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Waves of the Day: The Best of the Women

After a full week of lay days, the Corona Open J-Bay got going again Friday in the best conditions of the event.

In pumping waves at Supers, Stephanie Gilmore had a bit of a shaky start -- almost losing to Bianca Buitendag in the Quarters -- but then shifted into gear to not only make but win the Final.

She bested Lakey Peterson, who dropped to No. 2, and was forced to relinquish the Jeep Leader jersey.

Here are some of the other big moments from an impactful finals day:

Final: Gilmore Is New No. 1, Title Race Intensifies

Women's J-Bay Final: Gilmore is the New World No. 1
13:49
Stephanie Gilmore tops Lakey Peterson to regain the leader's jersey.

Semifinal 1: Peterson Eliminates Local Favorite Buitendag

Lakey Peterson Cruises to Final with 8.83
1:16
The American Jeep Leader scored big vs. South African Bianca Buitendag in their battle at the Corona Open J-Bay.

Semifinal 2: Gilmore Advances to Final with This Wave

J-Bay Brilliance from Stephanie Gilmore
1:19
The six-time World Champ digs in for an 8.17, advancing to the Final over an in-form Tatiana Weston-Webb.

Quarterfinal 4: Tati Scores 18.54, Highest Two-Wave Total of Event

Weston-Webb Earns Highest Heat Total of Event
1:19
"I'm feeling it," said Weston-Webb after her Quarterfinal Heat win. The goofyfooter earned a 9.77 to back up her previous 8.77.

Quarterfinal 3: Gilmore Bests Macaulay With This Tiebreaker Wave

Stephanie Gilmore Finds Rhythm at Supertubes
1:18
The Australian earns an 8.00 to eliminate Bronte Macaulay in Heat 3 of the Quarterfinals.

Quarterfinal 1: Wildcard and Local Favorite Bianca Buitendag Advances to Semis

Wildcard Bianca Buitendag Edges Out Coco Ho in J-Bay
1:41
The surfer from South Africa earns a 7.00 to move onto the Semifinals over Coco Ho at the Corona Open J-Bay.

Round 3, Heat 2: Peterson Tears Apart Solid Surf for 9.00

Lakey Peterson: "I Didn't Even Need Coffee This Morning"
0:34
The energy is running high in Jeffreys Bay Friday morning. In pumping conditions, the current World No. 1 earns a 9.00 in Round 3.

The women returned to South Africa Friday and Supertubes delivered clean 4-6 foot conditions for the first few rounds of competition.

Despite this being the first time any of them have surfed in a WSL Championship Tour event at Jeffreys Bay, the women were dropping high scores regularly.

Heavy hitters Courtney Conlogue and Sally Fitzgibbons were eliminated in Round 2, failing to find their usual rhythm. Meanwhile local wildcard Bianca Buitendag fought through a back injury to take an early lead and jump to Round 3. Tatiana Weston-Webb also came out firing on all cylinders, using her backhand to hack her way to an 8.50.

And at the end of it all, while the wind did start to pick up, Friday's conditions provided and the competitors made it look like they've been surfing J-Bay for years. Round 3 action will kick off once the contest resumes with Carissa Moore, Bianca Buitendag and Johanne Defay in Heat 1.

The Corona Open J-Bay - Women's is OFF for the day (Sunday) due to deteriorating conditions.

Round 2, Heat 6: Nikki Van Dijk Survives Shaky Heat

Nikki Van Dijk Eliminates Keely Andrew from J-Bay
1:18
With eight minutes left on the clock, the Victoria, Australia, native found a 6.17 to turn her Round 2 heat and defeat her fellow Aussie.

Round 2, Heat 5: Carissa More Powers Through First Elimination Round

Carissa Moore Edges Out Courtney Conlogue in J-Bay
1:27
Moore fights for the lead and earns an 8.57 for a massive two-turn combo, taking the win over Courtney Conlogue at Supertubes.

Round 2, Heat 4: Johanne Defay Edges Out Wildcard Macy Callaghan

Johanne Defay Finds Connection for 8.00
1:04
The French surfer kicked off her J-Bay campaign, earning an 8.00 to eliminate Macy Callaghan in Round 2.

Round 2, Heat 3: Lakey Peterson Earns 9.00 for Round 2 Win

Lakey Peterson is Getting Fired Up
1:22
The current Jeep Leader survived her Round 2 battle against Nicole Pallet, earning a 9.00 on day one of the Corona Open J-Bay.

Round 2, Heat 2: Coco Ho Shines at J-Bay, Eliminates Sally Fitzgibbons

Coco Ho Clicks Into Gear, Goes Excellent
1:16
The Hawaii native earns an impressive 9.00 to eliminate Sally Fitzgibbons on the first day of the Corona Open J-Bay.

Round 1, Heat 6: Caroline Marks Victorious in Stacked Heat

Caroline Marks Skips to Round 3 at Supertubes
1:17
The rookie earns a 7.60 to take a Round 1 heat win against Carissa Moore and Coco Ho at the Corona Open J-Bay.

Round 1, Heat 5: Conlogue Goes for Broke

Courtney Conlogue's Aggressive Round 1 Campaign
1:10
The Californian earned an impressive 8.77 in Round 1 of the Corona Open J-Bay but it was not enough to overthrow Tatiana Weston-Webb.

Round 1, Heat 5: Weston-Webb Powers Through Round 1

Tatiana Weston-Webb's Backhand Attack at Supertubes
1:24
The Brazilian surfer from Hawaii hacks her way to a high score of 8.50 and a Round 1 heat win at the Corona Open J-Bay.

Round 1, Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag Kicks Off J-Bay Campaign

Wildcard Bianca Buitendag Shows J-Bay Expertise
1:18
The South African goes excellent with an 8.87 and a Round 1 Heat win at the Corona Open J-Bay.

Round 1, Heat 2: Bronte Macaulay Heats Up

Bronte Macaulay Drives Through for Heat Win at Supertubes
0:57
The 24-year-old earned a 7.93 and a Round 1 heat win over Silvana Lima and Nicole Pallet at J-Bay.
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