|2018 event runner-up Lakey Peterson (USA) made her intentions clear after taking out the win ahead of Malia Manuel (HAW) and Keely Andrew (AUS)with one of the highest single-wave scores of the day, an excellent 8.33 (out of a possible 10). Peterson will match-up with Bronte Macaulay (AUS) in Heat 8, R/16.
Watch Peterson’s full post-heat interview.
Caroline Marks (USA) showcased her backhand attack to win the last heat of Seeding Round 1 against Brasilians Tatiana Weston-Webb and Silvana Lima. Marks is currently tied with Peterson on the Jeep Leaderboard in fifth place. A strong result here could move her up the rankings and put some distance between her and the other Americans in the race for both the World Title and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“It’s so rad to have Luke (Egan) in my corner,” said Marks. “He’s so knowledgeable and he surfs so well here at J-Bay. All the work starts before the event. I’m just trying to enjoy it and not worry about the result. I just want to surf well and not worry about the result. I’m just stoked to be here and enjoy it. I try to stick to a routine, but I just want to surf out here. Basically just eat, surf, sleep, surf. I have some superstitions, like I always have to give my coach a fist bump before a heat, it gives me energy and I just feel confident, but also eating at the same restaurant, going to bed and waking up at the same time and eating the same thing in the morning.”
Sage Erickson (USA) will not join her fellow Americans into the Round of 16 after losing to Andrew and Lima in the final heat of the day. Andrew got the advantage over Erickson in the final ten minutes of the heat with a 14.40 combined score, defeating the Californian by just 1.06 points. Lima matched Peterson’s earlier performance with her own outstanding 8.33 and will now meet seven-time WSL Champion and defending event winner, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), in the opening heat of the Round of 16.
Heat 4 of the men’s Elimination Round saw the all-Brasilian battle between Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Willian Cardoso (BRA), and Jadson Andre (BRA). Rookie Crisanto and CT sophomore Cardoso said goodbye to veteran Andre after he failed to find a 5.77 to keep him in the event. This is Andre’s second 33rd result of the year and he has yet to surpass 17th place in the past six events so far.