The Cascais Women's Pro, which starts Tuesday, Sept. 22 local time, is an interesting event. The unpredictable weather and ability to go mobile can make this a challenging event for the competitors and event organizers. Keep in mind most of the ladies stayed in Cali to wait out the contestable period of the Swatch Women's Pro in San Clemente, not leaving much time to prepare for the banks they will be surfing in Portugal. Whoever is able to adapt and enjoy the experience of the changing waves, venues and bipolar weather will have an advantage at this event.
Tier A: Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Relinquishing the Jeep Leader's yellow jersey to Carissa Moore (HAW) is something that stung a lot for Courtney, especially because of how well she has been surfing. Courtney is well versed at all of the venues in Cascais and her boards are looking sharp. I think it will be easier for her than others to arrive in Portugal just before the event window and adapt to whatever comes her way, with a massive smile on her face.
Tier B: Lakey Peterson (USA)
I just can't get over Lakey at the moment. Her style, power and variety is so on point I can't fault what she is doing. Her quiet confidence in her own ability is also something to be aware of because that will be the difference in a pressured situation when she needs a score and an opportunity comes her way. And her boards are looking so knifey -- start her!
Tier C: Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Dimity!! I think Dim has finally broken through the glass ceiling and will hopefully carry the momentum of a great finish at the Swatch Women's Pro. Progressing through the rounds will give her a formula on how to replicate winning heats in future events, at Cascais and beyond.
Tier A: Carissa Moore (HAW)
I'm gonna sit Carissa. I think Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) is going to do pretty well in this event, as she made the Final last year against Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). But Carissa will probably end up making it to Portugal with little time to spare before the event begins and that may be the difference. The Lowers event has been a long one, with a bit of an emotional roller coaster (Riss vs. Tyler in the Quarters). I still think Riss will dominate into the final series though, but nevertheless I can't start 'em all.
Tier B: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
This is a weird one, especially considering her form and string of good results, but I'm gonna sit Tatiana in Tier B. The other ladies have a lot of experience at this venue and that might give them the edge over the rookie. But like I said, Tatiana has had some incredible performances this year and I wouldn't count her out to smash this event too.
Tier B: Silvana Lima (BRA)
Editor's Note: Lima was Tier C until Gilmore withdrew from the event, which pushed her up to Tier B.
Silvana has been her own worst enemy the past few events. Her results don't reflect her true talent at the moment, it's that unpredictable factor that is making me lean toward a sit for Silvana. Either way I can't wait to watch her compete in Portugal because she is always exciting and explosive.
Dark Horse: Tyler Wright (AUS)
Tyler! I think Tyler is figuring out that she really loves competing and surfing. A few rough results have made her put her heart back into it and that may be dangerous for her competitors.
Rosy Hodge (ZAF) competed on the World Surf League (WSL) Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour (CT) from 2007-2010, before joining the WSL broadcast team. She weighs in on who she thinks should round out your Women's Fantasy Surfing lineup ahead of each CT event.