- World Surf League: Women's Championship Tour Swatch Pro Kicks Off at Lower Trestles
- The seventh stop on WSL Women's Championship, Swatch Pro kicked off at Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California. Round 1 ran in two-to-four foot waves.
In this event, surprising, some competitors are improving with aerial technics. Especialy, Silvana Lima (BRA), Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Lakey Peterson (USA).
Silvana Lima dominated two World Champions Carissa Moore (HAW) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) with aerial in Heat 2.
In Heat 3, Keely Andrew (AUS) defeated reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright with high scores ripping.
Courtney Conlogue and Lakey Peterson, their Heart 5 was a close game. Courtney Conlogue earned 8.67 and 8.00 ponints with aerial and speedy riding.
While, Lakey Peterson tried aerial with 360 degrees and almost completed, but she needed 9.00 points more. She gained 8.33 points in last wave. However she was not enough to win.
Silvana Lima said;
“Oh my goodness, I saw my first surf heat was against Carissa [Moore] and Steph [Gilmore] and can’t believe I won this heat. Could you believe that? My first heat win of the year against those two girls. It feels so good right now. I’ve been doing well on the QS and now I have more confidence coming back here to Lowers. I love surfing this wave. I just believed in myself and knew I just had to surf my best out there. Carissa is such a good surfer and Steph has so much style with her power surfing so I had to surf like myself and just keep going in that heat.”
Keely Andrew said;
“I was pretty nervous going into the water, I just have so much respect for Tyler [Wright] and she’s smoked me so many times so to finally get a win is pretty great. I’m pretty happy, but it’s only one heat so it’s a good confidence booster moving forward. It’s nice though with the results I've gotten on the QS to help give some leeway and some more confidence. It’s also nice to do it a bit earlier than last year so I can focus more on the CT starting now rather than later.”
Courtney Conlogue said;
“It was definitely a great heat and Lakey [Peterson] has been looking really good out here just watching the training sessions, so I just wanted to get the ball rolling. You had to time your turns properly and I ended up linking up with some good sets, and I was just having a blast. Pretty much my mission this year has been finding empty waves. I’ve just been surfing and doing a lot of yoga, which is great because it creates some structure and discipline to my routine.”
Swatch Pro Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.50, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.50, Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.00
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.30, Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.87, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.97
Heat 3: Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.17, Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.83, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 7.86
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.53, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 13.07, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.27
Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.67, Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.00, Laura Enever (AUS) 11.83
Heat 6: Sage Erickson (USA) 13.43, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.43, Malia Manuel (HAW) 6.47
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- source : World Surf League