Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.83, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.93, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 7.00
Goofy-footers Bianca Buitendag and Alessa Quizon open up with small scores on their backhand before five-time ASP Women's World Champion and local favorite Stephanie Gilmore blasts a 7.00 with a powerful forehand assault.
Gilmore's knowledge and experience at the venue allow her to find the most critical sections on waves to maximize scoring potential.
Dropping from the morning high tide, conditions are somewhat broken up and all three surfers find themselves catching rail at certain points during the bout.
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.
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.93, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.83, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.04
Courtney Conlogue gets the best of the opening exchange over French standout Pauline Ado and rookie Victorian Nikki Van Dijk with a series of powerful forehand hacks.
Ado battles back in the latter half of the bout, surpassing Conlogue for the lead via a pugnacious assault on a Snapper set wave to the score of a 6.33.
Conlogue immediately answers back to Ado’s effort, falling just shy of a Round 1 win.
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.57, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.96, Keely Andrew (AUS) 8.93