It’s been a while since Silvana Lima graced the lady’s Dream Tour, but she’s back, and she is a force to be reckoned with. She has the grinding, competitive mentality of her male Brazilian counterparts, and has that associated air-game as well. Case in point, her perfect 10 during the Round 4 matchup against Australian superstar Sally Fitzgibbons. It was a medium-sized Snapper runner she dropped into, fading a cutback and eyeing the air section before pumping down the line and lofting an air reverse, which she spun out of with grace. She worked the inside sections to completion, and earned every hundredth of the event’s highest single-wave score.
What did we learn from this? 1) Silvana Lima has her air game on lock. 2) The judges are rewarding said airs with scores in that “excellent range.” 3) The rest of the women on the WCT are going to have to fight keep up. Lima’s next heat will be a rematch against Stephanie Gilmore in the second Quarterfinal. They both have a win over the other so far in the 2015 Roxy Pro, so this heat will settle the score. Oh, the anticipation.
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Photos: Game On, Gold Coast
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