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ASP women's surf news : Roxy Pro Gold Coast
on 2014/3/1 3:00:00 (1865 reads)


Caption: Reigning two-time ASP World Champion, Carissa Moore, makes a strong start to the 2014 season.
Image: ASP/Kelly Cestari


Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Stop one on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Holding period: 1 - 12 March 2014
Call: Standby - next call Sunday, March 2 at 7.30 a.m. local time (AEST)
Conditions: Two-to-Three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks. Light wind. Clear skies.

COOLANGATTA, QLD, Australia Saturday, March 1, 2014): The Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, Stop No. 1 of 10 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, was called ON today for Round 1 in two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves. There were standout performances from reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore (HAW), and rookies Alessa Quizon (HAW) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS).

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 1:
Hawaiian rookie, Alessa Quizon, reigned supreme over South Africa's Bianca Buitentag and five-time ASP Women's World Champion and local favorite, Stephanie Gilmore. Quizon scored a 7.93 out of a possible 10 for an explosive series of backhand turns and drew an interference on Gilmore, which effectively took the veteran out of heat contention. Gilmore will face Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 2 Heat 5.




Alessa Quizon (HAW) (Winner) - "Steph (Gilmore) knows how to surf this wave and I thought of course I had to draw her in heat one of my rookie year," Quizon said. "I went into the heat super nervous, I was shaking and falling on my first few waves. Then I knew I had to get a good wave and not fall off. It's tricky out there, one wave Steph and I were both going and I don't think she knew I had priority, but I just kept going. Winning that heat takes a lot of pressure off."

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) - “I think that priority mistake really caught me off guard. I learnt something; it’s always good to come out from a Heat learning something and you can take that into your next Heat", said Gilmore. "Sudden death is always a hard one and I don’t particularly want to be in Round 2 but I get to surf the beautiful Snapper Rocks again, which is one of my favorite things to do.”

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 2:
Pauline Ado (FRA) won her opening heat at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast by the narrowest of margins, finishing only 0.10 ahead of Californian Courtney Conlogue (USA). Ado has been in Australia warming up for this event for the last few weeks and her extra time in the water has paid off as she selected the best waves in the tricky conditions and maximized use of her priority.

Pauline Ado (FRA) - "It was a nerve-racking heat," Ado said. "I knew I needed a good score and Courtney (Conlogue) and Nikki (Van Dijk) kept catching waves too so I didn't really know what I needed. I have some experience now, but the first heat of the year is always hard. We're all off training for a few months and you never know what everyone's been doing so you don't really know what to expect."

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 3:
Carissa Moore (HAW), reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion, continued to build on her dominant form from 2013 in her first ASP Women's WCT Heat for 2014. Moore scored an excellent 9.00 (out of a possible 10) for a series of powerful carving turns, throwing big fans of water with every carve to easily win the Heat and earn the right to skip Round 2 and advance directly into Round 3.

Carissa Moore (HAW) - "My biggest worry out there was finding the right waves," Moore said. "I had a lot of fun and I'm just happy to open up with a key win. There's so much excitement around this event with the effort put forth by the ASP to really improve the women's side of the Tour, getting some great venues back and just supporting us and making us more equal to the men has been great. I don't think it's ever been better."

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 4:
Defending Roxy Pro Gold Coast Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) got the best of Hawaiian Alana Blanchard and rookie Johanne Defay (FRA). Wright ended her Heat with an 8.13, opening her Roxy Pro campaign with a dominant Round 1 performance.

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 5:
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) consistently netted mid-range scores but it wasn't enough to defeat Paige Hareb of New Zealand. Hareb capitalized late in the affair on her backhand, the powerful goofy-footer punctuating the Snapper walls. Fitzgibbons will face fellow Australian, and event wildcard, Keely Andrew in Round 2 Heat 3.

Paige Hareb (NZL) - "Last year I never even skipped the second Round so that's a bonus for me already for the first Heat of the year," Hareb said. "It's really exciting to be here, I love it. It's a preview for what the whole year is going to be like so that's awesome. I have Chelsea Hedges training me, she's a goofy footer as well and has won this event before. She has helped me out a lot."

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 6:
Australia's Dimity Stoyle earned the day's high single wave score, 9.13, for a barrage of powerful forehand gouges. Rookie Stoyle won out against America's Lakey Peterson and Hawaii's Coco Ho making her Roxy Pro Gold Coast debut in strong fashion.

Dimity Stoyle (AUS) - "I seriously couldn't have started my year better," Stoyle said. "I didn't know what to expect when I was coming into this event, I was hoping I could just get some high scores. They score really hard and you have to get some really good waves and surf really well to get in the excellent range, so I can't believe I just scored a 9 and 8 in my first heat."

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.83, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.93, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 7.00
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.93, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.83, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.04
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.57, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.96, Keely Andrew (AUS) 8.93
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.06, Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.50, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 11.00
Heat 5: Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.23, Laura Enever (AUS) 11.90, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.50
Heat 6: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 17.13, Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.67, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.17

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW), Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Johanne Defay (FRA)
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Laura Enever (AUS)

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast will be webcast live via www.aspworldtour.com.

Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 7.30am local time (AEST).

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 Re: Roxy Pro Gold Coast Quater Finals Tomorrow
Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Stop No. 1 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour

COOLANGATTA, QLD, Australia - Tuesday, March 4, 2014: Quarterfinalists were decided today for the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, stop No. 1 of 10 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, in pumping three-to-four (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks. The day saw the completion of Rounds 2, 3 and 4 with Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright advancing into the Quarterfinals alongside Carissa Moore (HAW), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and America’s Courtney Conlogue and Lakey Peterson, while the losers will have to refocus on the upcoming event in Western Australia.

Five-time ASP Women’s World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) earned her place in the Quarterfinals after getting the best of her opponents in both heats. Gilmore squared off against rookie Nikki Van Dijk in Round 2, threading barrels and blending rail turns with progressive hits to collect an impressive 15.23 (out of a possible 20) and the win. Gilmore faced an on-fire Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Paige Hareb (NZL) in Round 3. Gilmore mixed power turns and barrels, as the Californian applied her own brand of dynamic surfing, to take the win and advance to the Quarterfinals.

"This is my favorite event of the year," Gilmore said. "We get to be the only ones out there and the waves are insane. I get nervous and want to catch every single wave that comes through. Courtney (Conlogue) is dangerous so I knew I just had to put everything I had into it. I put 200 percent into every single turn and every single wave”.

Carissa Moore (HAW), reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion, was unstoppable, dropping near perfect scores seemingly with ease as she unloaded a barrage of beautifully destructive turns and carves. Moore won the Roxy Pro Gold Coast in 2011 and after posting a monster 9.90 (out of a possible 10), she finished with 19.50 out of a possible 20 in her Round 3 bout and she's on track for another strong showing this year. Moore will take on fellow Hawaiian Malia Manuel in the Quarterfinals when competition resumes.

"I'm so stoked they ran the women's event today, there are some fantastic waves out there," said Moore. "I was a little nervous going out this Round because I broke my favorite board this morning. I was a little rattled but this board is feeling good. I had so much fun out there!"

Snapper Rocks continued to deliver this afternoon as defending event champion Tyler Wright (AUS) collected a solid barrel ride and capitalized with more waves in the dying moments of the heat, securing her place in the Quarterfinals.

"The waves were pumping out there. These are fantastic conditions for everyone to be surfing in right now," Wright said. "You just get pumped on women's surfing and where the level is going. It's exciting for me to be a part of it."

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) faced a tough match-up in Trials' Winner and wildcard Keely Andrew in the elimination Round 2, but came out on top. She put on another exciting show in the final heat of Round 3, snatching the win from Lakey Peterson (USA) who posted the heat's highest score. Rookie Alessa Quizon (HAW) went to town on her backhand, but it was Fitzgibbons' consistency and impressive rail game that landed her the heat win and a ticket straight to the Quarterfinals where she will match-up against Peterson again.

"That was a really good matchup," Fitzgibbons said. "Whenever the three of us (Peterson and Quizon) are out there together we try to really raise the level. We all want to win so I was fighting for it and just wanted to get my wave count up. I feel like I'm slowly improving and it feels really nice to skip through to the Quarterfinals. It's the first event of the year and it’s definitely a jewel on the schedule. You know amazing surfing has to be put forward to take it."

Courtney Conlogue (USA) was impressive in all three of her heats at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast today. In Round 2 this morning she scored the barrel ride of the event netting a solid 9.50 (out of a possible 10), and backed that up with a 9.00. In Round 3, she came close to securing first place, holding onto the highest single-wave score of the Heat, but was let down by her back-up score finishing in second place behind Gilmore. In Round 4 she dispatched Pauline Ado (FRA) to secure a spot in the Quarterfinals where she will once again square off against Gilmore.

"I'm really happy with my performance today," said Conologue. "I had a lot of heats and came up against a lot of great competitors. I just had a really put on show and take full advantage of the waves that we have on tap. I did a lot of preparation and training in the off season getting everything fined tuned to improve on last year. I'm feeling really good and can't wait till the Quarterfinals."

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) had been quietly progressing through the Rounds at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, until she matched up against fellow goofy-footer (right foot forward) and 2014 ASP Women's WCT rookie Alessa Quizon (HAW) in Round 4. Both backside surfers suffered slow starts, but mid-way through the Heat Buitendag switched on and nailed back-to-back 8-point-rides for a series of vertical, critical snaps. Buitendag now moves into the Quarterfinals where she will face off against Tyler Wright (AUS).

"The first couple of Rounds I didn't really feel like I had rhythm, I think I was just mis-reading the waves under the pressure," Buitendag said. "To get good scores you have to do three or four maneuvers on the wave, so I was just positioning myself to do as much as possible. I think I'm going to have to pull something out of the bag next round against Tyler (Wright), I will try and stay on the best waves and do the best that I can."

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
Quarterfinal 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Quarterfinal 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
Quarterfinal 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Quarterfinal 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.83 def. Pauline Ado (AUS) 10.73
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.83 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.60
Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 16.77 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.93
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.37 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 6.64

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.34, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.84, Paige Hareb (NZL) 5.83
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 19.50, Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.34, Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.64
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.14, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.20, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 8.43
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.43, Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.20, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.30

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.43 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 11.04
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.33 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.00
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.24 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 7.30
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 18.50 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.83
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.23 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.64
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.66 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 9.33


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