which raised $4,000 for Bosom Buddies:

- Whitewater Riders (age 12 and under): 1. Sophie Falzone, Atlantic Beach; 2. Miranda Goss, Jacksonville; 3. Maddie Gregory, Jacksonville Beach; 4. Layney Cunningham, Ponte Vedra Beach; 5. Kai Preister, St. Augustine; 6. Eva Mowlam, Ponte Vedra Beach.

- Whitewater Riders (13-19): 1. Margaret Odom-Tomchin, Jacksonville; 2. Brooke Williams, Jacksonville; 3. Katie Berg, St. Augustine; 4. Katherine Odom-Tomchin, Jacksonville; 5. Bailey Arrendale, Jacksonville Beach; 6. Katie Hunt, Ponte Vedra Beach.

- Whitewater Riders (20 and over): 1. Dottie Cunningham, Ponte Vedra Beach; 2. Renee Mowlam, Ponte Vedra Beach; 3. Nicole Miller, St. Augustine; 4. Kris Perry, Atlantic Beach; 5. Stephanie Rousso, Atlantic Beach; 6. Liza Ketchum, Plantation.

- Teenie Wahines (12 and under) Shortboard: 1. Rossi Klein, Summerfield; 2. Zoe Bonik, St. Augustine; 3. Weston Smith, Atlantic Beach; 4. Braydin Cunningham, Ponte Vedra Beach; 5. Molly Kirk, Atlantic Beach; 6. Alissa Franklin, Atlantic Beach.

- Gidgets (13-15) Shortboard: 1. Cierra Cunningham, Ponte Vedra Beach; 2. …

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