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Maui Women’s Pro Called ON

November 29, 2017, 9:33 AM HST · Updated November 29, 2:01 PM
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The Maui Women’s Pro competition was called on today, Nov. 29, at Honolua Bay in four-to-five foot surf.

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    Sage Erickson of the USA will surf in Round Two of the 2017 Maui Women’s Pro after placing second in Heat 6 of Round One at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA. PC: PHOTO: © WSL / Cestari

    Current World No.1 on the Jeep Leaderboard Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia will surf in Round Two of the 2017 Maui Women’s Pro after placing third in Heat 3 of Round One at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA. PC: PHOTO: © WSL / Cestari

    Defending event champion Tyler Wright of Australia, the reigning Woorld Champion advances directly to Round Three of the 2017 Maui Women’s Pro after winning Heat 4 of Round One at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA. PC: PHOTO: © WSL / Cestari

    Carissa Moore of Hawaii advances directly to Round Three of the 2017 Maui Women’s Pro after winning Heat 2 of Round One at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA. PHOTO: © WSL / Cestari

    Round 1 started at 7:40 a.m. local time.

    Nov. 29 update at 2 p.m.:

    Coco Ho (HAW) beat Johanne Defay (FRA) in Heat 1 of Round 2
    Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) beat Pauline Ado (FRA) in Heat 2 of Round 2
    Brisa Hennessy (HAW) beat Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in Heat 3, Round 2
    Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) beat Laura Enever (AUS) in Heat 4, Round 2
    Bronte Macaulay (AUS) beat Sage Erickson (USA) in Heat 5, Round 2
    Keely Andrew (AUS) is currently facing Tatiana Weston-Webb in Heat 6, Round 2

    Round 3, Heat 1 will feature Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Lakey Peterson (USA) and Brisa Hennessy (HAW).

    Watch the competition live now on worldsurfleague.com.

    “The swell has arrived and it’s a good direction so we are on for the day,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “We’re going to start with Round 1 at 7:40 a.m. and I’m also hoping to get through Rounds 2 and 3. We’re still looking at tomorrow for a potential finish to the event.”

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    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. 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.

    Surfline, official forecaster for the Maui Women’s Pro, are calling for:

    Good size, favorably angled NNW to NW swells will move in over the next couple days: the first swell peaks on Wednesday, with the second swell strongest over the afternoon Thursday and into early Friday. These next three days should offer the best surf of the waiting period, with a decreasing trend over the weekend. Much smaller surf is currently expected for the last three days of the event window at this point.

    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)

    Nikki Schenfeld
    Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.
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