Nikki Van Dijk Wins The 2017 Cascais Women’s Pro!
And officially puts the first of many CT event wins under her belt.
In her first WSL CT final ever, Nikki van Dijk has won the 2017 Cascais Women’s Pro, held in chunky three-to-five foot beachies at Praia de Guincho, Portugal.
After a solid performance throughout the marathon event, it came down to a head-to-head 35-minute battle against 3x World Champion Carissa Moore. Nikki came out firing – posting a 6.0 and backing it up with a 4.67 within minutes.
From the get-go Carissa was in a position of chasing scores, and as the clock ticked down, it became apparent that Nikki van Dijk was going to leave Portugal this year with her maiden CT win.
“Oh my gosh, I am jelly legs,” Nikki exclaimed as she ran out of the water, completely out of breath and jittering with excitement. “I don’t know what’s going on, but I am so happy and am so ready to enjoy this moment! It’s crazy… and it’s literally what I’ve wanted to do my whole life.”
Nikki maintained a solid lead throughout the majority of the heat, but when she lost priority with just a few minutes left, Carissa only needing a high two, things got dicey.
“For the most part I was doing my own thing throughout the heat, but when it got really close at the end and Carissa only needed a two, I started paying attention to the situation. It was so hard to hear what was going on out there with the wind – it was a wild and wooly ocean!”
Nikki hails from Phillip Island, a part of the Victorian coastline known for windswept beachbreaks like Woolamai, which Nikki calls her local. You could tell in her surfing throughout the event that she was calling on that knowledge, comfort and skill in similar surf – something that she’s learnt throughout her entire surfing life. As of today, she has become the first surfer from Phillip Island to ever claim a win in a World Tour event.
This momentous win also skyrockets Nikki into fifth place on the WSL Jeep Leaderboard – and looking farther ahead, even into the World Title conversation.
“Yup, I like the feeling of this,” she said, once she caught her breath. “Let’s keep it going!”
Congratulations on your first CT win Nikki. It’s well deserved and the first of many!
Nikki Van Dijk Wins The 2017 Cascais Women’s Pro