Peterson lets golden opportunity slip by in France


Lakey Peterson missed a golden opportunity to narrow the gap between she and Stephanie Gilmore at the Roxy Pro France. But the top two in the season standings were each eliminated in the third round as Courtney Conlogue went on to win the event. Peterson must now win the Maui Pro and hope Gilmore does not reach the semifinals in order to force a surf-off for the world title.

The Roxy Pro France had all the makings of a defining event for Lakey Peterson, who entered the contest in second place for the season and chasing after six-time world champ Stephanie Gilmore. Gilmore had an opportunity to clinch the title with a victory, but most scenarios would push the race to Maui at season’s end.