- World Surf League: Vans US Open of Surfing Quarterfinal in Huntington Beach
- Vans US Open of Surfing Day 3, Women’s Quarterfinal took place at Huntington Beach in clean four-to-five foot waves on August 3.
Defending champion of this event Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) defated Johanne Defay (FRA) in Heat 1. Beginning of the Heat, Johanne Defay earned 7.17 points and lead the game, but Tatiana Weston-Webb tried backhand attack and got 6.80 with a total of 12.80 points.
Coco Ho (HAW) took down curent World champion Tyler Wright (AUS) in a close game.
Local heroes, Sage Erickson (USA) and Courtney Conlogue (USA) advanced to Semifinals. Especially, for Erikson, the result is sending her second CT Semifinal of 2017.
Tatiana Weston-Webb said;
“I feel like Johanne [Defay] and I are really strong contenders out here and she’s such a great surfer. She’s been on a roll, but I felt like I had some momentum backing me. I just wanted to take what I learned from the judges yesterday and put it in my surfing. I didn’t get that one really good wave I wanted, but I did my job and I’m so stoked. We were really exhausted from yesterday with a long day on the beach and had to take it step-by-step today.”
Coco Ho said;
“I just went for it on that last one. It’s for sure intimidating coming up against girls, like Tyler [Wright], because they can manufacture scores in very average waves, but in the same sense it pushes you and makes you surf harder, which is what I tried to do. I want to find my feet on the Tour and stop doing the QS, but it is such a tight race from 7th to 12th place. Everyone’s really close so I’m stoked there’s a lot of room to move this year. We’re only halfway through the year and I feel better than ever.”
Sage Erickson said;
“I feel like I’ve come up against girls like Tyler [Wright] and Courtney [Conlogue] quite a bit this year and I feel like I know their respect level and space. I don’t compete that much against Sally [Fitzgibbons] besides last year and it was aggressive. I was feeling it. We’re going old-school elbow-to-elbow, which was cool to see from her. She’s always so kind and gracious, so to see her fired up was fun so I knew I had to keep level-headed and not get too much into the aggressive game."
Courtney Conlogue said;
“I think any one of these women on Tour are masters of being able to switch on and put that competitive face on. Sage [Erickson] and I are good friends, but when we get in the water, it’s so fun. We just go so far back and it’s always going to be a great competition. I always look forward to heats with her because she brings out the best in me and I’m excited for it. It’d be awesome to take this event on home turf and I just have so much support, which gets me all choked-up and fuels me to do that much better.”
Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.80 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.90
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.86 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.50
QF 3: Sage Erickson (USA) 10.74 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 9.10
QF 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.07 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.47
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- source : World Surf League