Nikki Van Dijk's Heat Winner

It didn't take long for Nikki Van Dijk to declare her intentions for the 2017 WSL Women's Championship Tour season. She fired off a few warning shots in her first heat of the year, knocking off the reigning World Champion, Tyler Wright, and scoring the highest single-wave score of the day (an 8.83). The dynamic natural-footer from the chilly Victoria region of Australia has hovered around the No. 10 spot in the rankings for the past three seasons. Now in 2017, she's clearly looking to make the leap from dark horse to full-blown contender, and if Wednesday is any indicator, she's on her way.

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