EVENT: Lakey Peterson Wins 2nd World Tour Event & Takes The Lead As Number One From Steph Gilmore
Lakey Peterson has today claimed her second World Surf League World Tour Event for 2018 at the Bali Protected at Keramas beach. In probably some of the cleanest, most devine looking waves, the women have been surfing from the early hours of the morning for the entire event period (see highlights clip). Keramas is one of the only breaks in the world you can surf in the dark, with the Komune Resort flooding the break with light. The result, some pretty awesome and very different photos coming out. Check out Coco Ho’s here.
The event held particular significance with it being the first women’s championship tour event to be held in Bali, but no doubt it won’t be the last with the conditions it served up. It also mean that Lakey’s win was written into the history books as she solidifies her place as one of the most progressive surfers and puts her in a strong position as a world title contender for her country and forerunner for Olympic placement. Lisa Andersen was the last American surfer to win a world title back in 1997.
“Getting the Jeep Leader Jersey back is amazing,” Lakey said. “We are all here to have that on our back. I had it for a short second at Bells, then Steph has had it since, so it is nice to get it back from her and feel like the momentum is still with me. Everyone is surfing so well that it won’t be easy to keep. I just want to play my own game and almost act like I’m coming from behind still. I just want to enjoy every moment. I’d love to thank my fiance, my mum and my family for everything. It’s been a crazy few years and it feels like this year everything is coming together.”
Lakey met two-time world champ Tyler Wright in the final. It’s been a slow start to the year for Tyler, but she brought her fire to Bali. “It’s been a great contest, we’ve had great waves and the level of surfing has been really high,” Tyler said. “I’ve been watching Lakey all week and I knew she would be tough to beat. She got that 8.33 early in the Final and the waves slowed down and I couldn’t catch her. I am happy with my performance this week, and I’m looking forward to going to the Uluwatu CT and doing it all over again.”
The completion of the Margaret River Pro will be held at Uluwatu with the waiting period begining on Wednesday and finishing on 13 June. The event will field the quarter finalists remainging from the Margaret River event. Click HERE to see the draw.
2018 WSL Women’s CT Jeep Leaderboard
1 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 35,630 pts
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 34,235 pts
3 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 26,105 pts
4 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 23,460 pts
5 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 22,065 pts
Photo and video provided by World Surf League.