Sage & Malia: Hunter Ports Women’s Classic

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Last Friday afternoon O’Neill Girls team riders Malia Manuel and Sage Erickson competed in the Hunter Ports Women’s classic in Australia. Malia walked away with a powerful second place for the event beating out reigning ASP Women’s World Champion, Carissa Moore in the Quarterfinals.

“I’m really happy to make the final and rack up some points,” Manuel said in the release.

“I’d really like to stay in the Top 5. I’m really happy right now. I wish I could have caught a couple more waves, but either way, first or second is great for me. I’m enjoying Australia and looking forward to the rest of my time here.”

Malia Manuel in Newcastle Surf

The ASP stated that O’Neill Girls team rider Sage Erickson (USA), 2012 elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour rookie finished equal third place after bowing out in her Semifinal against Manuel. Erickson eliminated Paige Hareb (NZL) earlier in the day in the Quarterfinals but couldn’t match Manuel’s smooth style in today’s shifty conditions.

“The conditions are much more tricky with the southerly winds,” Erickson said. “There were some good little lefts, but I couldn’t find a good back-up score. Malia (Manuel) got those two good waves and surfed really consistent in that heat.”.

HUNTER PORTS WOMEN’S CLASSIC

FINAL:
1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.70
2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.00

SEMI-FINAL:
SF 1:
Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.20 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 12.17
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.04 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.00

QUARTER-FINAL:
QF 1:
Sage Erickson (USA) 14.93, def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.93
QF 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.66 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.17

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