Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Day 1 of the event window for the Swatch Women's Pro Trestles offered up sublime conditions and the first-ever women's WCT Trestles event got underway.
Laura Enever (AUS) (R) and Sage Erickson (USA) arrived at dawn, following the beach path to the contest site.
In the first heat of the day, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) woke up the sleepy beach crowd when she tore up the waves for two excellent eight-point rides.
Australians Stephanie Gilmore and Laura Enever head out for their Round 1 faceoff.
Laura Enever (AUS) had the top two single-wave scores in her Round 1 heat, relegating compatriot Stephanie Gilmore and Kiwi Paige Hareb to the sudden-death elimination round.
Refusing to exit early, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) returned to form in Round 2, notching a pair of high eight-pointers for the win over Hawaiian Alana Blanchard. ASP/Rowland
Sporting the yellow jersey as the current ASP World No 1, Carissa Moore (HAW) dominated the glassy waves to top her Round 1 heat.
Coco Ho (HAW) found her form in Round 1, posting the day's highest single-wave score with a 9.43. She upset the higher-seeded surfer in her heat, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS). ASP/Rowland
Stoke from Ho after her Round 1 victory, which included the event's first nine-point ride.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) broke out in Round 2, tallying an excellent 16.04 heat total.
Alana Blanchard (HAW) was able to tally six- and seven-point rides on the opening day. But Stephanie Gilmore's massive Round 2 scores cut the Hawaiian's Trestles campaign short. ASP/Rowland
Tyler Wright (AUS) elevated the day's surfing to new heights when she launched her progressive style in Round 3, securing her place in the Quarterfinals.
Competing in her first event back since an ankle injury sidelined her, Courtney Conlogue (USA) was visibly thrilled to get the jersey back on. Watch Conlogue's road to recovery.
Pauline Ado (FRA) gets focused before facing Malia Manuel (HAW) in the first elimination round.
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) warms up in the athlete area.
Buitendag put together a string of backhand hacks for a 9.03 in the opening round of competition. ASP/Rowland
Lakey Peterson (USA) showed an affinity for her new home break in Round 3. The Santa Barbara native, now living in San Clemente, edged out Paige Hareb. ASP/Rowland
Alessa Quizon (HAW) survived elimination in Round 2 but placed second to Tyler Wright in Round 3. When competition resumes, she'll have to make it through another knockout round to stay in the competition.
Lakey Peterson (USA) and coach Mike Parsons scout the lineup to plan Peterson's heat strategy. Their analysis worked: After a shaky start, the SoCal local won her Round 2 heat to advance.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) paddles out for her third heat of the day. ASP/Rowland
Pauline Ado (FRA) claimed one of the event's early upsets when she ousted Malia Manuel in Round 2.
Rookie Johanne Defay (FRA) followed Ado's lead, eliminating Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in the last heat of Round 2.