The high performance competition this afternoon at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California, showcased the level of talent amongst female surfers, as the Swatch Womens Pro continued ASP World Tour competition.
The biggest upset of the day saw current #6 in the world, Californian Lakey Peterson (USA), eliminate #1 in the world, Carissa Moore (HAW), from competition in Round 4. The upset shifted the rankings, as Moore’s elimination moves Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) into the #1 spot in the World Title race.
The relatively close match-up saw Peterson beat Moore by only 2.91 points on their final wave scores. Peterson proved she’s a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming Quarterfinals after landing an air and busting through lips with intimidating power.
Fans watched many of the Women’s ASP World Tour top ranked competitors advance to the Quarterfinals including: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Tyler Wright (AUS).
Earlier in the day, current world ranked #10 Coco Ho (HAW) advanced from non-elimination Round 3 over Carissa Moore (HAW) and Laura Enever (AUS). Ho will be surfing Heat 2 of the Quarterfinals against event upsetter Lakey Peterson, in a likely exciting heat, as these two women go head-to-head in empty Trestles ramps. Also, competing in Heat 1 of the Quarterfinals will be Gilmore vs. Enever, Heat 3, Fitzgibbons vs. Buitendag, and Heat 4, Wright vs. Defay.
In the last heat of Round 4, viewers watched in agony as world ranked #14 Alessa Quizon (HAW) opted out of what may have been her winning wave in the final two minutes of the heat against world ranked #10 (tied) Johanne Defay of France. She was visibly distraught, covering her face and paddling in anxious search of a wave, but unable to find a second wave to back up her 7.33, essentially delivering the heat win to priority holder Defay in the final moments.
Stay tuned for the Women’s Quarterfinals by watching at www.aspworldtour.com. Competition may resume Friday, September 12, depending on contestable conditions.