Hawai‘i’s Crystal Dzigas, ranked No. 5 in the Association of Surfing Professional’s Women’s World Longboard Tour, was upset by 16-year-old Rachel Barry yesterday in Round 3 of the Roxy Longboard Championships in Biarritz, France.
It was the upset of the day, as it was Barry’s first appearance there.
“I did not know I won until people in the crowd congratulated me,” Barry said in a release. “I was so surprised to get the win in the end. I tried my best and that 7.50 point ride was a big relief. Crystal (Dzigas) is one of the best longboarders in the world and it is amazing to get through this round.”
Barry, who will turn 17 on Tuesday, already secured her best result to date and will be an outsider when her Round 4 heat resumes.
Even though Dzigas is out, four Hawai‘i surfers remain in the competition. Joy Monahan won her heat yesterday with 11 points, defeating Sarah Baum. Monahan will advance to the upcoming fourth round.
Ten more heats have yet to go for Round 3. When competition resumes, O‘ahu’s Carissa Moore will take on France’s Justine Dupont, Kelia Moniz faces Leah Dawson and Miku Uemora will take on Brazil’s Cristiana Pires.