Keely Andrew - Photo: © WSL / Sloane

World Surf League (WSL) News: Quarterfinal Carnage as Top Seeds Bow Out of Roxy Pro Gold Coast

QUARTERFINAL CARNAGE AS TOP SEEDS BOW OUT OF ROXY PRO GOLD COAST
- ANDREW ELIMINATES 6X WORLD CHAMPION GILMORE - PETERSON EYES VICTORY AFTER OVERCOMING REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION WRIGHT - MANUEL TAKES DOWN 3X WORLD CHAMPION MOORE
Location: Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia Event window: March 11 - 22, 2018 Today's call: Women's Round 2, 3 & Quarterfinals complete Conditions: 3 - 4 foot (1 - 1.2 meter)
  Keely Andrew - Photo: © WSL / Sloane Keely Andrew of Australia advanced into Round 3 after winning Heat 5 of Round 2 at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane
COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Monday, March 12, 2018) - The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Stop No. 1 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), continued today with the women’s Semifinalists decided in clean three-to-four foot (1 - 1.2 metre) waves. With the conditions holding up all day, event officials decided to run through Rounds 2, 3, and the Quarterfinals. Now only four surfers remain in contention for the 2018 Roxy Pro Gold Coast title.
In what was undoubtedly the upset of the entire event, six-time Roxy Pro Gold Coast event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) was taken down by fellow Queenslander Keely Andrew (AUS). Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore looked in good touch throughout the day but fell victim to a slow ocean in Quarterfinal 4 waiting with priority until the final minutes, only to find a midrange score. Needing to improve her situation in the dying seconds, Andrew took off on a smaller wave and got to work, tagging it all the way down the point to post a 6-point ride and progress into the Semifinals. Gilmore finishes her home event in a respectable Equal 5th position.
“I’m a bit shocked right now,” Andrew said. “Surfing out here against Steph [Gilmore] at her home break was incredible. The waves looked fun all day, but it slowed down a lot in our Quarterfinal. I was so nervous because she only needed a small score, and I only found out that I’d won when I got back to the surfer’s area. I’ve worked really hard in the offseason and it feels so good to know that the hard work has paid off.”
Lakey Peterson - Photo: © WSL / Sloane Lakey Peterson of USA advanced into Round 3 after winning Heat 4 of Round 2 at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane
2017 Roxy Pro Gold Coast runner-up Lakey Peterson (USA) was in ominous form today. The Californian posted excellent scores all the way to the Quarterfinals where she eventually eliminated reigning WSL Champion and current World No. 1, Tyler Wright (AUS). Peterson’s trademark frontside arcs sent a shot over the bow of her fellow competitors as she hunts for her first CT Victory since 2012.
“It’s crazy -- it’s only two days into the season and I’m into the Semis,” Peterson said. “We’ve had perfect, quintessential Snapper today with long perfect waves and sunshine. Tyler [Wright] is a two-time World Champion for a reason and she’s someone I look up to, but I always feel like I surf my best against the best. The only option I had to beat her was for me to surf my best, so I couldn’t hold back. There was nothing I could do to change her surfing, so I just focused on mine and it worked out in the end.”
Malia Manuel - Photo: © WSL / Sloane Malia Manuel of Hawaii advanced into Round 3 after winning Heat 1 of Round 2 at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, 2018. Photo: © WSL / Sloane
After an injury-plagued 2017 season, Hawaii’s Malia Manuel comes into 2018 with the aim of involving herself heavily in the World Title conversation from the start of the season. The stylish natural-footer has already achieved this with an amazing display at Snapper Rocks. Manuel’s best performance came in Quarterfinal 2 where she posted one of the highest heat totals of the event, a 15.83 (out of a possible 20), to overcome three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW), who leaves in Equal 5th place.
“I’ve met Carissa [Moore] in the Quarters a couple of times here in the past and she’s beaten me every single time,” Manuel said. “I remember some of those matchups and they were a bit slow and hard to choose what waves to take, but today we had so many waves and this is exactly what you want from your first event of the year. This will be my first Semi at Snapper and it’s a great start to the year for me. Hopefully, I can use this momentum as it’s a long year ahead.”
Sally Fitzgibbons - Photo: © WSL / Cestari Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) advances to the Quarterfinals of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast after placing second in Heat 4 of Round 3 at Snapper Rocks, QLD, Australia.
Current World No. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) looked destined to end up in the Semifinals as she tore through the field at Snapper Rocks. In Quarterfinal 3, she had the tough task of challenging 2018 CT Rookie Caroline Marks (USA) -- who had been taking down the big names all day -- with an impressive display of backhand surfing. Marks’ run came to an end at the hands of Fitzgibbons who was on fire, posting the highest heat total of the entire event, a 16.57 (out of a possible 20).
“It feels so good to be out there on a dreamy day like this,” Fitzgibbons said. “The waves have this perfect shape to them. I was out there in my own world enjoying surfing and I’ve found myself in the Semis. It’s been an exciting day to watch. There’s been a lot of excellent surfing and fins being thrown and I really enjoy the progressive side of the sport. I’ve been having so much fun in my freesurfs, and I’ve been trying to bring some of that into my heat surfing.”
Although Marks was unable to overcome Fitzgibbons, she finishes her first CT event as a rookie in Equal 5th after taking down some of surfing's biggest names including Sage Erickson (USA), Silvana Lima (BRA), and Gilmore.
“I think a few years ago, I would have been star-struck and not sure of what to do out there,” Marks said. “But now, even though they’re my idols, I really want to beat them and go and out and perform and win. Today wasn’t my day, but I just need to focus on the positives.”
Event officials will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. AEST for a potential 7:00 a.m. start.
 
Surfline, WSL forecast partner, is calling for:
Mid period, mid size E swell from former Cyclone Hola will likely build in through Tuesday. Confidence is increasing that a new low/tropical cyclone will set up larger ENE to E swell Wed-Thu, easing slowly into and over the weekend as the swell direction shifts more ESE/SE. Long range guidance points to more mid size ESE/SE swell around the last couple days of the event window.
 
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Results: Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.06 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 8.10 Heat 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 12.33 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 11.16 Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.17 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.40 Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.17 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.80 Heat 5: Keely Andrew (AUS) 15.33 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.50 Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.76 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.27
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Results: Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.26, Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.76, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 8.64 Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.96, Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.04, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.86 Heat 3: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.17, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.40, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.76 Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 14.97, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.16, Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.53
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Results: Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.23 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.67 Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.83 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.60 Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.57 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 13.77 Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.87 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.83
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Matchups: Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW) Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Matchups: Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS) Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Michael February (ZAF) Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA) Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) Heat 6: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW) Heat 9: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA) Heat 10: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA) Heat 11: Joan Duru (FRA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA) Heat 12: Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
 
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Single Wave Thursday featuring Kassia Meador on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Kassia Meador – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Single Wave Thursday featuring Kassia Meador on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Kassia Meador - Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing. Women's Surf Movies on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine One thing I've noticed about many of my favorite surfers is how they can jump on just about any type of equipment and skillfully ride waves without missing a beat. Longboard stylist, Kassia Meador, is one of those multi-faceted surfers who can surf anything from a high-performance thruster, to a retro-styled twin fin, to a traditional single fin log. I'm not sure if she still rides them, but a number of years back, Kassia began riding a thin, finless, wooden board known as an Alaia. If you've ever seen someone surf an Alaia, you'll quickly realize that it is a completely different way to ride waves. I've seen many people give it a go, only to return to the sand deflated that they either couldn't catch a wave or the ones they did catch resulted in wipeout after wipeout. For those who push through the initial challenges, however, the reward is a feeling of unadulterated speed, glide, slide, and freedom. On this particular wave in Encinitas a few years back, Kassia Meador glides into a fun, lined-up, glassy left. It's really fun to watch the nuances that come into play on finless boards---case in point, the subtle drifting Kassia employs as she heads into her 360-degree spin. Landing a floater on an Alaia is no easy task, but Kassia effortlessly pulls one off to finish her ride. Thank you for stopping by for another installment of Single Wave Thursday. As always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl. None of this would be possible without you, our dear readers. Film: Chris Grant | Sound: Audio provided by abcopen at freesound.org * There's no HD on this one but to get the best quality, click the little icon to the right of the clock on the YouTube player (you must hit the play arrow first to see the icons) and select 480p. Previous Single Wave Thursdays: Amee Donohoe | Felicity Palmateer | Tammy-Lee Smith | Tia Blanco | Pauline Ado | Tory Gilkerson | Claire Bevilacqua | Kaleigh Gilchrist | Courtney Conlogue | Justine Dupont | Silvana Lima | Courtney Conlogue | Erin Ashley | Brittani Nicholl | Alexa Frantz | Lindsay Steinriede
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