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The seventh stop on the Women’s Championship Tour (CT) and the eighth stop on the Men’s CT wrapped up this past weekend and, well, it blew everything on the men’s and women’s sides wide open.
The Freshwater Pro at Lemoore, California’s Surf Ranch—the only event in the CT that is not held in the ocean’s waves—shook up the world standings in a big way. And one of the biggest beneficiaries? None other than Blenders ambassador, Lakey Peterson.
It hasn’t been easy for Lakey in 2019 (when is it ever for any competitor that’s on this tour?), but the Santa Barbara, California native has persevered all season and, when it’s most mattered, has demonstrated once again how clutch she can be.
After overtaking fellow American, Courtney Conlogue, to qualify for the Final at Freshwater, Lakey had to battle back against a seriously impressive opening salvo from Johanne Defay of France. The latter quickly posted a 9.00 and an 8.60, putting Peterson at a disadvantage. However, in the closing minutes, Lakey roared back with an 8.70 and a 9.33, including a sensational—and crucial—critical air-reverse in the Bonus Run.
The clutch performance earned Lakey her second CT event win of 2019, catapulting her all the way to #2 in the world.
Women’s Final Results
1. Lakey Peterson (USA) 18.03
2. Johanne Defay (FRA) 17.60
“I just can’t believe it, I feel like God was just with me on that one and I gave it everything I had,” Lakey said. “It all just came together today and it’s super special. I want to dedicate this win to everyone who was a part of the climate strike after watching everything on TV yesterday and how much our Earth needs our help right now.”
Notably, not only is Lakey now in extremely strong contention for securing the World Title, she also is in position to represent America at surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo next year. All this on the heels of releasing her signature, special edition shades last week, too… dang, Lakey. Go on with your bad self!
Here’s how the 2019 Women’s Championship Tour Jeep Leaderboard looks now:
As much as you’ve heard his name lately, it may come as no surprise that Gabriel Medina was a standout in Lemoore, but his heroics against Filipe Toledo in the Final nabbed him back-to-back victories at this event and shot him all the way to #1 on the Jeep Leaderboard.
The two-time world champion relied on his sensational aerial acrobatics for a nearly perfect two-wave score of 18.86 points, vanquishing stiff competition from Toledo.
Men’s Final Results
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.86
2. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.33
Medina has now won two of the last three CT events and is primed to lock down yet another World Title in Europe.
“It feels amazing and it’s been a long three days for me but it’s amazing to get the win against these guys – they are the best in the world. Those two first waves of the Final felt really good and it’s amazing to beat guys like Julian, Filipe, Owen, and Colapinto, they all surf amazing. Now hopefully I can keep up my results to the end. I’m really happy with my performance here and these are really important points,” said Medina.
Here’s how the 2019 Men’s Championship Tour Jeep Leaderboard looks now:
The next stop on the 2019 CT is the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro France, running from October 3 – 13, 2019. Keep it with us as we continue to chart Lakey’s journey!