OCEANSIDE, California/ USA (Saturday, July 29, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS6,000 completed another massive day of competition with excellent surfing on display from some of the world’s best. Top seeds made their highly-anticipated debuts and didn’t disappoint with near-perfect performances to take this event to the next level. Similar conditions to yesterday’s two-to-three foot, occasional plus, swell filled into the Oceanside Pier as Round Three, Heats 7 through 12, Round Four, and Round Five were all contested in their entirety.
While many of the top seeds flourished, upsets were in abundance as Championship Tour (CT) competitors Carissa Moore (HAW), Johanne Defay (FRA), Lakey Peterson (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA), Laura Enever (AUS), and Bronte Macaulay (AUS) were all eliminated.
The superheat of the event so far featured an all CT affair as Moore, Courtney Conlogue (USA), and Silvana Lima (BRA) did battle in Round Five, Heat 3. Moore looked to be the favorite after her incredible Round Four performance, posting a contest-high 9.67 (out of a possibe 10) and heat total of 18.17 (out of a possible 20), but in the end it was Lima who came out on top in dominating fashion. The Brazilian is fresh off a win at the Los Cabos Open of Surf QS6,000, but now she’s here to stake her claim on the coveted Supergirl cape.
“I saw that heat on paper and know I surf good heats, but they’re so consistent and I just went out there to do my best,” Lima said. “I’ve been surfing so much at home and it’s such a familiar wave that it really helps — along with my boards working so well. That win in Los Cabos just makes me feel so comfortable and ready to take on the rest of this year. I just enjoy California and this contest, but looking back I ask myself why I am not a Supergirl yet? I want to win this contest, it’s my big goal and that’s why I am here.”
Current CT No. 11 and QS No. 9 Keely Andrew (AUS) picked apart the Oceanside Pier lineup with back-to-back rounds of near-perfect surfing. The Sunshine Coast, Australia native posted a brilliant 9.50 on her forehand with multiple, gauging attacks in Round Four before doing the same in Round Five to earn a 9.17. Andrew’s experience at Oceanside and beachbreaks around the world is something she’s able to continue building confidence in.
“It’s my fifth year here and I feel like this is the first year where I really know the wave just because it changes so much with the tide,” Andrew said. “It’s starting to click and to know that my boards are feeling good heading into the US Open is great — and it feels great to post some scores like that. This wave is so fun even with the slight onshore we had still allowing you to just go up the face and get a solid top turn, it’s just such a rippable wave. I’ve got two empty results on the ratings so it’s nice to fill it with a decent number, but I just want to keep bettering myself each event whether it’s the CT or QS.”
California’s own Sage Erickson (USA) represented well for her family and friends on the beach — as well as the support system from Oceanside she’s accrued over the years. The two-time Supergirl Pro QS Champion has made numerous finals days and continued that form with clutch surfing in Round Four to earn an excellent 8.17 under the five-minute mark to solidify a heat win. Erickson’s focus has shifted more toward the CT this year where she currently sits in the Top 10, but is also earning big results so far on the QS in the meantime where she ranks at No. 6.
“This is definitely a contest where my nerves are at ease just knowing I’ve had success here,” Erickson said. “Every year just seeing all the beautiful faces of these girls who come down every year is amazing to see them literally grow before my eyes along with this contest. I love finals day here and it just keeps getting bigger each year so I’m really excited to be a part of it. You don’t want your last two waves in the last five minutes, but it’s good to know I can get them if I need it and this is great getting dialed for Huntington with such similar conditions — but my mind is here first.”
Caroline Marks (USA) continues to impress at just 15-years-old and provided some of the biggest upsets in Round Four by having a big hand in eliminating current CT No. 5 Johanne Defay (FRA) in Round Four and Laura Enever (AUS) in Round Five. Marks’ debut Round Three heat set her in the right direction with her signature power surfing and dialed heat strategies paying dividends. The young talent currently sits at No. 15 on the QS rankings and will only be dropping 280 points after this event — and a chance to continue building her solid foundation already in place.
“I feel really good after training with Foundation Fitness for awhile and I’ve just been working every single day to prepare for this one so I’m stoked it’s paid off,” Marks said. “I also feel like I’m just freesurfing in my heats which is great because they usually come with a lot of pressure, but I’ve been relaxed all week and especially today. We’ll see what happens in the rankings, it’s pretty cool to get back-to-back finals day showings at QS6,000s and it’s definitely exciting. It’s such an incredible experience because these girls are the best in the world and I want to be surfing against them in the future so to surf against them now is amazing.”
Leilani McGonagle (CRI) earned the WSL wildcard into this year’s Supergirl Pro and isn’t letting it go to waste. The 2016 North America Pro Junior Champion is chasing down her first big result of 2017 and now finds herself into an all-important Round Six. This also marks her last year on the Pro Junior series and every result on the QS helps that much more to set herself up for a much better 2018.
“The girls in the QS6,000 events are all so good and if you make one mistake you’re not going to make your heat a lot of times,” McGonagle said. “It’s great to get this momentum going and I came into this event with the mentality of just going for it. I’m just trying to surf and enjoy it, and worry about the results later because I’ve really put too much thought on getting results which hasn’t helped my surfing. We’ve had really good wave at home and I’ve been surfing a minimum of six hours a day which is helping me feel confident so now I’ll just keep that frame of mind moving forward.”
Event organizers will meet at 7:45 a.m. PDT to determine a 8:15 a.m. PDT start for Round Six action.
The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS6,000 will begin its live webcast tomorrow morning at 8:15 a.m. PDT. Tune in here to witness all the action and get the full event schedule: www.supergirlpro.com
Upcoming Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Round Six:
Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Carol Henrique (PRT)
Heat 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Meah Collins (USA)
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Philippa Anderson (AUS)
Heat 4: Biance Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 5: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Kobie Enright (AUS)
Heat 6: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Leilani McGonagle (CRI)
Heat 7: Holly Wawn (AUS) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 8: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Summer Macedo (HAW)
Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Round Five Results:
Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.17, Meah Collins (USA) 11.00, Zoe McDougall (HAW) 7.63
Heat 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) 17.17, Carol Henrique (PRT) 11.53, Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.67, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.73, Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.96
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.60, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 12.27, Maud Le Car (FRA) 7.54
Heat 5: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 10.36, Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 10.10, Dominic Barona (ECU) 9.87
Heat 6: Caroline Marks (USA) 13.83, Kobie Enright (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS) 9.74
Heat 7: Holly Wawn (AUS) 12.73, Summer Macedo (HAW) 11.20, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 8.83
Heat 8: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.97, Sage Erickson (USA) 11.53, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 10.70
Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Round Four Results:
Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.60, Carol Henrique (PRT) 11.83, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 8.50, Georgia Fish (AUS) 8.43
Heat 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) 16.77, Meah Collins (USA) 13.16, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 11.03, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 10.63
Heat 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 17.20, Zoe McDougall (HAW) 12.00, Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.90, Ella Williams (NZL) 6.17
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.83, Maud Le Car (FRA) 9.17, Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 7.73, Melanie Giunta (PER) 5.13
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.17, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.17, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 9.34, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 7.56
Heat 6: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13.67, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.90, Tia Blanco (USA) 11.80, Emily Nishimoto (JPN) 10.90
Heat 7: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.60, Laura Enever (AUS) 10.67, Zahli Kelly (AUS) 7.16, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 4.77
Heat 8: Kobie Enright (AUS) 11.67, Dominic Barona (ECU) 10.67, Lakey Peterson (USA) 10.57, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 6.10
Heat 9: Caroline Marks (USA) 15.56, Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 12.56, Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.00, Anali Gomez (PER) 7.33
Heat 10: Summer Macedo (HAW) 12.94, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 12.66, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 10.66, Alyssa Spencer (USA) 9.77
Heat 11: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 14.20, Coco Ho (HAW) 14.17, Alyssa Lock (AUS) 11.87, Sophie McCulloch (AUS) 11.37
Heat 12: Sage Erickson (USA) 15.04, Holly Wawn (AUS) 13.43, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 11.30, Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 9.90
Remaining Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Round Three Results:
Heat 7: Zahli Kelly (AUS) 11.10, Kobie Enright (AUS) 10.50, Mikaela Greene (AUS) 10.50, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 9.10
Heat 8: Dominic Barona (ECU) 12.00, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 10.10, Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 7.40, Shino Matsuda (JPN) 5.90
Heat 9: Caroline Marks (USA) 11.37, Alyssa Spencer (USA) 10.84, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 8.96, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 6.30
Heat 10: Summer Macedo (HAW) 11.00, Anali Gomez (PER) 9.57, Samantha Sibley (USA) 7.23, Minori Kawai (JPN) 6.73
Heat 11: Alyssa Lock (AUS) 10.33, Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 9.40, Vahine Fierro (PYF) 7.63, Sophia Bernard (AUS) 6.40
Heat 12: Holly Wawn (AUS) 14.73, Sophie McCulloch (AUS) 11.06, Josefina Ane (ARG) 9.66, Frankie Harrer (DEU) 8.17