Keely Andrew - Photo: © WSL / Sloane

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

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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Tatiana Weston-Webb wins Chain Resources Po Jr. in Taranaki. Photo © ASP / Robertson

Tatiana Weston-Webb Wins Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki, New Zealand

Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii) wins the Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki, New Zealand. Photo © ASP / RobertsonPictured: Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii) carving through the Chain Resources Pro Junior field. Credit: ASP/ROBERTSON For Immediate Release Tatiana Weston-Webb Wins Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki, New Zealand TARANAKI, New Zealand (Friday, 2nd May, 2014) - Hawaii's Tatiana Weston-Webb has taken out the Chain Resources Pro Junior, part of the New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival, over Chelsea Tuach (Barbados) in an exciting day of Finals surfing. The surf was inconsistent, but with peeling clean two foot (0.6 metre) waves rolling into contest site at Fitzroy beach, the decision was made to finish the women's ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series event. The Semifinals were a truly international affair with surfers from New Zealand, Barbados, Hawaii and South Africa filling the final four spots, but it was Weston-Webb who reigned supreme to claim US$1,369 prize-money. Weston-Webb, runner-up at last year's ASP World Junior Championships in Brazil started the day by getting revenge on New Zealand's Ella Williams, who defeated her in the final last October. Weston-Webb eliminated the local reigning ASP World Junior Champion and built from there, linking solid searing turns and clocking excellent scores all the way to the top step of the podium. "It was a really good day today," Weston-Webb said. "There were some tough heats with not many waves but luckily Chelsea (Tuach) and I had some really good waves in the Final. My main focus here is the 6-Star QS so there was no pressure on me in the Pro Junior, I just went out there and had fun and it seemed to work. Ever since Ella (Williams) beat me in Brazil last year I've been wanting to get her back, so I was really happy after that heat. She's surfing really well at the moment so it gave me confidence to get on a roll and win." Chelsea Tuach (Barbados) was one of the most consistent surfers at the Chain Resources Pro Junior, winning heats and posting big scores seemingly with ease. Tuach had a knack for putting herself on the best waves of the heat by out positioning her counterparts. All event long she was executing sharp and vertical snaps, but in the Final Tuach was left chasing a 9.15 that never came and was forced to settle for 2nd place. "It was tough and inconsistent at times today so I tried to get a good score as early as possible in all my heats," Tuach said. "In the final I paddled into a great wave and I don't know what happened, maybe I got too executed, but I blew it. I ended up getting a couple of okay scores, but congrats to Tatiana (Weston-Webb), she surfed great and she deserved the win." Sarah Mason was New Zealand's highest placed surfer, finished equal 3rd after being eliminated by Weston-Webb in the Semifinals. Mason was looking like the one to beat on finals day, consistently posting excellent score, but couldn't get past the in-form Hawaiian. Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, QLD/AUS) lost out in the Quarterfinals, but despite her uncharacteristically early exit she has retained the No. 1 spot on the ASP Australasia Women's JQS ranking's. Andrew will head into the final event as the favourite to claim the prestigious ASP Australasia Junior Championship. The ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series Port Taranaki Pro and the men's Chain Resources Pro Junior were called off for the day and will crown event champions over the weekend. ASP Australasia Women's JQS Top 5 1 - Keely Andrew 2 - Bronte Macaulay 3 - Sophia Bernard 4 - Holly-Sue Coffey 5 - Holly Wawn For more information log on to & New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival is presented by TSB Community Trust, Venture Taranaki, ZM, Marbles Buffet, Devon Hotel
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