Cori Schumacher leads Opening Day of Roxy Jam Cardiff
Day one of the Roxy Jam Cardiff kicked off in peaky three-to-four foot conditions at Cardiff Reef. The first two rounds of competition narrowed the field of 80 competitors down to 48 and saw big scores.
Schumacher claimed the day’s highest single wave score of a 9.75 out of a possible 10 point score in Round 1 with a lengthy nose ride and a sweeping cutback. The local standout followed up with several clean maneuvers on the inside to earn the top score.
“I lost my board and I was paddling back out, then this perfect set came, so I got really lucky,” Schumacher said. “It just set up perfect and I jumped to the nose as quickly as possible and hung in as long as I could. The way that Cardiff works is that right after that section it sets up for a nice power section to push off of and I was able to bring it all the way around. It was really fun.”
Schumacher had an additional score of a 7.75 out of 10 for a combined score of 17.50 out of a possible 20, the highest heat total of the day. Schumacher made sure to claim the best waves on offer in her inconsistent heat, allowing her to earn the big scores.
“The conditions are kind of inconsistent,” Schumacher said. “One heat would get a really good set and one heat would not. There’s some good west in it and occasionally we’ll get those head high sets.”
The veteran longboarder expressed the compassion and camaraderie shared between women longboarders while competing against each other in the event.
“Women longboarders are such a tight crew,” Schumacher said. “We treat each other with a lot of respect and we’re not out to stab each other in the back just to get the wave. It’s more about the aloha in the water.”
Gee won two heats today while posting some of the day’s highest heat totals of 15.75 in Round 1 and 14.65 in Round 2, both out of a possible 20 point score, advancing her into the Round of 48.
“It’s pretty fun, you just have to get in the right spot,” Gee said. “The south peak is breaking a little bit better, but it’s actually really fun out there.”
The San Clemente local led each heat through its entirety by posting solid scores early on, improving on them as the heats progressed.
“I tried to get a couple of waves under my belt and just get two good scoring waves,” Gee said. “Then I sat out there and waited a bit to try and get a higher scoring wave.”
Spear won both of her heats while surfing Cardiff Reef for the first time. The Hawaiian claimed two heat victories today while adapting to the new location.
“There are a lot of new things for me,” Spear said. “I’m from Hawaii so the water is freezing. I’m not used to surfing in a wetsuit and I have a board that I tried out for the first time yesterday.”
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