Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore won the Corona Open J-Bay in pumping 1.3 to 2.3 metre conditions at the world-renowned Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.
In a marathon day of competition, Stephanie Gilmore started her path to victory by eliminating Nikki Van Dijk in Round 3, Bronte Macaulay in the Quarterfinals, Tatiana Weston-Webb in the Semifinals and Lakey Peterson in the Final to take the win at the first women’s CT event hosted on the African continent in almost 20 years.
Although she fell short in the Final, Lakey Peterson dropped some massive scores and was consistent throughout the event. During the second heat of the morning, Peterson earned a 9.00 to kick start her campaign. She then went on to eliminate wildcard and local favourite Bianca Buitendag in the Semifinals.
Event wildcard Bianca Buitendag went toe-to-toe with Peterson in Semifinal 1. Peterson got started early with a solid 7.67 on her opening ride and continued to improve with a 7.83. The South African had the crowd to their feet throughout the heat as she attempted big manoeuvres but was unable to meet the required scores, Although recovering from a back injury, Buitendag shone throughout this event, winning her Round 3 encounter and then eliminating Coco Ho in the Quarterfinals for a 3rd place finish overall.
Women’s Corona Open J-Bay Final Results:
1st Stephanie Gilmore 14.24
2nd Lakey Peterson 11.50
Women’s Corona Open J-Bay Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Lakey Peterson 16.66 defeated Bianca Buitendag 9.33
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore 15.67 defeated Tatiana Weston-Webb 10.33
Women’s Corona Open J-Bay Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Bianca Buitendag 12.33 defeated Coco Ho 8.90
QF 2: Lakey Peterson 15.83 defeated Johanne Defay 13.30
QF 3: Stephanie Gilmore 15.00 defeated Bronte Macaulay 15.00
QF 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb 18.54 defeated Sage Erickson 10.60
Photos by WSL / Cestari.