Nissan supports women’s surfing in a big way while Carissa Moore makes history
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 August, 2017 - Courtney Conlogue claimed ownership of the Supergirl cape for the first time in eight years after ousting Sage Erickson in a seesaw battle that had fans bitting their nails.
The all-Californian Final was an absolute battle as Erickson came out firing on her backhand with a 7.83 (out of a possible 10) and quickly backed it up on her forehand -- earning a 4.66. But, Conlogue responded with a 6.83 of her own before pulling the event’s highest single-scoring wave on an incredible, single-maneuver and earning a near-perfect 9.77. The current CT No. 4 showcased her innovative and progressive potential with the massive air-reverse she spun out of in the whitewater.
Carissa Moore landed two technical airs in her round of 48 heat. It was the first time in history that a female surfer has ever landed two technical airs in one heat, so it’s a huge moment for women’s surfing.
Framegrab of Carissa Moore's first of two-airs-in-one-heat at the Supergirl Pro
Another first at the Supergirl pro was a big surprise for runner up Sage Erickson. To celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the event, Supergirl ran a contest called the Nissan Super Sports Award that gave away a new fully-loaded 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport (worth $30K) plus a $5,000 donation to that surfer’s charity of choice. The winner would be decided based on a combination of her contest results from the Supergirl Pro event and the number of social media shares about the contest.
With 120 surfers in the event being ranked from 1 to 120 on both competition results and social shares, the chance of a tie was 1-in-a-million. Well, that’s exactly what happened. Sage Erickson and Tati Weston-Webb tied for first place in the car giveaway.
The only fair way to decide the winner was to flip a coin, which Tati won. However, when Nissan saw how sad Sage was visibly shaken, they stepped up and provided a second car on the spot.
“It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen a brand do in my 23 years in the action sports industry,” said Rick Bratman. “During a time when a lot of people see major companies as “soulless”, it was amazing to see a big brand handle a difficult situation in a phenomenally compassionate, personal and generous manner.”