Mikaela Greene Opts For Canary Islands Over Australian Events & It Pays Off
EVENT // LAS AMERICAS PRO TENERIFE TITLES
Australia’s Mikaela Greene took the option of flying to the Canary Islands after a round five finish in the QS 6000 event in Florida this month. The decision paid off for Greene after taking it round-for-round until a finals matchup with France’s Pauline Ado.
The event was held at Las Americas on the Canary Islands archipelago, a province of islands Spain just off the coast of Morocco. Conditions can be epic, but this week they were a little tricky for the women who competed alongside the men’s event. The finals day, however, presented two-to-three foot clean swell for a well contested close to the titles.
Mikaela Green, who is now surfing with Lost Mayhem surfboards, the same as those ridden by the world’s best like Tyler Wright, spoke to us after her win this morning. “I’ve had such a great time competing here in the Canary Islands and will definitely be back next year.
“I kept really focused on the competition and tried not to get too far ahead of myself. The waves were fun but not very consistent, so I tried to be more selective with wave choice and not make any priority mistakes.
“It’s tough because all the girls were surfing in top form so there was no room for error or it could cost the heat.
“The final against Pauline (Ado) was tough. She was ripping the whole event and is such a naturally strong competitor so I knew I had to have my A-game for the final. Every heat is a learning experience for me leading to the next event. Pauline is really good with her wave selection and forced me to be more proactive when I was under priority. I have a lot of respect for her, as well as all the other girls in the competition.”
Greene will return to Australia with high hopes for continuing her points accumulation in an effort to qualify for the WCT in 2019. She will join the world’s best surfers for the next two Qualifying Series 6000 events at Surfest Newcastle and the new Vissla Sydney Surf Pro in Manly (Feb 24 – March 4).
* Mikaela is supported by Ella Baché, Surfboard Empire and Super Advice Services.
LAS AMERICAS PRO TENERIFE WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Mikaela Greene (AUS) 15.90
2 – Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.70
LAS AMERICAS PRO TENERIFE WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.87 def. Maud Le Car (FRA) 10.07
SF 2: Mikaela Greene (AUS) 15.00 def. Marion Philippe (PYF) 14.57
Photos by WSL/Masurel