Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Round 1 of the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach got off to a fine start. Sally Fitzgibbons was there well before first light.
WCT rookies Alessa Quizon and Dimity Stoyle couldn't wait to get a few waves under their feet at the iconic right-hander.
Courtney Conlogue opened her Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach campaign with a bang, winning Round 1 to advance directly in to Round 3.
Malia Manuel was hot on Conlogue's heels and was forced to settle for second place less than a point behind Conlogue.
Courtney Conlogue high fives her fans after a well deserved Round 1 victory.
Sally Fitzgibbons fought back in the dying moments of her Round 1 heat to edge out Coco Ho, as well as Alana Blanchard.
Carissa Moore assesses the Bells Beach lineup.
ASP Rookie Dimity Stoyle came out of the gates firing in Round 1, causing the first major upset of the event by defeating reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion and defending event winner Carissa Moore (HAW).
Carissa Moore battled back with her polished forehand but was unable to build on her 8.87 and was relegated to Round 2.
Rookie Victorian Nikki Van Dijk utilized her local knowledge and years of Bells Beach experience to claim her first Heat win of the season.
Tyler Wright wearing a smile despite her second place finish.
Pauline Ado finished in third place with less than a point behind her and Wright.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) managed to buck the trend of the top seeds going down in Round 1, employing her trademark casual and graceful style to secure a victory.
Laura Enever suffered a disappointing third place finish.
It was back to the drawing board for Team Enever.
Bianca Buitendag took top honors in the last heat of the day, using her lethal backhand attack to send Lakey Peterson (USA) and Paige Hareb (NZL) into Round 2.
Lakey Peterson and coach Mike Parsons.