Nikki Van Dijk Crowned Champ In Portugal

5 Oct 2017 0 Share

Nikki Van Dijk wins maiden CT event, Photo by WSL/Poullenot

Nikki Van Dijk wins maiden CT event, Photo by WSL/Poullenot

COASTALWATCH | LATEST NEWS

The last three events of the women's World Tour have been interesting. The waves haven't been particularly good and the top runners in this generation haven't been doing so well. 

Yesterday in Portugal, Carissa Moore three times World Champ ('11, '13 & '15), made her first quarter-final of the year. She went on and made it into the final against Nikki Van Dijk where she looked to have her spark back. But it's probably all too late for a revival with just two events to go. 

Tyler Wright and Stephanie Gilmore were knocked out in round two, albeit Tyler has damaged her Medial Cruciate Ligament, but after the Australian leg, Steph's momentum kinda came to a halt - until she got to the KS Wave Pool. 

That pretty much left Sally Fitz and Courtney Conlogue to battle it out. It would be killing Courtney to see Sal's revival right now, paddling out in that yellow leader's jersey within arms length. But Sal's got some new arsenal, she's under the wings of World Champ and master coach Barton Lynch. Courtney slipped out in round four and Sal pushed forward. 

Everyone was thinking, this is it, this is Sally's event. The quarterfinals were a bit of a disappointment. The wave had some shifty wall that kept bogging for Keely Andrew's rails, the announcers were calling it a board issue but it brought down Sal too. That was a slow heat but it got the Gerroa golden girl a ticket to the semifinals to which she was taken out by Nikki Van Dijk. 

The finals came down to the underdog in Van Dijk and Carissa Moore. Nikki blitzed the event and was clearly the strongest surfer over the week. To make the win sweeter, it's her first CT win since jumping on tour in 2014. The final had good surfing in average waves, but pick for best and fastest moving heat of the event was between two Kauians, Tatiana Weston-Webb and Malia Manuel. 

And after all that, Sally Fitz's result keeps her on top of the leaderboard with two events to go. 

Onto the deep, punchy beachies of the Hossegor holiday strip. 

Tags: topnews , (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Events
Historic Surf Event Continues In Newcastle

Historic Surf Event Continues In Newcastle

56th Mattara Surf Classic

1 11 Oct 2017
World First Experience For 360 Groms In Sydney This Week

World First Experience For 360 Groms In Sydney This Week

Innovation for grass roots surfing

28 Sep 2017
Recent

Breaking: John John Florence Is Out For J-Bay, Likely the Rest of the Year

Ugh, goodbye World Title? Goodbye Olympics?

2 Jul 2019
Surfers Announced for the Bells Beach 50 Year Storm Invitational in Memory of Shaun Brooks

Surfers Announced for the Bells Beach 50 Year Storm Invitational in Memory of Shaun Brooks

1 12 Jun 2019
WSL Launches Stop Trashing Waves Campaign, Joins Global Climate Movement

WSL Launches Stop Trashing Waves Campaign, Joins Global Climate Movement

3 5 Jun 2019
Nathan Fletcher's New Film, Heavy Water, Looks Epic and It's Coming to Aus This Week

Nathan Fletcher's New Film, Heavy Water, Looks Epic and It's Coming to Aus This Week

2 5 Jun 2019
The Last Two Days On The North Coast Have Been Epic

The Last Two Days On The North Coast Have Been Epic

1 5 Jun 2019
Latest News

Nathan Fletcher's New Film, Heavy Water, Looks Epic and It's Coming to Aus This Week

With five special QnA screenings with Nathan and Hollywood director Michael Oblowitz from this Sunday

The Last Two Days On The North Coast Have Been Epic

Some of the best beach break waves in recent memory.

Popular This Week

Wave Pools Are For Snow Skiers Now? Frankie Oberholzer is the OG Search Legend, and J-Bay Gets Going

This Week In Surfing: Ten Things From Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was July 12, 2019

Weekend Surf Forecast 12 to 14 July 2019

There's mid-winter joy inbound this weekend.

Mick & Xavier Venture To The Other Side

Mick Fanning & Xavier Huxtable joined Nathan Hedge, Isabella Nichols, Mitch Parkinson, Clancy Dawson, Korbin 'The Search' Hutchings and crew for an epic little morning over on the other side.

Sean Doherty: Style Becomes Him

2019 Corona Open J-Bay, Day 3/Round 3

The Slump, by Nick Carroll – Part One, The Legend

A CW series on what’s happened to Aussie fortunes on the men’s world tour — and what might turn it around

Go to Top