Monday, May 26, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Paige Hareb (NZL) won the first heat of the opening round of competition.
Looking for redemption after an early Round 2 elimination in Rio, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) was back in form, winning her Round 1 heat.
Rookie Johanne Defay (FRA) eliminated Hawaii's Coco Ho in Round 2.
Athlete's spent all day floating alongside the lineup. Defay taking advantage of the shade.
Carissa Moore (HAW) was true to form in Round 1 and advanced directly to Round 3.
Alessa Quizon (HAW) placing second behind the World No. 1 in her opening round heat.
Wildcard entry Ella Williams (NZL) was eliminated in Round 2, falling to Tyler Wright (AUS).
Coming off a title victory in Rio, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) won her Round 1 heat and advances directly to Round 3.
Fitzgibbons keeping up her momentum.
Dimity Stoyle (AUS) surpassed expectations, winning her Round 1 heat for the first time in her rookie campaign.
Wright bailing out on the shallow reef.
Stoyle doing a last minute inspection of her board in the ship's bottom tier.
Malia Manuel (HAW) earned the highest heat tally in Round 1 with two excellent scores for a 17.53 total.
Manuel back on board the main ship, two miles off shore.
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) staying focused on the floating waiting area.
Buitendag kept busy in Round 1 but was ultimately forced to compete in the elimination round.
Manuel garnered a 9.03 for perfecting one of the best carves of the day.
The Cloudbreak reef's first victim: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) was cut by the shallow reef and forced to withdraw from competition.
Ho tried to keep busy in challenging conditions at the onset of Round 2.
Ho maintained the heat lead until the final minute of her Round 2 heat, but she was eliminated when Defay was awarded an 8.83 for her last ride.
Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) scored an 8.83 on her opening wave of Round 2.
Weston-Webb eliminated Lakey Peterson (USA) and was stoked to earn a bid for Round 3.
Buitendag had trouble with the challenging conditions at Cloudbreak but earned scores just high enough to avoid elimination.
After a close loss in Round 1, Quinzon continued to improve and earned back-to-back keeper scores on her fourth and fifth waves in Round 2.
Quinzon eliminated Pauline Ado (FRA) in the final heat of the day.
Ado posted two midrange scores but was ultimately ousted by Quizon.