The 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf saw an action-packed day of women’s competition, culling the field from 24 to just four Semifinalists in excellent two-to-four foot (1-metre) surf.
The Los Cabos Open of Surf represents the largest surf contest in Mexico's history and will play a crucial role in determining qualifiers for the 2015 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). The event at Zippers is the fourth of seven 6-Stars for the women globally.
Dimity Stoyle (AUS), 22, ASP Women’s WCT rookie, continued her tear at Zippers, commanding the day’s highest heat total of 18.87 in a Quarterfinals shootout against fellow WCT competitor Alessa Quizon (HAW), 20. Quizon was on fire throughout the day’s competition, collecting two heat wins, two of the day’s top heat totals of a 18.27 and 18.80, and a perfect 10-point ride. Still, Stoyle scored a near-perfect 9.87, edging out Quizon for the win by a final score of 18.87 to 18.80. Together, the pair would earn the highest scores of competition.
"That heat against Alessa (Quizon) was incredible," Stoyle said. "We were going wave-for-wave and it was just pumping. Alessa got the first two high scores and I thought she had it. I went hard on the waves that I got. I’m so happy."
"This venue is amazing," continued Stoyle. "It’s the best stop we have on the QS and it’s a perfect setup. I think this is a really exciting event for the girls and I’m excited to come back next year."
While members of the ASP WCT dominated the marathon day at Zippers, Hawaiian up-and-comer Brianna Cope, (HAW), 19, had a breakthrough performance, besting World No. 7 Lakey Peterson (USA), 19, while securing a Semifinals berth.
"I was just trying to get waves," Cope said. "Lakey (Peterson) is such a good surfer and I was just able to get the better of the exchanges. I think for the Semifinals I’m going to try and have fun and surf and not let my nerves get to me."
Laura Enever (AUS), 22, solidified the Semifinals draw, taking a strong come-from-behind win against Paige Hareb (NZL), 24. Enever combined progressive forehand turns in the back half of the heat, notching a 7.83 and 7.10 for the win.
"I knew that’d be a tough heat against Paige (Hareb) and she started off well in the first half and I had a slow start," Enever said. "I’m glad I found those two in the end and happy to be in the Semifinals."
LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF WOMEN’S ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.10, Coco Ho (HAW) 13.77, Ornella Pellizzari (ARG) 9.50, Asaya Brusa (MEX) 5.94
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.90, Nage Melamed (HAW) 13.44, Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 9.60, Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 12.27
Heat 3: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 16.16, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.87, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 13.60, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 12.37
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.23, Brianna Cope (HAW) 13.53, Sarah Mason (NZL) 11.77, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.07
Heat 5: Pauline Ado (FRA) 15.77, Paige Hareb (NZL) 15.70, Ellie-Jean Coffey (HAW) 11.94
Heat 6: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 16.07, Laura Enever (AUS) 14.20, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.87, Alize Arnaud (FRA) 11.44
LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF WOMEN’S ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 18.77, Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.63, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.80
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.83, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 13.76, Nage Melemed (HAW) 10.83
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.93, Laura Enever (AUS) 13.70, Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.03
Heat 4: Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.77, Brianna Cope (HAW) 12.17, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 10.10
LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 18.87 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 18.80
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.43 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.33
QF 3: Brianna Cope (HAW) 12.63 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.57
QF 4: Laura Enever (AUS) 14.93 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.84
The Los Cabos Open of Surf holds a waiting period from June 16-22 and is webcast LIVE via www.aspworldtour.com.