Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League
Another Massive Day of Competition Unfolds at
Los Cabos Open of Surf
– Women’s QS6,000 Round Three and Four wrapped; top seeds debut
– Incredible performances from CT And QS Elite
– Pro Junior Women action gets underway
– more information available AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM
|SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (Wednesday, June 7, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 dove right back into competition to start the morning off with the completion of Round Three in more fun, three-to-five foot Zippers conditions. Top seeds debuted following the women Pro Junior’s Round One and Round Four and dominating performances were in abundance along with a few upsets. Event organizers maximized the swell on offer and were able to get back into the Pro Junior women’s event for Round Two before the sun began to set.
Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) showcased her formidable backhand in dominant fashion that earned her a commanding 16.60 (out of a possible 20). The Kauaian comes fresh from the Outerknown Women’s Fiji Pro to the righthand break of Zippers and made the transition with ease. With a stacked field of competitors around here at the QS level, Weston-Webb will be bringing her best to this event.
“This wave is really fun and the girls are surfing amazing which is inspiring me to surf really well,” Weston-Webb said. “It just pushes me that much harder. This contest is definitely not going to be easy and it’ll be hard work, but I feel good. It’s such a blessing to be on Tour and surfing against girls like Steph [Gilmore] and Carissa [Moore] because they make you want to constantly surf better. It’s a dream, but I don’t take QS events lightly with the girls like Alyssa Spencer who can post two sevens and then you’re left needing two really good waves.”
Zippers welcomed back Silvana Lima (BRA) with big opportunities that she took full advantage and matched the women’s QS6,000 highest single-scoring wave score of a near-perfect 9.00 (out of a possible 10). The Brazilian loves coming to this event and showed her tenacity on one of her favorite stops during the calendar year.
“It’s so good when you start with a good score like that and you really feel comfortable right away,” Lima said. “It helps build going for your second wave and feeling much more confident, especially when it’s a bit slow like it was in my heat, you just have to find a solid backup when you can. I feel like if I didn’t compete anymore, I’d still come to this event — the people are so good, this wave is great and it’s similar to where I’m from.”
Former CT competitor and QS veteran Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) charged through Round Three yesterday and delivered an even better performance today. The 34-year-old Australian played a key role in eliminating 2015 Los Cabos Open of Surf champion Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) from the event. Bevilacqua currently sits at No. 6 on the QS and could make a big impact on the rankings with a result here in her efforts to give it a full go after time away from Tour.
“I’m so happy, I’m just in my element here with it being so amazing everywhere you go,” Bevilacqua said. “I did everything I needed to do at home, I built my house and got to really surf, and train, and just work on all these things I really wanted to when I couldn’t being on Tour. There’s no pressure, I have support, and I’m just enjoying it all and living in the moment.”
The women’s Pro Junior got underway amid all the QS action and phenomenal surfing followed from the international contingent on hand. Australians Macy Callaghan (AUS) and Alyssa Lock (AUS) renewed the Aussie dominance of this event with brilliant performances as Rounds One and Two, Heats 1-4 were wrapped.
But, it was a familiar face in Summer Macedo (HAW) that couldn’t be stopped once more as she dropped the event’s highest single-wave score, a 9.17, and heat total thus far of 17.43. She still remains a threat to some of the world’s best at the QS level, but also poses a huge threat as one of the top international talents contesting the North America region.
“The waves were actually really fun in that heat and I was surprised because with the higher tide it usually closes out, and a lot of backwash on the face,” Macedo said. “I definitely prefer waves to no waves like we had last year. To get those kind of scores really helps my confidence knowing what the judges are looking for and to keep finding waves that allow me to open up. I can’t wait to get some more heats in and hopefully this swell keeps up.”
Chiasa Maruyama (USA) snagged a win in Round One to kick off her first-ever WSL Pro Junior event and represented Huntington Beach well — taking out top European talent Teresa Bonvalot (PRT). While she awaits a Round Two matchup in Heat 7, Maruyama was the only North America surfer to make it out of Round One among the international field in attendance. But, some of the region’s best are set to debut when the horn sounds once again for the Pro Junior women and make their mark on the event.
“I’m just so stoked right now, that was a pretty stacked heat and I’ve surfed against all of them in past so to get a win feels really good,” Maruyama said. “This is my first Pro Junior event so I’m excited to get through the first round and feels amazing to be out of a wetsuit down here. I’m just trying to have fun and catch a few waves, it’d be great to do well in a competition, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself here.”
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. MDT to determine an 8:00 a.m. MDT Start for either Round Five of the Los Cabos Open of Surf Women’s QS6,000, or Pro Junior events.
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