Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro
ASP Women's 6-Star Event
Oceanside Pier, California
8 - 10 August, 2014
Clean two-to-four foot waves on tap as Supergirl Pro gets busy
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 August, 2014 - Oceanside - The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro continued to march through the rounds on day 2 of competition, whittling the original field of 104 down to the final 12 in clean two-to-four foot waves at Oceanside Pier.
The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro marks the sixth of eight ASP 6-Star Qualification Series (QS) events, offering maximum points towards qualification for the 2015 World Championship Tour (WCT).
Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), 21, defending Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro Champion, tore through two heats today, belting fins-free turns on both her forehand and backhand. A perennial event standout throughout her career, Manuel is hoping to find her way deep into the final rounds once again in 2014.
“Oceanside is so fun and I’m having a great time,” Manuel said. “This is my sixth Supergirl event and I’m always learning or evolving, whether it’s a QS or CT, there are always things to improve on. I’m happy to be staying in that competition rhythm. The atmosphere is better and better every year and there are always little girls that are happy to see you when you come out of the water. I’m happy that I can have that role to motivate little girls to surf and be outside and live healthy.”
Sage Erickson (Ventura, CA), 23, 2012 event winner, was electric at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, belting the competition’s highest heat total of 17.40 on her backhand in Round 4. “The second heat was a big difference for me and the waves changed a lot with the low tide,” Erickson said. “I really wanted that Round of 24 heat, that’s always the toughest round for me and the girls are always really competitive.”
Erickson, current No. 6 on the ASP QS, is looking to post another big result in Oceanside in hopes of solidifying a position on the 2015 WCT before the final European leg of the QS season.
“Last year was a big struggle for me and this year I had a new outlook and drive to be competing,” Erickson said. “Each event counts for me at this point. I’m sitting in that top spot at the moment and I’d really like to solidify that spot and not have pressure going into Europe. I have a lot of family and friends here to support and that always fires me up. I have a bigger connection here then I do with any event, winning here in California. Last year I missed out on the victory and I’m looking to get that back.”
Paige Hareb (NZL), 24, two-time event runner-up, claimed two heat wins while advancing to the Round of 12, capitalizing on the lefthanders breaking into Oceanside Pier to post her top scores.
“I just remembered back to last year’s final and it was low tide closeouts and Malia (Manuel) won with one big turn,” Hareb said. “I just tried to start the heat like that and stay busy. I feel confident out here. I always seem to have fun and find a few fun waves. Hopefully I can keep doing that this time.”
Silvana Lima (BRA), 30, current frontrunner on the ASP QS and past WCT competitor, carried her successful 2014 campaign to the Oceanside lineup, earning the day’s high single-wave score of 8.93. Lima also hopes a strong result in Oceanside will propel her back among the elite ASP Top 17 for 2015.
“The conditions were tough, but you have to surf and get a couple of waves and I was lucky to get a few lefts,” Lima said. “I’m looking to get a strong result here before going to Europe. I want to lead going into the end of the year. I love it here in California, it’s always so much fun and hopefully the waves will be better tomorrow.”
UPCOMING PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND 6 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Sage Erickson (USA) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Keely Andrews (AUS) vs. Brissa Hennessy (HAW) vs. Stephanie Single (AUS)
Heat 4: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.26, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.04, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 9.10, Justine Dupont (FRA) 9.10
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.53, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.43, Maud Le Car (FRA) 8.76, Georgia Fish (AUS) 8.30
Heat 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.50, Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.33, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 7.37, Laura Enever (AUS) 4.63
Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.14, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 12.83, Alize Arnaud (FRA) 10.27, Brianna Cope (HAW) 6.42
Heat 5: Brissa Hennessy (HAW) 11.43, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.30, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.90, Quincy Davis (USA) 9.47
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 13.20, Stephanie Single (AUS) 12.83, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 9.50, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 6.63
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 13.17, Maud Le Car (FRA) 10.63, Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.53, Codie Klein (AUS) 5.80
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.60, Georgia Fish (AUS) 10.27, Freya Prum (AUS) 9.40, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 9.16
Heat 3: Sage Erickson (USA) 17.40, Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.60, Demi Boelsterli (USA) 8.86, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 7.27
Heat 4: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.44, Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.20, Frankie Harrer (USA) 8.96, Caroline Marks (USA) 2.17
Heat 5: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.33, Brianna Cope (HAW) 10.20, Ella Williams (NZL) 9.93, Shelby Detmers (USA) 6.00
Heat 6: Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.43, Keely Andrew (AUS) 9.44, Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 9.33, Mikaela Greene (AUS) 8.73
Heat 7: Alize Arnaud (FRA) 13.43, Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.03, Dominic Barona (ECU) 8.93, Maddie Peterson (USA) 7.93
Heat 8: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 12.20, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 10.67, Tia Blanco (USA) 7.20, Sara Taylor (USA) 6.60
Heat 9: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.77, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 11.56, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.50, Meah Collins (USA) 7.73
Heat 10: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.80, Stephanie Single (AUS) 10.93, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 8.43, Skye Burgess (AUS) 7.87
Heat 11: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.10, Quincy Davis (USA) 11.20, Nage Melemed (HAW) 8.60, Natalie Anzivino (USA) 6.80
Heat 12: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.00, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 9.36, Dax McGill (HAW) 7.67, Leila Hurst (HAW) 7.07
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 9: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 11.00, Skye Burgess (AUS) 8.53, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 8.47, Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 7.47
Heat 10: Stephanie Single (AUS) 13.13, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.50, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 6.94, Bianca Valenti (USA) 6.56
Heat 11: Quincy Davis (USA) 14.17, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 11.00, Reika Noro (JPN) 8.67, Marissa Shaw (USA) 8.00
Heat 12: Dax McGill (HAW) 9.60, Natalie Anzivino (USA) 6.77, Brittani Nicholl (AUS) 6.40, Minami Takechi (JPN) 5.63