A womanly touch…
2014 is the first year that the men’s WCT and the women’s WCT are casually dating and isn’t it cute? We now bear witness to coed rendezvous at places like Cloudbreak, Portugal and Pipe (just kidding!) for the first time ever. It also means that we can finally experience that feminine charm at Lowers — 30 miles and a world apart from the WWCT’s last stop at Huntington Beach. Today was day one of the Swatch Women’s Pro at Lower Trestles and boy was it lovely. There was something kind of nice about not seeing air reverses on every wave (cough cough, men). Something sexy. Something feminine.
The no-loser’s round..
That’s Round 1, for those of you who are new to this. The waves were 4-6 feet of pan-seared perfection and things got started before the morning dew had even dried from the cobblestones. Here’s who glistened…
Dimity Stoyle: The blue collar workhorse of the women’s CT! She tossed an 8.00 and an 8.50 in the faces of Malia Manuel and Alessa Quizon with some hardhat rail work today. She’s fantastic.
Laura Enever: When you combo Steph Gilmore, you did something right. Laura did something right today.
Bianca Buitendag: GirlNat backhanded a 9.03 and a 8.33 against Lakey Peterson and Johanne Defay and she threw away a 7.93 and 7.37 while she was at it. How wasteful! This is SoCal, honey, not Johannesburg. Whole Foods Prius Namaste culture or GTFO!
The no-loser’s round continued…
Then Round 2 happened and Courtney Conlogue, Paige Hareb, Mahina Maeda, Alana Blanchard, Lisa Anderson, Malia Manuel and Nikki Van Dijk went home. Courtney and Malia are bold because we’d chalk those up as upsets. And did you really think Lisa Anderson was still on tour? Pay better attention. Here’s who won in Round 3…
Stephanie Gilmore: Steph is at the back end of a four cat fight for the 14’s crown. She surfed like a contender today in a close heat against Lakey Peterson and Pauline Ado. So much style!
Coco Ho: Coco swooped a win in the dying seconds of a close heat with longtime friend and sparring partner, Carissa Moore. Coco knows how to surf Lowers better than almost any gal out there.
Sally Fitzgibbons: Sally’s never won a world title, and 2014 is her best year to date. She’s put herself in contention this year and today, Sal crushed a heat against Dimity Stoyle and Johanne Defay to earn that Quarterfinal spot.
Tyler Wright: Highest heat total of the day — that’s what being the strongest woman on tour will do for you. Like Sally, Tyler too is on the prowl for her maiden title. She is hungry like the wolf.
They say that tomorrow…
We might see Men’s Round 1. That’s italicized because it’s facetious. The swell is going grey; tomorrow will likely be smaller than today. There’s a chance we see more of the women — and possibly a champion crowned — but next week has a swell forecast more promising than the Pacific-blue eyes of a Jesuit virgin. So grab a Coca-Cola and be ready to potentially weather a storm of lay days. —Women’s Surf Correspondent Brendan Buckley
Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 16.50, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.73, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.10
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.60, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.93, Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.83
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.60, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 11.50, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 6.30
Heat 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 16.36, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.94, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 13.56
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.57, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.07, Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.83
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 17.36, Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.10, Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.00
Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.34 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 8.23
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.00 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.60
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.04 def. Mahina Maeda (HAW) 10.60
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.83 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 14.06
Heat 5: Pauline Ado (FRA) 15.93 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.73
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.10 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.50
Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.67, Pauline Ado (FRA) 14.34, Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.37
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 16.17, Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.14, Laura Enever (AUS) 4.33
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.34, Dimity Stoyle (AUS 12.37), Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.13
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.43, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.24, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.50
Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Pauline Ado (FRA) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)
Heat 3: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)