Current women’s World Title Race frontrunner Carissa Moore was one of the standout surfers, dominated both her Round 1 and 3 outings en route to her quarter final.
“It feels good to move onto Quarterfinals,” said Moore afterwards. “With a beachbreak situation it can be tricky and random so it’s a relief to skip that Round 4.
“I’m not thinking about the world title when I’m in the water, but I’ve definitely thought about it and I’m excited to be in the race,” Moore said. “My whole family is behind me, but I’ve got a long road ahead of me and still have a lot of work to do.”
Australia’s Tyler Wright also looked a strong contender for the title as she executed the day’s highest scores including a 9.27 for a barrel-to-turn combo and a 17.04 heat total on the way to beating Coco Ho in Round 4.
“I felt in my last heat that I didn’t get started at all and I hate losing like that,” said Wright. “I wanted to make sure I caught a lot of waves in that heat. I knew Coco (Ho) had a 6 and a 7 so I knew I was going to have to catch a lot of waves. I was frustrated with my last heat and I really wanted to push my turns.”
Like Moore, Wright is in with a good shout of landing the ASP Women’s World Title and it would represent a maiden win.
“I’m not paying attention to the World Title at all,” added Wright. “All I want to do is surf. I’m having fun, surfing is what I love doing and I have a good board. I’ve just surpassed my best result in Rio and there’s no sense in thinking about the numbers for the World Title because in the end it just makes you come undone.”
18-year-old American Lakey Peterson also weighed in with some of the day’s top scores, landing an 8.97 and 7.17 within the first 10 minutes to leave Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons and Hawaiian wildcard Alessa Quizon trailing in her wake.
“It’s always nice when you get two great waves sent to you,” said Peterson said. “It was looking really small for Round 2 and it’s picked up again for Round 3. I’m just having fun and although I had the early lead there was 20 minutes for the other girls to get back in to it, so I was watching them too. It was a good heat for me and it’s always nice to skip Round 4.”
Hawaii’s Malia Manuel also moved into the quarters with a convincing Round 3 heat win against Wright.
“I saw these rights that keep peeling down the beach, but my highest score was on a left,” Manuel said. These beachbreak conditions change so much with the tide and different swells so you just have to trust your instincts and move around if it’s not working for you.Tyler and I had a good battle this morning and that round was good payback for me.”
And Courtney Conlogue earned her quarter final berth in the dying seconds thanks to a series of committed backhand turns on a racing lefthander, earning a 7.33 score and heat win over Frenchwoman Pauline Ado and Coco Ho.
COLGATE PLAX GIRLS RIO PRO ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.04, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.34, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.33
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.27, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.83, Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.20
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.74, Alessa Quizon (BRA) 11.63, Silvana Lima (BRA) 6.70
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.04, Malia Manuel (HAW) 16.77, Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 7.77
Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.77, Laura Enever (AUS) 9.20, Alize Arnaud (FRA) 7.93
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 16.30, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 8.00, Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.06
COLGATE PLAX GIRLS RIO PRO ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.60 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.47
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.77 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 15.13
Heat 3: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.60 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 12.83
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.84 def. Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 9.57
Heat 5: Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.37 def. Alize Arnaud (FRA) 10.23
Heat 6: Pauline Ado (FRA) 14.77 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.43
COLGATE PLAX GIRLS RIO PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.14, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.77, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.03
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.20, Laura Enever (AUS) 10.33, Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.34
Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.90, Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.30, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 5.20
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.50, Pauline Ado (BRA) 13.20, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.73
COLGATE PLAX GIRLS RIO PRO ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) def. Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.10 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.10
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.00 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.60
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.77
COLGATE PLAX GIRLS RIO PRO QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
QF 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
QF 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
BILLABONG RIO PRO ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Gustavo Fernandes (BRA)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Messias Felix (BRA)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (BRA) vs. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 10: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)