With wins at locations including Cloudbreak and Uluwatu, France’s Johanne Defay came into the first-ever Roxy Pro G-Land as a solid favourite. After stumbling in the Opening Round, Defay refocused and got her campaign back on track and never looked like turning back, particularly on Finals Day when she overcame seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and event favourite Bronte Macaulay (AUS) to find herself in her eighth CT Final, this time against reigning five-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW). Defay saved her best performance for last, posting a two-wave combination of 14.00 (out of a possible 20) to overcome Moore and claim her fifth CT victory and move to third on the Rankings.
”It feels surreal and amazing to win this event,” said Defay. “It has been a long week here in the jungle and the waves at G-Land are so perfect today that it is really special for me to take the win and defeating Carissa Moore is always so hard. She came at me late in the Final and it was really close. Coming from Reunion, the Indian Ocean is my home ocean and I have had a few victories here in Indonesia. As the first woman to win here at G-Land, it feels so special at such an amazing location, it’s great.”
With her runner-up result, Moore (above) is back at World No. 1 heading into the Surf City El Salvador Pro, the seventh stop on the WSL CT. En route to the Final, Moore took down Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Quarterfinals and Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) in the Semifinals. Moore displayed her dominant back-hand and will be ready for a rematch in the upcoming events, this time at a prominent right-hand point break.
“This is my first trip here and I was a little nervous about getting used to the lineup and the wave,” Moore said. “It’s actually really similar to a wave at home on the South Shore of Oahu. The people here are so nice, it’s beautiful and there are just good vibes all around. It was great to share that Final with Johanne, I see how hard she works and what she puts in so I’m really happy for her. I definitely made a few mistakes but I had a lot of fun so I’m just going to focus on that.”
ROXY held the first ROXY O.M.G-Land Awards coinciding with the launch of their newest brand campaign at the ROXY Pro G-Land. The ROXY O.M.G-Land Awards celebrated best-in-class performances, wipeouts, commitment, and emotion from the female athletes competing at the ROXY Pro G-Land event. Aiming to redefine what it means to achieve.
Congratulations to Tatiana-Weston Webb (BRA), Johanne Defay (FRA), and Bronte Macaulay (AUS) for taking home the three daily ROXY O.M.G-Land Awards during the ROXY Pro G-Land Event. Learn more about the ROXY O.M.G. Campaign at ROXY.com.
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ROXY Pro G-Land Final Results:
1 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.00
2 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.33
ROXY Pro G-Land Semifinal Results:
HEAT 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.83 DEF. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 7.50
HEAT 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.66 DEF. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 13.33
ROXY Pro G-Land Quarterfinal Results:
HEAT 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.87 DEF. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.14
HEAT 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 13.36 DEF. Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.03
HEAT 3: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.43 DEF. Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 9.83
HEAT 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.90 DEF. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.60
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