Schumacher earned a come-from-behind victory when she jumped from last place to first in the latter half of the Gidget PLA Pro Final to claim a victory over fellow finalists Bianca Valenti (Dana Point, CA), 22, 2004 ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Summer Romero (San Diego, CA), and Lindsay Steinriede (Dana Point, CA), 23.
“It feels good to take the win,” Schumacher said. “The waves deteriorated pretty quickly out there and I’m happy that I was able to come back to win in the last half of the heat.”
The Cardiff Reef local is also using the early season ASP LQS events to help prepare for the ASP WLT. Schumacher is out the carry the confidence from today’s victory at the Gidget PLA Pro over the Biarritz, France where she will compete for the ASP Women’s World Longboard title.
“I feel pretty solid going into France,” Schumacher said. “I know that it’s going to be summer surf in France, so it’s good to get as much variety in as I can in the summer surf. It’s definitely a confidence booster and I’m really looking forward to the event.”
After a seven-year hiatus from competition, Schumacher has been dominating the ASP LQS and the current ratings leader continued to extend her lead over the field with today’s victory.
“I’m super stoked,” Schumacher said. “I’m doing better than I thought I would after coming out of retirement for so long. I’m just trying to keep focused and keep my mind and body going.”
The next ASP LQS event will be the Yakult HB Pro and Gidget PLA Pro at Crystal Pier in San Diego, California from October 3-4, 2009.
Gidget PLA Pro Final Results:
1 – Cori Schumacher (USA) 8.20
2 – Bianca Valenti (USA) 7.84
3 – Summer Romero (USA) 7.43
4 – Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 6.76
Gidget PLA Pro Semifinals Results: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Summer Romero (USA) 12.16, Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 9.16, Kelly Nicely (USA) 5.00
Heat 2: Cori Schumacher (USA) 13.33, Bianca Valenti (USA) 10.00, Kamalehu Keohakapu (HAW) 3.10
photos Janos Schmidt