The World Surf League's 2016 season kicked into gear in Australia with two 6000 point events. Aloha Lopez, a Stalk It Ambassador, headed to Newcastle, NSW for the Taggart Women's Pro which took place Feb 22- 28. Aloha arrived in Newcastle to find a fun 3 to 4 foot swell.
She dropped an 8 point ride in the first moments of her round one heat and then dropped a 5.33 for a combined total of 13.33 which lead to her fisrt heat win at a WSL 6000 event.
By round two, the swell began to drop and the wind turned onshore making the heat a bit more challenging. She managed to fight her way through the heat for a 2nd place finish which allowed her to move on to round three.
Round three was held in inconsistant 1 to 2 foot waves. The heat was challenging and Aloha end with a 3rd place in the heat, finishing her run at the Taggart Women's Pro.
Aloha's next stop was at Manly Beach in Sydney, NSW for the Aussie Bodies Women's Pro. The event was part of the Australia Open of Surf, the largest surfing competition in Australia.
Aloha's round one heat included one Japanese competitor and two Aussie girls. Wave selection played a key factor as the sets were far and few between. She picked off a solid 6.33 ride and followed it up in the last seconds of the heat with a 4.77 which made for a nail biting finish where she jumped from 4th to 2nd position knocking the two Aussie girls out of the event.
In round two, the swell slowed down and there was a long lull between sets. Aloha started the heat with a 3.73 ride on a smaller set wave and then had to wait almost the entire heat for another opportunity. In the dying minute, she need a 4.90 but came up short with a 3.77 ride which knocked her out of the event. As one of the youngest competitor in the events, Aloha has a bright future.
Stay tuned for more action, she will be surfing in the WSL 1000 Wahine Pipe Pro at Pipeline on the fabled North Shore of Oahu March 21-28.