The Oi Rio Women's Pro will be pivotal in shaping what looks to be the closest, and hardest fought, title race in years.
Courtney Conlogue of the USA successfully defended her Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title by defeating 6X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore of
Injuries were the big story on this day, after Courtney Conlogue withdrew and Niki Van Dijk twice dodged a visit to the hospital.
Courtney Conlogue fought back tears, while explaining the injury that forced her to withdraw from the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach.
Sally Fitzgibbons wins Round 3 Heat 1 over Courtney Conlogue and Nikki Van Dijk at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
Before she became runner-up to the 2016 World Title, the California surfer took a trip to uncharted waters.
The women's competition is complete after a gem of a day at the Rip Curl Pro. And men's superheats are set after a stunning Round Three.
The Californian digs her way out of trouble time and again to nab her second-straight Rip Curl Pro.