World Surf League: Lakey Peterson and John John Florence Win Margaret River Pro
- WSL Men's and Women's Championship Tour the 4th stop, Margaret River Pro took place at Margaret River in Western Australia between May 29th and June 9th.
The Final ran in six-to-eight foot (1.8 – 2.4 metre) waves, 2-time World Champion John John Florence (HAW) defeated Kolohe Andino (USA), who advanced to the Final for the second time since Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, and claimed his second victory of 2019 following Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. It marks his second win of Margaret River Pro.
"I'm super stoked to win in Margaret River again," John John Florence said. "Brother (Kolohe Andino) was pushing me super hard in that heat and it was pretty nerve-racking in those last 12 minutes because it got really slow out there, so I knew I had to pick the perfect wave. Kolohe is scary to surf against in waves like this. That was our second Final out here and he is always such a threat."
"I really love coming here to Margaret River," continued Florence. "It really reminds me of home in Hawaii. There are so many different waves and lots of power and it's just a beautiful place to come. I've always enjoyed coming here since the first time I competed here when it was a Qualifying Series event and I'm stoked to be back. I can't even believe where I am at this point of the year, it's pretty crazy for me. There was a lot of mental and physical stuff to go through after the injury so I'm just stoked to be back surfing and competing."
- While women's event, Lakey Peterson (USA) clinched her first win this year since 2018 Corona Bali Protected after defeating Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) in the Final. Lakey Peterson took down 7-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in the Quarterfinal and 3-time Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Semifinal.
"This event has been a hard one for me to overcome," Lakey Peterson said. "I was so stoked that we waited for today and got some decent swell for the Finals. It was super windy, which made it tricky but that's all a part of this place and it makes the win even sweeter. After beating Stephanie (Gilmore) and Carissa (Moore) and making it through the Quarterfinals, I found some extra momentum and fire and had definitely figured it out at Main Break. It's been such an amazing event. Everyone has been surfing so well, especially in the Final. Tatiana (Weston-Webb) was surfing so well so a big congratulations to her."
"After a rough start to the season, the Olympic qualification has definitely been on my mind," continued Peterson. "I just need to have fun and enjoy myself because if I get too caught up in past results, it can hinder me a bit. My goal right now is to do my best and have fun with my surfing."
Margaret River Pro Men’s Final Results:
F 1: John John Florence (HAW) 18.50 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.10
Margaret River Pro Men’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 14.60 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.10
SF 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.83 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 9.00
Margaret River Pro Men’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.73 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.36
QF 2: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.26 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.24
QF 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.90 def. Seth Moniz (HAW) 13.34
QF 4: Julian Wilson (BRA) 13.40 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 11.60
Margaret River Pro Women’s Final Results:
F 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.33 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 10.40
Margaret River Pro Women’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 13.33 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.67
SF 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.97 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.80
Margaret River Pro Women’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 14.26 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.10
QF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.50 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 14.40
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.84 def. Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 8.50
QF 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 18.83 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.16
- source : World Surf League