WSL ROUND UP

Surf Girl - - Women’s World-tour -

The start of the WSL com­pe­ti­tion sea­son has been jam­packed full of up­sets, raw emo­tions and un­sung tal­ent tak­ing down some of the surf­ing greats. The first leg of the tour at the Roxy Pro in Oz saw the spot­light on a new breed of tal­ent as well as the re­turn of some tal­ent step­ping back onto the scene.

With Lakey Peter­son back on form, elim­i­nat­ing 2017 world cham­pion Tyler Wright in the Quar­ter­fi­nal, the surf­ing com­mu­nity took no­tice. All eyes were on Lakey as she made her mark on the event, un­fazed by the preevent hype sur­round­ing the cur­rent world cham­pion. Just two days into the sea­son, Lakey was in the semi-fi­nal, be­fore go­ing on to win the event and make her way to the top of the leader­board.

“I couldn’t hold back. There’s noth­ing I could do to change [Wight’s] surf­ing, so I just fo­cussed on mine and it worked out in the end,” said Lakey.

The new surfer on tour, Caro­line Marks, didn’t seem fazed ei­ther as she took on her surf­ing he­roes. With a whole heap of tal­ent in her bag, Caro­line made her way to the Quar­ter­fi­nals, miss­ing out on a semi-fi­nal fin­ish to Sally Fitzgib­bons.

Next up the women headed back down the coast of Aus­tralia, to the world fa­mous Bells Beach. Again, this event had some big up­sets, mak­ing it an ex­cit­ing watch from start to fin­ish. With near per­fect con­di­tions for the fi­nal, Stephanie Gil­more took to the podium to ring the bell. Ta­tiana West­ern-Webb was hot on Steph’s heals and ea­ger to take the win, only to nar­rowly miss out with just 0.23 be­tween 1st and 2nd po­si­tion.

Again the on form rookie, Caro­line Marks, shone with her pow­er­ful back­hand at­tack in form through­out the en­tire event. An­other stand­out was long-time WSL surfer Sil­vana Lima, who looked stronger than ever, carv­ing her way through the glassy con­di­tions look­ing com­fort­able as she ap­proached each heat.

As the leader­board stands with Stephanie Gil­more, Lakey Peter­son and Caro­line Marks in the top three, we can’t help but wonder if we might see a rookie crowned as World Cham­pion? Only time will tell.

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