Maui Pro Day 1 Photos: Heart Break, Magic & Crazy Intensity
EVENT // 2017 MAUI PRO
Photos by World Surf League
Women’s Commissioner Jessie Miley-Dyer held out for this swell and this morning it arrived. The top 17 female surfers in the world took to the water at Honolua Bay on the north side of Maui. There wasn’t a breath of wind, everything was still and it kind of looked like the girls were paddling through liquid mercury. The water a metallic blue, grey, the only colour interruption was the fluro jerseys.
Honolua Bay is a magical place but not for Sally Fitzgibbons. For the second year in her history on the WCT Sally came face-to-face with a World Title opportunity at the Bay, and for the second time, as her family, friends and fans held their breath it disappeared below her. For the second time, my heart broke for Sally and I could hear hearts breaking all over the world through the webcast. 2017 was a consistent year for Sal, her results, attitude and partnerships almost perfectly in alignment. But 2017 was not to be the year she wins her long-awaited title. But we all know Sal, and she’ll be back stronger than ever.
Sally said after her heat, “It was such a tough set of circumstances…I really felt like it was gonna happen but it didn’t I committed everything and did my best and trained the hardest I could. It was just the situation I was given. I have the opportunity now to digest that. I’m a learner and a quick learner, the longer it goes on and the longer it goes over the years, it’s going in my favour.
The highlight today is having family and friends who popped over to surprise me, turn up and that’s what I love about surfing, how it brings people together.”
Brisa Hennessy put a solid eight-point-ride on the scoreboard in round two. Brisa was the wildcard from Oahu and has dominated much of the Hawaiian NSSA events as a grom. She’s on the killer Rip Curl women’s team and has obviously been catching some of those Tyler Wright good vibes. Brisa paddled out strong, despite talking so humbly on the post-heat interview claiming, ‘it was more about the wave than her surfing’, she said. But a wave alone doesn’t secure you an 8.5.
After Tyler moved comfortably through to the quarter-finals, Sally’s title was officially buried.
Bronte Macaulay was on FIRE at Honolua today. The West Australian was on her backhand, but that backhand was on point. Bronte sent Carissa into the relegation round four along with remaining title contender Courtney Conlogue.
So we’ve got Tyler in the best form ever, Steph in winners mode, Carissa and Courtney still in the game. The event is on hold until tomorrow’s call but it looks like we’ll crown a new World Champion tomorrow. Hold tight.
Forecast for Thursday 1 December is 5-7 foot.