ASP Womens World Tour
The TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow AgroSciences Pro ran the opening Round of competition at Taranaki’s Fitzroy Beach today. Two-to-three foot (1.5 meter) long lefts and rights peeled off at Fitzroy Beach, providing the competitors the perfect stage to kick off their 2012 Dow AgroSciences Pro campaigns.
The TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow AgroSciences Pro, stop No. 3 of 7 on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, is just days away from kickoff and the globe’s finest female surfers have flocked from Australia to Taranaki, New Zealand to continue their respective ASP World Title campaigns.
Sally Fitzgibbons, has claimed victory at the 2012 Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta over Stephanie Gilmore, in offshore four-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach.
The second stop on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach enjoyed a week’s worth of excellent waves and the world’s best female surfers rose to the occasion in fine fashion.
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