Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Rd. 3
Women's competition immediately transitioned from Round 2 to 3, with the world's best lighting up pumping waves at Rincon.
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.37, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.00, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 15.93
Fitzgibbons led the affair, earning the highest scores of the entire Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach competition with her ferocious carves and fin-wafts. Fitzgibbons' near-perfect heat of 18.37 saw the Australian throw away multiple 8-point rides.
While both Conlogue and Van Dijk were relegated to Round 4, both riders strung together spectacular forehand displays of their own in a heat that saw a flurry of excellent scores from start-to-finish.
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.87, Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.56, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.70
Ho set the pace, registering a 8.50 for a flawless connection of forehand maneuvers. Moore fought back with a 7.83 and 7.73 followed up by classic power surfing from Manuel who entered in the race with unique progressions for a pair of 6s. Ho backed up her strong start, belting an additional 7.37 to relegate her fellow islanders to Round 4 while advancing to the Quarterfinals.
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.93, Lakey Peterson (AUS) 14.27, Laura Enever (AUS) 8.83
While the previous heats saw each athlete contest for the lead, Heat 3 was owned by Tyler Wright from start-to-finish. The Australian detonated the groomed walls at Rincon with a display of powerful carves and progressive fins-free turns. Wright's excellent 16.93 heat total secured a berth directly in to the Quarterfinals.
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.44, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.57, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Five-time ASP Women's World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, rookie Dimity Stoyle and Bianca Buitendag punctuated the stunning day of surfing, with each athlete locking in excellent rides in the battle for an automatic Quarterfinals bid.
Buitendag scored first with a striking backhand attack for an 8.00. Stoyle notched two big scores of her own locking on firing Rincon sets, belting endless turns for an 8.00 and 7.57.
Gilmore fought back, first posting an 8.27, eventually overtaking the rookie in the dying minutes with three massive turns for a 9.17 and a slot in the Quarterfinals.
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Rd. 2
Following the completion of Men's Round 2 competition, the ASP Top 17 took to the water in high-tide conditions that forced the athletes to choose between sets at Bells Bowl and Rincon.
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.33 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.67
Hawaii's Coco Ho and New Zealand's Paige Hareb clashed in inconsistent conditions brought on by the high tide, with both athletes looking to Bells Bowl for their scores.
Ho opened her campaign with a low 4.00, but upped the ante with a strong second ride stringing together powerful forehand combinations for a 7.33. Hareb was unable to find a rhythm, allowing Ho to secure a Round 3 berth.
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.00 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 8.44
Heat 2 saw a battle of two Hawaiians with Kauai's Malia Manuel taking on Oahu's Alessa Quizon in unchanged Bells Bowl conditions.
Manuel asserted her dominance over the rookie, navigating the challenging high-tide surf with seamless rail work, carving up an excellent 15.00 heat total and securing a Round 3 berth. Quizon will look to regroup in Brazil.
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.73 def. Zoe Clarke (AUS) 10.00
Reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion Carissa Moore battled local trials winner Zoe Clarke next, with both surfers making the shift to Rincon for their sets.
Moore drew first blood, blending her polished carves on the sloped faces for a 6.00. Clarke was quick to answer back, blasting a 5.33 and 4.67 of her own, surpassing the champ for the lead. Moore was unfazed and logged the highest score of Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach competition of 9.73 for a complete forehand repertoire, solidifying the win.
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.53 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 10.60
Tyler Wright, 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Runner-Up, found herself in Round 2 against dangerous French rookie Johanne Defay, with both surfers putting together strong rides.
While Defay showed some spark at Rincon, Wright decimated the conditions, netting the event's high heat total of 17.53 when she displayed her explosive forehand arsenal to take a convincing Round 2 victory.
Heat 5: Lakey Peterson (USA) 17.17 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 11.90
Lakey Peterson continued to build momentum in her Round 2 bout against Hawaiian Alana Blanchard. Peterson logged a pair of 6-point rides to start, while the Hawaiian posted similar midrange scores on the board.
Ultimately Peterson's superior wave selection allowed her to unload her full array of polished carves and progressive turns, eventually belting a 9.17 and 8.00, securing a Round 3 berth.
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.23 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.20
Conditions had improved at Rincon by the final heat of Round 2, giving way to a close contest between Australian Laura Enever and France's Pauline Ado with both regular-footers posting solid scores on the board.
Both Enever and Ado put their rail game on display through two crucial exchanges, with Enever's 6.83 and 5.40 narrowly surpassing Ado's 6.60 and 5.60 for a spot in Round 3.