ASP Womens World Tour
World No.1 STEPHANIE GILMORE (AUS) also kept her hopes alive with a win over teenage wildcard Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island, Vic, Aus) in a late afternoon round two heat. The four-time world champion took control with an 8-point ride and then backed up with a 5.33 score for the win. Gilmore finished with a heat total of 13.33 to Van Dijk total tally of 11.23
Gilmore said it had been a seesawing ride after her win on the Gold Coast.
Solid surf in the three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) range continues to steam through the lineup at Bells Beach this morning, prompting event organisers to call Round 3 of competition on for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger.
“Clean conditions once again this morning and we’ll be recommencing men’s competition at 7:15am,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We have men’s Round 4 and women’s Round 3 on standby for a possible start this afternoon and we’re looking at another full day of competition. Good luck to all our competitors today.”
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.66 Rebecca Woods (AUS) 11.74
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.87 Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 6.67
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.33 Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.23
Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Justine Dupont (FRA)
Heat 5: Paige Hareb (BRA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Pauline Ado (FRA) vs. Sarah Mason (NZL)
Four-time world champ Stephanie Gilmore is upset by Lakey Peterson and Sally Fitzgibbons posts an incredible 18.84 out of a possible 20 in a convincing Round 1 win on Day 1 of the 2012 Rip Curl Women's Pro
The Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta, Stop No. 2 on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, is less than a week from commencing and the world’s best female surfers are eyeing a potentially epic swell set to arrive at the iconic Bells Beach early in the waiting period.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, defending Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach winner and current ASP Women’s World No. 3, collected her maiden ASP elite tour victory at Bells Beach last season and will look to recapture last year’s magic in the coming weeks.
The 2012 edition of the Swatch Girls Pro France has been confirmed and will return to the beautiful beaches of Hossegor / Seignosse from May 30 – June 3, 2012. The ASP 6-Star Women’s event and 2-Star Women’s Pro Junior event will kick-off the Women’s campaign in Europe and host some of the most talented surfers in the world.
The Swatch Girls Pro France will enter its third edition and is already established as one of the strongest Women’s events in the World. In the past, the likes of 4x World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), World Tour runner-up Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and many more up-and-coming talents have entered the event and showed that the Swatch Girls Pro France is an event not to miss.
The opening stop of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast enjoyed incredible action throughout the first four days of the waiting period, narrowing the field down to the women’s Semifinalists.
Tyler Wright, runner-up at the 2011 Roxy Pro, eliminated reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and defending event winner Carissa Moore in a re-match of last year’s Final. Wright was ferocious in her assault on the waves at Snapper Rocks, posting two excellent scores en route to causing the biggest upset of the event.
“I knew I had to do something big to beat her,” Wright said. “She’s the ASP Women’s World Champ. I think she won three events last year so I knew it was going to be tough. I was lucky enough that I got the good waves. If she got them she would have smashed me too.”
Laura Enever, 2012 ASP Dream Tour sophomore, posted a big win in her non-elimination Roxy Pro Round 3 clash against Paige Hareb, and reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore. Enever advanced directly into the Quarterfinals while Hareb and Moore have to battle it out in Round 4.
“It was a good heat,” Enever said. “Paige (Hareb) got a 9.30 and Carissa (Moore) got an 8.07, and I was thinking I’ve got my work cut out for me. I just decided to wait for a good one, and I saw that wave and I did my first turn and let go and it all worked out. I got into the Semis last year and I’d love to go one or two better this year.”