Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
With unruly conditions at Cloudbreak, competition moved to Restaurants.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) would not be ousted in the early rounds again: her Round 3 performance gave her the direct advance to Round 5.
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) was a threatening opponent, scoring an 8.87 late in the heat.
Wildcard entry Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) struggled to keep pace with Buitendag and Gilmore on the bumpy surface of the Restaurants break.
Buitendag's heat score came within a hundredth of a point of winning, but ultimately she was relegated to Round 4.
Gilmore winning kept a slight edge over Buitendag, posting two excellent scores on back-to-back waves.
Weston-Webb placed third in the opening heat of Round 3.
Gilmore paddling back to shore after winning her Round 3 heat at Restaurants.
Laura Enever (AUS) rode the first clean barrel of the event during her Round 3 heat.
Despite accumulating a nine-point ride of her own Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) is relegated to Round 4.
Joanne Defay (FRA) with a huge rookie victory over Malia Manuel (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS).
Buitendag posted two excellent scores to avoid elimination in Round 4.
Carissa Moore (HAW) definitely got a scare from the wildcard but remained true to form for the Quarterfinal bid.
Weston-Webb put up a good fight against the Top 17 but was ultimately undone by the Champ.