An incredible day of surfing kicked off the World Surf League (WSL) Womenâ€™s Qualifying Series (QS) Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000. Oceanside Pier delivered consistent two-to-three foot, occasional plus, swell for opening day asÂ Rounds One, Two and Heats 1 through 6 of Round Three were completed in their entirety. The up-and-comers fighting their way through the ranks put on a showcase of excellent surfing as they prepare to take on some of the worldâ€™s best this weekend.
Samantha Sibley (USA) en route to a massive performance in her Round One heat.
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Samantha Sibley (USA) put together a show-stopping performance to begin her Supergirl Pro account with the dayâ€™s highest heat total of 17.00 (out of a possible 20) — earning a 9.00 (out of a possible 10) and 8.00 in her score line. This marks the 14-year-oldâ€™s second full season on the QS ranks and sheâ€™s continuing to find her way through heats with razor-sharp surfing. But, the task at hand for Sibley is far from done in her mind with a big weekend ahead.
â€œThat was so fun, I thought it was going to be small and the swell came early so it ended up kind of firing,â€ Sibley said. â€œI just went out in my first heat feeling no pressure and wanting to have fun, while also keeping busy. There are some flat spells so I wanted to build my house and thatâ€™s what I ended up doing in both my heats — starting with okay scores and just improving from there. This gives me a lot of momentum and I just want to carry that through my next heats, and hopefully get a good result.â€
Ella Williams (NZL) found a spark at Oceanside today with a big performance.
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Ella Williams (NZL) found some magic of her own to open up her campaign in Oceanside with an 8.83 in Round Two and continued that form into a Round Three win. Williams had a taste of the Championship Tour (CT) earlier this year at Bells Beach, where she fell to three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in Round Two, and didnâ€™t take it for granted. Now, the New Zealand representative takes her knowledge from that experience and tries to find aÂ rhythm heading into the back-half of 2017.
â€œIâ€™ve had a harder year this year so itâ€™s already a bit of a bonus for me and Iâ€™m just so excited we have waves,â€ Williams said. â€œSurfing at the CT level was such an incredible experience and itâ€™s amazing how much you can actually learn from them — now itâ€™s just onwards and upwards. It’s exciting to get a start like this and just being here with my dad makes that much better. We’ve been looking forward to this one for weeks now as it’s such a great event and they take amazing care of us here.â€
Meah Collins (USA) is in need of result to help boost her in the rankings and she started off with a bang.
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Seventeen-year-old Meah Collins (USA) came into this event in need of a big result and is on her way to doing just that. The 2016 North America QS Champion charged through all three Rounds with victories in each heat displaying a powerful forehand that went unmatched in Round Three. This already marks her best showing in 2017 after a slow start as looks to continue her form once again.
â€œI feel really great after fighting all day and the waves were reallyÂ fun, you just had to find it out there,â€ Collins said. â€œIt was a really bad start to the year and I think with finishing high school, and being so focused on that, I was just out of rhythm and out of shape. Iâ€™ve been training so hard the last few weeks and Iâ€™ve never felt so physically prepared for a contest. Itâ€™s proved to me thatâ€™s what it takes to win heats and Iâ€™ll keep working hard, and hopefully carry this momentum through the rest of my heats.â€
Local San Diego County surfer Tia Blanco (USA) delivered a big heat win for her hometown support.
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Tia Blanco (USA) emerged victorious from the final heat of opening day over fellow San Diego County surfer Tiare Thompson (USA), who posted the dayâ€™s highest single-scoring wave of a 9.17. The 20-year-old took control of the heat with vicious forehand attacks in front of her hometown crowd. Blanco still searches for her breakthrough result inÂ 2017, though poses a threat each time she puts a jersey on.
â€œI just knew I had to surf my best and wanted to perform well with my family and friends all here to support me,â€ Blanco said. â€œIt feels good to start with a heat win and hopefully I can build up that momentum since itâ€™s still early on in the event. Now it gets even harder and Iâ€™m so excited to surf against some of the best women in the world. Weâ€™re super fortunate to get this swell and itâ€™s awesome to be in a familiar environment surfing a wave I train at all the time.â€
Event organizers will meet at 7:00 a.m. PDT to determine a 7:30 a.m. PDT start for Round Three, Heat 7.
The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS6,000 will begin its live webcast tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. PDT.Â Tune in here to witness all the action and get the full event schedule:Â www.supergirlpro.com.
Remaining Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Round Three Matchups:
Heat 7: Kobie Enright (AUS), Mikaela Greene (AUS), Zahli Kelly (AUS), Kirra Pinkerton (USA)
Heat 8: Dominic Barona (ECU), Chelsea Roett (BRB), Shino Matsuda (JPN), Nagisa Tashiro (JPN)
Heat 9: Caroline Marks (USA), Camilla Kemp (PRT), Alyssa Spencer (USA), Ainara Aymat (EUK)
Heat 10: Minori Kawai (JPN), Summer Macedo (HAW), Samantha Sibley (USA), Anali Gomez (PER)
Heat 11: Tessa Thyssen (BLM), Alyssa Lock (AUS), Vahine Fierro (PYF), Sophia Bernard (AUS)
Heat 12: Holly Wawn (AUS), Sophie McCulloch (AUS), Frankie Harrer (DEU), Josefina Ane (ARG)
Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Round Three Results:
Heat 1: Carol Henrique (PRT) 13.66, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 12.50, Autumn Hays (USA) 8.26, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 7.17
Heat 2: Meah Collins (USA) 13.43, Georgia Fish (AUS) 12.37, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 12.27, Malia Osterkamp (USA) 9.60
Heat 3: Ella Williams (NZL) 14.34, Maud Le Car (FRA) 11.83, Sophia Fulton (AUS) 9.53, Ellie Brooks (AUS) 6.46
Heat 4: Melanie Giunta (PER) 11.00, Zoe McDougall (HAW) 11.00, Denver Young (AUS) 10.93, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 6.24
Heat 5: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 13.00, Emily Nishimoto (JPN) 9.36, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 8.16, Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 8.13
Heat 6: Tia Blanco (USA) 11.07, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 10.57, Marissa Shaw (USA) 9.47, Tiare Thompson (USA) 7.74
Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Round Two Results:
Heat 1: Autumn Hays (USA) 12.33, Malia Osterkamp (USA) 10.17, Reika Noro (JPN) 7.46, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 1.93
Heat 2: Meah Collins (USA) 13.60, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 11.00, Codie Klein (AUS) 9.34, Kayla Coscino (USA) 5.90
Heat 3: Ella Williams (NZL) 13.76, Denver Young (AUS) 10.24, Savanna Stone (HAW) 7.17, Eliza Greene (AUS) 5.90
Heat 4: Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 11.30, Sophia Fulton (AUS) 9.30, Teal Hogg (ZAF) 9.10, Molly Kirk (USA)
Heat 5: Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 10.93, Marissa Shaw (USA) 9.10, Ellie Francis (AUS) 7.23, Emily Gussoni (CRI) 6.54
Heat 6: Tiare Thompson (USA) 14.20, Emily Nishimoto (JPN) 12.57, Brianna Cope (HAW) 12.43, Rachel Presti (USA) 9.77
Heat 7: Zahli Kelly (AUS) 12.43, Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 7.60, Freya Prumm (AUS) 7.60, Alexa Muss (USA) 4.90
Heat 8: Shido Matsuda (JPN) 13.73, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 12.50, Rina Kitazawa (JPN) 7.23, Lucia artino (ESP)
Heat 9: Alyssa Spencer (USA) 12.63, Anali Gomez (PER) 10.93, Shelby Detmers (USA) 8.46, Cassidy McClain (USA) 6.57
Heat 10: Samantha Sibley (USA) 12.43, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 11.73, Tanika Hoffman (ZAF) 10.00, Avery Aydelotte (USA) 4.63
Heat 11: Vahine Ferro (PYF) 10.00, Josefina Ane (ARG) 9.60, Leila Riccobuano (HAW) 8.50, Nao Omura (JPN) 7.50
Heat 12: Frankie Harrer (DEU) 11.43, Sophia Bernard (AUS) 10.36, Bethany Zelasko (USA) 9.67, Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 8.60
Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Round One Results:
Heat 1: Malia Osterkamp (USA) 8.04, Kayla Coscino (USA) 7.24, Brittany Penaroza (USA) 7.03, Lucy Campbell (GBR)
Heat 2: Meah Collins (USA) 12.66, Autumn Hays (USA) 9.63, Kahanu Delovio (HAW) 8.90, Alysse Cooper (AUS) 6.90
Heat 3: Denver Young (AUS) 12.17, Molly Kirk (USA) 7.77, Malia Ward (USA) 6.76, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 2.30
Heat 4: Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 12.30, Savanna Stone (HAW) 11.24, Zoe Clarke (AUS) 9.63, Coral Schuster (USA) 3.44
Heat 5: Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 14.87, Tiare Thompson (USA) 11.90, Brooke Daigneault (USA) 7.66, Abigail Dixon (USA) 2.53
Heat 6: Rachel Presti (USA) 11.60, Emily Gussoni (CRI) 9.50, Keala Tomoda-Bennert (HAW) 8.67, Summer Ivy (HAW) 7.26
Heat 7: Zahli Kelly (AUS) 13.94, Shino Matsuda (JPN) 13.30, Karol Ribeiro (BRA) 7.70, Alexxa Elseewi (USA) 7.70
Heat 8: Rina Kitazawa (JPN) 8.27, Alexa Muss (USA) 6.50, Kelto Oâ€™Rourke (HAW) 5.00, Maile Davis (USA) 5.00
Heat 9: Shelby Detmers (USA) 8.40, Avery Aydelotte (USA) 7.00, Lorena Fica (CHL) 5.86, Elle Sampiere (USA) 4.90
Heat 10: Samantha Sibley (USA) 17.00, Cassidy McClain (USA) 10.50, Julia Camargo (BRA) 8.64, Hannah Blevins (USA) 7.17
Heat 11: Josefina Ane (ARG) 13.23, Sophia Bernard (AUS) 9.26, Kayla Durden (USA) 7.90, Sara Taylor (USA) 6.87
Heat 12: Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 12.27, Leila Riccobuano (HAW) 12.07, Sophie Falzone (USA) 10.97, Nicole Fulford (USA) 8.34