Rarely in life are there moments of sheer magic. Those elusive times when something extraordinary happens. Where mind, preparation, time and body all align, for extraordinary results. And where an underdog rises, triumphant, beyond their wildest dreams.
But today in Huntington Beach was that moment for Sage Erickson. The California native won the Vans US Open of Surfing – Women’s CT, after a week in which, in her own words, she knew it was time to shine. It was Erickson’s first-ever Championship Tour (CT), and a massive coup after a long, bumpy road on tour, off tour, and on yet again. For years, Erickson relied on her lower-tier rankings to stay on the elite tour, scratching her way back every time.