Quincy Davis Finishes Equal-3rd at Oakley World Pro Junior; Women's Finalists Decided
Six days ago, the first day Quincy Davis paddled out at Keramas, she was her usual shy self. The lineup was filled with amped-up, stoked-to-be-trunking-it-in-Bali young men who were ripping turns and boosting airs. Most weren’t taking into consideration the idea of “Ladies first.” Between the excess testosterone and the concern over the reef bottom, she didn’t get much opportunity to acclimate to the conditions.
The first day of the women’s draw of the Oakley World Pro Junior took place at the pleasant sandy-bottom beachbreak of Canggu. On Wednesday, beginning with Round 2, Keramas’ machine-like wave was the canvas. And with each passing heat, you could see that Quincy was becoming more and more comfortable with her brush strokes. The turns became more committed, the wave selection more refined. Her scores showed that her confidence was rising with each heat she won.
“Last year I came to Bali and never ended up surfing at Keramas, not even freesurfing. It was my first time paddling out this year,” Quincy said. “My first day out here I was pretty intimidated, I caught like two waves, so being able to be out here with one other person I got a lot more comfortable and it was just really fun. It was the best waves I’ve had in a contest.”
For the women to have proper waves with proper swell in a event catering to both men and women is a bit of a rarity. But with tons of swell on the forecast – in fact, organizers worried the waves might get too bit for the young ladies – everyone stood to benefit. With all the speed that the wave at Keramas enables the surfer to create, the ladies were able to put on a display of power. Vertical snaps and wide swooping wraps were common.
After a dramatic, late-heat score in the excellent range (8.6) in her quarterfinal to take down Hawaii’s Mahina Maeda, Quincy looked primed to contend the event’s most dominant surfer, Bianca Buitendag of South Africa. The lone rookie to join the 2013 ASP World Tour, Bianca had proved lethal on her back-hand. And the powerful back-hand assault continued to work. After a quick start from Quincy, Bianca regrouped and put down one of her signature rides to take the semifinal win.
“I grew up surfing on my backhand so I’m super comfortable going right out there,” said Buitendag. “This is such a great contest and all the girls are surfing amazing. I’ve had some really tough heats. I’m just glad that I’ve been able to post some big scores."
“I’m pretty happy with how I was surfing,” Quincy said afterward. “I learned a lot just from today, I haven’t had that much experience with priority, so it was a really great learning experience.”
Buitendag will take on Australia’s Nikki Van Dijk in the Finals once action resumes. Nikki took down fellow Australian and last year’s runner-up Phillipa Anderson in her semifinal.
In other quarterfinal action, Alessa Quizon was engaged in one of the most tightly contested heats of the day with Van Dijk. Initially finding herself in comboland with less than ten minutes to go, Quizon fought her way back into the lead, only to have Van Dijk turn the heat with a late score.
“[As a wildcard] I didn’t have much expectation coming into this event. I sprained my ankle pretty bad 5 to 7 weeks ago, so this was my contest where I’m making heats by doing turns again,” Alessa said. “Overall, for my confidence, I’m happy. I’m just happy I didn’t have a shocker and not doing anything out there. It was a hard-fought heat.”
When action next resumes, it will likely be the Men entering the contest lineup. A considerable swell is lingering and could make for overhead waves. The event will have an early morning surf check to determine when it will next run.