Gilmore thrives at Margaret River

Gilmore thrives

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Gilmore will now come up against compatriot Nikki Van Dijk in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

The swell dropped to five foot with pristine conditions on offer, and Gilmore was left exhilarated after the experience.

“It’s nice to surf some challenging waves for a change,” Gilmore said. “Most of the waves on the ASP women’s World Championship Tour are beachbreaks, so to be at Margaret River surfing waves like this is amazing.

“It’s been hard adjusting to not having the priority system. Sometimes I feel like it’s more of a struggle to win an ASP Star event than an ASP Women’s World Championship Tour because of that.

“It is good fun to have more girls in the line-up though and it’s better for the people watching.”

Malia Manuel of Hawaii was one of the standout performers, consistently posting scores in the excellent range thanks to her smooth yet powerful approach.

Manuel has now advanced through to the quarter-finals and will take on Pauline Ado of France when competition resumes on Saturday.

“I’m excited,” Manuel said. “I surfed three times today and I’m into the quarter-finals. With each heat I’m figuring things out and I’m more confident.

“It was awesome to have a heat against Steph (Gilmore) - she’s my hero. It’s nice to have this type of arena on tour.

“I brought six boards so I was prepared for any type of conditions and I’m looking forward to the finals.”

Nikki Van Dijk of Australia advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating Hawaii’s Bethany Hamilton.

The 17-year-old Victorian advanced through three very tough heats, cementing her status as one of Australia’s future surf stars.

“I was so happy to get through my round of 24 heat against Steph (Gilmore),” Van Dijk said.

“Then to make it into the Quarterfinals is even better. I’m having so much fun here, I love Margaret River. I think when I’m having fun I do well in the contests.”

Meanwhile, Pauline Ado of France is in her second year on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, but suffered a shock early loss at the season-opening Roxy Pro Gold Coast.

Ado is using this event to help prepare for the up and coming Rip Curl Pro Bells, and thrived in the experience.

“I had a lot of fun in my first heat today,” Ado said. “But I was really nervous for my second one because I was against Alizee (Arnaud) and Lee Ann (Curren).

“We are all from France and we’re used to competing against each other all the time.

“This year the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour is really hard and it’s great to do 6-Star evens as preparation and as a back-up.”

WOMEN’S QUARTER-FINALS:

QF 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)

QF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)

QF 3: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)

QF 4: Kirby Wright (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)

ROUND OF 12 RESULTS:

HEAT 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.67, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.60, Laura Macaulay (AUS) 6.10

HEAT 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.10, Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.20, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 6.10

HEAT 3: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 9.70, Kirby Wright (AUS) 8.83, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 3.90

HEAT 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9.47, Laura Enever (AUS) 9.37, Amandine Sanchez (FRA) 9.03

ROUND OF 24 RESULTS:

HEAT 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.83, Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.10, Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 8.60, Lee Ann Curren (AUS) 7.40

HEAT 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.34, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.47, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.67, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 8.37

HEAT 3: Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 10.06, Laura Macaulay (AUS) 7.70, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 5.30, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 5.26

HEAT 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.77, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.23, Joanne Defay (FRA) 9.30, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 6.43

HEAT 5: Kirby Wright (AUS) 12.77, Laura Enever (AUS) 12.00, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 6.83, Naomi Stevic (AUS) 6.20

HEAT 6: Amandine Sanchez (FRA) 9.43, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.87, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 8.34, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 6.00

ROUND OF 48 RESULTS:

HEAT 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 16.20, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.77, Suelen Naraisa (BRA) 10.17, Suelen Naraisa (ARG) 3.54

HEAT 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.10, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.27, Francisca Santos (PRT) 7.84, Nage Melamed (HAW) 6.66

HEAT 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.00, Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 11.14, Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 10.93, Nao Omura (JPN) 7.20

HEAT 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.87, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 14.17, Erica Hosseini (USA) 6.77, Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 5.30

HEAT 5: Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 16.16, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 7.71, Georgia Fish (AUS) 5.57, Anne Cecile Le Talle (FRA) 3.33

HEAT 6: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 15.44, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 8.17, Gabi Cope (HAW) 6.40, Freya Prumm (AUS) 4.66

HEAT 7: Joanne Defay (FRA) 10.17, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 9.72, Codie Klein (AUS) 8.77, Sage Erickson (USA) 6.93

HEAT 8: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.70, Laura Macaulay (AUS) 9.73, Brittani Nicholl (AUS) 8.13, Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF) 0.00

HEAT 9: Laura Enever (AUS) 9.63, Amandine Sanchez (FRA) 7.83, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 7.20, Mikaela Greene (AUS) 4.47

HEAT 10: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 13.00, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 10.87, Sarah Beardmore (GBR) 6.07, Hannah Massey (AUS) 3.43

HEAT 11: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.00, Kirby Wright (AUS) 10.26, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 9.56, Nicola Atherton (AUS) 5.97

HEAT 12: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 10.30, Naomi Stevic (AUS) 7.50, Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.17, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 4.30

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