- World Surf League: Roxy Pro France Kicks Off at La Gravière in France
- The 9th Stop on WSL Women's Championship, Roxy Pro France kicked off at La Gravière in France in three-to-four foot perfect waves on October 7, 2017.
18 competitors showcased supper battles in Round 1 and 2. This time, Caroline Marks (FRA) participated in the event as a wildcard and reigning World Champ Tyler Wright (AUS), who were injured her right knee in last event, decided to join in.
"We've had a week now and I feel like a lot of healing has happened," Wright explained. "My whole week has been about healing and doing everything I can to get as much reattached to the bone as possible. I have an incredible crew working with me, I'm very lucky to have this entourage. I wouldn't be here competing if it's wasn't for those people. The chances of me doing this event were low, let's be honest. I had to decide, to have those conversations about walking away and how I would feel if I did. I'm here to win, to try to get that second World Title, that's what all this last week is about and that's what I'm here to do.”
In Round 1, Johanne Defay (FRA), Lakey Peterson (USA), Silvana Lima (BRA), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Tyler Wright (AUS) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) advanced directly to Round 3. Especially, Tyler Wright showed 7.67 points ride in beginning of the Heat, that did not have injury feel.
Surprisingly, in Round 2, last event Cascais Women's Pro winner Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Vans US Open winner Sage Erickson (USA) and runner-up Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) were defeated, leaving the event early.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) won against wildcard Caroline Marks and kept the yellow jersey. 3-time World champ Carissa Moore (HAW) earned 9.00 and 9.17 points in Heat 2 and moved up to Round 3.
- World No. 1 Sally Fitzgibbons said;
"It's interesting how conditions change every 10 minutes when that tide comes in. I knew I had a tough opponent, Caroline is doing well on the QS and I'm sure she'll be joining us next year. So I had to step it up and I'm happy to move through. We have long days here in France so you have to pace yourself and manage your energy, it's challenging but I'm really having a lot of fun with it."
Currently Jeep Ranking No. 2 Courtney Conlogue said;
"I've had a week to kind of wash that last event off [the Cascais Women's Pro] and I'm feeling great. I’ve been coming here for over 10 years now and it's a place that's really close to my heart. I'm excited and really optimistic, a lot went down in this event last year and I'm really looking forward to this event."
Roxy Pro Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.87, Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.67, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.90
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.16, Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.13, Sage Erickson (USA) 8.87
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.26, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.06, Caroline Marks (FRA) 5.76
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.20, Keely Andrew (AUS) 12.00, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.74
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.74, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.20, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.73
Heat 6: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.60, Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.47, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.50
Roxy Pro Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.54 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.37
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.17 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.96
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.70 def. Caroline Marks (FRA) 9.53
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.27 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 11.20
Heat 5: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.30 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.53
Heat 6: Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.44 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.30
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- source : World Surf League