Women On Waves Surf Contest (W.O.W.) it's an amateur longboard surfing event that showcases the talent and athleticism of local women in the Santa Cruz County community. It is a fundraising event that promotes women's participation, of all ages, in the sport of surfing. Women On Waves Surf Contest is organized by a group of volunteers from the community that feel very passionate about giving back and celebrating women's presence in the water.
W.O.W. Participants come from all walks of life and all ages. Their enthusiasm for the sport of surfing is truly uplifting and a testament to the strength and camaraderie of our community.
Profits from WOW 2018 will benefit The Wahine Project, a nonprofit organization created in an effort to reach young girls around the world who would otherwise not have access to the resources that would allow them to surf. Whether geographical, financial or lack of opportunity, The Wahine Project seeks to break down the barriers that prevent the participation of young girls in the sport of surfing and provide them the opportunity to not only become proficient surfers but as a result of surfing, increase their awareness to their global citizenship. Through education, outreach and travel young girls will be provided opportunities that will give them a sense of social responsibility that surfing uniquely provides.