San Clemente, California, USA.
The opening day of the Swatch Women’s Pro stop number 7 of 10 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy – World Championship Tour witnessed incredible round 1 action as the competitors went all out to win their heats and skip round 2 elimination. The drama continued throughout the day with huge upsets as top seeds were taken down in two – four foot waves at Lower Trestles.
One top seeded surfer who was not a shock first round loser was six time World Surfing Champion Stephanie Gilmour – Australia who dominated the final heat of round 1 with an incredible 16.70 the highest combined score of the day, to secure her spot in round 3 after coming out on top over Johanne Defray – France and 2016 World Surf League rookie Keely Andrew – Australia. Gilmour got to work early and scored an excellent 8.50 the highest single wave score of the day, and backed that up with a progressive blowtail layback to earn a 7.93. Defray and Andrew attempted to challenge the CT superstar but were unable to progress.
I feel my best surfing is when I am in a competition jersey Gilmour said. I love that feeling of pressure and having to rise to the occasion and seeing whether or not I can do it. This is my tenth year on tour, so I’ve had a lot of time in competition to perform well and surf my best.
Event organisers will be back tomorrow at 7.30am for a 8.00 am start for more Swatch Women’s World Championship Tour action or opening day round 1 action from the men’s World Surf League Championship pro / tour event presented by Hurley.