Women's Quarterfinalists Decided at Margaret River

Cyber grumbling about the questionable quality of the Margaret River wave is hotfooting it across the 'net, but faced with head high clean walls, and being accustomed to weak beachies or the men's leftovers, the women were absolutely frothing.

Day 2 saw three full rounds of the women's comp completed, setting up quarterfinal match-ups in which all the big names are still present. Once again the lanky South African Bianca Buitendag stole the show, posting the highest heat score for the second day running. Her second place finish at Snapper was by no means and early season fluke.

“I’m so much more relaxed now,” said Buitendag. “This winning streak suits me. I’m normally the one struggling but it feels so effortless this year. I don’t know why but I think it’s experience and being relaxed with the position I’m in. I’m feeling more comfortable and getting used to everyone and the way they all surf."

Conditions will once again be slightly smaller tomorrow, but almost certainly still contestable. Organisers might choose to wait until Saturday, when a fresh 5 ft @17 pulse fills in.

Drug Aware Margaret River Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Match-ups:
Quarterfinal 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Quarterfinal 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
Quarterfinal 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
Quarterfinal 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)

Drug Aware Margaret River Women’s Pro Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.10 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 9.10
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.50 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.50
Heat 3: Laura Enever (AUS) 7.80 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.60
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.37 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 10.44

Drug Aware Margaret River Women’s Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.50, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.57, Johanne Defay (FRA) 8.77
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.33, Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.66, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 7.30
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.46, Laura Enever (AUS) 10.00, Coco Ho (HAW) 9.87
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 17.50, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.27

Drug Aware Margaret River Women’s Pro Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 9.34 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 6.07
Heat 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.84 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.16
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.17 def. Laura Macaulay (AUS) 12.27
Heat 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.34 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 10.10
Heat 5: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.83 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.57
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) 14.83 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.43