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FINN MCGILL AND VAHINE FIERRO TAKE OUT THE 2017 JEEP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN KIAMA​

FINN MCGILL AND VAHINE FIERRO TAKE OUT THE 2017 JEEP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN KIAMA​

11/01/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25436877

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FINN MCGILL AND VAHINE FIERRO TAKE OUT THE 2017 JEEP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN KIAMA​
- THE TWO BECOME WSL WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONS FOR 2017
-  JOH AZUCHI (JPN) AND SUMMER MACEDO (HAW) FINISH AS MEN'S AND WOMEN'S RUNNERS-UP 
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Caption:  The 2017 WSL Jeep World Junior Championship finalists from left to right: Joh Azuchi (JPN) Finn McGill (HAW) Vahine Fierro (PYF) Summer Macedo (HAW).
Credit: © WSL /  Matt Dunbar


Location:              Bombo Beach, Kiama NSW/Australia 
Event window:     January 4 - 12, 2018
Today's call:         Event Over - Congratulations Finn McGill and Vahine Fierro
Conditions:          Wind affected 3-to-4 foot waves


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Kiama,  NSW/AUS  (Wednesday, January 10, 2018) - Finn McGill (HAW) and Vahine Fierro (PYF) have taken out the 2017 WSL Men’s and Women’s Jeep World Junior Championship in Kiama NSW. The final day saw 28 heats run and history made with bumpy 3-to-4 foot waves on offer at Bombo Beach.

Despite suffering an ankle injury and some incoming flight errors prior to the start of the Jeep World Junior Championship, Finn McGill managed to rise above to claim the coveted 2017 title. Surfing against a blisteringly inform Joh Azuchi (JPN), McGill showed little signs of slowing down, putting together an electric performance to post two excellent wave scores, an 8.00 and an 8.90 to bring his accumulative total to 16.90. McGill linked together a chain of giant backside turns in the final heat, which saw Azuchi requiring a combination of two-scores to take away McGill’s lead. 

“I can barely talk right now it hasn’t really sunk in just yet,” McGill said. “After coming off an injury I wasn’t expecting too much of a result at this event. I was never feeling in much of a rhythm and seemed to just be sneaking through heats. It all changed in my Quarterfinal and all of a sudden I began to build and feel the flow. Then once I was in the Final I knew I had just one more heat to surf, so I knew I just had to wait for the good ones and surf them well.”

Caption:  The 2017 WSL Men's Jeep World Junior Champion Finn McGill (HAW) is chaired to victory at Bombo Beach.
Credit: © WSL /  Matt Dunbar


McGill was not only being willed by the energy at Bombo Beach but also by a friend at home who was recovering in hospital. Former CT competitor and fellow Maui local Dusty Payne had a horror wipeout at Backdoor Pipeline yesterday and was at the forefront of McGill's thoughts as he went into Finals Day.

“Dusty is a surfer I have always looked up to and I was so rattled to hear what happened to him yesterday,” McGill continued. “He has been in my thoughts all day and was with me in every heat. I want to dedicate this win to him and I’m just so stoked he is okay. I can’t wait to get home and see him and know that he is still with us.” 

Caption:  Finn McGill (HAW) on a tear on Finals day at Bombo Beach.
Credit: © WSL /  Ethan Smith

Vahine Fierro had a rocky road to the final that started in the middle of this season when she missed out on qualification by three spots. After an amazing showing in other regional Juniors, the young Tahitian was awarded a Wildcard into the WJC and didn’t let the opportunity go begging. Fierro built on her performances through each round and saved her best performance until the final where she met good friend Summer Macedo. Fierro took a commanding lead early with a 12.83 heat total awarded for a silky smooth approach in the trying conditions. Macedo failed to find a rhythm leaving Vahine to become the first ever WSL World Champion to come from Tahiti.
 
“This is such an amazing way to end my Junior career and kick off my 2018 season,” Fierro said. “This is the first time I have been to the World Junior Championship and to win is so special, especially when I was so close to missing out on the event. Today was crazy with a lot of heats to surf but after a few lay days we were all so excited to surf which made it easier. That was my third Final with Summer which is so cool as we are great friends. I’m really speechless at the moment, I just can’t believe it.”


Caption:  The 2017 WSL Women's Jeep World Junior Champion Vahine Fierro (PYF) is chaired to victory at Bombo Beach.
Credit: © WSL /  Matt Dunbar

Joh Azuchi is no stranger to success, bagging himself an ISA under 16 World title earlier in 2017. The young natural-footer was on a tear at Bombo beach, posting big scores and lighting up the small difficult surf in each and every Round and was a deserved finalist. Unfortunately for Azuchi he came up against a rampaging Finn McGill who put him in a combination situation straight off the bat. Azuchi will leave Bombo with his head held high as he became the first ever Japanese competitor in a WSL World Junior Championship Final.
 
“I’m really really happy to have made it to the final,” Azuchi said. “My goal coming into this event was to make the final which I did but to make it that far an not win is a bit disappointing. I have one more year in the Junior division so my goal is to come back next year and go one step further.”


Caption:  Joh Azuchi (JPN) on his way to a historic second-place finish at Bombo Beach.
Credit: © WSL /  Ethan Smith 

Summer Macedo looked destined for a spot in the final taking down some of the event favourites with consistent searing performances. Like Azuchi in the men’s final, Macedo failed to get going in the last heat of the day coming short of the win but was stoked to have a final with her good friend Vahine.
 
“Obviously I really wanted to win the final but being there was still such a great achievement,” Macedo said. “This may be my last World Junior Championship and it has been such an awesome experience. I’m here with a lot of family and friends and to end it in a final with my good friend is really awesome. I’m so happy for Vahine and her achievement today, she really deserves it.” 


Caption:  Summer Macedo (HAW) taking second place at Bombo Beach.
Credit: © WSL /  Ethan Smith 

The 2017 WSL Jeep World Junior Championship wAS be held from January 4 - 12, 2018. For more information, highlights and images, head to www.worldsurfleague.com  or check out the WSL App.

Jeep World Junior Championship Men's Final Results:

Heat 1: 
Finn McGill (HAW) 16.90 def. Joh Azucho (JPN) 11.00

Jeep World Junior Championship Women's Final Result

Heat 1: 
Vahine Fierro (PYF) 13.83 def. Summer Macedo (HAW) 6.36

Jeep World Junior Championship Men's Semifinal Results: 

Heat 1: 
Joh Azucho (JPN) 11.50 def. Yuji Nishi (JPN) 5.00 (interference)
Heat 2: Finn McGill (HAW) 11.17 def. Joao Chianca (BRA) 11.00

Jeep World Junior Championship Women's Semifinal Results:

Heat 1: 
Vahine Fierro (PYF) 11.67 def Taina Hinckel (BRA) 9.00
Heat 2: Summer Macedo (HAW) 9.17 def Minori Kawai (JPN) 7.53

Jeep World Junior Championship Men's Quarterfinal Results: 

Heat 1: 
Joh Azuchi (JPN) 10.17 def. Rio Waida (IDN) 6.56
Heat 2: Yuji Nishi (JPN) 9.67 def. Cody Young (HAW) 6.83 (interference)
Heat 3: Finn McGill (HAW) 16.03 def. Barron Mamiya 8.46
Heat 4: Joao Chianca (BRA) 13.54 def. Samuel Pupo (BRA) 13.07

Jeep World Junior Championship Women's Quarterfinal Results:

Heat 1: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 12:00 def. Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 8.10
Heat 2: Taina Hinckel (BRA) 9.93 def. Macy Callaghan (AUS) 9.30
Heat 3: Minori Kawai (JPN) 12.00 def.  Zahli Kelly (AUS) 8.83
Heat 4: Summer Macedo (HAW) 13.74 def. Zoe McDougall (HAW) 9.33
Tyler Wright Wins The 2017 WSL World Title, Becomes 2x World Champion

Tyler Wright Wins The 2017 WSL World Title, Becomes 2x World Champion

01/12/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25029581

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Tyler Wright Wins The 2017 WSL World Title, Becomes 2x World Champion

 

HONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii (Thursday, November 30, 2017) – Australia’s Tyler Wright has just won her second and consecutive World Title during the Maui Women’s Pro, clinching the massive win in pumping 6-8 foot surf at Honolua Bay.

“Wow, I honestly at am a loss for words. It has been such an insane ride, and I’m not looking at this win as the end – it’s just the beginning – and it feels so, so good. Thank you so much to my crew for helping me get to where I am today. I couldn't have done it without them.”

The win comes after the 23-year-old surfed a near perfect event at the Maui Women’s Pro, taking the lead in each and every heat she surfed, and stomping the highest scores of the day in the process.

Coming into the event the only sure-fire way for Tyler to win her second World Title was to win the entire event, but when her main competitors in the Title race went down in round two (Sally Fitzgibbons lost to Hawaiian wildcard Brisa Hennessy) and round four (Courtney Conlogue lost to Rip Curl’s Nikki van Dijk), it came down to Tyler winning her quarterfinal heat.

At around 3pm HST today, she did that – and officially became the 2017 WSL Women’s World Surfing Champion, successfully defending her 2016 World Title.

“We are so proud of Tyler,” says Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl’s Group Advertising and Marketing Chairman. “She has been with us since she was eight years old, and it has been so incredible to watch her grow and develop as a person, and of course, as an outstanding surfer and athlete.”

Congratulations Tyler Wright, 2017 and now 2 x WSL Women’s World Surfing Champion!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tyler Wright Wins The 2017 WSL World Title, Becomes 2x World Champion

 

HONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii (Thursday, November 30, 2017) – Australia’s Tyler Wright has just won her second and consecutive World Title during the Maui Women’s Pro, clinching the massive win in pumping 6-8 foot surf at Honolua Bay.

“Wow, I honestly at am a loss for words. It has been such an insane ride, and I’m not looking at this win as the end – it’s just the beginning – and it feels so, so good. Thank you so much to my crew for helping me get to where I am today. I couldn't have done it without them.”

The win comes after the 23-year-old surfed a near perfect event at the Maui Women’s Pro, taking the lead in each and every heat she surfed, and stomping the highest scores of the day in the process.

Coming into the event the only sure-fire way for Tyler to win her second World Title was to win the entire event, but when her main competitors in the Title race went down in round two (Sally Fitzgibbons lost to Hawaiian wildcard Brisa Hennessy) and round four (Courtney Conlogue lost to Rip Curl’s Nikki van Dijk), it came down to Tyler winning her quarterfinal heat.

At around 3pm HST today, she did that – and officially became the 2017 WSL Women’s World Surfing Champion, successfully defending her 2016 World Title.

“We are so proud of Tyler,” says Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl’s Group Advertising and Marketing Chairman. “She has been with us since she was eight years old, and it has been so incredible to watch her grow and develop as a person, and of course, as an outstanding surfer and athlete.”

Congratulations Tyler Wright, 2017 and now 2 x WSL Women’s World Surfing Champion!

For all media enquiries please contact Rip Curl’s Media and Communications Manager Mimi LaMontagne on Mlamontagne@Ripcurl.Com.Au or +61425412053.


 
 
 
 
 
 
TYLER WRIGHT CLAIMS 2017 WSL TITLE AT MAUI WOMEN’S PRO

TYLER WRIGHT CLAIMS 2017 WSL TITLE AT MAUI WOMEN’S PRO

01/12/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25029499

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TYLER WRIGHT CLAIMS 2017 WSL TITLE AT MAUI WOMEN’S PRO
- AUSTRALIAN SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR BACK-TO-BACK TITLES
- NIKKI VAN DIJK ELIMINATES COURTNEY CONLOGUE IN ROUND 4
- STEPHANIE GILMORE CONTINUES HUNT FOR FOURTH EVENT WIN
- CARISSA MOORE TAKEN DOWN BY ROOKIE BRONTE MACAULAY

- MORE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

 

 

 

Caption: Tyler Wright (AUS) earned back-to-back World Titles today at the final stop on the 2017 WSL Championship Tour, the Maui Women's Pro. 
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HONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii/USA (Thursday, November 30, 2017) - Today, Tyler Wright (AUS), 23, earned her second World Title after a big day of competition at the final event of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Maui Women's Pro. Honolua Bay delivered beautiful, five-to-seven foot (1.5 - 2.1 metre) waves as the swell filled in throughout the morning, which offered pristine conditions for the competitors. Massive upsets followed in Round 4 and the Quarterfinals, where Wright garnered the World Title by day’s end. 

“Today was perfect,” said Wright. “I was so excited to be in this event and excited to be in this position. I have just been having the best week and I cannot explain how much this week has meant to me. We’ve just had a sick team and everyone has been amazing. All through the year, there have been little ups-and-downs, but to be in this moment right now in the position -- I was happy before I won and I am just as happy now.”

The now two-time WSL Champion, Wright, came into the event in second place on the Jeep Leaderboard and as the defending event winner. Last season, the young Australian came charging through 2016 with a newfound determination and confidence, resulting in five CT wins (Gold Coast, Margaret River, Rio de Janeiro, Lower Trestles, Maui) and the world surfing crown. Wright continued the momentum into this year, locking in one event win at the Oi Rio Pro. In a dramatic turn of events, Wright suffered a knee injury just before the CT event in Cascais, Portugal but has since surfed her way to a huge comeback, climbing up the rankings to second and putting herself back in the World Title race to clinch the Championship again.

“This year definitely had its challenges, but I do not look at them that way,” Wright commented. “It was such a time of learning and growing that I took so much more from it than the knee injury itself. This year has just been one where I could have bowed out a lot of times but chose not to. I wouldn't be here if it wasn’t for my team. They brought me back in from Portugal and the work they did in France was absolutely incredible. It is hard to explain how much they showed up and made sure I was in the right headspace to go out and compete and bring it to Maui in the end.”

With the major eliminations of World Title contenders Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Courtney Conlogue (USA), Wright’s last obstacle to claiming the title came down to the Quarterfinal matchup against event wildcard Brisa Hennessy (HAW). Hennessy, who played spoiler yesterday with her elimination of Fitzgibbons, could not find her rhythm in the heat and gave Wright her big victory with a 16.10 (out of a possible 20) two-wave score. 

“It was not just one and done after winning last year,” continued Wright. “I decided in 2015 that I was going to win one every year and I want to hold true to that. Working with Glenn [Hall] over the last two years has been incredible. We have this long plan, and I plan to stick to it. Back-to-back is just a true testament to his dedication and the work he puts in non-stop. It takes a team to do this, so I want to thank him and everyone who has gotten me to this point in life. It is just nice to be here. Thank you.” 

Conlogue's World Title hopes were dismantled for the third year in a row after losing to Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 4 Heat 3 today. The nail-biting heat between Conlogue and Van Dijk saw the Australian capitalize on her first and last waves for a slight 2.41-point advantage over the American. Current World No. 2 Conlogue faltered on multiple attempts as she looked for a minimal 6.11 to overtake Van Dijk. Conlogue’s elimination gave Wright the opportunity to take down her second World Title in the Quarterfinals. 

“I’ll learn a few things from what went down in that heat,” Conlogue said. “I got denied on that first barrel, which was a bummer. I gave it my best shot and I’ve been trying a lot of new things this season, so I was pretty stoked to be in the title run even with all the experimentation I was doing. With everything said and done, there are things that you could’ve, should’ve, would’ve, but I gave it my best shot. I am not looking back, I am just looking ahead. I had the opportunity this year and I’ll have it next year.

“Once you put the jersey on, all the work should be done and that’s how you can have some ease, but today wasn’t my day,” continued Conlogue. “I handled that learning with an open mind and kept evolving this season and I really think at the start of next year everything’s going to be in the right gear. At the end of the day, there are things you wish could maybe change, but next year I’m going to learn from it and not take it back because it’s not going to be taken back.”

Despite taking out Conlogue in Round 4, Van Dijk fell to Malia Manuel (HAW) in the Quarterfinals and will be eliminated in Equal 5th place from the Maui Women’s Pro. 

Stephanie Gilmore’s (AUS) impeccable form at Honolua Bay continued after posting another near-perfect 9.50 in her Quarterfinal heat against Silvana Lima (BRA). Although Gilmore could not earn her seventh World Title, the decorated competitor looks unstoppable in her hunt for a history-making, fourth Maui trophy. 

“I said I wanted to start the year at the top and then had a dip, so I want to finish at the top and that means to try and win the event,” Gilmore said. “I am stoked for Tyler [Wright] winning again! She’s an incredible surfer and to go through a knee injury and still win a World Title is unbelievable. I’m just really happy for her.”

In another huge event upset, rookie Bronte Macaulay (AUS) took down Carissa Moore (HAW), three-time WSL Champion and two-time event winner, in the final Quarterfinal heat to close out the day. Macaulay’s backhand attack was relentless from start to finish, opening with a 6.33, and continued to show her persistence until the final horn sounded. This marks the 2017 CT rookie’s best result of the season and will face off against Manuel in her Semifinal match-up.

Event organizers will convene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. to assess conditions and make the next call.
 
Surfline, official forecaster for the Maui Women’s Pro, are calling for:
 
The solid NW swell that filled in today (Thur) will trend down through Friday, although remain strong in the morning. Smaller leftovers from the NW are expected over the weekend. Breezy ENE trades continue through the weekend. New, mid size NW swell will build through Monday, potential for larger NW/NNW swell Tuesday-Wednesday. Wind for portions of early to mid weekmay not be as favorable as what we expect for the next couple days.

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check 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, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.
 
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com

Tyler Wright’s 2017 WSL Championship Tour Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: 5th
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: 2nd
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 3rd
Oi Rio Women’s Pro: 1st
Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro: 3rd
Vans US Open of Surfing: 5th
Swatch Pro at Trestles: 9th
Cascais Women’s Pro: 13th
Roxy Pro France: 3rd
Maui Women’s Pro: TBD

Tyler Wright’s Championship Tour Career Rankings:
2017: 1st
2016: 1st
2015: 5th
2014: 2nd
2013: 2nd
2012: 4th
2011: 4th

Upcoming Maui Women’s Pro Semifinal Match-Ups:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
SF 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)

Maui Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: 
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.57 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.20
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.10 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 9.40
QF 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 16.67 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.63
QF 4: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.46 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 7.67  

Maui Women’s Pro Round 4 Results:
Heat 1:
 Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.00 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.67
Heat 2: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 15.83 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 9.34
Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.94 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.53
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.90 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 4.00

MAUI WOMEN’S PRO CALLED ON

MAUI WOMEN’S PRO CALLED ON

01/12/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25025318

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MAUI WOMEN’S PRO CALLED ON
- COMPETITION STARTS AT 12PM WITH ROUND 4
- WSL TITLE ON THE LINE
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Caption: WSL Title contender Courtney Conlogue (USA) will battle Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 4 Heat 3 for her place in the Quarterfinals.
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Location:      Honolua Bay, Maui/Hawaii 
Event window:   November 25 - December 6, 2017
Today's call:   Round 4 starts at 12PM
Conditions:   Building 4 - 6 foot

HONOLUA BAY, Maui/Hawaii (Thursday, November 30, 2017) - The Maui Women's Pro, the final event of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), resumes today after a thrilling day of competition yesterday. The event has been called ON at Honolua Bay in building four-to-six foot (1.2 - 1.8 metre) surf with Round 4 starting at 12 p.m. local time.

"We are on today starting with Round 4 at 12 p.m. followed by the Quarterfinals," said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. "The swell is here and we're expecting things to build throughout the day. We can't finish the event today so we're looking at tomorrow to possibly wrap things up."

The 2017 WSL Women’s Title, which represents the culmination of a year-long battle amongst the world’s best surfers to claim sport’s highest honor, will be decided at Honolua Bay and four surfers remain in contention: Tyler Wright (AUS)Courtney Conlogue (USA)Carissa Moore (HAW) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).

The World Title scenarios heading are as follows:

- Wright and Conlogue can each clinch the Title by winning the event;
- With Fitzgibbons out of the race Wright needs at 5th, Conlogue needs a 3rd, and Moore and Gilmore need to win the event to claim Title.


Defending WSL Champion and event winner Wright and six-time WSL Champion Gilmore are both through to the Quarterfinals while world No. 3 Conlogue and three-time world champion and two-time event winner Moore will both have to battle through Round 4 for their chance to stay in the race.
 
Surfline, official forecaster for the Maui Women’s Pro, are calling for:

The current NNW swell trends down into Thursday morning, while a new NW swell will build Thursday afternoon and continue through the first half of Friday. Fading surf is expected over the weekend, with just small surf early next 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 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, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.
 
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com 
 
Maui Women’s Pro Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: 
Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)

WSL TITLE RACE WIDE OPEN AFTER BIG UPSETS TODAY AT MAUI WOMEN’S PRO

WSL TITLE RACE WIDE OPEN AFTER BIG UPSETS TODAY AT MAUI WOMEN’S PRO

30/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25017334

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WSL TITLE RACE WIDE OPEN AFTER BIG UPSETS TODAY AT MAUI WOMEN’S PRO
- WILDCARD BRISA HENNESSY ELIMINATES FRONTRUNNER SALLY FITZGIBBONS, ENDS WORLD TITLE HOPES
- TITLE CONTENDERS GILMORE & WRIGHT ADVANCE DIRECTLY TO QUARTERFINALS
- CONLOGUE & MOORE RELEGATED TO ELIMINATION ROUND 4

- LIKELY FINISH TOMORROW
- MORE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

 

 

 

Caption: Reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) advanced to the Quarterfinals today amidst heavy shakeups in the 2017 World Title race at the Maui Women's Pro. 
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HONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii/USA (Wednesday, November 29, 2017) - The final event of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Maui Women's Prosaw a dramatic day for the World Title race with big upsets to start Round 1. Honolua Bay delivered clean, four-to-six foot (1.5 - 2 metre) swell for the world’s best surfers to battle for the coveted 2017 World Title.

Sally Fitzgibbons’ (AUS) incredible 2017 run and hopes of clinching her first-ever WSL Title were dashed today by wildcard threat Brisa Hennessy (HAW). The 18-year-old, Oahu-native got off to a slow start as she showed her patience and pounced on the opportunity to lock in a solid score when the sets came through. Hennessy posted an excellent 8.50 (out of a possible 10) to take the lead from Fitzgibbons in the dying minutes of the heat and deliver a big upset. Honolua Bay went quiet for the final three minutes and did not give the current Jeep Leaderboard No. 1 a chance to strike back before the final horn sounded.

“Honestly I have no words,” Hennessy said. “I’m just extremely humbled. Sally [Fitzgibbons], I’ve looked up to her for so long and it was just an honor to surf against her. I think it was the wave, but it definitely feels really good just to get those numbers from this panel and I’m really happy. I want to be on the CT more than ever and I’m excited to give it all I have, and just to be here with my heroes, I’m just soaking in that.”

Fitzgibbons’ early exit sees her out of the title race, which is now in the hands of the four remaining contenders Tyler Wright (AUS)Courtney Conlogue (USA)Carissa Moore (HAW)and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).

“It’s such a tough set of circumstances just sitting there at the end and in my head I had that vision you get in the movies where that wave comes,” Fitzgibbons said. “I really felt it was going to happen, but it didn’t. I committed everything. I did my best this year. I trained the hardest I could and prepared, and that’s just the situation I was given. I feel like I’ve got what it takes now to really just absorb that for what it is. I’m proud of myself and my team at the end of the day, and it was up to the ocean at the end, but it wasn’t my day.

“I was just proud to be an Aussie in the mix, and the others are surfing extremely well,” continued Fitzgibbons. “Whoever takes it out, they truly deserve it. Everyone was in the mix coming into this event and I knew it would be close. I really wanted to go all the way, but it’ll be on for next year, no doubt.”

Competition looks set to continue tomorrow with Finals Day and the event will decide the 2017 WSL Women’s Title, which represents the culmination of a year-long battle amongst the world’s best surfers to claim sport’s highest honor and join a list of the most revered individuals in all of surfing. Four surfers remain in contention to clinch the title: Tyler Wright (AUS)Courtney Conlogue (USA)Carissa Moore (HAW) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).

The World Title scenarios heading into Finals Day are as follows:

- Wright and Conlogue can each clinch the Title by winning the event;

- With Fitzgibbons out of the race Wright needs at 5th, Conlogue needs a 3rd, and Moore and Gilmore need to win the event to claim Title.

Defending WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) kickstarted her Maui Women’s Pro campaign with Round 1 and Round 3 victories. Wright saved her top performance for a big Round 3 match-up against an in-form Silvana Lima (BRA), who earlier sent Fitzgibbons to Round 2, and Coco Ho (HAW). The current No. 2 found a dreamy Honolua Bay barrel that allowed her to come out and finish off the wave with her signature power maneuvers and post the day’s highest single-wave score of a near-perfect 9.87.

“That was one of those heats where every girl got barreled and that was really cool,” Wright said. “We all felt the ocean. I’m really happy with the way I’m surfing, and the heat plans we’ve been coming up with. The whole team is working really hard to make sure I’m on the point and on the right spots.”

Current World No. 5 and six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) showcased her dominance with a near-perfect 9.57 in her Round 2 elimination heat over Laura Enever (AUS). Gilmore continued her world-class form in Round 3 with another pair of excellent scores, a 9.07 and 8.00, and will continue her hunt for a seventh World Title in the Quarterfinals when competition resumes.

“I’ll never forget winning my very first World Title here and I just could not believe that it finally happened. It was one of the greatest moments in my career so far,” Gilmore said. “That was heartbreaking to watch Sally [Fitzgibbons] go down and it was just one those things. I’ve been in that position before where I’ve lost chasing that World Title, and it still went my way in the end, but it’s like getting stabbed in the neck basically -- it was really, really tough.

“With regards to the World Title, the pressure is mounting, but I feel like the pressure is on the other girls and I’m just kind of hanging on the edge at the back,” Gilmore continued. “If I can sneak up and do my thing, we’ll see what happens. I love the stress and seeing people crack, and I love seeing people shy. I think that’s what World Title races and the last event are all about -- it’s pretty special to be here.”

Three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) advanced straight from Round 1 to Round 3,but was stopped in Round 3 by 2017 CT Rookie Bronte Macaulay (AUS). Falling just 1.10 points short of an early Quarterfinal berth, Moore will need to win her elimination Round 4 heat against Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) in order to keep her World Title hopes alive this season.

Malia Manuel (HAW) threw a wrench into current World No. 3 and World Title contender Courtney Conlogue’s (USA) campaign by sending the Californian to elimination Round 4. The beginning of the heat got off to dramatic start with Weston-Webb being issued a paddle interference on fellow Kauai surfer Manuel. Despite the tangle, Manuel wasn’t phased and struck first with a 7.17 to put early pressure on Conlogue. Earlier this year, Manuel overcame a devastating knee injury and did not return to competition until the European leg where she caught fire with a Semifinal and Quarterfinal result. The  24-year-old now find herself in the Quarterfinals once more.

“I went through a lot and learned from every step of the way, but I’m so happy to be in the Quarters here,” Manuel said. “I really have a different approach for this whole event and really just not having high expectations of myself just because of that entire amount of time I didn’t surf. I didn’t surf for four months so it was really tricky to not have high expectations, but just meditating and having fun in the freesurfs to work on the little things. That heat was funny though, Courtney [Conlogue] has a lot going on this week and Tatiana [Weston-Webb] is an awesome surfer, so I knew it was going to be a hard heat.”

Event organizers will convene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. to assess conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Maui Women’s Pro, are calling for:

Still on track for some good size surf at Honolua Bay over the first several days of the event window. Saturday the 25th will see fading yet contestable leftovers of old North swell. Then a new shot of North swell will build in Sunday PM the 26th with overhead surf on Monday morning the 27th. After that, a pair of decent size NW swells
are looking to move in over the Nov 29th – Dec 1st with more head-overhead sets for Honolua. Strong ENE Trades are expected for at least the next several days.

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check 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, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com

Maui Women’s Pro Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.50, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.50, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 8.00
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.93, Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.83, Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.83
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.03, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 7.13, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 2.10
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.57, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.24, Laura Enever (AUS) 5.40
Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.20,
 Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.00, Keely Andrew (AUS) 4.73
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.60, Sage Erickson (USA) 9.16, Coco Ho (HAW) 8.86

Maui Women’s Pro Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: 
Coco Ho (HAW) 13.40 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 8.97
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.23 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.07
Heat 3: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 11.83 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 6.67
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.74 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 6.87
Heat 5: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.07 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 7.24
Heat 6: Keely Andrew (AUS) 12.16 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.00

Maui Women’s Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: 
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.14, Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.76, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 7.00
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.14, Coco Ho (HAW) 14.60, Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.20
Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.74, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.30, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.45
Heat 4: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 13.27, Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.17, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.20

Maui Women’s Pro Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: 
Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)

Sam Kerr named AFC’s Women’s Player of the Year

Sam Kerr named AFC’s Women’s Player of the Year

30/11/2017, Australia, Soccer, Westfield W League Soccer, Article # 25015967

Sydney

Thursday 30 November 2017

 


Australian football star Sam Kerr has been named as the best female player in Asia at the annual Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Awards held in Bangkok, Thailand overnight.

 

Kerr was chosen as AFC’s Women’s Player of the Year ahead of DPR Korea forward Sung Hyang Sim, and Japanese defender Saki Kumagai. 
 

Speaking after receiving the award, Kerr was typically modest about her achievements: "This is the third time Australia have won the award and I think we are going in the right direction with women's football in Australia,” she said. “I am very proud to fly the flag for Australia. Individual awards are not important.

 

"It's been a good year for the clubs and the Matildas and my top memory on a personal level is breaking the record, and the award in the US which I will probably remember forever.

 

"My team mates are everything, like I said, without them it wouldn't be possible. My two clubs are my everything and hopefully in the future I will have success also with the national team."

 

The West Australian has set a new record in 2017 by scoring in her last six matches for the Westfield Matildas. Sam plays her club football in Australia for Perth Glory in the Westfield W-League and in the United States where she was the top goal scorer for Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League this season.

 

HONOLUA BLOMFIELD BECOMES 2017 WOMEN’S WORLD LONGBOARD CHAMPION IN AMAZING SHOWDOWN AT TAIWAN OPEN

HONOLUA BLOMFIELD BECOMES 2017 WOMEN’S WORLD LONGBOARD CHAMPION IN AMAZING SHOWDOWN AT TAIWAN OPEN

29/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25006467

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HONOLUA BLOMFIELD BECOMES 2017 WOMEN’S WORLD LONGBOARD CHAMPION IN AMAZING SHOWDOWN AT TAIWAN OPEN
- 2011 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPION LINDSAY STEINRIEDE (USA) FINISHES RUNNER-UP
-  JINZUN HARBOUR TURNS ON INCREDIBLE WAVES FOR WOMEN'S FINALS DAY AT TAIWAN OPEN
NEWSFEED CONTAINS: HONOLUA BLOMFIELD (HAW), LINDSAY STEINRIDE (USA)
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Caption:  Hawaiian sensation Honolua Blomfield (HAW) has just won the inaugural Taiwan Open and become the 2017 Women's World Longboard Champion.  
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Jinzun Harbour,  Taitung/Taiwan  (Wednesday, November 29, 2017) -   In a historical day of surfing at the Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship, 18-year-old Hawaiian sensation Honolua Blomfield (HAW) has won the Women’s division and with it become the 2017 World Longboard Champion.

In the best conditions on offer for the event so far, it was a no-brainer to finish the Women’s Division in pumping, clean, 3-to-4 foot surf. After an intense day of competition that saw a number of the title favourites drop out, the scenarios began to develop, building maximum excitement for every heat.

Eventually, the final two competitors left were Blomfield and 2011 World Champion Lindsay Steinriede (USA), two of the standouts of Finals Day. Steinriede was the one to beat after consistently posting excellent scores throughout the event. Blomfield was building all day and saved the best performance till last, taking off on set waves and riding the nose then laying smooth, yet powerful rail carves to post a heat total of 18.60 (out of a possible 20). Blomfield’s title-clinching total was the highest of the entire event.

“I feel like I’m on top of the world and that this isn’t real,” Blomfield said. “To have all of your hard work pay off like this feels better than anything – this is the best day of my life. I definitely felt like the underdog going into the final as Lindsay had been posting such huge scores all day, then I just peaked in the final somehow. It’s been an incredible day and the waves have been so amazing – it’s pumping out there.”


Caption: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) nose riding her way to World Longboard Champion.  
Credit: © WSL /  Tim Hain


This title is special for longboarding for a few reasons; it’s the first ever Taiwan Open that has hosted a Longboard World Championship (LCT) event and it is the first time since 2011 that a champion has been crowned from more than one event. Earlier in the year, Blomfield finished equal 3rd at the Kumul PNG LCT which set her up for a shot at the title in Taiwan.

“It’s been so cool for longboarding to have more than one event and has given us, the competitors, more to work with as it doesn’t all come down to one contest,” Blomfield continued. "Even though I finished 3rd in PNG I was trying not to think about the world title too much – although it has been a dream of mine since I started competing as a kid. To finish here in Taiwan in such incredible surf and come away fulfilling my dream feels even better than I thought it could.”


Caption:  The two finalist on stage with Taitung County Governor Justin Huang.  
Credit: © WSL /  Tim Hain


Sothern Californian, Lindsay Steinriede, looked destined to win, consistently posting the highest scores of each round, combining long nose rides with grace on the rail. Although she came just short of taking her second World Title, Steinriede couldn’t be happier with the time she has had at the inaugural Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship.

“I’m so stoked with making it to the final – the waves have been incredible today,” Steinriede said. “I’m really happy we powered through so many heats today and made the most of this pumping surf. This has been a great year with the two events as it gives everyone more of an opportunity at success - and is just awesome for longboarding. Seeing Honolua killing it this much at just 18 years of age is amazing, she put on an amazing performance in the Final and I’m really happy for her. The surf today was unbelievable – definitely the best whole day of surf I have had in Taiwan it’s an amazing place. I look forward to next year and seeing what the future holds.” 


Caption:  Lindsay Steinriede (USA) fell just short of claiming her second world title but put on an incredible performance none the less.  
Credit: © WSL /  Tim Hain


The 2017 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship runs from November 23 - December 3, 2017. Tune in tomorrow as we move closer to crowning a Men's Champion for 2017. For more information and LIVE ACTION of
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Taiwan Open World Longboarding Championship Women’s Final Result’s 

Heat 1: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 18.60 def Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 16.50

Taiwan Open Women’s Semifinal Results

Heat 1: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 17.23 def Tory Gilkerson (USA) 13.53
Heat 2: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 13.26 def Rachael Tilly (USA) 13.10 Women’s

Taiwan Open Women's Quarterfinal Results 

Heat 1: Tory Gilkerson (USA) 12.43 def Atlanta Batista (BRA)  9.47
Heat 2: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 16.34 def Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 10.94
Heat 3: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 14.93 def Crystal Walsh (HAW) 12.57
Heat 4: Rachael Tilly (USA) 15.33 def Chelsea Williams (AUS) 12.06
MWA Women Win FIM Highest Award in Andorra

MWA Women Win FIM Highest Award in Andorra

28/11/2017, Western Australia, Motorcycling, Motorcycling W.A., Article # 24990602
 
 
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MWA Women Win FIM Highest Award in Andorra

 

 

MWA Women Win FIM Highest Award in Andorra, Spain

 

We always knew that the MWA Women’s Program, put together by the dedicated volunteers of the Women’s Committee was great. In 2016 it was the Women’s Category winner in the Western Australian Dept. Sport and Recreation Industry Awards beating all-comers from all sports to be the best women’s program in WA.

 

Now, our program has been recognised by the FIM as the best in the world.

 

 

At the annual FIM Gala Night held today in Andorra La Vella, in front of the whole motorcycling world our Women’s Program was selected as the winner of the FIM Women in Motorcycling Award from a very strong group of finalists from around the world.

 

The FIM Women in Motorcycling Award aims to recognise, reward and celebrate those, individuals or organisations, who have significantly contributed to improve the presence of women at all levels.

 

 

 

Candidates for the Award seek to help women to be increasingly valued and included in the motorcycling world, by cooperating and creating opportunities such as women-only competitions and “have-a-go” events and by promoting role models. They develop sport and activities for women, thereby opening the motorcycling world to all.

 

The MWA Women’s Program has in the past few years performed exceptionally in all these areas.

 

With numerous Come & Try programs, women only coaching, and advocacy at all levels from club to state for inclusive opportunities for girls and women, participation has more than trebled for females.

 

 

 

The way the program works is down to a few core principles: The drive of the volunteer committee to ensure participation opportunities are available and promoted; the willingness of clubs and promoters to see the vision of the committee and provide women’s class racing, or to make available venues for coaching and Come & Try; mentoring and encouragement of participants; and the women, girl’s, parents and partners who have stuck with, and supported the committee by voting with their feet and turned up to ride in numbers.

 

 

 

Motorcycling Western Australia's CEO Rick Gill commented, “MWA has long held the vision that with 50% of the population being female, Women’s motorcycle sport should be much bigger and less male dominated than it has been. With a dedicated committee who simply refuse to take ‘no’ for and answer a lot of potential has been realised with real results. I believe this is just the beginning of a positive growth period for women’s motorcycle sport”.

 

 

 

As finalists, MWA Women’s Chair Tracy Simpson, and committee member Chelsea Blakers travelled to Andorra La Vella to be at the FIM Gala to represent the MWA Women’s Committee.

 

Tracy said shortly after accepting the award “It is an honour to receive the FIM Women in Motorcycling award in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the MWA women's committee and the achievement of outstanding results and outcomes for women and girls in motorcycling in Western Australia. This award not only recognises the work of the committee, but the support of the whole organisation, from the President and Board of MWA, to the CEO and staff, to all the club committees, promoters, volunteers and riders. This award will certainly support us in going forward to continue to achieve our goals  and our aim to implement the program nationally.”.

 

 

 

This was re-enforced by MWA President Peter Clark who said “What started as a vision by some very dedicated people has transformed in to a world winning program for women in motorcycling. This shows with dedication and commitment how things can grow and be rewarded. This is not just a win for our Women’s Committee but it is a win for all of our clubs, all of our riders and coaches and to everyone else who has contributed to the success of the Women’s Program in WA. I would like to congratulate the dedicated Committee that made this possible.”

 

 

 

Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle, who was also at the ceremony added: “On behalf of all Motorcycling Australia we congratulate the MWA Women’s committee on their outstanding achievement. They continue to drive participation and growth and are a great example for all to follow when it comes to including Women in Motorcycle Sport”.

 

 

 

That the nomination for the highest award the FIM offer for women’s sport development is so sought after is reflected in the quality of the applicants. The 10 finalists were:

 

Kiara Fontanesi (ITA)
Women’s Motocross Rider – 5 times WMX World Champion.

Leslie Porterfield (USA)
Landspeed and Circuit Racing – A mentor involved in motivational speaking and working with charities. She works with many organizations promoting motorcycle awareness, especially women and motorcycling. As an ambassador to women and riding, she aims at breaking barriers and inspiring women and kids.

Female Track Day in Dubai – Sabah Mukri (UAE)
Aims to create and organise the first ever female only track day in Dubai with the objective to encourage female riders to ride on track and have a safe and fun experience.

Toutes en Moto – Female Motorcycling Association (SUI)
A not-for-profit association based in Geneva that organizes a large annual event to draw attention to and defend Women’s Rights by using motorcycles as an example of emancipation, independence, freedom and dignity. Their motto is “Ride/Drive our lives”.

Women’s Commission – Portuguese Federation (FMP) (POR)
The commission has five main objectives: 1) represent the interest of female riders and encourage more participation; 2) raise awareness among female riders; 3) encourage more female riders to join the competition; 4) organize events to promote women’s participation; 5) organize specific female only events.

Missbiker – Community (ITA)
The objectives are: 1) to promote motorcycling among women and increase women’s presence both in touring & leisure as well as in competition; 2) encourage industry (manufacturers etc.) to provide better products and services to female riders; 3) create a network and community as well as organizing events, trainings etc.

Alan Critcher (UK)
Alan Critcher is a speedway enthusiast involved in promoting and raising the profile of female speedway riders around the world. He took part in a riding tour “Ladies Day” across UK to help promote women in Motorsport. He sponsored female Speedway riders to rife at various tracks around England (Carley Gittus AUS, Hayley Perrault USA, Micaela Bazan ARG…)

Enduro Xperience Da Mulher – Women’s Enduro Experience (BRA)
The main goal is to encourage and support women to participate in FIM standard Enduro and Off-road competition, to offer to newcomers a welcoming and helpful environment, with guidance on the rules and help on the sections, empowering them and making them feel confident to participate in competitions.

Girls Racing Team – Female only Endurance Team
The team’s objective is to be a “role model” and attract more female riders to Endurance. The results achieved by this female only Endurance Team show that it is possible for female riders to take part in this very demanding competition and discipline. It sets an example for other female riders who are looking to take part in competition.

Women’s Committee (West AUS)
The MWA Women’s committee was established in 2014 with the objective to promote and build women’s/girls participation in motorcycle sport in Western Australia, as riders, volunteers, coaches and officials , to advocate on behalf of women/girls with promoters/clubs/state for opportunity and recognition, and to build social capital and support networks amongst participants to encourage longevity in the sport.

JURY

Ms Erin Sills (USA)
Landspeed world record holder

Mr Alex Hofmann (GER)
Former Grand Prix Rider and MotoGP commentator

Ms Martine de Cortanze (FRA)
Former Rally and Enduro Rider and 2015 FIM Woman Legend

Ms Tomo Igata (JAP)
Former Grand Prix rider and 2016 FIM Woman Legend

Mr Pedro Venturo-Markoch (PER)
FIM Latin America President

Ms Nita Korhonen (FIN)
CFM Director

 

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WSL TITLE SHOWDOWN ARRIVES AT MAUI WOMEN’S PRO

WSL TITLE SHOWDOWN ARRIVES AT MAUI WOMEN’S PRO

27/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24980798

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WSL TITLE SHOWDOWN ARRIVES AT MAUI WOMEN’S PRO
- FIVE SURFERS WILL BATTLE TO BECOME WSL WOMEN’S CHAMPION AT HONOLUA BAY
- BRISA HENNESSY AWARDED WSL WILDCARD
- SOLID SWELL ON THE WAY
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Caption: The five WSL Title Contenders gather at Honolua Bay ahead of the start of the Maui Women's Pro. From L to R: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Tyler Wright (AUS), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Carissa Moore (HAW) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).
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Location:      Honolua Bay, Maui/Hawaii 
Event window:   November 25 - December 6, 2017
Today's call:   TBD - First call Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 a.m. local time
Conditions:   TBD

HONOLUA BAY, Maui/Hawaii (Friday, November 24, 2017) - The world’s best female surfers have arrived on the Hawaiian island paradise of Maui to contest the final event of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour, the Maui Women's Pro, holding a competition window of November 25 to December 6, 2017.
 
Honolua Bay will decide the 2017 WSL Women’s Title, which represents the culmination of a year-long battle amongst the world’s best surfers to claim sport’s highest honor and join a list of the most revered individuals in all of surfing. Going into the Maui Women’s Pro five surfers are in contention to clinch the title: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)Tyler Wright (AUS)Courtney Conlogue (USA)Carissa Moore (HAW) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).

The World Title scenarios are as follows:

   - Fitzgibbons, Wright and Conlogue can each clinch the Title by winning the event;
   - If Fitzgibbons finishes runner-up then Wright or Conlogue need to win the event to win the Title;
   - If Fitzgibbons finishes 3rd then Wright needs a 3rd and Conlogue 2nd to win the Title; or
   - If Fitzgibbons finishes 5th or lower than Wright needs at 5th, Conlogue a 3rd, and Moore and Gilmore need to win the event to claim Title.


Fitzgibbons comes into the event in first place on Jeep Leaderboard after a season of consistently good results - reaching the Quarterfinals or better at every event and winning the second stop on tour, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. The 26-year-old started her CT career with three straight runner-up finishes (2010, 2011, 2012) and is chasing down her maiden WSL title. Fitzgibbons has made the Final once in Maui in 2015 and needs a win this year to be sure of clinching the title. She will take on Silvana Lima (BRA) and wildcard Brisa Hennessy (HAW)in Round 1 of competition.

“I’m feeling super comfortable right now with the Jeep Leader Jersey on my back,” Fitzgibbons said. “Whatever the result, it’s a great feeling to know that I put myself in this position by elevating my surfing. To have the title on the line here and be in the company of these contenders is a humbling and amazing experience. Whoever wins will be really deserving.”
 
Defending WSL Champion Wright starts the event in second place on the Jeep Leaderboard. The young Australian claimed the coveted world surfing crown last year with a runner-up finish in France following a sensational 2016 season that saw her claim four event wins (Gold Coast, Margaret River, Rio de Janeiro and Lower Trestles). Wright, who has locked in one event win this year at the Oi Rio Pro, suffered a knee injury just before the CT event in Cascais, Portugal but has since surfed her way to a huge comeback with a Semifinal berth at the next event in France to move up to second place on the rankings. Wright also needs to win the event to be sure of claiming the title. Wright will surf in Heat 4 of Round 1 where she will take on Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) and Laura Enever (AUS)
 
“It’s been a really interesting journey this year and I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Wright. “Being here at Honolua Bay is such a great way to finish off the year. The end of the year is really intense, so it does help with the pressure of what’s going on being somewhere so mellow. It’s so close and throughout the year everyone has been really performing so it’s great that it all came down to the end - it will be interesting to see how things play out. I give my team so much credit for holding me to a high standard and getting me here today. Maybe I haven’t done as much as I could have this year, but I’m still in a good position and I know I’ve got so much work still left to do.”
 
World No. 3 Conlogue is also on the verge of claiming her maiden WSL title after back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2016. The 25-year-old from Santa Ana, California has more event wins this season than any other surfer, with victories at Bells Beach and in Fiji, but has yet to make a Final at Honolua Bay. An event win here would secure the title for Conlogue and she will start her campaign in Round 1 against Keely Andrew (AUS) and Bronte Macaulay (AUS).
 
“There’s so many title contenders this year and Honolua Bay will decide the Champion,” Conlogue said. “It looks like Mother Nature will gift us some swell this season so it’s going to be exciting and I hope we’re going to finish off with a bang. This season has been amazing - there’s been a lot of new winners and now multiple contenders, which hasn’t happened for a while. It’s going to come down to who’s going to put a show on when the jerseys go on and the buzzer sounds, but I’m really happy with the position I’m in. I just love this competition and it’s where I started out so I can’t wait for things to get underway and for the title race to play out here. I’m always fired up and I always believe in dreams but I know there’s still a huge journey ahead. I’d love to hold that trophy at the end and I’ll do whatever’s in my power to do it.”
 
Three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) is fresh from defending her Roxy Pro France title and will be one to watch in Maui. With two event wins under her belt (2014, 2015), Moore will look to reclaim her crown and earn a third victory at Honolua Bay in front of a home crowd. Moore will face Johanne Defay (FRA) and Pauline Ado (FRA) in Round 1 Heat 2.
 
“I love coming home to Hawaii to compete in the last event of the season,” Moore said. “It’s one of the most magical places on tour and it’s really exciting this year to have the title race come down to the last event. It will be a really fun showdown. It’s been a crazy year and I never could have imagined how things would have played out. Now, there’s five people in contention and that’s super exciting. The level just keeps getting raised and it’s so fun to be here and in the middle of it. It’s exciting to go from being in a requalification spot to being in world title contention and I’m so thankful to be in the position to vie for the title.”
 
Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore also has an outside chance of clinching the title in Hawaii. The three-time event winner currently sits in fifth place on the Jeep Leaderboard and would need to win in Honolua Bay with the top three dropping out early to make history and equal Layne Beachley’s record of seven world titles. Gilmore will be first to compete in Round 1 Heat 1 when competition gets underway and will face Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and Malia Manuel (HAW).
 
“This has to have been one of the most exciting years for women’s surfing ever,” Gilmore said. “We’ve had five girls really battling for the top spot all year so it’s been a thrilling adventure for everyone. I feel like I’ve had some good results but I really haven’t been able to stay consistent and then you’ve got people like Sally (Fitzgibbons) who have been so consistent and she’s right there. It’s insane and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens and who doesn’t crack under pressure.”
 
Brisa Hennessy (HAW), the highest ranked Hawaiian surfer on the WSL Qualifying Series, has been awarded the wildcard and will take her place alongside the WSL Top 17.
 
Event organizers will convene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. to assess conditions and make the first call.
 
Surfline, official forecaster for the Maui Women’s Pro, are calling for:

Still on track for some good size surf at Honolua Bay over the first several days of the event window. Saturday the 25th will see fading yet contestable leftovers of old North swell. Then a new shot of North swell will build in Sunday PM the 26th with overhead surf on Monday morning the 27th. After that, a pair of decent size NW swells are looking to move in over the Nov 29th – Dec 1st with more head-overhead sets for Honolua. Strong ENE Trades are expected for at least the next several days.
 
The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check 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, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.
 
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com 
 
Maui Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Johanne Defay (FRA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Keely Andrew (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA), Sage Erickson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW)

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