Lakey’s Lines: Life on the WCT

Taj Burrow, left, and Stephanie Gilmore, right, captured the first WCT titles of the season at Snapper Rocks. (Kirsten Scholtz/ASP)

Hello everyone!

Hope y’all are doing well. Sorry I have not written in a while. I have had a lot on my mind lately.

Lakey with some of the boards she's riding in Australia.

Right now I am in Australia, I have been here for about a month. I have contests over here until the end of April, so I’m not going to be home for a while!

I started off my trip with a QS at Manly Beach right outside of Sydney. It was pretty crazy because I learned to surf at Manly Surf School when I was 5 years old, and now I am competing in one of the biggest contests in the world, literally right where I stood up on my first wave!

I ended up getting 5th place overall there, which sounds good to most people but I’m not ever really satisfied with myself unless I win.

I know it sounds silly to say that but I have always just been really hard on myself. Anyways, I just finished my first ever WCT event at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast. I lost to Sally Fitz. I had a 9.0 and a 7.87, but Sally had a 9 and an 8.

If that happens there is really not much you can do. I surfed my heart out, but it just wasn’t enough.

Overall, I am happy with my performance at Snapper I am a rookie on tour so the other girls definitely tried to push me around a little bit, but I think I got their respect by not letting them do that. 2012 is going to be an amazing year for me, and I am really excited about it.

I will write to you guys again soon. I just want to say thank you for all of the support, I really appreciate everything!

xoxo Lakey P.

1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10,000 pts
2. Laura Enever (AUS) 8,000 pts
3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 6,500 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 6,500 pts
9. Lakey Peterson (USA) 4,000 pts