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Port Taranaki Pro
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Taranaki, New Zealand
24 - 29 March 2015
Semifinalists Decided At the Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 March, 2015 - Taranaki - Four surfers remain in contention for this years World Surf League (WSL) Port Taranaki Pro Women’s QS6000 as Rounds 5 through to Quarterfinals were completed in good onshore 1.5m plus surf at Fitzroy Beach New Plymouth.
Coco Ho (HAW) goes into tomorrow’s final day full of confidence following her comprehensive win over Laura Enever in the first Quarterfinal. Ho controlled the quarter from start to finish after an early excellent 8.07 ride which left last years runner-up never able to seriously challenge.
“Laura (Enever) and I matched up on the Gold Coast too, we’re developing a bit of a rivalry, but we’re always friends once we hit the sand,” Ho said. “I was so nervous, she caught a great wave and luckily for me she fell off because I know she’s capable of big scores. I made the Final here a few years ago and I still think about how I wish I won that one. Hopefully I can make up for it tomorrow.” said Ho.
Laura Enever © WSL/Smith
Tessa Thyssen (BLM) from a little known French region in the Caribbean has been flying under the radar of everyone at the event and surfed a strategically perfect heat to win Quarterfinal 2 over Bronte Macaulay (AUS).
“I can’t believe this is happening!” Thyssen said. “I was having a really bad year up until now. I was losing in my first or second heat and now I’m in the Semis — I’m so happy. I’m from Saint Barts in the French Caribbean and New Zealand is a long way from home but I’m really enjoying my time here. I thought it would be colder but it’s really nice. I can’t believe I get to surf against Coco (Ho) in the Semis tomorrow, I’ve looked up to her for a long time. It will be a day to remember.”
Quarterfinal 3 saw a very tight battle unfold with less than a point separating Sage Erickson (USA) over fellow Championship Tour competitor Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW).
Bronte Macaulay © WSL/Smith
“Being on the CT this year has taken some pressure off me at the QS events and I think it’s helping me to perform,” Erickson said. “This is only my second QS of the year and I finished 5th in Manly and I’ve at least got a 3rd here so it’s feeling good. Tatiana (Weston-Webb) is a great competitor and she’s been getting results lately so this heat gives me confidence and I learn from every heat. Hopefully I can go all the way and take the win tomorrow.”
Sunshine Coast Australian pair Isabella Nichols and Keely Andrew decided the final heat of another mammoth day of surfing. A top result is critical to both surfers who are desperately chasing qualification onto next years Championship Tour and Andrew’s came out on top today, choosing the better waves down the beach to advance to Semifinal 2 tomorrow where she will face Sage Erickson.
Finals will be run early tomorrow morning as organisers do their best to capitalise on the good high tide surf conditions.
Mahina Maeda © WSL/Smith