|Hometown hero Bronte Macaulay (AUS) was eliminated from the Margaret River Pro by seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). Macaulay had all the support of the local crowd, but the ocean failed to deliver many opportunities for the Gracetown resident. Gilmore secured two bookmark 5-point rides to start and end her heat with Macaulay falling short of the requirement.
“It’s definitely a massive confidence booster beating the local girl,” Gilmore said. “Bronte (Macaulay) and her dad surf here so much and know the wave really well so that was always going to be a tough heat and I’m glad I got through it. Today was such a crazy day of surfing. I spent the whole day watching the guys just charging at The Box. It definitely inspired me to maybe head out there and try to get a couple.”
Brisa Hennessy (CRI) continues to make heats in her rookie year and today secured her third Quarterfinal appearance (out of four events). Hennessy eliminated Malia Manuel (HAW) in the final 19 minutes of their previously paused heat. Manuel leaves with a second ninth place result, equaling her worst placing after a 3rd on the Gold Coast and 2nd at Bells Beach.
Having already been stopped two times in the R/16, 2018 World Title contender Lakey Peterson (AUS) was determined to advance through to the Quarterfinals. The Californian trailed Australian Nikki Van Dijk for the majority of their match-up until taking off on a left and demolishing it with a series of back-hand snaps, posting an excellent 8.50 to take the lead and the win. Now, Peterson advances to the Quarterfinals against Gilmore, the one surfer who stood in the way of her maiden World Title last season.