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11/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22802361

World Surf League




Caption: Silvana Lima (BRA) (L), Che Allan (BRB) (C), and Summer Macedo (HAW) (R) claimed massive wins in beautiful San Jose Del Cabo at the fifth annual Los Cabos Open of Surf.
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SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (Saturday, June 10, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Los Cabos Open of Surf crowned Silvana Lima (BRA)Che Allan (BRB), and Summer Macedo (HAW) its 2017 champions after a marathon event was completed in remaining two-to-three foot waves. An incredible day of action from an all Championship Tour (CT) affair in the women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 event and big performances from the juniors made it entertaining for all watching. The fifth annual Los Cabos Open of Surf witnessed some of the best conditions in years throughout the event and, despite some inconsistency today, provided plenty of opportunity for competitors to showcase their talents.

Caption: Silvana Lima's (BRA) long-awaited chair-up at Zippers was finally realized.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

 It was a long overdue win for Lima after earning two runner-up results at Zippers since 2014 and always finding her place in finals day each year. The 6,000 points pushes Lima into the top three on the QS ratings before heading back to Brazil for some time away from the jersey.
“I feel so happy, I can’t thank everyone from here enough for all their support over the years so this is for all of them,” Lima said. “Bronte is such an amazing surfer and it was great to surf against her in that Final. That was the first time I wasn’t nervous out there and just kept telling myself to surf my best, and that’s all I needed to do.”

Caption: Silvana Lima's (BRA) incredible forehand attack was built for Zippers.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

The 34-year-old charged through two fellow CT competitors starting with Keely Andrew (AUS) in the Semifinals where she posted an excellent 8.17 (out of a possible 10) before backing it up with another 8.77 -- earning the highest single-wave and heat total, 16.94, of the QS finals day. She continued that brilliance into the Final with another 8.17 over last year’s champion Bronte Macaulay (AUS) and solidified her maiden Zippers win.
“It’s a proud moment that I’ll never forget after getting so close every year and now to win is a dream come true,” Lima added. “I’m so comfortable out here with all the guys telling me this is your year and I started to believe it more and more. This is great confidence to take home and start training for the Supergirl, but I’m going to enjoy this day and just soak it all in.”

Caption: Last year's champion Bronte Macaulay (AUS) continued her dominance at Zippers with back-to-back Finals.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Macaulay returned to her second consecutive Final in Los Cabos after taking down Sage Erickson (USA) in the Semifinals and fell just short of a repeat to an unstoppable Lima. But, this marks the Aussie’s best result of 2017 and can now head into the summer break with some confidence to hold on to.
“I feel like Silvana was the best surfer in this event and she posted up so many good heats so I knew it’d be a tough one,” Macaualy said. “I’m a little disappointed in my surfing though it felt good to get going on the QS. It was a fun day out there, I swear it’s always glassy and this wave is so defined that it makes it so good to unleash on. It’ll be great to spend some time at home after a quick stay in California, then head back there for the QS and CT leg.”

Caption: Che Allan's (BRB) well deserved chair-up was much needed after a tough, early loss at the first event of the year.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Before Lima was chaired up the beach, a spectacular men’s Pro Junior Final took full advantage of the fun conditions on offer and Che Allan (BRB) emerged victorious. The Barbadian claimed his second WSL event title over the in-form talents of current North America No. 1 Ryland Rubens (USA), last year’s Los Cabos Open of Surf fourth-place finisher Eithan Osborne (USA), and explosive Tyler Gunter (USA).
Allan’s vicious backhand did not let him down after recovering from a slow start before posting an 8.33 on his final scoring ride to take the win in the final minute of action.
“After that first contest I just went home and regrouped then came here wanting to win so bad, that’s all I wanted, so to do that is unbelievable,” Allan said. “Hopefully I can go through the rest of the year with a lot more confidence now and try to qualify for Worlds again. I got nervous thinking I peaked too early in that first heat and had a slow Quarterfinal yesterday, but I got my form back in the Semifinals and Finals which is what mattered."
“I’ll just have to get back to square one now and not get ahead of myself heading into the US Open,” Allan added. “It’ll be good to go home and regroup again before getting to Huntington early to practice early. That’s always such a big event with all the internationals there and I’m looking forward to competing against them again.”

Caption: Summer Macedo (HAW) wanted to better her runner-up from last year and did just that with her first Los Cabos win.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

An incredible finish to Summer Macedo’s (HAW) 2017 Los Cabos Open Surf campaign came with a deserving win and saved the best for last. The 16-year-old earned a near-perfect 9.93, matching the event’s highest single-scoring wave, to claim her first Los Cabos title. One of Maui’s top talents won’t walk away with any points being out of region, but can take this confidence and a well-earned $2,500 for her dominating performance.
It was a stacked international final featuring some of the world’s best up-and-coming talents including reigning World Junior Champion Macy Callaghan (AUS), former CT wildcard Caroline Marks (USA), and current North America No. 1 Alyssa Spencer (USA). But, Macedo continued on her forehand attack and lit up Zippers one last time when it mattered most.
“To win the Pro Junior and test my abilities against some of the world’s best juniors feels amazing,” Macedo said. “In that heat Macy [Callaghan] started off really strong and I knew I needed the best wave out here. I wanted to stay in sync and find that one wave, there’s been that one in every heat and I had to be on it. I love this wave and felt really in rhythm with it the whole event so I couldn’t be happier. Now I’ll be back and forth between California and Maui to spend time at home while prepping for some amateur events and the Supergirl Pro. I'm just beyond excited to win this event and know I can compete against these girls. at a high level.”
Go to www.worldsurfleague.com, or download the WSL App for more information on the 2017 Los Cabos Open of Surf.
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Finals Result:
1 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.84           6,000 points  $10,000
2 – Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.50    4,500 points  $5,000
Los Cabos Open of Surf Men’s Pro Junior Finals Result:
1 – Che Allan (BRB) 15.96              1,000 points  $2,000
2 – Ryland Rubens (USA) 15.63     750 points     $900
3 – Tyler Gunter (USA) 14.33          560 points    $600
4 – Eithan Osborne (USA) 14.13     525 points    $500
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Pro Junior Finals Result:
1 – Summer Macedo (HAW) 17.26                        $2,000
2 – Alyssa Spencer (USA) 14.80  750 points       $900
3 – Macy Callaghan (AUS) 12.83                           $600
4 – Caroline Marks (USA) 8.50 525 points          $500
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.94 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 15.27
SF 2: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.84 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 10.00
Los Cabos Open of Surf Men’s Pro Junior Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Ryland Rubens (USA) 13.10, Che Allan (BRB) 15.33, David Economos (USA) 9.60, Shane Borland (USA) 7.53
SF 2: Eithan Osborne (USA) 15.07, Tyler Gunter (USA) 12.20, Crosby Colapinto (USA) 11.74, Cole Houshmand (USA) 11.50
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Pro Junior Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 13.00, Summer Macedo (HAW) 14.00, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 11.23, Alyssa Lock (AUS) 10.00
SF 2: Alyssa Spencer (USA) 16.33, Caroline Marks (USA) 15.46, Bethany Zelasko (USA) 6.63, Julie Nishimoto (JPN) 5.43


11/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22802358

World Surf League


Caption: Ecstatic champions Chloe Calmon (BRA) and Emilien Fleury (FRA).
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PRAIA DE GAIA, Gaia - Portugal (Saturday, June 10, 2017) — Chloe Calmon (BRA), 22, and Emilien Fleury (FRA), 31, have claimed the 2017 Longboard Pro Gaia titles today in good two-to-three foot surf. The day started early with the quarterfinals on the outgoing tide and ran an uninterrupted six hours under the Portuguese sun to crown our event champions by the early afternoon.

Calmon and Rachael Tilly (USA), 19, took it to the lineup in the decreasing surf towards high-tide and suffered a relatively slow first half of their final, exchanging mostly average scores. The first exchange of consequence came at the 15-minute mark, with Calmon taking the nod, courtesy of a combination of hang-fives and tens for a 7.73 against Tilly’s 7.17.

The Brazilian quickly put an even bigger score on the board, an excellent 8.67 to stamp her authority and take the lead. Despite the Californian’s multiple efforts, Calmon’s lead was never questioned and the current leader on the World Longboard Tour walked away with the win.

“I feel really comfortable here, Portugal is like a second home to me,” Calmon stated. “This event was really challenging as conditions kept changing and the level of the girls was so high. Today it felt like a world tour event as I surfed against Rachael, Lindsay and Natsumi from Japan.”

Calmon, who won the first of two events counting for the World Longboard Championships, earlier this year in Papua New Guinea, is in a strong position to claim a maiden World Title when competitors head to Taiwan in November.

“I started doing the European leg last year cause there’s more events here and a very strong level,” she continued. “It seems more girls have chosen to do the same this year and it’s great to be able to compete against all of them and experience that level in competition in different conditions all year long. I hope pressure won’t be a problem leading up to the Taiwan event but I feel like I’m prepared well and I just want to go there and surf the best I can.”

The former World Longboard Champion, Tilly had a near-perfect road to the final, posting big score combinations, and eliminating current form European surfer Alice Lemoigne (REU) in the process. The San Clemente local placed runner-up and will build up her confidence levels before her next event in Newquay for the Boardmasters Women’s Longboard in August.

“I’ve been feeling good the whole week leading up to the event,” Tilly said. “Today, each heat has been different conditions wise. It was kind of hard to know where to sit and we basically surfed three different spots. It was not easy to catch the waves, but I still think I surfed well and I’m happy with my performance. In the next days I’m going to explore Portugal a little bit and then I’m going back to California. But I will come back soon to Europe as I will be competing in the last European LQS event.”

In the men’s final, perennial threat Edouard Delpero took on Emilien Fleury for a remake of their Boardmasters clash last season. The pair had a more consistent bout, with a lot of waves surfed including multiple high-scores.

At that game, Delpero found his rhythm quick and put two solid 8+ rides on the board to build a comfortable lead. Fleury didn’t back down and found his own 8.33 to stay in striking distance of the win. A long classic ride later, Fleury put an impressive 9.10 to flip the situation and put Delpero under-pressure for the first time in this event. Fleury proceeded to keep the former European champion off the best waves and eventually claimed his first-ever LQS event title.

“It’s awesome to get one over Edouard after our final in Newquay last year,” Fleury admitted. “I knew I’d maybe get one chance at a really big score, I got it and I like the way I surfed that wave, even with my backup board, so I’m stoked to get the win.”

With the win today and a fourth place in Caparica in April, Fleury moves into pole position on the European rankings, and for the first time stares down the barrel at a potential regional title. With one event left in Cornwall this summer, pressure builds between the French trio still in contention for the coveted European trophy.

“Fistral is weirdly very similar to my homespot of Hendaye and I get comfortable surfing there quite easily,” he added. “The vibe is great too so I really look forward to competing there again. I don’t think I’ll be feeling too much pressure, it’s more just excitement to be in this position for the first time.”

The Hendaye local had previously performed some of his best surfing in the opening semifinal to dispatch of Brazil’s powerhouse Rodrigo Sphaier and reach a career’s third final on the longboard qualifying series.

“I was really scared when Rodrigo literally smashed his last wave in the semifinal, I could see it from the back, and he put two massive turns, but I guess he didn’t get the score as he didn’t put any noseride. Last year I lost against Piccolo Clemente in the same kind of situation, in the last minute”

Edouard Delpero (FRA), 27, tried everything he could to overturn the heat but fell short on three occasions, scoring good scores but never quite the excellent 8.91 required. With a runner-up in Gaia, Edouard keeps his second place on the regional ranks, now tied with his brother Antoine leading up to the final event of 2017.

“Five minutes before the end, I made a mistake,” Delpero explained. “I had my two scores and I thought I could improve on an average wave, but I didn’t and he got the priority, that’s when he got his 9-point. I regret taking that one, but I surfed my waves and did my best. Emilien deserves this win. He’s been fighting for the last few events to take the title, and today he gets it, this is great”.

The Delperos clash in the semis was one of the most anticipated heats of the day as pressure between the two brothers had built up during the whole event. Edouard scored two near-perfect scores for an incredible heat total of 19 points. They are now tied in second place of the European rankings.

Before the final stop on the European LQS, the Boardmasters in England this August, the new regional Top 5 stands as follows:

Men’s European LQS Top 5:
1 - Emilien Fleury (FRA)
2 - Edouard Delpero (FRA)
2 - Antoine Delpero (FRA)
4 - Jack Unsworth (GBR)
5 - Alberto Fernandez (ESP)

Women’s European LQS Top 5:
1 - Alice Lemoigne (REU)
2 - Emily Currie (GBR)
3 - Kathleen Barrigao (PRT)
4 - Francesca Rubegni (ITA)
5 - Justine Dupont (FRA)

The Longboard Pro Gaia is scheduled from June 9-11, 2017 at Praia de Gaia, Gaia - Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.

The Longboard Pro Gaia is organized by Portugal Ativo Club with the support of Câmara Municipal de Gaia, Águas de Gaia, Turismo do Porto e Norte, sponsored and suported by IPDJ, Freguesia de Canidelo, Novotel Gaia/Porto, Vitalis, Nelo Kayaks, SupDouro, Douro Academy, Malibu Surf School, with media partners Porto Canal, FuelTV, MegaHits, SurfPortugal, Surftotal and Onfire, O Gaiense among others; official forecaster magicseaweed.com.

1 - Emilien Fleury (FRA) 17.43
- Edouard Delpero (FRA) 16.60

1 - Chloe Calmon (BRA) 16.40
- Rachael Tilly (USA) 14.20

SF 1: Emilien Fleury (FRA) 15.77 def. Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 15.03
SF 2: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 19.00 def. Antoine Delpero (FRA) 16.60

SF 1: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 15.30 def. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 13.07
SF 2: Rachael Tilly (USA) 15.34 def. Alice Lemoigne (REU) 13.33

QF 1: Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 13.50 def. Jack Unsworth (GBR) 8.50
QF 2: Emilien Fleury (FRA) 15.63 def. Augusto Olinto (BRA) 14.53
QF 3: Antoine Delpero (FRA) 16.20 def. Federico Nesti (ITA) 10.30
QF 4: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 15.84 def. Alberto Fernandez (ESP) 10.56

QF 1: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 13.00 def. Emily Currie (GBR) 0.94
QF 2: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 15.24 def. Natsumi Taoka (JPN) 11.17
QF 3: Alice Lemoigne (REU) 10.76 def. Lucie Milochau (FRA) 6.97
QF 4: Rachael Tilly (USA) 16.40 def. Francesca Rubegni (ITA) 8.90



10/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22794852

World Surf League




Caption: Four-time Quarterfinalist at the Los Cabos Open of Surf Women's QS6,000, Silvana Lima (BRA), is back into the Semifinals for a second consecutive year.
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SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (Friday, June 9, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Los Cabos Open of Surf is in for an incredible finals day after more spectacular performances shined from the women's Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 and Po Junior events. Semifinalists were determined for all involved and stacked draws await -- including an all Championship Tour (CT) competitor affair for the QS6,000.

Caption: Silvana Lima (BRA) winning her Round Six heat over Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Silvana Lima (BRA) earned herself yet another Quarterfinal appearance at the Los Cabos Open of Surf -- making it her fourth year in a row. The Brazilian's fast-paced, aggressive surfing is a perfect suit to the Zippers and she showed that with multiple maneuvers in a tight space to earn an excellent 8.33 (out of a perfect 10). Lima continued that form and clinched back-to-back Semifinals, setting herself up for consecutive big results in Los Cabos.
“I’m feeling very comfortable here and the waves are still fun, I just love it here,” Lima said. “I love surfing this wave and I just want to keep going heat by heat to get a good result. I’m so stoked to make it back to the Semifinals and feel really good on my board -- it's amazing to keep pushing forward. It’s nice to have a sponsor like Oi that I do, you always feel a bit more confident with that support and it helps my drive for the year.”

Caption: Sage Erickson (USA) ripped through her two heats -- claiming wins over an in-form Ellie Brooks (AUS) and event standout Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Multiple, big performances from Sage Erickson (USA) lit up the scoreboard with an excellent 8.00 in the Quarterfinals, and found another 8.00 in the Semifinals against event standout Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW). This is a special event for the Ventura, California native who gets to share it with her family and friends while keeping the competitive jersey on.
“I really like coming to QS contests, I get more practice, points, and Cabo is a place where my dad comes here so we just have a great time every year,” Erickson said. “He’s always so passionate and keeps things refreshed so each heat win is always so inspiring and exciting with him. I always look forward to coming here, who doesn’t want the opportunity to come to Mexico. I think making memories down here together is what we really look forward to.”
"That heat against Tati was always going to be tough," Erickson added. "She doesn't fall much and she's a super strong competitor. To get past her is a big hurdle and I got fourth in my first heat last year so this is a big improvement from that."

Caption: 2016 Los Cabos Open of Surf Champion Bronte Macaulay (AUS) came out on top in the rematch Quarterfinal heat against Dominic Barona (ECU). 
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Dominic Barona (ECU) earned runner-up in Los Cabos last year and was back in form once more -- taking down Coco Ho (HAW) with a clutch 8.17 in the dying minutes of Round Six. But, in a Final rematch from 2016, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) showcased her dominance once again with an excellent 8.33 to solidify her spot into the Semifinals and eliminated the darkhorse.
“I love Dominic [Barona], she’s always in high spirits and has a great crew around her -- and she’s obviously a very good surfer,” Macaulay said. “It was a pretty slow heat so that was scary because I knew she could get an 8.00 on any wave. But, my dad helps keeps things quite simple and just where to be in the lineup. It’s great to have him with me and coaching me every step of the way.”

Keely Andrew (AUS) rounded out the Semifinal draw over young phenom Caroline Marks (USA) to complete the CT's sweep. 

Caption: Cole Houshmand (USA) finishing off his near-perfect 9.93.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

The men's Pro Junior Quarterfinals fired into action with near-perfect Zippers conditions throughout their Quarterfinal match ups.
Cole Houshmand (USA) topped his performance from yesterday and posted the overall event’s highest single-wave score of a massive 9.93 and earned an incredible 18.60 heat total. Only Crosby Colapinto’s (USA) performance came close to Houshmand’s with an immaculate 8.87 and 8.30 of his own. The San Clemente, California surfer's backhand was undeniable as he nearly left the field comboed in what could be noted as the heat of the event thus far with everyone involved posting big numbers.
“I think experience played a part in that heat, but I was getting pretty nervous after waiting for almost twenty minutes before getting that first 8.57,” Houshmand said. “That was just such a stacked heat with all San Clemente boys and Elijah [Fox] so I knew everyone was going to be ripping. It was one of the best heats I surfed in a long time, maybe ever, so I’m just stoked. I feel really comfortable out here after having so many heats in that lineup and that helps build confidence for sure.”

Caption: Eithan Osborne (USA) preparing for takeoff toward an immaculate 9.40. 
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Last year's fourth-place finisher Eithan Osborne (USA) added to the spectacle and took to the air for a near-perfect 9.40 -- earning a big heat total of 17.43. The Ventura, California competitor felt right at home with the rippable wave of Zippers providing plenty of opportunity in his heat going back and forth with Tyler Gunter (USA). But, in the end it was Osborne who jumped out front with only two minutes remaining.
"There really wasn't much else to do with that wave so I just went for the air and I really wanted to land one so I was stoked," Osborne said. "I made a board change which helped a bit, this one just felt better on rail being a bit longer which helped out there. It's great to make it into another Finals day here and I'm hoping to do even better than I did last year."

Ryland Rubens (USA)Che Allan (BRB)Shane Borland (USA)David Economos (USA) join these four in the Semifinals.

Caption: Alyssa Spencer (USA) in-form once again to earn a Semifinal appearance for the Los Cabos Open of Surf Women's Pro Junior.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Women’s Pro Junior Quarterfinal action got underway immediately following the men and impressive performances followed despite deteriorating, low tide conditions.  
Alyssa Spencer (USA) is becoming one of the major threats of North America with each passing heat. The 14-year-old's dynamic backhand attack pushed her past the dreaded Quarterfinals where she fell last year and can now force the issue on the leaderboard if she makes another Final -- as all regional representatives but Kirra Pinkerton (USA) and Caroline Marks (USA) were eliminated in the Quarterfinals.
"It was really inconsistent, but when the waves came through they were really fun," Spencer said. "I had to sit for a long time to get that 8.33 and 7.00 so I'm glad I did. I've already bettered my result from last year now so I'm happy about that. It's great to be in the Semifinals, but it's going to be challenging with all the girls surfing amazing -- it'll be exciting for sure."

Macy Callaghan (AUS)Alyssa Lock (AUS)Summer Macedo (HAW), and Julie Nishimoto (JPN) also clinched Semifinal berths.
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. MDT to determine an 8:00 a.m. MDT Start for either Semifinals of the Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000, or Pro Junior events.

Tune in live at 8:00 a.m. to witness more action from Zippers at www.worldsurfleague.com, or download the WSL App to stream the event on your mobile device and get daily updates.
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Semifinal Matchups:
SF 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
SF 2: Sage Erickson (USA) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Men’s Pro Junior Semifinal Matchups:
SF 1: Ryland Rubens (USA), Che Allan (BRB), Shane Borland (USA), David Economos (USA)
SF 2: Eithan Osborne (USA, Tyler Gunter (USA), Cole Houshmand (USA), Crosby Colapinto (USA)
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Pro Junior Semifinal Matchups:
SF 1: Macy Callaghan (AUS), Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Summer Macedo (HAW), Alyssa Lock (AUS)
SF 2: Alyssa Spencer (USA), Bethany Zelasko (USA), Caroline Marks (USA), Julie Nishimoto (JPN)
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
QF 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Caroline Marks (USA)
QF 3: Sage Erickson (USA) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
QF 4: Dominic Barona (ECU) vs. Bronte Macualay (AUS)
Los Cabos Open of Surf Men’s Pro Junior Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Ryland Rubens (USA) 16.17, Che Allan (BRB) 13.63, Kade Matson (USA) 13.10, Parker Cohn (USA) 10.60
QF 2: Shane Borland (USA) 12.60, David Economos (USA) 12.57, Bo Raynor (USA) 12.50,Taro Watanabe (USA) 12.17
QF 3: Eithan Osborne (USA) 17.23, Tyler Gunter (USA) 16.43, John Mel (USA) 12.47, Sebastian Mendes (USA) 6.14
QF 4: Cole Houshmand (USA) 18.60, Crosby Colapinto (USA) 17.17, Elijah Fox (HAW) 14.10, Liam Murray (USA) 10.60
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Pro Junior Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 11.77, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 11.76, Rachel Presti (USA) 10.23, Meah Collins (USA) 8.73
QF 2: Summer Macedo (HAW) 14.93, Alyssa Lock (AUS) 13.50, Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 5.93, Julia Camargo (BRA) 4.83
QF 3: Alyssa Spencer (USA) 15.33, Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 8.33, Bethany Zelasko (USA) 7.74Chiasa Maruyama (USA) 4.83
QF 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 15.20, Julie Nishimoto (JPN) 11.04, Samantha Sibley (USA) 9.97, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 9.43
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round Six Results:
Heat 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 11.60 def. Summer Macedo (HAW) 10.17
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.00 def. Bailey Nagy (HAW) 7.74
Heat 3: Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.10 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.80
Heat 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 15.23 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.47
Heat 5: Sage Erickson (USA) 15.23 def. Ellie Brooks (AUS) 12.16
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.17 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13.77
Heat 7: Dominic Barona (ECU) 12.40 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 12.00
Heat 8: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.90 def. Macy Callaghan (AUS) 12.43


09/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22787736

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Caption: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) continued to display her powerful backhand and posted another women's best performance in Round Five.
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SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (Thursday, June 8, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 and Pro Junior events returned to Zippers for another crucial day of competition. Incredible performances followed throughout the day with near-perfection and moments of brilliance as two-to-three, occasional plus, foot conditions were on offer. The women’s QS6,000 is now set with two-man heats in Round Six and the Pro Junior Quarterfinalists were decided for both men and women.

Caption: A beautiful Cabo day witnessed moments of Zippers brilliance.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Tatiana Weston-Webb’s (HAW) began what would become a goofyfoot dominant day by unleashing her backhand once more with Round Five’s highest single-wave of 8.93 (out of a possible 10) and heat total of 16.03 (out of a possible 20) on fellow Championship Tour (CT) competitors Pauline Ado (FRA) and Sage Erickson (USA). The No. 9 QS ranked Kauaian is within striking distance of the No. 1 spot with a win and secure herself in both the CT and QS, but Weston-Webb still has a lot of work ahead of her at Zippers.
“I just waited for the sets and when they opened up I was able to do bigger maneuvers on those which worked out great,” Weston-Webb said. “It was a lot of fun out there. [Going forward] I’ll just have to use priority more seriously and really select the right waves. I’ll have to be more aggressive as well and just make the right choices.”

Caption: Caroline Marks (USA) still maintains appearances in both the Pro Junior alongside Macy Callaghan (AUS) and Summer Macedo (HAW).
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Fifteen-year-old Caroline Marks (USA) blasted past deadly, fellow goofyfooters Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Mahina Maeda (HAW) with a brilliant performance. Marks earned an 8.17 early in the heat with multiple powerful maneuvers on the fast-paced wave and backed it up with a 7.00. Under Mike “Snips” Parsons mentoring, the young talent has plenty in her arsenal.
It’s great traveling with Mike [Parsons], he’s such a legend and he just told me to go out and have fun,” Marks said. “We had a whole game plan of where to sit and what to do -- his advice is so helpful. I’m just trying to have fun and do my best in both events. Having no pressure here is great and I’m really enjoying myself. Surfing against Bianca [Buitendag] was great, she's been like an older sister to me when we've surfed together on trips and I've surfed against Mahina [Maeda] for awhile now so that heat was super fun."
Marks continued that phenomenal form in the Pro Junior event to finish off the day with an immaculate 18.37, including a near-perfect 9.60.

The men's Pro Junior got underway with Rounds One and Two being completed in their entirety and now has its Quarterfinal draws set. Opening day for the region's best 18-and-under proved well worth the wait as Zippers provided plenty of opportunities throughout the rounds.

Caption: Barbadian competitor and No. 1 seed Che Allan (BRB) came out firing in terrific fashion.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

But, it was the No. 1 seed Che Allan (BRB) who demolished what Zippers had to offer him and posted the event’s highest single-wave, a 9.70, and heat total with a near-perfect 19.03. Allan’s backhand looks unstoppable when he needs it most -- coming off a tough result at the first event earlier this year. The Barbadian has his sights on a big result here and returns to the Quarterfinals once again.
“There’s a lot of rights back home and Soup Bowl is a great one which is where I got my backhand from,” Allan said. “Last year was a big year for me with my first win at home and then a fifth in Worlds, but, coming into this year as No. 1 seed, I’ve just had a few injuries and close calls so it feels great to get that heat under my belt. That was actually one of my first sessions out at Zippers just with the crowds always packed so I’m really stoked to come out and get a few good ones.”

Caption: Last year's third-place finisher Cole Houshmand (USA) kicked off his campaign brilliantly.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Cole Houshmand’s (USA) best 2016 result on the Junior Tour came here in Los Cabos last year and he’s well on his way to doing the same with an 8.33 to start his campaign. The San Clemente, California native found the gem he was waiting for and attacked each section with a variety of maneuvers to earn himself a spot back into the Quarterfinals.
“This is one of my favorite events and it was my best result last year which helps me bring in a lot of confidence,” Houshmand said. “My homebreak, Lowers, definitely relates to this wave on certain tides and conditions, and I surfed it every day I could before coming here. I normally only go left, but I knew I was coming to Cabo so I just worked on my backhand as best I could.”

Caption: Carlsbad, California native Alyssa Spencer (USA) returned to form for the start of her Pro Junior contest.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

The women’s Pro Junior event finished off another marathon day of competition and the young talents shined in moments of great surfing.

Aside from Marks’ near-perfection, Alyssa Spencer (USA) dropped an impressive performance of her own once more in this event. Despite being eliminated from the QS event in Round Five, the 14-year-old has her sights on the Pro Junior title even more so now.
"Going into that heat I just wanted to get a good first wave, which I ended up getting a 1.00, but I found a good one toward the end so that was great," Spencer said. "After falling out of the QS this morning, all my focus can go toward the Pro Junior which has been my focus so I'm happy to keep going. I really want to get past the Quarterfinals and better my result from last year, and keep getting better."
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:00 a.m. MDT to determine an 7:30 a.m. MDT Start for either Round Five of the Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000, or Pro Junior events.

Tune in live at 8:00 a.m. to witness more action from Zippers at www.worldsurfleague.com, or download the WSL App to stream the event on your mobile device and get daily updates.
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round Six Matchups:
Heat 1: Summer Macedo (HAW) vs. Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Bailey Nagy (HAW)
Heat 3: Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 4: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 5: Ellie Brooks (AUS) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Philippa Anderson (AUS)
Heat 7: Dominic Barona (ECU) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 8: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Men’s Pro Junior Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Che Allan (BRB), Ryland Rubens (USA), Kade Matson (USA), Parker Cohn (USA)
QF 2: Taro Watanabe (USA), David Economos (USA), Bo Raynor (USA), Shane Borland (USA)
QF 3: Tyler Gunter (USA), John Mel (USA), Eithan Osborne (USA), Sebastian Mendes (USA)
QF 4: Crosby Colapinto (USA), Elijah Fox (HAW), Cole Houshmand (USA), Liam Murray (USA)
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Pro Junior Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Macy Callaghan (AUS), Meah Collins (USA), Rachel Presti (USA), Kirra Pinkerton (USA)
QF 2: Summer Macedo (HAW), Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Alyssa Lock (AUS), Julia Camargo (BRA)
QF 3: Alyssa Spencer (USA), Chiasa Maruyama (USA), Gabriela Bryan (HAW), Bethany Zelasko (USA)
QF 4: Caroline Marks (USA), Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Julie Nishimoto (JPN), Samantha Sibley (USA)
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round Five Matchups:
Heat 1: Summer Macedo (HAW) 11.13, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 9.40, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 9.10
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.37, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) , Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
Heat 3: Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.97, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.00, Laura Enever (AUS) 10.40
Heat 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 15.17, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.17, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 10.24
Heat 5: Ellie Brooks (AUS) 9.60, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 6.90, Alyssa Spencer (USA) 6.84
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 16.03, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.07, Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.26
Heat 7: Dominic Barona (ECU) 13.24, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 10.34, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 7.10
Heat 8: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.63, Coco Ho (HAW) 12.27, Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.60
Los Cabos Open of Surf Men’s Pro Junior Round Two Results:
Heat 1: Che Allan (BRB) 19.03, David Economos (USA) 9.36, Sean Foerster (CAN) 9.20, Rey Hernandez (MEX) 8.13
Heat 2: Kade Matson (USA) 12.73, Shane Borland (USA) 12.73, Shane Borland (USA) 10.87, Braden Jones (USA) 7.50, Micha Cantor (USA) 7.06
Heat 3: Taro Watanabe (USA) 15.00, Ryland Rubens (USA) 12.00, Malaki Martinez (CRI) 8.67, Kevin Dand (USA) 7.53
Heat 4: Bo Raynor (USA) 13.53, Parker Cohn (USA) 11.96, Luke Gordon (USA) 11.94, Tommy McKeown (USA) 6.77
Heat 5: Tyler Gunter (USA) 14.00, Elijah Fox (HAW) 10.60, Chase Modelski (USA) 7.54, Gael Jimenez (MEX) 5.84
Heat 6: Eithan Osborne (USA) 13.90, Liam Murray (USA) 9.84, Dylan Hord (USA) 9.66, Caleb Crozier (USA) 7.34
Heat 7: Crosby Colapinto (USA) 12.43, John Mel (USA) 9.87, Micha Crozier (USA) 6.80, Tommy Coleman (USA) 6.74
Heat 8:
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Pro Junior Round Two Results:
Heat 5: Alyssa Spencer (USA) 14.37, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 13.66, Nicole Fulford (USA) 9.50, Coral Schuster (USA) 3.60
Heat 6: Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 9.33, Samantha Sibley (USA) 6.66, Maya Larripa (MEX) 3.70, Emily Gussoni (CRI) 1.30
Heat 7: Caroline Marks (USA) 18.37, Chiasa Maruyama (USA) 7.03, Avery Aydelotte (USA) 6.60, Elle Sampiere (USA) 6.40
Heat 8: Cole Houshmand (USA) 13.36, Sebastian Mendes (USA) 11.10, Agustin Cedeno (PAN) 8.10, Adam Auffay (MTQ) 8.03

Los Cabos Open of Surf Men’s Pro Junior Round One Results:
Heat 1: Sean Foerster (CAN) 14.00, Shane Borland (USA) 13.03, Dammian Alfaro (MEX) 5.40
Heat 2: Braden Jones (USA) 15.67, David Economos (USA) 11.07, Levi Slawson (USA) 5.63, Shane Frontino (USA) 5.37
Heat 3: Malakai Martinez (CRI) 14.43, Bo Raynor (USA) 12.00, Evan Brownell (USA) 10.34
Heat 4: Tommy McKeown (USA) 11.10, Kevin Dand (USA) 9.07, Liam Gloyd (USA) 8.90, Jackson Butler (USA) 7.04
Heat 5: Elijah Fox (HAW) 12.50, Caleb Crozier (USA) 10.14, Ethan Mudge (USA) 10.00, Alan Cleland (MEX) 9.36
Heat 6: Liam Murray (USA) 10.43, Chase Modelski (USA) 9.26, Italo Mesinas (USA) 8.73, Kyle Tester (USA) 5.56
Heat 7: Crosby Colapinto (USA) 12.66, Agustin Cedeno (PAN) 8.96, Max Beach (USA) 8.50, Shane Kertesz (USA) 2.00
Heat 8: Adam Auffay (MTQ) 8.70, Micah Crozier (USA) 7.83


08/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22778682

World Surf League



Caption: Championship Tour (CT) veteran Coco Ho (HAW) and nine of her fellow CT competitors debuted as top seeds began their 2017 Los Cabos Open of Surf QS6,000 campaigns.
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SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (Wednesday, June 7, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 dove right back into competition to start the morning off with the completion of Round Three in more fun, three-to-five foot Zippers conditions. Top seeds debuted following the women Pro Junior’s Round One and Round Four and dominating performances were in abundance along with a few upsets. Event organizers maximized the swell on offer and were able to get back into the Pro Junior women’s event for Round Two before the sun began to set.

Caption: CT Jeep Leaderboard No. 10 Tatiana Weston-Webb came out firing on all cylinders in the great Zippers conditions on hand.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) showcased her formidable backhand in dominant fashion that earned her a commanding 16.60 (out of a possible 20). The Kauaian comes fresh from the Outerknown Women’s Fiji Pro to the righthand break of Zippers and made the transition with ease. With a stacked field of competitors around here at the QS level, Weston-Webb will be bringing her best to this event.
“This wave is really fun and the girls are surfing amazing which is inspiring me to surf really well," Weston-Webb said. "It just pushes me that much harder. This contest is definitely not going to be easy and it’ll be hard work, but I feel good. It’s such a blessing to be on Tour and surfing against girls like Steph [Gilmore] and Carissa [Moore] because they make you want to constantly surf better. It’s a dream, but I don’t take QS events lightly with the girls like Alyssa Spencer who can post two sevens and then you’re left needing two really good waves.”

Caption: Silvana Lima (BRA) has earned runner-up her in 2015 and a Semifinal last year, awaiting her breakthrough win.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Zippers welcomed back Silvana Lima (BRA) with big opportunities that she took full advantage and matched the women’s QS6,000 highest single-scoring wave score of a near-perfect 9.00 (out of a possible 10). The Brazilian loves coming to this event and showed her tenacity on one of her favorite stops during the calendar year.
“It’s so good when you start with a good score like that and you really feel comfortable right away,” Lima said. “It helps build going for your second wave and feeling much more confident, especially when it’s a bit slow like it was in my heat, you just have to find a solid backup when you can. I feel like if I didn’t compete anymore, I’d still come to this event -- the people are so good, this wave is great and it’s similar to where I’m from.”

Caption: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) is making a full charge back toward the Dream Tour and is on a two-win heat streak here in Cabo.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Former CT competitor and QS veteran Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) charged through Round Three yesterday and delivered an even better performance today. The 34-year-old Australian played a key role in eliminating 2015 Los Cabos Open of Surf champion Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) from the event. Bevilacqua currently sits at No. 6 on the QS and could make a big impact on the rankings with a result here in her efforts to give it a full go after time away from Tour.
“I’m so happy, I’m just in my element here with it being so amazing everywhere you go,” Bevilacqua said. “I did everything I needed to do at home, I built my house and got to really surf, and train, and just work on all these things I really wanted to when I couldn’t being on Tour. There’s no pressure, I have support, and I’m just enjoying it all and living in the moment.”

Caption: Summer Macedo (HAW) continued her dominance in the QS and translated that into a brilliant Pro Junior women's performance.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

The women’s Pro Junior got underway amid all the QS action and phenomenal surfing followed from the international contingent on hand. Australians Macy Callaghan (AUS) and Alyssa Lock (AUS) renewed the Aussie dominance of this event with brilliant performances as Rounds One and Two, Heats 1-4 were wrapped.
But, it was a familiar face in Summer Macedo (HAW) that couldn’t be stopped once more as she dropped the event’s highest single-wave score, a 9.17, and heat total thus far of 17.43. She still remains a threat to some of the world’s best at the QS level, but also poses a huge threat as one of the top international talents contesting the North America region.
“The waves were actually really fun in that heat and I was surprised because with the higher tide it usually closes out, and a lot of backwash on the face,” Macedo said. “I definitely prefer waves to no waves like we had last year. To get those kind of scores really helps my confidence knowing what the judges are looking for and to keep finding waves that allow me to open up. I can’t wait to get some more heats in and hopefully this swell keeps up.”

Caption: Newcomer Chiasa Maruyama (USA) made her WSL debut in great fashion.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Chiasa Maruyama (USA) snagged a win in Round One to kick off her first-ever WSL Pro Junior event and represented Huntington Beach well -- taking out top European talent Teresa Bonvalot (PRT). While she awaits a Round Two matchup in Heat 7, Maruyama was the only North America surfer to make it out of Round One among the international field in attendance. But, some of the region’s best are set to debut when the horn sounds once again for the Pro Junior women and make their mark on the event.
“I’m just so stoked right now, that was a pretty stacked heat and I’ve surfed against all of them in past so to get a win feels really good,” Maruyama said. “This is my first Pro Junior event so I’m excited to get through the first round and feels amazing to be out of a wetsuit down here. I’m just trying to have fun and catch a few waves, it’d be great to do well in a competition, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself here.”
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. MDT to determine an 8:00 a.m. MDT Start for either Round Five of the Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000, or Pro Junior events.

Tune in live at 8:00 a.m. to witness more action from Zippers at www.worldsurfleague.com, or download the WSL App to stream the event on your mobile device and get daily updates.
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round Five Matchups:
Heat 1: Bailey Nagy (HAW), Summer Macedo (HAW), Isabella Nichols (AUS)
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
Heat 3: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Caroline Marks (USA), Mahina Maeda (HAW)
Heat 5: Philippa Anderson (AUS), Ellie Brooks (AUS), Alyssa Spencer (USA)
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 7: Alessa Quizon (HAW), Dominic Barona (ECU), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 8: Coco Ho (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)

Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round Four Results:
Heat 1: Bailey Nagy (HAW) 11.67, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 11.03, Codie Klein (AUS) 9.34, Anali Gomez (PER) 8.00
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.60, Summer Macedo (HAW) 11.43, Kobie Enright (AUS) 8.83, Holly Wawn (AUS) 6.60
Heat 3: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 11.33, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 11.20, Freya Prumm (AUS) 6.77, Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 5.90
Heat 4: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.17, Caroline Marks (USA) 12.47, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.33, Leila Takeda (JPN) 5.10
Heat 5: Keely Andrew (AUS) 15.37, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 10.16, Ashlee Spence (AUS) 8.33, Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 7.77
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.67, Laura Enever (AUS) 10.26, Rachel Presti (USA) 8.77, Nao Omura (JPN) 8.50
Heat 7: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 14.80, Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.26, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 12.10, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 11.34
Heat 8: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 16.60, Ellie Brooks (AUS) 10.67, Tia Blanco (USA) 9.66, Georgia Fish (AUS) 9.60
Heat 9: Sage Erickson (USA) 15.17, Alyssa Spencer (USA) 14.53, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 10.00, Asaya Brusa (MEX) 6.53
Heat 10: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.10, Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.16, Brianna Cope (HAW) 9.00, Reika Noro (JPN) 7.56
Heat 11: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 13.07, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.84, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 9.43, Meah Collins (USA) 7.77
Heat 12: Coco Ho (HAW) 13.37, Dominic Barona (ECU) 11.40, Alyssa Lock (AUS) 10.70, Emily Nishimoto (JPN) 9.83
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Pro Junior Round Two Results:
Heat 1: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 14.67, Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 10.47, Sophie Falzone (USA) 5.27, Alexa Muss (USA) 5.20
Heat 2: Rachel Presti (USA) 11.77, Julia Camargo (BRA) 7.30, Tiare Thompson (USA) 6.40, Ana Laura Gonzalez (MEX) 5.23
Heat 3: Summer Macedo (HAW) 17.43, Meah Collins (USA) 11.74, Madeline Zeuli (USA) 9.76, Kayla Coscino (USA) 8.47
Heat 4: Alyssa Lock (AUS) 15.87, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 12.93, Havanna Cabrero (PRI) 5.47, Molly Kirk (USA) 5.20

Remaining Los Cabos Open of Surf Women's QS6,000 Round Three Results:
Heat 7: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 12.34, Ellie Brooks (AUS) 9.50, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 6.10, Nathalie Martins (BRA) 4.63
Heat 8: Tia Blanco (USA) 12.10, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 10.20, Frankie Harrer (DEU) 9.80, Tiare Thompson (USA) 7.40
Heat 9: Maud Le Car (FRA) 6.20, Alyssa Spencer (USA) 12.20, Reika Noro (JPN) 7.20, Maddie Peterson (USA) 6.47, Maud Le Car (FRA) 6.20
Heat 10: Brianna Cope (USA) 8.40, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 6.83, Nicole Fulford (USA) 4.40Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (ESP) 3.70
Heat 11: Teresea Bonvalot (PRT) 9.90, Emily Nishimoto (JPN) 8.70, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 8.13, Samantha Sibley (USA) 6.93
Heat 12: Mikaela Greene (AUS) 8.83, Meah Collins (USA) 9.67, Alyssa Lock (AUS) 12.67, Lucy Campbell (GBR) 5.47
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Pro Junior Round One Results:
Heat 1: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 11.77, Julia Camargo (BRA) 6.97, Maile Davis (USA) 4.73, Brooke Young (USA) 1.76
Heat 2: Summer Macedo (HAW) 14.67, Alyssa Lock (AUS) 12.83, Emily Nishimoto (JPN) 6.36, Serena Nava (USA) 3.50
Heat 3: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 11.73, Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 10.56, Kobie Enright (AUS) 7.87, Kalohe Danbara (USA) 0.00
heat 4: Chiasa Maruyama (USA) 7.53, Julie Nishimoto (JPN) 7.16, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 6.00, Alexxa Elseewi (USA) 3.60


07/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22769607

World Surf League




Caption: Former Championship Tour (CT) competitor Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) winning her Round Three debut heat.
Credit: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (Tuesday, June 6, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 charged through nearly three rounds today, ending opening day at Round Three, Heat 6, in three-to-four foot Zippers conditions. Incredible performances followed from some of the young guns and seasoned QS campaigners as the competitive field was diminished by half when the last horn sounded. With the QS action running its marathon day, a lay day was called for both the men’s and women’s Pro Junior.

Caption: Summer Macedo (HAW) bashing her way toward the highest heat total of the day.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Summer Macedo (HAW) returned to Zippers in phenomenal fashion with a near-perfect 9.00 (out of a possible 10) in her opening Round Two heat -- the highest single-scoring ride of the day. She lost no momentum in Round Three with two excellent scores, earning the day’s highest heat total as well, totaling a 16.93 (out of a possible 20) to solidify a dominant opening day performance. The young Hawaiian has a great track record at the Los Cabos Open of Surf, particularly in the Pro Junior, but now looks to make a mark on the QS.
“I'm really stoked with that heat, I knew the wave I wanted and just knew to wait for it," Macedo said. "It' feels nice to come out with a good heat total to get started in the first round and then to build on that was so fun in the next heat. I had a really good run here last year and I've been looking forward to coming back here just feeling really comfortable in my abilities. Those waves just kept coming to me and felt like I was always in the right spot so that was amazing.”

Caption: Carlsbad, California native ripping her way to an excellent 8.57 in Round Two.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Alyssa Spencer (USA) ripped through her debut Round Two heat as well with an excellent 8.57 and 7.00 to back it up. The 14-year-old attacked each opportunity on her backhand with power and flow to combine multiple major maneuvers. Spencer will also be competing in the Pro Junior women’s event, but took full advantage of moving into Round Three of the QS6,000.
“That was so fun and felt like I was in a pretty good rhythm getting some good waves so I'm just excited right now," Spencer said. "I wanted to wait for the good ones since only a few come in through the heats, so I felt a bit lucky, but still really enjoyed it. My main focus is the Pro Junior and just get a good result in that, whereas the QS is more just for fun and try to get a few extra heats in. I'm super stoked and hopefully can make a few more heats now."

Caption: Chelsea Roett (BRB) winning her debut Round Three heat with a 7.67.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Barbadian representative Chelsea Roett (BRB) matched her best QS result back on her home island of Barbados with a Quarterfinal finish and now looks to continue that momentum here in Cabo. Though Roett hasn’t cracked beyond an equal 25th, her performance today set her in the right direction with a Round Three debut win.

“It's great to get started in Round Three, though I don't mind surfing in the earlier rounds just to get things going, it's great to see myself progress upwards in the seeding," Roett said. "It only gets tougher from here and I just want to try and get into that Round of 48 where the top seeds are by the end of this year. I'm stoked to get some waves here and that first heat out of the way, now I just want to build on that tomorrow.”

Caption: Rachel Presti (USA) winning her Round Three heat in the dying minutes.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

One of the most impressive performances of the day came from 15-year-old Rachel Presti (USA). The Floridian charged through all three rounds and now finds herself among the top seeds in tomorrow’s Round Four after winning her last Round Three heat to end day one. Presti found the rhythm through each of her heats and varying conditions to prove she may be a threat to some of the QS elite here at Zippers.
“I feel really good after that and I'm so happy they ended up running my heat because the waves are so fun out there," Presti said. "It's so important to stay in line with the sets and not go for the wrong waves though, otherwise it's really tough to get back in rhythm. I just wanted to fix my mistakes from the last heats so now I'm excited for tomorrow. The further you go, the harder it gets, but also you feel like you can just go for it.”
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. MDT to determine an 8:00 a.m. Start for either the Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round Three, or begin the Pro Junior events.
Tune in LIVE at 8:00 a.m. and witness all the action unfold at www.WorldSurfLeague.com, or by downloading the WSL App

Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Women's QS6,000 Round Three Matchups:
Heat 7: Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Ellie Brooks (AUS), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Nathalie Martins (BRA)
Heat 8: Tia Blanco (USA), Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Frankie Harrer (DEU), Tiare Thompson (USA)
Heat 9: Maud Le Car (FRA), Reika Noro (JPN), Alyssa Spencer (USA), Maddie Peterson (USA)
Heat 10: Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (ESP), Brianna Cope (USA), Chelsea Roett (BRB), Nicole Fulford (USA)
Heat 11: Teresea Bonvalot (PRT), Camilla Kemp (PRT), Samantha Sibley (USA), Emily Nishimoto (JPN)
Heat 12: Mikaela Greene (AUS), Meah Collins (USA), Alyssa Lock (AUS), Lucy Campbell (GBR)

Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round Three Results:
Heat 1: Bailey Nagy (HAW) 12.40, Kobie Enright (AUS) 12.00, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 11.03, Ellie Francis (AUS) 9.06
Heat 2: Summer Macedo (HAW) 16.93, Codie Klein (AUS) 9.93, Carol Henrique (PRT) 9.83, Bethany Zelasko (USA) 4.40
Heat 3: Freya Prumm (AUS) 13.60, Caroline Marks (USA) 13.00, Sophie McCulloch (AUS) 9.53, Leilani Aguirre (PER) 4.44
Heat 4: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.43, Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 8.36, Minato Takahashi (JPN) 5.57, Keala Kennelly (HAW) 5.50
Heat 5: Ashlee Spence (AUS) 14.67, Nao Omura (JPN) 14.20, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 8.70, Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 6.04
Heat 6: Rachel Presti (USA) 13.56, Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 12.96, Melanie Giunta (PER) 10.33, Ella Williams (NZL) 7.93
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round Two Results:
Heat 1: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 12.43, Bethany Zelasko (USA) 9.84, Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) 8.30, Malia Ward (USA) 8.07
Heat 2: Summer Macedo (HAW) 16.33, Ellie Francis (AUS) 4.86, Lucia Martino (ESP) 4.24, Madeline Zeuli (USA) 1.96
Heat 3: Freya Prumm (AUS) 8.77, Minato Takahashi (JPN) 8.67, Lorena Fica (CHL) 7.93, Kayla Durden (USA) 5.43
Heat 4: Keala Kennelly (HAW) 7.76, Leilani Aguirre (PER) 6.94, Miho Ihara (JPN) 6.24, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 5.30
Heat 5: Ashlee Spence (AUS) 11.10, Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 10.50, Eliza Greene (AUS) 5.90, Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW) 5.50
Heat 6: Rachel Presti (USA) 10.50, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 8.50, Autumn Hays (USA) 8.03, Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 6.97
Heat 7: Ainara Aymat (EUK) 10.57, Tiare Thompson (USA) 8.40, Peony Knight (GBR) 5.94, Marie Moana Troja (PYF) 4.83
Heat 8: Frankie Harrer (DEU) 8.64, Nathalie Martins (BRA) 7.67, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 6.60, Marissa Shaw (USA) 3.76
Heat 9: Alyssa Spencer (USA) 15.57, Nicole Fulford (USA) 10.00, Julie Nishimoto (JPN) 7.47, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 6.67
Heat 10: Chelsea Roett (BRB) 14.17, Maddie Peterson (USA) 8.50, Josefina Ane (ARG) 8.07, Sophia Bernard (AUS) 7.73
Heat 11: Samantha Sibley (USA) 9.43, Lucy Campbell (GBR) 7.77, Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 7.70, Rina Kitazawa (JPN) 7.47
Heat 12: Alyssa Lock (AUS) 9.90, Emily Nishimoto (JPN) 8.40, Emily Gussoni (CRI) 7.30, Shelby Detmers (USA) 6.16
Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round One Results:
Heat 1: Malia Ward (USA) 6.53, Ellie Francis (AUS) 6.37, Kayla Coscino (USA) 5.77, Maile Davis (USA) 2.23
Heat 2: Madeline Zeuli (USA) 7.37, Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) 6.60, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 6.36, Alexxa Elseewi (USA) 5.20
Heat 3: Minato Takahashi (JPN) 9.50, Keala Kennelly (HAW) 5.77, Coral Wiggins (CRI) 4.46, Cassidy McClain (USA) 2.07
Heat 4: Kayla Durden (USA) 10.56, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 6.27, Evelyn Gontier (ARG) 5.50, Regina Pioli (MEX) 4.03
Heat 5: Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 13.17, Rachel Presti (USA) 8.67, Sophie Falzone (USA) 4.96, Elle Sampiere (USA) 4.20
Heat 6: Autumn Hays (USA) 10.43, Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW) 8.10, Julia Camargo (BRA) 4.30, Brooke Daigneault (USA) 4.13
Heat 7: Marie Moana Troja (PYF) 9.37, Marissa Shaw (USA) 8.77, Quincy Davis (USA) 6.00, Avery Aydelotte (USA) 5.23
Heat 8: Kaliegh Gilchrist (USA) 6.40, Tiare Thompson (USA) 5.90, Chiasa Maruyama (USA) 5.40, Karol Ribeiro (BRA) 3.53
Heat 9: Julie Nishimoto (JPN) 9.70, Maddie Peterson (USA) 7.83, Denver Young (AUS) 6.00, Coral Schuster (USA) 5.63
Heat 10: Josefina Ane (ARG) 8.20, Nicole Fulford (USA) 6.20, Kelta O’Rourke (HAW) 5.47, Alexa Muss (USA) 3.47
Heat 11: Lucy Campbell (GRB) 9.43, Shelby Detmers (USA) 6.46, Molly Kirk (USA) 6.10, Hannah Blevins
Heat 12: Emily Gussoni (CRI) 11.00, Samantha Sibley (USA) 9.60, Yanca Costa (BRA) 9.34, Abigail Dixon (USA) 1.90


06/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22759492

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Caption: The fifth annual Los Cabos Open of Surf window begins tomorrow morning with a 7:30 am MDT Call to determine a possible 8:00 a.m. start. 
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SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (Monday, June 5, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) has returned in full force to the shores of Costa Azul for the Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 and Pro Junior. An important week is on hand for all involved with 6,000 points on offer to some of the QS elite, and Championship Tour (CT) women in attendance looking to back themselves up on the Tour. This also marks stop No. 2 of the North America Junior Tour for both the men and women as the women hope to fend off the international field and earn maximum points.
The Los Cabos Open of Surf celebrates five years of running with a new partnership that welcomes the Alana Blanchard Foundation to its event and looks to help a few women with financial support toward competing.
“I've been so lucky to have a brand like Rip Curl get behind me since I was a young girl,” Blanchard said. “I wouldn't be where I am today without that kind of support, so I feel like it's important for me to give back in that way as much as I can. I want to encourage girls to have confidence and to know that they can succeed if they put their minds and hearts into it. We started the foundation to help support them.”

Caption: Current CT No. 10 Tatiana Weston-Webb returns to Los Cabos after a historic event in Fiji
Credit: WSL/ Marenelmar

Fellow Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) returns to Los Cabos after a massive Final at the Outerknown Fiji Women's Pro boosted her into the Championship Tour's (CT) Top 10. Weston-Webb earned two Quarterfinal results at the start of the QS season which places her at No. 9 on the rankings with a chance to gain even more ground on this front now as well. After a Quarterfinal finish here at Zippers last year, the goofyfooter's backhand attack will be put back to the test this week with nine of her fellow CT competitors and the QS elite set to do battle.

"I feel that that the Cabo event is such a great event for the Mexican surfers to see and be inspired by and I am really stoked to be a part of it every year," Weston-Webb said. "It’s great points and it’s just amazing to be surrounded by such great people, such rich culture and it’s a lovely place. It’s always nice to go into your next event coming off a good result. But, I also have to refocus because Cabo is a different wave than Fiji and it is different being a Qualifying series event. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I am really enjoy surfing Zippers and being here in Cabo."

After his first-ever win on the Junior Tour at stop No. 1 in Cocoa Beach, Ryland Rubens (USA) comes to Zippers looking to keep that momentum alive and take control atop the leaderboard. But, the San Diego native doesn’t put any pressure on himself in these events with the opportunity ahead of him and, with a deadly backhand in his arsenal, has plenty to look forward to.
"It feels nice to get out to a good start, but the season just started so I'm trying not to get too ahead of myself," Rubens said. "I don't spend time reflecting on the past, and want to go heat by heat this year and do my best. A good result would be great for sure, but I just want to enjoy my time in Cabo as this may be the last time I will ever surf Zippers."

Since opening its doors to the Pro Junior women, the Los Cabos Open of Surf has been dominated by an international field with two Australians, Isabella Nichols (AUS) in 2015 and Sophie McCulloch (AUS) last year, taking the title. But, North America frontrunner Alyssa Spencer (USA) hopes to change that this year along with a strong contingent alongside her. Spencer finds herself in familiar territory returning to Cabo at the top of the rankings, though wants to better her Quarterfinal finish last year -- a result she dropped by year’s end.
"It feels so good to start off the year with a win again and I hope I can get a better result this year, but it is going to be very challenging because all of the girls are surfing so good," Spencer said. "It's so amazing to travel to places like Cabo and see different cultures. The people in Mexico are always friendly and fun. I have experienced some really amazing things that I will never forget. I am super excited to be coming back to Cabo this year to compete, the wave at Zippers can get really good so I'm hoping for some swell."

Event organizers will make a Call at 7:30 a.m. MDT to determine a possible 8:00 a.m. Start for either the Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 or Pro Junior events.
Tune in live and witness all the action unfold at Zippers at www.worldsurfleague.com, or by downloading the WSL App, and get daily updates on the event. 
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000 Round One Matchups: 
Heat 1: Ellie Francis (AUS), Malia Ward (USA), Kayla Coscino (USA), Maile Davis (USA)
Heat 2: Kloee Openshaw (USA), Lucia Cosoleto (ARG), Alexxa Elseewi (USA), Mackie Albertson (USA)
Heat 3: Minato Takahashi (JPN), Cassidy McClain (USA), Keala Kennelly (HAW), Coral Wiggins (CRI)
Heat 4: Brittany Penaroza (HAW), Evelyn Gontier (ARG), Kayla Durden (USA)
Heat 5: Gabriela Bryan (HAW), Rachel Presti (USA), Elle Sampiere (USA), Sophie Falzone (USA)
Heat 6: Autumn Hays (USA), Brooke Daigneault (USA), Julia Camargo (BRA), Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW)
Heat 7: Marissa Shaw (USA), Tony Adams (USA), Quincy Davis (USA), Avery Aydelotte (USA)
Heat 8: Kaliegh Gilchrist (USA), Karol Ribeiro (BRA), Tiare Thompson (USA), Chiasa Maruyama (USA)
Heat 9: Denver Young (AUS), Julie Nishimoto (JPN), Maddie Peterson (USA), Coral Schuster (USA)
Heat 10: Josefina Ane (ARG), Nicole Fulford (USA), Kelta O’Rourke (HAW), Alexa Muss (USA)
Heat 11: Shelby Detmers (USA), Lucy Campbell (GBR), Molly Kirk (USA), Hannah Blevins (USA)
Heat 12: Emily Gussoni (CRI), Yanca Costa (BRA), Samantha Sibley (USA), Abigail Dixon (USA)
Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Pro Junior Men’s Round One Matchups:
Heat 1: Shane Borland (USA), Sean Foerster (CAN), Will Grossarth (USA)
Heat 2: David Economos (USA), Braden Jones (USA), Shane Frontino (USA), Levi Slawson (USA)
Heat 3: Evan Brownell (USA), Malakai Martinez (CRI), Bo Raynor (USA), Carson Dohan (USA)
Heat 4: Jackson Butler (USA), Liam Gloyd (USA), Tommy McKeown (USA), Kevin Dand (USA)
Heat 5: Elijah Fox (HAW), Alan Cleland (MEX), Ethan Mudge (USA), Caleb Crozier (USA)
Heat 6: Italo Mesinas (USA), Kyle Tester (USA), Chase Modelski (USA), Liam Murray (USA)
Heat 7: Crosby Colapinto (USA), Shane Kertesz (USA), Max Beach (USA), Agustin Cedeno (PAN)
Heat 8: Micah Crozier (USA), Adam Auffay (MTQ), Rey Hernandez (MEX), Neo Escaler (COL)

Upcoming Los Cabos Open of Surf Pro Junior Women’s Round One Matchups:
Heat 1: Brooke Young (USA), Macy Callaghan (AUS), Maile Davis (USA), Julia Camarago (BRA)
Heat 2: Alyssa Lock (AUS), Summer Macedo (HAW), Serena Nava (USA), Emily Nishimoto (JPN)
Heat 3: Emily Grossarth (USA), Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Kalohe Danbara (USA), Ana Laura Gonzalez (MEX)
Heat 4: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Chiasa Maruyama (USA), Alexxa Elseewi (USA), Julie Nishimoto (JPN)


04/06/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22743967

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Caption: Courtney Conlogue (USA) claimed victory today at the Outerknown Fiji Women's Pro in pumping conditions at Cloudbreak.
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TAVARUA/NAMOTU, Fiji (Sunday, June 4, 2017) - Barriers were broken down today during the historic Final of the Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro, Stop No. 5 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), with California’s Courtney Conlogue (USA) taking the win over Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW).

Conlogue and Weston-Webb, two of the hardest-charging surfers in the field, battled for the event title in dangerous six-foot barrels at Cloudbreak in front of the world's best male surfers who stepped aside and reorganized their event schedule to see the Women’s Final run in these critical conditions.

Caption: Courtney Conlogue (USA) takes on massive waves at Cloudbreak in the Final of the Outerknown Fiji Women's Pro.
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The Final saw the women go all out in waves of consequence for the CT win. Massive walls and heavy barrels lined-up at Cloudbreak to challenge Conlogue and Weston-Webb in their seventh head-to-head matchup. Weston-Webb charged through the fast tubes, but was unable to find the exit to complete her scores. Conlogue plowed through the lineup but got caught up on the lip trying to land extreme maneuvers. The Californian kept fighting and landed big combination moves in critical sections to take the win.

Conlogue claims her seventh career Championship Tour victory and her second of 2017, after a win at Bells Beach earlier this season. The win for the two-time CT runner-up sees her move up one place from 5th to 4th on the Jeep Leaderboard and close the gap on the top three.

“This event has always had a really special spot in my heart,” Conlogue said. “There’s been so many amazing winners and this is one of the best left-hand reef breaks in the world. I’m really stoked the WSL did what they did and thank you Jessi [Miley-Dyer] for really supporting the women. We’re pushing the change and being strong for all the women out there and going for it. Conditions were definitely tricky, but we were stoked to get into a couple.”

Conlogue stormed her way to the Final by defeating reigning WSL Champion and No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard Tyler Wright (AUS) and defending event winner Johanne Defay (FRA).

“Two wins is a great way to turn things around,” Conlogue continued. “I have a great support team around me and I’m learning a lot. This win means so much to me and I’m so fired up. So many amazing surfers have won here so I’m really honored to be taking this trophy home.”

The runner-up finish for Weston-Webb sees her jump up two places on the Jeep Leaderboard from 12th and puts her back inside the top 10 after a disappointing start to the season. Today is Weston-Webb’s first Final appearance of 2017 and her best ever result in Fiji.

Caption: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) charges through fast barrels at the OK Fiji Women's Pro. 
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“It was definitely really challenging and I really wanted to put on a show for everyone," said Weston-Webb. “I really wanted to get barrelled out there because I knew that’s what they were going to score, but unfortunately I just couldn’t make it out of a few. I really wanted to push it and show everyone that anything is possible. Courtney [Conlogue] relied on turns and was smart. She’s pushing all the women harder than ever with her surfing.”

The young surfer from Hawaii earned her place in the Final with a string of incredible victories that saw her take down two-time event winner Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 3X WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and 6X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).

Highlights from the Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro are available at WorldSurfLeague.com.

The next stop on the 2017 WSL Women’s Championship Tour will be the Vans US Open of Surfing from July 31 - August 6, 2017.

The Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro is ON now and holds an event window of June 4 - 16, 2017. The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL's Facebook page. Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.

Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro Final Result:
1 - 
Courtney Conlogue (USA) 8.74
2 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 5.53

2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro):
1 - 
Tyler Wright (AUS) 36,200
2 - Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 34,700
3 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 33,000
4 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 31,800
5 - Johanne Defay (FRA) 28,200



31/05/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 22710883

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Caption: World Title contender Courtney Conlogue (USA) stormed through to the Final of the Outerknown Fiji  Women's Pro after defeating reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) and defending event winner Johanne Defay (FRA).
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Location:    Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji
Event window: May 29 - June 2, 2017
Today's call: Round 4, Quarterfinals and Semifinals complete
Conditions: 3 - 4 foot (1 - 1.2 metre)

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TAVARUA/NAMOTU, Fiji (Wednesday, May 31, 2017) - The Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro, Stop No. 5 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), saw major players eliminated from the draw today with the completion of Round 4, the Quarterfinals and Semifinals in three-to-four foot (1 - 1.2 metre) conditions. In-form surfers Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) have been charging Cloudbreak all week and will match-up in in the Final when competition resumes.
A close Semifinal match-up saw Weston-Webb take down No. 3 on the Jeep Leaderboard Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) by only 0.14 points. Two-time event winner Fitzgibbons opened up with a 7.67 to control the heat, but Weston-Webb threw down two 6.77-point rides for the lead. Fitzgibbons had one last attempt in the dying seconds of the heat, but was not able to earn the score. Fitzgibbons will be eliminated from the event with her third Semifinal finish of the season while Weston-Webb secures her first Final appearance of 2017.
“I am feeling super good,” said Weston-Webb. “That heat was hard. Sally [Fitzgibbons] is always good at getting started quickly and that is what she did. It took my best abilities for me to bring it back. I am really stoked. I just have to focus on the Final now.”

Caption: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) earned her place in the Final of the Outerknown Fiji Women's Pro with a string of incredible victories that saw her take down two-time event winner Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 3X WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and 6X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).
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En route to her career-best result in Fiji Conlogue dispatched reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) in Semifinals. With limited opportunities in the lineup, the heat came down to an intense game of tactics. Conlogue got the edge with a 0.34-point lead over Wright with just a 2.17 backup score to her 6.00. Wright was not able to earn the required score and will leave with an Equal 3rd place result while Conlogue will advance on to the Final where she will meet Weston-Webb.
“I don’t even know what to say, I’m just happy that I got through that heat,” said Conlogue. “I went along for the ride and it paid off. We were fighting for 3’s out there which very rarely happens at Cloudbreak. I’m really happy to be in the Final and I’m looking forward to having some fun exchanges.”
Earlier in the day defending event winner Johanne Defay (FRA) dropped out of the draw in the Quarterfinals at the hands of Conlogue. Big scores from both surfers made for an exciting match-up but at the end of the 35-minute heat it was the American who had the advantage, sending Defay home in 5th place.
Sage Erickson (USA) was disappointed with her Quarterfinal defeat by a focused looking Wright. Erickson was a standout on day one of the event and the second consecutive fifth-place finish is her best ever result in Fiji.
“I probably haven’t been this pissed in a really long time,” Erickson said. “It sucks to feel like I didn’t have the opportunity. I feel like my surfing is there and it’s really irritating to come up in a heat when there weren’t many waves. She (Wright) got 6's so it wasn’t a knockout so I do take some confidence from that. I’ll take a lot from this event but I’m not happy. I’ll have to work harder and pay more attention to the details.”
3X WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) was dispatched in the Quarterfinals by finalist Weston-Webb. The result is the fourth Quarterfinal exit for Moore this season.
“Anything can happen out here,” Moore said. “I made a couple of mistakes and I think I stood in my own way. Looking back on the past two weeks, it’s been epic but I’m looking forward to heading home. Competitively I haven’t been doing so well but I feel more stoked on surfing than I have in a long time. I look forward to going back to the drawing board and getting to work.”
Eventual Semifinalist Fitzgibbons took charge of her Quarterfinal bout against Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) with a 15.33 heat total, leaving Van Dijk in need of a Perfect 10 that she was unable to find. The result is Van Dijk’s third Quarterfinal appearance in Fiji.
Wildcard Bethany Hamilton (HAW) was eliminated by Wright in Equal 9th after an exciting match-up between the pair in Round 4. After a strong start from Hamilton, Wright built a 13.56 heat total to put the pressure on. The world champion improved her score with an 8.17, the highest of the heat, and Hamilton was left searching for an excellent 8.83. After an incredible performance at the event last year Hamilton make it all the way to the Semifinals by blazing through the draw and causing a string of upsets along the way, including taking down both Wright and Gilmore.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) was eliminated in Round 4 by Weston-Webb. The surfer from Hawaii didn’t hold back and a 15.60 two-wave total put the 6X WSL Champion in a combination situation with half the heat gone. Three powerful turns from Gilmore weren’t enough to break the combination and she is sent home with her worst result of the season.
“That was a tough one,” said Gilmore. “I just couldn’t really hit a section confidently. I was in two minds out there. It is tough to lose in Round 4 - it stings at this point in the race, but it is what it is. I’ve got a couple months to work on things and get ready for Huntington.”
Current No. 7 on the Jeep Leaderboard Lakey Peterson (USA) went head-to-head with Conlogue in an all-Californian affair in the opening heat of the day. Peterson kept busy, catching nine waves, but wasn’t able to find the 5.11 that was required to challenge Conlogue and is sent home in 9th place.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7 am local time to assess conditions and make the next call.
Surfline, official forecaster for the event, are calling for:
The SW swell that filled in today with fun size and decent consistency will ease on Wednesday. We’ll look for the largest surf early on the lower/incoming tide, with a slow decreasing trend through the day. The swell/surf is expected to trend down further through the end of the work week.
The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL's Facebook page. Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.

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Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro Final Match-Up:
Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 8.17 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 7.83
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.54 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.40
Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.26 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.96
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.50 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 2.43
Heat 3: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.40 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.83
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.53 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 7.50
Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.10 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 8.90
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.40 def. Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 10.67
Heat 3: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.60 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.87
Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.80 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.66