|Sawyer Lindblad and Imaikalani deVault Secure Career Best Results at Snapper Rocks
Sawyer Lindblad (USA) may have fallen short of taking the win at Snapper Rocks but a second-place finish is the strongest result of her career so far. Lindblad’s road to finals was not easy as she had to overcome CT veteran Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Semifinals. Performing under pressure, Lindblad posted the highest single-wave score of the day, an 8.67 for several huge turns. The score was enough to turn the heat on Fitzgibbons and earn her a spot in the Final.
“It feels really good to make my first Final in the Challenger Series,” said Lindblad. “Obviously I wanted to win but it was so fun to surf snapper with just a few people out and I’m grateful to compete in this event.”
Similarly, to Pupo, event runner-up Imaikalani deVault (HAW) is looking to find his way back to the CT. He fell off after Margaret River in 2022, and narrowly missed requalifying this year. Today, the powerful natural footer secured the best result of his career and now finds himself sitting in second spot on the rankings heading into the next event at North Narrabeen.
“It feels insane, it felt really good to get into the first QS Final of my life,” said deVault. “This is my first experience seeing Snapper with swell. It’s been an insane few weeks of being here. Making it to the Finals was the cherry on top.”
DeVault started his day by taking down an in-form Jacob Willcox (AUS). He then went on to take out Jett Schilling (USA) who had recently overcome current World No. 1 Joao Chianca (BRA) in the Round of 16.