In pumping conditions at Kirra Point on the Gold Coast, USA’s Lakey Peterson took on Australian rising star Keely Andrew in the finals of the 2018 Roxy Pro.
Peterson, known for her progressive aerial manoeuvres and sheer athleticism, finished at world no.6 in 2017 but has struggled over the years with injuries and heart-breaking losses. However coming in with a more balanced perspective, new found focus and freshly inspired mindset to kick-start the year, the Californian came out strong in the finals posting an opening 8.00 ride followed up with a 7.67.
This left the Australian in a combo position playing catch-up for the remainder of the heat. Ultimately, the prize was always going to be Lakey’s who finished in dominating form with a combined total of 15.67 to Andrew’s 5.67.
Clearly elated with the results, Global Surf Sounds caught up with the bubbly 23-year old to chat about her goals for 2018, challenges en-route and how her new-found philosophy is taking her to new heights.
How does it feel to win the contest?
It feels amazing, I am just so honoured to be here and to compete against the best girls in the world. I think being injured a couple of years ago, in hindsight it just taught me so much, it just made me so grateful to be healthy and to be able to surf. To just finally get a win is amazing, hopefully it is not the last and I’ve been working super hard and have a new approach this year I guess.
How excited were you to see the contest moved over to Kirra?
Kirra is a bit of a wildcard, it’s not a place I’ve surfer a whole lot and obviously super different conditions than what we had the other day in the first few rounds. In the end it all worked out, it was pumping in that finals and it was just so much fun and really let everything go. I was just like I’m going to just enjoy this whole journey and this whole moment and it just worked out.
How does it feel to overcome so much to be where you are today?
It feels amazing. Really so much hard work goes into this tour and everyone is surfing so good. To win an event is incredibly hard to do. You know I’ve just kept my head down, kept working through all the years, through all the injuries, through all the highs and lows. I think just coming into this year into this event, I just realised that I need to be content with myself as a person and my life, before having all my results kind of count on that. Before it was just my results were either making me happy or sad whatever I did. This year, I’m just content with me, my fiancé is here and I’m just super happy. I just put the work in and knew that at the right time everything would happen and come together. So I think just letting go and having that perspective has been so healthy. I think if I wouldn’t have gone through losing for 7 years and being injured, I wouldn’t have that perspective so I’m really grateful for all of it.
How have you kept positive given all the hard moments you’ve been through?
I think it’s real important to surround yourself with good people during those times, to make sure that your positive team is around you and getting your mind of it. Because you can just sit there and fester on it and be like “oh my god, this is taking forever.” It’s super easy to look at negatives, I think the biggest thing is just to do other stuff with your time and let it be an opportunity to grow in other areas of my life. You know, pour into other areas that I don’t get to when I’m surfing every day and travelling the world. So it was a nice time to be home with my family and just kind of learn some new stuff. So I think that’s my best advice, just like pour into other areas or aspects of your life.
Looking ahead in 2018, how much would winning a title mean to you?
Oh my goodness, that’s what we are here for to win that world title and to hoist that over your head. That’s what we all work so hard for so that would mean the world to me. But it’s a long year and my goal this year is just to keep the consistency. You know one result is huge but there’s a lot more to go and there’s a lot of girls going for the same thing. So I’m just trying to keep the focus and I’m definitely going to enjoy this moment now but I’m excited to get back to work next week.
For more on the results of the Quiksilver Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast, click here.
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