Nicole Pacelli Repeats Wins at Turtle Bay Pro
The Standup World Tour’s Turtle Bay Pro saw awesome performances by some of the top paddle surfing females from around the globe. After two days of fierce competition on Oahu’s North Shore, Nicole Pacelli of Brazil took home her second Turtle Bay Pro win in as many years.
With 18 ladies competing in four rounds of stacked heats, the Standup World Tour women brought excitement and progressive paddle surfing to the North Shore’s Kuilima Point. Tuesday saw great conditions for the finals, with light trade winds, sunny skies and a building swell. Pacelli went head-to-head with fellow Brazilian Aline Adisaka, Hawaii’s Sophia Tiare Bartlow, and California’s Candice Appleby in an intense first finals heat of the year. In the end, Pacelli took the win with a five-point lead over second place Candice Appleby, with Bartlow finishing third and Adisaka rounding out the top four places.
“I’m so happy,” Pacelli told Waterman League. “The waves are good, but I don’t know – sometimes a big set came and everyone was washed out. So, I’m happy to get two good waves! It was perfect. I caught my best wave of the contest. All the girls are ripping!”
With a big first win under her belt, Pacelli will be looking to continue the streak as she heads home for the next stop on the 2014 Women’s Standup World Tour, the Brazil Pro Grand Slam, scheduled to begin March 29. “I think sometimes in my home country I have more pressure because I’m Brazillian and everybody is cheering for me when I’m in the water,” Pacelli said. “But it’s nice. I like to surf there. I think it’s going to be one of the best stops.”
Stay tuned as the World Tour men battle it out at the Sunset Beach Pro.
Check out the gallery from Day 1 here.