WSL PRESS RELEASE
Location: Honolua Bay, Maui/Hawaii
Event window: November 23 – December 5, 2016
Today’s call: Event trials followed by Round 1
Conditions: 3 – 4 foot
HONOLUA BAY, Maui/Hawaii (Wednesday, November 23, 2016) – The final stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour (CT), the Maui Women’s Pro, has been called ON today starting with the event trials at 8:50am (local time) followed by Round 1 at Honolua Bay.
“Honolua Bay a really special place and a great event to conclude the women’s tour” said Women’s Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer. “I think the trials will be an exciting heat to start the day off and I’m really looking forward to it. This place can be really tricky but we’re starting to see a lot of good opportunities coming through so we are on. After the trials we’ll go straight into Round 1 and we have Round 2 on hold.”
First to compete will be Mahina Maeda (HAW), the highest ranked Hawaiian surfer on the Qualifying Series, Brisa Hennesy (HAW), the Hawaiian Pro Junior Champion, Summer Macedo (HAW), the highest ranked Maui surfer on the QS, and WSL wildcard Bethany Hamilton (HAW) in the event trials.
Following the trials, Round 1 will commence with Johanne Defay (FRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Keely Andrew (AUS).
Surfline, official forecaster for the WSL, are calling for:
Fun, but likely lully, NNW swell should be strongest Wednesday morning (watch for a building trend late Tuesday) from a recent storm near the Aleutian Islands. The good news is the swell direction is favorable for Honolua (325-340), while the not so good news is that this storm and swell we’re not well aimed at the islands. This swell is slowly building on the Pauwela buoy off of North Maui and, thus far, is behaving close to model guidance.
The Maui Women’s Pro will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app.
The event is also being carried by the WSL’s LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports Australia, CBS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com
Maui Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), TBD
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW), Laura Enever (AUS), Lakey Peterson (USA)
Heat 6: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW)