3 x World Champion Izzi Gomez wins at Sunset Beach Pro
Sunset Beach delivers great conditions for a spectacular finals day that saw dramatic action from start to finish and Champions crowned at Stop #1 of the 2017 APP World Tour.
The day started out with anxiety for organizers as there was only small surf on offer at daybreak, with the next swell scheduled to arrive the following evening, too late for the contest to capitalize on with the closing of the waiting period the 24th.
However, as the sun came up and athletes and organizers ramped up for the start of the quarterfinals, as if by cue, Sunset turned on and delivered what was a magical day of competition, propelling the performance from the last 16 Men and Last 4 Women to a whole new level.
After 4 epic days of competition at this iconic North Shore wave, the women’s Starboard Dream Team athletes delivered outstanding results to take all 3 top positions on the podium with Izzi Gomez (USA ) securing victory at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro and kicks of her World Championship Tour season in style. Team mate’s Fiona Wylde (USA) and Shakira Westddorp (AUS) secure 2nd and 3rd podium positions respectively.
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Izzi Gomez, starts the year off as she means to continue: on top, as she kicks off her campaign for a 4th World Title in 2017
Izzi Gomez (Starboard) continues to hold the reins at the top of the Women’s ratings, a position that she has held now for the past 3 years, and a position that she seems unwilling to relinquish any time soon, despite her competitors best efforts.
While the competition was certainly no walk in the park for Izzi (she had to go through the repechage to make it back into the Main Event and faced formidable competition in the Final), there is no doubt that the young Floridian’s surfing continues to develop at an astonishing rate.
For a first year event for the women out at Sunset Beach in 2017, the APP World Tour was proud to witness its leading ladies not only taking to the water at Sunset, but put on a show to remember, and make a statement as to just how far the women’s side of the sport has come over the past 4 years.
One thing is for sure, Izzi is still leading the charge, but right on her heels are some of the fiercest and most talented competitors imaginable, a fact that only further qualifyies her incredible winning form. Make sure to check out the highlights and replays from Sunset Beach at appworldtour.com
Fiona Wylde is a serious contender on the APP World Tour and will be vying for multiple World Titles in 2017
Fiona Wylde (Starboard) had an incredible year in 2016, winning the Racing World Title and finishing 2nd in the Surfing to position herself as one of the most well rounded athletes in the world.
In 2017, she has started her year off with a bang, as while she wasn’t able to secure victory at the Sunset Beach Pro, she was within inches of it and caught one of the best waves of the event and made a statement with her fearless, but calculated attack in the Sunset line up.
With the Overall World Title now Official in 2017, there is no doubt that Fiona is one of the principal contenders and she will be looking to consolidate on this great start to the year at stop 2 of the APP World Tour on Maui next month (the Maui Pro-Am: 10th – 12th March), an event that she won in 2016.
Watch out for more on Fiona’s incredble ascent and make sure to follow us on social media @ #appworldtour and watch the highlights and replays from Sunset at www.appworldtour.com
Shakira Westdorp once agains demonstrates that she is a major contender on the APP World Tour with a 3rd place finish
Clearly revelling at the opportunity to take on the infamous Sunset Beach, Shakira Westdorp (Starboard) approached every heat with maximum power and commitment, making her presence felt throughout the early rounds to propel her into the Finals for the exciting battle that was to take place today at stop #1 of the 2017 APP World Tour.
Once in the Finals, she navigated the tricky line up to find some solid scores, but was unable to match the output of Izzi and Fiona, forcing her to settle for 3rd place overall. However, one thing is for sure – it will not be long before Shakira gets an event win on the APP World Tour and she remains one of the fiercest competitions on Tour and one of the most dangerous draws.
Watch out for more from this talented athlete from down under and make sure to check out the highlights, replays and much more from the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro at www.appworldtour.com