World Surf League: Corona Open J-Bay Women's 2018, Stephanie Gilmore Wins
- Corona Open J-Bay Women's 2018 resumed at Jeffreys Bay after long waiting a week. The event ran Round 3, Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final in double-overhead conditions.
The final day of the event witnessed Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) claimed her third victory of the 2018 season. In the Final, Stephanie Gilmore and Lakey Peterson (USA) competed, meaning the Jeep Leader Board No. 1 and No. 2 competition.
Lakey Peterson kept her good condition and was strong until the Final. She dominated Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Johanne Defay (FRA) with high scores of 16.66 and 15.83 in the Semifinal and the Quarterfinal, respectively. Also in Round 3, she earned the highest score 9.00 of the day.
But Stephanie Gilmore showcased steady riding with 7.60 and 6.57 points while Lakey Peterson struggled to get high scores in the Final.
Finally, Stephanie Gilmore took the Jeep Leader jersey from Lakey Peterson.
This time, Bianca Buitendag came back to the event as a wildcard. She has recently struggled a back injury. But she shined throughout this event and advanced to the Semifinals.
Winner Stephanie Gilmore said;
"I think I was just stressing too much about everything. Everyone was telling me that this is my wave, this is my place. And then I saw Lakey smash it and get huge scores ... so I started thinking that maybe this isn't my wave.
It's nice to be a part of a rivalry again. Rivals are what make this sport exciting and beautiful. I get inspired by great rivals."
Runner-up Lakey Peterson said;
"It's so good out there It's so cool that the WSL waited for the swell for us. For the women to get waves like this in J-Bay it's everything we could've dreamed of. I went out really early this morning. It was kind of scary out there in the dark by yourself. But I just wanted to get a wave. We haven't seen it this big yet. I lost today but after surfing these waves all day, I don't see it that way."
Corona Open J-Bay Women's 2018 Semifinals Results:
S F 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.66 vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.33
S F 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.67 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 10.33
Corona Open J-Bay Women's 2018 Quarterfinals Results:
Q F 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.33 vs. Coco Ho (HAW) 8.90
Q F 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.83 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.30
Q F 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.00 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 15.00
Q F 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 18.54 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 10.60
Corona Open J-Bay Women's 2018 Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.40, Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.30, Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.36
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.83, Coco Ho (HAW) 15.10, Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.07
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.50, Sage Erickson (USA) 11.57, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.04
Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 15.40, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 13.34, Caroline Marks (USA) 12.76
- source : World Surf League