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Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) showcased her forehand strength, posting an excellent 8.33 on a lefthander. Her backup of a 7.50 was enough to take the heat win over eight-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). 

“I guess I’m just trying to have a ton of fun and trying to bring the variety, power, and flow, but at the same time just focus on surfing because you can’t control the other surfers,” said Weston-Webb. “This wave and this event are super unique, and I actually really like it because of the pressure that we have when we are competing. You can guarantee a wave is going to come and you have your opportunity. I really like this event; I thrive under pressure.”

Photo: Alyssa Spencer.  Pat Nolan/WSL