. In the round three heat between Carissa, Malia and Pauline, Carissa surfed what was quite possibly the best wave ever surfed by a girl. Four huge open-face hooks and carves, tight, in the pocket, with excellent style and spray reaching the commentator’s building. She fell off after her fourth radical turn, as she was setting up for a possible fifth turn, and was still awarded a 9.90. Oh boy, the solitary wave that shifted a perspective. Was it the best wave ever surfed by a girl? Go onto the Roxy Pro heat analyser right here to have a look, and decide for yourself.
In the slightly bigger surf this morning, it was a free-for-all, with everyone ripping the bag out of every single wave that hit the sand bank. Jack Freestone was down to support his girl, Alana, who was due to hit the water during the course of the day. As it turned out, Alana and Lakey Peterson had an amazing opening heat of the round, with two very hot girls surfing hot. Sadly Alana lost to Lakey, but she had Jack around to comfort her.
Oft muttered words on the street are that Bianca Buitendag is a world title contender, and loudly spoken word on the street is that she has a scintillating backhand attack. True to the spoken word she smashed her round two heat against Laura Enever, despite a fairly close finish to the heat. “She needed a four,” said Bianca. “When it gets that close you really have to concentrate on your tactical aspect of surfing.” She went on to smash all takers, and is through to the quarterfinals. Growing up on a punchy righthand pointbreak, the current conditions at Snapper are right up her sleeve and we can probably expect her to make fools of other higher-rated surfers.