EVENT: Johanne Defay Wins Uluwatu Conclusion Of Margaret River Pro
A week after the women made history by surfing a professional World Championship Tour event in Bali for the first time, they have paddled out in the famous Uluwatu lineup, just around the peninsula from Keramas. This event was the concluding rounds that were cancelled at the Margaret River Pro earlier this year due to shark activity.
THE FILL IN: The event was picked up in the quarterfinals for the women. It was stacked based on what’s been happening this year so far. Personally, I had my Fantasy team based around Lakey staying in form, but Uluwatu is a goofy’s territory, yet Johanne Defay has also won at Cloudbreak – also a left-hander.
Here’s how the quarters played out:
QF1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 13.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.66
QF2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.83 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 7.64
QF3: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.00 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 6.97
QF4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 10.50 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.84
With Carissa Moore out and the current rankings leader Lakey Peterson out, the women looked at a stacked semifinal with Gilmore, Wright, Weston-Webb and Defay.
Tatiana got pumped about having one of her only opportunities to surf on her forehand this year and took down Steph who only managed a heat total of a 2.5. Not sure Steph would have ever had such a low heat score in her entire history? Whereas Tyler was defeated by just 0.04 in the second semifinal against Johanne Defay.
SF1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 14.50 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 2.50
SF2: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.77 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.73
This set up a finals battle that has been played out more than a couple of times. Johanne and Tatiana meet regularly in Qualifying Series finals so are very familiar with each other’s final tactics. In their history, Johnanne has typically won, as she did today at Uluwatu.
“This is crazy,” said Johanne. “Everyone on Tour surfs so good and deserves to win, but I am glad it was my turn today. It was special for me to have my partner in the water to celebrate the win, you go through ups and downs as a professional athlete and to be able to share that moment with him was incredible.”
“It’s been a strange year for me,” Johanne continued. “I haven’t gotten the results I want, but I feel like I’ve been surfing good. To win in perfect surf in Bali is a dream come true. Tatiana was surfing so good today. I was expecting her to get 8-point-rides on every wave. In the end, I needed a 6 and it came down to my last wave, I knew it would be close. It was a great wave, but it has some bumps on it and I wobbled through some turns. Luckily for me, it was enough.”
This is the third WCT event win of Johanne’s career since winning the 2016 Fiji Pro.
Today’s results keeps Lakey in the number one position with Steph in second and Tatiana moving up into third. See the full Jeep Leaderboard after this event right HERE.