While the goofyfooters shined in the earlier, cleaner rounds of the Roxy Pro, Round Four only saw regularfooters making sense of the windy, increasing swell.
Potential 2017 Title contenders like Nikki Van Dijk, Lakey Peterson and Sally Fitzgibbons all won with powerful forehand wraps and their abilities to race the crumbling Snapper sections.
"I'm pretty used to windy, raw conditions in Victoria, so I was pretty much right at home out there," laughed heat winner Van Dijk.
But the biggest upset and also heat of the day was between a ferocious Courtney Conlogue and a patient Stephanie Gilmore. It was the last heat of the day, out of the gate with a sizzling 9.5-point ride. With a mid-range backup, Steph still needed an 8.3 to win.
And then, like a gift from the gods, her wave came on the buzzer, a long one out the back that finally setup for turns in Rainbow Bay. She got the score, a visibly crushing defeat for Conlogue.
"I kept taking long deep breaths and at the end of the day I knew I had just one opportunity," said Gilmore. "I had just one chance left and it was my last roll of the dice so I was just lucky that the wave lined up on the inside. Rainbow Bay has had my back this whole event. I still didn't even think I'd get the score. I felt like I won the contest after that wave."