|Bronte Macaulay (AUS) was a standout all week in Pantin as well.
Credit: © WSL / MasurelWorld No. 16 Macy Callaghan (AUS) may have peaked just a little bit too early with an incredible performance in the Quarterfinals where she posted a near-perfect 9.40 to defeat the former No. 1 on the QS Isabella Nichols (AUS). In the semis, she put together a convincing effort that would have won her most other heats but Macaulay was on another rhythm and the Avoca beach surfer was forced out in equal 3rd.“I think I’ve surfed good overall and it’s the best competition I’ve had all year,” Callaghan said. “I definitely needed a result coming here, and though I’m still not in a great position at least with this result I’m giving myself a chance. Our last event in Port Stephens is really close to home and I feel very relaxed there so I’m looking forward to it.”
Chelsea Tuach (BRB) came off the back of a QS3,000 win in South Africa in June and kept all her momentum going in Galicia with an equal third place finish. In her Semifinal bout, the Barbados surfer could not match the young Japanese surfer’s flair, but she stills posted the biggest result of her season and still has a mathematical chance at the qualification if she can reach the finals again in the next and final big event.
“I’m over the moon, Pantin is the one place where I know I can find a good rhythm and I can always enjoy myself and compete the best,” Tuach said. “My focus is now on Japan, I’m flying out tonight for the ISA there and we have a strong team from Barbados so we’re hoping to do something big. Competing for your country is really special and very inspiring, especially for a tiny country like ours. Athletics is really important in Barbados and the people really love their athletes so I feel a lot of support.”
Nichols and Sage Erickson (USA), who both validated their CT membership for 2020 this week in Galicia as well, were the subjects of surprise eliminations in the Quarters today as they had previously dominated the field throughout the early days of the event.
With the completion of the ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro, the current Qualifying Series Top 10 is as follows:
Global Qualifying Series Women’s Top 10:
1 – Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
2 – Sage Erickson (USA)
3 – Isabella Nichols (AUS)
4 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA)
5 – Caroline Marks (USA)
6 – Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
7 – Alyssa Spencer (USA)
8 – Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)
9 – Keely Andrew (AUS)
9 – Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
Surfers will have a choice of smaller QS events across the globe over the next two months, and the final big event will be the QS6,000 Port Stephens Toyota Pro from November 12-17 in Australia.
The competition also ran through 6 more heats of the men’s Round 2 before being called off and surfers will be back at 9 a.m Thursday for a potential early re-start.
The ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro count on the collaboration of Xunta de Galicia (Turismo de Galicia, Xacobeo 2021, Deporte Galego, Galicia Calidade, Secretaria Xeral de Igualdade, Conselleria de Medioambiente), Diputacion de A Coruña, Ayuntamiento de Ferrol, Ayuntamiento de Valdoviño, Sociedad Mixta de Turismo de Ferrol, Costa das Ondas y Federación Galega de Surf; así como las firmas ABANCA, ESTRELLA GALICIA, CABREIROA, HOSPITAL QUIRON, INTERMAX, VOLKSWAGEN YAÑEZ, TAGHEUER, JOYERIA JAEL, SIROKO,GADIS, GAM, ITG Y VAZVA.
The ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro is scheduled from September 1-7, 2019 at playa de Pantin, Galicia / Spain. For all results, photos, video highlights, and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.