Aussies Nikki Van Dijk and Isabella Nichols Reign the Los Cabos Open of Surf in Finals

(TOP Nikki Van Dijk Image: Nichols/WSL)

The 2015 Los Cabos Open of Surf in the Women’s Qualification Series (QS) 6000 competition and the Pro Junior event wrapped up in a day full of action at Zippers Beach in Mexico is a fun 2-3 foot swell with warm waters and sunny skies. Australia’s Nikki Van Dijk who came hot off a quarter final finish in Fiji topped off her week with a win over Silvana Lima.

“I’m just so stoked with everything and how it’s been going,” Nikki said. “I just never stopped. I never felt like I was going to get knocked out and now I’ve won – I’m just so happy.”

“The QS is never easy and I just wanted to fight for it. My Channel Islands boards are just amazing and I didn’t even notice I had a ding in my nose. I was just so caught up with wanting the win.”

Silvana kept Nikki fighting as the girls went wave for wave pushing their surfing to a new competitive level throughout the final heat. “The Final is a really good result for me and I’m just so stoked,” Silvana said. “I’m so proud and now I just have to continue to do my best.”

Isabella Nichols 2015 Junior Champ

Isabella Nichols 2015 Junior Champ

Moving forward, the Brazilian looks to solidify her requalification campaign for the Women’s Championship Tour (CT). “The points are really good for my position on the QS,” Silvana said. “I’ll be going to the next event because I’m not doing too well on the CT. I’m so excited for the Supergirl Pro since the wave suits my fast maneuvers and I’ll be able to do more airs.”

Philippa Anderson earned her best result of the year after taking out defending event champion Coco Ho in the Quarterfinals and now has some momentum going forward. “I knew what I was up against and she never falls so I thought I was gone,” Anderson said. “I couldn’t believe it when she went down. I actually wasn’t going to do the next leg because my seeding was so low but now it’s a greenlight and hopefully I can do well.”

The Junior Series ran nearly it’s entire event and Isabella Nichols (AUS) made it a day of celebration for the Aussies, grinding her way en route to the inaugural Los Cabos Open of Surf Junior Series win over Ellie Brooks (AUS). “This win builds my confidence so much,” Nichols said. “I just waited for the sets since there wasn’t too much coming through, and you just have to work it out as it happens.”

Having a fellow Aussie in the Final was something Nichols was stoked on. “Ellie rips and it was so sick to have her out there,” Nichols said. “I’m so stoked for her because she did so well. The points don’t really matter for me since I’m out of my region [WSL Australasia] but it’s always great to grab some cash and have the confidence from a win.”

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Women’s QS Final Results:

1st Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.77

2nd Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.43

Women’s QS Semifinal Results:

Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.00, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.80

Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.77, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 12.03

Junior Women’s Final:

1st Isabella Nichols (AUS) 12.07

2nd Ellie Brooks (AUS) 7.27

Junior Women’s Semifinal Results:

Heat 1: Isabella Nichols (AUS) 10.53, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 5.10

Heat 2: Ellie Brooks (AUS) 14.67, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 10.17


Photos & words by World Surf League


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