Women's CT Qualifiers Decided
With the conclusion of the Haleiwa Challenger, the Top 6 of the Women's Challenger Series has been decided and with it the roster for next year's Championship Tour.
After winning Haleiwa - edging out five-time world champ Carissa Moore in a fairytale finish - Hawaii's Bettylou Sakura Johnson jumped from 13th place to 3rd.
In fact, the Haleiwa Final was a portent of the future with three surfers: Sakura Johnson, Gabriela Bryan, and India Robinson, all jumping up to next year's CT.
The Top 6 are as follows:
Gabriela Bryan | HAW
Brisa Hennessy | CRI
Caitlin Simmers | USA
India Robinson | AUS
Bettylou Sakura Johnson | HAW
Luana Silva | HAW
Like the Men's, where pure rookies accounted for three-quarters of the qualifiers, five of the six Women qualifiers have never surfed a season on the CT. Only Brisa Hennessy is re-qualifying after coming 15th on this year's CT.
Also similar to the Men's, the qualifiers represent a generational shift with four of the surfers still in their teens (Bryan and Silva are 17, Simmers and Sakura Johnson are 16)