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Final four women set: Men end Rnd 2 at Margaret's



A spectacular day of surfing at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro saw the Women’s Semifinalists decided with nine-point rides from both Carissa Moore and Sally Fitzgibbons. The reigning ASP Women’s World Champion, Moore, will matchup against ASP World No. 1 Stephanie Gilmore while Fitzgibbons will face 2012 ASP Runner-up Tyler Wright in a repeat of last year's Semifinal. 


The Women's Quarterfinals held no shortage of action, with a heated battle between Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and two-time event winner Courtney Conlogue (USA). Conlogue controlled the Heat through the majority of the battle, but Gilmore found a way to fight back, locking in a mid-range 7 to keep her hopes of victory at Margaret River alive. With just seconds remaining on the clock, Gilmore, in need of a 7.08, secured a wave under Conlogue's priority.


The five-time ASP Women's World Champion delivered two powerful forehand gouges, earning a 7.10 for the ride and a spot in the Semifinals where she will face reigning ASP Women’s World Champion, Carissa Moore (HAW).


“I was pretty flustered out there,” said Stephanie Gilmore. “I kept making mistakes and I was just lucky that something fell into place in the end. I got one good wave and it finally got my confidence up. Courtney’s a hard one to beat and she just kept putting the pressure on, she’s so assertive in the lineup. I had to find a way to get out of that sticky situation and luckily I had a little magic at the end so it worked out alright. It’s going to harder from here on in but it definitely feels good to be through to the Semifinals.”

Perennial World Title contender John John Florence (HAW) secured his first Heat win in over three months after delivering a powerful display in Round 2 against dynamic rookie Dion Atkinson (AUS). Florence posted the highest single-wave score of the competition so far by blending airs, turns, barrels and fin-free maneuvers for a near-perfect 9.87. Florence flies through to Round 3 to match up against Gabriel Medina.

“There was definitely some pressure on after losing two Heats at Snapper (Rocks) and losing the first Heat here,” said John John Florence. “All that pressure builds up when you lose so it was stressing me out. I was itching to get out there and get a win. I was surfing as well as I could and I’m happy to get through. I like the wave here at Margaret River, it reminds me of home.”


Drug Aware Margaret River Women’s Pro Semifinal Match-ups:
Semifinal 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
Semifinal 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)

Drug Aware Margaret River Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
Quarterfinal 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.60 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.57
Quarterfinal 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.50 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 9.60
Quarterfinal 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.34 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 9.50
Quarterfinal 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.83 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.63

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Round 3 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 9: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 10: Nat Young (USA) vs. Sebastian Zeitz (HAW)
Heat 11: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.00 def. Nathan Hedge (AUS) 13.16
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.64 def. Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 6.96
Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 6.97
Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.10 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.57
Heat 5: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 11.17 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 10.94
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 17.60 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.43
Heat 7: Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.77 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.70
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.20 def. Perth Standlick (AUS) 10.00
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.10 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.77
Heat 10: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.50 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.17
Heat 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.83 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.77
Heat 12: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.03 def. Fred Patacchia (HAW) 12.67


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