The Cape Naturaliste Pro WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 event continued in emphatic fashion today at Injidup Beach near Yallingup, with near-perfect conditions on offer for the second day of competition.
Women's competition highlighted what was a spectacular day of surfing, with clean and consistent three-to-five feet waves thundering onto the reef at Injuidup. Women from across the planet dropped massive scores on the better-shaped waves that an easing swell provided throughout the day. With the sun out and the good waves pulsing through the decision was made to push into women's round two as quarterfinalists were decided by the end of the day.
West Australian native Felicity Palmateer was in great form in her home state, booking her spot into the quarterfinals on the strength of an amazing backhand display. As a former WSL Big Wave Tour surfer, Palmateer showed her ability in the same waves she remembers surfing as a grom. Palmateer posted the highest individual score (9.50 from a possible 10) and the highest two-wave combined total (17.25 from a possible 20) of the day showing her comfort in waves of size and power.
"It's so fun out there and it's great to be back in Yallingup getting some swell," said Palmateer. "Injidup is definitely a great option for this event and I was channeling my inner-grom and going back to my here at Taj's Small Fries over a decade ago."
2019 Australia Oceania Pro Junior Champion Molly Picklum looked spritely and moved onto the quarterfinals with a stylish and commanding forehand performance. Picklum picked off some of the biggest and best, set waves and demolished any section they came her way.
"I'm glad we got to surf twice today and the waves are really fun out there," said Picklum. "I've been loving Yallingup and WA in general."
Other Australian's to progress to the final eight included Freya Prumm, Alysse Cooper and local Denver Young.
International competitors also fared well in the fun and highly contestable conditions as ladies from around the world ripped into the open walls at Injidup with grace and style.
Portugal's Yolanda Hopkins as well as Italian's Giada Legati and Claire Bevilacqua progressed to the quarters and will be surfers to watch when competition continues.
The Cape Naturaliste Pro is monitoring swell and winds conditions with a great weekend shaping up for finals. Event officials will make the call tomorrow at 7 a.m. for a possible 8 a.m. start.
The Cape Naturaliste Pro men's and women's QS1,000 events ran from October 24 - 27.