HONOLULU (AP) Female professional surfers are competing for the first time in a big wave surfing competition hosted by the World Surf League.
The contest is being held Friday at the surf break Peahi – also known as Jaws – on Maui.
Contest organizers say wave faces could reach 40 feet.
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League spokesman Dave Prodan says there are more men than women involved in the sport internationally, and it's challenging to accommodate bigger groups when there's a small window of time when ocean conditions are right.
Competitor Bianca Valenti says it's a big step forward for women in surfing.