The 2017 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) event has come to a close and it was Sage Erickson taking home the victory.
Going into this WCT event, it was current world champ Tyler Wright from Australia in the lead for the world title this year. However, a quarterfinal knock-out by Hawaii’s in-form Coco Ho opened up the door for a few of the women to make a crucial leap up the Jeep Leaderboard rankings.
In the first semifinal heat of the day, it was reigning U.S. Open Champion Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb taking on Coco Ho. After the hooter sounded to finish up the heat, Weston-Webb was walking into the beach with the win.
The second semifinal heat matched local favorite Courtney Conlogue paddling out against another California surfer Sage Erickson. In a very close heat, it was Erickson defeating Conlogue with a heat total of 13.33 over Conlogue’s 11.46.
In the final heat, Weston-Webb opened up her account with a 4.50-scored wave to propel her into an early lead. Erickson came out of the gates with a 4.07, leaving her needing only 3.57 to take the lead.
Weston-Webb remained busy throughout the final heat eventually nailing down a couple solid waves with a 5.03 and 4.57, while Erickson backed her first wave up with a slightly better 5.17.
With only a couple minutes left in the final heat, Erickson scored a 6.67 to push her into the lead with only one minute left. In the end, Erickson had won her first WCT event.
“I had the best wave to start, then I just blew it so hard.” Erickson said in her post-heat interview. “Luckily there were some waves out there. I waited then I got that last wave … This feels like a dream … Something felt really special about this event. I can’t believe I’m here. I’m really stoked.”
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