Surfing - Moore posts perfect 10 as Rip Curl gets under way

Carissa Moore kicked off the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach in stunning fashion, the Hawaiian scoring a perfect 10 in her opening heat.

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Moore, 20, added a further near-perfect 9.43 wave to finish with a heat-high total of 19.43 and announce her credentials as a potential champion at the Australian event.

“I had so much fun in that heat,” Moore said. “I got great waves, had a lot of opportunity and got to perform. I’m in a really good place.

"I’m happy and have some really good people in my corner. Last week’s win in West Oz gave me some confidence but I’m just really excited to perform and hopefully the waves continue to improve.”

Sally Fitzgibbons also wowed in her first-round match-up, scoring a heat total of 18.07 as the Australian began well at the event she has won twice before.

“It feels great to be back in Bells,” Fitzgibbons said. “There’s something about the place – it feels like coming home for me and I love it. That said, there are certainly no easy heats on tour this year.

"I feel like my surfing has improved every year and I’ve had to work really hard to maintain the No. 2 spot. I’m motivated by how well the girls perform on tour and it pushes my performance too. The ASP World Title is the goal – it’s everyone’s goal.”

There was less cheer for reigning five-times ASP Tour champion Stephanie Gilmore as she was upset by Alana Blanchard of Hawaii.

“I’m not really sure what’s different this season for me,” Blanchard said. “I think I’m a lot more relaxed as far as getting results go. I’m also catching more waves this year and being a little more aggressive in the water. Really excited to get a round one win.”

And there was another upset when Nikki Van Dijk of Australia saw off both current number one Tyler Wright and Malia Manuel in a fiercely-contested round one encounter.

“Tyler (Wright) is such an incredible surfer and she’s had such a solid start to the year,” Van Dijk said. “To get a win over her, she’s the number one surfer in the world right now, is a huge confidence boost.

"I’ve been working really hard though so I feel like my surfing is the best it has been. I’ve had the wildcard into the event for a few years so I feel like I have a lot of experience here in competition. Hopefully that serves me well as the event continues.”

Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach round one results:

Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.83, Laura Enever (AUS) 7.56, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 5.33

Heat 2: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 15.37, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.50, Sage Erickson (USA) 14.80

Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 16.27, Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.16, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.10

Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 19.43, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 15.17, Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.57

Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.07, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 11.86, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 11.26

Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA) 17.66, Coco Ho (HAW) 15.13, Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.83

Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach round two match-ups:

Heat 1: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)

Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)

Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)

Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)

Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)

Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach round one match-ups:

Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Willian Cardoso (BRA)

Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Oney Anwar (IDN)

Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Jack Perry (AUS)

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Adam Melling (AUS), Jacob Wilcox (AUS)

Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Tiago Pires (PRT)

Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW)

Heat 9: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Travis Logie (ZAF), Nat Young (USA)

Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA)

Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA)

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