The Martinique Surf Pro: Is This The Signal That Chelsea Tuach Is Back?
EVENT // MARTINIQUE SURF PRO
Photos by WSL/Poullenot
It was a battle of two former world championship tour surfers for the finalists of the 2018 Martinique Surf Pro at Basse Pointe in the French West Indies. It’s a tiny island in the chain off West Indies just north of Venezuela and one epic trip to arrive.
Two-to-three foot conditions at the tropical point break greeted the top female surfers of the World Surf League qualifying series made their way to the island for the QS3000 event to pick up vital points in their journey to 2019 championship tour qualification.
WCT hopefuls Isabella Nichols and Philippa Anderson who were both in incredible form took the two equal third spots in what was a tight and heated semi-final round, but it was Chelsea Tuach and Clare Bevilacqua who took to the water in the finals.
Chelsea from Barbados who was first and fast to get scores on the board, and it proved to be a smart move with big lulls between sets. Clare had the pressure put on her early but with patience and strong history in competitive surfing, she wasn’t going to let the win disappear from her grasp easily trying out a couple of her trademark aerial maneuvers. Unfortunately, the conditions just weren’t in her favour and she couldn’t find the waves or rhythm that Chelsea slid into early.
“I’ve had such a great week and I think it’s so important when you’re in a place you feel really comfortable you enjoy all the little things more and you carry more confidence,” Chelsea said. “I’ve been putting together some good heats and everything worked out for me, and here I am with the win, it’s a big week! I can’t wait to go home and compete there soon.”
“I’ve really felt all the love and support from the people here and in Barbados watching the event online,” she added. “I’m super proud and I definitely won this for all of these people too, trying to make them proud.”
WCT veteran Clare said after the final, “I’m so happy I made the final and I felt I did some good surfing. “I’m so happy to be here, I love the Caribbean and I wish there were more events here in warm water with great waves, it’s perfect for a contest. I love Barbados as well, everybody is very friendly and supporting, and that left point break really suits my style so I’m looking forward to surfing there as well.”
CURRENT EUROPEAN WQS LEADERBOARD:
1- Pauline Ado (FRA)
2- Maud Le Car (FRA)
3- Marion Philippe (PYF)
4- Camilla Kemp (PRT)
5- Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK)
CURRENT WORLD QUALIFYING SERIES LEADERBOARD
1 Caroline Marks/United States/10,200
2 Coco Ho/Hawaii/8,600
3 Malia Manuel/Hawaii/8,050
4 Bronte Macaulay/Australia/7,800
5 Keely Andrew/Australia/7,750
5 Macy Callaghan/Australia/7,750
7 Paige Hareb/New Zealand/6,900
8 Nikki Van Dijk/Australia/6,700
9 Tatiana Weston-Webb/Hawaii /6,650
10 Philippa Anderson/Australia/6,360