Second day of action at the 2015 Los Cabos Open of Surf witnessed more high-performance surfing, this time from the top seeds of the Women's Qualification Series (QS) as two rounds were completed.
After completing the heats that remained in the Round of 72, the call was made to continue on into the Women QS directly into the Round of 48 where top seeds awaited their first heats. Following the Women's QS, the Pro Junior Men's got an opportunity to paddle out and complete their Round of 48.
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) showed she is a force to be reckoned with here at Zippers, matching the Women's highest single-wave score of a 9.17, and earning the highest heat total with a 17.97. Only doing it on two waves, Van Dijk couldn't believe the outcome. "This wave is one of the funnest ones we have on the QS," Van Dijk said. "I thought to myself, am I really going to win a heat only going on two waves? I've never done that before."
The Australian was stoked to have the right-hander of Zippers up for grabs after spending some time on the island of Tavarua, Fiji just last week, and is enjoying her time in Mexico. "After about 60 hours of travel it was like 'this is how you do it again," Van Dijk said laughing. "It feels really good to be back on my forehand -- especially in Mexico where it's so amazing. It's so fun and I get carried away but I need to get out of the sun a bit and rest because this heat can be really draining."
Malia Manuel (HAW) racked up the second highest heat total of the day, a 17.24, with two excellent scores of an 8.67 and 8.57, after keeping her eye on the conditions. "I watched for a while because that heat was one of my first few surf's out there -- so I definitely wanted to know what I was looking for," Manuel said. "I was watching Coco [Ho] in the heat before and saw her get two good ones so I knew they were out there."
Manuel will face Ho in the next round along with Dominic Barona (ECU) and is set to rip one of her favorite QS waves with no crowds. "I love going front side, it's fun to mix maneuvers on rights," Manuel said. "I really respect each surfer and think everyone has their strong points. With some consistent waves and only two other people it'll be a fun heat."
Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) lit up the shores of Los Cabos on some sizable waves earlier in the day, scoring an 8.67, totaling a 15.84, and was relieved to get through. "It felt good because I was a bit nervous," Weston-Webb said. "I knew there were good sets after watching it and seeing the sets pick up a bit. I was planning to be on the bigger ones and just getting two big turns. I was in rhythm that whole heat so it worked out really well."
Looking ahead, Weston-Webb will try to maintain that level of confidence as she comes up against some familiar opponents including fellow CT rider Lima. "I surf against them a lot so I know what to deal with," Weston-Webb said. "But it's always more threatening on the QS because there's so much pressure and you need points. I'm just going to try and surf my best, but try to work on releasing the pressure."
Jake Davis (USA) was the standout performer in the Junior Men's heats, earning the division's highest heat total with an 18.00 and feeling right at home in Los Cabos -- despite not surfing until yesterday due to injury. "I have a bad back injury so I only surfed once last night and once the night before just to loosen up," Davis said. "I've just been getting mentally ready for this event. I've never been here before but living in San Clemente I surf Lowers and Uppers along with all those point breaks so I've had a lot of practice."
Davis' time out of the water has been put to good use as he pushes through any pain and ripping a contest high 9.67 single-wave score and backing it with an 8.33. "I've been stretching every day," Davis said. "Before I came here I did yoga for a week straight. I feel really good and pretty stoked, just trying to get it back quick because I don't want to be laying around."
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