| Get surf report

Wavescape - Surfing in South Africa
event1-1200-th

Thu, 4 April 2019

It's all happening in Oz. The first event of the women's WSL CT season kicked off today. Kelly Slater is out of the men's. Jordy Smith is through to Round 3. Here's the lowdown.


Peterson L_A05I4679_Dunbar

LAKEY LIP LAUNCH: Lakey Peterson is looking as sharp going into 2019. Photo WSL / Dunbar


The first event of the women’s World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) season, the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast, kicked off today after a three-month offseason. The world’s best surfers started the day at Duranbah in 3-5ft surf, completing Rounds 1 and 2.

Following the women, men’s elimination Round 2 said goodbye to its first four competitors, with the day ending with the the Red Bull Airborne Gold Coast, which saw Italo Ferreira (BRA) claim the win.

The 24-year-old is known for his creative antics in the air, landing some of the Championship Tour’s biggest maneuvers and setting the bar for above-the-lip surfing. The Brasilian battled through the 18-surfer field in a leaderboard-scoring format for a place in the top six alongside finalists Filipe Toledo (BRA), Yago Dora (BRA), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Reef Heazlewood (AUS), and Mitch Parkinson (AUS). Ferreira landed a frontside air-reverse to secure the victory. The Red Bull Airborne Series is a three-part WSL specialty event with air shows in Bali and France.

WestonWebb T_KELL1710GC19cestari

KNEE FLEXING: Tatiana Weston-Webb on her way to a dominant win in Round 1. Photo WSL / Cestari


In the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast, wildcard Isabella Nichols (AUS) was not flustered by Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and battled with the reigning, seven-time WSL Champion throughout the heat alongside Paige Hareb (NZL) to come out on top. Nichols’ CT debut was nothing short of tactful and displayed the grit QS competitors possess heading into the five-minute mark, by posting a 5.60 under pressure from Gilmore.

With a second-place finish in Round 1, Gilmore will advance to Round 3 to face 2019 CT Rookie Macy Callaghan (AUS) in the head-to-head, elimination round.

Lakey Peterson (USA) made an incredible statement in 2018 when she went toe-to-toe to push Gilmore’s Title campaign all the way to Maui, and renewed that intensity today coming into the 2019 season. The Californian left no doubt in her win over injury replacement Sage Erickson (USA), who will also advance into Round 3, and Coco Ho (HAW).

Slater K_KELL0797_GC19_Cestari

SLATER SLIPS: After his loss King Kelly said he needed to be hungrier. Photo WSL / Cestari


The men’s rookie class spoiled yesterday’s proceedings on opening day when Rookie Peterson Crisanto (BRA) helped eliminate 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) alongside veteran Owen Wright (AUS) in Round 2, while reigning World Junior Champion Mateus Herdy (BRA) caused trouble of his own with a big Round 2 win over last year’s World Title contender Julian Wilson (AUS) and simultaneously eliminating Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti.

However, in the women, Brisa Hennessy (CRI) and Callaghan got a taste of what it takes to compete among the world’s best as both were relegated to Round 2, despite a few shining moments. Hennessy fell to a dominant performance from Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), who posted an excellent 8.33 to a 15.16 total. Malia Manuel (HAW) locked into a second-place finish behind Weston-Webb to advance to Round 3. Finishing last, Hennessy was relegated to elimination Round 2 where she handled the pressure against Hareb and Ho to win to put her back in the Boost Mobile Pro, eliminating Hareb to equal 17th place.

Smith J_A05I5574_Dunbar

SMITHSONIAN: This trademark boost from Jordy helped him into Round 3. Photo WSL / Dunbar


In the men's event, Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Ricardo Christie (NZL) showcased their innovative and powerful styles to overcome Caio Ibelli (BRA) in Round 2 Heat 2. Finishing Round 2, Willian Cardoso (BRA) took over for a vital win alongside Sebastian Zeitz (HAW) advancing to eliminate Jadson Andre (BRA).

The Quiksilver Pro and Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast will be broadcast LIVE on www.WorldSurfLeague.com and www.Facebook.com/WSL.

Add comment

Please don't say anything you would not say to a real person, and please use your real name.


Security code
Refresh

Joomla SEF URLs by Artio

Wavescape on Twitter

Wavescape
Fri Apr 19 10:37:40 +0000 2019

RT @spike_wavescape: Jordy Smith is a picture of focus as he shreds the walls of winkipop to make Round 3 of the #RipCurlProBellsBeach http…
Wavescape
Fri Apr 19 10:35:25 +0000 2019

South Africans are dominating the first South African event in the WSL Africa Tour - the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pr… https://t.co/bwgTr8kDzo
Wavescape
Thu Apr 18 16:46:03 +0000 2019

Durban and surrounds -- // Easter starts with a schtonking NE beast wind Friday which ruins an epic 15 second six f… https://t.co/2RzW8mp522
Wavescape
Thu Apr 18 16:45:56 +0000 2019

KZN South Coast -- // Easter Friday sees epic 6' S swell smashed by rampant NE beasterly. Sob ! Sunny and warm. A b… https://t.co/xAymQvCuaV
Wavescape
Thu Apr 18 16:45:50 +0000 2019

Wild Coast -- // Easter kicks off with Friday smeared by a rampant NE beasterly that blasts all day, mashing up wha… https://t.co/O6XL0pHu9k
Wavescape
Thu Apr 18 16:29:08 +0000 2019

A loverly evening in Kommetjie, Cape Town. Subscribe to the cams and you can see it live (and to see when the sun s… https://t.co/K1mPU8E3HO
Follow Wavescape on Twitter

Wavescape friends and partners Isiqalo Foundation DIFF CSIR Isiqalo Foundation Surfing  South Africa Save Our Seas Shark Centre Isiqalo Foundation Red Bull Media House DIFF National Sea Rescue Institute Shark Spotters ASP Africa