2015 Roxy Pro Round 1 Results – Silvana Lima and Lakey Peterson dominate
28th February 2015
On the welcoming day the girls of the 2015 Roxy Pro absolutely went to town on the Snapper Rocks line up. Although the swell dropped in size there was no lack in performance from the girls who nailed the conditions in the water. Highlight of the day went to a psyched Silvana Lima. Back on tour after injury slipped her out of contention 2 years ago.
Silvana Lima (BRA) marked her return to the CT with an outstanding performing in Round 1. An in-form Lima posted two excellent scores, an 8.83 and a near-perfect 9.33 (the highest single-wave score of the Roxy Pro so far), to win the heat, upsetting reigning WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in the process. Trials winner Bronte Macaulay (AUS) will join Gilmore in elimination Round 2.
“I’m here for the fight and I go out into the water to do my best,” said Lima. “I feel confident – 100 percent, 1,000 percent – and I feel so great. This is the best surfing I’ve done in my life.”
Sally Fitzgibbons began her 2015 campaign in Heat 2 against Courtney Conlogue and Nikki Van Dijk. The Australians went back and forth through most of the heat, but Conlogue came back in the final minutes to take the top spot. An impressive buzzer beater in the dying seconds saw Fitzgibbons light up Snapper Rocks and claim an excellent 9.23 for the win.
“I tried to go into that first Round nice and relaxed and feeling confident in my approach,”Fitzgibbons said. “2015 is a new chapter for me. Heading into this next phase is about developing the things I’m passionate about. After publishing my first book it really inspired me and there’s no time like the present to go out on my own and start a new business venture. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to see it come to fruition.
Another exciting heat saw two-time Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) snatch the win from rookieTatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) in the final moments of their Round 1 bout with Laura Enever (AUS). Moore’s victory secures her place in Round 3, while her opponents will surf again in Round 2.
“Considering the conditions I’m stoked I got the win today,” Moore said. “I’ve been working on having a strong overall game and being really enthusiastic and passionate about what I’m doing. I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to this season.”
California’s Lakey Peterson also took no prisoners when she took down Coco Ho and Bianca Buitanday. Lakey’s lethal attack of fast sharp turns and airs could be ready to take aim on the top 3 this year. We’re excited as she takes to her 3rd year on tour.
When the women’s competition resumes, up first will be Conlogue against Erickson in elimination Round 2.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. local time to assess conditions for a possible 8 a.m. start.
Roxy Pro Gold Coast is webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com
The world’s best surfing is also be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports in China, South Korea, Malaysia and other territories and the WSL’s new partner in Brazil, Globo TV.
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.80, Sage Erickson (USA) 13.33, Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.03
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.56, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.30, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.50
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 18.16, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.00, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.73
Heat 4: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 11.76, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.26, Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.97
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.00, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.86, Laura Enever (AUS) 12.00
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.40, Coco Ho (HAW) 14.13, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.63
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 5: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)