Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon being aggressive on those waves claimed her a top seat in Heat 1 (11.83) for the Roxy Pro Gold Coast over other surfers Bianca Buitendat (9.93) and Stephanie Gilmore (7).
Via the Roxy Pro Gold Coast Recap – Rookie Quizon answers back with a 7.93 out of a possible 10 for an explosive series of backhand turns. Unflinching in the face of her more established competitors, Quizon draws an uncharacteristic interference on Gilmore, effectively taking the veteran out of heat contention and relegating her to the elimination Round 2.
In Heat 3 we have Hawaii Surfer Girls – Carissa Moore taking the top spot with 15.57, Malia Manuel trailing behind with 12.96 and Aussey Keely Andrew with 8.93
Via Roxy Pro Gold Coast Recap – Manuel is stylish and progressive, netting scores in the 6-point range with strong surfing in the Snapper walls.
Reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore builds momentum throughout the heat before locking in the day’s high single-wave score of a 9.00 for an unparalleled display of power and variety.
The Hawaiian, who took out the Hurley Australian Open Qualification Series (QS) event earlier this season, continues to make a statement about her intentions for the year.
Riding in Heat 4 & 5 – Hawaii Surfer Girls trailing at last with 11.00 – Alana Blanchard and Coco Ho 10.17
Blanchard opens her campaign late in the heat, but connects three fully-committed turns to break her combination situation with five minutes remaining.
Coco Ho draws first blood after a series of throwaway scores, belting an 5.67 on a long Snapper righthander.