Surfers to watch in Supergirl Pro

Surfers to watch in Supergirl Pro
Sage Erickson will be competing again in this year’s Supergirl Pro, which starts Friday. Photo by Bill Reilly

OCEANSIDE — Over 120 top women surfers will hit the waves at Oceanside Pier to compete in the Supergirl Pro this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Among those competing for an event win, and points towards qualifying for next year’s World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour are California girls Lakey Peterson, Natasia Ashley and Sage Erickson.

Lakey Peterson

Peterson, of Santa Barbara, is among the world’s leading female surfers. She is know for her aerial maneuvers and and athletic force.

She has been competing since age 11, and by age 12 won multiple NSSA titles. At age 14 Peterson won the NSSA Open Women’s Title by performing the first female aerial maneuver in competition.

Her list of achievements is long, and includes runner-up as a wild card entry in the 2011 U.S. Open Of Surfing Women’s World Tour at age 16. Since then she has been a contant force to be reckoned with on the WSL World Championship Tour, rankinng fourth last year.

Natasia Ashley

Ashley, of San Clemente, began surfing at age 6. A natural to the sport she started competing at age 7, and went on to win over 200 amateur events.

At age 16 Ashley won the NSSA National championships. Since then she has surfed professionally. Her most recent wins include placing 5th in the 2015 Women’s Pipeline Pro, and 13th in the 2014 Supergirl Pro.

Sage Erickson

Another surfer to keep an eye on is Erickson of Ojai. Her current ranking is 18th in international qualifying. Erickson has already won significant prize money in competitions.

This weekend women surfers will be judged on commitment to wave, degree of difficulty, maneuvers, speed, power and flow.

Supergirl Pro competition takes place Friday 8 a.m. to 5:40 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m., and Sunday 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., with final heats starting at 2:45 p.m.

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