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Was Molly Picklum’s 9.67 At Sunset The Heaviest Female Turn Ever?

The GOAT, some CT surfers, industry stalwarts, and the internet opine.

elsewhere // Feb 22, 2024
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

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“That was one of the most critical turns layed down by any of the women all event,” said Felicity Palmateer, as slow-motion replays of Molly Picklum’s third-story finner filled the screen.

“Or in the history of Sunset Beach,” Kaipo added, astutely. 

The turn, which Molly hammered with 19-minutes remaining in her semifinal against Brisa Hennessey, earned her a 9.67 and immediately began stirring suggestions littered with words like ‘unprecedented’ and ‘best ever’.

“I would describe it as throwing a bunch of power into Sunset and hoping for the absolute best,” she said after her heat. “Obviously, you gotta try, so I threw everything at it and I fell out of the sky — either I was dead or I had a really big score.”

We posed the question — ‘was that the best turn ever done by a woman?’ on our Instagram with a poll.

Alongside a few thousand others, Kolohe Andino, Matty McGillivray, Rio Waida, and powersurfing advocate Luke Cederman all voted ‘yes.’

The vote swung a convincing 86% to 14% from over 3,000 responses in three hours.

Comments included:

Legit! Really sick!” – Kelly Slater

“Heaviest turn by a woman ever. At least in memory” – Jimmicane

“NBD at sunset for @picklummolly how is this not a 10. Getting stingy on those Yetis” –Jason Kenworthy

“Definitely the biggest. @stephaniegilmore combo at Keramas was best.” – Koby Abberton

“That was savage!! @picklummolly” – Shane Dorian

“Shoulda been a 10, but the tight cunts woulda had to give away another cooler 😂” – Cutsnake

“umm, this turn is gender neutral AF. one of the best turns done out there period.” – Selema Masekela

What did you think?

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