Sage Erickson (Ventura, CA), 23, won the ASP 6-Star Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro on Sunday over Tatiana Weston-Webb (Kauai, HI), 18, in the world’s largest female surfing event. The win was especially important to Sage with goals to make it back on the World Tour circuit. The Supergirl Pro awarded valuable qualifying points as the only North American stop of its kind, rewarding the Ventura local $8,000 in prize money.
Over 100 Supergirls took over the Oceanside Pier this weekend in North Country San Diego, California, streaming to the Fox television audience and webcasted on TheSurfChannel.com. It was a festival of grom stoke, all about empowering girls to live their dreams, and pursue a healthy and active lifestyle.
Erickson took an early lead in the final, but Weston-Webb quickly overtook the Californian, holding the lead throughout the majority of the heat. Erickson answered back, delivering a big backhand snap of a left set for a 6.83 and her second career Supergirl Pro victory.
“Winning this event is an amazing experience,” Erickson said. “Congratulations to Tatiana (Weston-Webb) she’s been ripping the whole event and I knew going into it that she was looking really sharp. Somehow I got sent that left and gave it everything I had. I’m over the moon and so excited to be in this position.
“Being down here and seeing all of the young faces and the young girls, that’s what really matters to me,” continued Erickson. “It helps me remember why I started and it helps motivate me even if I don’t win the event.”
Erickson, former WCT surfer, entered the event ranked No. 6 and the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro victory places the regular-footer in excellent position to requalify for the 2015 elite roster.
“This year’s been kind of 50-50 for me on the QS,” Erickson said. “I’ve had two thirds and two not so good results. Getting this win is huge and I think I’m going to have a lot of confidence going into Europe and I love being there. This is a huge event for me personally and also points and ratings wise also.”
Weston-Webb delivered some serious ripping and tearing in the small Oceanside conditions, delivering electric combinations on both her forehand and backhand. The second place finish marks the first QS final of the Kauaian’s career.
“I’m really happy to get a result, but I obviously wanted a win being my first QS final,” Weston-Webb said. “It would have been really good for me to take it out. Hopefully I can win one, it’s my goal and hopefully I can qualify for the tour.”
Weston-Webb, injury replacement on the WCT, fell one spot shy of officially joining the Top 17 this season and hopes her final performance propels her to a WCT berth for next season.
“I really wanted a good result going into Europe,” Weston-Webb said. “There are so many good girls that compete in those events and I’ll probably have a lot more confidence.”
Silvana Lima (BRA), 30, current No. 1 on the ASP QS, started strong on the final day of competition, launching a solid air-reverse for a 9.80 in Round 6 while posting a 17.73 heat total. The Brazilian’s scores marked the highest of the event, but Lima was unable to find any substantial scores in the Semifinals, finishing equal third overall.
“I felt good all morning and would have liked to make the final, but conditions were hard with the low tide and I couldn’t find the waves,” Lima said. “A Semifinals finish is still a good result for my year though and hopefully I can continue in Europe.”
Coco Ho (HAW), 23, current No. 10 on the WCT, was a standout throughout the entirety of the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, navigating her way through each round with convincing heat wins. Ho battled fellow Hawaiian Weston-Webb in the Semifinals, eventually finishing third overall.
“It would have been nice to make the final, but congrats to Tatiana (Weston-Webb),” Ho said. “It’s good to post another result after the win in Cabo and hopefully I can carry the momentum into the back half of the year.”
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO FINAL RESULT:
1 – Sage Erickson (USA) 12.00
2 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.50
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 9.00 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 5.54
SF 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.00 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 10.64
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 17.34 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.76
QF 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 12.16 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.80
QF 3: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.83 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 10.67
QF 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.16 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 7.90
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND 6 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 17.73, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.60, Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.60
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 13.84, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.37, Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.17
Heat 3: Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.13, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 7.90, Stephanie Single (AUS) 2.57
Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.17, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.83, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 5.77
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