The world’s best female surfers returned to Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa, for the first time since 2000 on the opening day of The Women’s Corona Open at J – Bay which is stop number six on The 2018 World Surf League Championship Tour. Rounds 1 and 2 were contested in four – six foot waves at the world famous surf break known as Supertubes.
It was the Goofy Footers who stole the show with Round 1 biggest wins going to event wildcard Bianca Buitenday of South Africa, Current World Number 3, Tatiana Weston – Webb from Brazil and World Championship Tour Rookies Bronte MaCaulay and Caroline Marks from Australia.
Stephanie Gilmour, Australia a six time World Surf League Champion defeated fellow Australian’s Nikki Van Dijk and Macy Callaghan in Round 1, Heat 4. Gilmour attacked the Supertubes sets to gather two solid 7 point rides and direct entry Round 3. That feeling of waking up and peering out the window and seeing a six foot set is the greatest feeling in the world if your a surfer, Gilmour said. Then knowing you get to paddle out and surf it with nobody else is such a joy. It can be overwhelming and you have to remind yourself that this is a contest. It was a fun heat and I am so happy to be here surfing. I watched Filipe Toledo win the Men’s Championship Tour event, last week and it was so inspiring.
The World Surf League commissioners office will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7.30 am local time, to check out surf conditions and make the next call for the event. The Corona Open will be broadcast live on The World Surf League’s – Facebook Page, check it out …