Star Advertiser: Female surfers to receive equal prize money at World Surf League events

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By: Ferd Lewis

September 5, 2018

The World Surf League will begin awarding equal prize money to male and female contestants for all its controlled events beginning with the 2019 season, it was announced today.

“It is more than just prize money, it was a huge statement and what it represents to be respected as an elite athlete on the same level as the men,” said Carissa Moore, three-time world champion from Hawaii. “This says a lot and the guys are very supportive of the decision.”

In a post on The Players’ Tribune, six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore wrote, “Today, I feel proud to be a surfer. Well, I’m always proud to be a surfer. But today is a little different. Today, something pretty special is happening. Today, the World Surf League is announcing that it will award equal prize money to male and female surfers for every WSL event in the 2019 season and beyond, making it the first and only U.S.–based sport league to achieve pay equality.”

Sabrina Brennan of the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing said she welcomed the announcement. Her group has been long advocating for equal pay and increased opportunities on the WSL Tour, especially for big wave competitors.

Sophie Goldschmidt, the WSL’s chief executive officer, said in a statement, “This is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women’s surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019 schedule. This is the latest in a series of actions the League has undertaken to showcase our female athletes, from competing on the same quality waves as the men, to better locations, and increased investment and support.”

Source: Star-Advertiser

Star Advertiser: Norman, still a Category 3 hurricane, continues west toward Hawaii

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UPDATE: 11 a.m.

Weather officials expect Norman — still a major hurricane — to turn to the northwest tonight.

Category 3 Hurricane Norman, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, was about 435 miles east of Hilo and 625 miles east of Honolulu and headed west at 8 mph at 11 a.m. today, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

This general motion is expected to continue today, with a turn toward the northwest tonight and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Norman is expected to pass northeast of the main Hawaiian Islands starting later Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend 115 miles out.

“Interests in the main Hawaiian islands should monitor the progress of Norman over the next couple of days,” forecasters said.

Some fluctuations in intensity are possible today, followed by gradual weakening from tonight through Thursday night. Norman is expected to remain a hurricane through Thursday, then weaken to a tropical storm. By the end of the five-day forecast period, the storm is expected to dissipate to a remnant hundreds of miles north of Kauai.

High surf warnings for eastern shores of most of the Hawaiian islands are in effect due to Norman. “A large swell from Hurricane Norman will rise today, and peak Thursday along east facing shores of the Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai,” the National Weather Service said.

Meanwhile, further east, Hurricane Olivia continues to weaken as it heads west-northwestward.

Located about 1,800 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Olivia clocked in with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph while heading west-northwest at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, which monitors the Eastern Pacific. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from Olivia’s center and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

Additional slow weakening is expected during the next few days, and it is expected to cross into the Central Pacific Saturday as a tropical storm. A gradual turn toward the west is expected over the weekend.

By Monday, at the end of the five-day forecast period, Olivia is projected to be about 400 miles northeast of the Big Island with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.

Source: Star-Advertiser

Ho’okele News: Upcoming Events-Summer

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

• Registration is open now for the 43rd annual Fall Craft Fair, happening Nov. 3 at the Hickam Arts & Crafts Center. Cost is $75 for a 15-by-15 space or $105 for a shared space. For more information, call 448-9907.

• Entries for the Hickam Arts & Crafts Center’s Gallery Showcase will be accepted from now through Sept. 30. Submit your artwork, crafts, photography and digital creations. It is free to submit a piece and works will be displayed in the gallery beginning with the opening reception on Oct. 3. For more information, call 448-2393.

• Ohana Paint Night gets creative from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Hickam Arts & Crafts Center. An instructor leads parents and children step by step through a featured painting. At the end of the evening they can take their personal masterpiece home. Price is $35 per person, includes all art supplies and is open to ages 8 and up. Register online at For more information, call 448-9907.

• The Eat the Street shuttle departs at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 from the Hickam Information, Tickets and Tours office. Avoid the traffic and parking woes and catch the shuttle to the island’s largest food truck rally. Price is $7 and the shuttle returns to the base at approximately 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 448-2295.

• The Hail & Farewell Open Mic Night is a night of fun from 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Teen Center, to welcome new members and say “see ya later” to those moving on to new adventures. This event is free and is open to all teens registered with the program and their families. For more information, call 448-1068.

• The English Channel Swim Challenge occurs from Sept. 1-30 at all Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Pools. You have a month to swim the equivalent length of the English Channel, 21 miles. The first 25 to complete this challenge receive prizes. For more information, call 473-0394.

• Joint Services Suicide Prevention & Human Awareness Ribbon Event takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 5. September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and the Military & Family Support Center is teaming up with program managers from all bases. This large-scale event will capture attention with the attempt to make a record-breaking human awareness ribbon while highlighting the importance of reaching out to help individuals who have thoughts of suicide. The event also includes a resource fair, live music and a proclamation signing. For more information, call 474-1999.

• A Makerspace demonstration takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the JBPHH Library. This is a free event for children ages 8 and up. For more information, call 449-8299.

Source: Ho’okele News