- 05 August 2013 | Surfing
Malia Manuel has stolen the Ford Supergirl Pro over fellow ASP WCT campaigner Paige Hareb, in peaky three-to-five foot waves in Oceanside, California.
Manuel led the Ford Supergirl Pro throughout the event's entirety, owning the top scores of each round while progressing to the final.
The Hawaiian's dominance would continue while securing the major victory, belting a 9.57 and 7.67 for powerful combinations on both her forhand and backhand to earn her first victory of the 2013 this season.
"The past couple of days, I really had motivation coming off of a tough result at the US Open. I wanted to do well there. It's good to be in California, it's like a second home to me. I wanted to get in rhythm and just finally have that push for a good result", reveals Manuel.
Manuel, current No. 12 on the ASP WCT, had struggled to find consistency at the early season stops this year and hopes today's major victory represents a turning point in her season.
"It felt good to finally have one event where everything came together. I've had such ups and downs this whole year and I was really confident, but it just never all flowed in one contest. I'm happy it happened here and I'm looking forward to finishing up the year."
Paige Hareb, who finished runner-up at last year's Ford Supergirl Pro, matched her efforts in Oceanside again this year. The talented Kiwi put in a polished performance throughout the entirety of the event, but was unable to find the scores needed to surpass Manuel in the Final.
"This is my best result of the year, so I'm pretty happy, but I wish I just could have performed a little bit better in the Final," Hareb said.
Ford Supergirl Pro Final:
1. Malia Manuel (HAW) 17.24
2. Paige Hareb (NZL) 3.37