A documentary presented by Patagonia and directed by Keith Malloy, Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spearfishers, to a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids on the streets of San Francisco, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spend in the ocean.
From surfers and spearfishers to a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids on the streets of San Francisco, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean and leaving behind our limitations to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.
Directed by Keith Malloy
A Patagonia Film, Produced by Monika McClure
Director of Photography – Scott Soens
Music by Todd Hannigan
Length: 49 minutes
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Are you new to surfing and thinking about taking it up? Well amazing, it’s such a rad sport and I am sure you’re going to love it. Yes it may feel a little daunting but that’s ok, it’s totally normal to feel like this. So if you’re looking to get in to surfing you may be wondering the best way to go about it. There’s probably a few questions bouncing around in you head like, do I go out and buy a surfboard? Should I get some lessons? Is it safe to go surf by myself? These questions are totally normal, so don’t worry, you’re not over thinking it but I am going break it down for you, step by step, to help you transition into surfing easy and hopefully stress free.
Here are my hints and tips on how you should get into surfing and a break down of surf accessories that are suitable for people getting into surfing.
I would always say your first step should be to book some lessons. Learn the basics and get as much help as possible, I think around two to three of lessons should give you a good foundation for your surfing. Joining your local surf club is also a good idea, it will allow you to meet likeminded people and will hopefully get you the surf lots.
My answer to this questions is 100% YES! A surf lesson will go through all the basics you need to know from how to stay safe in the water, to catching waves and popping up. You can ask questions and will learn how the waves work and what hazards you need to look out for when in the surf. If you fancy taking it one step further, you can even book a 121 surf lessons or a learn to surf holiday!
When starting out there is no point in buying a surfboard, don’t be tricked into going out and buying a high performance board straight away, because you won’t need it! Surfing is a marathon, not a race and you should learn the basics on a beginner foam surfboard before you consider investing in this bit of kit. A wetsuit on the other hand is a great idea, even if you hate surfing (which I am sure you won’t) you can wear it to swim or stand up paddle boarding in and as long as you look after it, should last you a while. In the UK we wear 3.2mm wetsuits in the summer months and 5.3 wetsuits when it’s cold in the winter, some people like to wear a 5.3 wetsuit all year round or event a in-between season suit like a 4.3mm. The thicker the wetsuit the warmer you will be. Also if you’re planning on surfing all year round you will want to invest in boots, gloves and event a hood!
Surfing is a pretty amazing sport, it’s unlike anything I have ever tried before. It’s a sport that relies on the weather and swell, so it’s a good idea to learn what kind of wind, swell and tide your local beach works well on. Don’t expect to get good straight away. As I said before it’s a marathon not a race and takes a lot of time and dedication to progress but don’t let this put you off, it’s such a great sport that does wonders for you mind and body.
I’m a passionate writer and surfer from Germany. As I travel year round to improve my surfing skills I get to know many surf spots and places with amazing waves. At the moment I’m in the Canary Islands where I’m getting four weeks of surf coaching. I’ve lived in Costa Rica, Australia, Spain and Indonesia to follow my passion for surfing and the ocean. I’ve set up a Youtube channel where I will be sharing my experiences and surf adventures and giving tips on how to improve, what to eat and how to work out.
Cornwall is no doubt one of the most popular locations to take to the waves. There are many popular surfing destinations throughout the region that are particularly great for people learning this exhilarating sport. For those that know their messy waves to swell directions, Cornwall also offers an ideal spot to perfect your technique.
The summer season brings everyone out in their masses to capture a piece of the action but autumn is actually one of the best times to surf. The less crowded beaches mixed with relatively mild air and warmer sea temperatures (thanks to our relative proximity of the gulf stream pushing up water from the southern Atlantic Ocean) give you a great chance to catch those regular swells. So, if you’re heading to Cornwall on a surfing holiday or you’re looking to learn the basics on a family break, here are 10 fantastic family surf escapes in Cornwall’s finest locations.
Experience luxury alongside North Cornwall’s coastline at a stay in The Light House in Bude. Get family and friends together, and take to the waves at the beautiful choice of nearby sandy beaches and discover a stunning contemporary coastal home designed and built by owners who have featured on the TV show Grand Designs. Indulge in this relaxing surf stay and feel the sand between your toes with just a short walk to the glorious Atlantic shores.
For a stylish stay, just a stone’s throw from Whipsiderry and Porth beach, this cool coastal apartment is the ideal surf retreat. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular sea views, contemporary accommodation, and easy access to plenty of attractions and the best surfing spots in the county. Atlantic Bliss at Zenith also bases you in an ideal location to enjoy the surf hub of Newquay, home to Fistral Beach. The whole family will love this incredibly exciting stay with top conditions to take to your board.
Overlooking the bay of Crackington Haven, you’ll find this little gem just a short walk from the stunning sandy Cornish shores. Here you can enjoy a tranquil setting with a charming patio area to enjoy outdoor dining overlooking sea views. This idyllic surf spot is great as it offers a mix of family-friendly surf conditions to waves for the more experienced. Valley Breeze bases you in a fantastic spot to explore further afield too with the nearby locations of Bude and Widemouth Bay just a short drive away.
Kennack Sands, The Lizard
Renowned for its surf school and beautiful sandy beach, Kennack Sands is the idyllic surf haven. So why not treat the family to stay just 900 yards from this stunning coastal spot. No 5 The Beach is a fantastic apartment offering a contemporary setting on the captivating west coast offering you a fantastic base to explore the surrounding area whilst taking to the board and enjoying those Atlantic waves.
Just a short drive from the stunning sands of St Ives, you’ll find an idyllic bolthole offering spectacular uninterrupted views and boutique accommodation. Rosecott is a charming reverse level property providing the perfect spot to explore the west coast and the exhilarating surfing beaches that surround you. St Ives itself is a surfing mecca for families, with Porthmeor beach providing a large stretch to take to the waves. If you’re looking for some expert advice, head to the nearby surf school for equipment hire and lessons.
Although the south coast of Cornwall isn’t a premiere destination to head out on the waves, Falmouth is a brilliant place for beginners and families looking to enjoy a relaxed surfing break. Overlooking the harbour, Perfect View provides a beautiful stay enjoying contemporary accommodation with a spectacular decking area for perfect al fresco dining. This idyllic bolthole bases you in an ideal spot to enjoy the nearby surfing beaches of Swanpool, Gyllngvase and Maenporth which produce some half decent waves in the right conditions.
Explore the exquisite west coast on a surf stay at The Puffin in Mullion. This south-facing property situates you at a stunning cliff-top location overlooking the ocean and bases you just a short drive from the beautiful National Trust beach of Poldhu. After a long day catching those west coast waves, you can relax in the tranquility of this comfortable accommodation and get the family together for an evening meal on the outside decked area.
This boutique-style retreat is ideal for soaking up the best of the North Cornwall coastline. Placing you within easy reach of top surf spots including Polzeath and Widemouth Bay, this tranquil cottage offers the ultimate rural and coastal mix. Nestled in the Valency Valley yet just a few miles from the Atlantic Coast, this contemporary barn creates a warming ambience and relaxing surf escape for the whole family.
Treat family and friends to the ultimate indulgent surfing retreat with a stay at Miners in Carharrack. Basing you just a few miles from the golden sands of Portreath and Porthtowan, this breath-taking spot offers a relaxing stay with an idyllic mix of rural and coastal experiences. You’ll enjoy spacious accommodation with a contemporary vibe and take advantage of a relaxing hot tub, warming log burner and spacious balcony with seating overlooking amazing countryside views.
If you’re looking for a secluded spot nestled in the Cornish countryside yet want to take advantage of North Cornwall’s best surf beaches, a family break in this spacious and contemporary farmhouse is the idyllic choice. You’re only a few minutes’ drive to the sandy shores that adorn the coastline including the family-friendly surf beaches of Fistral, Crantock, Holywell Bay and Perranporth. With comfortable accommodation and large outside space for al fresco dining, Martins Place is a great place to get the whole family together on an adventurous surf escape.
Not only do you get to spend every day on the beach, you can manage it so you work during summers and escape the winters travelling. You can also get jobs abroad, or in surf camps right across the globe. On top all that you get the rewards of seeing the faces of super stoked pupils who you have helped get to their feet. It’s the perfect job for students at college or university or during their gap year.
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We asked the people in the know what’s involved in becoming a surf instructor:
Chris, how do you become a surf instructor?
There are several different elements to becoming a surf instructor. Firstly of course you need to be a good enough surfer. The basic requirements are to be able to ride left and right on unbroken waves in 1 – 1.5m waves with control. Next up you have to sign up for both a surf coaching course and a lifesaving course. The most popular Surf Coaching course is the ISA Level 1 course which is a two-day course incorporating both theory and practical elements of the course. After completing the course you will need to do 20 hours of coaching at a surf school during which you will practice delivering the lesson and be observed completing a surf lesson at the end by the head coach. You will also need to complete either a Lifeguard course or Surf Lifeguard course as stipulated by the ISA.
Tania, what qualifications do you need?
To be a surf instructor you need a minimum Level 1 Surfing Instructor, current surf rescue, current first aid certificates. An ASI Level 1 Surfing Instructor qualification enables you to deliver, plan and assess beginner to intermediate surfing sessions in beginner level surf locations: surf no larger than 1½ft (½ metre) and Intermediate level surf locations: surf up to 3ft (1 metre). In the UK and some countries you can hold a Surf Lifesaving certificate which includes both surf rescue and first aid. And in some countries, like Australia you may also need to hold a Working with Oxygen certificate. If you are working with children, you need to hold a working with children background check. But only a few countries worldwide have this, like UK and Australia. The minimum age to take the courses is 16 years old. However, instructors under 18 years cannot deliver lessons to adults on their own. There must have another adult instructor, supervising or nearby.
Steve, do you need any experience before you take a course?
You need to be a competent and confident surfer and to love see others learn and develop. You can get this by spending time in the water surfing a range of different types of breaks and areas. It is a good idea to get some experience teaching surfing, the best way to do this is to assist on some lessons at your local break (be sure to choose a recognised surf school who are teaching to a syllabus and maintaining high standards of instruction). You will get an idea of how a lesson is broken down and what sort of help and support beginners really need when they are learning. You should then book onto a surf instructor course, there are a number of different organisations who offer courses but in essence they are all fairly similar. During the course you will learn how to plan and deliver a surfing lesson and how best to teach a range of surfing related subjects. Depending on the qualification you take you may then need to log a number of hours working alongside an experienced coach, confirm when you have done this then spending the summer on the beach in the waves teaching the sport you love.
We all need those work outs that take hardly any time, get the blood pumping and keep us feeling fit and active during the flat spells – which we are currently experiencing here in Europe. Here’s our Sofa to Surf 20 minute Surf HIIT Workout, suitable for anyone, to do anywhere. So next time the surf goes flat or you can’t get to the waves because grown up life is getting in the way, pop this video on and get fit for the surf.
Go with the changing seasons, and switch up your workouts. Jump on your bike and cycle to work in the morning, go for a walk on your lunch break and try some new clubs in the evening.
Switch the pies and stodgy food for light salads, smoothies and BBQ’s. Healthy food boosts your mood so you’ll be left feeling happier and healthier. Swop your stodgy sandwiches for this tasty salad.
During the summer months we all need to up our water in take. Making sure you stay hydrated will not only give you more energy out of the surf but it will also keep you riding the waves for longer. Make sure you don’t use a single use plastic bottle take a reusable cup with you like one of SurfGirl’s Keep Cup range. Check them out here.
This may sound a little silly but treating yourself to some new workout threads will make getting active all the more enjoyable. Take a look at Roxy’s fab new #ROXYfitness range here.
Go sea swimming on the flat days or hit your local pool. Swimming is amazing cardio and will also help build up your paddle fitness. There’s tips on swimming for surf fitness in The Surf Girl Guide To Surf Fitness here.
Join a #ROXYFitness event near you this summer. With its uniquely refreshing cocktail of RUNNING, YOGA and STAND UP PADDLE, #ROXYFitness is the active & fun fitness event concept so give it a try!
Since its inception more than 26,000 girls have already taken part in #ROXYFITNESS, and with 25 worldwide events on the agenda for 2017, there’s no reason why you can’t give it a go. Here in Europe, June 25th marks the kick-off of the #ROXYFITNESS tour, down in sunny Marseille. For more info, click here.
In this episode, the girls head to Surf Snowdonia (A world-first inland surf lagoon in the Conwy Valley, North Wales!) to show that you don’t have to be a Pro to go and enjoy the wave there….though they did take along absolute shredder Sara Taylor from Huntington Beach California!
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Surfing a lot lately or maybe not doing anything at all, feeling your muscles cramping up and the flexibility & lightness in your body no where to be found. Here’s some inspiration to create spaciousness in your body. These poses can be done anywhere, any time of the day. They are great when it feels like your shoulders have immigrated themselves up to your ears (after to much paddling) or when you need to get your body moving again after being landlocked.
Sit on your heels, knees apart and big toes touching. Keep your buttocks planted firmly on your heels and extend the upper body forward. Place your forehead on the floor and extend your arms fully forward.
If the buttocks don’t stay on the heels while placing the forehead on the floor, then put sufficient height under the forehead until the buttocks release down.
Place your hands on a bench or chair, extend your arms and walk your feet back behind your hips. Let your neck & head hang. Push into the hands to extend the arms and trunk into the hips, engage the legs and release the heels towards the floor.
Place your palms at chest height on the wall or place them on any other height available. Walk your feet back until your ankles and hips are parallel to each other. Don’t drop your head but keep it in line with your arms. Engage your legs & extend through your arms and trunk.
If your back stays rounded try placing your hands a bit higher.
If you are very flexible watch out that you don’t push your lumbar forward here, instead move the sacrum away from the lumbar, so that the front waist can move towards the spine.
Sit with knees together on your heels, feet flat on the floor. Interlock your fingers all the way to the webbing and turn your hands inside out. Extend your arms and slowly bring your arms overhead. Don’t let the arms bend while trying to take the arms overhead, instead keep the arms straight and stop when they start bending. Release the arms down and change the interlock of your fingers to do the pose again.
If you feel any pain in your knees then place a blanket on top of your heels to sit higher, if you feel pain on the front of your ankles then roll a thin blanket or towel and place it under the ankles.
Stay seated as in the above pose on your heels with knees together. Sit with the right side of your body close to a wall or other support. Extend both sides of your trunk and twist to your right. Place your right hand on the wall and your left on your right thigh. Make sure that your hips stay parallel, so don’t let the left hip move forward. Stay a few breaths and then change sides.
Shaini is an iyengar based Yoga teacher, for ever studying & practicing the art of yoga and enjoying the energy of the ocean in her backyard. Join her in Portugal where she hosts Yoga, Surf & Nourish retreats with www.yogaion.com
Photos by: Concha @seasoulstories
COURTNEY CONLOGUE CLAIMS BACK-TO-BACK WINS AT RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH
Courtney Conlogue (USA) has won the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach today after defeating Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in four-to-six foot (1 – 2 metre) conditions at the world-renowned Bells Beach in the Australian state of Victoria.
The third stop of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, witnessed Conlogue ring the coveted Bell for the second time after her dominance throughout the final series today. The Californian unleashed her aggressive power-surfing to take down a stacked field of competitors, including six-time WSL Champion Gilmore, reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) and three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW).
“Winning it last year felt so good, but to back it up is amazing,” said Conlogue. “I’m so speechless. The first two events of the Australian leg did not go that well for me, so I’m stoked to finish it off with a win. I have always loved coming to Bells. It’s an amazing arena with all of the fans down here. It’s a really tricky wave to master, so to have two wins here is really special.”
Tyler Wright. Photo: © WSL / Barripp
Johanne Delay. Photo: © WSL / Sloane
Courtney Conlogue. Photo: © WSL / Sloane
Conlogue came into the start of the 2017 season as World No. 2, but a 9th place finish at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast and 5th place result at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro set her back to World No. 9. The Californian’s win today moves her up to fourth on the Jeep Leaderboard to now put her World Title campaign back on track.
“Coming up against Stephanie [Gilmore] in the Final was incredible,” continued Conlogue. “She is such an amazing surfer and tough competitor. Maintaining composure at the end was key. I had a lot of last-minute wins this contest and that’s why it’s true that you should never give up because it’s not over until it is over.”
The Final saw an exciting battle between Gilmore and Conlogue. Gilmore got the edge on the opening exchange with an excellent 8.33 (out of a possible 10) to Conlogue’s 8.00. The women continued to charge, again posting excellent-range scores with Gilmore leading Conlogue’s 15.27 combined score by only 1.06 points. In the last 5 minutes of the heat, Conlogue took off on the biggest set wave of the Final and displayed her trademark power hacks and jams in the pocket to post an excellent 9.00-point ride for the lead. With only seconds left, Gilmore attempted to scratch into a medium-sized set but was unable to make it, leaving Conlogue to win her second consecutive Bell with a heat total of 17.00.
“This was an incredible event,” said Gilmore. “We’ve had some awesome waves over these past few days and it was a special Easter weekend to have everyone down here. To surf in front of this crowd is a really special experience. I always try my best, but it is a tough field to beat so I am happy to come away with a second and still hold onto that lead. I will hopefully hold onto it for as long as I can.”
Courtney Conlogue. Photo: © WSL /Barripp
Eventual winner Conlogue previously dispatched three-time WSL Champion and three-time event winner Moore in the opening Quarterfinal matchup. A heated battle saw the two post excellent range scores. An intense paddle battle gave way for Conlogue to regain priority at the halfway mark. With ten minutes left and needing an 8.24, Moore waited for a set to come through while Conlogue kept busy on the inside. Moore missed her opportunity at the five minute mark to put even more pressure on her final attempt. Moore chased down a wave in the final minute, but it was not enough to meet the requirement. Moore will be eliminated with her third 5th place result of the season.
Californian Lakey Peterson (AUS) was not able to hold on in the second Semifinal against Gilmore. Peterson’s 3rd place result matches her best finish at Bells in 2013. In addition to her finish in Victoria, Peterson’s runner-up result on the Gold Coast and 13th in Margaret River will put her at 5th on the rankings heading into the next event.
“This is a great result, but I want to win,” Peterson said. “It was fun to come up against Stephanie [Gilmore], but hopefully I will get her in the next one. Maybe it is a good thing that I haven’t gotten the win because it keeps me hungry. I feel like I’ve come close and I am surfing well and showing myself that I can be there in the finals. To be in the race is a great confidence boost. I am enjoying competing and loving the challenge. The Australian leg seems like a good start to the year for me.”
Stephanie Gilmore. Photo: © WSL / Sloane
Located a stone’s throw from the sea, Island Feather was founded in 2013 by Claudia Albrecht in Southsea, England. Inspired by her love for outdoor sports, natural beauty and helping others through her work with a national charity, Claudia developed Island Feather from a small market stall into an established sports and fitness wear company and lifestyle brand – developed specifically for women.
We caught up with Claudia to find out a bit more about the brand…
It was three years ago when I started selling hair feathers in and around Southsea and at summer festivals. As time went on I started designing jewellery and introducing other products from other designers to my stall. From designing jewellery, my aspirations grew and I started experimenting in designing sports and fitness clothing. I love outdoor sports (surfing, SUP & Wakeboarding) and my aim was to design high-quality multi-purpose products to cater outdoor sports, whilst offering style and appeal. Three years on, Island Feather is proud to be launching our Raw Coast sports and fitness clothing collection.
At Island Feather our mission is to help you “Find your Freedom”. By creating high quality, multi-purpose, stylish sports and fitness wear – we aim to inspire you to live a healthy life, discover what makes you happy and look after one another.
Proud of being an independent brand, we believe in excellent customer care, outstanding ethical products and developing a sense of community for every woman joining the Island Feather journey with us.
This year we are launching the Raw Coast Collection which is inspired by our love for coastlines that boast raw ocean swells, weathered rock faces and fresh salty air. We are excited to have 13 items in the collection ranging from surf/ yoga leggings, run/board shorts, sports bras, sports bikinis to a 4:3 surf wetsuit and wakeboard/ kite surf impact vest.
We strive to ensure our products are fit for purpose, high quality, offer style and appeal and this was also crucial when developing the new collection. We are proud to use high quality fabric technologies in our products to ensure our customers feel comfortable and there are no barriers from performing in their sports.
I love to travel and explore different cultures and learn from people I meet along the way. I am inspired by natural beauty and some of my most favourite spots are destinations where time seems to stop and environments that provide me with the feeling of total escapism.
Life for me is about balance, from taking the time to chill and relax with yoga or stand up paddle boarding to wakeboarding, surfing, snowboarding. I love sports that allow me to spend time outdoors preferably in the ocean or at the top of a mountain with a board under my feet, bringing together sports and the outdoors.
“Find your freedom” is their Social Impact programme which aims to support and unite women to find what makes them happy and healthy. Island Feather have partnered with local businesses and nonprofit organisations to enable access to the participation and accessibility of sports, fitness, health and wellbeing activities. Through these activities we will promote their core values and philosophy, whilst maintaining a primary focus on creating a community and collective impact to help us achieve our mission and help you achieve yours.
Island Feather have just launched our new website alongside the launch of the new Raw Coast Collection. Keep in touch via social media channels and blog for more about the new collection coming soon. See Island Feather at local and national events such as: Be Fit London, Southsea Fitness Festival, Gold Coast Festival and Boardmasters.
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Photo: Three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW)
On Wednesday, the opening day of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the third stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), saw incredible performances as the event ran through women’s Rounds 1, 2 and 3 in three-to-five foot (1 – 2 metre) conditions at Bells Beach.
Reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) put on a clinic today at Bells Beach with a phenomenal performance in both Round 1 and Round 3. Wright posted an outstanding 17.00 two-wave combined score in Round 1 and continued to showcase her flair with an 18.47 in Round 3. Wright’s wins today earn her a place in the Quarterfinals and moves her one step closer to ringing the coveted Bell for the first time. Sage Erickson (USA) and local favorite Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) were not able to challenge Wright in Round 3 and will be sent to elimination Round 4 for one final opportunity to make the final series.
“It’s been a really good day today — scoring consistent Bells — it’s great, you still have to be relatively selective with the waves that we take, but because it is consistent, you can afford to try a few different things in a heat, which is nice. I haven’t won this event before so it’s definitely a goal, but at the moment I’m focussing on smaller goals and will deal with bigger ones when I arrive at them. I’ve had a lot of real-life pressure situations recently, so I feel a lot less pressure when surfing heats. It definitely helps and has given me perspective.”Tyler Wright
Earlier this morning, three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) was relegated to elimination Round 2 by Van Dijk. Despite the early loss, Moore made an emphatic comeback in her elimination Round 2 heat with an amazing 19.13 combined score, the highest score of the day, against trials winner Ella Williams (NZL). Moore exhibited why she is a three-time winner at Bells with powerful turns and aggressive snaps.
Moore continued to charge through in the opening heat of Round 3 against 2016 event winner Courtney Conlogue (USA) and compatriot Coco Ho (HAW). In a close battle, Moore locked in a 7.17 and excellent 8.33, while Conlogue turned up the heat with an 8.00 and 7.03. Conlogue was not unable to post the required 7.51 on her last maneuver, giving Moore her third Quarterfinal berth of the season.
“The waves are pumping out there, just so many sets, I’m so exhausted. It was a lot of work out there and we have surfed so many heats today, so winning that and skipping into the Quarterfinals is such a bonus. Now I can relax for a bit. The waves were so different in each heat so we really had to adapt quickly. I’m feeling good and am stoked to have bounced back from my first heat. It’s just great to be back at Bells.”Carissa Moore
Photos: Stephanie Gilmore, Lakey Peterson, Tatiana Weston-webb
Six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) continued her incredible form from the Gold Coast and Margaret River into Round 1, but was not able to take out her Round 3 heat. Non-elimination Round 3 Heat 3 saw current World No. 1 Gilmore struggle to find the waves to combat current World No. 7 Lakey Peterson (USA) and World No. 12 Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW). Peterson unleashed an excellent 8.57 and strong 6.33 to earn her place in the Quarterfinals.
Tied with Gilmore for World No.1 is Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), was not able to win her Round 3 and will surf again in elimination Round 4. The final heat of the day saw 2017 World Title contender Johanne Defay (FRA) take the win. With only limited scoring opportunities on offer, Defay capitalized on two waves for a 9.33 combined score over Fitzgibbons and Silvana Lima (BRA).
Photo: Johanne Defay
Needing a score on her last wave, Fitzgibbons took off on a set as a last-ditch effort to take the heat. Her first attempt at a turn was a big one, but she fell awkwardly and cut her foot on her fin. The medical team is taking care of Fitzgibbons now. The extent of her injuries are unknown. More information will be available on Fitzgibbons’ condition in the coming days.
“Sally Fitzgibbons is in a fair-bit of pain,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer. “I think she has a pretty big gash at the top of her foot. I do not know the much about how deep or anything but there is a fair amount of blood. The medics are taking care of her now.”
“That was a really tricky heat, the wind was increasing and conditions changing so it was hard to know what waves to go for. My scores were pretty low and so were my opponents but it’s always better to win a heat with a high total. I’ll always take a win into the Quarterfinals though. It was a real shame to come in at the end and see that Sally [Fitzgibbons] had hurt herself. I really do hope she is okay and recovers quickly.”Johanne Defay
Photo: Sally Fitzgibbons, Silvana Lima
In her first heat win of the 2017 CT season, Lima took down Laura Enever (AUS) in Round 2 Heat 6. Enever, who withdrew from the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro due to injury, was not able to survive her first elimination heat back and will see an early exit from the event.
Pauline Ado (FRA), 2017 CT Rookie Bronte Macaulay (AUS), injury replacement Isabella Nichols (AUS), and 2016 WSL Rookie of the Year Keely Andrew (AUS) were not able to make it out of their Round 2 matchups and will exit in Equal 13th place.
Heat 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.00, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.74, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.03
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.67, Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.67, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.16
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.00, Ella Williams (NZL) 6.53, Laura Enever (AUS) 6.50
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.94, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 10.16, Keely Andrew (AUS) 9.56
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.13, Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.60, Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.44
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.34, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.16, Johanne Defay (FRA) 8.74
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.14 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 12.00
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.70 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.44
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 19.13 def. Ella Williams (NZL) 6.37
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.44 def. Isabella Nichols (AUS) 12.56
Heat 5: Johanne Defay (FRA) 15.43 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.43
Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.50 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 4.13
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.50, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.03, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.60
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 18.47, Sage Erickson (USA) 15.73, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 8.76
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.90, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.84, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.00
Heat 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.33, Silvana Lima (BRA) 4.80, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 1.73
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 6:45 a.m. local time to reassess the conditions and make the next call.
Surfline, official forecast for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, are calling for:
Back-to-back SW swells are possible from Friday afternoon through Sun/Mon that, at this point, look roughly similar in size. There is potential for a larger and possibly solid SW/SSW swell for Tue-Thur the 18th-20th.
The event will be broadcast LIVE via the World Surf League website 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.
For more information, check out the World Surf League website.