Thursday, 22 November 2012

Major Upsets On Day Two

Day two of the SWATCH Girls Pro China 2012 hosted by Wanning saw rounds 2 and 3 completed in marginal 1ft conditions at Riyuewan Bay. Despite the South China Sea monsoon swell being on something of a sabbatical, there was little shortage of deftness of skill and technique from the finest female longboard surfers in the world. Defending event champion Chelsea Williams nailed the highest score of the day for the second day running with a 8.25, giving the modest left hand walls of Riyuewan Bay a display of her fast footwork and tight board skills. With the forecast promising precious little for the coming days, the decision was made by the girls themselves to make the best of what was breaking at the beach today. ďThat was really, really tough out there but I guess I got lucky to get a good score. Without anything major happening on the forecasts, as surfers we just have to make the most of what nature throws at us, so Iím stoked to make it through a really hard heat.Ē

Shock upsets of the day came shortly after lunchtime when defending ASP Womenís Longboard World Champion Lindsay Steinriede lost to sixteen-year-old American Karina Rozunko. After a fierce paddle battle for priority and some tense exchanges, the younger American emerged victorious, ensuring that a new world champion will be crowned in Wanning this weekend. ďThat was my first ever pro competition, so Iím really stoked to beat the world champion. She is an amazing surfer so I knew itíd be hard, especially in these conditions. Iím really happy I came out on top.Ē In the very next heat, Swatch Proteam rider Kassia Meador incurred the judgesí wrath in the dying seconds of a clash with Brazilís Atalanta Nascimento, drawing an interference and thus being eliminated from competition. With precious little on offer, both competitors scrapped for an inside wall that the Brazilian had priority for, and the World no. 2ís 2012 campaign was brought to a close.

Earlier, the morning session saw Wenling Chou make an historic leap for Taiwanese pro surfing by advancing to round 3, by way of a 7.5, her highest ever score in competition. ďI canít believe I got such a good score, Iím really happy. Thereís no pressure on me here surfing as an underdog, and Iím really honoured to do my best and represent Taiwanese surfers.Ē Despite losing to Franceís Justine Dupont in round 3, a highly respectable equal 13th place finish saw Wenling leave the beach wearing as big a smile as anyone.


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