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Then Steph dropped into a 9.8 and bang, she had tamed Kirra, the mythical wave. One which makes Parko grin like a 5-year-old with a cardboard box.© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Sally Fitzgibbons looks like surfer on a mission© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Alana Blanchard has proved to be the event's surprise package. A quarterfinal is a result for her here.© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Bianca Buitendag has also been a surprise package this year© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Carissa Moore is back to her best© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Courtney Conlogue tuck and run© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Sally Fitzgibbons is the world's most enthusiastic competitor - fact© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Courtney and co collect their thoughts© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Courtney and the good looking Kirra© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Crowds loved being back at Kirra despite the rain and grey - it's been like that here for weeks© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Gilmore fresh from time off in her new home of New York looks fully recharged© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Is Kirra back? Kinda almost, for now.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
“It’s tricky out there this morning but every now and then, there’s an incredible one so that was a good heat,” Gilmore said.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Kirra crowds© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Stephanie Gilmore rode this tunnel as well as anyone could© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Camp Carissa getting up for it© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Pauline Ado another strong competitor lost out to Carissa Moore© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Sally Fitz on a tear shedding spray© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Happy Gilmore off the top, reigning five-time ASP Women’s World Champion and defending Roxy Pro winner.© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Tyler Wright, the msw office's favourite female surfer after that P-Pass clip© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
THE Quarterfinals were all that that down at Kirra yesterday in the Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Four heats which left: Tyler Wright vs Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons vs Carissa Moore. Can we already say that the 2013 Women’s World Champion will come from one of these four semifinalists?
Less is apparently more when it comes to Kirra, the Snapper pumping #fail has resulted in the lingering sand being progressively stripped off the groin at Kirrra and smoothed and groomed down the line. It’s not perfect by any means but heck it looks better than Rainbow Bay. Tyler Wright summed it up: “I’m surprised they put us out there instead of the boys but it’s sick”
The call was made to move the contest site and it was on at thick, square, unpredictable Kirra, sucking impossibly hard and fast off the bank. Then Steph dropped into a 9.8 and bang, she had tamed Kirra, the mythical wave. One which makes Parko grin like a 5-year-old with a cardboard box.
I think I was pretending I was Mick for a moment there in the tube. Just for a moment.Stephanie Gilmore
Stephanie Gilmore, reigning five-time ASP Women’s World Champion and defending Roxy Pro Gold Coast winner, wowed spectators and opponents alike with an incredly-deep forehand barrel, netting a near-perfect 9.80 out of a possible 10 to advance to the Semifinals past opponent Alana Blanchard.
“It’s tricky out there this morning but every now and then, there’s an incredible one so that was a good heat,” Gilmore said. “I always flashback to all the greats out at Kirra and I think Mick (Fanning) was and still is one of the best. I think I was pretending I was Mick for a moment there in the tube. Just for a moment though.”
Gilmore will face compatriot Tyler Wright, 18, in Semifinal 1 when competition resumes.
Despite the rapidly-dropping tide, Carissa Moore, 2011 ASP Women’s World Champion, adjusted to the deteriorating conditions in the final Quarterfinal of the morning, ousting Pauline Ado, with some impressive forehand turns.
“The tide was getting really low for Pauline (Ado) and my heat,” Moore said. “I had to make some adjustments and it became more about turns and less about barrels but I am happy to get through the heat. Hopefully we get improved conditions to finish in.”
When competition resumes, Moore will take on Sally Fitzgibbons, in Semifinal 2.
Want to watch any of these heats? Hit the heat review button. And the waves? They are forecast to improve slightly on Saturday and Sunday before pulsing on Monday onwards, albeit with even fresher winds.
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.50 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 7.94
QF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.97 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 5.06
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.20 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 1.50
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.00 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.37
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Brent Dorrington (AUS)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 6: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 7: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
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