- 24 August 2014 | Surfing
Nikki Van Dijk conquered the 2014 Swatch Girls Pro France, in small surf conditions, at Les Bourdaines, in Seignosse, France.
The Australian surfer defeated Mahina Maeda in a wave starved final. Van Dijk takes the third place in the Qualifying Series rankings.
"I'm just so stoked, this was a hard final, and I think I only took two or three waves but I'm definitely over the moon,” Van Dijk stated. “It's a little bit rough with the CT and the QS being so close, I really needed the points here," says Nikki.
"I had a really rough event here last year, with two interferences I had to leave the water. It makes the victory even sweeter. My brother was maybe a good luck charm here; he's going to have to keep coming with me now!"
The natural-footer from Victoria opened the 30-minute final with a 7.67 point ride and later backed it up with a 6.00 point ride to claim the 2014 Swatch Girls Pro France.
The 2014 Swatch Girls Pro France Junior was taken out by Keely Andrew, in a clash against Holly-Sue Coffey, Mahina Maeda, and Mikaela Greene.
"I'm super relieved, you know coming all the way from Australia, you look to surf a lot of heats. Fortunately, I was able to do that and take the win!," concluded Andrew.
2014 Swatch Girls Pro France Final
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), 13.67 def. Mahina Maeda (HAW), 4.20