The Quiksilver Pro and Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast, the opening stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), continued today with elimination Round 3 in three-to-five foot ( 1-1.5 metre) waves at the event’s backup site, Duranbah. To capitalize on conditions, the CT ran the overlapping format for the first time outside of the Billabong Pipe Masters.
Sage Erickson Shatters Lakey Peterson’s Dream Start
Two of California’s finest faced off in Round 3 Heat 5 with last year’s World Title contender Lakey Peterson (USA) taking on injury replacement Sage Erickson (USA). While the early goings yielded multiple lead changes, Erickson took charge and didn’t relinquish her lead. Her win eliminates the defending event winner and moves her through the Quarterfinals with some fire.
“I feel bad smiling that I beat Lakey (Peterson), but this was a huge opportunity for me to draw No. 2 in the world,” Erickson said. “ For me, being the second alternate to get in, I don’t get a guaranteed spot with the rule change — the commissioners get to choose my spot. That kind of pissed me off and fired me up, and I wanted to prove myself. I wanted to come out in my first heat and surf confident, but I went back to old habits. It’s this new thought process after breaking down my waves, bottom turn to top turn, almost like a video game and I’m excited to be here.”
Women’s Quarterfinalists Determined After Round 3 Eliminations
Reigning WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) continues her stride toward an unrivaled seventh Gold Coast event win. The seven-time WSL Champion battled with the experienced rookie Macy Callaghan (AUS) as the winds made their presence known, but Gilmore improved her adaptability from yesterday to take the heat win and advance to the Quarterfinals.
The women’s rookie class was dealt another blow after 2018 consistent threat Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) eliminated Brisa Hennessy (CRI) in a stout match. The WSL Fan Favorite continued her impressive run from yesterday’s jaw-dropping performance with Hennessy drawing the best out of Weston-Webb.
“My coach and I actually set some goals before the start of this season and I’m looking to reach higher,” Weston-Webb said. “I don’t think I’ve ever put it out there but I’m definitely looking to do a few more spots better than last year and hopefully bring me to the top. I just watched the event throughout the day and all the boys surfed so amazing I think I just got inspired by every single one of them.”
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) emerged victorious against Courtney Conlogue (USA). Both have been a part of World Title races in the past and showed that tenacity going wave-for-wave until the final horn.
Joining Fitzgibbons in the Quarterfinals is three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW), who survived a close heat against Bronte Macaulay (AUS). Malia Manuel (HAW) finished ahead of Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in an intense Round 3 battle. Johanne Defay (FRA) capped off a big day of competition with a clutch win over Coco Ho (HAW).
Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.40 DEF. Macy Callaghan (AUS) 8.87
Heat 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 13.84 DEF. Isabella Nichols (AUS) 8.73
Heat 3: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 14.07 DEF. Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 12.67
Heat 4: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.10 DEF. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14. 67
Heat 5: Sage Erickson (USA) 13.34 DEF. Lakey Peterson (USA) 8.80
Heat 6: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.43 DEF. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.90
Heat 7: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.63 DEF. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.27
Heat 8: Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.26 DEF. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.07
Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Matchups:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Caroline Marks (USA)
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 3: Sage Erickson (USA) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
The Quiksilver Pro and Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and Facebook.com/WSL. Also check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.