Mon, 5 October 2020

Caitlin Simmers,14, became the youngest finalist in the history of the WLS Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro, a specialty event held in Oceanside, California, behind winner Lakey Peterson.

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YOUNG AND NOT SO: Simmers and Peterson showed winning form. Photo WSL / Steinmetz

The event, held in pumping 4-6' surf, featured WSL Championship Tour (CT) professional stars alongside up-and-comers in a variety of team and individual heats that also included the Super Girl Pro's adaptive surfing competition.

Team California won the overall competition, while Team Lakey won the individual category, with Simmers claiming the win alongside Peterson in their team (Team Lakey) win and also in the QS division. Alana Nichols and Faith Lennox claimed the iconic Super Girl capes in the adaptive surf competition.

“Today was really fun with the waves getting way bigger and better with that hurricane swell, so Caity (Simmers) just gave me some of that local knowledge and told me where to go,” said Peterson. “There was a ton of opportunity and I think that’s just good for competition when surfers can get a lot of waves, but we just kept gaining momentum all day. The future is very bright for Caity if this is what she wants to do. I think she’s just a phenomenal surfer and everyone’s seen it around the world now.”

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INVERSION: Sage Erickson slams one off the top in perfect Oceanside surf. Photo WSL / Cestari

“I was pretty nervous being teamed up with Lakey (Peterson) because she’s really good and she’s a really cool person,” said Simmers. “It was great to see all the people here supporting me, I thought that was super nice to have that backing. It also made me a little nervous, but I just went out and surfed my best. I’m stoked to be on the winning team and get my first Super Girl cape at home.”

In the Super Girl Pro's adaptive surfing competition, Nichols and Lennox took wins in their respective heats. Nichols now adds the Super Girl title to her resume alongside her three Paralympic Gold Medals and 2010 Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year title. In only her second time competing at the Super Girl Pro, Lennox claimed her first win following her stellar performance in Oceanside.

"Surfing is my creative outlet,” said Nichols. “Every other sport I’ve done is so linear, it’s so competitive from start to finish. Surfing is so creative and it just makes me feel so free. I get to leave the wheelchair on the shore and it’s just truly freedom for me.”

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FINALISTS: The four finalists in the Super Girl Pro's adaptive surfing event. Photo Steinmetz

“It was so fun,” said Lennox. “The current was kind of strong and the waves were really pumping, but I loved surfing out there with all my friends and being here with the professional surfers. Watching them and being a part of Super Girl is just so cool.”

Watch full event replays of the Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro at www.supergirlsurfpro.com and www.WorldSurfLeague.com

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