Maui Women's Pro
World's best surfers are welcomed to Honolua Bay with a traditional blessing ceremony
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 November, 2017 - Honolua Bay - The final event of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Maui Women's Pro, has been called off for the day with minimal surf on offer at Honolua Bay.
"We've got great potential for tomorrow and there's minimal swell on offer today so we're calling competition off for the day," said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. "The forecast is looking good for the next three days so we'll back in the morning to take another look."
The Maui Women’s Pro will decide the 2017 WSL Women’s Title and going into the event five surfers are in mathematical contention to clinch the title: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Tyler Wright (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Carissa Moore (HAW) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).
The World Title scenarios are as follows:
- Fitzgibbons, Wright and Conlogue can each clinch the Title by winning the event;
- If Fitzgibbons finishes runner-up then Wright or Conlogue need to win the event to win the Title;
- If Fitzgibbons finishes 3rd then Wright needs a 3rd and Conlogue 2nd to win the Title; or
- If Fitzgibbons finishes 5th or lower than Wright needs at 5th, Conlogue a 3rd, and Moore and Gilmore need to win the event to claim Title.
Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore will be the first title contender to compete in the opening heat of Round 1 when competition gets underway. Three-time world champion and two-time event winner Moore is up in Heat 2, Jeep Ratings Leader Fitzgibbons will compete in Heat 3 and defending WSL Champion and event winner Wright and world no. 3 Conlogue will take to the water in Heats 4 and 5 respectively.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. to assess conditions and make the first call.
Surfline, official forecaster for the Maui Women’s Pro, are calling for: A new shot of North swell will build in over the second half of Sunday with overhead to well overhead sets showing for Honolua Bay on Monday morning. After that, a pair of shadowed yet good size NW swells are looking to move in Wed-Fri (29th-1st) with overhead+ surf. Strong ENE Trades are expected for at least the next several days. Another possible NW pulse for around the 4th-5th.
The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.
Maui Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Johanne Defay (FRA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Keely Andrew (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA), Sage Erickson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW)