Oakley Women at Reef Hawaiian Pro
It was a great Triple Crown start for Oakley women at the Reef Hawaiian Pro, last weekend, the first contest in a series of three leading up to the. Oakley’s Leilani Gryde won her semi-final heat, beating two former world champions, Oakley teammate Layne Beachley and Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich. She went on to place fourth. Beachley, the seven-time world champion surfed as polished and powerful as ever to place second in the final.
Haleiwa’s Megan Abubo, 29, finally sampled the sweet taste of home-town victory, winning in front of an adoring local crowd. Florida’s Karina Petroni, whose third place finish in the final has earned her a berth on the 2008 ASP WCT. Petroni, 19, will be the only newcomer to the WCT ranks next year and the first Floridian to enter the top ranks since former world champion Lisa Andersen in 2002.
Conditions were solid and challenging, with wave face heights at 8-12-feet.
Beachley, a two-time Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion won $2,500 for her second place finish, while Big Island Hawaii surfer Gryde pocketed $2,000.
Beachley, virtually the matriarch of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, has been a feature of the Series since it first began for the women back in 1997. Beachley won that first Vans Triple Crown title, then backed it up again in ’98. Her result today puts her at second on the Triple Crown series ratings and on par for a third series title.
“This was easily the best surf we’ve had on tour all season,” said Beachley. “We haven’t had that good of a year for surf on tour. I would say the conditions were really shifting and really challenging. It was very difficult to read. The current was making things challenging and I think we got washed out to Kauai at one stage but we eventually found our way back to Oahu. It’s great to be back at the Triple Crown and to get off to a good start.”
Next up is stop #2, the Roxy Pro Sunset Beach.