SNAPPER ROCKS, Queensland/Australia (Monday, 27 February, 2012) – The Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Gold Coast presented by Land Rover, the opening stop on the 2012 Men's and Women's ASP World Championship Tours, ran for the third consecutive day at Snapper Rocks today, and the world's best surfers collectively lifted the high-performance levels today in two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks.
In addition to the searing men's action throughout the day, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast saw the ASP Top 17 battle through the elimination Round 3 with sterling performances from some new faces.
Laura Enever (AUS), 20, 2012 ASP Dream Tour sophomore, posted a big win in her non-elimination Roxy Pro Round 3 clash against Paige Hareb (NZL), 21, and reigning ASP Women's World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW), 19. With today's victory, Enever will now advance 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."
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, the 4-times ASP Women's World Champion also advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Roxy Pro today after posting two solid score in the 8-point-range (out of a possible 10). It's clear Gilmore is familiar with the Snapper lineup as she caught the best waves and timed her carves and turns perfectly.
"That Round 3 when no-one loses is pretty relaxed, but skipping Round 4 is also on everyone's minds," Gilmore said. "It's hard out there performance wise because there's not a lot of waves with sections on offer. I didn't watch too many heats before mine, but saw Laura (Enever) get a couple of good ones. She looks like she's got something to prove, she's so radical with her hair flicks and tail slides, it definitely fired me up to go out and put on a show too."
Malia Manuel (HAW), 20, and Tyler Wright (AUS), 17, took out the other two heat of Round 3 by posting some excellent scores to skip Round 4 and advance directly into the Quarterfinals.
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ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 3 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.20, Sarah Mason (NZL) 12.80, Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.63
HEAT 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 16.83, Paige Hareb (NZL) 14.07, Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.57
HEAT 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.53, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.90, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.64
HEAT 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.73, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.27, Lakey Peterson (USA) 6.04