Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro

Coco Ho Wins Supergirl Pro QS6,000

Andrew Nichols

Runner-up Malia Manuel (HAW) (L) and Champion Coco Ho (HAW) (R), joined by Semifinalist Laura Enever (AUS) on stage for the award ceremony. Coco Ho was on cloud nine after a big win alongside runner-up Malia Manuel (L) and Semifinalist Laura Enever (R). - WSL / Kurt Steinmetz

Coco Ho earned a huge QS victory at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS6000 on Sunday, putting an end to a competitive slump she's been suffering through so far this year. Ho powered through four heats in the final day of competition, capping the long day with a victory in the Final over fellow Hawaiian Malia Manuel.

Ho earned her third iconic pink cape in the process. Her first two came as a Junior. She was in rhythm all day in the less consistent, two-to-four foot conditions, taking full advantage of the gems coming through.

With the 6,000 points from the win, Ho jumps from No. 21 to No. 6 on the QS rankings. The jump puts her above the cutoff for Championship Tour requalification after a tough year.

"This event is so unique in that we get to walk away with a cape but it was so much more to me than that this year," Ho said. "I've had the worst competitive year and needed this result -- all I can think about is points. It's definitely going to take consistency throughout the second half of the season and I've just had to wash away these first six months and this just feels so amazing."

2016 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro Champion Coco Ho (HAW) Coco Ho can breathe a big sigh of relief after jumping to a safer spot on the rankings. - WSL / Kurt Steinmetz

Ho posted two of the top scores on the final day of competition, earning a 9.00 (out of a possible 10) in the Final to match the highest single-wave score of this year's event. The Oahu native topped her friend Carissa Moore with an equally impressive 8.50 in the Semifinals, and Nikki Van Dijk in the Quarterfinals.

"I've basically changed everything from my training to my boards, just mentally start over and I'm so happy there's still enough events in the year -- I'm climbing," Ho added. "Malia and I are always traveling together and on the opposite side of the draw so we're always saying ‘let's do this,' and now it's finally happened. She's the sweetest soul and always by my side when I need it most. I wouldn't have even cared who won, it was such a great feeling to surf with her."

The judges tower and spectator viewing areas were in for a treat on the final day of competition. Finals day in Oceanside. - WSL / Kurt Steinmetz

Earning runner-up, Manuel did not go down without a fight -- posting a 7.10 and 6.17. By making it in to the Final, Manuel now sits at the No. 1 position on the Women's QS rankings. She showcased her powerful surfing and smooth style, which saw her through each round, topping Australians Macy Callaghan in the Quarterfinals and Laura Enever in the Semis.

"I really like being a bridesmaid," Manuel said laughing. "It's the third time or so that I've gotten second but it's such a good feeling. There's a lot of pressure going into QS events as a CT surfer so it's great to make the Final and get into rhythm for the US Open -- especially being by the pier and the whole atmosphere."

Former Supergirl Pro champion Malia Manuel (HAW) found her gems in both Round Five and Six to advance into the final day of competition. Manuel will now look to continue this momentum into Huntington Beach next week and move up the CT ranks as well. - WSL / Kurt Steinmetz

"This result relieves so much pressure from the CT knowing that I'm in a good spot to requalify and I can just focus on my surfing for the second half of the year," Manuel added. "It's as similar a feeling to being in the top three of the CT and I want to make more Quarters and Semis on that level -- hopefully even get a win after being since my rookie season that I've won one."

Manuel and Ho were joined alongside a loaded Semifinals draw featuring all CT competitors as Australian Laura Enever and Moore all had a shot at being draped with the sought-after Supergirl cape.

Laura Enever (AUS) enjoying time with her fans after advancing into Round Seven. Semfinalist Laura Enever, along with all the other competitors, made time for their fans throughout this event. - WSL / Kurt Steinmetz

In a tight Semifinal battle with Manuel, Enever was in need of a 7.09 and earned a 6.50 on her last scoring wave with just minutes remaining. Bettering her Round Six result from last year with a win over two-time event champion Sage Erickson in the Quarterfinals, the Australian gained plenty of momentum throughout this event and will take that in to Huntington Beach next week.

"I've never made it past Round Six in this event, which was my best result last year, so it's great to make a few more heats here," Enever said. "I'm No. 10 on the CT which is right on the edge and now I've got another third-place result so it feels good to back it up on the QS. Got a couple of results now so hopefully that will help secure a spot toward requalifying."

Semifinalist Laura Enever (AUS) put on a great performance throughout this event, finding her best result yet at Oceanside. Laura Enever jumped up the ratings to No. 7 on the Women's QS rankings in addition to her No. 10 CT ranking. - WSL / Kurt Steinmetz

"With Oceanside being so similar to Huntington I just took every heat like it was a world tour heat and preparing for that. I wanted to find the strategies I needed to get ready and with it being such a tricky wave I was excited to get a couple of good heats under my belt."

After a brilliant performance yesterday and through the first two heats of finals day, Moore fell to good friend and fellow Hawaiian, Ho. Taking down Holly Wawn in Round Seven, and up-and-coming phenom Caroline Marks in the Quarters, the 3-time WSL Champion looked in good form once again as she posted one of the day's highest single-wave scores of 8.50. But, the changing conditions created a lot of texture on the water for competitors and Moore was on the wrong side of the wave's fortune.

Carissa Moore (HAW) earned an equal third behind Coco Ho (HAW), bowing out in the Semfinals. Moore was looking for a momentum boost and to test the waters -- both accomplished in her campaign here at Oceanside. - WSL / Kurt Steinmetz

"It felt good to get a good surf on and not feel any pressure and with the tide coming down it was tricky to find right ones," Moore said. "It was very similar to Huntington so I'm excited to get a good practice in here. I'm feeling really confident and hopefully it'll be a good week up there. Seeing all these young girls out here and smiling, it's why we do what we do and it's so encouraging for us."