The top four ranked female surfers in the world have advanced through to the quarterfinals of the Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro. The women of the ASP WCT didn’t let the relatively small surf at Barra da Tijuca, hinder them from showing off their progressive maneuvers.
Hurley’s Carissa Moore had to take down Paige Hareb (NZL), Alessa Quizon (HAW) and local surfer Silvana Lima (BRA) to move on to the final eight of the Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro.
“It feels good to move onto Quarterfinals,” Moore said. “With a beachbreak situation it can be tricky and random so it’s a relief to skip that Round 4.”
Winning the event in 2011, Moore nailed down her first ASP WCT title and will be hunting for another excellent result to keep her number one on the world rankings moving into the sixth event.
Making it to the quarterfinals this event, Tyler Wright (AUS) has already solidified a personal-best result for her in Rio.
“I felt in my last heat that I didn’t get started at all and I hate losing like that,” Wright said. “I wanted to make sure I caught a lot of waves in that heat. I knew Coco (Ho) had a 6 and a 7 so I knew I was going to have to catch a lot of waves. I was frustrated with my last heat and I really wanted to push my turns.”
The determined Rip Curl team rider posted the two highest heat totals of the day with a 17.04 in round one and 17.00 in round 4.
“I’m not paying attention to the World Title at all,” Wright said. “All I want to do is surf. I’m having fun, surfing is what I love doing and I have a good board. I’ve just surpassed my best result in Rio and there’s no sense in thinking about the numbers for the World Title because in the end it just makes you come undone.”
Huntington Beach local, Courtney Conlogue (USA) unleashed a series of committed backhand turns in round 3 to earn her way to the quarterfinals.
“That last heat was a battle,” Conlogue said. “It was more a battle against myself in that heat though. I was feeling off in that heat with the conditions, there was chop and I was catching my edge everywhere. With 15 seconds left I thought I’ll just give it a shot and milk it to the beach. It ended up being a good wave and I’m happy to get through.”
Defending champion, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) remains in the hunt for the world title after winning her round 4 heat and will be facing number five event seed, Lakey Peterson (USA) in the quarterfinals. Peterson wasted little time in her Round 3 bout, notching an 8.97 and 7.17 within the first 10 minutes to leave Fitzgibbons and wildcard Alessa Quizon (HAW), 19, chasing massive scores for the remainder of the heat
“It’s always nice when you get two great waves sent to you,” Peterson said. “It was looking really small for Round 2 and it’s picked up again for Round 3. I’m just having fun and although I had the early lead there was 20 minutes for the other girls to get back in to it, so I was watching them too. It was a good heat for me and it’s always nice to skip Round 4.”
Also progressing through four rounds today were South African goofy-foot, Bianca Buitendag (Johannesberg), Aussie Laura Enever (NSW, AUS) and Hawaiian Malia Manuel (Kauai, Haw).
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:15am for a possible 6:30am start.